Barcelona trapped in a recurring nightmare that began at Anfield

Pretty much the primary issue Junior Firpo did as a Barça player was miss the ball. The second was to go wrong on his face. He had been on the pitch for fifty-four seconds and as he lay on the grass, the audio recording provided by an adult male with a swanee whistle and a group of cymbals, he watched the lads in the red and white run on the far side him and a well-recognized scene unfold. It was happening once more, solely quicker. At Athletic Bilbao on the curtain-raising, Barcelona had gone behind within the 89th minute; against Betis every week later, it was the 17th; and at Osasuna, the sixth.
This time, in week five at Granada, that they had barely created it to the second once Ramon Azeez scored. This time, they wouldn’t build it out of bother. As for Junior, signed from Real Betis for €18m within the summer, he didn’t create it out for the half. Lionel Messi did, eventually creating his first league look of the season, then did Ansu Fati, their hope at sixteen. Even they couldn’t salvage something from this portion. Arturo Vidal came on too. Just about the primary issue he did was boot the ball off. The second was stick a give within the space. From the penalty spot, Álvaro Vadillo created it 2-0. It was everywhere. And, it was tempting to conclude, even this early, all would possibly really mean all. Barcelona had been overwhelmed. Barcelona is flooded; it seems.
On the night once Granada, with a budget that couldn’t pay Messi in addition to everybody else at the Camp Nou, their remuneration cap eighteen times under Barcelona’s, deservedly won 2-0, the story ought to are regarding them. What that they had done, in their manager’s too-literally-translated words, “barbaric.” It ought to are regarding however eleven of their players on a weekday were within the second division whereas Barcelona won the league last season. Regarding however they need to be lost only once, against Seville on their opening game back in Primera, and won 3 in a very row since while not consent. It ought to are regarding however success momentarily took them prime. Granada. Top. However, it wasn’t. And not merely because Diego Martínez, their manager, insisted that gazing the league was a “waste of time.” Or perhaps as a result of the story, nearly ne’er is regarding them once it is regarding them.
It was as a result of there was one thing regarding the manner Barcelona were defeated, the way it managed to shock and not shock the least bit, that ran deeper. This wasn’t only one game, and wasn’t merely two men – still less Junior or Vidal, or perhaps merely Ernesto Valverde – but unhealthy it had been. And, boy, had it been unhealthy. It was troublesome to recollect a performance worse than this, and nevertheless, there was no lack of contenders. This was sudden; it was conjointly an extended time returning. Dreadful in defense, in the center, upfront. Nothing worked. “Not even with Messi,” ran the quilt of AS, and there was one thing telling therein too. On Friday morning, El Mundo Deportivo joyfully splashed on Real national capital in a crisis. By the subsequent night, it was Barcelona UN agency were. And by the night when the national capital was prime.