The Los Cules fell behind early, and after drawing back the level in the second half, the failure of concentration saw them punished.

Barcelona’s defeat is hard to explain

Ronald Koeman left disappointed by how his squad lost away at Cadiz. The Los Cules fell behind early, and after drawing back the level in the second half, the failure of concentration saw them punished. Alvaro Negredo was restoring the hosts’ advantage after just six minutes. “The defeat is hard to explain,” Koeman said after the game. “We came here after a few good games, but the first half was not good. Barca were better in the second half, but the way we lost was incredible. We lost because of an unexpected mistake that you cannot make. It was because not being focused. The mood today was not good, and not only on the part of the defenders. It is tough to explain some of the goals we missed. I think it might be due to a lack of concentration and lack of confidence without the ball.”

The Catalans created enough chances

“That might be why the conceded. It’s hard to explain that second goal”. Barca seem to have turned the tide lately, with many even speculating that they could return to the LaLiga title race, but this latest setback could change the narrative around the club. “It is a giant step backwards in our chances to fight for the LaLiga,” admitted Koeman. “It’s a shame, but we have to accept it. A 12 point gap to a team as strong as Atlético Madrid is a lot. There are many more games out there, but if we don’t improve our position and our ups and downs on outings, we can’t say more”. The coach was asked how he would go about changing attitudes towards players, but instead, he responded by focusing on Cadiz.

“You always have to analyze matches,” Koeman said. “I think our team created enough chances; Cadiz’s goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma was phenomenal. Clubs go ahead in quite a few away games. It’s more difficult because space disappears. But we conceded goals that I could not have imagined.”