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Bartomeu

Bartomeu / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

After the conclusion of the season, which was coupled with the defeat to Atlético Madrid, President Josep Maria Bartomeu talked about the future of the team. “We will go into a period with profound changes. There are some players that will no continue, but our philosophy won’t change,” he said. He added: “There are some things that have been decided, we will announce them in the following days. We will continue with our concept of football.”

Saddened for Tata

After Bartomeu talked to the press after Gerardo Martino announced the news that he was stepping down as FC Barcelona’s manager. “The news saddens us, we really appreciate him. He’s a great person. He leaves an impressive mark on the team.”

Besides the changing of the guard on the bench, Bartomeu noted “we’re far along on many of issues we have to resolve”, but he declined to go into further detail. “Today we have to congratulate Atlético Madrid. Today is a day for thought and reflection. We have to acknowledge Atlético’s feats and move forward.” The Club’s chairman qualified Atlético as a team “full of great players” and he commended Barça’s players “on fighting until the end.”

Bartomeu admitted that “we didn’t achieve our goals and we aren’t happy.” He added that he understands the anger from Club members and fans - “They are right. We only won the Spanish Super Cup and we’re saddened by that. I’d tell them that we have a great team, that we fought on despite the problems we had.” He concluded by saying that it has been “a complicated season” and “we lacked the ability to score goals, but it never came.”

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