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"To put it mildly, Barça’s economic situation is not at all comfortable". This is how the president of the FC Barcelona Management Committee, Carles Tusquets, analyzed the moment the Blaugrana club is experiencing, pointing out that the salary reduction that is currently being negotiated can help the entity’s sustainability. "We don’t want to take money from anyone"He indicated about the negotiation that is being carried out.
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Tusquets: "Barcelona don’t want to take money away from anyone"
Tusquets spoke these words in his first appearance before the media to announce the first decisions of the body created after the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board of directors.
"We have to cut expenses in the short term. The next day 5 the Salary Negotiation Table ends and we hope to reach an agreement with the players and with all the club staff", he pointed. In this sense, he pointed out that the amount that Barça would need to recover during this time is close to 300 million euros: "The essential thing at this time is to lower expenses and look for forms of income that currently do not exist".
Carles Tusquets gave an example to indicate the seriousness of the situation when money can enter the club. "One of the basic aspects that provide income is tourism, even more than television rights. In the last year, before the pandemic, Barça billed 220 million euros just for the Camp Nou. That amount is now impossible to obtain", said the Chairman of the Management Commission.
This body will make decisions in the coming days to try to alleviate this difficult situation, although Tusquets made it clear that "All our decisions may be revoked by the board of directors that enters the club once the next elections have been held.". What he made clear is that the possibility of filing bankruptcy "it’s not real right now".
The FC Barcelona player Miralem Pjanic has acknowledged that he feels "curiosity" for playing a Clásico against Real Madrid and he hopes to do so this Saturday, in a duel at a Camp Nou behind closed doors that he hopes to win.
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"The Classic is special but I have already played a Roma-Lazio, who are great rivals. Also Juve-Inter, derby in Italy. I have played great derbies in great matches, I want to know what it is to play a Classic, I am curious"He pointed out in an interview on Barça TV +.
For Pjanic, beyond feelings, the important thing is to win. "Having the opportunity to play a Classic is what every player dreams of. It is the biggest game in football. I’m happy to be here, to be able to play, and I hope we can win", he predicted.
"Until now I saw them on television. I remember a great victory at home, 5-0 in 2011 with Guardiola and Mourinho. It was very nice to see that Barça play. But also the 2-6 at the Bernabéu was special, because playing away is never easy", he remembered.
Yes, he has played against Real Madrid and, in his first game, he managed to score with Lyon and eliminate the Whites in the ‘Champions’, in the 2009/10 campaign. "He was very young, he was 19 years old. We played against a great Madrid, of great players, and we beat them and eliminated them and I scored", he recalled.
"It was special for me, a great feeling, to score at the Bernabéu. It was the time that many met me, for the first time", concluded the Serbian international, one of the signings of the summer for FC Barcelona.
But, returning to the Classic, he reiterated that they have enough equipment to achieve victory. "We have a good team and we know how to play. We were able to rest after the ‘Champions’ game, we have prepared ourselves, and I think the team should be ready. We are looking forward to playing this Classic https://worldbets.top/en/1xbet/, which is special, and we have to win", he concluded.
Ronald Koeman has spoken of the possible ownership of Antoine Griezmann this Saturday in the classic Barcelona – Real Madrid at the Camp Nou. The Dutch coach did not want to give many clues during the pre-match press conference, although he did comment that he did not rule out the presence of the French striker from the starting eleven. Griezmann was a substitute and did not play for a minute in the Champions League match against Ferencvaros and could have his options against Real Madrid.
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"Griezmann has options to play this game. And it is not good to talk about their role in each game. Because there are more players and the team is more important. We must plan tactical things and choose the best players to get the best result", Ronald Koeman commented at the press conference.
However, it could only be prevented by the presence of young people like Pedri or Ansu Fati. "The most important thing is the performance of each player. I don’t see a problem with having young people. To have experience they have to play games. I only think about the best team for tomorrow, it does not depend on the years of a player", the Dutchman pointed out.
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The Dutchman will decide hours before the game the starting lineup of Barcelona against Real Madrid that, according to Koeman, "It may be that in the last two days he has not had good results, but that does not mean that he has low morale. They have very experienced people and they know that they must win the game after the last two defeats. I don’t think what has happened lately influences".
Antonie Griezmann aims to be part of Barcelona’s starting eleven this Saturday in the first La Liga classic at the Camp Nou. It will be a new opportunity for the French striker to bring out his soccer qualities and finish convincing not only his coach but also a large part of the Barcelona fans.
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Griezmann has not yet found his place in Barcelona. His adaptation process is being complicated. It seemed that with Koeman, his problem would be solved, but, for the moment, the French striker is still not released and ends up being replaced in the games. Against Fenercvaros, in the Champions League, he stayed on the bench.
However, despite his difficulties finding his place in the team, Antoine Griezmann can be calm, since he has the support of the Barcelona board. Bartomeu, the president, already stated in the summer that the French forward was non-transferable and now it seems that this position has not changed compared to the next winter transfer market.
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In fact, according to information from the French newspaper ‘L’Equipe’, Barça would not consider separating from Antoine Griezmann in January, not even next summer. "We have Antoine", has commented a spokesman of the club on the French world champion. However, Griezmann needs to change his streak once and for all. We will see if that day is this Saturday in the classic.
Didier Deschamps, France coach, praised this Friday the talent of Argentine star Lionel Messi, "a different player, unpredictable", but assured that they do not have "a specific plan" to stop it and that the idea is "limit their influence". "Messi is Messi. You just have to look at his statistics: 65 goals in 127 games with his team. The intention is to neutralize him, although we know that he is capable of doing things on his own. We don’t have a specific plan for him. A plan is a great word; the idea is to limit its influence"Deschamps declared at the press conference prior to the round of 16 match against Argentina.
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"However, Argentina is not only Messi. It is a very experienced team, with players with great experience, like (Javier) Mascherano, used to playing in a World Cup. Our team is young and what I say is not an excuse, but a reality. Although that does not prevent us from being competitive and doing things well"he continued.
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"They have a certain typical South American team temperament, with great popular support that supports them a lot. They are fighters, fighters. It is a type of football that we have already faced and that is very typical of him."he explained. The 49-year-old French coach also denied that tomorrow’s match at the Kazan Arena, corresponding to the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, is the most important match since he is in command of the ‘Bleus’.
"I’ve been France’s coach for almost six years, and in that time we reached a World Cup quarter-finals and a European Championship final. Tomorrow’s is a very nice game, but not the most important. All matches are a challenge and the level is set by the results, which is what really counts"said Deschamps, coach of the French team since July 2012.
Didier Deschamps reiterated that the group stage matches "they don’t matter now" and assured that "the counter has been reset: either pass or go home". "Now you cannot choose, they are life and death matches. The counter has been reset: either pass or go home", he remarked.
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Asked if it helps that three of his defenders play in the Spanish league -Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Hernández- and that they have already faced Messi, the coach said that although "there are situations that can be repeated on the field, Messi is Messi". "It is not a disadvantage, of course, but I hope I can respond positively after the game.