The Barcelona It appears to have bottomed out on Saturday night and Koeman’s project begins to falter at the first of changes. The Metropolitan Wanda he witnessed one of the worst versions of the culé painting in a long time. The result, 1-0, did not reflect the superiority, security and solvency that the Atlético de Madrid against the Catalans. The rojiblancos were clearly and widely superior and the culés were only a mirage of the game that not long ago amazed everyone.
Those of Ronald Koeman they returned to zero. Barcelona accumulated its third defeat of the season in the League Santander in just eight games. In fact, of the last 18 points that the culé team had at stake, they have managed to add five … 5 of the last 18 points! They are poor, very poor numbers, which are currently placing Barça tenth Y nine points behind Atlético de Madrid (20) who, like them, must still play the first two postponed rounds. The Madrid, with one game more than both, adds 17 points.
To the Barcelona the Spanish capital is choking for the moment. Their three defeats this season in the League were against Madrid teams. Fell before Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez (1-0), lost in the Classical to the Real Madrid (1-3) and on this match against Athletic from Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitano (1-0). They also gave up draws against Sevilla (1-1) and Alavés (1-1).
Where is Messi?
The Barcelona from Koeman neither wins nor convinces. After almost two months of competition, the culés continue leaving one and a thousand doubts. And, far from fixing the situation, it seems that the problems continue to accumulate. The Dutchman has not found the ideal scheme for his players. Can’t find how to get more out of Leo Messi and neither where to align to Griezmann so that their football flows. Has blind faith in young people like Pedri Y De Jong and the rest of recent signings have been deflated as the weeks go by. To top it all, the injuries of Busquets or Pique…
The game of Barcelona it’s harmless. Against Atlético, the Catalans showed themselves to be light years away in desire and intensity. Until the last bars of the game, when the rojiblancos stopped pressing and took a step back to secure the score, it was when they showed themselves closer to the Oblak area, although always with doubts. Neither Messi, neither Griezmann neither Dembélé They were fine despite attempts. Koeman he still does not find the key with his players, neither with the scheme nor with the direction to follow. While, The league escapes them.