With the 2015-16 La Liga season kicking off in less than ten days, Barcelona still has some work to do.
After winning the treble last season in one of the most dominant years in European football history, Barca has had some struggles in the preseason, highlighted by today’s 4-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup.
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Today’s defeat comes on the heels of Barcelona’s unconvincing 5-4 win in the UEFA Super Cup over Sevilla. Despite winning the match, Barca conceded three second half goals to Sevilla and needed an extra-time winner from Pedro to take home the trophy.
Trailing just 1-0 at halftime to Athletic Bilbao, the defending European champions allowed a second half hat-trick from Aritz Aduriz, putting themselves in a massive hole. The Super Cup follows a two-legged formant, meaning Luis Enrique’s side must now win by five goals in the second leg to capture the title.
After conceding just 21 goals in the entire La Liga season last year, Barca has now allowed eight goals in two matches.
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Of course it’s just the preseason and although trophies were on the line, these two matches are relatively meaningless in the grand scheme of things. However, it still shows that Barcelona may not be as invincible as they were last season.