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Barcelona has smiled again: five keys to a good moment in LaLiga Santander

The version that Barcelona offered in the 4-2 win against Atlético de Madrid this Sunday was much higher than that shown in the vast majority of the rest of the season’s games and the Barça fans were finally able to enjoy a full afternoon of happiness that can be a turning point after entering the access zone to the Champions League. Since the arrival of Xavi Hernández on the bench in November, there has been an evolution in the game of the Catalan team, but until now it had not been confirmed with results.

The four signings from the winter market against Atlético proved to be a great success by the director of the football area, Mateu Alemany, the return of some injured players such as Pedro González ‘Pedri’ is giving the team another speed and Xavi finally has a choice in the zone of attack, which is endorsed in an improvement of the scoring efficiency.

The five keys that have changed the face of Barça:

1. The improvement in scoring efficiency

The lack of goal has been one of the great evils that has harmed the Barça team in the first part of the course. On the other hand, against Atlético de Madrid, Barça converted the four shots on goal he had during the game into goals. In fact, the Catalan team had not scored four goals since the first day of the League, when they also beat Real Sociedad 4-2.

2. The four signings of the winter market

Dani Alves, Ferran Torres, Adama Traoré and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved to be a great success in their Camp Nou debut. The Brazilian winger scored the fourth goal and assisted the first, Adama overflowed again and again down the right wing and set up the second goal, and Ferran and ‘Auba’ were a nuisance for the ‘mattress’ defence.

3. Bench depth

For most of the season, Barça has had a very weak wardrobe due to injuries and has had to resort insistently to the players from the reserve team, who at many times have supported the team. But against Atlético, although he still has important casualties, there were footballers on the bench like ‘Aubameyang, Nico González and Sergiño Dest, who came on as a refresher.

4. More tactical variants with Alves

At the end of the match, Xavi explained in a press conference that one of the keys to winning the match against Atlético in midfield was the use of Dani Alves as an inside player in the construction of the game, which allowed him to go from 4-3 -3 initial to 3-5-2 in some phases of the match.

5. A more regular team

Barça has played 10 league games since Xavi’s arrival and has only lost one, on December 4 against Betis at the Camp Nou. Of the 30 possible points, they have added 21, just two less than the group that has achieved the most in this same stretch, Real Madrid.

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