Everything remains the same at the Camp Nou, where Barcelona does not raise its head for many inventions that are tested. The Blaugrana team failed again at the Camp Nou where it did not go from a draw to one against Alavés, which penalized a new defensive error by a Barça that is still without a tusk and that needs a more drastic change than the relief on the bench.
Whoever wants miracles to go to Lourdes, but not ask Sergi Barjuan, that he has landed in an emergency situation that became an emergency when the day before the game he saw that he could not count on Ansu, or Sergi Roberto, or Ansu, or De Jong and that at the end of the first half he lost to Kun Agüero. Then to Piqué.
Against Alavés, Barça from the outset – make no mistake – was more of the same as with Koeman: a lot of possession, a lot of commitment from the youngsters and little punch. It is clear that in two days and with the casualties he had, Sergi could not change many things, which leads us to deduce that it’s a players problem, to those who do not care who trains them, because they continue to play the same. At least for now … until the new boss arrives.
At Barça, those who were bad are still bad and those who try, no one follows them. Summarizing, Nico and Gavi pull the car so that nothing useful happens later. Barça’s dominance at the start is only expressed in corner kicks. Barça throws sacks, pallets, trucks, containers of corners that do not end in anything. At most, in the first half against Alavés, Eric forced Sivera to make a great save. It was the only approach of the barcelonistas in the first half that had its most outstanding actions in the injury of Ximo Navarro, the ailment of Kun Agüero that alarmed the Camp Nou and the collision of Edgar Méndez with the assistant. This last action was the one that had the most fun to the very scarce public that attended the Camp Nou (only 37,278 spectators). To give you an idea of what the first half was like.
That Sergi Barjuan has arrived as an interim and with the intention of playing few things was proven when Dest was seen as a winger and, especially, when after Kun’s departure, he opted to bring Coutinho into the field, who, no matter how international Brazilian he may be, was greeted with whistles after his first two turnovers, which by the way, coincided with the first two balls he touched.
With the game jammed up and Alavés losing time to the point that Sivera already saw a yellow card for this reason before the end of the first half, things came to life at the beginning of the second. But even in the exchange of blows, Barça did not know how to maintain the type either.
And that just starting out, Memphis scored a great goal with a spectacular thread from the front of the area that put Barça ahead. It seemed that the most difficult thing was done, but three minutes it took the Blaugrana defense to ruin the work of those in front. Rioja cut the axis of the local defense in collaboration with Joselu, Piqué and Eric to stand before Ter Stegen, dribble and tie the game.
After this blow, the Barça He tried to react hand in hand with the usual ones -Gavi and Nico- who served two goals sung to Memphis: the first went to the post and the second was avoided by the Alavés goalkeeper. Barça lived on two almost youthful kids.
In the absence of 20 minutes, Piqué was injured and asked for the change. Lenglet entered his place, because cAs Koeman would say “this is what there is” and in the same window Riqui entered for Gavi in a strange decision. If anyone deserved to leave the field, it was Coutinho.
In the last ten minutes, Alejandro Balde and Abde entered the field, making their debut, probably at the worst possible moment, without the ability to change a scenario that, for now, is still just as dark.
Martin Aguirregabiria (19 ‘, Ximo Navarro), Coutinho (41 ‘, Agüero), Pellistri (61 ‘, Edgar Méndez), Pineapple (61 ‘, Pere Pons), Clement Lenglet (69 ‘, Piqué), Ricard puig (69 ‘, Pablo Páez Gavira), Mamadou (79 ‘, Joselu), Manu garcia (79 ‘, Toni Moya), Alex Balde (79 ‘, Nico González), Abdessamad Ezzalzouli (79 ‘, Óscar Mingueza)
1-0, 48 ‘: Depay, 1-1, 51 ‘: Luis Rioja
Referee: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez
VAR Referee: César Soto Grado
Sivera (49 ‘, Yellow) Ruben Duarte (81 ‘, Yellow
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Miracles to Lourdes, not to Sergi