The challenge, impossible? of Barcelona to be League champion

Barcelona is twelve points behind Real Sociedad, the First Division leader, at an insurmountable distance?

Barcelona have a bad run on their calendar that has made them add a victory in the last six league games (5-2 at Betis) and move away from the top positions in the table. In fact, he is twelve points behind a solid leader such as Real Sociedad.

No team has been able to go back 12 points behind a leader to win the League. Therefore, if we stick to the precedents, Barça faces a historic mission.

It is true that the Catalans already came back at the end of the 90s from a deficit of nine points against Cúper’s Mallorca. It happened in the 98-99 season when he closed the gap to become champions with Van Gaal on the bench.

On the opposite sidewalk they saw how the Madridistas came back six points behind that they had on matchday 24 against the Catalans precisely. It happened in 2006-2007 with Capello and those of Rijkaard lost the League.

I’ve never been so close to descent

Barcelona were not 4 points or less from relegation positions at this point in the standings for 18 seasons (specifically Matchday 26).

Specifically in that disastrous 2002-2003 of the Cocu, Saviola, Kluivert or Frank de Boer and who had three coaches (Van Gaal, de la Cruz and Antic) he finished sixth out of the Champions League.

Two games less

It is true that Barcelona have two games less than most of their rivals, starting the season later, taking into account their participation in the last Champions League at the end of August. They are Barça-Elche and Athletic-Barça

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The challenge, impossible? of Barcelona to be League champion

Barcelona is twelve points behind Real Sociedad, the First Division leader, at an insurmountable distance?

Barcelona have a bad run on their calendar that has made them add a victory in the last six league games (5-2 at Betis) and move away from the top positions in the table. In fact, he is twelve points behind a solid leader such as Real Sociedad.

No team has been able to go back 12 points behind a leader to win the League. Therefore, if we stick to the precedents, Barça faces a historic mission.

It is true that the Catalans already came back at the end of the 90s from a deficit of nine points against Cúper’s Mallorca. It happened in the 98-99 season when he closed the gap to become champions with Van Gaal on the bench.

On the opposite sidewalk they saw how the Madridistas came back six points behind that they had on matchday 24 against the Catalans precisely. It happened in 2006-2007 with Capello and those of Rijkaard lost the League.

I’ve never been so close to descent

Barcelona were not 4 points or less from relegation positions at this point in the standings for 18 seasons (specifically Matchday 26).

Specifically in that disastrous 2002-2003 of the Cocu, Saviola, Kluivert or Frank de Boer and who had three coaches (Van Gaal, de la Cruz and Antic) he finished sixth out of the Champions League.

Two games less

It is true that Barcelona have two games less than most of their rivals, starting the season later, taking into account their participation in the last Champions League at the end of August. They are Barça-Elche and Athletic-Barça

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Barcelona signs the worst start with 3-point LaLiga

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.

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Ronald Koeman continues to trust his team

A Ronald Koeman He was found saddened in the press room after the 1-0 loss, but tried to make an upbeat speech. “We need a series of positive results. This is no time for doubts. We have the squad that we have due to many circumstances and we must continue working hard to improve the results,” said the Barcelona coach, explaining that, after Atlético’s goal: “We have had two clear chances to draw, but it couldn’t be.”

“I am responsible. We have to improve the results and continue to trust. We are working but we have to improve defensively and in attack. I try to put the best team available; the players have done everything possible but I am not worried about the championship yet,” he said. Koeman, without extending much more in his analysis although acknowledging that Atlético’s goal was especially hard to accept.

“The goal has come in our failure, but at that moment of the game, reaching the end, you cannot lose the ball, that cannot happen,” said the Barça coach, who did not personalize the play and did show his “concern “for the injury that Hammered may have.

“We have to wait. Much damage has been done and I have not yet spoken with the doctors or with him. We will have to wait until tomorrow to know how long he will be out,” he advanced, warning that the problem in the center of the defense will continue to be capital in the team because Araujo “is training individually and I don’t think he can make it to Tuesday or Sunday yet.”

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Simeone ends the curse and leaves Koeman pointed out

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.

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Barcelona said no to Joao Felix but does not lose sight of him

Barça made the first reports in 2014 and since then it has tried to incorporate him on occasions as “he has great talent and personality”.


