Barcelona reached three defeats and two draws in the first eight matches played in this championship, after 0-1 with Atletico Madrid. It has never happened in the last quarter of a century on the Camp Nou.
After the nightmare last season, 2-8 with Bayern in the “quarters” of the League and no trophy won, Quique Setién was fired and Ronald Koeman came, but Barcelona failed to get out of this terrible whirlwind. The results are even worse. 0-1 with Atlético (without Luis Suárez, coronavirus patient), the third defeat in the last six stages. We come up to seven weeks in which the team has only one success in the championship.
Atletico – Barcelona. With Van Gaal and Rijkaard, 12 points
He played eight matches in LaLiga and collected only 11 points, less than half of the total possible. The weakest start of the season in the last 25 years, Marca analyzed. Since the three-point victory system was applied in Spain in 1995-1996, it has never gotten so stuck. Neither in 2002-2003, with Louis van Gaal, nor in 2003-2004, with Frank Rijkaard. Then he had 12 points. And in 2000-2001, with Lorenzo Serra Ferrer, 13.
Atletico – Barcelona. “The promised revolution was a lie”
Barcelona staggered to its feet, ready to collapse. And Messi can’t resurrect her either. “Barça has thrown its season in the trash,” commented Spanish journalist David Sánchez (Marca). He is nine points behind Atlético and six behind Real. Jaime Rincón, also from Marca, is just as sharp: “The promised revolution was a lie.” In the Catalan daily Sport, Pichi Alonso, former striker on “Camp Nou”, one of the four blocked by Duckadam in the 1986 CCE final, has a suggestive title: “Barça impotent”. And “zero reaction capacity” as an intertitle.
What does the Dutchman Ronald Koeman say?
I work, I try to find the best formula for each game … What more could I do?
This is the conclusion of the first coach with 11 points in 8 rounds in the last quarter of a century.
Atletico – Barcelona. Piqué, just a sprain or a torn ligament?
The Catalans were scared when they saw Gerard Piqué coming out of the field in tears. With 62 minutes played, Ángel Correa fell dramatically just outside the penalty area. His right leg bent to the side under the weight of the opponent’s body and his right knee suffered the most. Barcelona officials feared a ruptured cruciate ligament, but the first diagnosis was twisted. An MRI will elucidate this problem. It wasn’t just Piqué who got injured on Saturday. Sergi Roberto also arrived in the locker room earlier. He has a quadriceps injury.
The first victory in front of Barça in the championship. Does Simeone have a title team?
For Diego Simeone, this was his first success against Barcelona in LaLiga. On the 18th attempt. After 11 defeats and 6 draws, Cholo finally smiled. Atlético is the only undefeated team in the current championship and shares the lead with Real Sociedad (both have 20 points and a goal difference of A16, the Basques having several goals scored). Spanish journalists are wondering if “los colchoneros” can win the title again after seven years. Simeone has only 3 players left in the 2013-2014 champion group: Diego Costa, Koke and José Giménez. “This group of players is very valuable, I have been saying it for a long time,” said the 50-year-old coach, from 2011 at the Madrid club. “Atlético attacks the title,” Marca headlined.