Sergi Barjuan delivers update on Barcelona trip to Celta Vigo
Sergi Barjuan waved goodbye to his brief reign at Barcelona in disappointing fashion as his side played out an abysmal 3-3 draw with Celta Vigo.
Sergi took charge of the first team as an interim solution following the sacking of Ronald Koeman almost a fortnight ago.
However, he won’t have many fond memories of his temporary experience as Barcelona’s head coach, having guided the Catalans to a brace of underwhelming La Liga draws with Deportivo Alaves and Celta Vigo.
Things could have been different should his side managed to keep their cool and show much-needed composure at Balaidos on Saturday afternoon.
Barcelona got off to a flying start as Ansu Fati got them up and running only five minutes into the game with breathtaking solo action.
Sergio Busquets scoring is a rarity, but the veteran midfielder produced a stunning long-range effort to double Barca’s lead and put them in the driver’s seat with 70 minutes left.
The visitors were 3-0 up in the 34th minute when Memphis Depay headed home Jordi Alba’s pinpoint cross, as it looked like they would sail to an all-important win at Balaidos.
Despite entering this round only two points clear of the drop zone, Celta showed resilience and a ‘never-give-up’ mentality rarely seen from them over the past couple of seasons.
Eduardo Coudet’s side mounted an astonishing second-half comeback to inflict massive damage on Barcelona’s hopes of steering their way back into La Liga’s top four.
Iago Aspas pulled one back for the hosts seven minutes after the break before Nolito made it 3-2 in the 74th minute.
When it seemed like Barca could get away with murder despite Celta’s unrelenting attempts to avoid defeat, Aspas put the ball Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the 96th minute to steal two points away from the Catalans.
Things are going from bad to worse for the impending manager Xavi Hernandez, as he may be forced to start his managerial stint at Camp Nou without several first-team stars.
Eric Garcia and teenage sensation Nico Gonzalez both picked up injuries during the second half at Balaidos as Sergi provided an update on their fitness status in the aftermath.
“Substitutions due to injuries made us change things a lot, but that is no excuse,” he said as quoted by BarcaUniversal.
“The second half was not what we wanted. We just could not get out of their pressure.
“When this team does not have so many injuries, it will be able to achieve great things.”