Qualified but pathetic.
FC Barcelona, future opponents of PSG in the round of 16 of the Champions League on February 16, is far from being the best at the moment.
Thursday night, Barça needed extra time to overcome (2-0) Cornella, a… third division club, located in the outskirts of the Catalan city, in the round of 16 of the King's Cup.
Faced with the scorers of Atlético Madrid in the previous round (2-0), the Barcelona only made the difference thanks to Ousmane Dembélé (92nd), then Martin Braithwaite (120th + 1).
During this short trip to the Barcelona suburbs, the Blaugrana seemed borrowed and suffered terribly on the pitch.
They were pushed into a third overtime in eight days, after their two Spanish Supercopa matches against Real Sociedad (1-1, 3-2 in the tabs) and Bilbao (2-3 ap), winner of the event. ...
But the worst thing is that the team, largely overhauled with Clément Lenglet captain, Ilaix Moriba for the first time in pro and a Griezmann-Braithwaite doublet in front, obtained two penalties in regulation time.
Both missed by the ex-Lyonnais Pjanic (39th), then the Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé (80th).
"It is impossible for a team like Barcelona to fail so much"
This inability to transform these opportunities greatly angered coach Ronald Koeman.
The Spanish daily Marca also headlined “Koeman loses patience” after the meeting.
“We missed two penalties, we had chances, he plague.
It's impossible for a team like Barcelona to fail so much.
I really don't know why we missed those penalties.
But that doesn't have to happen.
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Another concern for the coach, Antoine Griezmann is currently in poor shape.
It was very poor Thursday night.
"In the two occasions he had, he should have scored at least one goal with his qualities as a player," also stigmatized the Dutch coach.
According to the Catalan press, this is the first time that Koeman has shown himself so hard, in public, in front of the performance of his men.
For now, it is true that its players are not preparing in the best conditions for the shock against PSG.