FC Barcelona players celebrate Gündogan's goal against Alavés


Xavi found the 'key' in the center of the field, releasing Pedri and Gündogan

Published:4/02/2024 - 09:02h

Updated:5/02/2024 - 11:07h

Xavi Hernández tried Andreas Christensen as a pivot against Alavés, an adjustment that ended up 'freeing' Ílkay Gündogan, Frenkie de Jong and, mainly, Pedri. The Canary Islander stood out as an interior on the left, giving more depth to the team

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The victory of the FC Barcelona in front of the Alavés (1-3) left very good feelings in offensive for the Barcelona group. Further of the already usual distractions backwards and the goal conceded, Xavi Hernández left satisfied of the Mendizorroza after testing with Andreas Christensen like defensive pivote. The presence of the Danish no only gave to the team a safer exit, but it also freed to his trident of the centre of the field.

So much Frenkie of Jong as, mainly, Ílkay Gündogan and Pedri, had greater freedom to install in contrary field and create danger in the rival area. The Canarian recostó by left in front of the absences of Ferran Torres and Joao Félix, whereas the international German returned to the position where better surrendered the past season in the Manchester City, like mediapunta and with freedom to move by all the front of the area.

In the first part, the Pole opened the marker taking advantage of a pass filtered of Gündo in the first action of danger of the Barça. In the complement, the one of Gelsenkirchen took advantage of a pass hammered of Pedri to convert of volley, completing a big performance in which, besides, had a lot visited to give a hand in the recovery. The own did Frenkie, very active like mixed steering wheel, improving the circulation of balloon of a Barça that, in the so much of Vitor Roque, administered of wonder a long possession.

Xavi can have given with the 'key' for the rest of the season

Although it treated of an adjust forced by the drops, the explain again with a defensive pivote can be the answer for a Barça that, to base of hit and good game, can recover the regularity in spite of the defensive fragility. With Christensen as '5', the team can recover the stray balance, something that neither Oriol Romeu neither Sergi Roberto were able to attain up to now.

The own Xavi recognised the importance of the Danish to win in Vitoria. "We have been very well with balloon. Andreas has the capacity to play inside. It has been comfortable. It has been aggressive. It has not lost balloon. It was slope of the surveillances. We have been well in the transitions. It has given us discipline. He is very competitive, always is attentive, is a defence but with his technical capacity can play inside", argued the egarense.

In this sense, the technician culé valued the possibility to populate again the centre of the field, a characteristic that the team lost from the injury of Gavi. "Christensen is always concentrated. It is an option. It does time that test him in the trainings inside. With ball gives fluidity and is good defence. It is a tarpaulin and he has found comfortable", puntualizó.

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