Barcelona has long been in search of revulsives, some rebellious player, with the strength to put in check the heavyweights. Or, at least, they can uncork a duel when Messi walks off or simply injured. Is not easy. Alcácer went to Dortmund, Munir did the same thing winter heading to Seville, while Dembélé was hooked an ankle and had to go to the infirmary. From Coutinho there is no news. Neither were there from Malcolm. Until the first classic cup, more goalscorer than revulsive, nothing less than against Madrid.
Since Saturday, Barcelona has played with the reach of the injury of Leo Messi. The only official message was always in the mouth of Ernesto Valverde, summarized in "some annoyances" by the Barca coach. There was never a medical report from the club, while at the bottom they claimed that Rosario had a contracture in the thigh of his right leg. Nobody loosed pledge. But the Argentine appeared in the call and the mystery was stretched even in the video that the club hung on social networks before the classic. The bracelet posed next to the shirt of 10, then still with the name of Messi also in Chinese (a gesture with the Asian giant to celebrate the new year, which the Federation forbade him).
The illusion to see Messi was erased shortly after. "He's fit, but we did not want to take any risks," explained Jon Aspiazu, Barcelona's second coach, the decision to leave La Pulga sitting next to José Ramón de la Fuente, goalkeeping coach, who ended up being sent off, and Ricard Pruna, doctor. The 10, restless, commented the duel with the trainer of Ter Stegen and Cillessen. His replacement, Malcom, He did not walk with a ball, much less Coutinho. For some time now the former player of Liverpool has gone astray, with no answer in the green, no matter how much his teammates pamper him.
The Camp Nou got on the nerves when Luis Suárez left Malcolm hand to hand with Keylor Navas. The fury of bad aim did not subside even when the line judge raised the flag. Barca did not attack, Coutinho and Malcom did not offer solutions, nor Luis Suárez, very static in the unmarked. The brand new azulgrana trident did not even coordinate the pressure, offering a placid exit to Madrid. The good news, however, was that Malcom did not let himself be overcome by the rumbling. The 14 fought against his luck. It was not for less, it was his first classic, and his sixth ownership with the shirt of Barcelona; the most outstanding had been against Betis, in the League, and against Sevilla, in the Cup. And the goal rewarded the effort. Malcom had shown rebellion; Coutinho, not even that. The 14th caught a loose ball in the area after the auction to the post of Luis Suárez and scored his third goal with Barcelona. He celebrated it with force. It was not be for lowerly. Until the Camp Nou he recognized his effort with applause when Aleñá replaced him. He had his moment.
"Messi, Messi, Messi!", Sang a Camp Nou with patience to the limit when Arturo Vidal jumped to warm up. With the score against, the fans were not for the task of continuing to care for 10. And Valverde had it under control. Messi appeared in the band and the fans exploded, also doubt. The one indicated was Coutinho.