MADRID — Simeone ended his bad league fario against Barcelona. After 18 games as Atlético de Madrid coach, the Argentine was finally able to savor a victory in the championship, after six draws and 11 defeats against the Barça team since he took over the mattress squad.
Atlético joins the League car with all the honors, sharing the leadership for the moment with Real Sociedad and being the only First Division team that does not know defeat … While Barça de Ronald Koeman He already has three lost games in eight games played, having dropped no less than 13 points and remaining nine behind the lead.
This is the worst start of the league for the Barça team since the 1991-92 season, when they played eight games and bearing the same numbers (3 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats), when the wins were scored with two points and it was seventh to seven points from then leader Real Madrid. That season Barça, with Koeman in the team he directed Johan Cruyff, He ended up conquering it, League and Champions … But the sensations, of course, are not the same.
Broken by the axis, Gerard Piqué’s injury was the last of the worst news for a Barcelona that barely added four points out of fifteen played as a visitor this season and that had not badly lived nine of Atlético since the 1995-96 season, the course of the mattress double … With Simeone.
Koeman regretted the bad fortune, nothing new, and warned that the squad he has “is what there is”, but the team’s game did not give any sense of optimism. Without playing in the center of the field and without breaking in attack, with a Messi who completed a game to forget, far from the leadership that the captain is supposed to be, Barça suffers in the middle of the table …
With Atlético nine points ahead, six with Real Madrid (who beat him at the Camp Nou) and desperate to find a personality that brings him closer to the image he showed in Turin, probably his best game of the season and that at this point it is the exception to a little less than regrettable rule.
Without aspiring to excellence, Barcelona is not even solid. Desperately seeking attack, Koeman does not attend to the combination game in the center of the field, with minimal variations and with a De Jong that in nothing, absolutely nothing, reminds of the magnificent player who marveled at Ajax.
Between optimism and despair, the season is advancing towards its third month of competition and the future around the Camp Nou looks more bleak than exciting. In an economically collapsed club, which is approaching a momentous election in its recent history, with the figure of Messi on stage, without knowing what his plans are, and a squad that, little by little, allows himself to be won by discouragement.
If this was a transitional season, it would be good to know immediately … As much as a transition at Barça is unheard of and even more painful to see what a team offers too often a team that, after eight league games, contemplates the top positions far away. Too.