There is a wonderful book called “Cuando Nunca Períamos” about the history of Barcelona. Each text reports the time when Barça never won. Since the 1961 European Cup final in Berne, he lost to Benfica and kicked five times on the crossbar. “If the posts were as round as today, they would not hit the square corners and leave the goal,” says the text.
Messi scored his 700th goal in the fantastic 2-2 draw between Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, which seems to keep Barça a little further away from the Spanish third championship, has nothing to do with that time, but with others, in which politics and hires where you do not really know where the money goes speak louder.
Quique Setién assembled the team in a 4-1-3-2, leaving Riqui Puig behind Messi and Suárez, with Vidal open on the right and Rakitic on the left. It was the Chilean who played really well. But Barcelona hit Atlético’s wall and came back. With seven players who came from abroad, expensive signings, different from the Barça concept mounted in their quarters, with clear game ideas. During the season, the team fired Ernesto Valverde, who did not have the position game that Barcelona cultivates. He hired Quique Setién, who has the ideas, but not the knowledge of the place.