Barça draws with Mallorca

October 4, 2010

It’s looking to be a slow start to the season this year with a 1-1 draw against Mallorca last night meaning Barça has won just one home match in the league.

While that is hardly critical at this stage – league leaders Valencia are just three points ahead on 16 – Guardiola’s squad is a long way off what it was capable of last year and to add insult to injury, arch-rivals Real Madrid beat Deportivo 6-1!

With Xavi off due to injury and David Villa serving a one match suspension Pep Guardiola was forced to make some changes, but from the start it looked like the match could easily go the Catalans’ way. In the end though, Barcelona’s only goal was scored by Leo Messi, back to form after a short lay-off due to an ankle injury, set up by Alves and Pedro in a first half that was all Barça’s. However, despite opportunities they failed to capitalise on possession and toward the end of the first half Mallorca equalised.

Back after the break Barça were looking a little ragged and while they pressed on they failed to score. At the end of the match the team was looking tired, perhaps of a result of their Russian trip during the week. It’s still early days in the season and FC Barcelona’s fortunes can easily change in a couple of matches.

1-0, Messi (min 21)
1-1, Nsue (min 42)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Valencia
6
5
1
0
11
4
16
2
Villarreal
6
5
0
1
12
4
15
3
Real Madrid
6
4
2
0
12
2
14
4
Barcelona
6
4
1
1
10
5
13
5
Sevilla
6
3
2
1
10
6
11
6
Getafe
6
3
1
2
11
8
10
7
Atlético Madrid
6
3
1
2
10
7
10
8
Espanyol
6
3
0
3
5
9
9
9
Mallorca
6
2
2
2
5
6
8
10
Hércules
6
2
1
3
5
6
7
11
Athletic Bilbao
6
2
1
3
9
9
7
12
Real Sociedad
6
2
1
3
6
9
7
13
Málaga
6
2
1
3
12
12
7
14
Almería
6
1
3
2
5
5
6
15
Sporting Gijón
6
1
2
3
6
11
5
16
Osasuna
6
1
2
3
4
6
5
17
Levante
6
1
2
3
5
11
5
18
Racing Santander
6
1
1
4
3
8
4
19
Zaragoza
6
0
3
3
5
10
3
20
Deportivo
6
0
3
3
3
11
3

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