Barcelona could not hold on to their lead over Real Madrid to confirm their 3rd La Liga title in a row.
Barcelona have had a disastrous campaign since the restart, losing their previously held lead, in the La Liga title race, to Real Madrid after dropping multiple points along the way.
The 2019-20 La Liga campaign has finally concluded with Los Blancos being crowned for the 34th time after Blaugrana failed to stay ahead after a thrilling final 11 matches to seal their fate. While it is clear that there are many weaknesses in the current squad, the one that stands out is the lack of depth in the squad available to Coach Quique Setien.
Regardless of what one might say, Setien joined the Catalans mid-season when the majority of players have had or were having some sort of injury that sidelines them for parts of the campaign. Meanwhile, the squad’s inconsistency allowed oppositions to keep their hopes high as they never knew which version of Barca they would be facing.
While Setien’s men undoubtedly have the potential to compete against the very best of world football, the two critical aspects they need to rectify, ahead of the Champions League fixture against Napoli in August, are addressing their internal differences and significantly improving their consistency level.
While it remains to be seen how improved Lionel Messi and co. become in a matter of weeks, lets look at the five matches that lost them the La Liga title.
Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (Away)
Arguably, the most important match for Barca was played before the restart in a jampacked Santiago Bernabeu. While it’s known that Setien’s men always have a difficult time in an away fixture, Real Madrid managed to secure a commendable win against their rivals.
This could really be considered the tipping point where Barcelona men gave away the title after their lackluster performance in such a crucial game.
The first disappointing signal was when Griezmann missed a shot from just 10 yards and failed to give the Blaugranas a much-needed advantage. Real Madrid strategically played a much better game in the second half with continued offensive play, which eventually saw Vinicius find the back of the net. As a cherry on top, the youngster, Mariano Diaz, of Los Blancos made the game a 2-0 after being substituted so late into the play.