The struggling Barcelona’s has been further inflicted as the league holders Atletico Madrid thrashed them in a 2-0 victory to share the top place points with league leaders Real Madrid.

Thomas Lemar scored the opener, finishing well at the end of a move involving Joao Felix and Suarez. Suarez then slotted in against his former club to put Atletico basked in their superiority.

For all the woe surrounding the Catalan giants this season, this fresh wound was actually their first in La Liga but it leaves them eighth in the table on 12 points, five behind Diego Simeone’s side, who are second only on goal difference but have played a game more than rivals Real.

Prior to this, Barca had three wins and three draws to their name, with back-to-back 3-0 losses in the Champions League doing most to harm Koeman’s future at the club.

Barca had chances on Saturday, especially at 1-0, with Philippe Coutinho volleying an effort just wide and Frenkie de Jong just inches away from converting from close range following Memphis Depay’s header across goal.

Coutinho also had a great chance to get the visitors back into the game in the second half but his shot from inside the box was saved by Jan Oblak.

Despite having much more of the ball, Barcelona was second best at the Wanda Metropolitano, falling to a defeat that may well test president Joan Laporta’s assertion from earlier on Saturday that Koeman would continue at the club regardless of the result in Madrid.

In a post-match interview, Koeman said, ”It’s important and well done for his part – because if everything isn’t clear in this sense, then it’s difficult to work and have the kind of calm you need to try to make the changes we are trying to implement.”

“We know how it is from today moving forwards… We spoke last night on the phone and then again this morning,” he added. 

“There’s a solution [to what is happening], but it can’t be done overnight… We have to work hard, give time to the youngsters and get back our injured forwards.”

Barca now has a two-week break from action for internationals, with their next fixture at home to Valencia on 17 October.


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