Sunday, June 4, 2023

Champions Barcelona draw on trip to Valladolid

Valladolid beats Barcelona and leaves the relegation zone

Pucellanos won 3-1 against the champions and are 3 points away from the danger zone in LaLiga.

The champion passed like a ghost through Valladolid. A sad, very sad image that did not honor its name. Barcelona have probably played worse games, but it’s hard to miss given the sense of sloppiness seen at the Zorrilla Stadium and which incited the fury of their great city rival Espanyol and who would have appreciated a Barca victory. much to their competition with Valladolid to avoid relegation.

Danced and fell by an opponent who had accumulated five consecutive defeats and who beat him 3–1, the same result of the Ligue Clásico at the Bernabeu, the second time in the entire league championship that he had conceded three goals, this The apparent humiliation the bar thus saw, moreover, left in doubt its nullified intention to compete on the stage. In fact, Lewandowski’s goal did little to clean up the team’s image without excuses.

And that’s what Xavi Hernandez assured in the preview that his team would go out to compete for the three points and the first sign of that was to have Ter Stegen at the door. twirl? Yes, the Barca coach with the entry of Marcos Alonso as a left-footed central defender, the reappearance of Sergi Roberto on the right and, above all, the commitment of Eric García as midfielder and the debut of Pablo Toure as starter. did it with. In case of obstruction. On his part, the heavyweight footballer, aiming to recover sensations and add win number 14 in the league away from Camp Nou.

Anyone who had doubts in the Barca locker room will not forget that the players had to run through the grass of the Espanyol stadium, chased by a hundred ultras and shouting ‘go for them’ from a good number of Parakeet fans in the stands. were capable To confirm that idea when the champions were 2–0 down at halftime.

Less than two minutes had passed when a cross from Darwin Matches, which was covered by a glance by a passive Sergi Roberto, was impressively finished into the net by Christensen. A header that stunned Ter Stegen and changed the theoretical logic of the game when it just started.

More out of inertia than rebellion, Barca took a step forward and took the pace of the game, a tiring game, without pace, without intensity and without the enthusiasm that should be expected from a team that wants to compete is and should be noted. Just when Jordi Masip towered over his goal and locked in Barca’s few arrivals. Barca are resolutely leaderless in their work in attack. A shot from Rafinha that was saved without movement by Masip was the simple answer by Eric García before giving a penalty that was as obvious as it was unnecessary for Gonzalo Plata and after 20 minutes Valladolid were already 2–0. had won from For the first time in the entire league season, Barca conceded two goals in 20 minutes. And not so…


This could not be forgiven, in other circumstances such rough football from a team in which the only thing that mattered was the desire and quality of Pablo Toure, who was replaced by Xavi in ​​playing time, and by Iñaki Peña’s ter Stegan after halftime, who knows whether or not he has the Zamora trophy for sure.

If Barca had a poor first half due to play and attitude, the second was the same or worse. Even with the changes there was not the image of a champion who seemed to reform the game as a simple pre-season commitment in which he did not have to force the machine and in which he was completely humiliated with his laziness.

And it is that even without the desire to seek more goals to Valladolid, being more concerned about maintaining their comfortable income and not jeopardizing the victory, the football resignation of the Barça team is predicted in that second half was so evident in that he invited the Pucellano team to score a third goal to complete a night to forget.

They avoided an embarrassing Lewandowski goal, but what didn’t stop them was that the defeat, while unforgivable as well as undeniable, would taint the image of the champions.

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