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Sergio Busquets admitted that Barcelona are stuck in “a negative dynamic” after a 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano, meaning they have lost three consecutive home games for the first time in this century.
Alvaro Garcia’s fine attack in the seventh minute sentenced Barcelona to a Camp Nou loss, with Vallecano doubling the Catalan giants in the LaLiga this season.
Barcelona had only suffered three moves at home once in their rich history when Louis van Gaal’s team experienced that disappointment in matches in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.
Now they have to pick themselves up from the bitter blow and go again next Sunday where Real Mallorca are their guests.
Busquets said in a LaLiga interview after the match: “We have a really hard time winning matches at home at the moment. We have closed goals in very early and that makes it even harder for us, then you suffer a little more.
»Then the teams open up and defend the result. When you are not effective in both areas, it is also a bit of a struggle. ”
Barcelona only recovered early in the second half as they lost 1-0 to Cadiz at home, but in their Europa League loss to Eintracht Frankfurt they were under 2-0 at the break and it required two goals in the second half break. to reduce their deficit to 3-2 in that match.
Barcelona’s recent defeat means they remain in second place in the Spanish top division, albeit on points with Sevilla in third place, and Real Madrid’s lead at the top is 15 points with five rounds to go.
Madrid can win the title by avoiding defeat to Espanyol next weekend.
2 – Rayo Vallecano has become the 4th promoted team to win both their matches against Barcelona in a LaLiga promotion, and the 1st since Salamanca in 1997/98, and Andoni Iraola the first manager to beat Barça at home and away in its 1st season in the competition in the 21st century. Es pic.twitter.com/BpznaSN6lZ
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Captain Busquets said Barcelona were trying to increase the pace of their game in the second half, but they were largely flat and more and more desperate as Vallecano manfully defended their lead.
Barcelona led the shot count 18-3, but only five of their shots hit the target. Their 71.3 percent of possession spoke too little when the last whistle was blown, as Vallecano simply became the fourth promotion team to win both their matches against Barcelona in a LaLiga campaign, and the first since UD Salamanca in 1997-98 .
“They were very well set up, we were not efficient,” Busquets said. “When you do not score and the minutes go by, everything becomes much harder.
“We are in this negative dynamic at Camp Nou. We have not been able to take advantage of the matches we have had and we have ended up equalizing with Sevilla.
“Maybe in the second half we needed to put more attacking players on and go to the match. We had crosses in, we had chances, but it shouldn’t be.”