Barcelona comparison leaves Xavi Hernandez with headaches following shaky start

Defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico did not go down as a disaster in Catalonia, after Barcelona showed they could definitely mix it with Real Madrid despite a number of absences. However it does open up space for inquests to be opened and questions to be asked about more worrying numbers.

The Blaugrana are now four points off Los Blancos at the top of the table with Girona, and have shown some impressive spurts of play. But on the whole, the statistics do not speak of an improvement, as highlighted by Sport. They are not just four points behind those two teams, but also off where they were last season (28 points).

Of the 10 games that Barcelona have won out of 13, 7  have been by just a single goal, illustrating that they have not been comfortable in the majority of cases. While the perception has been that Barcelona have been more impressive offensively, they have 23 goals this season, compared to 28 goals last season.

The most damning is no doubt the defensive numbers, where Barcelona have conceded triple what they did last season. Last season they had conceded just four times, while this time they are on 12 – a figure they took until May to reach last season.

Barcelona’s injury crisis has no doubt heavily influenced these issues, with Robert Lewandowski, Pedri, Ronald Araujo, Frenkie de Jong, Jules Kounde and Raphinha all missing a number of games. Yet the sense that Barcelona might not be excellent, but were able to dig out results is gone this season.

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  1. Even with those injuries a very good coach can still manage this team very well,Xavi game management and substitute decision is always very poor and his tactics not good at all, some time i use to wander if at all Xavi family have any infact on the this team? did barca have a trainer, a psychologist in the team at all? I really dont know when balde will start raising his head up when he overlap to make crosses? very simple this boy hardly look for his strikers and cut the ball back in the 18yard for anybody to place ball into the net. no body tell him this cos it keep happening

  2. I agree with Rossi. The coach objective is to maximize the strength and correct the weakness of every player. But always the same problems with this Xavi’s team. Barca looks like a hospital at the beginning of every UCL in October, complete team seems tired in 2nd half of every game, inaccurate long ball passing technics never reach target, like Torres, Balde and others always hit wood poles or shoot out. Passing, dribbling and defense technics are keys in training.

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