In a surprising turn of events, Barcelona faced another setback with a 1-0 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. Leaving goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and his teammates bewildered by their recent dip in form.
Despite dominating possession with 68%, Barcelona struggled to create opportunities. The same was exemplified by having just one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes. This lackluster performance follows a trend of poor displays. Prompting star striker Robert Lewandowski to endure his longest goal drought in 12 years, failing to register a shot on target in the last six games.
The defeat to Shakhtar echoed the sentiments expressed by Xavi Hernandez after the Real Sociedad match, which he deemed “completely unacceptable” despite emerging 1-0 victors thanks to Ronald Araujo’s late goal. Ter Stegen, in his post-match reflections, admitted to being baffled by the recent downturn in form, stating:
“We have had two games that are not good. Right now I can’t tell you why. We are going to analyze the situation, today’s [Tuesday’s] game. We look forward.”Marc Andre Ter Stegen
Xavi, addressing the team’s struggles, pointed to mental challenges during the post-match press conference. The goalkeeper expressed the team’s disappointment, emphasizing,
“We are angry with ourselves. The result cannot happen to us. They created a chance in the first half, and we couldn’t find the formula.”Marc Andre Ter Stegen
As the team grapples with these unexpected setbacks, all eyes turn to the upcoming fixture against Alaves at the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium. The players and coaching staff are keen to rectify the situation before the break. Securing a much-needed victory to uplift spirits and confidence within the squad.