Eight reason why Barcelona lost to Manchester City

enrique-guardiola-errorsAs con­firmed by Luis Enrique, Barcelona played the best in the first 40 min­utes of the game at the Eti­had Sta­di­um but began to back­slide both as a team and indi­vid­u­al­ly. Although the lost game does not come with a seri­ous con­se­quence, Barcelona must how­ev­er not over­look the defeat.

Accord­ing to Sport, here are the top area in which Luis Enrique must work on in order to avoid defeat like this.

  1. Bar­ca lost the ball in seri­ous sit­u­a­tions: Accord­ing to sta­tis­tics, the Cata­lans lost more balls (66–78) than Man City and recov­ered less balls (49–43). To add to that, some loss­es were fatal like the loss of ball. Ser­gi Rober­to lost pass that led to the first goal of the Man City and Ser­gio Busquet’s loss of ball that made him foul his oppo­nent and led to the sec­ond goal.
  2. Ter Ste­gen failed for the De Bruyne free kick goal: The goal­keep­er could have done bet­ter to pre­vent De Bruyne free kick goal. After the game, the Bel­gian said to the press that he thought the Bar­ca goal­keep­er would stop the goal.
  3. Lit­tle pres­ence of Digne and Ser­gi Rober­to: As left and right back of Barcelona, they were expect­ed to be a lit­tle on the offen­sive side on the flanks than just whol­ly focus on defense. This fault from them allowed the high pres­sure from City.
  4. Lack of idea of play: The absence of Ger­ard Pique and Andre Ini­es­ta was obvi­ous when the mid­field­ers as well as cen­tral defend­ers did not know what to do with the ball. even though Bar­ca dom­i­nat­ed in ball pos­ses­sion (40–60).
  5.  Bar­ca couldn’t seal off the game in first half: The Cata­lans were far bet­ter in most part of the first half but could not score more than one goal. While Andre Gomes had two clear chances with one of them hit­ting the wood­work, Luis Suarez and Ney­mar also had chances but could not put the ball behind the net.
  6. Dis­ap­pear­ance of MSN in sec­ond half: After the half time break, the attack­ing trio of Barcelona just couldn’t be seen. There was a big dis­con­nect between the MSN and oth­er Bar­ca play­ers in sec­ond half.
  7. Less response to tac­ti­cal changes: Pep Guardi­o­la won the bat­tle against Luis Enrique in terms of tac­ti­cal changes. Luis Enrique did not react to the change in posi­tion of David Sil­va and De Bruyne in which Guardi­o­la super­vised.
  8. Con­ced­ed goals at cru­cial times: Against an oppo­nent like Guardiola’s side, there’s no room for falling on your back. Bar­ca paid dear­ly for ack of con­cen­tra­tion both at the end of first half and begin­ning of sec­ond half.
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