THE INTRAHISTORY


Joao Félix has never stopped dazzling anyone who noticed him, including Barcelona . The Barça club discovered him six years ago, when he was still a youth who stood out at Porto, a team that left the summer of 2015 to join the Benfica youth team of his heart. When it was released with the subsidiary after a year, Barcelona was still there, watching him every weekend and taking note of the growth of this very young playmaker who today has become one of the great sensations of LaLiga.

According to reliable sources from the Barcelona technical secretariat, they explain to Goal “the reports we had of him were always excellent” . Prepared through the scout that Barcelona has in Portugal, the Catalan club was always aware that a superlative footballer was cooking in the Benfica quarry, a potential Ballon d’Or that it would be convenient not to lose sight of but Barcelona quickly realized that they were not the only European club that had noticed Joao . It was impossible for it to be otherwise, as the Benfica subsidiary soon outgrew him and in 2018 he promoted the first team. He was seventeen years old.

“Its price was disproportionate”

It was hard to start. The coach, Rui Vitória, began to give him ball in the Portuguese championship, where he enjoyed a few moments in the beginning. He made his debut as a scorer in a big way, in his second game, where he also saved the tie in the Lisbon derby against Sporting and in the last months of 2018 he was relegated to the bench. It was the last time he went unnoticed although in Barcelona for a long time that “there were no doubts with him” since it was clear that he was going to crack . At this point, it would not take long to prove it.

He started 2019 as a shot and in his third start he scored the two goals with which Benfica beat Rio Ave to continue wetting in the coming games. The Barcelona offices spoke more and better about him and they got in touch with Jorge Mendes to address a possible transfer in summer. However, the Barça club found that the Portuguese agent was auctioning him off and “its price was already disproportionate” . Juventus was also moving to incorporate the latest talent in Portuguese football and He was aiming for a multi-million dollar transfer in the summer.

Barcelona does not lose sight of him

Barcelona, ​​captivated by the quality of the playmaker, their incorporation was raised , estimated at 127 million euros reflected in its termination clause. But nevertheless, The azulgrana club was looking for a center forward and with Antoine Griezmann approved, they decided to incorporate the French but still looking askance at the Portuguese, who left for Atlético de Madrid precisely thanks to the transfer of Griezmann to a Barcelona that does not forget the Portuguese.

“He continues to be a player of great talent and personality” They confirm at the Camp Nou after a first year of adaptation in the mattress box in which he did not shine yet but he did leave flashes of the great player he could become. And in faith that he has fulfilled. Nowadays He is one of the top scorers in the First Division and no one disputes his descent and leadership on the grass every time he catches the ball and faces the opposing goal.

The Barcelona reports are still there but they have become outdated Although the latter have in common with the former who realized that they are dealing with a special player destined to become one of the great and Barcelona will be there if you decide to leave Atlético at one point or another . For now, the Barça fans will have to tie him short on Saturday to avoid new breaks in a particularly unstable defense. Joao arrives more plugged in than ever and wanting to show that He is a different footballer from the rest, although Barcelona has known that for many years.

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Simeone press conference on Atlético Madrid vs. Barcelona: “The positive of Luis Suárez? We are exposed like the whole society”

The Argentine coach analyzed how his team faces the visit of Barcelona and made it clear that Costa would be the replacement for Luis Suárez in the eleven.

Diego Simeone appeared at a press conference to analyze how Atlético de Madrid arrives at the important duel against Barcelona this Saturday at 9:00 p.m. at the Wanda Metropolitano and He valued the loss of Luis Suárez after testing positive for coronavirus.

“We are part of society and we are with the possibility that some boy can touch him and we will have to go out with other players and wait for both Suárez and Lucas (Torreira) to recover as soon as possible,” said the coach.

The virtues of Barça: “The best thing about Barça is that it has a goal. It will not affect anything for tomorrow’s game what is spoken outside … inside the dressing room it does not affect. We face a rival with hierarchy, a squad that is being renewed with young people with a phenomenal level. It will be hard, complex … They have an important speed when it comes to recovering the ball and an order … is the trait of Barcelona “.

How it has changed with Koeman: “The trait is the same, then it will have nuances according to the coach. He is trying to convey what the team shows in the field. Speed ​​from recovery, order to work the exit … The coaches try to continue incorporating things, but the Barcelona’s trait is given by many footballers who have been at the club for years, especially the spine, Piqué, Busquets, Messi… ”.

