The defending champion Atletico Madrid and its Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez complicated the life of Dutch coach Ronaldo Koeman more and more, after inflicting the “sick” Barcelona for the first defeat in the Spanish League this season by winning it 2-0 in the eighth stage.
Heavily indebted and orphaned without his star and legendary international captain, Argentine Lionel Messi, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona’s difficulties increased and Koeman’s future was in jeopardy after the team suffered a second defeat in a row after he suffered in the middle of the week at the hands of Benfica, with three clean goals in the Champions League .
The Catalan club had previously lost 3-0 in its first match in the continental competition at the hands of Bayern Munich, before following these two defeats with another with the same severity at the hands of rivals Atletico, who compensated for his loss in the previous stage against Alaves (zero-1) in the best way.
It is certain that Barcelona’s contentment with three victories and 12 points from 7 stages so far will increase the resentment against the Dutchman, who originally missed Saturday’s match due to suspension.
Unlike Barcelona, Atlético proved that the defeat against Alaves was nothing but a minor stumble, which was followed by the capital club by beating AC Milan in the latter’s stronghold 2-1 Tuesday in the Champions League, and then by confirming its superiority over Barcelona, who did not beat “Rojiblancos” for the fifth consecutive confrontation between them ( Including the Super Cup meeting in early 2020).
The capital club raised its score to 17 points, and its neighbor Real Madrid joined the lead with the goal difference in favor of the royal club, waiting for its match on Sunday with the other Catalan team, Espanyol, at the latter’s stadium.
The Argentine coach of Atletico Diego Simeone started the meeting by keeping the French striker returning from Barcelona Antoine Griezmann on the bench for the first match in the league since his return to “Rojiblancos”, while the other former striker for Barcelona Suarez played mainly alongside the Portuguese Joao Felix and succeeded in revenge against Koeman, who caused his departure. About “Camp Nou” in the summer of 2020 after the Dutchman arrived at the club.
Atletico managed to reach the net with a wonderful goal for Lemar after a beautiful three-way game started by Joao Felix with a pass to Suarez, who in turn turned the ball to his French colleague, who fired a missile from a difficult angle into the roof of the net (23).
Barcelona tried to quickly return to the meeting and was close to a draw with a “on the fly” shot from Brazilian Philippe Coutinho that passed next to the left post (27).
And when the first half was breathing its last, Atletico dealt a semi-dead blow to its guest by adding the second goal, this time through Suarez, who scored against his former team for the first time, after another three-way game with Joao Felix and Lemar, the decisive passer (44).
“In the first goal that Lemar scored, the player came from the middle of the field without any supervision, and this cannot be accepted,” Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said.
He continued, “When the injured recover, we will improve. We lack good strikers, despite Depay’s attempts.”
And the Barcelona coach added: “It was not easy to create chances against a team like Atletico Madrid, and if you create two or three chances, you have to score.”
For his part, Barcelona defender Pique said that his team is suffering from many problems, and continued: “It is not just one problem, but many problems, but despite that, I think we will recover.”
He continued: “These are difficult times that we have not lived before, the atmosphere in the dressing room is very good and we want a change.
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