The Barça, a strainer in defense

It has been a month since Barcelona have finished a game with a clean sheet, accumulating 16 goals in the last eight games. In fact, the last time he did not concede a goal was precisely against Elche (0-2) on January 24.


One of Ronald Koeman's priorities is to stop the bleeding of goals conceded in recent games. For a month, Barcelona has been unable to leave a clean sheet, accumulating a total of eight consecutive games receiving at least one goal. In fact, the numbers are rather worrying, adding 16 goals conceded in the last eight games, leaving a bleak average of two per game.

You have to go back to January 24 to see the last game that Barcelona put the bolt on Ter Stegen's goal. It was precisely against Elche (0-2), the rival that Barcelona will face this Wednesday in their postponed match of the first day.

Since that day, all the rivals who have faced Barcelona have managed to beat the German goalkeeper: Rayo (1-2), Athletic (2-1), Granada (3-5), Betis (2-3), Sevilla ( 2-0), Alavés (5-1), PSG (1-4) and Cádiz (1-1) .

Obviously, the injuries in defense have not helped Ronald Koeman at the time of settling the rear. First Gerard Piqué and then Ronald Araújo have left the centrals in the open, since neither Clement Lenglet nor Samuel Umtiti have measured up, having to come a player from the subsidiary, Óscar Mingueza, to cover more than one patch. On the sides there is not the thing to shoot rockets either: on the right, Dest is still very irregular and Sergi Roberto has been injured for almost three months, while on the left only Alba is saved from the fire, with a Junior as listless as he is disappointing.

In fact, Koeman's Barça has only been able to add three consecutive games without conceding a goal this season: Dinamo Kiev (0-4), Osasuna (4-0) and Ferenvaros (0-3). Curiously, the streak was broken against Cádiz (2-1) on December 5, in the last defeat that Barça suffered in LaLiga, 444 444The main concern of the coaches is to urgently plug this drain and more taking into account the need to consolidate the rear in future games if they do not want to see the three titles escape them in one go. The imminent return of Araújo opens a door to hope, since the presence of Piqué and Araújo could consolidate a rear guard in need more than ever of leaders in the field. And there are two games on the horizon that conceding a goal would be fatal of necessity: the second leg of the Cup semifinal against Sevilla and let alone the Champions League in Paris against PSG.

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