There are a lot of problems at Barcelona, but one of the most glaring weaknesses right now is defense. They have made nine appearances so far in 2021/22 and conceded 13 goals, including two more in Saturday night's 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid.
Their defense is like a sieve, with talented teams able to force their way through the Blaugrana's backline too easily. That's what Atleti did on Saturday for both of his goals, as well as Luis Suarez's other first-half opportunity that the Uruguayan unusually missed.
Bayern Munich and Benfica each scored three goals against Barcelona in the Champions League, while Granada, Getafe, Athletic Club and Real Sociedad also scored against the Catalan club. These teams could even have scored more goals. Koemans is looking for a solution in defense Seeking to resolve defensive issues, Ronald Koeman experimented with different systems.
However, even the conservative tactic of playing three center-backs didn't work. In previous years, having the bulk of possession has helped Barcelona limit the number of chances for the opposition, but even that doesn't work this campaign. In addition, Marc-André ter Stegen has not been at his best since returning from summer knee surgery. Considering how much he saved Barcelona in previous years, that is also part of the current problem.
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