Another day, one other humiliation for Barcelona.
The Catalan giants are present process one of the tough spells within the membership’s historical past, and Saturday night time’s 2-0 defeat in opposition to Atletico Madrid was a reminder of simply that.
On a visit to the reigning La Liga champions, Barcelona was performed out in each division on the pitch. It was yet one more impolite awakening to the undeniable fact that Ronald Koeman’s aspect, regardless of being the mighty Barcelona, is miles away from the highest of the home ladder – not to mention the continental.
In a extra acquainted 4-3-3 formation this time, the sensation earlier than the match was optimistic when the membership had returned to its extra pure identification. Free-flowing soccer, filled with silky creativity with a compact and difficult entrance three flanked by aggressive and scary backs-yes, that is the way it felt.
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Instead, it was we received a Barcelona lineup that’s struggling to implement the unplayable options.
On the hill, the naturally right-footed Sergino Dest couldn’t pose a menace from the left whereas Oscar Mingueza, who’s a midfielder, didn’t add any menace within the final third when he dared to maneuver up.
In midfield, it turned out over time that Koeman had carried out two holding midfielders with two roaming extensive males, which restricted the aspect’s skill to play sharply by way of a dynamic and well-drilled Atletico workforce.
The supposed floatability of a entrance 4 appears to encompass Memphis Depay, Philippe Coutinho, Gavi and Frenkie de Jong had been nothing however confused, sloppy and messy. In distinction to the ruthlessness and dexterity of Luis Suarez, Joao Felix and Thomas Lemar for the hosts, Barcelona’s try and carve out alternatives with a replaceable entrance line was frankly embarrassing.
Thomas Lemar breaks the impasse! ? ⚪
An emphatic end pushes Atleti in entrance of Barca? pic.twitter.com/TT0frLRla2
– Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) October 2, 2021
To be truthful to the Catalans, the 2-0 defeat in opposition to Los Rojiblancos represented their first within the La Liga marketing campaign. But it was one other night time that demonstrated their critical and unrecognizable lack of troop depth and general high quality.
However, it was optimistic to take away amongst all of the deplorable occasions from Saturday night time.
Barcelona nonetheless has an identification – a course … kind.
Against Atletico, Koeman went out with 5 La Masia teachers within the beginning XI. It reductions the misplaced Ansu Fati, who made one other substitute look on his method to full restoration, and Sergi Roberto and Riqui Puig, who had been additionally featured from the bench.
If a silver lining comes out of the painful and tormented cloud that’s Barcelona’s monetary turmoil, it’s the rebirth of the significance and presence of the membership’s well-known academy.
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– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 2, 2021
By necessity, Koeman has reintegrated the sublimely gifted youth of La Masia into the longer term of the membership and given individuals like Mingueza, Gavi and Nico Gonzalez the platform for growth, growth and brilliance.
17-year-old Gavi, particularly, exhibits his perseverance and sophistication on the pitch, and after one other vivid efficiency on Saturday, he’s yet one more small reminder that the membership has course regardless of a horrible present scenario.
Lack of world-class high quality will inevitably value Barcelona some comparatively respectable consequence for the 2021/22 marketing campaign – a lot is already clear. But their saving grace could be the emergence of extra educational alternatives for the senior aspect – a transparent path that the membership is heading.