Thanks to an outstanding 3-0 victory away to Celta Vigo, despite playing the second half with 10 men after Clément Lenglet’s red card Barcelona are still undefeated in the La Liga season. The Blaugrana never stopped attacking, and looked like a formidable road team, they were the better side for 90 minutes. That is impressive seriously.
Raising the pitch high and sending a ton of bodies forward to deal with Celta’s parked bus, which tried to defend deeply and hit Barça on the attack, the Catalans made a good start to the game. Thanks to a nice passing sequence around the box and a beautiful finish by Ansu Fati, the Blaugrana found a goal early, and they looked ready to stamp their authority on the game.
The visitors did that for the most part, dominating possession and attempting to invite Celta to pressure them higher up to try to find spaces behind them. There were no real opportunities, but Barça was in charge and did a good job of stopping the home team on the counter to build risk.
Then there was a game-changer: Clément Lenglet received a second yellow card for hitting Denis Suárez with his elbow, and we were preparing for a tense second half as Barça reached half a score, but down to 10 players.
Barça did not necessarily decide to give the ball to Celta and defend the lead. The first 25 minutes of the second half was incredible to watch, much better than the success of the first half. They scored early on with Lionel Messi’s great run and Olaza’s own goal, and Barça tried to strike and look for a third. A goal was disallowed by Messi, Coutinho forced a major save out of Villar, and the Blaugrana gave Celta no chances.
But as time went on, the home team began to dominate possession and press a lot, and with a man down, Barça began to run out of steam. Baeza nearly scored but hit the bar, and the Blaugrana were eventually forced to withdraw and try and protect their goal in the final 15 minutes.
They did that pretty well and, thanks to another genius run by Messi and a goal from Sergi Roberto, also managed to score a third. Eventually, the final whistle ended an impressive performance away from home, especially with 10 men.
Celta Vigo 0 – 3 Barcelona
Goals: 0 – 1 Fati 11′, 0-2 Olaza (OG) 51′, 0-3 Sergi Roberto 90+5′
Yellow cards: Aldoo (C), Araujo (C), Tapia (C), Murillo (C), Beltran (C); Pique (B), Alba (B), Busquets (B)
Red cards: Lenglet (B)
Barcelona: Neto; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann (Araujo 45’+1), Coutinho (Pedri 71’), Ansu Fati (Trincão 71’); Messi
Celta Vigo: Villar; Mallo, Aidoo (Baeza 46’), Murillo, Fontán (Araújo 32’), Olaza; Veiga (Nolito 60’), Tapia (Beltrán 75’), Denis; Emre Mor (Santi Mina 60’), Aspas