Probably Barça already had something of an advantage in their match on Wednesday against Inter in the Champions League. Therefore, he did not play a great game, far from it, against Celta de Vigo, on matchday 8 of the League. But that did not prevent the Catalans from signing a happy success after being beaten throughout the second half (1-0). This allows them to return to the top of the championship with 22 points, just ahead of Real Madrid, thanks to a better goal difference (+19 against +12).
Decimated by absences, especially in defense (Bellerin, Koundé, Christensen and Araujo) and without Dembélé at the kick-off, Xavi’s men got off to a good start. Facing a resolutely very low and compact opposing block, they managed to find some space. And in one of them, Pedri took advantage of a failed interception by Unai Núñez, in a Gavi cross, to score from close range in six meters (1-0, 17th). A real gift that came after two good saves by Marchesin against Raphinha (11th) and Ferran Torres (13th).
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Barcelona very feverish in the second half
This successful start to the match was the only period in which the Barcelonans showed themselves at their true level. Because after this first game, the azulgranas settled into a false rhythm, showing a bit of self-sufficiency against a defenseless rival who did not attempt any shots until the break. But the physiognomy of the meeting then changed considerably. The Celta de Vigo players took the game on their own and proved to be very dangerous.
They had several tie balls. Through Oscar, twice not clinical enough (47 and 56). At the end of the game, the Catalan defense was very feverish and disorganized. Which could have cost you dearly. Without Ter Stegen’s decisive foot parade against Aspas (84th). Finally, Barça signed the seventh clean sheet in eight league games. But he will have to show a completely different face, in three days against Inter, to keep any real hopes of qualifying for the Champions League round of 16.
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