With a 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo at Camp Nou, Barcelona reclaimed first place in the La Liga standings. Pedri’s goal in the first half was the difference. To regain the lead in the standings before Real Madrid visits thethe following weekend, Barcelona can thank its adolescent players Pedri and Gavi.
, Andreas Christensen, , and Hector Bellerin were among a long list of injured players that Xavi had to deal with as he prepared his team for the game. Despite losing some important players, Barca took the lead right away in the 17th minute when Gavi set up Pedri to score.
Celta came back strongly after the break and had opportunities to tie the game, but Barcelona was dominant for the first 45 minutes and deservedly led at the half.
The Performing Side:
Pedri: With the game’s first goal, the young Barcelona player scored for just the second time this season. When the ball broke sweetly to him after he ran into the penalty area, he was rewarded and had a fairly easy finish. Pedri’s goal is exactly what Xavi will want from his midfielder this season since Barcelona has relied heavily on Robert Lewandowski for goals this season. With only 16 shots on goal in La Liga, the 19-year-old has already scored eight goals.
Gavi: The adolescent delivered a performance that was tough, laborious, and utterly successful in keeping Barcelona in the game. He inspired the Catalans and played a significant role in Xavi’s team’s three-point victory. Gavi’s motivation and desire to make things happen led to the first objective. Barcelona took the lead as the teenager broke free down the left and sent a ball into the area for Pedri to score. After that, Gavi delivered a great act that perfectly captured who he was. Iago Aspas was about to connect with a cross at the far post when the teenager went after him and made an outstanding challenge to take the ball away from him.
The Left Backs: After Araujo, Kunde, Christensen, and Bellerin were all ruled out due to injury for the match against Celta, Xavi decided to start not one, not two, but three left-backs. Xavi started teenage left-back Alejandro Balde on the right, with Jordi Alba on the opposite flank and Marcos Alonso in the center alongside Pique. Eric Garcia was left on the bench, maybe with an eye on Wednesday’s Champions League match against Inter. It was a patched-up defense that occasionally faltered, particularly in the second half, but it ultimately succeeded in stopping Aspas and company. The outcomes also indicate that Barcelona has yet to allow a goal in La Liga this year.
The Losing Side:
Ferran Torres: Although Xavi gave the Spain international a rare start, there was little to suggest that he should remain in the starting lineup before crucial matches against Inter and Real Madrid. Torres is having trouble with his form and confidence, so an early miss will not have helped. Agustin Marchesin, the goalkeeper, easily blocked yet another harmless shot. The January acquisition had to get used to life back on the bench when Ansu Fati took his place shortly after the hour mark.
Raphinha: After having a difficult time on the left against Inter in the Champions League midweek, the Brazilian went back on the right side for Barcelona. Raphinha put in a valiant attempt, but he is currently having trouble winning over the Camp Nou crowd. Early on, he attempted a long-range shot that tested Marchesn, but the goalkeeper was up to the task. After being denied a penalty in the first half, the summer signing was irate and was substituted for Ousmane Dembele on the hour.
Iago Aspas: The Celta Vigo striker often enjoys taking on Barcelona and arrived at Camp Nou with 10 goals in 15 matches. Even though Xavi’s teamsheet had three left-backs in the back four, the striker’s eyes may have brightened when he saw it, but the hosts handled Aspas’ threat admirably. Aspas also missed a fantastic opportunity to tie the score with 83 minutes remaining. Inside the penalty area, the striker just needed to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen once, but the German’s right boot stopped his shot.
The Defensive Side:
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: The goalkeeper, who has still only been beaten once all season, recorded another shutout. made a crucial stop late to preserve the victory for the home team against Aspas.
Alejandro Balde: Due to Barca’s injury issues, the young left-back was once again used on the right and performed admirably. Sergi Roberto came on late to fill in.
Gerard Pique: He began the year on the sidelines, but Barcelona’s injury woes have allowed him to return to the starting lineup. put out a strong performance and missed a chance at the opposite end with a header.
Marcos Alonso: The left-back fared well against Aspas while playing center-back alongside Gerard Pique. Oscar was blocked brilliantly in the second half.
Jordi Alba: Back in the starting lineup, he made several superb passes that led to a Celta penalty early on, but after the half, his poor passing caused problems for Barca.
The Barcelona manager, Xavi, stated before the game that he wanted his squad to enter the Clasico atop the standings, and after defeating Celta, his club will do just that. Barca didn’t put on the prettiest display, but the coach will be happy because his injury-plagued team managed to win all three games and record another clean sheet.
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