Phil Ball's columns on the Spanish league are often full of readable prose, astute insight and a touch of the personal. This week's offering, while suffering from a highly unfortunate title, is no different. His sensitive and sensible assessment of Barcelona's condition in a black week for the club off the pitch is highly welcome and highly recommended.
In my opinion, while our recent run of 1 win and 2 draws in 5 games might look appalling at first glance, one does need to take into account the fact that 2 of those games were against Chelsea, and 1 was against Real Madrid. Furthermore, drawing against Depor was hardly unexpected given the circumstances off the pitch, well covered by Phil in his article.
I firmly believe that the team can pick themselves up and go on to better things, even amidst the on-field and off-field problems. And if you're a depressed Barca supporter, do keep in mind how many points we had at this point last season - 16 - compared to 20 right now. There's no harm in starting slowly if we can get into gear soon.
(I am contemplating a piece specifically about our on-field problems, but the caveat stands. The sky hasn't fallen down. Yet.)