Kiki Sittin got complicated after just three games as Barcelona coach, with the Catalan club falling at Mestalla Stadium for the first time since 2007 after losing to host Valencia 0-2, Saturday in round 21 of the Spanish Football League.
The confrontation of Valencia was the first real test for Barcelona in the third match led by his new coach, Sittin, who took over the task Monday before last, succeeding Ernesto Valverde. February 2007.
After suffering in his first two matches as a coach for Barcelona - as the latter narrowly defeated Granada 1-0 in the league, then after Ibiza from the third degree in the time killer 2-1 with a double for French Antoine Griezmann - the situation of the former coach of Betis has worsened, especially since his team He will relinquish the lead in favor of Real Madrid in the event that the latter tied or beats its host Valladolid on Sunday.
And Valencia fully deserved his ninth victory this season, which was achieved thanks to Uruguayan Maximiliano Gomez, as he was the best party, especially in the first half.
"The players have to adapt to the ideas of the (new) coaching staff. There were good things in the game, and others that we need to improve," said Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets.
As for Sittin, he admitted that his team "was frankly bad in the first half, and we allowed them to come out with four or five counter-attacks. We have to assess a lot of things that happened in the first half ... There are things that the players interpret incorrectly, or that we do not interpret them (as a crew My training) well. "
He stressed that "there are things that must be corrected. Our performance improved in the second half, and there were clear opportunities, but unfortunately we were not able to translate it and we received the second goal ... There are a lot of things that must be corrected."
Messi's suffering in front of the goal was one of the main reasons for this deserved defeat, as the Argentine star equaled the number he achieved in December 2017 against Camp Nou against Deportivo A Coruña, by paying 11 times on goal without succeeding in score.