Football Club Barcelona is beginning to lose possession, a plot that in Can Barça has always been spoiled for many years. In the duel against the Royal Society in the Reale Arena, Ernesto Valverde’s team again stressed the knee in this aspect. He only had a 46.58% ball possession.

It is the ninth game of the 141 that has been sitting on the bench that the Txingurri has a percentage below 50%. All meetings are:

Matches in which Barça de Valverde lost possession

14/12/19 Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona (LaLiga) 46.58%
27/11/19 Barcelona 3-1 B. Dortmund (Champions League) 46.11%
01/05/19 Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool (Champions League) 47.5%
20/04/19 Barcelona 2-1 Real Sociedad (LaLiga) 49.72%
17/03/19 Betis 1-4 Barcelona (LaLiga) 44%
11/12/18 Barcelona 1-1 Tottenham (Champions League) 48.81%
04/01/18 Celta 1-1 Barcelona (Copa del Rey) 46.21%
01/10/17 Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas (LaLiga) 48.04%
16/08/17 Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (Supercopa de España) 46.67%

His predecessors did not lose so many times the control of the ball. Luis Enrique, in his 181 duels as coach of Barça only gave in six games. Tata Martino lost the percentage of possession in a game of the 59 that sat on the bench culé. Pep Guardiola, the architect of the possession and the one who achieved the greatest successes in Can Barça, only once ceded control of the ball: it was on February 6, 2010 in a clash against Getafe. Guardiola directed in 247 occasions to the Soccer Club Barcelona.

Now comes the Classic. Real Madrid will be, without a doubt, another litmus test for a Barcelona that has already uncontrolled over the account with Ernesto Valverde.


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