After escaping the Granada scare, Barcelona dished out a frustrating display against Cadiz and things are not looking good at the moment in Camp Nou. The team is lacking an attacking plan in the final third, the confidence is low and Ronald Koeman seems to be running out of ideas.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 23, 2021
Barcelona suffered from a second straight poor performance in LaLiga Santander with a desultory 0-0 draw at Cadiz on Thursday night at the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla.
The Catalonian visitors did little in the way of creating chances and then had to play the final 25 minutes with 10 men after a foolish sending off for Frenkie de Jong.
The big news in the starting XI of coach Ronald Koeman was the inclusion of Gavi, while Sergi Roberto and Philippe Coutinho were each relegated to the bench. Luuk de Jong was also slotted up top with countryman Memphis Depay, while Oscar Mingueza and Gerard Pique each got nods in defence.
While Barcelona controlled possession, Cadiz weren’t one bit concerned about the visitors, as Koeman’s men hardly offered anything going forward and posed little risk to the men in yellow.
At the other end, it was also fairly quiet for goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen making for a very tepid first 45 minutes between the two sides.
Cadiz 0-0 Barcelona
Barcelona 1-1 Granada
Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich
What has happened with the blaugrana? ? pic.twitter.com/2f8QGSosO1
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 23, 2021
Koeman’s first change saw Sergi Roberto replace Demir to start the second half, and the pace picked up with Alvaro Negredo testing Ter Stegen and back-to-back chances for Depay.
Things then took another turn midway through the half when Frenkie de Jong picked up a pair of yellow cards in four minutes, giving Cadiz a man advantage.
Koeman countered with Coutinho on for Luuk de Jong and Riqui Puig replacing Sergino Dest, however it was an error from Puig that almost gifted a winner to the hosts, with Ter Stegen denying Salvi.
That then led to an end-to-end finale, with Barcelona nearly sneaking in a late winner through Depay, but the shot missing the target, resulting in a share of the spoils.
61’—First yellow card
65’—Second yellow card
Frenkie de Jong is sent off after picking up two yellows in a four-minute span with Barcelona still drawing 0-0 at Cadiz ? pic.twitter.com/QsY65QXGNP
— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 23, 2021
Barcelona don’t have much, neither with 10 nor 11 players on the pitch They again showed how limited they are, and it could well be Koeman’s last game. Whoever comes in has Everest to climb.
There was no sign of Luuk de Jong as he made his first start. He offered almost nothing, even when crosses came into the area.
Barcelona’s future is in Gavi’s hands. He played well at Cadiz and was at the centre of a lot of what Barcelona did, quite the opposite of so many of the bigger names in the team.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen was brilliant again when called upon. He made good saves to prevent a complete humiliation. At least Koeman knows that he had the German.
Cadiz showed great endurance on the night, and they were an insurmountable wall that the Catalans couldn’t get over.