BarcelonaBarça draw and thanks in Frankfurt against Eintracht. Xavi Hernández’s team suffered the local intensity and will have to improve at the Camp Nou next week to lift the tie. Then the hot notes of the match.
Four immerscuts. “Everyone is ready and if the attitude is not good they will pass you by.” Xavi had already warned him in the previous one. Villarreal have already shown this with their amazing victory with the almighty Bayern in the Champions League. You can’t walk in Europe. And, although Eintracht are ninth in the Bundesliga and do not have well-known players, they have a tradition and a loyal fan base that asked them to play against Barça as if it were their last time. Barça are superior to the Germans, but they did not deserve the draw they achieved. The return must be different. This team has not done anything yet.
Sterile superiority. Adama presented a flawless statistic against Eintracht in terms of attempted irrigation. You know, when he puts his right-handed physique to work on the right in three-quarters of the field, there’s no defense to stop him. Another thing is that then there is a real benefit of this superiority. And this is where it should be measured that he has only shone at Wolverhampton, that Luis Enrique no longer calls him the absolute, that he has not yet scored a goal since his return to Barça or that the game in Germany has changed for the better when he left the field. It surpasses Trincao, yes, but maybe not so much as to pay 30 million.
A society with room for improvement. Football is built on collective mechanisms, but also on individual complicities. And, in this sense, in Frankfurt was missing the one that has woven, under the baton of Xavi, the two titular interiors lately: Pedri and De Jong. On German soil, the second rested in favor of Gavi, who did not start from the 4-0 at Osasuna and yesterday was not very fine. We will not criticize the performance of the Andalusian, who is only 17 years old and is a meat of Catalan legend. We will point out that his mix with Pedri, another young man called to make history, has room for improvement.
Captain in power. After scoring at the Bernabéu and playing quite well against Sevilla, Barça took a step back in Frankfurt. The Catalans were worse than their rival. However, there are salvageable actions. For example, that of Ferran Torres, author of the clearest chances and the goal of the tie after a great association with De Jong. But especially that of Eric Garcia, who was the leader of the defense when Piqué requested the change due to injury. Martorell is a potential captain, a center made for big games, as he showed 20 days ago in the classic and in a risky scenario like the one proposed by Eintracht.