On ESPN we show you the weak points of Koeman’s team, which has let go of great opportunities to take the top of the general table in the Spanish league
Barcelona practically said goodbye to their chances of winning LaLiga after drawing against Levante (3-3), in a game that reflected the main weaknesses that explain the collapse of Barça in this final stretch of the season, such as defensive fragility, bad second parts or ineffective coach changes.
After the return from the last team break, at the end of March, the Catalan team has not found regularity in the championship. Since then, the Barça He has only won four of the eight games played, compared to Valladolid (1-0), Getafe (5-2), Villarreal (1-2) and Valencia (2-3).
The rest of the matches are counted by losses, first in the Classic against Real Madrid (2-1) and then against Granada (1-2), and recently also draws, against Atlético de Madrid (0-0) and the Levante (3-3). All this leaves a balance of 14 points won out of the last 28 possible.
During this period, the only exception was made by the end of the Copa del Rey. The Barça was exhibited against him Athletic Club (0-4) and thus broke a drought of almost two years without winning any title, although the good game of that day has not finished curdling in LaLiga, where several factors explain the poor performance.
Barcelona has conceded 12 goals in the last eight games played, and has only managed to keep a clean sheet in two of these games. The Barça defense has been the line most punished by injuries throughout the season, but in this final stretch it has made waters on its own merits.
Before him Levante, received two goals in less than five minutes, and in the photo of the third goal the marking errors of Gerard Piqué and Sergiño Dest, in the same way as in front of Granada They were Óscar Mingueza and Sergi Roberto the main ones mentioned.
Second parts never was good
In the last duel of the City of Valencia, the Barça He returned to give the second half to the rival, allowing himself to tie a game that seemed on track with a 0-2 at halftime.
A situation that seemed to emulate the comeback of the Granada at the Camp Nou, he was also able to score two goals in less than 15 minutes during the second half. In both duels, a moment of disconnection was enough for the Catalan team to miss the three points.
Problems closing matches
The Barcelona He has not even shown an image of solidity in those games that he has ended up winning. Before him Valladolid, it was not until minute 90 that Ousmane Dembele He opened the can and scored the only winning goal.
In the same way, the Barcelona team also saw how their triumphs were complicated by the minimum against the Villarreal and the Valencia. In these two encounters in Valencian lands, the Barça ended up asking for the time, while before him Getafe at the Camp Nou he did not find tranquility until the last minutes.
Ronald Koeman he has chosen on several occasions to make defensive changes that have not always served to close games well. On the contrary, Barça He has always ended up suffering when his coach has opted to make the team take a step back.
The party of Levante is the latest example: the Dutch coach replaced a striker as Dembele, who was one of the most active players of the match, on a side like Dest. Despite this defensive reinforcement, the men of Koeman They weren’t able to keep the 2-3 and, in the last minutes, they received the tying goal.
Stumbling against direct rivals
In a League As even as this season, beating direct rivals is key, not only to open a points gap, but also to win the ‘goal average’ in the event of a tie.
But before Real Madrid and Atlético, the Barça he did not achieve one thing or the other. The Catalans fell in the Clásico, in a match in which they were always in tow, and did not go beyond the draw against the rojiblanco team last Saturday.
The Barcelona, in addition, he did not measure up in the decisive game against him Granada. Had he won that match, he would have been the solo leader of LaLiga and perhaps now the story would be different, but he ended up losing and, with two days remaining, the title seems more like a chimera.