Three years ago, Barcelona went trophy-less which happens to be the club’s worst season ever, and this season -2021/2022, it’s almost a done deal for another trophy-less year after a humiliating defeat at Camp Nou in the Europa League quarterfinals in the second leg to Eintracht Frankfurt.
After achieving a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Germany, Barcelona were confident and highly spirited of sealing through to the semifinals as a hosting team after a painful Champions League exit In the group stage for the first time in club history, and in doing so, they were heavily humiliated by the German underdogs Eintracht Frankfurt who unleash three goals up their sleeves of which they had two consolation goal on 4-3 aggregates.
Already out of the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa del Rey, and placed second behind Real Madrid in La Liga, ‘the Catalans’ closest to a trophy this season was the Europa League which they failed to see through.
Prior, to the match, Barca were the emerging favorite which was evident in statistics of 75% in ball possession. Barely touching the ball, Eintracht Frankfurt ensured every attempt counted, and after Eric Garcia fouled on Jesper Lindstrøm resulting in a penalty kick in the 4th minute, it motivated ‘the Eagles’ to strive harder which they added two in the 36th and the 67th minutes respectively.
Confidently placed twice on the right side of Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Rafael Santos Borré’s sensational strike from outside the box on the top-left corner, was a huge blow to ‘the Blaugrana’, and after several changes, they found solace from Sergio Busquets and Memphis Depay in the 91st and 90+11th minute which tends not to be enough as they are eliminated from the competition. Back in La Liga, Barcelona are 12-points behind league leaders Real Madrid in 30-outings.
Is there title hopes for Barcelona this season?.