Happy new decade, Barcelona supporters!
There is no better way to start off a new era in football, than with a derby against your rivals in a must-win match for your title hopes.
Unless you don’t win, obviously.
New year, same Barca-away-game-shit
— Parsva (@Parsva_10) January 4, 2020
Barcelona are in a serious fight for the La Liga trophy this season, with Real Madrid leading the charge before kick-off, and Atlético Madrid breathing down their necks.
So the Derbi Barceloní presented la Blaugrana with the chance to leapfrog los Merengues at the summit of Spanish football once again, and further deepen their rivals’ relegation fears.
Espanyol were marooned at the bottom of the table, and yet to score in the first half of a football match at home this season. An easy three points for their Catalan rivals, right?
We are actually 1-0 down against last placed Espanyol. Ridiculous. Starting 2020 the way we left 2019. Not a chance that we are winning anything with Valverde this season.
— Barça (@SocialBarca_10) January 4, 2020
Wtf espanyol playing like barca and barca playing like espanyol 臘♂️臘♂️
— Airdee (@_airdee_) January 4, 2020
Espanyol took the lead, breaking their first-half-home hoodoo and breaking Barça hearts at the same time.
Espanyol’s first goal at home in the first half this season
— Mustafa (@m0m3030) January 4, 2020
Some of us went to extreme lengths to watch this disaster-class…
No Barça players were getting off lightly on Twitter, but Ivan Rakitic was the lightning rod for the frustration echoing around the platform.
Put on the Barca game for 10 seconds and immediately see Rakitic put a 15 yard pass straight out of play under no pressure whatsoever.
How does this guy still get in the team?
— EiF (@EiFSoccer) January 4, 2020
Rakitic reminds us twice in three minutes why he shouldn’t be at the club.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) January 4, 2020
Rakitic is an absolute coward.
He’s been hiding from the ball all match so far. I can’t believe we let Aleña go for him.
— Juan (@socraticjuan) January 4, 2020
Don’t worry Luis Suarez, you are still excellent with the ball at your feet. Just don’t check Twitter, whatever you do…
Tutorial on how to dribble like Suárez:
1. Point your nose to your own toes before and while dribbling.
2. Don’t go left or right, try to go straight through him or try to nutmeg him.
3. You lost the ball.
4. Raise your arms and blame everyone around you.
— 퐀퐅퐂 퐀퐉퐀퐗 (@TheEuropeanLad) January 4, 2020
If it’s any consolation Luis, it isn’t just your dribbling skills that everyone hates.
Suarez ignoring Griezmann to do a classic Suarez: nothing
— Wolfi (@Wolfi10FCB) January 4, 2020
But el Pistolero did get his revenge in the second half, bagging his side’s equaliser and setting up Arturo Vidal’s header.
Suárez has undoubtedly surpassed Cristiano as the best player in the world in the “playing very bad and yet registering goals/assists” metric.
— Erdi (@barcanumbers) January 4, 2020
Suarez has been directly involved in Barcelona’s last 10 consecutive goals, 4 goals and 6 assists. Unreal.
When someone is putting these kind of numbers, nothing else matters but Barcelona twitter will tell you he is some bum.
— Saad™️ (@Dostoeyevsky) January 4, 2020
The visitors were dealt a blow when Frenkie de Jong saw red with 15 minutes to play…
+Rakitic drops a disasterclass.
+Vidal comes on and shows he’s better.
+Frenkie De Jong gets a red card opening up a spot in the squad.
— Mazi Marvin the Paranoid Android (@Boboye_Ak) January 4, 2020
De Jong off and suspended for the next match. Really excited to see Riqui Puig not get called up to the first team. Again.
— Darryl (@LordMoloch) January 4, 2020
And to absolutely no one’s surprise, Barça binned the game in the final minutes, conceding a sloppy goal to substitute Wu Lei and drawing 2-2.
Can you guess what was trending at the end of the match? Well, it involves a certain Ernesto Valverde, and it revolves around him not being Barcelona boss anymore. Something like… #ValverdeOut
It’s tough at the top, Barça fans.