Barcelona continues to deepen its crisis. After being thrashed by the París Saint-Germain (PSG) in the round of 16 of the first leg Champions League, tied before Cadiz this Sunday for La Liga and still cannot get close to the top of the standings. The panorama made his coach, Ronald Koeman, could not hide his discomfort by what the team shows on the field.
The Dutchman admitted to being “very disappointed, perhaps even more so than on Tuesday”, when his team fell 4-1 to the French side and was on the verge of elimination from the most important continental competition in Europe. “We could close the gap with those at the top, in a match in which we have not encountered many problems, it is a match that this team has to win and it has not,” he said at the press conference after the match.
Regarding Cádiz’s equalizing goal, which his team suffered in the 89th minute from a penalty of Clement Lenglet, the coach pointed out that in “a game like this, when you have the scoreboard with a goal difference, things can always happen against them” and also that the infraction was very doubtful. However, he aimed directly against his central marker: “I had to risk and go for the ball”, and recalled that for “a defender it is important to know where he is.”
Koeman regretted that his team was not “up to par” in a meeting against an opponent who “has defended behind”. About the options Barça fighting for the League, he denied that the tie “is unforgivable”, although he admitted: “It has been a great opportunity to close the gap.” In turn, he was annoyed at not having been able to beat the Cadiz In the two games they played for La Liga: “It shows that you have to fight and be well for the games. In the two games against them we have missed five points and this cannot be ”.
At the moment, the Atlético de Madrid is the only leader of the tournament with 55 points in 23 rounds, followed by the Real Madrid who has 54, although one more game. The Catalan team remain in third place with 47 units, closely followed by the Sevilla, two below and with a pending duel.
Five days after the 4-1 loss to him PSG, the Barcelona chained a new mediocre performance, despite having taken advantage thanks to a penalty of Lionel Messi half an hour into the game. With his cry from eleven meters, the Argentine reached his old Luis Suarez at the top of the gunners table, both with 16 points. With 60 goals scored from 73 penalties in the League, he is now just one behind the historical record of his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who had scored 61 of 72 during his time at Real Madrid (2009-2018).
With information from EFE