The Diario Sport has wanted to give their particular (and painful, incidentally) view on the lack of whistled penalties against Barcelona. The record is totally scandalous with 74 games in a row without seeing any penalty given against Barca . And it will be because there has been no chance to whistle them!
The culé newspaper, cynical as always, gives the following excuses to show that penalties are not whistled against the catalans for several reasons. They speak, as if everyone were blind, that there was no penalty of Umtiti against Alavés, nor that made by the same player to Guedes in Mestalla, nor those made last season to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou or at the Bernabéu. You have to have a lot of face!
Barça plays in the opposite field: The game of Barça is mostly located in the opponent’s field.
The ball possession: In the duels of the Camp Nou this stat is often favorable to Barca. Against Alavés, Ernesto Valverde’s team had a 77.9% possession of the ball . It is clear that if a team has most of the time the ball and handles it within or in the vicinity of the rival area, the chances of generating plays susceptible to ending in a penalty.
Barça defends away from their area: It is a consequence of the above. The team tries to play with the lines together and advanced, so that the circulation of the ball is optimal but also to defend itself away from its own area. Sergio Busquets or Luis Suarez usually start the pressure almost immediately when the team loses possession, pressing the opponent defense in their field. Barça is the least punished team with fouls of the championship (211) followed very closely by Real Madrid (218). Both, very far from Getafe (643) and Girona (342), those who have committed more fouls.
Defenses of anticipation rather than contact: Apart from the fact that several Barça defenders are converted midfielders or forwards (Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Aleix Vidal), several of those who usually occupy the position of central have a very good sense of anticipation (Umtiti, Vermaelen) or impose their size in the air game (Piqué). The reality is that the style of play makes Ter Stegen a real libero and combined with defenders who commit few faults. In fact, Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets are the Blaugrana players with more fouls (26). Only Jordi Alba equals the number, taking into account that he plays so often in front. Gerard Piqué` fourteen times; 11 to Samuel Umtiti, 9 to Sergi Roberto, 5 to Vermaelen and 3 to Digne and Nelson Semedo. They comment badly in all their article and the referees are who continue to allow Barça everything…