They had made a video for him at Barça Lionel messi to commemorate that equaled the record of 767 Xavi games and he wanted to earn the bombastic praise of his peers. Nothing they haven’t ever heard. You know: _ talent, unique, unrepeatable, stellar, legend, out of the ordinary, genius, spectacular, magical, unequaled, the best, special …
Messi gave himself a couple of goals, 660 and 661, a figure, this one, incomparable, to celebrate the anniversary. He could not have had greater satisfaction that his Barça added the victory and placed himself at four points or greater tribute that someone, right there, tried to copy him. A colleague who in his day believed himself worthy to sit at your table. Griezmann’s left foot was comparable to Messi’s, if not better. A newcomer like Óscar Mingueza wanted to collaborate on such an important night to score his first goal as a professional.
Laporta in the box
Match 767 equaled Leo with Xavi, but the amount of goals will be unmatched. There will be addenda to the captain’s statistics this season and who knows if in the following. It depends on who wants to renew. It is in his hands and in those of the new president, Joan Laporta, who sat in the box next to Carles Tusquets, the manager’s accidental one and who would have transferred him in August, if it had been possible, to raise money. There was also the new CEO (Ferran Reverter) along with the current and soon to disappear, Òscar Grau, with whom he will discuss the fine print of the future contract. The changing of the guard was staged in the noble area, crowded like no other day, with five new visiting managers accompanied by Mateu Alemany, another relevant Laporta executive.
The important thing, however, was cooked on the lawn. And down there, nothing has changed. It cost Barça a lot to generate a game, stuck in front of the crowd that gathered Pacheta. The ball did not travel with enough speed to move the Huescans out of place and cause the opening of spaces. The auctions fell by dropper, more slowly than in Paris. And that Koeman presented to the same eleven as in the Park of the Princes. Nothing was the same, although that was the initial claim of the coach. Starting with the intensity of yours.
Leo shoots first
On Wednesday they needed four goals. Before him Huesca One was enough, and as Messi shot instead of Dembélé, the goal was soon accomplished and the team relaxed. At least Koeman has been paid attention to shooting from outside the area, an art of which the current coach was a specialist. Three of the four last night, plus the one from Paris (Messi) and the second from Pamplona (Moriba) were with long shots.
Pacheta opposed a scheme similar to Koeman’s, at least in its defensive configuration: with three centrals both. But at Barça the three made up the defenders (one was the boring De Jong), while Huesca had five, since the two full-backs were waiting for Dest and Alba. Of course, all his men would shoot out if they managed to pass the first Barcelona pressure barrier.
The unspeakable penalty kicks that closed the first half opened expectations for the eleven visitor, who had only won one of their 13 league excursions. In a way they were fictitious, as much as the decision made by the referee and the VAR, Melero López, to find a penalty in nowhere.
The goal by Mingueza It seemed that it would be a deterrent for the visitors, but immediately Huesca threw another counterattack and Mir missed a very clear opportunity. In other words, he was not going to give up, and if Barça has a League left to aspire to be champion, Huesca still has a League to save itself.
The game had not just ended, with Koeman stirring restlessly in the technical area, excited from the penalty. The changes in the equipment and in the drawing revealed his restlessness, a state that only manages to appease Messi.
MATCH SHEETBarcelona: Ter Stegen (6); Mingueza (8), De Jong (6), Lenglet (6); Dest (5), Busquets (7), Pedri (6), Alba (6); Messi (9), Griezmann (6); Dembélé (5).
Technical: Ronald Koeman (6).
Changes: Araujo (6) by De Jong (d. 61); Moriba (5) fear Dest (m. 68); Trincas (4) by Griezmann (m. 68); Braithwaite (sc) by Dembélé (d. 84); Riqui Puig (sc) for Pedri (m. 84).
Huesca: Álvaro (6); Maffeo (7), Pulido (6), Siovas (5), Insua (5), Galán (5); Ferreiro (5), Doumbia (4), Mikel Rico (5); Escriche (6), Rafa Mir (7).
Technical: José Rojo, ‘Pacheta’ (6).
Changes: Seoane (6) from Doumbia (d. 60); Sergio Gómez (5) from Escriche (c. 60); Ontiveros (sc) de Ferreiro (c. 77); Pedro López (sc) by Maffeo (d. 77); Vavro (sc) by Insua (m. 77).
Goals: 1-0 (m. 13), Messi connects a whiplash from outside the area. 2-0 (m. 35), Griezmann released a left-footed shot also from outside the area. 2-1 (m. 45), Rafa Mir transforms a penalty. 3-1 (m. 53), Mingueza heads a Messi cross from a short corner. 4-1 (m. 89), Messi goes inside and shoots from afar.
Referee: Cordero Vega (3), Cantabrian.
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Cards: Escriche (d. 48), Insua (d. 61),
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.