Villarreal saw paradise at Montjuic, as Barcelona fell deeper into the abyss on Saturday night. The script was not meant to be so harsh, and the sheer disappointment of losing after pioneering a comeback will sting the side for a long time to come.
The media after the game has once again focused on the blame game, pointing fingers at players, the management and the board.
Repercussions after the result have been massive, and could possibly change the course of Barcelona’s future. The immediate impact, however, is that the Catalans have fallen ten points behind Real Madrid and are virtually out of contention for the league title.
With three defeats in their last five games, Barcelona are far from where they want to be. At this point in the season, however, there are doubts if a response can even be mounted from the dressing room that shows no desire on the field.
Barça Universal brings you three talking points from Barcelona 3-5 Villarreal.
A tale of two comebacks
When Ronald Araujo headed in Barcelona’s third goal in eleven minutes, the Estadi Olimpic de Lluis Companys exploded with a roar. The home team looked second best for large parts in the first half and had deservedly fallen two goals behind on the night.
Yet, they stood their ground and pushed forward in attack after the break. The team looked revitalised and fresh, and despite conceding the second goal after the restart, took inspiration from Ikay Gundogan’s special strike.
In quick succession, Pedri found the back of the net to level the scoring before Ronald Araujo headed in the goal that gave his side the lead. With just over twenty minutes left, the game was surely done. Or was it?
Unfortunately for the hosts, their comeback was not the only one in the script on the night. If Barcelona scored thrice in 11 minutes, Marcelino’s side drew inspiration to replicate the same with the odds against them and prevailed emphatically.
Villarreal first struck back with an equaliser in the 84th minute…
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Publish date : 2024-01-28 14:18:34
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