According to FC Barcelona chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu, his club's historic 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich will have far-reaching consequences. The president announced that he would intervene quickly and firmly.
"In the coming days, we will be making and announcing decisions. Some of those decisions have already been made before this match," said Bartomeu, who has been president of the Catalan club since 2014, on the Barcelona club channel.
Immediately after the game, Gerard Piqué stated that major changes were needed at Barcelona and offered to leave if the board deemed it necessary. Frenkie de Jong also called on the board to intervene after the debacle against Bayern.
One of the most likely consequences is that coach Quique Setién will be fired. The names of club legend Xavi and former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino are already singing around as a possible successor for the 61-year-old trainer, although Bartomeu was still on the flat about that.
"It's better if I don't say anything about it now," said the 57-year-old Catalan. "First we have to learn to live with this pain and try to get back up again. We are not the club we are supposed to be at the moment. This was not the Barcelona we are facing, it was a total disaster tonight."
Summary historical duel FC Barcelona-Bayern Munich (2-8)