Barcelona's loss vs. Athletic Bilbao is not a surprise - Alejandro Moreno | La Liga

ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno, Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop break down what went wrong for two-time reigning La Liga champion Barcelona in its season-opening loss at Athletic Bilbao. Lionel Messi did not play, and Luis Suarez was injured in the first half, but Hislop says Barca should have been able to win without two of their iconic stars. Plus, the panel examines the challenges facing Ernesto Valverde to put every player, especially newcomers Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, in positions to be successful on the pitch.
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  • This is what they get for not playing vidal.

    mnd_control1990mnd_control199025 gün önce
  • So 577 passes weren't enough I guess

    abcd xyzabcd xyz26 gün önce
  • If this was man united you guys would slam them like it’s no tomorrow

    Gerald the greatGerald the great29 gün önce
  • Valverde is trash, give him a lifetime contract 😂

    Alfred RiederAlfred Rieder29 gün önce
  • Aduriz! :)

    Augie EspinalAugie EspinalAylar önce
  • Trust me valverde will be gone by the end of the season. Also it is only the first game. Give them some time ,Rafinha was electric in his first game.wait until they all adapt and Barca played five preseason games and arsenal played eight

    OffsideFoot BallOffsideFoot BallAylar önce
  • Barca lost because of Griezmann

    Nibaran ChakmaNibaran ChakmaAylar önce
  • This game proved Messi is the best player in the world but a country mile!

    Jamie CookJamie CookAylar önce
  • I found the problem and guess what it is not on the pitch it is on the bench! His name is *cowarde*

    mehran Lidtihammehran LidtihamAylar önce
  • And you guys said in other videos ..Barca is favourite to win this season...lol...one defeat and you start cribbing about their tactics..

    saurabh sawantbhoslesaurabh sawantbhosleAylar önce
  • Athletic Bilbo Baggins

    PASSIVE BEATSPASSIVE BEATSAylar önce
  • Valverde and bartomeu out!!!

    Kevin ParkKevin ParkAylar önce
  • Valverde out please. This barca was so boring. De jong was great in such a lackluster barca. Dembele was trash, griezmann was barely given the ball and then valverde has the nerve to say he needs to get more involved. FOH why would you put him down left wing just to force that 4-3-3. It wasn't working the first half, why the hell would it work in the second. On top of that you let Coutinho and malcolm leave and now we have less offensive options. Fucking idiot

    Reynaldo AbadiaReynaldo AbadiaAylar önce
  • Rakitic leaving the club would be catastrophic. Alena Roberto Arthur Can't run Barca midfield yet.

    PES MobilePES MobileAylar önce
  • I worry for Barcelona the day when messi retires

    mark ass brownleemark ass brownleeAylar önce
  • Griezman sucks he should make a book about himself sucking his own dick

    Johannes PitkämäkiJohannes PitkämäkiAylar önce
  • Yes it is

    Seán KirkSeán KirkAylar önce
  • I watched this game expecting a lot of chances and exciting game. I am disappointed.

    Lalboi ManlunLalboi ManlunAylar önce
  • Valverde is a joke!

    Pastor Bright AmegazoPastor Bright AmegazoAylar önce
  • I am not surprise M****r F****r(Messi). This is injury drama (After Retirement and Referee), he not played the match, without messi Barcelona never win massage send to UEFA . This common Drama from messi ,because of UEFA men player of the year . Everyone know that you are a cheater, Capitalist person in the world, never fill the emotion of the football lover. You always using emotion of your FANs for making high your Brand value and earn money. Greatest Inhuman in the world. But as a common person I said that " God Bless you always".

    mitul biswasmitul biswasAylar önce
  • valverdeeeeee

    Roidar RMCFRoidar RMCFAylar önce
  • Jay ShanJay ShanAylar önce
  • Jay ShanJay ShanAylar önce
  • No messi nothing team Barcelona

    Sanam BishwakarmaSanam BishwakarmaAylar önce
  • Pochettino will be their next manager

    MudigMudigAylar önce
  • 4 ass

    Dexter CharlesDexter CharlesAylar önce
  • Barcelona without Messi is better than Argentina with Messi.

    Bruce LeeBruce LeeAylar önce
  • The disrespect is real. I imagine most of these pundits don’t even watch La Liga on a regular basis. Athletic Club is always a tough away game and a difficult place to get a result in for any club be it Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético or Granada. Real Sociedad and Celta are also two other tough away days for Barcelona. In fact I don’t think Barcelona have won in Anoeta since they came back to the first division in 2015.

