FC Barcelona offered themselves another victory on Thursday night, on grounds which are generally hostile to them. The Blaugranas, even outnumbered, were almost imperial against Celta de Vigo (0-3).
This is only the second release of the FC Barcelona this season, but Ronald Koeman’s version of this team may see the socios looking ahead to much better days than those in recent months. The dying game under Ernesto Valverde or Quique Setien seems forgotten. As proof, Thursday evening, in a staggered match of the 4th day de Liga, the Catalans managed to win over Balaidos, the stronghold of Celta de Vigo (0-3).
Coutinho and Fati essential
These last years, Lionel messi and others have rarely been to the wedding in Galicia, a sign that this 2020-2021 season may well be one of renewal. With the ghost Philippe Coutinho renewed, just like Ansu fati or Antoine Griezmann, Barça quickly took matters in hand, despite delicate atmospheric conditions, between rain and wind. And quickly, the little 17-year-old prodigy, already decisive against Villarreal (4-0), concludes while mastering an offering of the Brazilian metronome.
Griezmann not at the level
These two are already determining in the Koeman system, their influence unfortunately contrasting with the shouting lack of success of “Grizi”. Once again, the Habs international has shown himself willing and available, but below his teammates technically. Exiled on the right side, the former strikerAtlético de Madrid is not very useful, and could quickly be endangered by Ousmane Dembele or Francisco Trincao.
Barca’s defense did not concede a goal
To make matters worse, the Habs came out just before the break, indirect victim of the expulsion of their compatriot Clement Lenglet (42nd) to allow a tactical readjustment of the Blaugranas. But this shorthandedness did not even allow Celta to put FC Barcelona in real danger, even as Neto’s stakes trembled. And on a breakthrough from Leo Messi, Lucas olaza sent the leather in his own nets (0-2, 51st). The Galicians will not rise again, and Sergi Roberto will drive the point home later (0-3, 90th + 5), as the Catalans still have not conceded a goal before hosting the Sevilla FC next Sunday at Camp Nou.
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