Gary Lineker has make clear simply how a lot stress Barcelona gamers are beneath.
The previous England striker arrived on the Camp Nou in 1986 and had a profitable three-year spell there, successful the Copa del Rey and European Cup Winners’ Cup.
Today Barca are one of many greatest golf equipment on this planet with followers turning into accustomed to fixed success, particularly beneath Pep Guardiola’s administration.
However the stress has all the time been round in Catalonia says Lineker, who revealed he grew to become conscious how demanding it was going to be on his first coaching session for the membership.
He advised Hawksbee and Jacobs: “It’s an enormous membership, it’s a large and there’s monumental quantity of stress on all of the gamers.
“We regularly hear in regards to the stress on gamers right here however it’s one thing else at Barca.
“From the primary day that I arrived, Mark Hughes arrived on the identical time, they usually mentioned the primary coaching session was on the Camp Nou because it was presentation day, the place followers come alongside to observe the brand new gamers in coaching.
“So we acquired in there and there’s about 65,000 individuals there!
“That was a bit of bit completely different, only for a coaching session, five-a-side…”
Barca’s fame hit an enormous low final week as they had been served up a terrible Champions League humiliation, shedding 8-2 to Bayern Munich.
The end result, coupled with shedding out on the LaLiga title to Actual Madrid, price Quique Setien his job as Barcelona boss however Lineker claims he noticed the sort of end result coming.
He added: “Fortunately for Barcelona that sport wasn’t performed in entrance of their very own followers as a result of truthfully, after 10-20 minutes they’d have had the pañuelos blancos, which is the white handkerchief. All of them wave them they usually all whistle, which is sort of deafening, particularly if it’s focused at you!
“They’re deeply sad with the best way the group’s taking part in in Barcelona.
“You could possibly see it coming. I watch just about each Barcelona sport and all season they’ve been actually struggling. Their soccer’s been dour.”