Rosell: 1963 a crisis, not now

Sandro Rosell has reflected that Barcelona do not understand how they are perceived as in crisis, as debate over their playing style continues.

Whilst Barca won 4-0 at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, they saw their opponents record greater possession than them in the game, marking the first such instance in five-and-a-half years.

But, on from Tata Martino’s take on the continued discussion over the team’s evolving playing style under his command, Rosell has offered his backing.

The President took the opportunity of recognising club members celebrating 50 years with Barca today to hark back to the 1962-63 season, when they first joined just after the club’s worst League finish for 19 years.

“Then we had a major sporting crisis. We finished that season in sixth place and were 18 points behind the League winners,” Rosell recalled to members today.

“That was a crisis and it was not about possession, which no-one can understand.

“We are strong, athletically. We have won all five competitions we have played for so far.

“Economically the club is getting better and this will allow us to tackle renovation work at the Camp Nou.

“Socially, we just need to see the faces of the people here to realise that the club is good and stable.”

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