Barca is suffering from unprecedented injuries in the past decade, which partly affect the results on the pitch.
The fact that Busquets sprained his knee and had to take a three-week hiatus from the game left nine Barca players injured in the early part of this season. This is the highest number since the 2009/10 season after 10 official matches.
Ansu Fati, Alba, Araujo, Braithwaite, Busquets, Coutinho, and Junior took turns having to retire in the first 10 official matches of the season.
Ansu Fati was seriously injured
Besides, Ter Stegen underwent surgery before starting the campaign, Matheus could not start with new coach Koeman and Umtiti sidelined from last season. Barca’s most worrying injury was Ansu Fati with a torn inner meniscus and 4 months off. The young player’s long-term identity makes the club inevitably have to buy more strikers in January.
Wing-back Jordi Alba suffered a right thigh hamstring injury resulting in two missed matches against Gretafe and Ferencvaros. Another football star, Coutinho, suffered a left thigh injury that left him absent from Juventus, Alavés, Dinamo, and Betis.
Former Barca director revealed the reason why the club did not buy Neymar
Former Director Javier Bordas revealed that Barca could not buy Neymar from PSG during the transfer window last summer for a very rare reason.
Neymar once asked to leave PSG to return to Barca in the summer of 2019 and even quit training to put pressure. But in the end, the deal broke down at the last minute and Neymar is still with PSG today. The reason for this failure was revealed by former Barca’s legal director, Javier Bordas, in an exclusive interview with Mundo Deportivo.
Mr. Bordas asserted that Barca was very serious to buy Neymar in the summer of 2019. As evidenced by the legal director of Bordas and CEO Oscar Grau and sporting director Eric Abidal went to Paris to negotiate with PSG.
The reason Neymar left Barca
In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, Bordas also confirmed that Neymar made a mistake when demanding to leave in 2017 and then wanted to return after only 2 years of adventure at PSG. Mr. Bordas also admitted that he knew the real reason why Neymar was determined to leave Barca, but it was better than the Brazilian striker explained himself.