A doublet of Leo Messi, who has scored in the last five days and already has 15, another double of Francisco Trincao, which adds three goals in two games, and a goal of Junior firpo they allowed the Barcelona achieve this Saturday a comfortable victory before him Alaves (5-1), in a game in which Ronald Koeman thought about the game of ‘Champions‘next Tuesday against PSG.
It is the seventh consecutive victory for the Barcelona fans, who had a good game, despite the fact that it was difficult for them to open the scoreboard, and they had some doubts when Alavés discounted with 2-1.
Thinking about PSG, Barcelona had a hard time stretching. It was a game to chew on, against a rival who did not hide his desire to wait and who crossed his fingers to surprise someone against, and during the first half hour it was like that.
The great occasion of Antoine Griezmann, In the second minute, which Martín Aguirregabíria saved, it was a mirage. The Frenchman was able to score, but he was unsuccessful and the game became very flat, with an incontestable dominance of Barcelona, but without depth, without interior or exterior corridors.
Ronald Koeman put together a different team. He kept some of his starters (Messi, Griezmann, de Jong, Busquets), but reserved a few of the starting eleven. The novelties were the line-up of two young people, one of them (Ilaix Moriba), who debuted in The league with Barça, and another, Riqui Puig, repeated ownership.
Pitu Abelardo’s team trusted everything to the careers of Lucas Pérez, the speed of Edgar Méndez and the balls off the hook by Joselu. Beyond that, the plan was hold out and keep Pacheco’s goal to zero, something he had achieved in the last two games (Getafe and Valladolid).
And until half an hour everything smiled at the people of Vitoria. Messi was failing, Trincao did not overflow, Riqui was very predictable and the physical work of Ilaix and Griezmann was not enough.
However, in a good action by Mingueza, increasingly looser on the right side, taking advantage of the losses of Sergi Roberto and Dest, the ball reached Ilaix who yielded to Trincao. The Portuguese, who had not made his LaLiga debut since his arrival at Barça, spliced in the 29th minute for 1-0 and scored his second consecutive goal, after the one obtained before the Betis a week ago.
Open the can, Barça felt liberated and began to play better. With a pass into space, behind the centrals of Busquets, Griezmann found himself alone against Pacheco, the Frenchman did not hit the mark, but the rejection was captured by Messi to score 2-0, a goal that was annulled by the VAR, in an unclear action.
On the brink of rest Messi fixed it, with a dry shot that hit a stick and entered the other. The 2-0 seemed to end the game and Koeman returned to thinking about PSG, took Busquets off the field, put Umtiti and moved De Jong to the center of the field.
At the start of the second half, Lucas Pérez had the opportunity to put his team in the game and it was wrong; but Luis Rioja, who had entered through Iñigo Cordova, made it 2-1 at 57.
It was an error in the pass from Ilaix Moriba that Rioja took advantage of, in a 30-meter race in which he beat the centrals and beat ter Stegen to reopen the game.
Barça did not get nervous despite the tightness of the scoreboard. Trincao was 3-1 in 62, but Pacheco was very good; Messi wasted another in 64, also Griezmann, in 66, after a great pass from the Argentine.
And with a quarter of an hour to go, Trincao made it 3-1 to breathe; then Messi scored a great goal a minute later (75) and Junior Firpo closed the game. It seems that Barça reaches the Champions League, with good feelings.
5 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza (Dest, min. 72), Frenkie de Jong (Pjanic, min. 72), Lenglet, Junior Firpo; Sergio Busquets (Umtiti, min. 46), Riqui Puig, Ilaix Moriba (Pedri, min. 64); Trincao, Messi and Griezmann (Dembélé, min. 81).
1 – Alaves: Pacheco; Martín Aguirregabiria (Laguardia, min. 46), Lejeune, Tachi, Rubén Duarte; Edgar Méndez, Battaglia, Tomás Pina (Pere Pons, min. 72), Íñigo Córdoba (Rioja, min. 46), Lucas Pérez (Deyverson Silva, min. 81) and Joselu (Borja Sainz, min. 81).
Goals: 1-0, min. 29: Trincao. 2-0, min: 45 + 3: Messi. 2-1, min. 57: Luis Rioja. 3-1, min.74: Trincao. 4-1, min. 75: Messi, 5-1, min. 80: Junior Firpo.
Referee: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez (Andalusian Committee). He showed yellow cardboard to Martín Aguirregabiria (min. 17), Tachi (min. 52)
Incidents: Match of the twenty-second day played at the Camp Nou. No spectators.