BETWEEN LEAGUE AND EUROPA LEAGUE
Two losses in a row! Barça have only won one of their last four games
The end of February has been, if you like, dramatic for a FC Barcelona that has only added one victory in its last four clashes, with two defeats and a draw between LaLiga Santander and the Europa League
The end of the month of February has been very negative for a FC Barcelona that has lost bellows after a start of the 2023 exceptional. The most recent parties of the ones of Xavi Hernández are being very complicated, to the point that only they have been able to add a triumph, in front of the Cádiz CF (2-0), in the last four presentations, in the middle of a tie (2-2 against the Manchester United) and two defeats (2-1, in front of the English and the one of this Sunday, by 1-0, in the visit to the Almería). A seguidilla of results that, without place to doubts, light the alarms.
The results have caused that the Barça could not classify to the eighth of final of the Europe League and was out of international competitions before the beginning of the month of March, something that has happened very few times in the history of the club, and that the distance in the classification of LaLiga regarding the Real Madrid reduciera to seven points. The culés had the opportunity, if they won to the Almería, to put to +10 of the White House and sentence, practically, his domestic title sooner of the expected.
Although it still remains a lot of way in LaLiga, the Barça has to take note and avoid that this seguidilla of results turn into a mini crisis for the team, especially because in these weeks also will play his continuity in the Glass of Rey, with the dispute of the semifinals in which they will confront to the Real Madrid. The dispute of the gone will be this Thursday, in Santiago Bernabéu, and in case of not winning would be an authentic drama for the Catalans. They can not allow three defeats followed, because it would be a bajón enormous in a moment key.
It happens bill the 'KO' European?
The football also are feelings and was unavoidable that the elimination in Europe League did not affect to the team, although from the changing room interpreted that it did not treat of a drama and that would not affect the aims of the team. Xavi also mentioned that, although they were disappointed, wanted to win LaLiga and Glass of the King so that the balance of the season was very good. Although in the mental or emotional appearance would not have 'big' consequences, is impossible to deny in the physicist the Barça, in Almería, went to less and that, especially, to level futbolístico left quite doubts.
The trainer egarense bet by a rain of rotations in his alignment and the plan did not work him, because the team never achieved to connect. Neither in the centre of the field, neither much less in the attack. They finish centring in infinities of occasions looking for a goal of desperate way, but without success. The Barça was a very predictable team in Almería and the ones of Rubi took advantage of to attack the eases that were leaving the Barcelona. There was not reaction after the goal of Bilal and, neither, sufficient impetus to look for the tie after to the resumption.
The Barça has to look for solutions
The most recent results are a called of attention to look for a 'shaken' in the team that, although it is suffering more than the account the absence of Pedri González by all what produces and 'cover' the midfield player, can not remain in the wail because unlike previous years the staff is very wide and there are players with which can revertir the bad series before it turn into something graver and 'prejudice' the aims of this year.
It is thus that the visit to Santiago Bernabéu antoja like a key stage so that the Barça go back to win and leave good feelings on the terrain of game. Although the Real Madrid comes of empatar in front of the Athletic in a very toneless party of the ones of Carlo Ancelotti, the Barcelona can not fiarse because they are conscious that they are a danger and that they will want to, also, add to the battle by the Glass of Rey.