It’s the same story once again, as Barça drop points in a game where they weren’t allowed to do so, conceding in the 89th minute vs Cadiz. Despite the performance being pretty convincing, it was not enough in the end.
To begin with, the starting XI was extremely disappointing. It was the exact same people that started against PSG. It’s not like they didn’t do well, but the team certainly needed a change after the defeat. The addition of Mingueza and Trincão would have been very useful. Apart from that, we were pretty dominant in the first half, though the goal didn’t come from a dangerous situation as Pedri was brought down in the box. Messi converted and we led the game into the second half.
The second period went following the usual scenario, with us sitting deeper and protecting our lead. It didn’t pay off, as Cadiz won a penalty following a careless challenge from Lenglet. They weren’t messing about and equalised.
Lionel Messi was obviously the main threat, yet Dembélé, alongside Pedri, were equally important in providing us with some variety in the final third. Again, however, it all comes down to an individual error that cost us the 3 points. Koeman’s decisions were also questionable, not only in terms of the team selection, but also the second half tactics and the usage of the substitutes.
A frustrating result, especially considering we would have moved closer to the top of the league table with a win. A tough pill to swallow, but we’ll have to move on.