The Lisbon well was deeper than expected

Seven players who played that game of infamous memory for Barcelona are still in the team and with many numbers to be starters on Sunday.


Gerard Piqué said after 2-8 that Barça had hit rock bottom and that from then on, they could only go back. The facts have been in charge of taking away his reason. One year after (it is today August 14) of the most painful sporting debacle, only comparable to the final of the European Cup in Seville against Steaua, very little has moved on the Barça team. And those that have moved have been against the general will.

Seven players from the starting team that day are still in the entity: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie De Jong. Almost all of them have many options to be starters on Sunday against Real Sociedad.

Only four players have left the club from the line-up that Quique Setién arranged on the Estadio da Luz board that infamous day for Barça players: Semedo, Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal, who left last season and Leo Messi, who just signed for Paris Saint-Germain in an institutional defeat as painful as that of a year ago at the sporting level.

Griezmann and Coutinho also played that day. The first, who came out in the second half, is still at Barça; The second who played for Bayern and scored two goals is now on the Blaugrana side.

A separate case is Ansu Fati, who left with 20 minutes to go. A victim of an injury at the beginning of last season, he has hardly played since that day and is not expected immediately.

At Barça, many things have also changed since that day. The president has changed and Laporta takes the place of Bartomeu, the coach has changed and now Koeman is in place of Setién, but what seemed impossible, which was to make the general situation worse, seems to have been achieved. That day it does not seem that, as Piqué said, the bottom would be reached.

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