Barcelona Stumble, But Their Lead Is Far From Humble

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Barcelona Stumble, But Their Lead Is Far From Humble

Postby thanloeuth » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:40 am

A week or so ago, Barcelona claimed a 1-1 draw away at Espanyol, thanks to Gerard Pique’s goal in the 83rd minute. RCD Espanyol, the ‘other’ club from Catalonia, have always felt that they are in the shadows of their more illustrious neighbours, and now they are at risk of not even being considered as the second-best team from the region. Surprisingly, Girona – a newly promoted team in La Liga – sbobet มือ ถือ have grabbed more headlines than Espanyol this season. That was until the latter stunned Barcelona in the RCDE Stadium during the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final
By doing so, Espanyol became the only team to beat Barcelona in almost six months. However, Barcelona were still unbeaten in the league, not to mention victorious over the course of two legs.

On match day 22 in La Liga, Espanyol met with their local rivals again. When half-time struck, it was 0-0 in the RCDE. Just a few minutes after the hour mark, Gerard Moreno scored, and the stadium erupted. The fans had hoped for another victory over their neighbours, but it was Pique – who takes this rivalry a little more personally than the others – that had the last laugh. And so, Ernesto Valverde became the manager with the longest unbeaten league run in Barcelona’s history.

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A midweek victory over Valencia put Barcelona in yet another Copa del Rey final – their 5th in 5 years – before Barcelona hosted Getafe FC this past weekend. Valverde looked at his bench and the fixture was widely regarded, at least theoretically, as a walk in the park for the Catalans, but that was far from the case. A stubborn, highly organized and disciplined Getafe side clipped the Blaugrana’s wings en route to a well-earned 0-0 draw.

It was a frustrating night for Valverde, who blamed the hectic routine and recent fixtures for the performance slump. For the second consecutive weekend, Barcelona failed to secure 3 points. In the meantime, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid bested Malaga with a narrow 1-0 win – a result which moved the capital side to within seven points of the leaders.

This is far from a slump for Barcelona, or at least not as disastrous a slump as their eternal rivals are still finding their way out of. But, two draws in a row raise some questions over Valverde’s selection and his team’s performance. Yerry Mina debuted as Pique was injured and Samuel Umtiti was suspended, but it was the toothless attack that failed to make their pressure count..sbobet มือ ถือ
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