Barcelona’s La Liga title hopes to fade away following flop show at Levante

Barcelona gave up a 2 goals half-time lead in a 3-3 draw to the Levant side at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.

Lionel Messi scored a brilliant volley, but Barcelona’s title hopes could be over, after going 2-0 up at the break in their crunch league fixture on Tuesday. Barcelona visitors looked to be on cruise control at the break after goals from Lionel Messi and Pedri but gave up a 2 goals half-time lead in a 3-3 draw to the Levant side at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman made the first change that happened during the break, with Sergi Roberto on for a slightly injured Araujo. Then second change with a quarter-hour to go, as Mingueza came on for Pedri, succeeded later by Dest and Martin Braithwaite for Dembele and Antoine Griezmann, respectively, to try and get the three points. The fixture concluded, with a draw against the side like Levante, who were clinical side in the second half and until the very end.

Ronald Koeman: “We were always depending on other results but the objective was to win our three games and hope others dropped points. Now it’s very complicated. Coaches are always being scrutinized but after a second-half like that, I will understand if there are questions about me. We’re very disappointed and asking ourselves what happened in the second half. But we have to move on and try to prepare for next season.”

“We were good in the first half, we played with pace and intensity and got ahead but we lost a lot of balls in dangerous positions in the second half and made lots of errors in defense,” Koeman continued.

“We reacted after it was 2-2 and got the goal but we made it too easy for them to score. Conceding three times in 45 minutes is not the level you expect from Barcelona.” Koeman explained to the press on Tuesday.

Now title race for Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid

Barcelona is now sitting at the 2nd spot on the points table in La Liga with 76 points from 36 matches, one less than leaders Atletico Madrid who have a game in hand. Barcelona’s possibilities of taking the title off Real Madrid this season would look remote. Los Blancos will edge two points ahead of Ronald Koeman’s side if they win away on Thursday at Granada.

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