Barcelona are struggling with form as the Catalan giants trail Real Madrid by three points in the La Liga.
The Blaugrana are suffering due to a lack luster back-line – that has led to the, conceding simple goals.
Barcelona are chasing Real Madrid who sit at the top of La Liga with a three points lead and a game in hand.
The Catalans convinced nobody they are going to be able to overhaul that lead despite a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad.
Leo Messi put Barca 2-0 up within 37 minutes, but a crazy end to the first half saw Samuel Umtiti deflect an Inigo Martinez shot into the Barca goal before Paco Alcacer netted Barca’s third, only for Xabi Prieto to make it 3-2 before the break.
Barca disappeared as a footballing unit at times in the second half as Real Sociedad threatened to overrun them, however, a combination of poor finishing and bad luck somehow saw Barca hang on for a win they scarcely deserved.
Atletico Madrid strengthened their grip on third place with a routine 3-0 win at home to Osasuna, thanks to two goals from Yannick Carrasco and Felipe Luis against a rival who failed to muster a shot on target.
The anecdote of the game were two late penalty saves from Osasuna keeper Salvatore Sirigu, who denied Carrasco’s hat-trick and then stopped a second penalty from Thomas Partey to prevent Atletico winning by a bigger margin.
The day kicked off with second half goals from Joselu and Pedro Mosquera giving Deportivo la Coruna a win to lift them well clear of the relegation zone and just about assure their place in the Primera Liga next season.
Meanwhile Friday night saw Athletic Club Bilbao enjoy a comfortable 5-1 win at home to Las Palmas with two goals each from Aritz Aduriz and Iker Muniain adding two goals each after Mike San Jose’s early opener.