Following Barcelona's surprising defeat against Real Sociedad on Sunday, there have been no shortage of reports regarding the squad's discontent with Luis Enrique, Messi's potential move to Chelsea, and President Bartomeu's lack of support within the club.
The sacking of sports director Andoni Zubizarreta, followed by the resignation of assistant sports director Carles Puyol did not exactly dampen the situation.
Here are the two main reasons why the club is in such an uncomfortable position.
Luis Enrique's doubtful squad selections
Considering the fact that Barcelona hadn't beaten Real Sociedad on the Anoeta stadium since the 06/07 season, Enrique's starting eleven raised a lot of eyebrows. The raised eyebrows swiftly transformed into heavy critique after Jordi Alba's failed clearing attempt ended up in the net behind Claudio Bravo in the second minute.
This was not the first time Enrique had presented controversial starting line ups, and neither is it the first time it's been penalised. Throughout the season, he has never used the same eleven twice in a row. This has led to, among other things, a lack of continuity and confusion within the defence.
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Bartomeu's board's understandable lack of support
The current board, originally with Sandro Rosell as the president, replaced the celebrated Laporta-board back in 2010. One of the new administration's first actions was to replace Unicef with the Qatar Foundation as main sponsor. The idea behind this was to generate hundreds of millions of pounds to repay a large debt that the club had during those years. However, it was not very popular among the fans, and from that point on, wishing for a new era under Laporta hasn't been a rare thing among Blaugrana supporters.
It didn't help that irregularities were uncovered regarding the huge transfer of Neymar, paid in 2013. The scandal culminated in Sandro Rosell's resignation, making his successor, Josep Maria Bartomeu, the new head of the club. Despite the change of power, the negative attitude toward the administration has persisted.
In which direction are they headed?
The latest news are that several board members want to vote, not only about sacking Enrique, but also about having a presidential election as early as at the end of this season rather than in the summer of 2016.
Regarding the potential transfer of Messi, it remains highly unlikely that the superstar will move from Barcelona despite his claimed quarrel with Enrique. The club is most likely very reluctant toward selling a player of such significance considering their current transfer ban.
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