Valencia managed to put an end to Barcelona‘s winning streak on home soil in LaLiga Santander on Saturday in what is yet another setback for the Catalans as they look to get back into the title race.
Following Atletico Madrid’s victory against Elche, Barcelona are now eight points adrift Los Rojiblancos, who have played one match less. Now, Ronald Koeman‘s side have another two games – against Real Valladolid on Tuesday and Eibar on December 29 – to try and make sure they end the year on a high.
The Blaugrana are so unpredictable that many will wonder if the fans will experience another decent performance in Tuesday’s match, as they did against Real Sociedad, or another unconvincing display, such as the one against Los Che at the Camp Nou on Saturday.
A figure that highlights the team’s lack of focus on the pitch is the six goals they have already conceded from dead balls this season.
“We made some mistakes in defence that should not be made, but we have to work, and it is a pity because we had chances and the ball did not go in,” Ronald Araujo said after the draw with Valencia.
“If we had scored some more goals, we would have been calmer. The team is well, in good dynamics and we hope keep winning and adding [points].”
With his miss against Valencia, Lionel Messi has failed to convert from the spot for the 13th time in his career in LaLiga Santander.
Only Hugo Sanchez has failed score from a penalty more often (15), while Messi has now taken the same number of penalties in the Spanish top flight as Cristiano Ronaldo.
The current Juventus forward scored 61 and missed 11 while at Real Madrid, while Messi has netted 59 and missed 13, including the one against Valencia.