    RogarcaiRogarcaiAylar önce
  • It doesn’t matter if Messi is there or not. Barca have no philosophy under Valverde. Roberto and Semedo on the same side never works.Dejong should not be stuck on defensive mid. He should play left or right and then help busquets when he needs rest.

    James TapiaJames TapiaAylar önce
  • Barsa without Messi is like a hamburger 🍔without meat Messi is the only one there who is amazing 😉 No Messi no party 🥳 I am completely agree We all are waiting for Messi, Messi, Messi Messi, Messi 😘👍😍⚽️😉🙏🤴

    Yoly BootyYoly BootyAylar önce
  • No ref no barca

    PenassiPenassiAylar önce
  • If we have to lose another game or two to sack valverde I’m with it tbh #valverdeout

    maurice daleymaurice daleyAylar önce
  • No MSG🇫🇷 MSN🇧🇷 is how you win😂

    Lalo LunaLalo LunaAylar önce
  • Why does'nt this board address the ( real issue - valverde need to go )

    maximillion. 7maximillion. 7Aylar önce
  • VALVERDE is Making Barcelona looking very ordinary. I am so sick of him. #ValverdeOUT

    Bryson SabunBryson SabunAylar önce
  • The main guy hosting this show sucks

    Iram AlanisIram AlanisAylar önce
  • That third midfielder needs to be Arthur

    Tareq AlSalemTareq AlSalemAylar önce
  • Lol 😂 aren't those the same guys who expected Barcelona to smash opponents left and right.

    RaccoonistaRaccoonistaAylar önce
  • Nothing else make me more happy than seeing Barcelona lost

    Dibor TalangDibor TalangAylar önce
  • Where is busquets Where is Arthur ? What the fuck is this? We should play with busi Arthur and frenkie. I HATE VALVDERE 😡😡😡😡😡

    AnonymousAnonymousAylar önce
  • Valverde has to go

    Prxnce AnimePrxnce AnimeAylar önce
  • Barcelona always possesses throughout the game but forget to score. Valverde needs to change that or fucking leave.

    Mr. AnonymousMr. AnonymousAylar önce
  • Stfu you guys claimed Barca is the best team in la liga and we’re shittin on Madrid 😂

    Dmoscol17Dmoscol17Aylar önce
  • ITS ONE FUCKING GAME IN........ Jesus I hate these clowns

    Doug BarrettDoug BarrettAylar önce
  • Dembele is overrated. Only Neymar can replace Messi in his absence.

    arshad ashrafarshad ashrafAylar önce
  • Antoine moved to Barca to prove he can eat at Messi's table 🤣

    K'K'Aylar önce
  • No Messi. No party

    K'K'Aylar önce
  • I had to agree finally that Valverde is the problem with this team. Yes , he strengthened the defence, but from there going up the pitch is only gave the ball to Messi and let see what happens. The team is brimming with quality and the end product don't reflect this.

    Hg HgHg HgAylar önce
  • Im barca fan but this year watch out for Atletico Madrid

    Ayk BayanduryanAyk BayanduryanAylar önce
  • Greizman is not a winger!

    DndizDndizAylar önce
  • Typical Valverde, couldn’t win with the best players in the world at each position. The worst manager Barcelona have ever had.

    Bmoc1995Bmoc1995Aylar önce
  • So no Messi, no win. valvede is shit

    Lo LowLo LowAylar önce
  • more like athletic & valverde vs barca

    panadol actifastpanadol actifastAylar önce
  • Griezmann is overrated. Don't know why you're all asking for Valverde out, the squad is simply overrated.

    H MH MAylar önce
  • I am a long time Barca fan, I always said Messi is the GOAT, no one in history has carried a team on his shoulders for 12 years only him, and this is why, he is out Barca is a mid table team, Valverde next s rubbish I have said that since day one, I don’t care what he wins, it’s Messi and Ter who brought trophies last season not the coach.

