FC Barcelona – La Liga Five defeats in important games
Barcelona fell to a 2-0 defeat in the Copa del Rey at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Wednesday evening, delivering a blow to their chances of winning silverware this term.
Coming from two goals behind isn’t impossible for the Catalans, but to do so against a strong Sevilla side is an uphill battle.
The loss has come just as Barcelona were starting to impress under Ronald Koeman, and the defeat is seen by some as evidence that they’re not yet ready to compete with the bigger sides.
The club had hoped that they had come through their difficulties in 2021, but their defeats against Sevilla and Athletic Club have hit them with something of a wake-up call.
Barcelona have played seven games this season that could be considered to have been against opposition of a higher quality than most. Of those seven, they’ve only won once (at Juventus in the Champions League) and drawn once (against Sevilla in LaLiga Santander), losing the other five.
They lost 3-1 to Real Madrid, 1-0 to Atletico Madrid, 3-0 to Juventus, 3-2 to Athletic and 2-0 to Sevilla. Those results highlight just how tough they’ve found it to score against the bigger teams, two of their three goals have come from Antoine Griezmann, while the other came from Ansu Fati.
Lionel Messi, for his part, only scored a penalty in Turin in all of those seven goals.
But their biggest problem lies at the back. Decimated by injuries and sub-par players, Koeman has had to be creative and practically reinvent his backline in every game.
Mistakes have added up, and they start on the back foot because of their vulnerabilities at the back. In those five defeats, they conceded 12 times.
With the Supercopa de Espana already gone, Barcelona are in a troubling position in LaLiga Santander and in the Copa del Rey semi-finals as well. On Tuesday, they face Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
It’s going to be a long, tough second half of the season for Barcelona.