Messi during the last game liguero.DPA via Europa Press / Europa Press
no longer fits leeway to Barcelona if you do not want to finish the course in white, alighted from the Super Cup and one foot out of the Champions (1-4 fell against PSG in the first leg of the round of 16) and in the Cup (2-0 lost to Sevilla in the first leg of the semifinal). But in LaLiga he is eight points behind an Atlético that shows signs of fatigue and little resolution in the areas, which is why Koeman whips up his players. "No one is going to win every game," he remembers. But for Barça it is not about making up but about winning, demanded by the table.
Ahead will be Elche , a comfortable rival at the Camp Nou because of the last 21 games they have lost 14 and tied seven. Nor is he very fine in LaLiga, third to last in the standings although with the joy of having beaten Eibar the previous day, when he added 16 games without winning. Fran Escribá will not be able to count on the sanctioned Marcone or the injured Diego González and Víctor Fernández. “I keep seeing a great team. The other day in the Champions League they played against a huge rival. It is disrespectful to doubt this team and the coach. They have bad days, but when they have good days they are not within reach ”, said the Elche coach.
It happens that Barça is not at its best, but it must respond in these two weeks, in which it will define its future. The Dutch coach will not be able to count on the injured Sergi Roberto, Araujo and Coutinho .