Before the game, Koeman urged the fans of FC Barcelona to give his team “unconditional support” and pleaded that the fans should be patient with his “young” squad.
Based on his pled, it was expected that FC Barcelona would do more than drawing away against a lowly rated team like Cadiz.
The departure of the club’s former talisman, Lionel Messi, has left FC Barcelona struggling to cope with average teams like Cadiz.
During the league game, as Ronald Koeman and his men had a couple of chances to win the game, the home team had a couple of chances to make things worse for their visitors.
However, Barca’s goalkeeper, Marc-Andre ter Stegen was up and running to keep his club alive. While Memphis Depay who is expected to be the club’s new talisman fumbled with all the goalscoring opportunities he had throughout the game.
Barca fans received the shock of the game in the 65th minute when the match referee Del Cerro Grande showed Frenkie De Jong his second yellow card of the game which attracted a red card.
The midfielder who is expected to be one of the strong men in the new setup of Barcelona had to walk away at a point the Spanish giants needed a goal to secure their first win in three games.
With one man down, Barcelona spent the last few minutes of the game absorbing the pressure from Cadiz that were very determined to get more than a point from the La Liga game.
To make matters worst for Barcelona, coach Koeman received a red card in the last minute of the game for dissent. He committed the offense when he protested the yellow card shown to Sergio Busquets for kicking a second ball on the pitch to an opposition player.
At the end of the game, FC Barcelona managed to leave the Cadiz’s home ground with a 0-0 draw. The one point has forced Barcelona to remain on the 7th spot on the league table with 9 points in 5 games, 7 points away from first placed Real Madrid.
On the other hand, the draw has forced Cadiz to the 14th spot on the league table with 6 points in six games.
After the 0-0 draw, Ronald Koeman lamented that in Spain, people are shown the red card for doing nothing.
“They didn’t send me off for nervousness, they sent me off for telling the referee that there was a second ball and the game had to be stopped”, Koeman claimed.
“In this country, they send you off for nothing! I asked why and he said ‘attitude, attitude’ … we better leave it.”
FC Barcelona’s next league game is at home against Levante. The match will kick off at 15:15 on Sunday, September 26, 2021.