Yesterday, FC Barcelona lost 2-3 to Athletic Club in the final of the Spanish Super Cup and wasted the opportunity to lift their first title since 2019. The team led by Ronald Koeman missed the advantage twice in the scoreboard, for which they had to dispute the extra time, where the Basque team achieved victory with a goal from Iñaki Williams. With this, the disappointment returns to the environment of the Catalan club, which had shown a notable improvement in the first matches of the year.
Iñaki Williams has converted 6 GOALS to FC Barcelona. He has scored in the Copa del Rey (4), the Spanish League (1) and, now, the Spanish Super Cup (1). The culés are his MAXIMUM CLIENTS since he made his professional debut.
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The game will be remembered because at minute 120, the referee Juan Gil Manzano expelled the captain of Barcelona, Lionel Messi for an attack without the ball on Asier Villalibre. In this way Messi suffered the first expulsion of his career as a Barcelona footballer (he has been sent off twice with Argentina). Despite the substantial improvement of those led by Koeman, yesterday Athletic gave a great game and annulled much of the Blaugrana game, whose serious defensive errors completely conditioned the final result. Here are the 4 reasons why Barcelona lost the Super Cup:
Marcelino has already won two titles against Barcelona. | Soccrates Images / .
The Dutch Barcelona coach opted for the team that had been giving him results, with Busquets, Pedri and Frenkie de Jong in midfield, while Marcelino decided to put in 5 midfielders to nullify Barcelona’s internal game and thus limit the number of balls that came to Messi, Griezmann and Dembélé. This translated into 12 arrivals from Bilbao, for 10 from Catalans.
Barcelona is one of the Basque forward’s favorite clients. | Pool / .
Since Iñaki Williams debuted as a professional footballer, the team that has scored the most goals is Barcelona (6 goals). The forward acquires extra motivation when he faces the Catalans, and that translates into goals and great performances. Yesterday, a goal of his gave the title to Athletic’s team.
Alba gave two assists, but also made a mistake in two of the goals that Barcelona received. | Quality Sport Images / .
Since Gerard Piqué’s injury, Barcelona have conceded an average of one goal per game. Yesterday, two specific errors by Jordi Alba led them to dispute overtime. Neither Mingueza, Lenglet, nor Araujo have proven to be reliable defenders. It is known that Koeman has requested reinforcements from the board, but the economic situation of Barcelona did not allow the arrival of anyone.
The Argentine attacked Asier Villalibre. | CRISTINA QUICLER / .
Part of Athletic’s strategy was based mainly on isolating and nullifying the best footballer in the world. The ’10’ was never comfortable, because in the few balls he received, he was quickly stopped with fouls. Deranged and a victim of despair, the captain attacked Villalibre in one of the last plays of the match, for which he had to be expelled.