One of the problems that Barcelona has had in recent games has been the lack of goals, both in La Liga games and in the Champions League.
Their numbers have dropped significantly and this has been one of the reasons why there have been defeats against Real Madrid and Shakhtar.
Not only in terms of goals, but also in the shots they made towards the goal.
Barcelona was the best European team in the top five leagues in terms of goals, taking into account those scored in the main continental competitions and the various domestic leagues. Xavi’s team had even scored two consecutive five-goal games (Real Betis and Antwerp) and were emerging as a team with tremendous attacking potential.
From the first to the tenth
However, the situation has changed radically in recent games. Barça no longer finds the goal easily, on the contrary, it is very difficult to score and this has been noticed in the numbers. From first in the aforementioned classification, it now occupies tenth place. In total, they have scored 30 goals in La Liga and the Champions League. Bayern Munich is first with 49 goals.
The Lewandowski factor
One of the keys to this decline is the game, but also the injury of Robert Lewandowski. The Pole is the first attacking reference for the Blaugrana. His injury has greatly affected the performance of the team, because before the injury the attacker was the best scorer of the domestic championship. After the forced break, he has returned to the team, but it has been noticed that he lacks rhythm.
One of the objectives that Xavi has set is the recovery of Leëandoëski. If he does, the team will automatically make a step up in quality, because the Pole continues to be the attacking reference. But he is not the only one. Other players like Joao Félix, who started to score a lot of goals, have decreased effectiveness. And the same can be said for Raphinha, Lamine Yamali and Ferran Torres. This Sunday’s game is key for the team to recover the striker.