IT WAS NOT ENOUGH
Araújo and Christensen stood up and avoided a major disaster in the second half
Published:24/02/2023 - 01:39h
Updated:24/02/2023 - 02:17h
One of the few good news from the painful defeat and elimination in the Europa League has been the great level that Ronald Araújo and Andreas Christensen have shown as the leaders of the defense
They are few the positive readings that it can do the FC Barcelona after his elimination, by second consecutive year, of the Europe League. Although the team competed and showed a very intelligent version in the first-half, finish yielding and 'falling' drastically in the second half in front of adjust them of the Manchester United. Ronald Araújo and Andreas Christensen were the only that 'invited' to dream.
After the experiment without success of Xavi Hernández in the party of gone, with Ronald Araújo of right-handed side and the couple of head offices of Jules Koundé and Marcos Alonso, with Jordi Alba in the left-handed band because it wanted to 'surprise' to the English, the trainer understood that it was better to bet by what better came working. Christensen and Balde went back to the titularity and the charrúa and French exchanged positions.
That has been the defensive line more solvent of the Barça in what it goes of season and against the United, although it was not sufficient for the classification, noticed . The '4' was very hit and, especially in the first-half, was 'insuperable': it did not fail in the passes and found in Christensen, once again and as always, an ideal partner for the aerial duels.
The pillars of the Barça
The history had continuity in the second half, although the United was much more dangerous and added several opportunities for 'rack' to the Barcelona defence. Araújo, after exit of Weghorst in the rest, had of direct rival to Marcus Rashford, the one who in the gone had been the 'enemy' main of the culés.
Although the English had occasions and a lot of more mobility in the second part, against Araújo did not succeed in any occasion. It was a very positive performance, although it has not been sufficient. This yes, remains by writing that this Barça can not give the 'luxury' to change what has showed that works.