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JOAO DIDN'T PULL THE CART AT ANY TIME

Joao Felix, 'invisible' when Barça needed him most

Published:25/01/2024 - 02:16h

Updated:25/01/2024 - 08:54h

Barca missed out on the Copa del Rey for another season after losing in the quarterfinals to an Athletic side that could easily control Joao Felix the moment Xavi decided it was his time to be on the pitch

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The golazo with the outside of his right foot the past Sunday seemed to give him to Joao Félix a lot of options to return to the eleven headline of the FC Barcelona in the short term. The luso marked the 2-3 in front of the Real Betis so that the culés could breathe when already it fulfilled the minute 90 of that duel, but still like this began in the bench in the Athletic-Barça that played this Wednesday.

The Barcelona group finished with a defeat by 4-2 in extention in front of the Basques and in a moment, when the meeting was 2-2, Xavi Hernández decided that it was the ideal moment to look for a new genialidad of the luso. But in this opportunity all remained in the at all same. The luso did not influence in the game, without marking some difference with the 'grey' second time that also came doing Lewandowski and Ferran.

Joao ingresó By the Pole and took his accustomed place in the left of the attack, sending to the Valencian as '9', but simply never appeared in the party. Neither in the 20 final minutes neither in the 50' of the extention the international Portuguese could throw of the car to try give him the classification to the Barça, already went with the partial tie or the back 3-2 that the Athletic achieved when it was for fulfilling the minute 105 of party.

Joao Félix was far to be this decisive player vs Betis

28 you touch of balloon, 15 of 20 in passes and 9 losses of balloon in 42 minutes seem to leave clear that the change of Xavi in this opportunity did not work, and besides when treating of an elimination surely has cost him to Joao Félix some points more inside his already complicated present with the míster Catalan and also with some sector of the press and the fans.

Surely the greater problem for the forward luso was in that his zone of action was very move# away of the area of the Athletic. Joao Félix delayed a lot of to try have contact with the balloon and besides infected of a line of attack very delayed of the Barça because of the big verticality of the Athletic and this pressure that forced to the forwards to have to look for the balloon very far of his zones accustomed.

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