Barcelona suffered a shocking home defeat to relegation-threatened Cadiz to leave leaders Real Madrid closer to clinching the Spanish title. The defeat comes days after they were eliminated from the Europa League and it makes fans now wonder if the evil days of Barca are back. The visitors began the day in the bottom three but Lucas Perez poked in from close range just after half-time to boost their survival prospects.
Barcelona Records Another Home Lose
This was Barca’s first La Liga loss since the 4th of December, ending a 15-match unbeaten league run. Second-placed Barca trail Real Madrid by 15 points with seven games left. Any hopes the Catalans retained of derailing their great rivals’ bid for a 35th top-flight title were slim before the visit of Cadiz, but this result will serve as a reminder of the gulf between Spain’s dominant teams.
Barcelona has been resurgent under Xavi since he was appointed manager in November and even thrashed the league leaders 4-0 at the Bernabeu last month. But the Nou Camp club has endured a chastening week, with this defeat coming five days after German side Eintracht Frankfurt beat them 3-2 at Nou Camp and eliminated them from the Europa League semi-finals.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore were left out of the starting XI against Cadiz before being brought on as the home side sought an equalizer, but the visitors held firm. The win for Cadiz is a very important one as it takes them two points clear of the relegation zone with six matches left to play.