Kudos to Bilbao. They played for the win today and fought for every ball. Ziganda also destroyed Berizzo tactically.
We have a coach who cannot make a good use of his resources and relies on luck and miracles.
Mudo, Correa, MKD, Nolito were disastrous. Nolito often looks like he was introduced to football just recently, on a trial or something. How a player can drastically change from someone that Barca was crazy about, to a very average player is beyond me.
There was no logical reason to rest Banega. He didn’t play the second match of Argentina, only the first one vs. Peru. He is receiving the wages from Sevilla, not from Argentina. Messi will play for Barca tonight, and he played in both matches and scored a hattrick. Clearly a good reason to be rested right? But he fights for Barca also, because duty calls him.
Then, how it is logically explainable that WBY gets 90 minutes in this one? WBY is clearly a tap-in player and goes all in vs. weak opponents. Muriel is by far the better striker, yet doesn’t start, or when he starts, he gets some crappy back-up players that he has to do everything himself, like in the last match getting the ball from half of the field and scoring. It’s not a good way to treat a player, he need much more minutes.
Then, what the actual fuck was the sub of Corchia? Navas had to literally go back at the RB position, without posing much threat anymore. Stupid sub is a stupid sub, unless Corchia really had to be subbed due to an injury or similar, which I doubt as he didn’t suggest anything prior to being subbed.
We clearly do not have the components for a top 4 finish this season. Even Sampaoli didn’t make the mistakes that Berizzo is making, sure Sampaoli made a lot of mistakes and even most absurd ones (the penalty taker drama etc.), but not making good use of resources in disposal, he fixed that before mid-October, yet Berizzo can’t fix it.
The referee also managed the match very poorly, as Bilbao players deserved 2-3 reds for only protesting, diving and time-wasting, not to mention the very harsh tackles and countless fouls. They probably wasted around 20-25 minutes of the match, with an extra 5 wasted solely near our corner flag at the end. That was also an inability of our players to get out of that situation and actually do something productive, rather they decided to argue with the incompetent referee also.
A very sour loss, but Bilbao deserved it. A draw would have been a fairer result, but even luck goes with the brave, and can’t rely on luck always or you get punished like today.
We still don’t have a serious coach with a winning mentality. Losing hope on Berizzo day by day.