Thursday, May 26

The Barça is dwarfed in front of the great ones

  • Koeman’s eleven has only achieved one victory in a great duel this season: the Cup final

  • The Catalans have only taken one point out of the 12 played against Madrid and Atlético

  • The European victory in the Juventus field was a mirage that was confirmed in the return leg and with PSG

A victory in a crucial match, in the cup final, that is not little. And period. The Barça has not reached the sufficient level to compete with the strongest rivals that appeared during the season; rivals who, theoretically, are as powerful as he. Reality has shown that this has not been the case, that the Barça has not given the stature. Practice has revealed that the Barça team has failed against the greats. And yet it has options to be champion three days from the end.

The great victory over Juventus (0-2) was a mirage – Cristiano, De Ligt and Chiellini were missing in the Albinegras ranks – an accidental heroism as it was later shown. Not only when Juve returned the visit, it was decisive, with the first place in the group at stake, but also based on the results obtained by Barça. That shameful defeat (0-3) He led the Koeman team to a duel with PSG that did not even make up with the tie of the return. In the first round, the team ended up on the street, which had not happened since 2007 against Liverpool.

Symptoms of weakness

Meanwhile, Barça has obtained one point out of six with Atlético and zero out of six with Madrid. In a hypothetical final point tie, the team is ruled out of the title. The certified weakness against the top rivals being symptomatic, it is no less so that Barça has only added one point with Cádiz, for example, and that they tied with Alavés and Eibar, who are bottom, at home.

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More lacerating, for recent and relevant, has been the defeat against Granada (1-2) Ten days ago it gave Barça a great opportunity to rise to the top. Trips that are not attributable to a hypothetical superiority of the adversary, but to the demerit of a team in reconstruction that has replaced veterans (Rakitic, Suárez, Vidal) for young people (Pedri, Mingueza, Araujo, Ilaix Moriba) who played in Second A ( Pedri) and Segunda B (the others) last season.

Trust core

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This renewal of the workforce has led, over the months, to the construction of a determined, almost invariable team. Koeman has reduced the roster of trusted players. Since March 3 (14 games), there have only been 16 footballers who have started, although some were symbolic, such as Araujo, Umtiti and Sergi Roberto (twice) e Ilaix Moriba (a). The rotation does not exist, neither in the substitutions, delimited to those names. Transfers as Miralem Pjanic (60 million plus 5 in variables cost) he has only played 12 minutes in the last two months.

Barça has only won 11 of the 18 games played at home, and has obtained more victories away (12) than in the Camp Nou. The public factor is not justified either to explain the indentation of points that have escaped from Barcelona. All teams lack their fans.

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