ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Looks like the exit of Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi has a huge impact on FC Barcelona.
On Thursday, Cadiz CF held Barcelona to a 0-0 draw at the Nuevo Mirandilla.
Coming into this game, Barcelona was expected to win over Cadiz but their opponent showed them that they are not a pushover team.
With the unexpected draw, Barca coach Ronald Koeman is now under pressure to make sure his team can bounce back and perform well in their next games in La Liga.
The struggles of Barca are in contrast to the earlier claim of Koeman that his team will still perform well in La Liga despite the departure of Messi.
Koeman said without Messi, Barcelona will rely on Memphis Depay, who scored a hat trick for the Netherlands on Tuesday, to score points at Camp Nou.
“There are always things to improve but I’ll tell you one thing: if we have everyone available, we can do big things,” Koeman said
“We have a great team. We still have to be realistic, it will be difficult, but I am optimistic and ambitious,” Koeman added.
Aside from Depay, Koeman also hopes Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, and Luuk de Jong will play well for the team this year.
“Memphis can mark an era at Barca,” he said.
“He has something that is essential to be a success here: personality and character. There’s something different about him and he’s really motivated by the challenge of being her,” he added.
Sources said Memphis No. 9 shirts are now the biggest sellers at the club following Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain in August.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.