For a while now, I’ve had this feeling: this was not how it was supposed to go for Luis Enrique’s Barça. It’s not just that the team has lost games, or not played as beautifully as it should given the caliber of players at its disposal. It’s not even that Luis Enrique announced he will leave at the end of this season – that seemed likely even before Christmas. It’s that the evolution of this team over three seasons fundamentally has not made sense to me.
Barcelona B endured another frustrating affair in Segunda B Group III on Sunday as they took the short trip to the home of CE Sabadell, Nova Creu Alta, where they recorded their sixth draw of the season.
You can say it was a hangover from their last match and you might be right, but the reason FC Barcelona lost two to one to Deportivo de La Coruña at the Estadio Riazor was lack of fire and individual errors. Misplaced passes and poor defending on corners led to both goals for the home side. Barcelona on the other hand didn’t create enough chances and the few they did were wasted whether it was the final ball in the form of a bad pass or a lacking shot.
After such an incredible comeback, it is very hard for a single person to describe what it meant and what it felt like. So it seems like the best thing to do is curate all of the videos, tweets, images and everything in between to really get a feeling of what this all means.
To put what we have all just witnessed into words will be impossible. But I will do my best.
Barcelona B had a frustrating time on Saturday afternoon as they just about salvaged a point in front of 2,187 at the Miniestadi against an Atlético Levante side who are fighting to survive in Segunda B Group III.
If any of you have ever seen The Departed (no spoilers here), do you remember that part in the elevator where you thought it was about to end well and then it suddenly didn’t end well at all? With this win over Atlético Madrid on Sunday, La Liga has become that elevator scene. And yes, Real Madrid also won against Villareal, but they were anything but convincing – and once again, dubious referee decisions (yes, again) allowed Real back into the match. FC Barcelona are closing up the gap, and Sevilla don’t appear to be going anywhere. While this ain’t Boston, that elevator scene might be playing out over the next few weeks.
Gerard López’s Barcelona B side looked to their front three on Saturday as they overcame the relatively routine task of earning three points at home to a Gavà side who, despite being in the bottom four, won their last two matches at home to Levante B and Cornellà.
The weekend is upon us and it’s time for another La Liga match. This one can only be hectic and tough, as FC Barcelona travels to Madrid to play Atlético Madrid for the 3rd time in February. With Real Madrid’s loss in midweek against Valencia, it’s time for Barça to finally close the gap and smell 1st position, although Real Madrid has one match in advantage still.