Barcelona suffered ridicule in Lisbon and then, in Madrid, the sadness of impotence. They cannot compete in big games. So the international break is a welcome one.
Ronald Koeman and his players will try and have a sporting reset, while the board prepares for the assembly of socios on October 17.
Although Barcelona’s situation can only be escaped from with good results and convincing performances, the reality is that the team will do well with two weeks of calm. It will ease the frustration, bitterness and melancholy. For some it will also help in terms of fitness. Ansu, Alba, Pedri, Aguero and Dembele have more time to get to their best levels.