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Koke’s good time: “He is a very important player, I have said it countless times, because of his tactics, because he first understands the needs of the team. He has grown a lot after the quarantine. He has done very well, with a more dynamic step, and that is reproduced in his team and the consequence takes the national team to that level. Koke, at some point not so positive in terms of football, is very important tactically, that sustains him when the game is not good. Today that everything is with him, he can develop everything. “

Carrasco: “Like many other boys, he is at a good level, he has been away for two or three weeks, he is already with the group all week. It shows that it is to play as well. There is a good competition. Saúl can play, he… ”.

Diego Costa could be a starter instead of Suárez: “He has the opportunity to come back against Barça, he’s fine, to play and taken into account to be able to start”.

Criticisms of Griezmann in Barcelona: “I have great personal affection for Griezman … I am not the one to comment on his affairs with Barcelona.”

The growth of Joao Felix: “We are talking about Joao Félix, and it will be Joao Félix, everything he does will be directed to his own name. It grows daily, it excites us and excites us “.

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Joao Félix, the platonic love of Barcelona

Barça made the first reports in 2014 and since then it has tried to incorporate him on occasions as “he has great talent and personality”.


THE INTRAHISTORY


Joao Félix has never stopped dazzling anyone who noticed him, including Barcelona. The Barça club discovered him six years ago, when he was still a youth who stood out at Porto, a team that left the summer of 2015 to join the Benfica youth team of his heart. When it was released with the subsidiary after a year, Barcelona was still there, watching him every weekend and taking note of the growth of this very young playmaker who today has become one of the great sensations of LaLiga.

According to reliable sources from the Barcelona technical secretariat, they explain to Goal “the reports we had of him were always excellent”. Prepared through the scout that Barcelona has in Portugal, the Catalan club was always aware that a superlative footballer was cooking in the Benfica quarry, a potential Ballon d’Or that it would be convenient not to lose sight of but Barcelona quickly realized that they were not the only European club that had noticed Joao. It was impossible for it to be otherwise, as the Benfica subsidiary soon outgrew him and in 2018 he promoted the first team. He was seventeen years old.

“Its price was disproportionate”

It was hard to start. The coach, Rui Vitória, began to give him ball in the Portuguese championship, where he enjoyed a few moments in the beginning. He made his debut as a scorer in a big way, in his second game, where he also saved the tie in the Lisbon derby against Sporting and in the last months of 2018 he was relegated to the bench. It was the last time he went unnoticed although in Barcelona for a long time that “there were no doubts with him” since it was clear that he was going to crack. At this point, it would not take long to prove it.

He started 2019 as a shot and in his third start he scored the two goals with which Benfica beat Rio Ave to continue wetting in the coming games. The Barcelona offices spoke more and better about him and they got in touch with Jorge Mendes to address a possible transfer in summer. However, the Barça club found that the Portuguese agent was auctioning him off and “its price was already disproportionate”. Juventus was also moving to incorporate the latest talent in Portuguese football and He was aiming for a multi-million dollar transfer in the summer.

Barcelona does not lose sight of him

Barcelona, ​​captivated by the quality of the playmaker, their incorporation was raised, estimated at 127 million euros reflected in its termination clause. But nevertheless, The azulgrana club was looking for a center forward and with Antoine Griezmann approved, they decided to incorporate the French but still looking askance at the Portuguese, who left for Atlético de Madrid precisely thanks to the transfer of Griezmann to a Barcelona that does not forget the Portuguese.

“He continues to be a player of great talent and personality” They confirm at the Camp Nou after a first year of adaptation in the mattress box in which he did not shine yet but he did leave flashes of the great player he could become. And in faith that he has fulfilled. Nowadays He is one of the top scorers in the First Division and no one disputes his descent and leadership on the grass every time he catches the ball and faces the opposing goal.

The Barcelona reports are still there but they have become outdated Although the latter have in common with the former who realized that they are dealing with a special player destined to become one of the great and Barcelona will be there if you decide to leave Atlético at one point or another. For now, the Barça fans will have to tie him short on Saturday to avoid new breaks in a particularly unstable defense. Joao arrives more plugged in than ever and wanting to show that He is a different footballer from the rest, although Barcelona has known that for many years.

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Messi averages 0.78 goals in his duels against Atlético

Leo messi will play this Saturday in the Wanda Metropolitano his 800th game with the Barça shirt against him Atlético de Madrid, the second team he has faced the most times (41), only surpassed by Real Madrid (44). In these 41 games, the Rosario has scored 32 goals, with an average of 0.78 targets per duel. Leo has marked the Athletic in the last four games and, if he scored on Saturday, he would equal his best streak in this chapter with five games in a row.

