Barcelona have lost for the third time in eight league games this season. The Catalans finished the night in 10th place in the standings, where they are already 11 points behind Atletico Madrid with 11 points. Madrid with five defenders in the back row did not give the guests many opportunities to threaten the gate Jana Oblaka, but they seriously closed themselves in the first half with attempts Saula nigueza(excellent defenseMarc-Andre ter Stegna) in Marcosa Llorenteja, stopped by a crossbar.
Barca played better, especially at the end of the half, but apart from efforts Antoina Griezmanna, who shot over goal from a difficult position after passing from the flank, and who did not threaten to escape from Messi, who ended with a harmless shot on the ground in the hands of the Slovenian goalkeeper. Plus, he’s in the last act of the half after missing the ball Gerard Pique Atletico’s counterattack was impressive and only shocking dirt was stopped. Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, after a German goalkeeper inexplicably wanted to intervene about 40 meters from his goal.
‘A big team can’t accept a goal like that’
“Like any coach, I am responsible. I will continue to trust the players I have, but there are things we need to improve on defense and attack. We need to start winning in the series, “he said.said the Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, who did not skimp on criticism at the expense of a humbly received goal, which ultimately determined the winner as well.
“It’s worrying that we got a goal that way in the referee’s extra time in the first half,”Koeman added.“A great team can’t give up a goal like that. It can’t happen. I don’t want to blame the players individually. It’s a moment where you should never give up a goal when you have the ball. It was a big blow because we played We managed the game, we know it’s difficult to create chances against Atletico, but with a 0-0 result, it’s completely different, the difference (in points, op. cit.) Great, but there are still a lot of games until the end of the championship. every game is tough. But after this game we have to make a good set now. “
Simeone: I don’t see any similarities to the 2013/14 season
It was Atletico’s first victory in the championship over Barcelona since 2010 and also the first under the tactic Diego Simeoneja, who recorded a much better result against the Catalans in cup competitions. The numbers currently scored by the Argentine team are at least comparable, if not better than the 2013/14 championship season, which ended in a decisive draw at Camp Nou (1-1) in the final and a place in the Champions League final. Atletico is in second place in the table, where it has the same number of points (20) as the leading Real Sociedad, but even fewer in the pocket.
“Do I see similarities with the championship season? No, I don’t,” quite expected and in his style soothed euphoria Simeone. “The most important thing is the increase of so many players compared to last season. You can see that. We need everything, we need Felipe, who doesn’t get many minutes, we need (Renan) Lodi, who is an important player for us, (Geoffrey) Kondogbia to come, Saul Niguez is coming on, (Angel) Correa is showing tremendous progress, and we haven’t even mentioned (Joaa) Felix or what which Diego Costa did when he came into the game in 15 minutes. It’s a whole group of players. “
Messi plays a forgotten game with 23 turnovers
Even before the season started, there was a lot of talk about the future Lionel Messiin Barcelona after Argentina embroiled in a public retaliation with the club, which then did not allow him to leave despite a different interpretation of the clauses in the captain’s contract. After Saturday’s performance in Madrid, South American satisfaction (dice) in Catalonia will be under even greater scrutiny, as Madrid’s daily MP did not lose 23 balls.
“It’s a shocking number if we add that he only made 36 successful passes in the entire match. His image after the game, when he left in a bureaucratic style and accepted a new loss, reflects the image of the team now familiar with failures and the footballer, who has been decisive from round to round for a decade and has now become invisible in away matches .. Apart from Barcelona, he has not scored a definite goal in the whole of 2020, figure which is inconsistent with his reputation and the fact that he won the last golden ball, “he was ruthless AS.
They also talk about his statement on his return from the Argentina national team (“I’m tired of my whole being at the club!”), which surprised many. They add that Barcelona’s biggest problem now is that disagreements at the club through Messi have also begun to show on the green.
Will he mimic Ronaldinho?
“(Zelenica, op. Cit.) It’s also the only one that doesn’t lie in football,” they were poetic in the Spanish capital, where Messi last scored a high-profile goal in an away game in December last year, against Atletico, when it was 1-0 to Barcelona. “The team needs a captain, a leader, a flag bearer and a role model to follow. At present, however, Messi is not working with his goals and is moving to make this Barca rebuild process a reality. or i–if he is already considering leaving–the club at least stayed in better shape with youngsters like Pedri, Ansu (Fati), (Sergino) Dest or (Francisco) Trincao to make their job easier. Messi knows that. He came to a club that has spent years of hell and where many have worked to make sure it arrived in the 2004/05 season as painless as possible. Ronaldinho was among them. But at that moment, the ‘Messi case’ also reached the green, “he adds AS.
They added that Messi is now in the Argentinian national team shirt showing even better performances than in the Barcelona shirt, after throughout his career he was often criticized in his homeland, where he also played very well in the World Cup qualifier 2022. against Peru (2: 0).
“He’s tired of being a problem for everyone, but he played a terrible game in Wanda. In Argentina, they say they don’t understand Messi in Barcelona. It’s a problem triangle with elections in the background, and there are doubts about what is best right now. for the future of Barca Victor Font, one of the candidates (for president, op. cit.) is calling for a ‘new fire’, as well as a merger of brands Barca and Messi forever., “he wrote in an analysis of Messi’s play AS.