Cadiz 0-0 Barcelona
Immediately after the opening whistle, Barcelona quickly increased the squad to find an advantage even when playing away. However, this team has still not been able to overcome the problem that has been haunting them since the beginning of that season, taking advantage of opportunities inside the opponent’s penalty area.
The first half saw the Catalan giants control the ball more than 77%, but the effect was only 0. Depay’s 3 strikers. Luuk de Jong or Demir completely failed to create the necessary connection to create really sharp synergies. The creativity in the midfield is also not shown.
Barcelona could not concede the opponent despite superior ball control
On the Cadiz side, although they were completely inferior in terms of ball control and could not launch any shots on target, they were successful in blocking the opponent’s attacks. They are not afraid to fight fiercely. At the end of the first half, the score of the match was 0-0.
Entering the second half, the situation did not improve. Barcelona is still the better ball control but the coordination in the last third of their field is really too monotonous. Depay had a very active day but his efforts were not enough to break through Cadiz’s tightly organized defence.
In the midst of a stalemate, the Catalan giants even only played with 10 men on the field. Specifically, De Jong had to receive a second yellow card in the 65th minute after a tackle with Espino on the opposing side. Previously, the Dutch midfielder had just received a card in the 61st minute.
De Jong’s red card makes it even harder for Barcelona
Being able to play more than people, Cadiz began to have more situations to respond. The homeowner tried to take advantage of the ball on the wings and fixed but it was not effective. Barcelona can no longer create too much pressure on the opponent’s goal.
The final whistle blew and the two teams drew 0-0. This was the 3rd draw in just the last 4 rounds in La Liga for coach Ronald Koeman and his team. Before that, they also only won 1 point when facing Bilbao and Granada.
Cadiz: Jeremias Ledesma, Isaac Carcelen, Victor Chust, Varazdat Haroyan, Alfonso Espino; Alvaro Jimenez, Tomas Alarcon, Fali, Santiago Arzamendia, Ruben Sobrino, Alvaro Negredo.
Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Oscar Mingueza, Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Sergino Dest, Pablo Gaviria, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Yusuf Demir, Luuk de Jong, Memphis Depay.