ANDhe match was getting really ugly for Barcelona. He wasn’t being able to create an occasion against Celta. Until Memphis Depay appeared. The Dutchman took advantage of a play by Dembélé to score the first. Minutes later, he gave Auba a ball to get the second. Xavi is giving him confidence, third start in three games, and the striker returns it with goals. Two goals, both opening the can, in those three games and a free kick that skimmed the post. If it continues at this level, let’s see who dares to put it on the market and sell it.
Xavi never tires of repeating at each press conference that Dembélé is a different player. Those who make the difference. The best in his position, he adds. Yesterday he showed again that he is. His play in the first goal is cinematic. He leaves two players, including Galán, before serving a perfect assist to Memphis. Until that moment he had been somewhat absent, but from then on he was unleashed. He gave the assistance in the third and others that did not take advantage of his teammates.
Araujo did not have his day. In the first half, he handed over a ball to Iago Aspas who entertained himself too much when he was alone in front of Ter Stegen and allowed Araujo himself to correct the mistake and avoid his shot. In the second half he mistimed a pass from Ter Stegen and Cervi went ahead of him to send a ball to Aspas to score. But the worst came later. The Uruguayan collided with Gavi. A strong header with his partner and had to go to the hospital on a stretcher without major complications at first. Gavi was able to continue.
Xavi could not count on Busquets, Nico or Pedri in midfield, either due to suspension or injury. But not like that Riqui Puig was headline. The coach ordered a 4-2-3-1 and only took out two midfielders. The message is clear. Riqui has very little future in the team. It is true that with the match already resolved, Xavi gave him minutes. He barely appeared except for a disallowed goal.
Another poor entry. It is true that it can be argued that the game was during the week, at 9:30 p.m. and with very little at stake. The problem is that it has become the trend of recent games. And this Tuesday was the worst of the four, just over 55,000 viewers.Bad signal.