BARÇA'S KEY VICTORY
Blow on the table for the best Barça of the season against Atlético (1-0)
FC Barcelona has shown its most splendid version in much of the duel against Atlético de Madrid. Joao Félix enforced the former law to punish the 'colchoneros' and give three vital points to his team
Party in Montjuïc! The FC Barcelona has won a demanding party, complicated and in which the team has gone of more to less. The ones of Xavi Hernández showed his best version of the season in the first time against the Athletic of Madrid. It served them to advance , with goal of Joao Félix to do cost the law of the ex, but finished suffering more than the account in the last minutes. The culés already know which is the north for what remains of year, but will have to keep the rhythm.
The Barça needed a night like this, of confirmation and, at the same time, release. And it is that they have not been simple weeks for the group blaugrana, by the fault of good feelings, the pressure and the inability to show solvency in his parties. The culés needed a party in which the pieces of his puzzle fit. That the speed went the mark of the house. That the centre of the field led to the team and that the goals arrived like consequence of the game.
It was the most demanding party of this final stretch of the 2023, but also the one who supposed an ideal stage to give a hit on the table. Especially in what to the command refers . It has been the most exultant version of the Barça in what it goes of season, in all the senses. They have liked and exhibited in a night to confirm the good feelings that had left against the Port wine and leave glimpse which is the north of the team. It is a party that has won from the blackboard and from the talent... This time very very taken advantage of.
First exultant time of the Barça
The bet of Xavi was identical to the one of the party against the Portuguese, with the change in the XI, to last hour, of Andreas Christensen by a 'touched' Iñigo Martínez. The results were positive, from the beginning. And it is that the deployment of the Barcelona was total and found the formula for no only minimise, but noquear, the virtues of an Athletic of Madrid that, up to now, came being one of the most regular teams of this season. The presence and constant incidence of Pedri and Gündogan, the amplitude of the extremes and the swift circulation of the balloon have been determinants.
The exhibition culé, with a first splendid time, has been born of the atrevimiento of the means. They have not hid ... They have looked for, request and have known to move to his taste. It was the key point so that the occasions did not resist in any moment. It had not happened a minute of the party when a wall between Pedri and Raphinha left to the Brazilian in a position inmejorable to define, but erró in the last touch. Lewandowski Tested a second afterwards with a shot that taponó Beautiful 'in extremis'.
The culés imposed the rhythm to leave 'KO' to an Athletic that was suffering in the sides and that did not know how surpass the pressure of the venues. His only clear approach cleared it, in the line, Ronald Araújo. Dand rest, saw to move the balloon of a side to another without having how react and seeing surpassed even when had superiority of players in his area. They were not able to detect the movements of the attackers neither much less of Pedri, the one who better was understanding what needed the party.
The goal was question of time. The Athletic was not able to sustain to the Barça and Joao Félix, doing cost the law of the ex, opened the marker to the half hour of party. After a big played collective -led by Pedri-, Raphinha filtered a balloon so that Joao Félix commanded a big finish, with touch subtle, to surpass to Jan Oblak when it went out. It was when the ones of the 'Cholo' Simeone reacted in research of the tie: Beautiful sent a finish, crusader, without success.
Bajón Of rhythm without 'consequences' for the Barça
In the resumption, the script was the same. The Catalans established the disorder in the Atleti costing of the swift circulation of the balloon. It was a knot that did not know to disarm the visitors, but that the Barça neither knew how sentence. They played with the danger of the 1-0 and with the possibility that, by inertia, his rival woke up. Raphinha Had a very clear occasion with a finish that it crashed in the stick 'in extremis'. The superiority kept , but were playing with fire. And the 'Cholo' Simeone did corrections.
Antoine Griezmann wanted to mark the difference after a contragolpe that finish with a pass filtered to Samu Lino for the '7'. His shot, that finish being very forced in front of the 'discomfort' of Araújo, crashed in the right side. Shortly after it was Álvaro Morata the one who almost puts the tie, after a lateral centre that touched Iñaki Crag. It hunted the ex of the Real Madrid and, instead of finishing at first, controlled and took more than the account.
Of the carividencia of the first part, remained very few retazos with the advance of the minutes. To the culés was costing them more than the account, except an occasion in which it fails estrépitosamente Koundé in the pass, although the rojiblancos did not have a lot of arguments to be able to put the tables on the marker. They were not hit, any of the two, but at least to the Barça him 'reached' to add three points importantísimos that allow him remain with the third square of LaLiga.
Technical index card of the party: FC Barcelona 1-0 Athletic of Madrid
- FC Barcelona: Iñaki Crag; Araujo, Koundé, Iñigo, Cancel; Of Jong, Gündogan, Pedri; Joao Félix (min. 77, Lamine), Raphinha (min. 77, Ferran) and Lewandowski.
- Athletic of Madrid: Oblak; Nahuel Molina, Giménez, Witsel, Beautiful, Riquelme; Koke, Of Paul, Llorente; Morata and Griezmann.
- Referee: Sánchez Martínez.
- Incidences: corresponding Party to the day 15 of LaLiga 2023-2024.
- Goals of the party: 1-0, Joao Félix (min. 28)
News stood out of the FC Barcelona vs Athletic of Madrid
- Next party: FC Barcelona vs Girona (Day 16, LaLiga EA SPORTS 2023-2024).
- Video summary: FC Barcelona 1 Athletic of Madrid 0. Day 15 of LaLiga 2023-2024.