Barcelona had been taking for granted the three points from the postponed game against Rayo, which should have been the wild card to ensure a more or less comfortable end of the League, but with yesterday’s defeat (third in a row at the Camp Nou) Xavi’s team bought the ticket to ride in the tunnel of terror on a trip until the end of the season. The science fiction of the Bernabéu is far away. After his 0-1 loss, he is still second, but heThe sensations are terrible and the classification for Europe is going to be in a handkerchief. Another thing is Rayo, who can celebrate another year in the First Division, after taking six points out of six from his tour of Barcelona.
Barcelona made a few last minutes to deserve a better result (It would be less, he played at home and against Rayo), but nobody is fooled. With an overview, his game was unpresentable for a team that aspires to enter the Champions League.
Throughout the match you see such a mess on the field, such a lack of plan, such urgency, that If you put this match on a fan, they wouldn’t distinguish it from the Koeman era, who did it with players from the subsidiary.
Xavi’s Barça was consistent with his last performance on Thursday in San Sebastian. If Xavi’s team ended up at the Reale Arena giving a horrible feeling, they resumed the thread of the disaster against Rayo Vallecano, with a depressing staging. Once again, Xavi’s team entered the game poorly against a rival who, like them, was playing their third game in a week, but came out to play with much more energy.
Once again, Barcelona delivered the first half and went back to trail their rival at home. A play on the blackboard between Isi and Álvaro García was enough for the Rayista striker to gain space for Dest after seven minutes of play and shoot Ter Stegen for his stick in another return of the German goalkeeper to his mediocre season from which he seemed to be trying to escape.
At Barça there was no news of football life. Dembélé played for the gallery based on rabonas and shots that the rivals and those in charge of cleaning the nests of pigeons that defecate on the common areas that inhabit the highest areas of the stadium will appreciate. De Jong, more than a break, needs a psychologist, Ferran Torres and Eric competed to see who lost the most balls and only Gavi seemed to rebel against the general softness.
The 17-year-old boy was the only one who tried to recover balls in the opposite field and in one of them, he even shot the crossbar. The rebound was picked up by Torres, who, without really knowing how, put the ball into the goal, but had been offside for about three minutes and hadn’t noticed.
After the break, Xavi surprised by introducing Lenglet for Dest, with which Araújo went on to play on the side. Alves, in case you are wondering like those who were in the stadium, was still on the bench. Things did not improve at all and Xavi withdrew Ferran and Frenkie, two ghosts, to give entrance to Memphis and Nico, who did not enter the game very focused either because the first time he had the opportunity to be alone before the goalkeeper, he stopped in an attack of incomprehensible prudence.
Only Memphis improved the disaster, but something else was needed: Adama and, of course, Luuk de Jong. But it was still Gavi who led the reaction. In the last minute of the game, before adding eleven, the Camp Nou caught fire before a new possible penalty against Gavi and the siege was useless. Welcome to tunnel of terror.
Clement Lenglet (45′, Sergiño Dest), Pathe Ciss (55′, Comesana), Sergio Guardiola (55′, Nteka), Nico Gonzalez (59′, Frenkie De Jong), depay (59′, Ferran Torres), Trejo (66′, Oscar Valentin), Adama Traore (70′, Eric Garcia), Luuk de Jong (70′, Aubameyang), Mario Hernandez (86′, Isi), Mario Suarez (86′, Unai Lopez)
0-1, 6′: Alvaro Garcia
Referee: Isidro Diaz de Mera Escuderos
VAR Referee: Jose Luis Munuera Montero
Comesana (36′, Yellow) Balliu (68′, Yellow) Luuk de Jong (80′, Yellow) isi (84′, Yellow) Ousmane Dembele (88′, Yellow) Sunrise (92′, Yellow) Mario Hernandez (94′, Yellow) Trejo (95′, Yellow) Catena (101′, Yellow) Gavi (102′, Yellow