L’Athletic of Madrid won (1-0) this Saturday at FC Barcelona in day 10 of LaLiga Santander celebrated in the Metropolitan Wanda, with a goal of Yannick Carrasco in the last play of the first time and in a very bad exit of Ter Stegen, victory that confirms the great white-and-red moment and darkens a a little more the complicated future of the team of Ronald Koeman.
Those of Diego Pablo Simeone they played almost with pleasure. They didn’t have a Luis Suarez, down for coronavirus, but it was enough with their reliable version against an injured Barça. He does not lift any of the Catalan box, which he even took a step back in the green shoots seen with the Dutch coach. Messi’s match was a sad poem just like that of his team, the day he had to take a step forward.
For more Catalan shortage, Barça regretted the knee injury of Gerard Piqué, who went to the locker room crying in the 62nd minute in an action with Strap. It’s only eight league games, but Atlético, which is projected to be the leader when it comes to the calendar, is already nine points clear of a Barça four just above relegation. Those of the ‘Cholo’ are strong candidates.
The diagnosis of this Barça may not be one, but he is certainly ill. There will always be an excuse, but it is clear that the team is not working and that his flag, Leo Messi, is down. With two-thirds of the season ahead, anything can happen, but the Catalan team seems doomed to a tough transition. Al Wanda, a trick with which to grow in confidence and in a poor ranking, there was no reaction.
The game had the typical post-halt pace – this excuse – although for the first 15 minutes it seemed different. Dembélé overflowed just starting and found Griezmann, but his shot went high. In the other area, Saul flew to Ter Stegen. Atlético chose to wait back, a risk against Koeman’s Barça, as at least they had just been able to play with rhythm and arrival.
It wasn’t this time. The Barça squad was getting as cold as night in Madrid. Also the local box slowed down after good arrivals from Carrasco and especially Llorente, who ran into the crossbar. The risk in the visitors was this lukewarm defense against the fittest team in the Championship, although there was no rush at Atletico. Even less, despite the need, at Barça.
NOT ONLY MESSI, BARÇA WALKS IN THE LEAGUE
The Catalan image was that of Messi without coming into play, the absence of prominence of De Jong or Pjanic, that of Pedri desperate to receive a ball to the point of stealing it from Dembélé. The Argentine had his chance in the 40th minute, but very leaning against Oblak. Both signed the tie, after a long time without attacking, when Ter Stegen gave the 1-0 away. Piqué did not squeeze well and Corretja stole the ball that leaked to Carrasco, very poorly measured by the goal.
After the break Lenglet was the visiting offensive weapon. The Frenchman had two good headers but both centered. Then Piqué was injured and Barça disappeared. At Atlético he already had enough of his defensive version, a wall from which the ball came out repelled without danger. One of these rebounds fell to Dembélé but the Frenchman shot wide.
Those of Cholo could kill against, but this time the magic of Joao Felix did not leave to shine. Diego Costa’s fight did not mean the sentence either, but Barça’s pride was as low as his performance to change the score. The night was white-and-red with the only but not having his hobby, because of the coronavirus pandemic, enjoying the best Athletic.
–RESULTS: ATHLETIC OF MADRID, 1 – BARCELONA, 0. (1-0, at halftime).
ATHLETIC OF MADRID: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Giménez, Hermoso; Llorente (Diego Costa, min.73), Saúl, Koke, Carrasco (Felipe, min.91); Correa (Kondogbia, min.84) and Joao Félix (Lemar, min.84).
BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué (Dest, min.62), Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Pjanic (Braithwaite, min.83); Dembélé, Messi, Pedri (Coutinho, min.57); i Griezmann (Trincao, min.83).
0 – 1, min. 48, Carrasco.
– REFEREE: Munuera Montero (Andalusian C.). He admonished Koke (min.9), Carrasco (min.26), Savic (min.79) and Giménez (min.80) by Atlètic
–STATES: Wanda Metropolitano.