Barcelona have lost for the third time in eight league games this season. The Catalans finished the evening in tenth 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 allow the guests many opportunities to threaten the door Jana Oblaka, but they themselves seriously closed in the first half with attempts Saula Nigueza(excellent defenseMarc-Andre ter Stegna) u Marcos Llorente, stopped the bar.
Barca played better, especially at the end of the half, but apart from trying Antoine Griezmann, who shot over the goal from a difficult position after a pass from the side, and did not threaten the escape of Messi, which ended in a harmless kick on the ground in the hands of the Slovenian goalkeeper. In addition, he is in the last half action after losing the ball Gerard Pique deep in the opposite part was followed by a quick counterattack by Atletico, which he successfully completed by adding Ter Stegne into the empty net. Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, after the German goalkeeper incomprehensibly wanted to intervene 40 meters from his goal.
‘A great team can’t concede such a goal’
“Like any coach, I’m responsible. I will still trust the players I have, but there are things we need to improve in defense and attack. We need to start winning the series,” he said.said the Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, who did not spare criticism at the expense of a rather comically received goal, which in the end decided the winner.
“It’s worrying that we scored that way in the referee’s compensation of the first half,” he said.Koeman added.“A great team can’t concede 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 concede a goal when you have the ball. It was a big shot because we played well in the first half We controlled the game , we know that it is difficult to create opportunities against Atletico, but with the result 0: 0, it is completely different, the difference (in points, op. A.) is big, but there are many more games until the end of the championship. these games now we have to make a really good set. “
Simeone: I don’t see any similarities with the 2013/14 season
It was even Atletico’s first victory over Barcelona since 2010, and thus the first under tactics Diego Simeoneja, who recorded a much better result in the cup competitions against the Catalans. The numbers currently being 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 round and a place in the Champions League final. Atletico are in second place in the table, where they have the same number of points (20) as the leading Real Sociedad, but even less in their pocket.
“Do I see any similarities with the championship season? No, I don’t,” he was quite expected and in his style the euphoria calmed Simeone. “The most important thing is the progress of so many players compared to last season. You see that. We need everything, we need Felipe, who doesn’t have many minutes, we need (Renan) Lodi, who is an important player for us, (Geoffrey) Kondogbia has come, Saul Niguez is progressing, (Angel) Correa is showing tremendous progress, and we didn’t even mention (Joaa) Felix or what Diego Costa was doing when he came into the game in 15 minutes. It’s a whole bunch of players. “
Messi plays a game to forget with 23 lost rounds
Even before the start of the season, there was a lot of talk about the future Lionel Messiin Barcelona after the Argentine became embroiled in a public quarrel with the club, which then prevented him from leaving despite a different interpretation of the clauses in the captain’s contract. After Saturday’s performance in Madrid, the (dis) satisfaction of the South Americans in Catalonia will be under even greater scrutiny, because the Madrid daily AS did not miss losing 23 balls.
“It’s a staggering number if we add that he made only 36 successful passes in the whole game. His post-game image, when he went bureaucratic and accepted another defeat, is a reflection of the image of a team now accustomed to failures and a footballer crucial from round to round, and has now become invisible in away games. Outside of Barcelona, he has not scored a single decisive goal in the whole of 2020, a figure that is inconsistent with his reputation and the fact that he has won the last golden ball, “he was ruthless AS.
They also mention his statement upon his return from the Argentine national team campaign (“I’m tired, I’m guilty of everything at the club!”), which surprised many. They add that now Barcelona’s biggest problem is that disagreements at the club through Messi have also started to show in the green.
Will he imitate Ronaldinho?
“(Zelenica, op. Cit.) She’s also the only one who doesn’t lie in football,” they were poetic in the Spanish capital, where Messi last scored a high goal in an away game last December, right against Atletico, when it was 1-0 for Barcelona. “The team needs a captain, a leader, a flag bearer and a role model to follow. However, at the moment Messi is not working with his goals and is moving to facilitate this process of rebuilding Barca. Or–if he is already thinking of 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 spent years in hell and where many worked to make his arrival in the 2004/05 season. He was as painless as possible. Ronaldinho was among them. But at that point, the “Messi case” also went green, “he adds AS.
They added that now Messi in the jersey of the Argentine national team shows perhaps even better performances than in the jersey of Barcelona, after being often criticized at home throughout his career, where he also played very well in the qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup. against Peru (2: 0).
“He’s had enough problems with everyone, but he played a terrible game in Wanda. In Argentina they say they don’t understand Messi in Barcelona. It’s a problematic election triangle in the background and there are doubts that he is currently the best for Barca’s future Victor Font, one of candidate (for president, op. cit.), calls for a ‘new fire’, as well as the merger of the Barca and Messi brands forever. It is difficult to know if this is even possible at the moment, “he wrote in an analysis of Messi’s drama AS.