It seemed impossible that Barcelona would lose a single game for the rest of the season of Laliga. A feeling of being invulnerable, went away at Estadio Riazor against a Deportivo La Coruna side that won by control, intensity, and attention to detail. Shock defeats brings leaders back down to earth as they lost 2-1 away to Deportivo La Coruna in LaLiga.
Neymar’s absence was crucial and if the Brazilian was the star in the Champions League, his absence, in the middle of his sister’s birthday, cost a fortune in the race for LaLiga.
Luis Enrique implied that his players had struggled to maintain the pace of their stunning win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The effects of Wednesday’s game were notable especially in the Azulgranas’ build-up play, much less sparky and unpredictable than usual. As the coach admitted at the end of the match that they ‘lacked lucidity’.
At the other end of the scale was Pepe Mel’s Deportivo, who never stopped running since the first whistle.
As a result, Barcelona have passed from success to failure in just few days.