The 18 days which will define the future of FC Barcelona

The 18 days which will define the future of FC Barcelona

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All competitions and the club elections could be set by early March

It has been a strange start to 2021 for Barcelona. In La Liga they have been unstoppable, winning seven of seven and sorting out some difficult situations. On the other they lost the Spanish Super Cup final, have suffered in the Copa del Rey where they are 2-0 down in the semi-final and have shipwrecked in the Champions League again. Now they have six massive games to try and avoid what seems likely - this becomes purely a transition year.

Barcelona will finish February with Liga games against Cadiz, Elche (both at Camp Nou) and trip to face Sevilla. Win those and they can at least keep some faint hope of a title triumph, after Atletico wasted their games in hand. There is a minimal margin of error. Simeone’s side are nine points ahead.

Ronald Koeman’s team will start March with the Copa del Rey semi second leg at Camp Nou, which is still their most realistic hope of a trophy despite the first leg beating.

Then comes Osasuna at El Sadar, before the PSG return in Paris, which will be much harder to turn around. But what they have to do is compete and at least play better than last Tuesday. In 18 days, these six games will decide Barcelona’s future in all of the competitions.

Before the last game are the club elections, with Victor Font and Toni Freixa hoping to triumph but Joan Laporta the firm favourite. It will be on the night of March 7 that Cules will find out who their new chief is.

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