FC Barcelona – La Liga Defensive errors have defined their season
If there’s anything that characterises Barcelona under Ronald Koeman, it’s their defensive problems.
The Dutchman has looked to evolve the side, with improvements have been made in attack, but he hasn’t been able to eliminate their issues at the back.
There was a lot of talk of signing a new centre-back during the January transfer window, and although Eric Garcia was the most likely arrival, the presidential candidates failed to give Carles Tusquets the green light to sign him.
Clement Lenglet‘s concession of a penalty against Cadiz at the weekend just highlighted their problems again in what was the latest failure to cost the Catalans points.
Lenglet gave away an avoidable penalty on Sergio Ramos by grabbing the Spaniard in the area and, as a result, started his troubles this season.
A game that ended in a disappointing defeat for Barcelona, Cadiz’s second goal came as a result of a series of errors involving Jordi Alba, Lenglet and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The Catalans lost top spot in the group as they collapsed at home to the Italians. Lenglet was particularly bad that night, and again he conceded a penalty for a foolish handball.
Alaves‘ 31st-minute goal came because of a complete misunderstanding between Gerard Pique and Neto.
At the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, the Catalan defender was again involved, losing a cheap ball which caused Ter Stegen to race out of his goal, leaving Yannick Carrasco with a chance to score into the empty net.
A Samuel Umtiti error let the Andalusians score.
This time in the Copa del Rey, Umtiti was disastrous. The Frenchman barely put a foot right and was responsible for both goals.