Barcelona reaps only 11 points in eight dates played and is nine from the top. The analysis of the Dutch coach after the defeat against Atlético de Madrid and the injuries of Piqué and Sergi Roberto.
Barcelona It is far from those golden years with Pep Guardiola or Luis Enrique. It is another team (in an institution in crisis), with notably less hierarchy, despite still having Lionel Messi. And after the defeat against Atlético de Madrid 1-0, adds only 11 points in eight games played and it is his worst start in the Spanish League in the last 25 years.
To look for something similar, you have to go back to the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, when in the first eight days they had harvested half of the units in play. Of course, it is something that it worries the Catalans, but for many it is logical considering that it is a team that suffered several casualties in the latest pass market and did not add high-class players.
Regarding the performance before the team of the Cholo, Coach Ronald Koeman, commented: “We have not had many chances, but we did have two clear ones to tie the game. It is always difficult in a difficult game. We know that they defend very well and it is difficult to generate many opportunities for them. good when you lose the ball. Atlético’s goal was our failure, because in one minute as the game was, on 47 or so, having the ball, losing it and they score, it’s not good … What happened on that 1-0 play can’t happen. You can’t get a goal like that. “
Nine points behind the leader Real Sociedad, the Dutch coach They asked him about Barcelona’s aspirations in this league. “I am not worried about the championship, but we do need a series of matches won,” said the Netherlands coach. Although there is a long way to go, three defeats in just eight dates is too much for Barcelona. “We know we have to improve the results and continue to trust the players I have. We are working, but we have to improve things defensively and in attack” added. Of course it is an exaggeration to think about it, but Barcelona is only four points away from the relegation places.
Koeman preferred to be cautious after the injury -in principle, a knee sprain- of Gerard Piqué: “We have to wait. Of course I have seen that a lot of damage has been done, he has gone away and I have not yet spoken with the doctor or with Gerard. That’s why I said that we have to wait until tomorrow (for this Sunday) to find out more, “he reported. And also in reference to Sergi Roberto’s muscle problem, Koeman expanded: “I’m worried like any coach would be. If they’re going to be away for a long time I don’t know …”.
Barça’s next game will be this Tuesday 24th, against Dinamo Kiev, away, for the Champions League.