In the last game that Barcelona played with Cádiz, the cules they got a bitter draw after starting the game at the head with a goal from Messi in the middle of the first half. This was thanks to a foul in the area that Lenglet committed against Rubén Sobrino just five minutes from the end of the second half.
Another similar case lived the azulgranas during the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals against Sevilla. In that match, they were outscored by the red and white 2-0 by two mistakes made by Samuel Umtiti and that the rivals did not hesitate to waste, leaving the Catalan team with one foot out of the competition.
During the winter transfer market, there was talk of signing a central defender to reinforce the team’s defense ahead of the second half of LaLiga, the Cup, the Super Cup and the Champions League. The Spanish defender of Manchester City, Eric Garcìa, was emerging as an imminent signing, but the presidential candidates had mixed reactions and the head of the management board, Carles Tusquets, did not hire the central.
The latest results show that if there is something that has defined Barcelona led by Ronald Koeman, it is defensive errors, and which are not wasted by their rivals. It is true that, before the terrible setback they suffered against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey; and worse, before the humiliating defeat at the hands of PSG (1-4) in the first leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League, the team showed to have improved both in offense and in their state of mind due to the surprising comebacks they achieved.
Koeman admitted it
However, the latest negative results show that Barcelona has a long way to go to regain the level that, at its peak, they reached. That was recognized by Koeman himself after the match against PSG is over. “You always have to aspire to everything, but you also have to recognize that we lack things (…) I have already said it several times, we are on the right track and we are going to fight and keep changing things. Today we play with Dest, 19 years old. With 4 more years is better. Pedri, at his age he is already terrific, but with five more years, he is better than anyone in the middle of the PSG field. It is complicated, more with the issue of the press. I’m realist. I always defend my team. We have done everything. We can defend better, be more aggressive. We are going to change it and we are going to work. It is a time when we lack things, but I have never thought that we would not lack. It is not the end yet. It seems that I am more realistic than the others, “he said.
The goals in Champions
If Koeman expects the Catalans to have a chance not only against LaLiga teams, but also against the main European teams, should focus on further improving the Barcelona defense so that errors like those of Lenglet or Umtiti don’t keep happening. The increasing number of goals that the Blaugranas have received during the matches in the Champions League demonstrates this.
In the last five games they have had in the Champions League, the culés have received a total of 18 goals: 8 were scored by Bayern Munich, 4 were executed by Liverpool and the last 4 correspond to PSG during the last game they played.