Barcelona suffer yet another defeat in La Liga, this time by one goal to nil at the Wanda Metropolitano, as we slip 9 points behind Atlético Madrid, and have a mountain to climb should we want to regain top spot any time soon.
Barcelona knew the difficulty of playing Atlético Madrid away from home, and massively struggled to create any meaningful opportunities against Simeone’s resolute block. The Catalans also didn’t help themselves when a terrible mistake from Marc-André ter Stegen gave the home side the lead on the stroke of half time.
To compile even more misery on Barcelona, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto both picked up what look to be very serious injuries, leaving Barca even lighter at the back, and desperate for points.
Watch: Barcelona 5-1 Alavés, Match Review
Barcelona emphatically defeat Alavés at the Camp Nou by five goals to one, with Trincão, Messi and Junior all on the scoresheet. This was a good confidence builder for Barça, heading into the game against PSG on Tuesday, as Ronald Koeman was able to rotate his side, whilst picking up 3 more points. Check out my full match review below:
Koeman also handed out a first league start to youngster Ilaix Moriba, who despite his error leading up to Rioja’s goal for Alavés, did impress on the night. But standout performers were certainly Lionel Messi and Francisco Trincão. The former showcasing his eternal genius once more, with the latter slowly building confidence and turning into an effective goal scoring winger for Barcelona.