    MarkMarkAylar önce
  • Dembele incredibly overrated... Cant pass or retain posession to save his life... But at the end of the day it comes down to the fact that Barca has a coach that simply put, is shit and does not deserve to be managing a club like this... How the fuck did one of thee biggest clubs in the world decide to go with a manager that wouldn't even get the job of a Burnley coach is beyond comprehension. Bartomeu needs to go and Valverde will follow suit. Look at how much a coach can effect a player in a good way and bad. Malcolm and Coutinho's decline is because of the pathetic fuck face Valverde

    BenBenAylar önce
  • Valverde is the problem he needs to go and coutinhgo needs to stay

    Thomas VizcaincoThomas VizcaincoAylar önce
  • Well... at least we know what Pep’s next job will be.

    TwistedSouLTwistedSouLAylar önce
  • Barca makes the most pointless signings..they throw big money and think it equates to better performances..Terrible money management..put at least half of that money into the youth academy

    Russell KimRussell KimAylar önce
  • Too bad Messi promised his dying coach to stay in Barcelona forever. This team does not deserve him in their current form.

    Martti HänninenMartti HänninenAylar önce
  • No roberto

    Gaciel CaroGaciel CaroAylar önce
  • After Valverde took over all the Barca players are like not in form. It's been 3 seasons running. So how on earth all the players are formless except Messi. In reality it's not players who are formless but it's Valverde's tactics are which is not working. I heard him say that he gonna play more attacking game. But to be honest Barca old playing style is no more. He have ruined everything. Barca need to sack him before this transfer window closes and new coach might prepare new team.

    Hippopotamus VEVOHippopotamus VEVOAylar önce
  • I don’t know why the fuck valverde start with those three midfielders today. Alena certainly doesn’t have the capacity yet to start at barcelona. Arthur is way better than Alena and we saw how good he was at copa america. If he didn’t start because he returned to the squad late, then Rakitic should start. It just doesn’t make sense to not use your best players when facing a strong opponent away from home in the first game of the season.

    Brian SunBrian SunAylar önce
  • Someone needs to tell Valverde that many of his players have proven that their talent is best used in a 4-2-3-1, which gives them much more creativity. Frenkie de Jong, Arthur Melo, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann all played in that formation to great effect for their respective national sides. Barca need to keep their back four for stability and to capitalise on Alba and Semedo’s speed, but Pique, Lenglet or Umtiti need the defensive double pivot. Coutinho and Griezmann can flourish in the 10, Coutinho especially, while Griezmann can take attacking midfield roles left or right effectively. Dembele’s speed can be more effective here with a 10 who can send him off down the flanks, Suarez up front becomes the point man that he can still be, he’s decently fast, a natural poacher and good with his head and his feet for deliveries from the 10, or from out wide. Give Messi a free role down the right when he’s back and he’ll flourish with this structure; a 10 to play with for creativity, Suarez doesn’t have to drop back, the double pivot keeps the defensive side of the game up, and the passing can become incisive. de Jong showed great potential against Bilbao, and in time will be a vital replacement in the deep 6 role Busquets has, but look at his performances with Ajax last season. Most of the time he played double pivot with the more physical, defensive Schone beside him. Busquets can play that role, freeing de Jong to start attacks higher up the pitch.

    Caleb LimCaleb LimAylar önce
  • That's what I'm talking about.Frenkie should play as a central midfielder not as a dmf

    Unknown AUnknown AAylar önce
  • So why do messi haters say mess i without barcelona is nothing . but then when barcelona lose without messi . they say no messi no party? But i thought HES NOTHING WITHOUT BARCELONA? 😂😂😂

    Steven663Steven663Aylar önce
  • This is why I didn't expect much from espn fc. All they say is no Messi and just plain bland shit. They spend over 100 million if not 200 million every summer and still talk about Messi? Wasn't Dembele 180 Mil and Griezmann over 100Mil? No excuses. Stop handing over everything to Messi.

    Red KorpiteRed KorpiteAylar önce
  • Ajax manager and coaching staff that’s all we need

    The Woken oneThe Woken oneAylar önce
  • These commentators are so whack... No one said anything about Velverde's poor coaching tactics and skills... That's the current Barça problem... No good manager.. It's as simple as that... When it gets to no Messi no party story, why then do we have him as a manager?

    Chijioke OkaforChijioke OkaforAylar önce
  • It was a poor lineup for a match facing such a difficult club at their own stadium. Classic valverde tactics. #idiot.

    Daniel Gudiel-MieresDaniel Gudiel-MieresAylar önce
Barcelona's loss vs. Athletic Bilbao is not a surprise - Alejandro Moreno | La Liga