Barcelona suffer record-breaking defeat at Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona suffer record-breaking defeat at Rayo Vallecano

Barcelona stutter to a record-breaking defeat

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are right back to where they started when boss Ronald Koeman‘s position at the club was precarious, as the Catalonian outfit stumbled to a humbling 1-0 defeat away at Rayo Vallecano tonight.

It was the third defeat for Barcelona already in the 2021-22 La Liga campaign, and the sixth match in ten where they have failed to pick up the full point haul under the Dutchman this term.

As a result, Barça are ninth in the table and 6-points adrift of joint-leaders Sevilla and Real Sociedad with Real Madrid still to play in midweek.

But the humiliation did not simply end at a loss to high-flying Vallecano who now temporarily sit fourth in the table, as the result was the first time the Blaugrana had tasted defeat at the hands of Los Franjirrojos in nearly two decades, with the last time coming way back in 2002.

A typical tactical performance from Barcelona was not enough on the night when Koeman’s side dominated the ball and flirted with a team-wide 90% completed passing percentage, but possession dominance was not to be enough as Barça failed to make it count once more in what was their third loss in their last four outings.

Koeman remains the wrong man for the job

If Barcelona fans sought the action of targeting Ronald Koeman in the wake of defeat in El Clasico against Real Madrid, there is no telling how they will respond after tonight.

Despite rival boss Carlo Ancelotti supporting the under fire Koeman, another massively disappointing result is sure to through the Dutchman’s future in Catalunya in fresh doubt as the club fall further away from their biggest domestic rivals.

Record Breaking: Barcelona suffer shock defeat to Rayo Vallecano

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 16: Head Coach Ronald Koeman of FC Barcelona looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on February 16, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Caparros – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

And with pressure sure to mount, fresh links with the likes of Barcelona legend Xavi to come in and take the reins from Koeman are likely to fire up, especially if the club fail to win at home against relegation threatened Deportivo Alavés at the Camp Nou this coming weekend.

Koeman’s position on the Barça touchline is sure to become untenable sooner rather than later, and it is hard to find a hill to defend the club sticking with the appointment with one bad result after another.

Who the right man is moving forward, nobody knows, but record-breaking losses and poor form when your job is on the line is hardly a campaign platform that speaks to longevity.

Aminat Aigbe

Aminat Aigbe is the first lady of afronaija and a very good blogger ( Original Mrs AfroNaija )

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