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Luis Enrique gave Barcelona a reality check on losing popularity in Spain

Before it gets too late, Luis Enrique have given a reality check to Barcelona on their losing popularity in Spain. They must work on it soon, otherwise, there is no reason to be called “Mes que un club”. A club cannot be more than a club if they can’t represent their nation on international level.

At a time, there was no difference in watching Barcelona or Spain national team playing. Eight or nine Barcelona players used to be featured in Spain’s Playing XI. It used to tell all about Barcelona’s dominance in Spain, but today that number has reduced to one. Luis Enrique’s new looked national side gave Barcelona a reality check on losing popularity in Spain.

Barcelona may boast with their tagline – “Mes que un club” (More than a club) and drag themselves in politics representing Catalonia but it will all come to nothing if they’ll lose their identity in Spain. Spain needed Barcelona because of their La Masia graduates’ quality to rank themselves in modern great and represent Spain’s national team one day, but after the demise of the Barcelona’s golden generation that seems to be a distant policy.

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Today’s La Roja team power has shifted back to Spanish capital. Yes, there are few from Manchester and London but majority of team playing XI consists of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique’s retirement may have some impact, but availability of Jordi Alba is also ignored. Sergio Busquets is the lone rider for Barcelona in current Spain’s playing XI. We can little complain of new coach Luis Enrique and his intention to demerit Barcelona because he was forced to leave Blaugranas after winning treble for them.

The reality is Barcelona playing XI doesn’t consist of too many Spanish international currently. The current playing XI consists of a German goalkeeper in Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Gerard Pique a retired Spanish international and Samuel umtiti as a French player in centre-back pairing.

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Sergio Roberto and Jordi Alba respectively in right-back and left back position, but former is not a specialized player in his role and later is ignored because of young Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso.

Thankfully, Sergio Busquets maintained his defensive midfield role giving some room for Barcelona in Spain’s playing XI. Other two spaces left void in midfield by David Silva and Andres Iniesta goes to Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alacantara and Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez.

Isco is already a proven name in Spain’s playing XI as a Real Madrid player. He was joined by Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas and Valencia’s Rodrigo in attack.

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And, this team gave Luis Enrique a winning start of his era at La Roja’s helm. There is no drop in Real Madrid’s share of players in the team. It still consists of four players in Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Dani Carvahal, and isco. And, it’s only going to increase considering Real Madrid is bidding for Rodrigo’s future as well.

We can also not forget that the substitute bench also comprises of Real Madrid’s player in Marco Asension and Dani Ceballos. Real Madrid youngsters in Alvaro Odriozola, Lucas Vazquez, Marcos Llorente, and Jesus Vallejo are other key prospects of joining Spanish national side in future.

It left Barcelona to rethink their success model. They may be successful winning domestic trophies and Champions League this season with their expensively decorated side, but it’s not worth on the expense of future of La Masia’s graduate players.

However, they have brought in few academic players back in first-team this season but it’s not going to help in earning place in Spain’s playing XI. They are not getting enough playing time and are not even on bench on match days.

Carles Alena and Sergi Samper have been promoted to first team from Barcelona B side, but they are hardly going to get chance in Barcelona’s first team playing XI. Rafinha, Denis Suarez, and Munir El Haddadi is already there as well, but they’re not first choice players.

It’s really going to take a toll on Barcelona’s reputation in Spain. Barcelona were Spain’s favourite team last season because they produced nation’s most loved son Andres Iniesta. Wherever he used to go in Spain, he was always respected because he won Spain World Cup. And today’s reality is, Barcelona don’t even have numbers in Spain playing XI.

Before it gets too late, Luis Enrique have given a reality check to Barcelona on their losing popularity in Spain. They must work on it soon, otherwise, there is no reason to be called “Mes que un club”. A club cannot be more than a club if they can’t represent their nation on international level.

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