From 2008 to 2013 Barcelona were untouchable. They could do no wrong, and were considered the top dogs of the Spanish League, and also the darlings of every football fan across the globe (those that did not have a team to root for). From 2008 to 2013 Barcelona, lead by Pepe Gaurdiola won La Liga 4 out of 5 years. Fast forward to today.
In the last week Barcelona has fallen twice 1-0 to two foes that they should have beat. Yes, Barcelona should have beaten an Athletico squad without Diego Costa, and there are very few that can argue that they were not the superior team (on paper) to Granada. They lost both, and that is why the game is played, and probably why there will be big changes this summer at Barcelona.
Will there be transfers? No, not after they were banned from doing so. This means that the changes that will be implemented will be from the managerial side, either by firing Martino or by making him alter his ways, with the first more likely.
What can he say in his defense? Really, there is not much one can think of. They have Neymar and Messi on the field at the same time. With those two playmakers it is hard to find a good reason as to why this club was eliminated from the Champions League, and why they lost to a team in 13th place. Can they win the Spanish League? They can, but the odds are against them with the way they are playing. Fans are attacking the players’ motivation, and the media is attacking the amount of running Messi does in a match.
If Barca succeeds winning all of its remaining matches, just maybe, there is a little hope to hoist the trophy, and if there is a miracle they will take down Real Madrid in the coming days.
So, gentlemen you can pretty much rest assure that Martino will not be back next year. Who will be the new lead man? There are two ways of looking at this: either someone from inside Spain, or the leaders with money behind Barcelona will wait until after the World Cup to find a manager that is the diamond in the rough.