|David Alaba celebrates after firing Real Madrid in front in the El Classico on Sunday at the Camp Nou. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
The famous El Classico clash in the Spanish La Liga has lost its steam, for the first time in well over a decade there’s neither of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the occasion but there was a worthy introduction for ex Bayern star David Alaba.
The build up to the game already suggested where the pendulum would swing, Barcelona are probably at their lowest elm and things aren’t looking good for them from any lens you’re staring from, and beyond words you can tell that for once, they have the most uninspiring manager.
The signing of Ronald Koeman was unpopular to say the least, events that led to the exit of talisman Messi also suggested doom and the club is living up to every negative prophesy that followed the Argentine’s move away.
Barcelona sit 9th on the table, on paper you can say that is nothing considering the fact that they have a game in hand but eye tests will tell you that things are much worse for the Catalan side beyond what the table looks like at the moment.
Losing the El Classico to Real Madrid wasn’t the only problem but the manner in which they lost; there was no fight of note in Barcelona for their fans to appreciate and Sergio Aguero’s first goal for the club only flattered Koeman’s side to make the result respectable.
Real Madrid started the game on a conservative note, in fact they didn’t cross their own half way line until after the 10th minute and in a way, that snuffed life out of Barcelona. While Barca were sunk into the euphoria of the magnitude of the game, Carlo Ancelotti finessed his way through humbly.
Tactically the Italian won. Koeman sent Sergino Dest upfront as a right winder and kept Oscar Mingueza as the fullback meant to deal with Vinicius Jr, Ferland Mendy neutralized the threat and paved way for the rising star of Madrid to run riot down same channel, that was the difference.
Fans of the hosts didn’t hide their feelings after the game, they mobbed the Dutchman’s car and gave him a piece of their angry minds. It was a gory scene to see and the La Liga management are already investigating the incident.
How much time does Koeman have on the job? No one can tell but the rot is deeper than the manager, it’s not even looking like the club would surge soon, financially they’re in trouble and they lack ideas as well on the pitch… It’s a horrible time to be a Barcelona fan.