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Updated Sunday, January 23, 2022 –

A goal by Frenkie de Jong in the 87th minute, in Mendizorroza, saves Barcelona after another irregular game (0-1).

Bara players congratulate De Jong for his goal against Alavs.
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Perhaps Barcelona neither grows nor evolves at an adequate pace. Perhaps I have been stuck on the most dangerous terrain in football and in life for too long, that of indifference. But this sport is so twisted that Jordi Alba He threw an excellent center, yes, with the right. That Ferran Torres, imperceptible all night, finally touched the ball in regulation position to move it gracefully back. Y Frenkie de Jong, who one day stayed to live in a black hole, appeared to finish off the triumph when the night was already passing out. The match ended with Jose Luis Mendilibar expelled for protesting, the azulgrana defending a corner as badly as they could, and Xavi Hernandez complaining of the cold and environment. But that was the same. Whoever wins is usually right. [Narracin y estadsticas: 0-1]

The first half was about to end when Xavi, much more excited than his players, began waving his arms on the sideline as he headed towards Piqu. God knows what the coach claimed to the centre-back, who had spent the entire act looking for changes of direction. I mean, balls. As if that were the only way to find some light in a wooded area where Barça soccer players wandered around with a ball, but without a compass.

And oh the torment. There is no way that Xavi’s tactical ideology, so stimulating in the press conference and perhaps also in training, can be translated when it comes to executing it with live fire. The ball spins so slowly that one could spend counting hexagons. Faced with the associative inability of the interiors, with Frenkie de Jong struggling against an identity crisis, there seems to be no other choice but to trust fate to the extremes and to the shooting ability of the nine on duty, this time Luke de Jong. And the plan doesn’t work.

Dest, titular

Sergio Dest, with whom Xavi decided not to count after the continental elimination in Munich, returned to the starting lineup to take the position of Dani Alves. I did not offer anything positive. Nor did the person a few meters further on, first Ferran Torres, who changed his profile after half an hour of inactivity, and then Abde. The Moroccan, once the effervescence of the first time has disappeared, tries to rebel against the setback. There’s no doubt in it. I lost 14 balls in the first half. But he was the only one who never stopped facing his own defeat, the usual condemnation of old hagglers.

It is true that Xavi does not have many more offensive options either. Ansu Fati, who should be the redeemer this season, can not get away from the stretcher. While Dembl, whom the leaders of Barcelona have punished for refusing to renew, stayed at home with a stomach ache.

Barca could barely get close to the goal of Pacheco in the opening act, with a shot outside Luuk de Jong as the only chance. While Alavs, capable of telegraphing on the pitch the mechanical advanced pressure plan arranged by Mendilibar, was even able to score just before the break. Luis Rioja, usual scourge for Barcelona, ​​commanded a transition that had to crown Pere Pons. The midfielder, suddenly blinded by the approach of glory, lost sight of the target right at the goal line. His auction, sweet, ended up warming him Ter Stegen with the belly

Pedro’s attempt

The Bara resumed his journey. Frenkie de Jong started running with more sense and Pedri tried to put the equipment on his back again. A free kick taken by the Canarian midfielder required a better performance in Luuk de Jong’s shot. He arrived so late that the ball arrived calmly at Pacheco. Xavi tried to react. He returned to 3-4-3 and allowed the entry of Nico by Abde. While Mendilibar, who enlisted From the source to charge the attack, he saw how Joselu He was a foot away from the goal.

The countercultural center of Alba and the Marian apparitions of Ferran Torres and Frenkie de Jong led Barcelona to a victory that, however, leaves no trace.

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