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Lewandowski, Ter Stegen, Busquets... Barça's 1x1 in the European farewell

Published:23/02/2023 - 23:28h

Updated:24/02/2023 - 02:24h

Barça needed their striker to appear and be key, for their goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet and for their captain to show all the character and experience he has, but none of that ended up happening in its entirety.

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The FC Barcelona went back to live a history that begins to be already a nightmare. The culés, that began winning the party in Old Trafford as they had done it in the gone, saw like the rival traced back the party or the eliminatory and left them out of a European competition. In this opportunity has been the Manchester United in the 'playoffs' of the Europe League, with a team that could not throw of hierarchy in the seconds 45 minutes.

Although Xavi will not happen to review in this article, the technician of the Barça neither had answer and noticed him lacking of experience in this type of parties, in spite of having already lived some quarter-finals in this same competition the previous course. The investment did not help and the 'new' United finished shortening the season of the culés, that now only will think in LaLiga and the Glass of Rey.

Ter Stegen

The guardameta German, of the three better of the world in this season, again remained to owe in an important party to continental level and could not sustain the zero in his goal, something that in League has done in 17 occasions. Although it did not have direct responsibility in the two goals, himself could have had a better answer and show all the decisive that it can be a goalkeeper of a big team.

Jules Koundé

The French was lateral all the party, and although it did not have a change of position as in the gone, during the second part suffered, and a lot, with the entry of Alejandro Garnacho. In offensive had a very good head butt that was about to to give him the tie to the Barça, but the reality is that it was of the worst players culés during the party, and during all the eliminatory.


Changed in the straight final by Marcos Alonso, in theory by some physical problem, the charrúa commissioned to handle the defence culé during all the first time of big way. It showed that right now it is elite in his position, but the spaces inside the area the same existed and by this road arrived the two so many of the local team.


All the contrary to the season, the defence was the line probably lower that had the team. This did that still Christensen or Araújo did not go out very stopped in his individual analyses. The Danish suffered a lot the arrival of Antony by this zone during all the second time, in spite of being main responsibility of the left side.

Alejandro Balde

The canterano of the Barça was the attendant to force the penalti for the 1-0 partial of Lewandowski. Until this moment, and some minutes more, everything was in calm for a side that had to defend to two players that did not go to arrive to background line like Bruno and Wan-Bissaka. As well resume the party, the second time changed all and the youngster remained exposed several times.


As it was to expect , the Barcelona captain noticed him far of his best rhythm futbolístico after being 20 days without playing. His titularity was due to the decision of Xavi to play with four mediocampistas and the '5', although it controlled very well the possession when the team attacked, could not be an important factor when it touched to defend.

Frenkie Of Jong

As well it comes sucediendo in the last parties, the Dutch has been the best. Although it could not dominate the balloon when the Manchester threw to attack, the mediocampista showed with his speed and dynamism that has to be always in the most important parties that play the Barça, and if it is like pivote will be much better.

Franck Kessié

The party in Old Trafford was this big opportunity that the marfileño was expecting to be able to consolidate inside the Barça, but the task has remained him with a 5 or a 6. It could not weigh in any of the two areas and his physicist, although yes it collaborated to counter to Casemiro and Fred, both Brazilians played with a lot of freedom during the seconds 45 minutes.

Sergi Roberto

The one of Reus finished being the sacrificed when Xavi had to inject offensive in the team, and was logical that like this went. However, his party is difficult to free to the not having a zone or fixed position to weigh inside the party, something that Gavi or Pedri -logically-, dominate of a lot of better form when it has touched them be in this role of 'false' left extreme.


Correct and interesting party for the Brazilian, but without the lethal that had in the Camp Nou. All his finish left diverted, his passes and centres did not find addressee, and by more than tried to associate with Koundé, or find with Lewandowski, the backrest of Lisandro Martínez to Shaw did not allow that it went back to be this dangerous player of the gone.

Robert Lewandowski

It was something already known that the Pole was one of these '9' that depends to a large extent of what his team can generate him. This type of centrodelanteros, and more Lewy, characterise for being infalibles in the few that have, but when they need him a bit further back finish happening unobserved, and this is what has sucedido with the ex Bayern during this course when it has gone out to Europe.

Ferran Torres

The extreme put a big centre when they already remained a pair of minutes for the end of the party. That centre almost found to Lewandowski, but Ansu interposed and did not allow him stand out in a party in which it went in to the 70' with the marker equalised and where never found order and football to create game and occasions.

Ansu Fati

The '10' was this immediate change that did Xavi when the United completed his traced back. His almost 20 minutes of games were marked by the same that the ones of Ferran: chaos. The Barcelona team never could go back to join to try empatar and simply were played isolated, and any had the Spanish extreme, but without too much repercussion.

Marcos Alonso

It went in to the 82 by Araújo and planted like head office by the left. It tried as it could take out to the team and brake any against of the venues, although little to stand out in his 10 minutes on the lawn.

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