Barcelona’s poor start to the season continued on Wednesday evening, with a setback 3-0 from Benfica in Champions League Group E away to Portugal.
Darwin Nunez opened the scoring for Benfica at Lisbon’s Estádio do SL Benfica after just three minutes when he cut in and finished low in the near corner.
Rafa Silva scored the 2-0 against the Portuguese giants in the 69th minute when he scored in a second.
Nunez closed the win for Benfica with the third goal from a penalty in the 79th minute.
Barcelona ended the game with 10 men after Eric Garcia was sent off for two yellow cards.
Ronald Koeman’s team lost their first two Champions League games, both 3-0, and are now ranked third favorite with 25/1 out of Betfair qualify for the next stage of the Champions League from the group.
Below are three things we learned from the game:
Ronald Koeman’s days at Barcelona are numbered
Barcelona started last season slowly but things improved with Ronald Koeman. At one point in La Liga, it looked like Barca could win the title. But last season, Barcelona had Lionel Messi. Now, they don’t. Koeman is really struggling to find a way to fill the void left by the Argentine. Chances are good that Barcelona president Joan Laporta won’t give Koeman the whole season. Koeman’s days at Barcelona are numbered.
Gerard Pique has passed its peak
Gerard Pique is now 34 years old and it is clear that the Spaniard has passed his peak. Pique was so bad against Benfica that Koeman decided to take him out after just 30 minutes. Pique must be replaced in the defense of Barcelona, not only for now, but also in the long term. Pique is a leader off the pitch and is a great figure in the locker room, but on the pitch he is really struggling.
Memphis Depay needs to take a step forward
Memphis Depay was a signing star for Barcelona in the summer transfer window, especially when he arrived as a free agent. The 27-year-old former Manchester United striker marked 20 goals and 12 assists in 33 Ligue 1 games for Lyon last season. Depay has scored three goals and given an assist in six La Liga games for Barcelona so far this season, but no goals and no assists in two Champions League games is a disappointment. Now, of course, Depay needs service, but he should do better with the chances he has in the Champions League.