Former Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has added to the woes of his old club as Atletico Madrid claimed a 2-0 La Liga victory over Catalan in the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.
Thomas Lamar and Suarez’s first half strikes were enough to save all three points for the champions and the visitors’ anxious boss was putting pressure on Ronald Koeman.
Barca have won just one of their last six games in all competitions as their early season struggles show no signs of abating.
“We’re in trouble, I’m going to be honest with you,” said Barca defender Gerard Pique.
“We had a good start, we were brave, but then they created a double situation and scored twice – while we could play for three hours and not score.
“It’s not a problem, there are many. People can see what we lack. But we’ll get better. It’s a difficult time. Many of us haven’t experienced it before. We need to change it.” But it’s not easy. “
Atletico got off to a bright start and in the 23rd minute, the Frenchman got close to the edge of the box through the efforts of Lamar and Joao Felix before opening the scoring.
Felix fed Suarez, who played a brilliant ball to send Lamar and put his effort behind Mark Andre Ter Stegen.
Suarez then missed a great opportunity to double the lead as he extended a one-on-one effort, but there was nothing wrong with the half-time stroke when Lamar returned the right to return it. ۔
The best chance for Barca to return to the game came in the hands of Philippe Coutinho, but the Brazilian’s effort was saved by John Oblak.
The victory moved Atletico to the level of table toppers Real Madrid, who traveled to Barca’s Espanyol on Sunday, with 17 points from eight games.
Barcelona, meanwhile, are ninth with 12 points after playing one game less.