There is no diagnosis that is valid for a week with this Barça. It’s impossible to make plans, establish a pattern, or set a roadmap. Every game is an adventure. A big game can be followed by a terrible one. And from a terrible one, a promising performance.
It’s a tiring panorama because you have to revise your expectations every seven days. Or worse still, take this as a season of transition with a stoic will.
One thing is clear, Koeman’s Barca have no luck. In each game, there’s some moment that they should capitalise on but they cannot. And usually, that failure costs them and they have to later row against the current.
This happened against Eibar. Dembele missed a clear chance and they scored their next chance with a bad mistake by Araujo. Before that Braithwaite missed a penalty and had a goal ruled out for a tight offside.
Eibar ate at the same table as Barca at the Camp Nou. A Barca with the same system as against Valladolid but totally opposite results. With Messi in the stands and Griezmann on the pitch. In reality, neither was on the pitch. The Frenchman looks lost. On a day to take a step forward he let Braithwaite have the penalty and played with his morale on the floor.
Not even Pedri, Barca’s best player this season, was inspired. The Canarian didn’t find his rhythm.
Dembele helped him after coming on, showing how he can make a difference, for good and for bad, he unbalances games.
When he’s good, Barca find their way. They went back to 4-3-2-1. Not Trincao or Coutinho could help off the bench. There was no news of Riqui Puig until the 88th minute and Barca end 2020 with a bad taste in their mouth. A poor end to a horrible year.
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