The Barça played yesterday and still had great difficulties. The Blaugrana failed to get the upper hand over Eibar. The two teams ended in a sad draw (1-1), despite the return of Ousmane Dembélé, scorer for the Catalans. “That’s how life goes without Messi”, summarizes Marca, who adds that FC Barcelona still fails.
A new misstep that makes talk in Spain, Mundo Deportivo even evokes “a cursed year”. The daily also points out Araujo’s mistake on the goal conceded and Braithwaite’s missed penalty. The same thing happened on the cover of Sport on Wednesday. The paper saw “another disaster” yesterday, and points out that Barça have already let 9 points slip away at the Camp Nou this season. This one promises to be more and more complicated for the Catalans.
Leaded in the first period by the penalty missed by Danish striker Martin Braithwaite (8th), the Catalan club found itself with its back to the wall on a goal by Kike (57th). But the Blaugrana will avoid the worst by equalising through Ousmane Dembélé. The French winger came on at the start of the second half, for his first appearance since December 5, and picked up a cross from the left by Junior Firpo (67th).
With 25 points, Ronald Koeman’s team is sixth, one point behind Villarreal, Sevilla and Real Madrid. The Barça are aiming for a rebound next Sunday on the pitch of Huesca. For its part, Eibar is fourteenth with 16 units, two points from the red zone.
Barça: Koeman’s incomprehension
And despite its broad dominance, FC Barcelona was held back by Eibar (1-1) Tuesday in La Liga. A score of parity that does not digest the Catalan coach, Ronald Koeman.
“In the first half we had problems with the ball out, we didn’t try to look for Martin Braithwaite between the lines, there were possibilities, especially over, but I don’t know why, maybe out of fear? We know that there is a transition going on in the team, also because of injuries. Today there were 5-6 young people, but there was also experience on the team. We were missing someone like Leo Messi, of course. But my feeling is: “How is it possible that we didn’t win this match? We created chances, missed a penalty and offered a goal, the only shot on target they had,” the Dutch manager brooded in front of the press.