21 Jan 2022 | 05:25 | Football
Barcelona were defeated by Athletic Bilbao after 120 minutes in the round of 16 of the Spanish King’s Cup. The match at San Mames was dramatic with the chase with 4 goals scored equally between the two sides in 2 main periods. However, in extra time, Muniain completed a brace to seal the 3-2 aggregate victory for Athletic Bilbao.
Fati left the field in tears
Barca ‘s bitter defeat became even heavier when striker Ansu Fati left the field in tears because of a recurrence of injury. Fati has just returned from a long injury treatment and now, the injury has recurred without anyone colliding with the Barca star.
The extent of the injury has not yet been announced, but most likely, this is a serious injury of the striker who inherited the number 10 shirt from superstar Lionel Messi. Before that, Ansu Fati had to take a long-term break and only played about 10 matches this season. Coach Xavi is also very cautious when using Fati, but the injury still occurs in the worry of the Nou Camp coaching team .
According to Spanish media, the 19-year-old striker is at risk of being out of action for at least the next 2 months. This is a significant loss for Barca, because Fati is one of their greatest hopes after Lionel Messi’s departure.
Barca’s crisis of forces became more serious in the context of Ousmane Dembele being left out of the squad. The French star has been disciplined by Barca after refusing to negotiate a contract extension, even though he is their mainstay at the moment.
Barca is facing a blank season when they were soon eliminated in the 1/8 round of the King’s Cup, failed in the Spanish Super Cup, and before that they did not pass the Champions League group stage. Currently, the Catalan team only participates in two competitions, La Liga and Europa League.