by Josiel Correa | Team 27
The La Liga exhibition game between the top team in the league, Barcelona, and the middle of the pack Real Sociedad, took an unexpected outcome today. Barcelona fell to Real Sociedad 0 to 1, but the overall impact for team may be far more important. Here are 3 takeaways from the loss and what they mean:
- Barcelona is only three points ahead of Atletico Madrid for the top spot in standings
Barcelona currently sits with 76 points in La Liga standings, which is only three points ahead of Atletico Madrid, while a rolling Real Madrid is closely behind with 72 points. Barcelona has been leading all season, but with six weeks left, their championship year is at risk.
2. Barca isn’t playing like Barca
Barcelona is known for quick one touch football- they’re the team who made it famous and that’s who Barca are. Recently, Lucho has been trying to slow it down with the more control the ball first then pass it along. This sounds good in theory but in practice it just slows down the attack and also gives the defense more time to react. It also is a distraction from the goal of keeping the ball fluid to find space.
3. This is Barcelona’s third straight game without a win
Barcelona hadn’t gone three league games without a win since May 2014 and hadn’t lost two straight rounds since November of last season. This is a big deal, and the biggest takeaway from the loss against Real Sociedad. Two weeks ago, Barcelona was clear of any threat to defend their title, but now, it’s at risk. What is going on inside Barcelona’s camp that is causing these problems so late into the season?