Raphinha, durante el Shakhtar vs Barça de la Champions

BOTH MISSED XAVI'S OPPORTUNITY

Ferran Torres and Raphinha did not hit the table that they needed

Published:8/11/2023 - 09:01h

Updated:8/11/2023 - 09:01h

Against Shakhtar, Xavi Hernández had opted to pair Raphinha and Ferran Torres in the offensive trident, along with Robert Lewandowski, but it was a failed plan. FC Barcelona played its least 'offensive' game and had no options up front

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It was an important night for the blaugrana the Volksparkstadion, in which they could concretise his pass to the eighth of final of the Champions League and leave backwards the ghosts that -still- pursue to the team. It was a final advanced and the team finished disappointing. The defeat in front of the Shakhtar is one of the most painful for a FC Barcelona that signed a very poor party, without lights neither solutions. Marc-André ter Stegen avoided that the history was worse, but the team remains, in general, very distinguished. And forced to react before it was very late.

They are many the distinguished after the party, but if there is something that has surprised has been the little offensive presence of the team. It has been minimum in a night in which they were many the expectations and in which Xavi Hernández had put a lot of gunpowder in the attack. It recovered to the trident formed by Raphinha, in the right, Lewandowski in the centre and Ferran Torres in the left-handed extreme. To the hour of party agitated his plan and gave gone in to Lamine Yamal and Joao Félix to change the bands, but in the global result the things did not change. They closed the party with an alone finish to goal.

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It was the consequence of a very debatable operation of the team. There is not an only guilty, because in general lines was a very poor presentation of all the team, but the two extremes titled yes that have remained distinguished. Had by in front the opportunity to give a hit on the table and touch the door, in research of fixed opportunities, but finished disappointing. Raphinha Went back to the XI for the first time since it fell lesionado, on 29 September, and noticed that it was not of the all comfortable. It was one of the reasons by which went out so prompt of the terrain of game, to give entrance to Lamine Yamal.

The Brazilian had an opportunity, with a finish far that left above the traveseño of the Shakhtar, but little more. Matvyenko Had him very controlled and avoided that it left in career with ease, by what his margin of operation saw considerably reduced. It was not fine and notices that it needs more continuity to go back to a level in which it can be important for the Barça. Same case of Ferran Torres that happened unobserved.

Ferran, denied against the Shakhtar

And it is that the one of Foios, that returned to the titularity after resting in Donosti, left negative feelings in the Volksparkstadion. It split in the left-handed extreme, a position in which it is not entirely comfortable and was very little effective. In addition to that it did not have presence in the attack, victim of the passivity of the team along the clash, did not help in defensive works. It was a performance for the forget and finished being replaced, in the 60', to give entrance to Joao Félix.

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