Barcelona drops further two points in La Liga’s title race in Atleti clash.
While there were many occasions that were controversial with regards to the referee’s decision throughout the match, the main focus of the match was on Quique Setien, who was fighting for his job.
Barca hosted a tough opponent on Tuesday with Atletico Madrid not being an easy team to play against, as Diego Simeone’s side are known to perform at their peak when it comes to the big games.
Yet, Quique Setien’s XI must now give it their all, in order to keep hold of having any chance at the La Liga title race against Real Madrid, who prior to the match were leading with two points.
Unfortunately for the 61-year-old coach, the match ended in a draw where 3 penalties were given throughout the course of the match while the initial goal for Barca came from an own goal.
While many questionable calls were made by the referee, there were just as many equally questionable decisions made by Quique Setien that may underline a deeper issue currently looming over the squad.
If recent reports are to be believed, Setien has only one more chance against Villareal on Sunday to convince the Barcelona hierarchy, especially president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and sporting director, Eric Abidal, to let him stay on, at least until the end of the season.
The recent reports have stated that the current ‘B’ squad coach, Javier García, has been lined up to take over Setien for the remaining of the Champions League draws, should Barca beat Napoli in their second-leg clash.
Here are the five talking points from the match against Atletico Madrid.