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The Mbappe thing was always bullshit. They were never going to bid. It was all a performance to show the player they were interested before making a deal in Jan to pick him up on a free next summerBarcelona and Real Madrid are finally seeing their chickens coming home to roost after years of buying the most expensive players ant the top of the market... 100m for Hazard, 120m for Griezmann, Bale still drawing 600k a week and hasn't kicked a ball for Madrid in years, more than 100m for Dembele and so on and so forth.... for years people have said it was unsustainable and it would have to unravel at a certain point and at last we see it with Barcelona stuck with no strikers after having had to give away all their best players at a horrendous loss and Real Madrid only able to bid 200m euros for Mbappe.... er, wait a minute, that doesn't seem right, how is that possible? Madrid seemingly do have a magic money tree or are they just cheating like fuck again?
Anyway, it now seems more and more obvious that Barcelona could see all this coming and their ludicrous contention that ESL was necessary to save football is revealed all the more clearly as a shameless attempt to cover their arse and prevent the extent of their mismanagement being revealed.
Now, I've never really cared for Barcelona but now it becomes clear that they spent loads of money they didn't have to create a squad well beyond their means and then were prepared to destroy football as we know it to prevent them suffering the consequences, their moves in favour of the ESL seem particularly scummy. As I read it they use "the good of football" and "the good of FCB" completely interchangeably and they expected everyone else to simply go along with it. As a result of this, I am taking a huge amount of pleasure in the slow motion car crash that has been the start to their season. Actually less like a car crash and more like seeing the Titanic grinding into the iceberg - and I will really enjoy any further disasters that befall them, particularly if they finish out of the top three in La Liga or if they go out in the first round of the CL (with Bayern putting double figures past them in each game). Funniest would be if there was a ESL created a few years down the line but Barcelona were no longer one of the teams selected for it....