GREAT GAME OF THE CULÉ DEFENSE
Gavi, Koundé, Frenkie de Jong... Barça's 1x1 win over Madrid
Published:3/03/2023 - 00:28h
Updated:3/03/2023 - 00:50h
Xavi wanted to prevent Real Madrid from feeling comfortable on the pitch and he achieved it by making a compact team, which at every opportunity he had neutralized the attacks that the merengue players intended to make.
Far to have his best XI, the FC Barcelona planted in Santiago Bernabéu with the mission to keep live the eliminatory for the turn, and finished achieving much more that this. Xavi Hernández opted by a much more conservative approach, as well as intelligent according to the conditions that presented the party regarding present of both teams and injuries in the Barcelona side.
Although the result speaks that the plan of Xavi worked very well, the reality is that without the performance indicated of the players this would not have been possible, especially understanding that they do not are used to to be accustomed to not having the control of the balloon, but especially do not are used to to defend so near of a Ter Stegen that did not need of a big performance to collect a new goal to zero, although this did not go in League.
As practically all the team, the '1' of the Barça lived an atypical party. In his case touched him have to his mates, and especially to the line of four defenders, much more near of him. From this position could carry the party with solidity in the innumerable centres that raised the Real Madrid, as well as in the opportunities that had to go out playing fast, or if it needed to give calm to the played.
The Uruguayan like right side to have a hand manually with Vinicius Junior was a bet that did not contribute, and like this was. The defender was all the party braking to the Brazilian and besides did not need to do faults or cut the game in demasía, since with his physicist and flawless defensive capacity, was sufficient so that the '20' madridista happened almost unobserved.
The party that all interested culé was expecting of the French defender. Of return to be central, Jules showed why is one of the most promising in this position all over the world, having besides a level elite from does a pair of years. It cleared all what crossed him and handled the trips of Benzema to perfection, as well as the entrance at the end of Álvaro.
The doubts in the Spanish happened no so much by him, but by not being able to have Christensen. The also left side there was not state so hit in his last parties like head office, but in a total tuning, commissioned to be to the level of his mates and presionó when it needed it, expect to the rival always very positioned and understood that from there would be much more effective.
It is difficult puntualizar to each name of a defence that was so perfect that seemed that they played together each party from does 4 or 5 years. Balde Did not have the freedom of other days, but his closings did the centre were important so much in front of Valverde as in front of Rodrygo and except some confined of Carvajal, did not allow that his band was zone of attack merengue.
The captain of the Barça, and record man ofthe night , was very backed in front of the vicinity of all the lines of the team and did not have to suffer in the shrinking. The intensity of the beginning of the party did him happen unobserved, but once that marked the rhythm and began to give passes to his mates, the team accommodated much better and shortly after would arrive the only goal of the party.
It was of the best of the first time. The marfileño understood very well that the meeting went through to cancel the spaces and with his physicist did that Kroos and Modric did not have comfort to find passes between lines and besides forced the goal in own of the defence merengue. It was missing him only luck to convert the 0-2 and his support to Marcos Alonso and Balde was always very executed.
Frenkie Of Jong
The one who would have to be the new mediocentro of the Barça showed why is a player by which want to pay almost 100 million euros each summer. The change of rhythm, the control of balloon and the capacity to decide in little time do that the Dutch mark differences, still when his team is not the one who is dictating the possession of the balloon.
The yellow cards keep on being the big problem to correct for the talentoso mediocampista culé. In the first time the referee forgave him in a pair of occasions, and finally conditioned it initiating the second time. It made to perfection his work of inner/extreme and did not allow that Carvajal happened to the attack without surveillance, except an only occasion in which the side received a pass totally only.
Surely the one of performance more discreet in all the eleven headline of Xavi. The second time served him to take advantage of his speed and attack the back of Nacho and Rüdiger, but every time that received the balloon to the space, finished losing the possession. By left arrived his best played, but precisely the technician egarense decided that it would be the first change of the party.
Correct party, mature and of a high level of compañerismo for the '11'. It was the first defender of the team to the moment to retreat, and when had some opportunity tried to administer it the best possible. Like this it arrived the first goal. Big handle of the times and a precise pass for a Kessié that could not define, but that equally attained to put a goal in the marker for the Barça.
Almost in the minute 70 of party would arrive the opportunity for the '10' of the Barça. His recent hit in the knee send it to the bench, and in his entrance fulfilled very well with what came doing Ferran in defensive phase, but to the hour to attack noticed him again am missing of rhythm and speed.
The third captain of the team ingresó to try close the party, and collaborated in this. It added to the nourished midfield of Xavi and with his energia tried to close the ways to the passes merengues, as well as to some attempt of centre.