BarcelonaBarça have complicated their lives against Elche, a team at the bottom of the table, but have managed to add all three points (3-2). Then the hot notes of the match.
The Camp Nou runs out of patience with some sacred cows. Barça fans have experienced a carousel of emotions. Among the more than 40,000 fans present at the stadium – the second lowest entry of the course since the restrictions ended – he has begun to lose patience and the whistles have arrived at the Camp Nou when the team he let Elche draw in just two minutes. The fans had enjoyed it with a great first part and then, incomprehensibly, poured it into suffering and rubbed ridiculous. In the worst moments of Barça, Dembélé, with a poor game, received whistles, as well as Frenkie de Jong, who was fired with whistles and applause when Xavi replaced him. Thanks to Nico’s final goal, the match ended with applause.
Entrusted to Gavi and Nico. Gavi has scored a goal. The Andalusian has had enough of touching the ball, reading the spaces, offering solutions to his teammates and working tirelessly on the pressure. He may have rushed to praise a 17-year-old player, but he has the skills to be a total footballer, because he produces a lot in both attack and defense. And now he also scores goals and silences all those who said he was an inside with little goal. Koeman, Luis Enrique and Xavi are in love with him. And the Camp Nou, too. He rounded off the match by assisting Nico in the third goal.
Jutgla retrata Luuk de Jong. Ferran Jutglà, who made his debut against Osasuna and has made his debut as a starter today, was quick to make Luuk de Jong stand out. Despite not being a center-forward – both at Barça B and before, at the Espanyol branch, he has played most of the away games – the 22-year-old has interpreted this position very well. In the second minute he had already made his debut, despite his goal being disallowed for offside. But apart from pairing up well, unloading balls and fixing up rival central defenders, he has just portrayed Luuk de Jong when he has done what the Dutchman does best in theory: scoring after a header. Xavi changed the Catalan in the second half and preferred to play without reference before giving way to the striker on loan from Sevilla.
Xavi’s guardian gesture. The path to follow is the first part, it is obvious. During the first 45 minutes the team benefited a lot from some tactical changes applied by Xavi, who made the sides play in the inner lanes, especially Jordi Alba. L’Hospitalet played for a long time in the inside position, which allowed Gavi to move forward and leave the band for Abde. All three have shown great understanding in the first half. With the lead down in the second half, the team has been much less effective and has gone more into a phase of doubt and mere survival, which has highlighted some of the tactical mechanisms that have shone in the first half. What is clear is that this Barça cannot lose consistency or relax because any rival can make him suffer.