The strange decision that defined Barcelona’s draw with Eibar

Ronald Koeman is losing control of his Barcelona team according to a piece in Diario AS, with a curious decision in last night’s disappointing draw with Eibar proving case in point.

Barcelona earned a penalty inside the first ten minutes, a great opportunity to take an early lead. Martin Braithwaite stepped up to the plate but sent his effort wide left of the target.

Antoine Griezmann

Koeman himself was an expert penalty taker, taking 52 in La Liga and missing just six of them, a record of 88.4%. This historically puts him amongst the top three penalty takers in Barcelona’s history alongside Laszlo Kubala and Lionel Messi.

The piece expressed surprise, therefore, that Koeman could allow Braithwaite to take the penalty ahead of expensive acquisitions like Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong and Miralem Pjanic.

Braithwaite has been a diligent performer for Barcelona since he joined the club but he’s always been viewed as a stopgap, an emergency signing brought in after successive injuries to Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.

Martin Braithwaite

The decision – or absence of decision – is for the piece a symptom of a wider problem at Camp Nou, that of Koeman consistently making the wrong calls.

Other examples cited are his decision to persist with the three-at-the-back system debuted at Valladolid – branded “an attack on Barcelona’s historical identity” – as well as allowing Messi to sit in the stands for the game for dubious reasons.

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  1. Eddie says:

    This coach is really a joke and he is worse than previous idiots coaches Barcelona has. All these problems are because of X- president that need to be arrested and put in jail for rest of his life because his objective from the first day was to destroy Barcelona and he did.

  2. Josue Cabrera says:

    I don’t have words to describe all the damage that the 2 last presidents have done to this club especially the last one almost 500 million on 3 players that have done nothing literally if could been worse imagine if they had to pay for messi,xavy,iniesta,Iniesta,, and the rest that dint have to pay no una peceta and I’m not an expert

  3. STEPHEN ERIC says:

    Poor display by Barcelona,how can Koeman allow Braitwaithe to take that penalty for God sake

  4. Ogidikpe Gideon Aristotle says:

    Your day s are decided by your performance as a coach.

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