Barça does not start at LaLiga or after losing Madrid. Sometimes it seems as if both teams scored while Atlético take positions and until the new leader Sevilla. The Whites did not respond when the Barça players struggled and the Barça players did not stop to draw in games that invite to mark distances like Valencia. Mestalla is not Mendizorroza but it was presented precisely as the best showcase for an act of Barça affirmation after the success of Wembley. The Barça players, however, stayed halfway, much improved in their soccer, finally recognizable in their game idea and at the time too timid, without the greatness, the freshness and the imbalance necessary to overcome a stage and a rival very demanding despite the fact that they have not lost in Mestalla for a decade and never bowed to a rival trained by Marcelino.
Barça struggles to defend at LaLiga even after finding a team to attack in the Champions League. The azulgrana conceding occasions without being kicked on goal, start the games with a goal against, killed at Mestalla immediately after center, when they had not even met two minutes, absent from a corner kicked by Parejo. Nobody was able to reject at the first post, poorly guarded by Piqué and Vermaelen, and Garay poked at the far post, only against Ter Stegen.
In favor of the scoreboard, Valencia found itself before the hour with the scenario dreamed of in the always lit Stadium of Mestalla. Very strong in defense, was applied in the transitions and had up to three very frank arrivals in the Barça area. He had no aim, perhaps he lacked ambition and he took shelter close to Neto's goal. The azulgrana took the ball, they tuned in the circulation, avoided the losses and insisted on the pressure until reaching the tie in a shot of Messi.
The goal of 10
Luis Suárez rose after being knocked down by Gayá in an action that the referee did not interpret as a lack, an assessment that prevented the intervention of the VAR to decide if it was a penalty, as claimed by 9. The Uruguayan rebelled immediately when he offered to give continuity to Messi's play. He touched the rosarino after driving the ball with both legs and the Uruguayan returned it to the entrance of the balcony of the area so that the 10 hooked a low shot and adjusted to the left post of Neto: there are already 22 goals of Messi in 25 games against Valencia.
Out Ousmane Dembélé
Once stabilized, Barcelona moved closer to the other side, well fed by the sides and went on to control the game with little effort, very serene and calm, and also little vigorous and sharp, unable to generate opportunities, shaved especially by the low participation of Coutinho. They wanted to give themselves a break the boys of Valverde and propitiated a counter of Valencia that did not finish in the network of Ter Stegen for very shortly after the crossed shot of Gayá.
The two against one that mounted the Valencia to the race by the flanks, especially by the left, threatened to the rear of the Barça, the only line that touched Valverde on the game of Wembley: Vermaelen entered by Lenglet. The change did not alter the game mechanics of Barcelona. The centrals do not distinguish themselves precisely because of their forcefulness, but because they know how to be, more at ease when the team comes together in a foreign court than when they start and close to Ter Stegen.
Valencia, however, lacked continuity since Guedes' injury. The Portuguese brings quality in a very physical team, strong and fast, rich tactically and always ready to attack the space, nothing to do with Barcelona. The azulgrana lacked rhythm and depth after striving in long possessions, recognizable with the entrance of Arthur. Barça has returned that is organized around the ball, sometimes soft and sometimes terminal, which is Messi.
Barça chewed well and defended Valencia better. The locals were waiting for an error and the Barça players expected a success in a duel of opposing styles, of many contrasts, that little by little turned to the side of Valencia. The azulgrana lost finesse, began to give the ball and the field, imprecise and repetitive in error, lacking intensity and energy, probably fatigued by the effort of Wednesday in London.
Marcelino guessed that it was time for Rodrigo while Valverde looked at Messi. