Dembélé And Xavi during the Barça-Galatasaray of the Europe League


From disappointment to improvement: The two faces of Barça against Galatasaray

Published:11/03/2022 - 01:35h

Updated:11/03/2022 - 01:35h

The second part of the FC Barcelona-Galatasaray was a clean slate for the azulgrana, who sinned by 'passivity' in the first half and showed a very disappointing image

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It is not a secret for anybody that the FC Barcelona is still a team under construction (or reconstruction) and still has a lot of way by in front to recover his best version, but also is a reality that the team had left the feeling that the good feelings and regularity had arrived to remain after some weeks ilusionantes in which to the Barça saw him face of compacter.

Nevertheless, the last two parties of the team directed by Xavi Hernández are far to be the 'better' since the technician egarense occupies the Barcelona bench. The Barça has left, against the Elche and Galatasaray, a party without shine and with doubts in the first-halves, with performances very move# away of what, in general, is offering the team and with an effectiveness goleadora minor to the one of previous parties.

It is evident that in all the clashes can not mark four or three goals, but the Barça in all had left a feeling of overwhelming superiority and clear occasions to look for kill to the rival team. Against the Galatasaray, however, saw to the Barça 'less than Xavi' and more seemed to the of Ronald Koeman: A team that lost between lines, without clarity to create in zone of three chambers and with a lot of difficulties to generate danger in the last metres.

In fact, in the first part against the Turkish picture, the Barça only had two important approaches, both manufactured by Memphis Depay and saved by Iñaki Crag that, by the way, has opened his candidature to be the competition of Marc-André ter Stegen under the three Barcelona sticks. The case is that the Alicante was key to detain the two shots that achieved the '9' Barcelona, first from a direct free shot. Memphis Shot adjusted to the stick and the guardameta flew to his right to save to his. The Dutch went back to warn with a derechazo potentísimo that Crag repelled with a paradón.

Xavi, the intervencionista

The good news and what has differentiated of the 'was Koeman', even in parties complicated and atascado, is that the trainer egarense has thrown of interventionism from the bench to look for change the history and has done it from early, that is an important factor. Xavi understood that, in spite of that that was his intention, is impossible rotar in a party of eighth of final of the Europe League (lesson learnt).

It threw of two fixed players like Sergio Busquets and Gerard Hammered after the rest and shortly after went in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Barça changed his face and improved his staged, dominating completely the party and with approaches more followed to the goal of Iñaki Crag, although it finished being insufuciente to tie up a victory that went to reassure to the team of face to the turn in Istanbul.

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