Some good news for Barcelona. The team announced today (Saturday) that Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Ray Manai (was a candidate for Maccabi Tel Aviv) who were in doubt for the first round against Real Sociedad (21:00) registered on time and could take part in the intriguing match against the Basques.
According to the Barcelona announcement, the registration of the three was made possible after the club reached an agreement with Gerard Pique regarding a cut in his contract, while Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets also expressed a willingness to cut as well. Memphis, who came to Barça on a free transfer of a million, was one of the team’s bright spots when he shone in the preseason games. This is encouraging news for Ronald Koeman, who will be missing the injured Sergio Aguero, Anso Patti and Osman Dembele so Memphis, Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwitt remain the only available attacking players.
Barcelona is expecting a very difficult start to the league with a meeting against the strong Basques – Sociedad and Bilbao then away. In the next round Barça will host Hattafa, but then they will play a very difficult away game against Sevilla. If the Catalans reach the start of the season with a missing squad, they may find themselves an early gap from the big teams from Madrid, a gap that could be in their backs later in the season.
📌 Memphis, Eric Garcia and Rey Manaj, registered in the Professional Soccer League
– FC Barcelona (FCBarcelona_es) August 14, 2021
“We must not live in the past,” the coach replied Ronald Coman At the press conference after being asked about the departure of Leo Messi. “It hurts us all and we will obviously miss him, but things like that can be read in football. I am excited for the new season and hope the crowd will be with us.”
Sergei Roberto Referring to the economic situation in an interview with the Spanish media: “I will sign a new contract at a lower salary. All the players on the squad are ready to be fired. In Messi’s absence we must be more united than ever.”