Ronald Koeman’s team has the worst start to the season in the modern era of the championship and is closer to relegation than to the lead
Things are not going well for Ronald Koeman at the helm of Barcelona. Apart from having to regret the injuries of Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto, the Wanda Metropolitano was also the setting in which the Dutch coach signed the worst start for the Barça team since LaLiga paid for the victory with three points, that is, since the 1995-1996 season. Curiously, that was the first time the Barcelona players played without Koeman, who had just left Barcelona after six successful seasons.
This time things don’t look good after having achieved just 11 points in the 8 games played. It is a very scarce baggage for a club like Barcelona, which on Saturday slept in the tenth position from the table waiting for you Valencia, Getafe, Athletic Club and even Eibar can overtake him.
An unprecedented start
The last season in which Barcelona presented a similar performance was in the 2005-2006, when the team coached by Frank Rijkaard added 13 points in 8 games. That year, Barcelona won LaLiga -also the second Champions League in its history- although the dynamics were very different then and this time the game was conspicuous by its absence, as were the results.
Today’s Barcelona, in fact, is closer to relegation, which has 4 points, than the leadership, at 9. And never a team with that distance from the leader at this point has achieved the title at the end of the season. The month of November has not even ended and, precedents in hand, the Barça club leaves the fight for LaLiga.