After one more demoralising loss, struggling Barcelona faces a grim future within the Champions League.
The Catalan membership adopted its 3-0 opening loss towards Bayern Munich with one other 3-0 defeat at Benfica on Wednesday. Bottom of its group, Barcelona all of a sudden sees itself at risk of not reaching the knockout stage for the primary time since 2000-01.
“We are in a critical situation,” Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets stated.
“We have zero points after the first two rounds.”
Darwin Nuñez scored twice — together with three minutes into the match — and Rafa Silva added one other purpose on the Stadium of Light to assist Benfica finish a 60-year winless streak towards Barcelona. It was its second victory in eight matches towards the Catalan membership.
Bayern cruised previous Dynamo Kyiv in Germany within the different Group E match to succeed in six factors from two matches. Benfica, which had opened with a draw at Dynamo, has 4 factors, three greater than Dynamo. Barcelona stayed on zero factors forward of consecutive matches towards Dynamo.
“We need to win our next two matches against Dynamo and then we’ll see what happens,” Busquets stated.
“We have to think positively and work to improve many things.”
The loss added extra stress on Barcelona coach Ronaldo Koeman, who hasn’t been capable of make the crew carry out and has been at odds with membership president Joan Laporta and even a few of the gamers. The Dutch coach has stated Barcelona has no vital probabilities of successful any titles this season.
“I don’t want to answer any more questions about my future because it is out of my hands,” Koeman stated.
“In the end the coach is always responsible. I feel I have the support from my players. I don’t know if I have it from the club.”
Last season, Barcelona failed to succeed in the quarterfinals for the primary time since 2006-07, dropping to Paris Saint-Germain within the spherical of 16 and ending its file run of 13 consecutive last-eight appearances.
Without Lionel Messi for the primary time in almost 20 years, Barcelona has gained solely one in all its final 5 video games in all competitions, a disappointing run that began with the loss to Bayern on the Camp Nou Stadium. It has gained solely thrice in eight matches in all competitions this season.
It was Barcelona’s fifth straight Champions League match and not using a win, having conceded 14 targets throughout that run. It did not have a single shot heading in the right direction from eight makes an attempt on Wednesday.
Benfica’s solely different victory towards Barcelona had come within the 1961 European Cup closing the primary time the golf equipment met.
Benfica, which began its Champions League marketing campaign within the third qualifying spherical, is unbeaten in 13 matches general this season, with 11 wins.
“We are going through a very good moment. We have a lot of confidence,” Benfica coach Jorge Jesus stated.
“We knew we were facing a great opponent. We played well tactically and managed the game well.”
The hosts appeared the extra harmful crew from the beginning, as Barcelona struggled to take management and create alternatives.
Benfica opened the scoring within the recreation’s first shot on purpose, with Nuñez discovering the web from inside the world after simply getting previous Barcelona defender Eric García, who was despatched off with a second yellow card within the 87th.
Nuñez virtually added to the lead within the 52nd when Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen clumsily left his space and allowed the Uruguay ahead to have an open shot into the web, which ended hitting the submit from very lengthy vary.
Silva scored the second within the 69th from shut vary after a failed try by João Mário, and Nuñez sealed the victory by changing a 79th-minute penalty kick after a handball by Barcelona defender Sergiño Dest.
Koeman, a former Benfica coach, began the match with three central defenders however switched formations simply previous the half-hour mark by changing Gerard Piqué with teenage midfielder Gavi.
Koeman had the return of Pedri González to midfield after the teenager was sidelined by an harm layoff. Jordi Alba and Ousmane Dembélé stay out injured.
Benfica misplaced ahead Valentino Lazaro due to an harm earlier than halftime.
Benfica’s subsequent Champions League match will likely be at residence towards Bayern in October. Barcelona hosts Dynamo earlier than touring to Ukraine.