Barcelona managed to come out with a point from the Lions' den in the thrilling away game against Athletic Club. The Lions in red and white have always been a dreadful team for the Catalans, and they made sure they took their threat to a whole new level in the 1-1 draw against Ronald Koeman's men on Saturday night.
In sports leagues, promotion and relegation is a process where teams are transferred between multiple divisions based on their performance for the completed season. Barcelona and Real Madrid have never been relegated from La Liga, in the near-century history of the competition. The Clasico rivals have been permanent fixtures in the top-flight, having been founding members all the way back in 1929.
The game between Athletic Club and Barcelona ended in a 1-1 draw but the scoreline didn't justify the intensity and fascination of the match. One of the notable events in the game is Ronald Araujo's disallowed goal which was adjudged as having an infringement in its buildup.
Barcelona fare the worst against teams who apply pressure, especially in the midfield areas. Our midfielders react differently to pressure and this is usually a factor which determines the overall performance of the team. Riqui Puig is a player who would be an essential weapon against teams who play a high-pressure system: Athletic Club, Alaves, Villarreal, Sociedad and Osasuna.
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.
Barcelona secured their position at the top of the La Liga table tonight after they came from behind to hold Athletic Bilboa to a 1-1 draw at the Sam Mames Barria. The first 45 minutes of the fixture ended on a stalemate, as Athletic Bilboa failed to open the scoring despite their several chances at half time.
Photo credit: imjohn Real Madrid are currently sitting in the number one position on the La Liga Santander table with 17 points after seven matches played so far this season. Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid team are still unbeaten in the league this season. The loss against FC Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League has cost them their unbeaten streak across all competitions.
The table above, shows the best formation Barcelona players could adapt in La Liga against Athletic Club on their next match. Barcelona are still in form this season despite the fact they lose their top player Lionel Messi. Barcelona could possibly collect three points from Athletic Club if they adapt to this formation.
In a series of photos posted by FC Barcelona on its official Twitter page, its players were seen participating in their last training session ahead of tomorrow's crucial game against Athletic Club. Rey Manaj, Yusuf Demir, Emerson Royale, Memphis Depay, and Ricard Puig were among those spotted in the training photos.
The departure of Lionel Messi has left an unavoidable yoke for another player to carry at Barcelona. Antoine Griezmann was seen as the player who should take over from the Argentine but he hasn't displayed the qualities of a leader so far. However, Memphis Depay has been showing that he has what it takes to be the team's new focal point.
Barcelona would be playing against Athletic Club in the La Liga round 2 fixture, while Real Madrid would be playing against Levante in the La Liga also. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid got a win last week in the La Liga round 1 fixture. Ahead of the Round 2 fixture this weekend, check out Barcelona and Real Madrid's possible lineup against their respective opponents.
Photo credit: marca.com Ronald Koeman's Barcelona team will be visiting the San Mames Stadium to play against Athletic Club for the second round of the 2021/2022 La Liga Santander season on Saturday as they continue their post-Messi era. Barcelona looked fired up despite the loss of their greatest player ever to wear the badge as they defeated Real Sociedad in the first round of the season, while Athletic Club, despite being the better side, drew their first game of the season.
Barcelona has had an abysmal start to the 2021-22 season after the departure of club legend Lionel Messi for free to join PSG. They have played eight games in all competitions, won three, drawn three, and lost two. Both Barca's losses have been in the Champions League, meaning they remain unbeaten in the league after six games.
For the second game of their 2021-22 La Liga season, players of FC Barcelona travel to San Mames, a stadium that has historically proven to be a thorn in their foot, to face Athletic Bilbao. Photo credit: Twitter As stated by Ronald Koeman in his press conference yesterday, the game promises to be a good match.
The Matchday 2 round of fixtures in La Liga would see FC Barcelona travel to San Mames, as they take on Athletic Club at 10:00PM CET. Viewing is location variant, however fans in Nigeria can catch the match live on SuperSport channel. Athletic Bilbao will be looking for their first win of the season, having played out a 0-0 draw against Elche in the opening Matchday.
Memphis Depay netted his first goal for Barcelona, but it wasn't enough to earn the Catalans all three points as Athletic Club held them to a 1-1 draw. Ronald Koeman's team began their La Liga season with a 4-2 win against Real Sociedad on the opening weekend, but were unable to build on that performance against another high-intensity Basque club.
Ronald Koeman's side, Barcelona is heading into its 3rd Laliga match against Jose Michel side, Getafe. The match will be held at Camp Nou stadium on Sunday, August 29. Recall Ronald Koeman's side, Barcelona had a 1-1 draw with Marcelino Garcia's side, Athletic Club.
Barca suffer two setbacks ahead of their game against Getafe, as they look to return to winning ways
FC Barcelona have suffered two major setbacks ahead of their next La Liga game against Getafe. Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona had a very hough night yesterday in what was their second La Liga game of the new season and would be hoping that night's like that never comes their way again.
The sooner Barcelona can move on from Lionel Messi's era, the better for everyone. On the same night that the Argentinian made his debut for PSG, the Catalans gave 17-year-old Pablo Paez Gavira, also known as Gavi, his first La Liga start. He was introduced against Getafe alongside Nico Gonzalez, a 19-year-old who had played his first minutes against Real Sociedad earlier in the season.
After Barcelona's game today against Athletic Club, it's time to confirm that Gerard Pique and Memphis Depay are now the main playmakers at Barcelona. You might be confused when I say this adding Gerard Pique because is only a defender at Barcelona. During today's game against Athletic Club, Gerard Pique was substituted during the first half of the game.