Barcelona’s recent woes at Camp Nou continued on Sunday night as they suffered a shock 0-1 loss against Rayo Vallecano.
Having lost their last two games at home against Eintracht Frankfurt and Cadiz, Xavi Hernandez’s men sought to end that run on Sunday. But it was not to be as they were trailing as early as the seventh minute as Alvaro Garcia put the visitors in front.
Barça kept knocking on the doors of Rayo Vallecano for the rest of the game but could not find a way through and fell to a third home defeat in a row in all competitions. The visitors also completed a shock league double over the Catalans, having beaten them in the reverse fixture in October last year.
Speaking after the game, Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets expressed his dismay at the situation, saying: “We’re struggling too much at home. When you’re not effective in both boxes, it’s double as hard.”
The veteran midfielder admitted that conceding the early goal affected the team, but vowed to keep fighting for the second spot in the La Liga standings.
“Conceding a goal that early on affected us. They played an organized defensive structure. We are in a negative dynamic and we have not managed to have a cushion to look much higher in the standings,” he said.
“This is a tough result to follow. But we will continue to fight for second place.”
Late in the game, Barcelona had an appeal for a penalty turned down with Gavi appearing to have been fouled in the Rayo Vallecano box. However, it was not given as the Spaniard had strayed offside.
Speaking about the decision, Busquets added: “I didn’t see the penalty call. If the ref did not call it, then I guess it’s not a penalty.”
Following the disappointing defeat, Barcelona will next face RCD Mallorca at Camp Nou as they hope to hold on to the second spot with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid applying pressure from below them.