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Three hat-tricks and three doubles are the best brands of Messi in the duels against the colchonero team, although he has not converted more than one goal to the Madrid team since December 16, 2012. That day he scored a double for Barça-Atlético (4-1) in the League. In 16 games Messi he has scored a goal for the Madrid team and in 18 failed to pierce the rival’s frame. His worst streak was between May 2013 and May 2014: seven games without seeing the door (one win, five draws and one loss).

A significant data from the matches of Messi against him Atlético de Madrid is that the ’10’ Barça have not known defeat in the League since February 14, 2010 (2-1). Since then —more than 10 years—, he has played 20 games, with a balance of 14 wins and six draws, in addition to scoring 19 goals. In total, of Leo’s 41 games against Atlético, he has won 24, tied 10 and lost 7.

Best winning streak

The best winning streak was ever experienced Messi between January 2015 and April 2016, a period in which he won seven consecutive games at Athletic: four in the League, two in the Copa del Rey and one in the Champions League.

On the contrary, the last three defeats against him Athletic -Spaced between 2014 and 2020- were painful and meant two eliminations in the quarterfinals of the Champions League and being out of the final of the Spanish Super Cup, in the first edition played outside of Spain. A defeat that ended up costing the coach, Ernesto Valverde, his position on the Barcelona bench.

One of Leo’s most memorable games against Atlético is on Three Kings Day 2009, when he scored three goals dressed in yellow at Manzanares and left the team with a foot and a half in the next round.

Since 2013 the matches between Barça, with Messi, and the AthleticThey have been very level and neither team has been able to beat the other by a difference greater than two goals. Thus, of the last 26 duels, the Barça he has won 13 but only a pair by two goals. The Athletic, of the three victories that he adds in this period, only one had the same difference. The rest of the games -10- ended with a draw. Equality, then, is the trend in recent years.

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Atlético de Madrid, to break their surprising ‘curse’ of Valentine’s Day

The historic bad streak in the League: The rojiblancos have not beat Barça at home since 2010

It was February 24, 2010, Valentine’s Day, patron saint of lovers. Since then, Atlético de Madrid doesn’t know what it’s like to beat FC Barcelona in the league at their stadium. Either in the defunct Vicente Calderón stadium or in his current home, the Wanda Metropolitano. It is true that Diego Pablo Simeone’s team has won and eliminated Barça in important events (he knocked them out in the Champions League on two occasions and also in the Spanish Super Cup played in Arabia), but his pending issue is to beat the Barça in the League. And it is that, since that red and white Valentine’s Day where the mattresses prevailed 2-1 with goals from Forlán and Simao, Atleti is not able to sink their teeth into Barça at home.

The numbers of Atleti against Barça in the tournament of regularity give panic. There are 20 games in a row in the championship without beating Barça, with a balance of fourteen wins and six draws. Diego Pablo Simeone who has never beaten the Catalans in LaLiga, a fact for which many criticize him. However, the real “culprit” of the bad athletic streak is not Cholo, but Leo Messi. The Argentine, in the last 20 games against Atleti, has been the rojiblancos’ “black beast”: in that time Barça has scored 38 goals, and Messi has vaccinated Atleti a whopping 19 goals, half of all his team. Absolute madness.

As for the last ten visits by Barça, the culé team has always emerged unscathed and without blemish from the athletic fiefdom. Last year he decided on a goal from Messi in the last leg of the match (0-1), when Atleti had dominated; two courses ago, Dembéle gave Barça a hard-fought draw (1-1); three ago, Suárez, today at Atleti, scored to tie (1-1); and four, five and six years ago, Barça prevailed with victories by 1-2, 1-2 and 0-1. In fact, in the last ten Atleti-Barça, the most repeated result has been a 1-2 victory for Barcelona.

In short, Atleti has not won a home game against Barça since Valentine’s Day 2010. And precisely that is the major challenge that Simeone’s team must face, which curiously has 18 games in a row without losing at the Metropolitano, when they lost, indeed, against Barça, 0-1 with a goal from Messi. We will see if Atleti is capable of breaking the “curse” of Valentine’s Day or if, on the contrary, Barça once again shows that Atleti’s field is Messi’s private garden.

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