Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, claims they deserve four more CL titles


To say that Barcelona are at a crossroads is the understatement of the century.

After missing out on the La Liga title to rivals Real Madrid, the Catalan side's season went quickly from bad to worse.

The Champions League was the club's last realistic opportunity to save face following a disastrous campaign.

Unfortunately for them, that didn't exactly go to plan either.

A staggering 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich left the football world in a state of shock, with no one predicting that the almighty Barcelona could get swept aside with such ease.

Such an embarrassing defeat was never going to go unpunished, and what's followed is widespread change.

With Quique Setien fired as head coach, Eric Abidal followed just 24 hours later with the club's sporting director being relieved of his duties.

Since then, Barcelona favourite Ronald Koeman has taken charge in an attempt to stabilise the club, but in truth we know that there could be plenty more upheaval on the horizon.


In fact, reports have suggested that almost all of the first team squad have been put up for sale - a slightly dramatic reaction to an admittedly embarrassing defeat.

It's that embarrassed feeling that is dominating the mind of Josep Maria Botemeu.

The Barcelona president is of the opinion that the Spanish giants should be winning every major trophy going - including the Champions League.

While even the most optimistic Barca fan can't dispute the end result against Bayern Munich, Bartomeu gave a wide-ranging interview in which he discussed the club's relatively poor performance in the Champions League in recent season.

In fact, he went as far as to say that his side deserved to win at least four more Champions League titles in recent years.


Asked if Barcelona deserved more Champions League title, Bartomeu said: ‘Definitely.

"I am missing four Champions, the ones that Inter, Chelsea, Roma and Liverpool eliminated us. I find them missing, because I think we deserved them."

Okay Pep, if you say so.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

There's doubt that Barcelona are in a period of flux.

After the unstoppable years with the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi dictating play, the current squad simply aren't at the same level.


While the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich was harsh, it certainly highlighted the frailties of the Spanish side - not to mention how far off Europe's elite they actually are.

Bartomeu's comments about the Champions League are ludicrous, simple as that.

There's plenty of work that Barcelona need to do if they're to pull themselves to the top of the game once again.

But with an ageing squad, it seems that it may take a few years for them to return to their former glory.

Players like Lionel Messi may help in the short-term, but in truth it seems like the sad end to an era of domination.

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