No Messi – No Party
The first leg of the Copa del Rey spherical of 16 observed Barcelona struggling a 2-1 defeat to Levante on Thursday evening time.
The Catalans have misplaced to the equivalent workers they hammered 5-zero in December, with one ‘small distinction.’
Barcelona stalwart Lionel Messi was omitted from the squad as Ernesto Valverde decided to leisure every him and Luis Suarez.
The Argentinean wizard demolished Granotas practically singlehandedly at the very same venue only a few weeks prior to now.
The 31-year-outdated was involved in all of Blaugrana’s 5 goals on the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia, notching a hat-trick whereas contributing two assists inside the course of.
FT: Levante 2-1 Barcelona. Disappointing. Complete a horrible effectivity and a wasted chance for the non-starters to present their worth. Too many errors and missed prospects. All to be carried out for subsequent week on the Camp Nou.
Coutinho 84′ pen.#CopaBara #ForaBara pic.twitter.com/qrCMS3hmAq
— FC Barcelona Info (@onlyfcbnews) January 10, 2019
Utterly outplayed by the hosts, La Liga leaders have been on the once more foot for nearly all the sport.
Valverde’s decision to self-discipline an ‘immature’ backline may presumably be a justification for Blaugrana’s defensive frailties.
Nonetheless, there isn’t any excuse for his or her struggling in creating goalscoring alternate options on the choice end.
Except for Ousmane Dembele, who has been Barcelona’s most dangerous participant on the pitch, the other two of his fellow companions inside the final third has carried out below frequent.
Malcom has as soon as as soon as extra demonstrated he isn’t Barcelona supplies, having barely threatened Eibar second-alternative goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez.
Within the meantime, Philippe Coutinho has been giving the balls away too simple by his necessities, failing to impression the game for its principal half although he remodeled a spot-kick inside the 85th minute.