In the Catalan capital, the atmosphere has recently increased again in intensity. After a string of defeats, Ronald Koeman lost his job at the Camp Nou, in which case he spilled the cup of bitterness by defeating newcomer Primera – Rayo Vallecano. In Saturday’s match against Alaves, interim coach Serge Barguan sat on the bench in the Blaugrana, but everyone in Barcelona is hoping that Xavi Hernandez will officially take the helm of the squad in the coming days.
Before that can happen, Barcelona have to recover from the first division, and on Saturday night, Deportivo Alaves came to the Camp Nou, after a disastrous start, and recently scored two consecutive wins that allowed the team to move out of the relegation zone. After victories over Cadiz and Elche, Alaves had hoped to produce a surprise against the troubled side from Catalonia.
On the pitch, Barcelona’s advantage emerged quickly as they wanted to erase the stigma after their recent disastrous performance at any cost. Memphis Depay led the host team’s attacks, but Deportivo goalkeeper Antonio Severa was not forced to intervene. In the 18th minute, after Depay’s cross, Eric Garcia grabbed the ball from a corner kick, but Severa defended his header.
In the 22nd minute, Barcelona accelerated their pace, exchanging a few passes from the first ball and there was more room in front of Deportivo’s goal. Sergio Aguero tried his luck from a distance but was unsuccessful.
Barcelona had a visual advantage, but couldn’t seriously threaten the Basque Country’s goal. In addition, Sergio Aguero left the field in the 40th minute due to injury. Until the break, Barcelona could not recover from a much lower ranked opponent.
After the break, Depay took matters into his own hands. In the 48th minute, the Dutchman received a pass in front of the Deportivo penalty area and opened the match with a strong kick.
The hosts enjoyed the lead for only four minutes. And ended the first foray of players from Alaves to Barcelona’s goal with a goal. The defense of the Catalans was completely crushed by Joselo and Luis Rioga, who ran to the “sixteen” at full range, passed Marc-Andre ter Stegina and sent the ball into the empty goal.
In the 58th minute, the hit this time was Jaffe, who bypassed three Deportivo defenders and played with Dibaya, but his “undermining” hit the post. After a moment, Nico Gonzalez served Dipaya well, but this time the Dutchman missed an excellent opportunity.
In the 70th minute, Blaugrana lost another important player. This time Gerard Pique left the field with a painful expression on his face.
Barcelona’s attack, he had a visual advantage, but efficiency failed again in the decisive moments. The Blaugrana players once again bid farewell to the terrible whistles at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona – Deportivo Alaves 1:1 (0:0)
Objectives: Memphis Depay (48.), Luis Rioja (52.)
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