Barça is packed in LaLiga with Messi as the top scorer: 21 goals. That nightmare of Carranza in December has become a fantasy after overwhelming Huesca. With the bottom down, the leadership is no longer an impossible goal because with 11 days left to finish the championship, the Barcelona team is four points behind Atlético. He has not lost since December, when he was stunned in Cádiz, and has 11 victories in 12 games, undefeated in 2021. Although the trajectory invites optimism, Koeman speaks like Simeone, not even because of the closeness of the two teams, and fights the delusions of greatness with an exercise in realism. “You have to go game by game; Today the sun rises and tomorrow it may rain ”, assures the Barcelona coach.
It is therefore not surprising that Koeman had the same line-up against Huesca as against PSG. Perhaps it was the best way not to detract from the last of LaLiga. It is also an unequivocal way of proclaiming that he has no doubts when the decisive phase of the season begins, which also includes a Cup final. The Camp Nou game, however, had nothing to do with the one in the Parc des Princes. The Catalans played without tension and also without any hurry, little demanded by the boys of Pacheta, who reinforced their containment system with Doumbia in Seoane's position. Barça's sufficiency was endorsed when Messi contacted the ball after receiving from Busquets, enabled by Mingueza's anticipation.
BarcelonaTer Stegen, Clement Lenglet, Óscar Mingueza, Frenkie De Jong (Ronald Araújo, min. 62) ), Sergiño Dest (Moriba Kourouma, min. 68), Alba, Pedri (Ricard Puig, min. 84), Busquets, Messi, Griezmann (Trincão, min. 68) and Ousmane Dembélé (Braithwaite, min. 84) HuescaÁlvaro Fernández, Insúa (Vavro, min. 77), Pulido, Javi Galán, Siovas, Pablo Maffeo (Pedro López, min. 77), Idrissa Doumbia (Jaime Seoane, min. 59), Mikel Rico, Ferreiro (Javi Ontiveros, min. 77) , Dani Escriche (Sergio Gómez, min. 59) and Rafa Mir Goles1-0 min. 12: Messi. 2-0 min. 34: Griezmann. 2-1 min. 48: Rafa Mir. 3-1 min. 52: Oscar Mingueza. 4-1 min. 89: Messi. Referee Adrián Cordero Vega Yellow cards Dani Escriche (min. 47) and Insúa (min. 59)
Messi's play was precious from the beginning to the end, for the fan and the viewer to recreate, for the control oriented to get around Pulido, for the driving with which he eliminated Siovas and for the screw shot that was impossible for Álvaro. The ball entered the right-hand corner and hit the crossbar twice, as if it were ringing, to celebrate Rosario's 20th goal – a figure he has reached for the 13th consecutive season – the day that equaled Xavi as the player with the most games played with the Zamarra. Barça: 767. The definition was so poetic that it provoked the envy of Griezmann, sterile in the last 9 games: the Frenchman's kick from outside the area was equally beautiful and he also entered from the right angle of Huesca's goal.
A penalty without VAR
The goals embellished a relaxing game for Barça. Although there was no depth, the Catalans comfortably governed the game with De Jong's deployment and aimed well at Álvaro – there was a shot at the crossbar by Jordi Alba. Barça's placidity ended when the first half was over and the referee whistled a surprising penalty from Ter Stegen to Rafa Mir. The goalkeeper stretched out his hand while the leather left the field and the referee interpreted that he contacted the Huesca striker. Rafa Mir himself transformed the shot from eleven meters to the anger of Koeman, the protests of Messi and the silence of the VAR. The action forced Barça to extreme defensive vigilance, previously neglected in a clear arrival of Maffeo, only against Ter Stegen.
The penalty for a moment conditioned the game and also the referee in an easy match to whistle until 2-1 . The initial script, however, was recovered very soon, at the exit of a corner thrown short, when Messi crossed and Mingueza headed in the small area, poorly defended by the rear of Huesca, a team that allowed Barça to play and regulate . The Catalans surrendered to a not very serious round trip and that consequently led to some frank arrival of Huesca and the auctions of the omnipresent Rafa Mir, who forgave the 3-2. There was no rigor in Barcelona football, barely the full-backs participated and neither did the ambush Dembélé unbalance.
The ball fluttered without fluency around Messi and from time to time it fired on the Barca court due to the imbalances of Koeman's rear. The losses of the ball followed one another, the defense shivered and the montoneras were repeated against Ter Stegen. The screams of Koeman, outraged by his footballers, echoed in the empty Camp Nou. There was a moment when it seemed that there were only two lucid players at Barça: Pedri and Messi. The Canarian and the Argentine never ignore the game, even when it is recreational, as happened with Huesca. The tone even caused Riqui Puig to leave. The midfielder helped the ball return to the Huesca court and Messi, beginning and end, scored the fourth goal with a left-footed shot from outside the area that hit Pulido's boot.
Messi's goals and the result cheer up Barcelona. To look at the classification in the same way that the tone of the meeting forces to contain the euphoria if one takes into account that the Real awaits on Sunday in Anoeta. “You have to go game by game” recalls Koeman.
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