Almeria surprised FC Barcelona with a 1-0 defeat on Sunday, dashing their hopes of extending their lead in La Liga. The result left the Catalan giants seven points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid, instead of the 10 they could have been with a win.
Despite Barcelona’s disappointing performance, the team has had a solid defensive record this season, conceding just eight goals in 23 matches. However, in the past few matches, Barcelona’s defense has faced some testing situations and has exhibited some frailties that require addressing.
Frankie De Jong defends Barcelona
Acknowledging that the team needed to improve in attack and create more danger, Frankie de Jong expressed his frustration with the result against Almeria. Barcelona’s Marquee signing Robert Lewandowski has been struggling to change the games in their favor, and the team has looked toothless in front of the goal in recent matches.
“We are really disappointed. We had the chance to go 10 clear. Now it’s still seven but we did not expect to lose this game. “They were really good defensively. We crossed a lot, especially second half, but they defended well. We have to attack better and create more danger.”Frankie De jong
Eric Garcia heading out?
Additionally, Eric Garcia, who started the game against Almeria, has been receiving criticism for his performance. Barcelona has not used the defender as a mainstay and has used him sparingly. His performance on Sunday only made it more evident that he might not be the right choice for the starting XI in the future.
Looking ahead, Barcelona will now focus on their Copa del Rey semi-final clash against Real Madrid. Despite losing against Almeria, it was denied by De Jong that the team had been distracted by the upcoming Clasico.
LaLiga is very important, and the next game is always the most importantFrankie De jong
Overall, Barcelona’s recent performances might raise some concerns, but they still have a solid foundation to build upon. With a strong defensive record and some talented players in their squad, the team will look to bounce back and secure a win against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.
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