La Liga Barcelona loses shockingly at Bilbao as Atletico drops two points at Valencia.

La Liga Barcelona loses shockingly at Bilbao as Atletico drops two points at Valencia

La Liga Barcelona loses shockingly at Bilbao as Atletico drops two points at Valencia. :In Sunday’s intense La Liga match that ended in a 1-1 tie, Barcelona’s coach, Xavi Hernandez, claimed his team “gave away two points” to Valencia.

Despite having played one more game than all three teams, the champions moved up to third place, one point ahead of Atletico Madrid, but behind Real Madrid by four and surprise leaders Girona by six.

In an exciting match on the east coast, Atletico lost 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao earlier on Saturday, but the Catalans were unable to fully capitalise.

After a brilliant team play in the second half, Hugo Guillamon’s goal pulled Barcelona level. Joao Felix had given Barcelona the lead.

“We have to be much stronger in the opponent’s box, the chances are so clear (and) we didn’t win the game,” Xavi stated to Movistar. “I think we gave away two points, because the team had a very good game… we take away a point that leaves us very unsatisfied.”

Barcelona has only triumphed in one of their previous four league games; last Saturday, they were thoroughly embarrassed at home by a rampaging Girona.

They were even more rattled by a midweek Champions League loss to Belgian team Royal Antwerp, which raised more concerns about Xavi’s leadership despite the fact that the Catalans had already advanced to the round of 16.

In the days that followed, he received backing from club officials, such as president Joan Laporta, before what the Spanish media dubbed a “final” at Valencia’s boisterous Mestalla stadium.

Barca’s Pedri told Movistar, “Anything that wasn’t three points was a tough blow for us.” “We did a lot of things right but we didn’t get the goal — I think our play was a lot better than in the Girona game, where we weren’t good.”

The Spain international stated that Xavi had the support of the team.

“We’re with the coach, these aren’t good moments for any of us… we have to be united to turn it around.”

Similar to Barca’s loss to Girona, the entire match ran smoothly.

Before Felix gave Barca the lead early in the second half, both goalkeepers had to make saves.

During the game at Raphinha, Frenkie de Jong made a beautiful pass that set up the Portuguese forward for a tap-in.

In the seventieth minute, Guillamon equalised after Ronald Araujo, a Barcelona defender, failed to clear his lines and instead let the ball bounce.

The Spain midfielder levelled the score for Ruben Baraja’s team with a top corner from the edge of the area. As Barca looked for a winner in the closing minutes, Ferran Torres and Raphinha squandered excellent opportunities.

Valencia finishes in tenth place thanks to the draw; Baraja’s team is far more stable now than it was during their relegation struggle last year.

On Monday, leaders Girona will play Alaves, while on Sunday, Real Madrid will host Villarreal.

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