Barca's biggest weakness in Betis win shown – it almost cost them points

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Barca's biggest weakness in Betis win shown – it almost cost them points

Barcelona seemed destined for an easy win against Real Betis on Sunday when Ferran Torres grabbed a brace inside the first 48 minutes of the game.

But things turned quickly in the next 20 minutes as Barca conceded twice in three minutes to set up a pulsating finish to the game.

Barcelona showed signs of defensive weakness as early as the 4th minute when their high line was exposed by a sublime Isco pass for Luis Enrique.

This would be Barca's biggest undoing all game, and it nearly cost Xavi's men some precious points.

Isco unlocks Enrique here way too easily

Fortunately for Barca, Enrique puts his attempted lob over the bar

Isco would score in the 56th minute via a half-volley but it was his second goal three minutes later that explains why Barcelona are struggling to keep clean sheets.

One through ball unravels Barca's high line again and Isco has the simplest of touches to beat Inaki Pena.

Inaki Pena found himself in no man's land on this occasion and was easily beaten.

Barca's goalie looked unsure of himself throughout the game. Notice he was also guilty of punching the ball straight to Isco for Betis' first goal?

He wasn't even challenged by a Betis player when he made the error.

In the end, Pena once again failed to keep a clean sheet. He's only managed one clean sheet in La Liga since Ter Stegen got injured.

Barca's defence have been questionable all season but it's not hard to tell they could be doing better with a more experienced goalie between the sticks. Ter Stegen won't be back till mid-February, sadly.

Here's a lineup that highlights Barca's weak spots in their win against Betis:

It must be noted that Barcelona's attack was breathtaking on the night with Ferran Torres netting a hat-trick. Although Lewandowski didn't really impress, everyone else around him stepped up to bury Betis. Lamine Yamal's brilliance has already been well-documented while Joao Felix came off the bench to score a sublime goal.

Barca's superior attacking force is exactly why they came away from Betis with all three points. But their defense again left a lot to be desired. The game ended 4-2.

AuthorKingsley_SourceTribuna.com
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