Bad news hit Barcelona at the end of the 2021/22 LaLiga competition . When they have to face crucial matches, the Blaugrana squad is now being hit by a storm of injuries.
After the clash with Real Sociedad on Friday (22/4/2022), three barriers, such as Gerard Pique , Ronald Araujo, Jordi Alba , and Dani Alves had to suffer injuries. Some even had to be pulled out in the middle of the game.
Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo were injured due to a fairly busy schedule. Frankly, they were tired, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez was quoted as saying by Marca .
1. Gavi had to miss out due to injury too?
Meanwhile, Barcelona mainstay young midfielder, Gavi, limped after the match. Gavi is even said to have had to rest a few weeks to recover.
Gavi bad attitude was felt at the end of the match. He kept asking the staff on the bench to ask when the game was over. At that time the referee also gave additional time for 10 minutes.
2. Barcelona is still competing at the top of the LaLiga standings
Losing a number of players certainly makes Barcelona disadvantaged. Understandably, they are also competing for positions between ranks two to four. Although so far they are still runners up in the LaLiga standings, their points acquisition is still thin from their competitors.
They have so far collected only 63 points from 32 actions in the competition this season. Their points record is the same as Sevilla who trailed them in third place. However, Sevilla lost on goal difference.
3. Barcelona still has six games left in LaLiga
Barcelona has been very difficult to catch Real Madrid for the LaLiga title this season. Moreover, Madrid has so far been 15 points ahead until entering the 33rd week. With a few games remaining, it impossible for Barcelona to overtake Los Blancos.
Barcelona actually has one game advantage over other teams. They still have six LaLiga games left to end the season, namely against Rayo Vallecano (25 April), Mallorca (2 May), Real Betis (8 May), Celta Vigo (11 May), Getafe (15 May) and Villarreal ( 22 May).
Clubs That Beat Xavi Barcelona in 2021/2022
Xavi Hernandez was officially appointed as Barcelona coach on November 6, 2021. He replaced Ronald Koeman who failed to bring the Blaugrana to compete in LaLiga and Europe.
Barcelona itself became Xavi first European club after starting his coaching career with Al-Sadd. Amazingly, he immediately made a significant impact. Barcelona are now in temporary third place in LaLiga and are rediscovering the club identity.
However, that does not mean that Xavi Hernandez Barcelona era was flawless. He has swallowed six defeats throughout 2021/2022.
1. Real Betis
Real Betis have been one of the most dangerous dark horses in LaLiga this season. Currently, they are able to occupy fifth place in LaLiga and have the potential to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Barcelona became one of the victims of the ferocity of Manuel Pellegrini foster children. The two teams faced off at Camp Nou in the 16th week and Real Betis managed to steal the win with a score of 0-1 through Juanma single goal. This was Xavi first defeat after being unbeaten in the first three matches.
2. Bayern Munich
After losing to Real Betis, Barcelona travel to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage 4 days later. Xavi Hernandez team did not move. They were slaughtered with a score of 0-3.
This defeat also made Barcelona eliminated in the group stage and thrown into the Europa League. The Blaugrana lost only one point to Benfica who were runners-up in the group.
3. Real Madrid
This season, Xavi has experienced two El Clasico duels in domestic competition. In their first meeting, Barcelona lost by a score of 2-3 in the semifinals of the Supercopa de Espana. In that match, Sergio Aguero scored his first goal for Barcelona.
Real Madrid came out as champions after beating Athletic Bilbao in the final. However, Xavi was then able to avenge himself with a remarkable victory in LaLiga. Barcelona slaughtered Real Madrid 4-0 in the 29th week.
4. Athletic Bilbao
Barcelona is again on a losing streak. After being eliminated by Real Madrid from the Supercopa de Espana, Barcelona were eliminated from the last sixteen of the Copa del Rey. They lost to Athletic Bilbao by a thin score of 2-3.
Even so, Xavi once again managed to get his revenge. The two teams meet again in LaLiga in week 26. Barcelona slaughtered the visitors with a score of 4-0 through goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele, Memphis Depay, and Luuk de Jong.
5. Eintracht Frankfurt
After losing to Athletic Bilbao, Xavi Hernandez men came back unbeaten in fifteen games in all competitions. This score saw them move up to second place in LaLiga and qualify for the Europa League quarter-finals to face Eintracht Frankfurt.
In the first leg at home to opponents, Barcelona managed to hold Frankfurt 1-1. However, the second leg was quite ironic. Barcelona actually lost 2-3 in front of their own fans. The last trophy was finally released. Barcelona threatened to end this season without a title. Moreover, they are now down to third place, because Atletico Madrid shifted them to second place even though the distance is only one point.
Most recently, in week 32, Barcelona surprisingly lost to a bottom team, Cadiz, at Camp Nou. This was Barcelona fourth home defeat in the Xavi Hernandez era.
This defeat also closes Barcelona opportunity to catch Real Madrid at the top of the standings, even though they still have two matches saved. Barcelona and Real Madrid are now eighteen points apart. Barcelona has the potential to even fail to win the Champions League ticket. The distance with Real Betis in fifth place is only three points.