The three points taken from Saturday’s clash with Getafe weren’t the only conclusion for Barcelona, with it emerging that the club is seemingly living in a permanent state of tension at this moment.
Not even a victory over the team in third place in LaLiga Santander could calm the waters in Catalonia, which in another era would have certainly been the case.
Yet, for now, points aren’t everything for Barcelona, with their problems running far deeper and far away from the pitch itself.
At the very most, this latest victory will at least bring some room for Quique Setien to breathe ahead of the Champions League, but he is aware the demands Barcelona supporters have and they will only be satisfied by good football.
Napoli await in the Champions League, and the clash with Getafe brought to light a number of problems that Los Cules are dealing with at the moment.
The club’s backline remains fragile, with Barcelona having conceded a lot of goals as well as having a lack of resources within the squad.
Injuries and suspensions combined with the sale of Jean-Clair Todibo have left Setien way short in key areas, and everything indicates young Ronald Araujo will be forced to play sooner rather than later.
Getafe showed just how easy it was to create chances against this Barcelona side.
Jordi Alba’s injury:
There is further bad news on the injury front with Jordi Alba going down and looking likely to miss both the clash with Napoli and the Clasico with Real Madrid.
He is a key absence, with his play on the left central to a lot of what the Blaugrana do well.
Junior Firpo will now have to stand tall as the Catalan’s replacement, so after a quiet debut season, Barcelona suddenly need him.
An inability to kill matches off:
This is an issue that has carried over from Ernesto Valverde‘s time with the club, and it has manifested itself in the club’s last three victories.
Whilst Los Cules have taken the points on each of those occasions, they’ve been virtually begging for the final whistle, fearing a late blow from their opponent, the kind of which we saw Athletic Club strike against them in injury time of their Copa del Rey quarter-final.
They are in that position because they don’t take the chances when they are on top in games, and that is a bad position to be in, especially in the Champions League where the slightest change in momentum can swing a tie.
The lack of goals:
Aside from Messi, Barcelona don’t have a lot of goals in their team at the moment.
Messi has not been able to score for a number of matches now and this is highlighting the limitations of their forward line.