“New tragic European night”. “The defeat of a small team”. “From illusion to helplessness and whistles”. The headlines of the Catalan dailies Sport and Mundo Deportivo testify to the particularly dangerous atmosphere which reigns in Barcelona, after the news 3-0 defeat inflicted on Tuesday evening at Camp Nou by Bayern Munich for the first day of the Champions League. A little over a year after the 8-2 humiliation at the Lisbon Final 8, BarÃ§a, already victim of a media war between its coach Ronald Koeman and its president Joan Laporta, is at the bottom of the hole.
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Literally put to the ground by a feint of Robert Lewandowski on the third Bavarian goal, Gerard PiquÃ © made a fatalistic observation at the end of the meeting: “It’s like that, we are what we are . (…) Today, there is a clear difference, it is clear. To be frank, today we are not one of the big favorites, but that does not matter “. Ronald Koeman could only subscribe to the speech of the leader of his defense. “It is what it is,” said the Dutch manager at a press conference.
Besides the goals and the chances, two sequences illustrated the difficulties of FC Barcelona. TO?? the hour of play, first, when Sergi Roberto came out under the whistles of the public. A mistrust that Gerard Piqué deplored: “It hurts me. Because I know the person, he is an extraordinary human being and he loves this club more than anything. He is not not a full-back, he’s been an axial since always, but he made the sacrifice to help the team, I want to remind that. It touched me enormously “.
TO?? a quarter of an hour from the end of regulatory time, Jordi Alba has given way to Alejandro Balde. Once on the sidelines, the left fullback appeared totally exhausted and hyperventilating. A state to be imputed to Ronald Koeman? According to Sport, the 32-year-old Spain international suffered from severe stomach pains the night before the game. The coach would still have pushed him to hold his place, despite an uncertain physical condition. In any case, it could be that the player also injured his right thigh hamstring during the encounter. The club have indicated that exams will be carried out on Thursday.
The failure of BarÃ§a can also be read in the statistics. This is the first time that the Blaugrana club have conceded three losses in a row at home on the European stage (with Juventus 3-0 and PSG 4-1 last season © e). Also, we have to go back to the 2003-2004 season to find traces of a FC Barcelona match without the slightest shot on target.
“We have a lot of young players who in two or three years will be better. It’s very difficult to accept, but we are waiting for things to improve and for people to recover from their injuries,” said Ronald Koeman at a press conference. In other words, Catalan supporters must be prepared for other nightly disappointments.