The draw against Celta left Barcelona in a very adverse situation. Quique Setién’s team was very badly stopped and the same coach is already beginning to lose his credibility within the squad and even more among the fans who expected much more from the Cantabrian because he was seen as someone who was from the “DNA Barça”.
The game had a good start, but the defensive limitations and the problems that the team has when it backs down or wants to play in midfield complicated a team that was on the verge of losing all three points in the agony of the game, if not for the performance of Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Now, the German goalkeeper can be given a certain level of criticism for the way he put together the barrier in the free kick that ended in the goal of Iago Aspas.
But the one who received the most criticism was the coach. Between the lack of adjustments and changes that took away Barça’s presence and vertigo, Setién did not have a proper reading of the match. One of those who reflected that sentiment was striker Luis Suárez. The man from Salta was very direct in his analysis of the match in Balaídos, which ended in a draw to two. Suarez was one of the figures of the match after having scored a double courtesy of two assists by Leo Messi. Those notes had the Blaugrana team with an advantage until the 88th minute.
“The feeling is negative because we lost two more than important points and if we want to continue fighting up there, we knew that it was up to us to win all the games and hope that Real Madrid at some point lose a point. And you have that feeling of frustration at losing two points, ”he said at the end of the match.
Suárez’s post-match comments
The Uruguayan was not throwing in the towel in the fight for the league, but he knows that there are still points to dispute and possibilities for Madrid to stumble. You also have to take into account that Barcelona cannot lose more points in the process.
“We have complicated games left. We knew that this was one of the most complicated outings with Villarreal and we have Atlético at home. We lost two points and we have to correct things to try to improve ”.
Finally when asked about the performance of the Blaugrana team outside the Camp Nou. His response was a dart aimed at Quique Setién.
“There is something for the coaches to analyze those kinds of situations. We give everything on the field and you have the feeling that away from home we are losing many important points that we did not lose other seasons. ”
This season, Barça have lost 23 of 48 points away from home. So far in 2020, the Setién team have won only three away games, one of them against Ibiza in the Copa del Rey. They have only won one (0-4 vs. Mallorca) of the last five away games, including the classic against Real Madrid.
Barcelona now have a crucial game for their aspirations on Tuesday when they receive a visit from Atlético de Madrid who seek to close the gap between them and the two teams at the top of the table. The mattress team defeated Alavés 2-1 in the Wanda Metropolitano.
That victory was the fourth in a row and he has Atleti 10 from Barcelona and he has to wait to see how Real Madrid fares.
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