The family of FC Barcelona organised a lunch this afternoon to re- write all the wrongs in the team recently in order to build unity among players and staff.
Members of the Technical team, players and all close staff members of the team sat and ate together after the morning training.
This was led by the Head Coach Ernesto Valverde and his captains and took place in the restaurant Les Marines, in the town of Barcelona Gavà. Also present was the assistant coach to Valverde Jon Aspiazu and all the assistants who work on the day to day with the players, such as physicians, physio, toolboxes or press officers did not miss the meal as well.
This is termed by the Spanish media as “the meal of Brotherhood.”
The afternoon meal comes at a good time for the new coach to have tete a tete with his players outside the playing field.
This serves as a welcoming meal for new entrants like Gerard Deolofeu, Nelson Semedo and Paulinho whereas Samper also takes his good bye as he leaves on loan for Las Palmas.
It must be noted that Barcelona lost Neymar to PSG recently and that sparked a whole lot of controversies for the club in the summer transfer window.
There has been numerous challenges for the Board of Directors of the club to deal with especially the signing of Coutinho and Osumane Dembele of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund respectively. Currently, niesta has less than a year left on his contract and already, the Spanish media has linked him to a number of teams including former manager Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The Board know they cannot allow their first captain to leave especially when Neymar has already gone.
The biggest threat to the team now is how to deal with the unhappiness of their talisman, Leo Messi. The Argentine captain has not yet signed his contract renewal and there are also speculations that he might leave because he is not happy with the board and their output.
This comes a day after some of the key players of the team were visited by former team mates Neymar and Dani Alves as the friends met at Messi’s house in Barcelona hours after it came out that the Club Directors have sued Neymar for breach of contract.