BarcelonaBarça add three more points in La Liga, but take steps back in terms of the game in an evening without history at the Camp Nou against Getafe. The Blaugrana had enough with a goal from Pedri in the first half to get the job done. Next, some hot notes.
Management, Xavi. After the exhibition in the classic in Riyadh and the comfortable thrashing against the very weak Ceuta, Barça has returned to being a declining team. In addition, Xavi has fueled the trend with changes such as that of Raphinha, who was being the most inspired forward on another afternoon without the threat of the suspended Lewandowski; more than Ansu, who has not found much space between Djené and Domingos Duarte, and much more than Dembélé, who has perpetrated one of those desperate performances. The Brazilian notices his coach’s lack of confidence with the sour apples face he has had for weeks and which does not disappear even when he scores or assists. It is in the hands of Xavi (and the meritocracy) that it does not become chronic.
Peter, pay for a dinner. Minutes after scoring 1-0 and making the gesture of the binoculars to celebrate it, the canary was about to equalize at Getafe with an ill-timed back pass that enabled Mayoral to make a hand to hand with Ter Stegen. The Getafe striker, a theoretical specialist in the art of defining, was given a very small goal by the fault of the German, who is at a frightening level of form and ended up frustrating the occasion. At that moment Pedri, who had remained petrified and with his hands on his head because of the mistake, breathed a sigh of relief. He owes his fourth captain a dinner.
An exemplary purchase. Another footballer who has started 2023 with an upward arrow is Christensen. Right now he is the most complete central that Xavi has at his disposal. He is not as forceful as Araujo nor is he as free with the ball as Kounde, but he ensures a remarkable in both aspects. His was the recovery before the goal that broke the 0-0. Unlike Kessie, who is transfer meat if an offer arrives in terms, the Dane justifies the work of Alemany and Cruyff. I wish all zero cost signings were like his. The collateral damage of his success is Eric Garcia, today fourth option in the axis. Let the inconveniences for which Christensen has asked for the change be nothing.
A very strange rule. The referee for Barça-Getafe was the Galician Iglesias Villanueva, the brother of the one who this week had to publish a letter to apologize for not pointing out from the VAR an offside that cost Cadiz two points. There is no such thing as a good brother, as has been proven at the Camp Nou. Beyond his debatable judgement, Iglesias whistled, at the behest of his assistant, two of those offsides (one to nullify a Getafe goal) that they pull out of hand, letting the plays finish despite being invalidated by position illegal What need is there to prolong the agony? What is the value of those lost seconds? Absurd regulations.