We will have to wait for a better chance to see goals in a league visit Barça to The Alcoraz. In the first that he did in all his history, the match concluded without goals. A rickety result but, nevertheless, has positive aspects for the two teams. The Catalan team deducted one more point on their way to the title and Huesca added one that did not count at the beginning of the season in his dream to stay in the elite.
Valverde had not hidden his preferences with the squad list and less did with the lineup. The return with the Manchester United it passes in front of everything, even a league match in which there were still important points at stake. Saving Ter Stegen, none of the other ten headlines in The Alcoraz it will start on Tuesday. Rotations at their maximum expression.
Arturo Vidal served as center and Dembelé moved freely through the field
In Huesca they debuted up to four Barça footballers in the League: Murillo, Riqui Puig, Wagué and Todibo. An eleven of the most experimental that at least gave the face, as it is presumed of any equipment that can align a trainer of the Barça. It was a different set the azulgrana, drawn on the lawn with three central by his coach, with Wagué and Malcom occupying the bands. Arturo Vidal served as center and Dembelé moved freely through the field, trying to be a leader.
The good physical condition demonstrated by Dembelé was another of the great news of the afternoon in Barça. The Frenchman is called to play a fundamental role in the next major challenges. The Mosquito moved freely behind Kevin Prince Boateng, again discreet, being educated. The French tried to disguise Messi at times, going down almost to the center of the field to receive and organize the game, but was somewhat erratic in the pass and hardly offered in the race, his best weapon.
Barça dominated the match with some authority through the ball, although it did not show too much depth. Huesca, much more in need of points, in a crippling situation, waited in the center of the field and always tried to leave with speed when he recovered the ball, dreaming of a moment of inspiration from Enric Gallego or, especially, Chimy Ávila, with whose continuity sighs Barca fans without dissimulation.
The moment of more lucidity of the whole first part was contributed by Riqui Puig, still far from settling in the first team, but whose flashes of quality are highly anticipated in the Camp Nou. In the first ball he received in danger zone, the youth squad was invented a pass to Dembelé, who was unable to beat Santamaría, perhaps scared of the ease with which his teammate had left him alone in the area.
Malcom hit a shot against the post
The script of the game after the break did not change one iota. In addition, just a few minutes after starting the second half, Barça had an unbeatable opportunity to advance on the scoreboard but Malcolm's shot crashed into the post, invaded by silence El Alcoraz. Neither did Aleñá hit with the rejection, not too inspired the canterano on the green.
Valverde tried to shake his team a bit in search of victory, given that Huesca did not take any step forward. Coutinho and Jordi Alba appeared on the pitch, although that meant doing without Riqui Puig, one of the few right-handed Barça players in construction. But he did not find the way of the goal the Barça, that at least added a point that approaches a little more to him to the title. Rome was not built in a day.
Huesca, 0 - Barcelona, 0
0 - Huesca: Santa Maria; Miramón, Etxeita, Pulido, Javi Galán; Juanpi (Melero, min.60), Rivera, Moi Gómez; "Chimy" Ávila (Alex Gallar, min.87), Enric Gallego and Ferreiro ("Cucho" Hernández, min.71).
0 - Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Jeison Murillo, Umtiti, Todibo; Wagué, Vidal, Aleñá (Arthur, min.80), Riqui Puig (Jordi Alba, min.67); Malcom, Prince and Dembelé (Coutinho, min.67).
Referee: Cuadra Fernández. Yellow card to local Pulido and visitors to Todibo and Wagué.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the thirty-second day of LaLiga Santander played in the stadium of El Alcoraz de Huesca before 7,332 spectators.