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LaLiga 2018-19, Getafe 1-2 FC Barcelona: 5 Talking Points

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Modified 07 Jan 2019, 17:16 IST
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#4 When will Barcelona's defensive prowess improve against high lobbed passes?

Lenglet and Pique have both been abysmal while defending crosses or high lobbed passes.
Lenglet and Pique have both been abysmal while defending crosses or high lobbed passes.

It hurts for a fan to see this again and again. It hurts when a good goalkeeper like Ter Stegen is underrated due to lack of clean sheets.

It is woeful. Barcelona's defence is left in absolute shambles when they are faced with a high looping delivery into the box. It is present from the start of the season.

Real Sociedad made them sweat due to the one goal they scored off a set-piece delivery into the box.

Atletico Madrid nearly beat them on the back of the one goal they scored from a corner kick. PSV equalized at home from a headed goal off a cross.

Huesca, twentieth on the table, scored two goals against Barcelona, both from high crosses from either flank. Getafe yesterday, scored similarly, from a high lobbed pass which the defense couldn't deal with.

The man marking from Barcelona's defense is horrific. They just let the player get his head to the ball without any pressure. Sergi Roberto is very weak to deal with crosses and he doesn't even look to stop the source of the cross.

Gerard Pique is better off in one-on-one situations rather than dealing with crosses. For a manager like Valverde who knows how to cross the ball, because he relied on them at Bilbao, it shouldn't actually be rocket science to know how to stop them from hurting.

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Published 07 Jan 2019, 17:16 IST
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