- The Barcelona team has seven games left to secure a place in the Champions League and its engine has problems
- After an excellent run, he again shows defensive disconnections and concessions, lack of leadership on the field, and mental fragility
Without a league title, except for an unthinkable collapse of Real Madrid, and signing a pitiful year in white, Xavi’s Barcelona only has one seven-game countdown left to qualify for the Champions League. A simple but compelling goal with fierce competition. He is second with 60 points, 15 behind the Whites, who are the same as Sevilla, third, and Atlético, fourth. Both with one more game but also feeling the encouragement of Betis and Real Sociedad, in Europa League positions but aspiring to everything.
The collapse of Barcelona comes after chaining a fortnight of games without losing, with 11 wins and 4 draws and falling with a crash in the Europa League against Eintracht and in LaLiga against Cádiz, liquidating the illusions of this campaign. It is explained by a weak team in defense, without clear leadership, revived in attack but with gaps and that lacks conviction in their game.
Koeman and Xavi’s Barcelona season will end without titles. Despite the excellent climb in the League with the coach from Terrassa, the Catalans will not be able to compete for the title. They rowed to shore but lacked a final effort. The only objective now is to seize a Champions League place.
Two bumps in a row
The culés illusions have evaporated with two defeats against an enthusiastic and massive Eintracht that has left them out of a Europa League in which they felt favorites and against a plugged-in Cádiz that has finalized their few chances of winning. In a week with three league games (Real and Rayo are missing) they wasted the first bullet. He had not fallen since January against Athletic in the Cup.
The absence of a leader
Barcelona has suffered excessively from the loss due to Pedri’s injury. Without the canary, the team is another. He suffers from a lack of a leader, a task that Busquets does not take on every time, and that seems far removed from the role played by Frenkie de Jong. It gives the impression that Barcelona has suddenly forgotten all the good things it did.
The solvency behind appears and disappears. There are seven games left and his 56 goals against are only two away from the 58 of the 2020-2021 season, one from 2019-2020, the same as in 2018-2019 and 14 more than in 2017-2018. The absences of Piqué and/or Araujo are being noticed and the errors at the back are too obvious if they are not there. Lenglet does not remember the central solvent of his arrival.
Cracks appear in the game
It is not a recognizable Barcelona today. It seemed that he had controlled and learned the mechanisms implemented by Xavi. Against Cádiz, it was a team with a structure incapable of generating danger. The pressure of yesteryear does not exist and when there is it is sterile. Nor ball circulation. A flat staging.
Against Cádiz, Xavi took out all his arsenal but not even playing with five forwards did he know how to reach the goal effectively. The tactical changes with different players playing the role of center forward did not bear fruit. Conan Ledesma’s performance was indeed above his level.
Barcelona has it all in their face when they travel with the score in their favor, but if the rival gets ahead they suffer. It has already happened in almost half of the games this season, Barcelona has a hard time coming back. A plus of effort that ends up conditioning and seizing