16 Jun 2022 | 01:32 | LATEST POSTS
Barcelona’s runners-up spot and Champions League tickets are locked in before the final game of the season, but manager Xavi Hernandez clearly has reason to be disappointed by the Camp Nou’s performance so far.
The data shows that Barcelona has only scored 1 point in the last 2 games, including a 0-2 loss at home to Villarreal at Camp Nou last night.
With some consolation, Barca entered the game relatively well with Villarreal’s welcome screen. Adama Traore and Ferran Torres both had chances to score but were denied by Geronimo Rulli in the opening goal of the opening 10 minutes.
Barca were more likely to score first in the first half hour, but their domination of the game showed nothing more than inaccurate shots or inability to get past Villarreal’s defence.
Four minutes before the end of the first half, Barcelona were punished for failing to take advantage of their advantages and opportunities. Alfonso Pedraza received a favourable pass from Daniel Parejo and opened the game through Marc-Andre ter Stegen. It was a rare situation created by Villarreal in the first half.
The script in the second half was the same as the first, with Barca doing nothing with the ball and Villarreal scoring in the 55th minute with their only chance: Adama Traore trying to clear the ball from near the touchline. The ball in the penalty area sent the ball directly to the feet of Moy Gomez, who was on the scene, and his quick footsteps scored Villarreal’s second goal.
With just over half an hour to go after Villarreal’s goal, Barca could push the formation up in a quest for a comeback, but they never increased the intensity enough to cause real problems for their opponents. Xavi’s side headed home in the 72nd minute after Ansu Fati’s shot was saved by goalkeeper Rulli. However, Fati was offside and the goal was ruled out.
The game ended with a 2-0 victory over Villarreal. With this result, Barcelona remain in second place, 13 points behind leaders Real Madrid. Meanwhile, the important win, combined with rivals Bilbao’s minimal loss against Sevilla, helped Villarreal move up to seventh in the standings, winning the final game. Tickets to the European Cup and the war. .
The 2021/22 La Liga season has ended with the title of Real Madrid. In addition to the trophy of the Blancos, what are the highlights of this tournament?
Champion – Real Madrid: Real Madrid took the title in their stride when their two strongest rivals, Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona, fell. The Blancos sometimes stumbled, but because Atletico Madrid and Barcelona repeatedly shot themselves in the foot, Ancelotti and his teacher easily completed 4 rounds ahead of schedule.
Removed – Alaves, Levante, Granada: The bottom-ranked Alaves, Levante and Granada are the teams that are saying goodbye to La Liga. That’s not surprising, as these three clubs have been underwhelming since the start of the season. Levante has recovered with 3 wins and 1 draw in the last 5 rounds, but it is still too late for this club to successfully avoid relegation.
Join the Champions League: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla
The Champions League seats for the 2022/23 season will soon be closed, with four seats belonging to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. In particular, Barcelona was once deep in the middle of the rankings, but under the leadership of new coach Xavi Hernandez, it rose strongly and helped the Catalan giants get second place in the final and entered the most prestigious in Europe. The stadium has reached the European club level.
Join Europa League – Real Betis, Real Sociedad: In the Europa League, Real Betis and Real Sociedad are the two clubs named. The two teams have had a successful season, surpassing a string of other famous rivals such as Athletic Bilbao or Villarreal to win the right to the second European Cup.
Participation in Conference League – Villarreal: Villarreal have reached the 2021/22 Champions League semi-finals, but in La Liga they haven’t played well. “Golden Submarine” finally only won the seventh place, unfortunately got the tickets for the Western League.
Karim Benzema – Karim Benzema: Benzema has experienced an explosive season, making 45 appearances in all competitions and scoring 44 goals, including 27 in La Liga, helping him win the title of top scorer. Benzema’s 18 goals far surpassed Vigo’s Celta second-ranked striker Iago Aspas.
Best Gold Award – Thibaut Courtois: It’s no surprise that Courtois has been the goalkeeper this season. The Belgian kept 16 clean sheets and contributed significantly to Real Madrid’s La Liga victory.
Best Coach – Carlo Ancelotti: Of course, the title of coach of the season must belong to coach Ancelotti. The Italian strategist, on his return to the Bernabeu this season, has helped Real Madrid to the throne without encountering any major obstacles. Carletto even helped the Blancos reach the Champions League final.
Lyon had a higher rating than Barcelona before reaching the final. The reason is that the Lyon women’s team has won 7 Champions League titles (2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) after the previous 9 finals. As for Barca, they have only been crowned once (2021) and have been runners-up twice.
When encountering higher-level opponents, Barcelona is naturally cautious. However, it only took 6 minutes for Lyon to find Barcelona’s goal. The 32-year-old midfielder, Armandine Henry, took the ball at the opponent’s feet with ease, followed by a beautiful long-range shot into the high corner. Goalkeeper Sandra Panos was unable to save the home team despite his best efforts.
The first goal was scored early and Lyon was getting more and more excited. They kept putting pressure on their opponents, and in the 23rd minute, Hegerberg headed home from close range to double Lyon’s lead. 10 minutes later, Barcelona’s fantastic defense was indecisive to steal the ball, creating conditions for Hegerberg to let Macario shoot from close range and create a 3-goal gap for Lyon.
Barca’s efforts in the first half also helped them score a goal in the 41st minute, narrowing the gap with Putras, and both Barca and Lyon had more chances to score in the second half, but neither side took it.
In the end, Lyon defeated Barcelona 3-1. Winning the match, Lyon won the Women’s Champions League for the 8th time. This is the record for this game. Lyon women’s teams have won twice as many Champions League titles as the club behind Eintracht Frankfurt (4).