Much is brewing in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona. Their beloved club have seemingly fallen on hard times and a side accustomed to glory, as Barcelona are, does not deal with defeat easily, neither do their supporters.
Gerardo 'Tata' Martino’s men are four points and two places behind hated rivals Real Madrid in the La Liga table. So on the eve of their second leg match Champions League match against Manchester City the media couldn’t help themselves but ask the seemingly obvious question: 'What is wrong with Barca?'
Javier Mascherano summed up exactly how he and his club should be treated right now: “Kill us yet,” and he’s right. The Catalan giants still have much to play for. In the Champions League Barcelona enter the quarter-finals on the back of a solid victory over Manchester City. They also booked themselves a date with Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final in a rather comfortable fashion. On their road to the Spanish League cup final they outscored their opposition 25 to four. So what’s all the fuss about?
It’s Barca’s most recent league form that’s the source of such scorn. Three league loses in their last six outings have the Catalonian side sitting in third with 63 points. Only pole position will suffice, anything less is unacceptable.
But again I must reiterate, Barcelona are far from dead. There are still 11 matches to go in the current La Liga season and the title isn’t as out of reach as criticism implies. In fact Barcelona have a league match against Real later this month that could narrow the gap to a respectable one point. So, again, what’s the fuss about?
Unfortunately for Barcelona it seems to be a case of much-ado-about-nothing. Simply meaning, the story of a stumbling Martino train was created and doesn’t really have any bearing in reality.
A treble is still entirely possible for Barca. They are still in the Champions League. The Spanish league cup is still within their grasp and a La Liga title is still entirely possible. So not only are Barcelona not dead yet, they are alive and well. Killing them off now would be ill advised.
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