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.

The situation of Group D in the Champions League has become unpredictable

Real Madrid’s defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk has made the situation of Group D unpredictable.

Before the fifth match, many people believed that Real Madrid would enter the round of 16 because they had 7 points and only 1 point behind Borussia Monchengladbach’s top. Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk’s chances of going on even though they only have 4 points. Inter Milan only has 2 points and must expect a miracle.

Finally, a miracle appeared for the Nerazzurri. In Germany, his teachers and students Antonio Conte defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 3-2 thanks to the goals of two former Manchester United stars Matteo Darmian and Romelu Lukaku. In the match that took place at the same time, Real Madrid suddenly received a 0-2 defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk at Olimpiysky Stadium.

Real Madrid was disappointed by Shakhtar Donetsk

Currently, Borussia Monchengladbach still has 8 points. Shakhtar Donetsk is second with 1 point less. Real Madrid also has 7 points but must be ranked third due to poor performance against confrontation. Finally, hope to return to Inter Milan because they are only 3 points behind the top of the table.

Real Madrid was disappointed by Shakhtar Donetsk

Inter won the match, Conte and Lukaku shared a statement

What could happen in the last game? If they both receive defeat at home, Real Madrid and Inter Milan will lead each other to leave the game. Then, Los Blancos will have the first appearance in the Europa League in history. So, if he wants to determine his own fate, Mr. Zinedine Zidane’s teachers and students must win against Borussia Monchengladbach.

In the event of a draw in Spain, Real Madrid will have to wait for Inter Milan to beat Shakhtar Donetsk. At that time, Los Blancos will be 1 point ahead of the representative of Ukraine and pass the group stage.

Meanwhile, with Inter Milan, if they want to continue, they must defeat Shakhtar Donetsk at Giuseppe Meazza, and wish Real Madrid to do the same against Borussia Monchengladbach.

At that time, Real Madrid will lead with 10 points, Inter Milan will have the same 8 points as representatives of the Bundesliga, but ranked above due to the performance against each other. If the Nerazzurri win and the remaining match is a draw, they will still be eliminated by their inferior performance against Real Madrid.

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.