Negative trend continues in Barcelona after the tragic lost that happened to Paris Saint-Germain in the middle of last week, the Catalan giants were even held to a draw when they faced the leaderboard team, Candiz in the Spanish La Liga last weekend.
The duel took place on Sunday night (22/02), where Barcelona was actually be able to win first trought Lionel Messi’s penaltyxecution on the first half. The referee awarded the penalty after a violation against Pedri in the forbidden box.
However, before the end of the second half, when three points were in sight, Barcelona actually received a penalty from the referee after Clement Lenglet’s violation against Ruben Sobrino.
Alex Fernandez, who became the executor, successfully changed the score to a 1-1 draw. This position lasts until the game ends, which means that both teams must be willing to share one point.
Obviously this is not good for Barcelona, especially as they need to restore their confidence after a crushing defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the middle of last week.
No wonder the draw result made manager Ronald Koeman feels frustrated, especially since his team dominated the match from the start and could have scored the second goal before the game ended.
“The problem is the scores are very close and they can equalize at any time, as was the case.”
“You gave them the opportunity to equalize in the last few minutes. If you don’t stop the game and you are not making score for the second goal, they can always score,” said Koeman, as quoted by Marca.
According to the Dutch coach, there are several points to be learned from this match, including the lack of opportunities made by his squad. Therefore, it is important for Him to evaluate what happened so that the same mistakes are not to be repeated.
“We struggled to create chances because they were very deep and theres no space for us. We lacked freshness in front line.”
“We have to analyze what happened when Cadiz got the penalty, the whole game, to see how it happened.” said Koeman.
Akibat dari kekalahan ini, Barcelona pun tertahan di posisi ke-3 pada klasemen sementara dan semakin jauh dari puncak klasemen.