Barcelona's second half fightback to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night proved Luis Enrique knows how to find solutions when the going gets tough, but the fact his team were in a sticky situation in the first place says a lot about his handling of Paco Alcacer.
While it is too early to dismiss Alcacer's career with Barca, the former Valencia striker has a lot of work to do to prove those who questioned the need, not to mention the cost, of his signing.
Barcelona came from behind to win 2-1 at Borussia Monchengladbach and made it two wins from two in the Champions League this season. An error from Sergio Busquets led to Thorgan Hazard opening the scoring for the hosts in the first half, but goals from Arda Turan and Gerard Pique after the break turned things around. Barca now sit at the top of Group C after Celtic held Manchester City to a 3-3 draw in Glasgow.
As Spain celebrated its 2010 World Cup win, goalkeeper Pepe Reina placed a Barcelona shirt on Cesc Fabregas and proclaimed him the future of the Catalan club. It had become a question of when, not if the midfielder would be freed by Arsenal and allowed to return to his home on the Costa Brava in northeastern Catalunya. Unsurprisingly, one year later, he was presented on the Camp Nou pitch, the future of the club becoming its present, too.
Six years on, a similar campaign is underway to bring another...