A goal from Nico makes it possible to recover a triumph that was slipping away with Elche’s meteoric draw, which equalized 2-0 in two minutes
Jutglà, the new rookie nine, opened the victory and Gavi was placed as the third youngest to score
Barça opened 2021 against Athletic Bilbao winning (2-1) with goals from Messi and Griezmann – Dembélé accompanied them – and closed the year beating Elche with similar difficulties (3-2) and so many signed by Ferran Jutglà, Gavi and Nico. The year was started by Ronald Koeman and ended by Xavi Hernández. It was chaired by Carles Tusquets and was recovered by Joan Laporta. The team still wears Barça, a detail to underpin that it is the same club.
Dembélé was the companion of the disappeared stars then and the older brother of the children now, as a connecting link of the transformation that Barça is operating, not yet concluded, far from it. Dembélé is still the third in everything when he is on the pitch, which happens rarely. His lack of perseverance and resolution slows his greater notoriety and even young people are eating the ground. Also Abde, who did not score, and who has a dribbling as dizzying and unstoppable as his, and has the benefit of youth.
The early goals of Jutglà and Gavi in 20 minutes announced a tremendous afternoon. For the unusual in this time of hardship. There is nothing that marked a 22-year-old nine in his debut as a starter at Barça (he played added time in Pamplona) and the 17-year-old boy who astonishes the world, Gavi, who slipped between Bojan and Messi to rank third in the ranking of Barça’s youngest scorers of all time in the League. Despite not being a forward, although he served as such in the third goal, placed by Xavi to deploy from false nine in a formidable performance from all points of view.
It was not the wonderful afternoon that he signed up before dark because the team is very fair, very fair, and tied the victory after giving it away by conceding two goals in a plisplás. He recovered the points he was giving thanks to Nico and a fiery shot of rage to offer a farewell that sweetens the festivities, although Tuesday’s game in Seville is pending.
Ter Stegen does not help
The enthusiasm and freshness of youth has the counterpoint of inexperience. The team did not know how to manage three goals ahead in Vigo and did not feel safe with two goals over Elche. He allowed himself to be tied with greater speed than with the one that placed the 2-0: they scored two goals in two minutes. In very similar plays that dislodged the defense with astonishing ease, depressing because of the frequency with which it is repeated. An unsolvable mystery for Xavi who cannot fasten the rear no matter who plays.
The team does not find help or in one of its most reliable lifesavers, which was Ter Stegen with the escaped stars but who does not give the children a hand to prevent the goals conceded from piling up. He failed in the first and was slow in the second to cross the goal from stick to stick when all his teammates had come to the first stick, clouded by the lure of the ball, leaving Pere Milla alone in the second to head on the plate.
Without knowing how to be
The team does not know how to be in the good when it wins and less in the bad, unable to overcome each setback. The team interprets them with the dimension of irreparable disaster and loses their composure at the moment. Serve as a symbolic and silly example that two players (Busquets and Nico) collided with each other when going to look for the same ball in the maximum stress phase when the shed was sinking.
In the same way that the players threw themselves like wolves in each lost ball, which left liters of sweat unmarked in depth to generate spaces for others even knowing that they were not going to receive the ball, they also knew how to manage the final stretch of the game somewhat better. , once the lead on the scoreboard has been recovered: the last, the only, parameter that will judge them.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (4); Araujo (5), Eric (6), Lenglet (5), Alba (6); F. de Jong (5), Busquets (6), Gavi (9); Dembélé (6), Jutglà (8), Abde (7).
Technician: Xavi Hernández (7).
Changes: Nico (8) for Jutglà (d. 72); Riqui Puig (6) by F. de Jong (d. 76); Bucket (sc) by Abde (m. 88).
Elche: Badia (7); Palacios (5), Roco (4), Diego González (4), Mojica (7); Marcone (5), Mascarell (5); Josan () 5, Boye (7), Fidel (6); Lucas (7).
Technician: Francisco J. Rodríguez (6).
Changes: Morente (7) for Josan (m. 46); Gumbau (6) by Marcone (m. 46); Mile (7) by Fidel (m. 60); Guti (5) by Mascarell (m. 60); Josema (sc) by Mojica (m. 83).
Goals: 1-0 (m. 16), Jutglà combs a corner 2-0 (m. 19), Gavi advances alone and shoots close to the post, 2-1 (m. 62) Morente unleashes a cross shot; 2-2 (m. 63), Milla heads only in plank. 3-2 (m. 85), Nico shoots furiously after an assist from Gavi
Referee: Alberola Rojas (4), Castilian-La Mancha.
Cards: Francisco, Milla, Gumbau, Eric, Roco.
Stadium: Camp Nou.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.