Barca lost painfully before the great battle with Man City
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Barca lost painfully before the great battle with Man City

The only goal in the match was scored by Juanmi in the eighth minute.

Barcelona 0-1 Malaga

The fact that they could not find even a single equalizer even after nearly an hour and a half (including overtime) is eloquent evidence of the helplessness of the super attacking stars that Barca brought in.

Barca lost painfully before the great battle with Man City

Barca collapsed at a time when everyone thought they were invincible and capable of destroying all obstacles on their way.

On a day when the attacking stars suddenly played inexplicably poorly, Barca’s familiar superiority in ball control (73%) also became meaningless, and in fact, only accentuated the inequality.

It is difficult to explain Barca’s helplessness in this defeat, because six of the seven changes that coach Luis Enrique made compared to the 5-0 destruction of Levante in the previous round were all the return of key players.

However, it is also possible that the big battle with the defending Premier League champions has distracted Barca’s stars.

Barca lost painfully before the great battle with Man City

Juanmi (left) punished Barca’s mistake, contributing to┬áMalaga’s unexpected victory.

It was not until the second half stoppage time, when playing with four strikers (adding Pedro to replace Iniesta from the 67th minute) and in a position with nothing to lose, that Barca created truly dangerous opportunities.

Malaga is no longer a force competing for the top 4 like it was two seasons ago.

But 1-0 was enough result for coach Gracia and his students to happily leave the Nou Camp, and at the same time leave a wound for Barca.

Barca lost painfully before the great battle with Man City

Pique’s unsuccessful lob at the end of the match.

Because of this defeat, the gap between second place Barca and Real may widen again to four points, if the top team wins at Elche Stadium today, February 22.

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