Barcelona’s ongoing disaster retains getting worse, with the staff unable to win on the sphere and the membership’s gamers, coach and president rising more and more at odds.
Barcelona was held to a 0-0 draw by Cádiz in the Spanish league on Thursday, extending its winless streak to three matches and including stress on coach Ronald Koeman.
Koeman a day earlier surprisingly learn from a ready assertion in the pre-match information convention and downplayed the staff’s probabilities of successful titles this season.
Players did not conceal the very fact they weren’t on the identical web page.
“I’m not wearing Barça’s jersey to finish second or third,” veteran defender Gerard Piqué mentioned after the match. “I’m convinced that despite our bad start we will be contending at the end of the season.”
President Joan Laporta, who mentioned he was caught without warning by Koeman’s assertion forward of the match, has been at odds not too long ago with the coach who was employed by former president Josep Bartomeu.
“We have to be more united than ever,” Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto mentioned. “The fans, the squad, the coach, the president … we have to be united to overcome this situation. We are not going through a good moment but I’m convinced that we will overcome it.”
Barcelona, with out Lionel Messi after practically twenty years, had to maintain on in the top in opposition to Cádiz after midfielder Frenkie de Jong was despatched off with a second yellow card in the sixty fifth minute. Koeman additionally was despatched off for complaining to the referee in the ultimate minutes.
“I can’t complain about the attitude of the players,” Koeman said. “We did everything possible. It was a complicated match.”
The draw left Barcelona in seventh place in the league standings, seven factors behind chief Real Madrid with a sport in hand. Madrid routed Mallorca 6-1 on the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Wednesday to keep two factors forward of defending champion Atlético Madrid, which gained 2-1 at Getafe on Tuesday.
“We are Barça and we still have a very good squad,” Roberto mentioned. “We have a team that can win this league and we will try to win it.”
Barcelona was coming off two consecutive setbacks at residence — a 3-0 defeat in opposition to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and a 1-1 draw in opposition to Granada in the Spanish league, when it wanted a Ninetieth-minute equalizer to escape defeat.
Cádiz practically opened the scoring by Álvaro Negredo’s shot from outdoors the realm in the forty sixth, forcing Marc-André ter Stegen to make a tough save by the highest nook.
One of Barcelona’s greatest probabilities was a low shot by Memphis Depay that was stopped by Cádiz goalkeeper Jeremías Ledesma a couple of minutes later. The Dutch striker missed a chance to rating the winner deep into stoppage time when his shot from inside the realm went extensive in a one-on-one scenario.
With an additional man, Cádiz had many of the probabilities on the finish however could not capitalize on them, with Ter Stegen making a number of good saves.
De Jong was despatched off after sliding in to strive to steal the ball from an opponent.
Barcelona stays depleted by accidents and Koeman began the match with two youngsters — 17-year-old midfielder Gavi and 18-year-old ahead Yusuf Demir.
Cádiz hasn’t gained in its first 4 league matches at residence this season and was coming off two straight losses on the Nuevo Mirandilla Stadium. It went winless in its first 5 residence matches at residence final season. It has solely gained victory to date this season.
Cádiz defender Fali Giménez left the match in tears and on a stretcher after getting injured with out contact earlier than halftime. It appeared to be a left knee damage.
SOCIEDAD MOVES UP
Real Sociedad climbed to third place with a 3-2 win at Granada, shifting inside three factors of chief Madrid. Aritz Elustondo scored twice for the guests, together with the winner in the 82nd.
Granada, which opened the scoring lower than 10 minutes into the match, is but to win this season, with three losses.
BETIS WINS AGAIN
Real Betis gained 3-1 at Osasuna for its third victory in 4 matches in all competitions.
Manuel Pellegrini’s staff is eighth in the standings. It had began the season winless in its first three matches.
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