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Barça does not work as well as its followers would like. That's a fact. The team that trains Ernesto Valverde has already become the worst winter champion in the last 13 editions of the League championship. A fact that, in large part, is explained through the poor performances that have led the Barcelona away from the Camp Nou . As visitors, they have played 10 games, of which they have won four, they have drawn three and lost as many. His next rival at home, Valencia , will be a touchstone.
The Catalans base their strength on their numbers as locals. Only Real Madrid, which equals the points, has been able to score in the Barcelona stadium in what we have been in season. And those of Zidane, at times, were very close to victory. Outside the home, meanwhile, they have been defeated by Athletic (1-0), Granada (2-0) and Levante (3-1) and have tied the matches played against Osasuna (2-2), Real Society (2-2) and Espanyol (2-2). In these last three cases, the Barcelona players were able to overcome an adverse goal and get ahead on the scoreboard, but ended up seeing how their rivals finally achieved the equalizer.
The last course was also not particularly bright on those of Valverde. They finished the first round as winter champions, but with only three more points compared to the 40 they add this year. Of course, five away from the second, Atlético. The stumbling blocks, in this case, were distributed equally in both home and away from the Camp Nou, although they played a total of nine meetings as visitors. As locals, they signed draws against Girona (2-2) and Athletic (1-1) and fell against Betis (3-4), no matter how much, at some point, they came to glimpse the comeback option. Away from their fief, meanwhile, they signed tables with Atlético de Madrid (1-1) and Valencia (1-1) and fell against Leganés (2-1).
Much better, however, was the 2017-18 season , the first of Valverde in front of the Barça bench. Not surprisingly, Barça almost finished the undefeated League . El Levante, on the penultimate day of the championship, inflicted a 5-4 defeat, the only one in the entire competition, which was about to become a new Barcelona comeback. In the first round, the team only gave up three draws. One at home, against Celta (2-2), which had a lot to do with an untimely Umtiti injury that left Iago Aspas practically alone against Ter Stegen. The other two, at home, against Atlético (1-1) and Valencia (1-1).
The defense , precisely, has now become its great Achilles heel. Before Osasuna, Real Sociedad and Espanyol, two despistes ended up costing them the final match, despite having been able to overcome and even get ahead on the scoreboard. The same would happen in the defeats against Granada (2-0) and Levante (3-1). As for the first, the one inflicted by Athletic in San Mamés (1-0), little could be done before the goal of Aduriz's Chilean, although in attack they did not have their best afternoon. The Barcelona players have finished the first round of the championship with 23 goals against , far from the 12 granted by Real Madrid and Atlético , the 13 conceded by Athletic and, above all, the nine they received in the first course of Valverde , 2017-18. They compensate, yes, with the punch of their strikers: 49 points in favor in which Messi (13) and Luis Suarez (11) shine.
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