Once again, as happened in San Mamés, a magical outburst by Memphis Depay saved Barcelona, who beat Getafe 2-1 at the Camp Nou despite showing insecurity and failing to have the game under control at practically no time. . The Dutchman sentenced the three points with an astonishing play, but before that, Sergi Roberto had put Barça ahead for the first time as soon as the match started. Between the two local goals, the ex-Azulgrana Sandro Ramírez equalized the score.
Barça’s staging was devastating. Two minutes into the game had not yet been played when an aesthetic and effective combination play ended with a shot in the race by Sergi Roberto from inside the area against which David Soria could do nothing. Before the ball arrived free for the Reus midfielder, Ronald Araujo had started the play looking between the lines for Memphis, who gave the ball to Jordi Alba on the left wing so that, in the absence of Leo Messi appeared on the edge of the area, someone inside did it. Martin Braithwaite made an attempt to finish off his heel, but the glory went to the youth squad.
In the 19th minute, Barça came back to reality with a goal from the visitors who, to make matters worse, built two ex-blue grains. Sandro Ramírez and Carles Aleñà combined in the front of the area and the Canarian striker defined by low level against Ter Stegen, achieving the first goal in the Getafe League this season. Sandro had no qualms about celebrating the goal and the Camp Nou crowd reproached him with boos.
From then on, the game entered a spiral of conflicting actions that blocked the rhythm of the game and Ronald Koeman’s team did not find the light again until at minute 30 Memphis, which has already got into the pocket at the Barça fans, faced the area against Djené and Iglesias, made a bicycle and after faking twice he shot between the two defenders to make it 2-1.
Koeman still does not show that he knows the keys to ensure that this post-Messi Barça, without the possibility of making the necessary signings, can be reliable on a regular basis. Those who entered to protect the three points with 15 minutes remaining were the very young Nico González (19 years old) and Gavi (17), who debuted in an official match with the first team. Meanwhile, Riqui Puig did not warm up in the band.
With this defeat, Getafe still has not beaten at the Camp Nou in the 19 times they have visited it between the League and the Copa del Rey. And with his triumph, Barça prevents doubts from spilling over into the environment before the national team break. Surely the next game for the Catalans will be against Bayern Munich (if the postponement of the match against Sevilla is confirmed) at the Camp Nou. Big words.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.