Lately the Barça team has not been good at playing in a neutral fiefdom, where they have won three consecutive defeats in as many competitions: Cup, Spanish Super Cup and Champions League. The challenge of all Ronald Koeman in Córdoba is to return to the path of victory playing in this condition, as he did the last time he played on a neutral field and savored the honeys of triumph by winning the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla in Tangier on August 12, 2018. On that occasion the tournament, unlike now, was played as a single match.
However, since then, the Barça has played in the three games in which he has played on neutral ground. He lost the final of the Cup against Valencia (1-2) at Benito Villamarín in Seville, he also lost against Atlético de Madrid (2-3) the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup in Jeddah and also lost the quarterfinals Champions League final in Lisbon against Bayern Munich (2-8), a single match.
The first KO was painful because, after a terrible first half, in which Valencia dominated 0-2 with goals from Gameiro and Rodrigo, Barça was close to equalizing in the second. Messi He opened the door of hope in the 73rd minute and was able to tie in the 84th minute. The captain had the consolation of beating Zarra in goals scored in finals of KO competition.
The other defeats
The second defeat had consequences: the cessation of Ernesto Valverde. He Barça, who started losing, turned the scoreboard and, with goals Messi and Griezmann, had Atlético on the ropes in Saudi Arabia, in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup. However, he suffered a loss in the final stretch and Morata (minute 81) and Correa (minute 86) left the Barça without end. He Barça was allowed to go back, but the truth is that the VAR was the protagonist by not entering a penalty to Arturo vidal and in another to Umtiti.
However, the last defeat was the one that did the most damage. The team, already in the hands of Quique Setién, suffered a historic blow at the Da Luz stadium in Lisboa when being swept by Bayern Munich: 2-8. He FC Barcelona It sank and was especially hurtful in the final stretch of the match, in which the Barça team received three goals in seven minutes, the last two by the Brazilian. Coutinho, who played for the Bavarian team on loan from the Barça.