Barcelona vs athletic Bilbao facts. The Barcelona officials declared, “We learn three things from our defeat to Athletic Bilbao.” Athletic Bilbao upset the champion of last season, Barcelona at San Mames stadium in their opening game. Now I am going to describe the three things after defeat of Barcelona in the Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao match.
1.Barca’s defeat will fuel Neymar talk
We all know that Neymar has played for Barcelona in earlier. And obviously no days has gone in the summer without mentioning of a possible return for Neymar. No doubt the Barcelona’s defeat against athletic Bilbao in Friday will fuel even more rumours about the Brazilian star.
First disappointing thing for club Barcelona was Messi is not with the team. That means there was no goals for the team. Antoine griezmann was also pale in the game. Ousmane Dembele was not better and Luis Suarez was below his mark. In addition, Philippe Coutinho was not even in the team.
A lot of secret was revealed when the substitute Rafinha was performed bright attacking for Barcelona. But Valverde finally included Carles Perez (21) in searching for a goal.
No doubt it is so early in the tournament of La Liga 2019 for the club. It needs some time for the new signing to settle down. But this game remembers us again that Barcelona team is so ordinary without Messi.
The transfer of players will be continuing in Spain until September 2. Now, the Friday’s defeat may have reinforced Barcelona officials to bring Neymar back.
2.Barcelona should figure out the three best midfielders
Before talking about this let’s go through the past seasons midfielders. In the previous La Liga 2018, the midfield was like stone.Their midfielders were Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Arthur/Arturo Vidal. But shockingly none of these four players were featured against Athletic.
Coach Valverde did not feature the experienced midfielders. Instead he has astonished us by including Carles Alena,Frenkie de Jong and Sergi Roberto for the 1st half. But at least Rakitic was in the game after the break by replacing Alena.
Now it is clear that the Barcelona team is tantalizing as the squad did not really work out. De Jong was stopped by Rahul Garcia. On the other hand, Alena and Roberto both were down in their mark.
Now we are looking forward to see how Valverde will prepare his team against Real Betis on Sunday. And it is a crucial game for him as he can’t get away with losing again in the season.
In this season Barcelona have lot of midfield options to pick. But obviously 3 midfielders will be chosen by preference of the coach.
3.Valverde got pressure after the defeat in Barcelona vs athletic Bilbao
Somehow Ernesto Valverde managed to remain the coach of Barcelona at the end of last season after the defeats against Liverpool and Valencia. But no doubt the defeat(if ) against Athletic Bilbao in Friday will put him under scanner early.
We all are shocked to see the player selection by this 55 years old man. He chose De Jong, Alena and Roberto as a midfield. And no doubt that was probably the the high point of discussion in the evening.
Valverde made debuts of Frenkie de Jong and Antoine griezmann. But the new players failed in the field. As a result, Barcelona showed us some poor performance and did not seem like kicking a goal.
Obviously the champions are not happy about the result. So,Valverde will under scrutiny for his squad selection and for their poor show.
The next game of Barcelona will be against Real Betis at home on Sunday. Obviously fans are crazy about it and Barcelona has to win in this game. But important fact is that in the last season Betis defeated Barcelona with 4-3 goals.