Graham Hunter - Barca lose their way and Bale to Madrid

What has caused Barcelona's dip in form and will we see Gareth Bale at Real Madrid next season?

Graham Hunter - Barca lose their way and Bale to Madrid
Author image
Eoin Brennan
09:47 Wednesday 27 February 2013

During last night’s Clasico, when Real were marching across Catalan defences unimpeded, Barcelona looked devoid of answers and, more crucially, spirit for the second time in a week. The failure of their first series of testing games since the departure of manager, Tito Vilanova, to receive cancer treatment in New York, suggests the absence may be hurting the side more than they have been willing to admit.

Since January 19 - the last time Villanova was in the dugout for a game - Barcelona have won five, drawn two and lost two. Crucially the two they lost were the two most important; Milan away in the Champions League last 16 and Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final at home, last night. They have also struggled recently against Sevilla and Granada in La Liga, needing to come from behind late on to take 3 points.

Is this dip in form directly related to the absence of Tito Villanova? Is there another reason for Barca’s poor showings lately?

Graham Hunter, Newstalk’s European Football Correspondent, talked to Newstalk Breakfast this morning about the factors behind Barca’s dip in form.

Graham also talked about Gareth Bale, and rumours linking the Welsh winger to a move to the Spanish capital in the summer.

comments powered by Disqus
  • image

    #OpenToAll: Moncrieff and McKean lip sync about ‘love, love,... image

    "You could have a motion of no confidence in the Ceann... image

    France centre Dumoulin fathered by murderer Cécillon image

    VIDEO: "Embarrassed, shocked, mortified" - New Orleans... image

    IMF questions the speed of our economic recovery - and it has a... image

    VIDEO: New bill calls for same bans on e-cigarettes as tobacco... image

    Calls for tougher animal cruelty laws image

    Qatar Airways buys almost 10% stake in IAG following Aer Lingus bid image

    "I'm a gibbering wreck of tears, angst, emotions, love"... image

    VIDEO: Stephen Fry has harsh words for God on Gay Byrne's...

  • image

    Wolfhounds tamed by England image

    More teams should concentrate on 'winnable' league - McEntee image

    LIVE BLOG: Ireland Wolfhounds v England Saxons image

    Harrington and Tiger's Phoenix chances going up in flames image

    Grealish linked with Forest loan image

    FIFA says 'Non' to Ben Arfa's Nice move image

    Police investigating possible 'road rage' incident... image

    Poyet would have booed his Sunderland team after FA Cup stalemate image

    Villa new boy Sinclair glad of fresh start image

    Huth punished for controversial social media posts