BARÇA MISSED HIS 'PUNCH'
Two sticks of Luis Suárez and Rafinha could change the Athletic-Barça
Published:17/08/2019 - 00:02h
Updated:17/08/2019 - 00:02h
FC Barcelona was defeated this Friday in San Mamés (1-0), but they could have won the match in the case to be more precise. Luis Suárez and Rafinha shot to the stick, and Rakitic had very near the goal
The Barça could not carry the three points of Saint Mamés (1-0) this Friday, but was not because it did not have of clear occasions for this. Although it is true that Iñaki Williams put the fear in the body in the first-half with two chutazos that were cleared by Ter Stegen, the Barça also could drill the goal of Unai Simón in the first time.
Luis Suárez shot to the just stick before being substituted, after a defensive error of the Athletic that by little paid expensive. It went in Rafinha Alcántara, and to the edge of the rest starred a shot that touched in the crossbar after a big stop of the Basque archer. Already in the second time, Rakitic could mark after remaining him a frank balloon in the aledaños of the area, although his shot left high.
And Rafinha Alcántara, that went the most active player of the FC Barcelona in attack, went back to have of a clear occasion with a shot that was diverted to corner by the defenders of the Athletic. The Hispanic-Brazilian left of two players with a magic dribbling in a baldosa, but his shot did not find the contrary goal and the Barça remained to zero.
Bad fortune for a Barcelona that, although no carburó as it expected in Saint Mamés, could have left perfectly with the marker in favour, as long as it had had something more than precision to the hour to define. The Athletic replegó defensivamente in the second half and looked for the contragolpes and the played to unemployed balloon, something that gave him result to the edge of the discount.
Griezmann Neither convinced in Saint Mamés
At the end, the ones of Valverde fell after a party something trabado, but also showy in distinct moments and with opportunities very clear to mark by part of the two teams. The best news for the culés was the performance of Rafinha Alcántara, and the worst without place to doubts the injury of Luis Suárez -to the margin of the result-. Although it neither convinced the party of Antoine Griezmann, the one who still needs more time of adaptation.
To the French cost him understand with Jordi Alba in the left band, and was too static in his offensive movements and of split. It shot in occasions explained, but always without generating a big danger. The aim is that the French, that has arrived to the Barcelona with the vitola of star and with a big pressure on his shoulders, go destapándose and luciendo his quality with the step of the days. The Barça, without Messi and Suárez, needs him more than ever.