Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Eibar 0-1 Barcelona: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, La Liga 24 May 2021

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Barcelona knew they couldn’t win the title yesterday and Eibar knew they’d already been relegated – but we still got a pretty decent final day game as the curtain came down on the La Liga season. In the end, Barcelona walked away with a 1-0 win that sealed third place as all eyes turn towards the summer.

Griezmann’s signs of life

It hasn’t always been the easiest time for Antoine Griezmann throughout the course of his time with Barcelona, but the majority of fans and pundits still know and recognise just how good he can be on his best day. On the final day, with his former club Atletico Madrid being on the verge of winning the title, the Frenchman scored an acrobatic goal to give Barca all three points. It may not be much, but it should serve as motivation – alongside Atletico’s success – as the club goes in search of reclaiming their crown.

The Eibar story

After years longer in the top flight than anyone had anticipated, Eibar’s phenomenal La Liga story finally came to an end last night. Some mourned the loss of a really spirited club, whereas others acknowledged that their time in the top tier had naturally come to a close. Regardless of which camp you fall into it’s undeniable that they’ve accomplished some great things since gaining promotion, and it’ll be interesting to see whether or not they’re able to bounce back at the first available attempt next season.

Big changes needed for Barca

Sergio Aguero is reportedly coming in, Lionel Messi may be staying, Wijnadlum may be on his way, Haaland is still in the mix and nobody really knows what’s happening with Ronald Koeman. These are just a few of the many issues that need to be resolved prior to the new season kicking off in what is going to be an absolutely huge few months for Barcelona as a football club. If they want to get back to the top table, they need to have a long, hard look in the mirror – because their current trajectory isn’t looking all too promising, to put it lightly.

Match Report

Eibar: Rodriguez (6), Soares (6.5), Arbilla (6), Oliveira (7), Correa (7), Inui (6.5), Diop (6.5), Atienza (6), Gil (7), Enrich (7), Garcia (7), Gonzalez (6), Bigas (6), Alvarez (6), Pozo (6), Leon (6)

Barcelona: Neto (7.5), Araujo (7.5), de Jong (6.5), Mingueza (7), Dest (6.5), Busquets (7), Moriba (6.5), Firpo (6.5), Trincao (6.5), Dembele (6.5), Griezmann (8), Alba (6.5) Puig (6.5), Umtiti (6.5), Braithwaite (6), Pjanic (6.5)

Referee: Santiago Jaime Latre

Goals: Griezmann

Yellow Cards: Busquets, Firpo, Araujo

Red Cards: N/A


Harry Kettle

Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.



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