The tile for FC Barcelona, the feat for Cadiz. While Xavi’s men had the opportunity to ditch their Europa League elimination to Frankfurt, extend an incredible 15-game unbeaten streak in the league and settle into second place, that was all. The opposite happened on Monday evening.
Unable to get the powder to speak up front, the Blaugrana were picked like Blues and lost important points in the final sprint (0:1). It’s Barca’s second straight defeat at the Camp Nou in all competitions. Signs that nothing is really easy this season.
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FC Barcelona could ride a roller coaster in La Liga, here it is on the verge of free fall. And we tell ourselves that given his team’s lackluster performance, some of the public would have done well not to make the Camp Nou trip. With the exception of Ousmane Dembélé, the Catalans did not play offensively against Cadiz. The Frenchman, available and active in his right lane, was the only reason for Blaugrana’s evening satisfaction. Unfortunately, he ran into a giant Jeremias Ledesma. The Cadiz goalkeeper multiplied the crucial stops to keep his team afloat, especially against Dembélé (3rd, 39th, 68th). He was just as unsinkable against Luuk de Jong (78′), Eric Garcia (84′) and even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (89′).
Barça grills a joker
The lack of success in FC Barcelona’s last gesture was obviously offset by the outrageous success of Cadiz, who nevertheless had the good idea of playing his rare shots thoroughly. The club also capitalized on an approach from Marc-André Ter Stegen and the passivity of the Catalan defense when Alex Fernandez crossed to score the opening goal thanks to Lucas Pérez (0-1, 48′). We then expected at least a proud reaction from Barça and paradoxically we were closer to 0-2 than 1-1 when Alex made a quick transition (76′) or when Ter Stegen beat Ruben Sobrino (79′).
FC Barcelona are thus not yet completely healed of the ailments observed over the past few weeks, which manifested themselves in the Europa League at home against Frankfurt, a competition in which Xavi’s players nonetheless held the status of favourites. In La Liga, the Blaugrana just grilled a joker. They are still second, level on points with Sevilla FC and Atlético Madrid (60 points) and a game late. But if they still have the hand to finish Real Madrid’s dolphins way too far up front, the lead will thin. And we will have to be more inspirational going forward, to not always be dependent on individualities, however strong they may be.
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