Echoes of Gaspart
Gerard Piqué is in "campaign mode", but is still at the end of the day just a central defender at the football club although in some strange way he feels that he has the authority to speak for the rest of the organisation. In the past week he's made outbursts against the match officials involved with Barcelona's last two games against the better wishes of his head coach at the he club, Luis Enrique. The party line from the Barça board to match officiating is: referring the a game of football is complicated and subsequent complaints amount to nothing and can even be counterproductive. Despite this protocol Piqué's actions recall those of former president Joan Gaspart, His action at the end of Sunday's game was his particular attempt of a show of strength apparently aimed at Javier Tebas, who may influence kick-off times but not the appointment of match officials.
The central defender-institutional Barça spokesman role epitomises the confusion that reigns at the club since the departure of respected key institutional figures such as Guardiola, Puyol and Xavi. The club scored an own-goal with their no-show at Monday's FIFA gala and the players are vexed with poor results and decisions they feel don't fall their way. The early possible penalty in the El Clasico committed by Mascherano on Lucas Vázquez has been swept under the carpet and the incident involving Mourinho when he deprived his players of attending the Principe de Asturias award ceremony also forgotten. Barça, just like Real Madrid are the best of Spanish football and events such as Monday's no-show are magnified.
Pique for President?
It would appear that these things happen as Bartomeu is not in charge. The same thing happened at Madrid when Florentino passed the baton of power to Mourinho. Now, in Luis Enrique we have a coach who blanks the LaLiga awards staged in Barcelona to collect a prize that he himself won. Piqué, cited by many as a future president at the club has broken rank to complain about referring decisions.This new unofficial spokesman for Barcelona is running a cheap populist approach which is nothing more than a ploy to appeal to the masses.