Real Sociedad defeat exhibits Xavi he nonetheless has work to do


FC Barcelona v Real Sociedad - LaLiga Santander
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Delight dented…

The Spanish top-flight title could have been gained already however that doesn’t excuse one of many worst performances of latest years on Saturday evening.

Real Sociedad made Barcelona look peculiar at Camp Nou and I don’t purchase the ‘what do you expect’ sort excuse.

You at all times want to complete a season strongly and Barca had been so poor in opposition to La Real it was embarrassing.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will get a free go once more for an additional good 90 minutes the place he can’t be blamed for the objectives conceded.

A defence that didn’t have Ronald Araujo in it regarded amateurish and that needs to be a priority for Xavi.

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One participant dropping out of the beginning XI can’t probably make that a lot distinction – his colleagues need to step up – nevertheless it wasn’t solely within the again line the place the hosts had been beneath par, nevertheless.

A ten minute interval within the first half apart, Barcelona allowed their opponents – who hadn’t gained at Camp Nou in many years don’t overlook (it was 1991 when the Basques final left this a part of Catalonia with all three factors) – to dominate in most areas.

When was the final time that the likes of Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong had been so simply dispossessed? The place was the physicality that may be a hallmark of their recreation when at their finest?

Robert Lewandowski’s late purpose made the scoreline respectable nevertheless it doesn’t inform something like the total story as a result of the reality is Barca had been effectively overwhelmed.

Like so many events beforehand, the width supplied by Ousmane Dembele and Raphinha did little to fret the guests.

Ferran Torres, bar his help, and Ansu Fati did nothing remotely effectively, and it actually does present up the shortage of power in depth that Barca have of their ranks.

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In fact, it was all smiles after the match as a result of we will all bask within the glory of a league title can’t we.

There’s the little matter {of professional} pleasure to be spoken about right here, nevertheless.

Going off the boil suggests an issue with the mentality of sure gamers. Gamers which might be imagined to be born winners. Who’re relentless of their quest for perfection.

Not who simply wish to flip up and provides a half-hearted efficiency as a result of the job’s already completed. Gamers like that don’t should put on the shirt.

Put in some kids from the youth group and watch how a lot they worth the shirt by comparability.

There’s a particular lesson to be realized from Saturday evening’s excuse for a efficiency.

Supply –

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