Barcelona are no longer unbeaten in The competition this season and will finish the weekend in ninth place thanks to a 2-0 loss to Atlético Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitano. Barca were second best in each division for 90 minutes and Ronald Koeman was once again annihilated by his opponent as the Barca crisis deepened.
Barça got off to a solid start to the game, with a narrow 4-2-3-1 formation with five midfielders giving them the midfield advantage and exploiting some gaps in Atlético’s defence. But Diego Simeone quickly spotted the problem and made a formation change in just 12 minutes, with Thomas Lemar leaving the attack and rejoining midfield.
Atlético immediately turned the game in their favor, denying center positions and forcing Barca to attack from the wings without any wingers. of course the Blaugrana struggled, and Atlético started to dominate and got two goals to make sure.
The first came in a complete breakdown of Barça’s individual mark and Luis Suárez was all alone in the middle picking up a perfect pass to find Thomas Lemar for the opener. And just before half-time, Memphis Depay lost a ball that launched an Atletico counter and Lemar returned the favor by giving Suarez the ball in acres of space and the Uruguayan found the back of the net against his former club.
At halftime, Barça were thoroughly coached and outplayed by Atlético from Simeone, and things promised to get worse in the second half.
The second half was a painful watch. Sergi Roberto came into half-time and did nothing at all, and Barca gave the ball dead without creating any dangerous chances. Barca looked somewhat good on offense for only a short period after the introduction of Ansu Fati, but Atlético quickly stopped the prince’s momentum and just pushed through to the end of the game without any trouble.
The final whistle ended another depressing loss for a Barca team looking lost and disorganized. But the man responsible for this remains close by, according to the president. So get ready, Barça fans. More to come from this.
Athletic: Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso (Felipe 81′); Llorente, De Paul (Trippier 46′), Koke, Lemar, Carrasco (Lodi 81′); Suarez (Griezmann 72′), Felix (Correa 72′)
goals: Lemar (23′), Suarez (44′)
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza (L. De Jong 75′), Araujo, Pique, Dest (Lenglet 86′); Nico (Roberto 46′), Busquets; De Jong, Coutinho (Fati 64′), Gavi (75′); Memphis