FC Barcelona has lost its three games against all the Madrid teams and Coach Ronald Koeman has a lot to do to bring his team back to speed. Barca as known to many irrespective of whether they are playing at home or away give the opposition a hard time, but things seem to be taking a different slide.
Granada beat Barca by a goal to nil after which Real Madrid went to the Camp Nou to register a famous 1-3 win in the El Classico. The latest addition is Atletico Madrid who stunned Barca at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano to record their first win over the Catalans since 2010.
FC Barca as usual has majority of possession but did not create a lot of chances as their total shots of 10 only saw 4 on target.
Atletico Madrid opened the score at the brink of halftime by Yannick Carrasco, this changed the rhythm of the game as it has always been difficult to salvage a point with Atletico Madrid in front. The hoe side as early as the 9’ started committing fouls and picked 4 yellow cards in total with Barca picking none.
Barca during the rather physical game were forced into changes as Gerard picked up a sprained right knee injury and was subbed in the 62’. Koeman after Gerard’s substitution threw onto the pitch Philippe Coutinho, Sergino Dest, and Martin Braithwaite to try and salvage a point in the game but the defensive discipline of Simone’s men was a masterclass as they left no room for errors.
After 8 games played both for Atletico Madrid and FC Barca, Atletico Madrid has recorded 20 points and currently second on the league table as Barcelona holds on to the 10th position with 11 points.