A year ago what historians are now calling “The 2nd Great Self-Imposed Barcelona Collapse” took place. For the record, the first Collapse was the repeated panicked splashing of cash to replace the departing Neymar – an Event that isn’t quite over yet.

Way back in the middle of January 2020 when most soccer fans in America would have placed Anthony Fauci as a leftback for Torino, on being asked who he was, Barcelona decided to sack Ernesto Valverde as coach after a Spanish Super Cup semifinal loss to Atletico Madrid.

From that point, the butterfly effect saw Quique Setien rescued from cow-gazing to be appointed Barcelona manager, the loss of LaLiga, humiliation by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, the sacking of Setien days after being backed, the giveaway of Luis Suarez to a title rival, the near-loss of Lionel Messi and bunch of other stuff that Sports Burst has already forgotten. Oh, the Barca board resigning on mass, suspicions of the club trashing their own players on social media. Fall-out over wage cuts….erm. That’s probably about it.

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