Barcelona were held in a 0-0 draw by Cádiz in the Spanish league on Thursday, extending their undefeated series to three matches and putting pressure on coach Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona’s ongoing crisis is getting worse, the team is unable to win on the pitch, and the club’s players, coach and president are increasingly in conflict.
Barcelona held a 0-0 draw in the Spanish league on Thursday, extending their undefeated streak to three matches and putting pressure on coach Ronald Koeman.
A day earlier, Koeman surprisingly read from a pre-match press conference prepared statement and downplayed the team’s chances of winning the championship this season.
The players made no secret of the fact that they are not on one side.
“I don’t wear the Barça jersey to be second or third,” veteran defender Gerard Piqué said after the match. “I am confident that despite our bad start, we will fight at the end of the season.”
President Joan Laporta, who said he was surprised by Koeman’s statement before the match, recently contradicted the coach hired by former president Josep Bartomeu.
“We need to be more united than ever,” said Sergi Roberto in Barcelona. “The fans, the team, the coach, the president … we have to be united to overcome this situation. We’re not past a good moment, but I’m convinced we’ll beat it. “
After nearly two decades, Barcelona had to hold without Lionel Messi at the end against Cádiz after midfielder Frenkie de Jong was sent off with a second yellow card in the 65th minute. Koeman was also issued because he complained to the referee in the last minutes.
“I can’t complain about the attitude of the players,” Koeman said. “We did everything we could. It was a complicated match.”
Due to the draw, Barcelona was in seventh place in the league table, seven points behind the leading Real Madrid. Madrid beat Mallorca 6-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Wednesday, two points ahead of defending champion Atlético Madrid, who won 2-1 at Getafe on Tuesday.
“We are Barça and our team is still very good,” Roberto said. “We have a team that can win this championship and we’re trying to win.”
Barcelona have suffered two consecutive failures at home, suffering a 3-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and a 1-1 draw against Granada in the Spanish league when they needed a 90-minute tie. to avoid defeat.
Cádiz almost scored after a swift counterattack 46 minutes into the game, but Marc-André ter Stegen put the shot from the left flank just outside the goal.
One of Barcelona’s best chances was a low shot from Memphis Depay, which was stopped a few minutes later by Cádiz goalkeeper Jeremías Ledesma. The Dutch striker missed an opportunity to shoot the winner deep into the stoppage time as his shot from inside avoided the situation one-on-one.
With an extra man, Cádiz had the most positions in the end, but couldn’t take advantage, Ter Stegen made some good defenses.
But Jong was sent off after a slide to try to steal the ball from the opponent.
Barcelona were still exhausted from injuries and Koeman started the match with two teenagers — 17-year-old midfielder Gavi and 18-year-old striker Yusuf Demir.
Cádiz did not win their first four league matches at home this season and suffered two straight defeats at the Nuevo Mirandilla Stadium. He went undefeated in the first five home games of last season. He has only won this season so far.
Cádiz defender Fali Giménez left the match crying and left on the stretcher after being injured unscathed before halftime. It seemed to be an injury to a left knee.
THE SOCIEDAD FELKEL
With a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad Granada, he rose to third place, moving within three points from leading Madrid. Aritz Elustondo scored twice for the guests, including the 82nd winner.
Granada, who opened the goal in less than 10 minutes, has yet to win this season with three defeats.
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Real Betis won 3-1 on Osasuna and won their third win in four games in each match.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team is eighth on the table. He started the season unbeaten in his first three matches.