Barca B's Current Predicament Is Very Concerning
While the first-team are on the verge of lifting La Liga, Barca B are having a nightmare season in the second division.
The Blaugrana's reserve side, which has had the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Mikel Arteta and Andres Iniesta in the ranks over the years, are struggling big-time of late.
Managed by former player Gerard Lopez, the team achieved promotion back into the second tier of Spanish football after winning the Segunda B title last term.
But they are in serious danger of going straight back down to the third tier. With 34 games played thus far, the B team are in 18th place, just one point from the relegation zone after accruing 37 points.
There are 22 teams in the Segunda division, with the bottom four all going down.
Following a 1-0 defeat to Cultural Leonesa at the weekend, where they played against 10 men for just under an hour, they now have Saturday's opponents, and 20th placed Cordoba, breathing down their necks.
Barça B is in shambles and it's not even funny anymore. This Gerard Lopez team couldn't even score ONE goal against a team that played with 10 men for 55 minutes.- fabiano:tm: (@TempoOfXavi) April 7, 2018
No results, no football. What does this manager even offer?
It is really funny and sad at the same time that Juvenil A actually has much better MF than Barca B.- paleszhurts (@paleszhurts) April 7, 2018
They still have eight games to turn it around and steer away from relegation but their recent form is nothing short of dreadful.
You have to go as far back as February 18 to find their last victory in the league. To add to that, Barca's second string have lost three games on the trot and are winless in their last seven.
Of course, the primary purpose of the whole La Masia set-up, including Barca B, is about youth development and providing players with the perfect education to make the grade in the first-team.
But that being said, it's a far cry from the undefeated first-team and their exceptional performances. Immediate relegation for Lopez and his team would be a huge, huge blow for the club.
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