The good feelings are transformed into results and it is the best news for the FC Barcelona. After what has seemed like an eternity, the Barça team beat a direct rival again and they do so by leaving a game (especially the first part) to get their hopes up and with which it is confirmed that the signings have indeed had an effect and that the The Barça team is in the process of being rebuilt thanks to Xavi Hernández. The Atletico Madrid He will continue with his ‘curse’ at the Camp Nou and Barça reaches fourth position in LaLiga Santander.
In the battle of styles that was talked about so much in the previous one, Xavi has won Simeone and attacking football, with control and pure dominance looking for an overflow with very open wingers. Barcelona showed themselves and, above all, felt superior against the ‘colchoneros’, despite the fact that they started behind on the scoreboard after a goal by Yannick Carrasco. Koke sent an unchecked pass to Luis Suárez, who first touched the area for Carrasco to make an appearance. The Belgian crossed the ball at the first touch and sent it out of Ter Stegen’s reach.
The Camp Nou was silent, but Barça’s response was immediate and dominance began to be evident and suffocating for the visitors. After control by Dani Alves, the Brazilian sent a cross to the far post, where Jordi Alba hooked a spectacular volley to sneak the ball through the top corner. Xavi’s men were advancing many lines and breaking the defense with a plugged-in Adama Traoré and through whom all the danger passed.
It was precisely the winger who ’caused’ the second goal. Adama faced Hermoso and won the game to leave a fair cross for Gavi to head into the net and put his team ahead on the scoreboard and bring calm to the Camp Nou. Barça was dominating and the feeling they were leaving was of feeling like a winner and capable of sinking an Atlético team that, although trying to generate football with a very incisive João Félix, was fatal in defense.
The azulgrana took advantage of the confusion and sought to extend the advantage in the electronic. Ferran Torres sent a powerful but wide shot, although he was in an irregular position when he received the pass from Alves. At the stroke of half-time, the Brazilian winger reappeared with a center from a set piece in the three-quarter zone that Gerard Piqué headed to the crossbar. In the rebound, Ferran finished loosely in a Chilean stocking, the ball was dead and Araújo appeared like a bullet to beat Jan Oblak from below.
Unlike previous FC Barcelona games, in which they ‘slept’ in the second half, in this one the story has been the opposite and the Catalans hit the table hard to make their intentions clear: they want to fight until the final in LaLiga and they have made it known to the current league champion.
Five minutes after the start of the second act, Frenkie de Jong hit the wall with Gavi on the left, with a cross from behind that Ferran Torres passed. Pedri didn’t make it, but Dani Alves did to pull out a rifle and hit a whip, almost at will, to make it 4-1 and lift the entire Camp Nou from their seats. However, Luis Suárez did not want the party to end like this and he ‘punished’ eight minutes later. A cross to the heart of the area, from the corner, was headed by Savic and then the ‘Gunman’ appeared to send it deep into the net.
Barça was losing too many meters and nerves, under pressure from Atlético de Madrid. With 20 minutes to go, Dani Alves stepped on Carrasco very hard and Gil Manzano sent him into the street with a red card. Atlético began to settle down and bother a Barça that seemed unhinged, but it was not suffering more than necessary. The good news is that Atlético were being their own enemy and, although they had a superiority of players, they were unable to put Ter Stegen to work in the final minutes.
Barça managed to sleep the match and is left with three very important points to say present in LaLiga. The azulgrana climb to fourth position in the championship, in Champions League positions, beating Atlético de Madrid. Xavi’s men already have 38 points, two more than the ‘mattress’ team. There is still a championship and the Catalans want to claim back!
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In the run-up to the league game, the Barcelona coach, Xavi Hernández, explained that the club has decided that “Dembélé is part of the squad” after entering the squad to face Atlético de Madrid, despite not having renewed or accepted a departure during this winter market, which meant that he was not called up against Athletic Club and Alavés.
“We have all met and made this decision. We can’t shoot ourselves in the foot. Ousmane can help us. He has been a good professional both when he has played and when he has not been summoned. We will use it when I see fit.” added the Barça coach at the press conference prior to this Sunday’s game.
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Asked if the French footballer could be received negatively by the Camp Nou, Xavi replied that he understands that “The ‘cule’ fans may be hurt by the situation”. But wait “Let the ranks close and the team be encouraged, also Dembélé”.
On the offensive plot, Barça will also have the news of Adama Traoré and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the last two signings of this winter market.
“Adama and Aubameyang are in good physical condition, although perhaps Adama is a little better, because ‘Auba’ recently passed the covid”, Xavi reported.
In addition, the Barça coach praised the work done by the club during the winter market, in which Ferran Torres and Dani Alves also arrived: “The club has done a great job, both Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff and the president. The circumstances were not easy due to the ‘fair play’, and the signings make the team stronger. I am happy”.