'Valverde failed the test': 7 top post-Levante reactions from Barca Live users
- After the Catalans lost away from home with a 2-1 scoreline, a number of our users are unhappy with the coach.
- They are particularly not impressed with his implementation of rotation.
- Some of our users are also critical of Coutinho.
Blaugrana lost the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16 tie 2-1 with five usual starters staying at home: Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba. The second leg will be played at the Camp Nou on January 17. Barcelona need to win 1-0 or with a two-goal difference in order to advance to the next round.
All things considered, this is by no means a bad result for Barcelona. However, our users remain critical both of the players and the coach after an underwhelming performance.
Let's take a closer look at the best post-match reactions!
Shpend Jonuzi contradicts Sergio Busquets who claimed that the reason for Barca loss was the team sleeping through first 20 minutes of the game. Our user believes that, in fact, the Catalans were not up to the task during the entirety of the clash.
Kasim Kenneh, meanwhile, points out that Philippe Coutinho's performance was especially worrying as the Brazilian failed to leave his mark on the game, scoring a penalty aside.
According to Lilia Aurora, the man to blame for the defeat is Ernesto Valverde, who failed to implement rotation correctly.
In particular, the makeshift defence is being questioned - by Odeyale Samuel and soaga qudus.
Ole TheRKO, meanwhile, suggests that Valverde should learn to win even with the second team, with no Messi to bail him out. Thus, the Basque specialist is urged to rotate more.
Khyle Lhynxz Gh, on the other hand, defends both Valverde's decision to rotate and Barca 'second-row' players who came into the game without much practice.