At most clubs in Europe, second place in the league would keep fans and directors happy - but Barcelona are different to most clubs, and only domination will do. Robson also has to cope with the problem of being a foreigner in a country facing a backlash against footballing imports from overseas - hence the reports in the Spanish press on Saturday that the former England manager's departure from Barce-lona is imminent.
A former Real Madrid player, Luis Enrique, scored the 43rd-minute winner for Barcelona, but they struggled in the second half and had Juan Pizzi sent off two minutes after coming on as a substitute. Real Madrid were held 2-2 at home by third-placed Real Betis on Saturday.
Juventus are five points clear at the top of Italy's Serie A after a 2-1 home win over Perugia, with Alessandro Del Piero scoring twice late in the first half. Second-placed Sampdoria were beaten 2-1 at home by Roma while Jesper Blomqvist scored his first goal for Milan in a 2-0 San Siro success against Bologna. However, the Swede was sent off two minutes later for a bad tackle.
Jurgen Klinsmann scored twice in Bayern Munich's 3-0 home win over St Pauli as the German Bundesliga resumed after its winter break. Unbeaten since September, Bayern retained their two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, who beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 on Friday.Reuse content