Dest, during the match against Real. Alvaro Barrientos / A
P Laughed, raised his eyebrows, received hugs and laughed again Sergiño Dest after scoring his second goal against Real, a surprise guest in front of the rival goal in the Barça feast. And if the smile escaped him, it is because the goal came in a fluke, after putting his leg to a punt from Zubimendi. But he was in the rival area and he came by surprise as he also did in the first goal, then endorsed by Messi. Success for the player and also for Koeman, who since he installed 3-5-2 has uncorked the best of his lanes and of Barça. "The coach has hit the key", acknowledged Griezmann.
"With this system I have more space and I am more protagonist. I am very comfortable. I want to have continuity and for the team to continue like this ”, Dest resolved. "This drawing gives depth to the sides and we have taken advantage of it", added Koeman , who expanded: "It also helps us to press better. We had quality with the ball, but we have improved without the ball. Although it is a risky system because we press from the first minute and we play a lot one against one, so each failure in defense can cost a goal ”. But this is how the best Barça of the year has been found, as Real well confirmed. "This is a demonstration that we are going for everything," said the Dutchman.
"We had a great game. We have dominated and we have had great effectiveness. And after the goal, when the gaps were opened up a bit, we punished them, ”Koeman agreed proudly, also happy because the team offered him the best of gifts for his 58th birthday. A date that, coincidentally, he shares with Alba (32) and Griezmann (30) , who added: "We have gone to the top and we have scored on the first occasions, which is always difficult for us." Although almost everyone at Barça has savored the honeys of the goal, as there are already 18 different players to score. “Here everyone scores a goal. We are a group and only in this way can great things be achieved ”, resolved Griezmann.
A blow for the Donostiarras before the final against Athletic
Bailiff decided by surprise to give up all initiative to Barcelona with a low retreat, only broken when Barça served from the bottom line. A timid strategy for a team that is used to governing with the ball at its feet, jauja for this Barça that plays better with each game without forgetting to run. And he made six points. “I cannot blame the players for anything. If anyone is to blame for the six goals, it is me, "said Alguacil, Real's coach. “It was not our best game. They have surpassed us and we have to learn from this as well. We have to keep working to get to the next game as well as possible, ”added Oyarzabal with a quiet voice and a crooked gesture, annoyed beyond measure. But the next duel is not just any match. After the national team break, Real will fight Athletic in the Cup final. Although it is the previous year, postponed due to the pandemic and set for April 3. The setting – like the final of this course between Barcelona and Athletic on April 14 – will be at La Cartuja in Seville. The Sheriff's team must be corrected because a recognizable Real was not seen, especially in the final bars, when the players lowered their heads. "With the result and the bad feeling we had in the field … Well, normal, right?", Explained Oyarzabal; "They have been more successful, superior and nobody likes to lose and less so". Bailiff added: “Every chance they had, it was a goal. So it is difficult to get a hand ”. Although Oyarzabal expanded: “Football, for better or for worse, gives you a chance every little bit. And in a few days we have a very important game. Now we will be hurt, but we will learn and reach the final in the best possible conditions. ”
After losing to Cádiz (December 5), when it seemed to be undone before time, Barça have nine consecutive away wins in LaLiga. Along the way were Valladolid (0-3), Osasuna (0-2), Sevilla (0-2), Betis (2-3), Elche (0-2), Granada (0-4), Athletic (2 -3), Huesca (0-1) and now La Real (1-6). “Winning was the only way to fight for the League. It will be a fight until the last game ”. In any case, Koeman does not want his players to relax ahead of time. “The team is on the right track, confident, strong physically… But this result does not mean that we will continue with goals. You have to be prepared. ”
768 times Messi
It was not just any game for Leo Messi , who added 768 duels in LaLiga as a Barça player, more than any other after beating Xavi. And he did the usual, traffic police of the Barça offensives, catapult of the contras, springboard in confined spaces and the watchword of Barça. Also stiletto because he scored two goals, top scorer with 23 and followed by Suárez (19) Benzema (17).
Dembélé has four in the league (nine in the course). But since he arrived at Barça, 28. Of whom, 14 have been with the right and as many with the left to make good that phrase he released when he was still a child and began to emerge at Rennes: “I'm left-handed, but I shoot better with the right. ”
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