In the absence of forwards, the defenders and the goalkeeper prevailed in a match resolved by Pedri’s ingenuity. The interior goal was a blessing for the long-suffering and effective Barça. The Barca leadership can ultimately be explained by the 13 games in which they have not conceded a goal, thanks above all to Ter Stegen, also superb against Getafe. The Catalans played poorly, also penalized by the absences of the suspended Lewandowski and Araujo and Frenkie de Jong, both with discomfort and reserved for Wednesday’s Cup match against Real. The calendar forces them to manage the resources after confirming the fatigue and the blackout of Barça on their return to the Camp Nou.
Ter Stegen, Alex Balde (Alba, min. 45), Sergi Roberto (Marcos Alonso, min. 77), A. Christensen (Eric Garcia, min. 45), Koundé, Pedri, Busquets, Gavi, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembélé and Raphinha (Kessié Franck, min. 62)
David Soria, Djene, Domingos Duarte, Omar Alderete, Damián Suárez, Juan Iglesias (Gastón Álvarez, min. 84), Mayoral (Portu, min. 77), Ángel Algobia (Gonzalo Villar, min. 62), Luis Milla (Jaime Seoane , min. 84), Aleñá and Enes Ünal (Juan Latasa, min. 84)
goals 1-0 min. 34: Peter.
Referee Javier Iglesias Villanueva
Yellow cards Omar Alderete (min. 44), Ousmane Dembélé (min. 67) and Enes Ünal (min. 81)
The match was planned as a duel between the Getafe defense and the Barcelona attack. The results do not correspond to the list of footballers assembled by Quique Sánchez Flores. Not only does he protect his area very well, but he has midfielders with very good footing and his forwards are intimidating, especially Enes Ünal. Getafe was an impenetrable and agile team in transitions for a long time at the Camp Nou. The three center-backs and the two full-backs arranged by the Madrid coach bored the wingers and the center forward lined up by Xavi.
Raphinha and Dembélé exchanged their positions without finding Soria’s goal and there was no way for Ansu Fati to come into play. Barça was a team that was as dynamic as it was imprecise in its preparation, lacking patience and depth, plenty of spirit and, on the other hand, lacking in football, permeable when they lost the ball and facilitated Getafe’s counter. The blaugrana, however, never gave up, but rather kept up the pace to score from pressure and recovery, as happened against Madrid in the Super Cup.
The goal came when Getafe was leaving their field and became disorganized defensively after good anticipation from Christensen. The Dane played for Raphinha and the Brazilian’s cross was finished off by Pedri. The man from Tenerife has gotten used to arriving frequently from the second line, luckily for Barcelona. Pedri was as fine in the Soria area as he was erratic later on the Barça field when he assisted Borja Mayoral. The bad touch of the canary left the Getafe forward alone in front of the Barça goalkeeper. Ter Stegen’s right arm avoided the tie with a very repeated intervention in the League.
The Barca goalkeeper was always firm and resolute, regardless of whether the play was valid or would end up being annulled for offside to the despair of the Camp Nou fans. Getafe’s arrivals were as frequent as they were clear due to the lack of adjustments in Barcelona’s containment system. The contest progressively declined from the Barça side to the point that the fans evoked performances that caused solemn disappointment, such as the draw with Espanyol in the last game played at the Camp Nou. The Barça challenge was to show that the team had corrected itself after winning the Super Cup.
bad second half
Although the score was different, Barça was once again the Barça before the one that beat Madrid. With a lack of spaces, the match got tangled up in a bad way, to the point that Dembélé could be sent off for a tackle on Alderete’s ankle. The referee was lenient with a Barça that was already playing at that time with a fourth midfielder like Kessié. Getafe, on the other hand, stretched, pressed and cheered, getting closer to Ter Stegen. Mayoral narrowly missed a shot while Xavi kept playing with his defenders on the substitution wheel, finished off with the entry of Marcos Alonso. Soria’s goal was still very far away for Barça, entrusted to Gavi and lacking forwards and midfielders who know how to keep the ball.
The spotlights fell on Ansu from start to finish and there was no news of a striker who works better as a substitute-revulsive than as a starter-substitute for Lewandowski. The only one who appeared for a couple of moments during a very bad second half was Dembélé. The French winger enabled Kessié and Ansu without success. Ter Stegen’s Barça was lucky, who caught Larasa’s header on the last play of the match, when the blaugrana people I kept looking at my watch, confused because I couldn’t see Barça, champion of the Super Cup.
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