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Since he arrived at Barça, Xavi Hernández has not tired of repeating that “here it is not enough to win, at the Camp Nou you have to play well” as a mantra. Nevertheless, lately the Barça crosses a notorious slump in play that has only been made up by the team’s punch and the game against Celta de Vigo was no exception. Memphis Depay’s goal after a game by Ousmane Dembélé and a double by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang They saved a chaotic, leaden and disorganized match of a FC Barcelona that is crying out for the season to end. Without Sergio Busquets in the center of the field and with a new scheme, with Depay as inside at times and Jordi Alba run amok, Xavi’s team was unrecognizable for many moments of the match and managed an artificial win against a superior Celta even with ten players he got less loot than he deserved.

The first part started with a simple warning. A bad ball outing by Marc André ter Stegen was about to cost his team a scare, but the play was no more. Celta de Vigo, with Iago Aspas at the point of attack along with Thiago Galhardo, lacked fuel and determination to punish Barça as much as it should. Xavi Hernández’s men suffered every time they lost the ball, they fell back late and badly and Celta dominated the match as they pleased. In fact, Iago Aspas himself would have the first great opportunity of the match, when Ronald Araújo looked for ter Stegen and his sending fell short… but the Galician fell asleep on his laurels and the Uruguayan rectified at the last moment .

The Gabonese is sweet. (Reuters/Albert Gea)

Barça did not shine up either. Possession lacks rhythm and meaning. With Ferran Torres disappeared among the visiting defenders, Depay out of position, Jordi Alba running around everywhere and Aubameyang like an islet, only Ousmane Dembélé shook the shaker at the Camp Nou. Celta looked dangerously at the German goalkeeper’s goal, but he always had a pass left over or was too hasty. Barça had not shot between the three posts not even once in the first 20 minutes of the match… until Dembélé made a move that he is not used to (speed combined with punctuality and accuracy) to assist Depay and the Dutchman, with a soft and focused shot, beat Dituro.

Barça was ahead in a bad game, but the dynamics did not change. Celta had a triple chance. First with Eric García blocking Aspas’s shot. Then, with another play from the edge of Galhardo, to which ter Stegen answered with a big hand and, a minute later, with a header that ter Stegen blocked. The second blow would be given by Aubameyang by taking advantage of a bad shot by Araújo after the low center of Memphis. Barça went to rest in a misleading first half showing their great punch and… their bad game.

Ferran Torres not fuel

At the break, Xavi Hernández pointed to Ferran Torres, from more to less since he arrived at Barça and brought in Riqui Puig. At Celta, Kevin Vázquez stayed in the locker room and former Barça player Jeison Murillo entered. Celta came out with enthusiasm and verve, but at the first opportunity, Dembélé assisted Aubameyang with a measured pass and the Gabonese once again showed that he is one of the most voracious strikers in LaLiga with his double. Celta would respond quickly thanks to the gift from Barça, when ter Stegen gave a faulty short pass to Araújo that Cervi picked up, gave it to Aspas and the one from Moaña defined the short stick.

Iago Aspas scored one and missed three. (EFE/Alejandro Garcia)

When Celta began to get up from the emotional blow of fitting in a bit as soon as he came out of the break, Riqui Puig detected Depay in space, he cut the newly incorporated Murillo and the Colombian center-back saw the red card as he was the last man. depay he brushed fourth before Araujo suffered a concussion after a fortuitous hit with Gavi. The Uruguayan left for Lenglet and Memphis Depay for Ansu Fati. Celta, far from lowering their arms, went for a draw despite numerical inferiority. Aspas would have another very clear opportunity… which he raffled off against ter Stegen.

In the final minutes, the VAR annulled a goal for offside by Riqui Puig. The azulgranas, yes, were able to calm down a Celta de Vigo who came out all cross on a day where they enjoyed the opportunities, the game and the ideal sensations to win at the Camp Nou; as he already did last season in Leo Messi’s last game as a Barça player at home. LLuuk de Jong had it and Ansu Fati had it without converting either of the two. Barça consolidates its second position in this League (72 points) and opens a gap with Sevilla (65 points) and Atlético de Madrid (64 points), with both still to play their game this day.

Since he arrived at Barça, Xavi Hernández has not tired of repeating that “here it is not enough to win, at the Camp Nou you have to play well” as a mantra. Nevertheless, lately the Barça crosses a notorious slump in play that has only been made up by the team’s punch and the game against Celta de Vigo was no exception. Memphis Depay’s goal after a game by Ousmane Dembélé and a double by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang They saved a chaotic, leaden and disorganized match of a FC Barcelona that is crying out for the season to end. Without Sergio Busquets in the center of the field and with a new scheme, with Depay as inside at times and Jordi Alba run amok, Xavi’s team was unrecognizable for many moments of the game and managed an artificial win against a superior Celta even with ten players he got less loot than he deserved.

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