Barca with terrible statistics after 10 rounds in La Liga

Barca is experiencing a bad start to the season in La Liga, but the statistics show the terrible level of Koeman’s teachers and students.

With Saturday’s defeat to Cadiz (1-2), Koeman’s Barcelona had their worst start in La Liga since a 3-point win in the 1995/96 season. Never after the first 10 rounds, Barca had such poor results with 4 wins, 2 draws, and 4 defeats, reaching a total of 14 points.

Contrary to this disappointing start to the domestic league – 12 points behind Atletico Madrid – Barca are very successful in the Champions League, where they are the only team to have won 5 rounds.

Barca lost 4 matches after 10 rounds in La Liga

Barca’s journey in La Liga is very erratic. The defeat of Cadiz erased the mark of the jubilant performance they created against Osasuna with 4 goals. Or as after winning 5-2 Real Betis, Messi and his teammates lost to Atletico Madrid.

Barca’s worst start since 1987/88 season

If we switch to the 3-point scoring system for a win, we have to go back to the 1987/88 season to see a worse start for Barca. In that campaign, they only won 13 points after 10 rounds of 4 wins, 1 draw, and 5 losses.

This year’s season is very different from that year. Koeman’s position was not threatened in any case, at least until June 30, 2021, mainly because the club’s board did not have the authority to make such big decisions as firing the coach.

Messi is only a double away from Pele’s record

Messi is only a double away from Pele’s record at club level and the match against Cadiz will be an opportunity for Barca striker to set a new milestone. The goal against Osasuna in La Liga last week gave Messi 641 goals in 16 years with Barca’s first team. This goal left Messi only a double behind Pele’s scoring record.

Currently, Pele holds the record for most goals scored for a club. The former Brazilian has scored 643 goals for Santos in his 18 years with the club.

However, Messi’s achievement is still more appreciated than Pele. The reason is that Messi has played with Barca in prestigious tournaments like the Champions League or La Liga. Meanwhile, Pele only joined Santos in the Sao Paulo State Championship, the Brazilian Championship, or the South American Club Championship.

Barca has the youngest squad in the Champions League after 9 years

Barca launched the youngest squad in the Champions League after 9 years but still won Dynamo Kyiv to win tickets.

Barca’s meeting with Dynamo Kiev after winning 3 previous matches has helped coach Ronald Koeman for many pillars to rest. This means they use the youngest squad in the Champions League since 2011 when they met BATE Borisov in the group stage (23 years and 93 days).

Barca’s squad under Pep Guardiola at the time included Pinto; Montoya, Bartra, Fontas, Maxwell; Jonathan Dos Santos, Thiago, Sergi Roberto; Cuenca, Rafinha, and Pedro.

Now, 11 starting players from the Catalan team include Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Junior; Pjanic, Alena; Trincao, Coutinho, Pedri and Braithwaite have an average age of 24 years and 206 days.

The squad could have been younger if 17-year-old striker Ansu Fati was not injured. Meanwhile, Messi has been released, while Pique, Busquets, Sergi Roberto are injured.

Among the match’s novelty, the highlight was the presence of a player from the youth team – Oscar Mingueza. The 19-year-old midfielder from the Barca B team played very personality, taking advantage of the absence of Pique and Araujo to make an impressive debut.

Barca only launched the B team, but still won

Notably, Matheus Fernandes (22) finally made his debut as a Barcelona player. The Brazilian midfielder entered the field in the 72nd minute for Pedri and switched to interception position.

Besides, Konrad de la Fuente (age 19) has played in the first team after arriving at the club in 2014 at the age of 12. For his part, Riqui Puig made his Champions League debut at the age of 21.

Barca made a surprise decision for Messi in the match against Dynamo Kiev

Barca coach Koeman made a surprise decision for Lionel Messi against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Barcelona announced the squad for their match against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League group stage, most notably the absence of Leo Messi and Frenkie de Jong. Coach Ronald Koeman decided to give Messi and De Jong rest, alongside injured players such as Pique, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Araujo, and Ansu Fati.

Both Messi and De Jong were allowed to rest

Given this situation, Barca’s starting line-up could be attributed to Ter Stegen; Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, Alena; Dembele, Coutinho, Pedri; Griezmann.

Barca has had many unprecedented injuries after a decade

Barca is suffering from unprecedented injuries in the past decade, which partly affect the results on the pitch.

The fact that Busquets sprained his knee and had to take a three-week hiatus from the game left nine Barca players injured in the early part of this season. This is the highest number since the 2009/10 season after 10 official matches.

Ansu Fati, Alba, Araujo, Braithwaite, Busquets, Coutinho, and Junior took turns having to retire in the first 10 official matches of the season.

Ansu Fati was seriously injured

Besides, Ter Stegen underwent surgery before starting the campaign, Matheus could not start with new coach Koeman and Umtiti sidelined from last season. Barca’s most worrying injury was Ansu Fati with a torn inner meniscus and 4 months off. The young player’s long-term identity makes the club inevitably have to buy more strikers in January.

Ansu Fati was seriously injured

Wing-back Jordi Alba suffered a right thigh hamstring injury resulting in two missed matches against Gretafe and Ferencvaros. Another football star, Coutinho, suffered a left thigh injury that left him absent from Juventus, Alavés, Dinamo, and Betis.

Former Barca director revealed the reason why the club did not buy Neymar

Former Director Javier Bordas revealed that Barca could not buy Neymar from PSG during the transfer window last summer for a very rare reason.

Neymar once asked to leave PSG to return to Barca in the summer of 2019 and even quit training to put pressure. But in the end, the deal broke down at the last minute and Neymar is still with PSG today. The reason for this failure was revealed by former Barca’s legal director, Javier Bordas, in an exclusive interview with Mundo Deportivo.

Mr. Bordas asserted that Barca was very serious to buy Neymar in the summer of 2019. As evidenced by the legal director of Bordas and CEO Oscar Grau and sporting director Eric Abidal went to Paris to negotiate with PSG.

The reason Neymar left Barca

In an interview with Mundo Deportivo, Bordas also confirmed that Neymar made a mistake when demanding to leave in 2017 and then wanted to return after only 2 years of adventure at PSG. Mr. Bordas also admitted that he knew the real reason why Neymar was determined to leave Barca, but it was better than the Brazilian striker explained himself.