BarcelonaA point back in the League in a week of competition. Barça drew against Alabès at the Camp Nou in Sergi Barjuan’s debut on the bench. Then the hot notes of the match.
A brown. Joan Laporta will have her things, but there is no denying that she gives her face and that she is sometimes self-critical. “Maybe we should have fired Koeman sooner,” Interim Sergi said the day he presented. Well, yes, President, it’s too late with the decision. So much so that the team lives poorly in the middle of the standings and now has to play in the Champions League, with a soft of injuries, in the cold Kiev. The draw at home against Alabès, a team that will fight to avoid relegation, portrays the capital brown that Xavi Hernández will have to face when he can break away from Al-Sadd. It starts from a context analogous to the times of Gaspart. He will need the luck that Memphis lacked in the possible 2-1.
Thank you, PSG. The best news of the start of the course is to check again that La Masia always wins. We have already normalized that a minor like Gavi has settled down at eleven. The Andalusian is emulating the impact of Pedri from last season and all indications are that he will no longer return to the subsidiary. But beware of the irruption of Nico González. He was the best player in the defeat of Vallecas and against Alabès he continued to defend his fantastic foundations. He is a fine and balanced midfielder. He understands the game, profiles his nose and has verticality ramps based on a powerful physique. Luckily the Wijnaldum bond preferred PSG’s millions. It would have been a stopper.
I hammered, l’intocable. Speaking of corks, we will have to see the management done by Xavi de Piqué. With Koeman, the center has remained a benchmark in defense more by ascendancy than by sporting performance. The reality is stubborn: he has appeared in many photos of goals conceded – two more in Vallecas and against Alabès -, apart from the fact that the passage of time has led him to defend closer and closer to the area. If Araujo returns to the level he exhibited before he was injured, the debate on the axis will be served because Eric Garcia does not stop growing. Will Xavi turn Piqué into a luxury substitute? Will he be able to motivate him with this role as Luis Enrique did with him in the 2014-15 academic year?
105,000 seats? If things do not change radically, the response to the Piqué case and other developments associated with the change of coach will be seen at a Camp Nou with alarming attendance lows. The game and the results are the first reason for the fans’ outburst with the team, but the club must find formulas to expand the base and justify the intention to build a new stadium with 105,000 seats. Aside from the messes with the Free Seat, which is a sensitive issue, the strategy may not involve maintaining pre-pandemic prices to recover the lost tourist box. We need a shock, look at Germany, involve the third sector …