BARÇA REMAINS WITHOUT SEMIFINALS
FC Barcelona added 9 consecutive 'semis' of the Cup
Published:7/02/2020 - 08:03h
Updated:7/02/2020 - 08:03h
FC Barcelona will not play the Cup semifinals for the first time in nine seasons, following the victory of the Athletic Club in the quarterfinals. The Catalans had been in the semifinals for at least nine years in a row
The FC Barcelona lived the hardest night of what goes of season when falling deleted against the Athletic Club of Bilbao in chambers of Glass of Rey. A goal in own goal of Sergio Busquets, that many conceded to Iñaki Williams, was sufficient so that the bilbaínos could leave went to a Barça that did all what had to do to win. The culés had several opportunities of clear goal and did not concede a lot backwards, but neither like this could win.
It is the first big fiasco of Quique Setién since it seated for the first time in the bench barcelonista does some weeks. The Cantabrian trainer has lost the leadership and has fallen in Glass in less than a month in the charge, but at least is giving him his touch to a team that gives symptoms of improvement in some appearances. To level of results, clear is, can not be optimistic, since it is the first time in nine seasons that the blaugrana do not reach the semifinals coperas.
The Catalan team carried from the course 2010-2011 arriving, as little, to the 'semis'. The last time that it did not arrive it was in the campaign 2009/2010, when it was deleted by the Seville in the eighth of final. Since, the Barcelona had credited to the semifinals or rather to the final, since only they failed in an occasion these years. It was against the Real Madrid in the season 2012/2013, in a Glass that finish carrying the Athletic of Madrid in front of the whites.
Of 2011, the Barcelona had completed an almost spotless decade in which it has played eight finals and has won five of them. The only three finals that lost were against the Real Madrid in the one of 2011, also against the madridistas in 2014 and in front of Valencia the past year. In the other, the culés showed his command in this tournament and carried the Glass home. This course, unfortunately, will be Mirandés, Athletic, Real Sociedad or Granada the one who raise the trophy.
Like details, two of the Glasses that the Barça raised in this lapse of time with nine semifinals followed, went against the Athletic. The 'lions' have arrived to three finals from 2009 and have lost the three against the barcelonistas. In the first, in this 2009, the Catalans imposed by a clear 4-1; in the one of 2012 was another simple 3-0; and the one of 2015 finish with 1-3 also favourable to the blaugrana.
A Glass of crazy that has woken up to the most modest
This new format copero has been a blessing for the neutral fan to the football and for the most modest clubs, that have attained to give the surprise along the Glass. Neither Madrid neither Barcelona will be in semifinals and Mirandés or Granada could make history in this tournament. Athletic And Real Sociedad are clearly favourites to heave the trophy, but to these heights at all can take for granted and any one could be the champion.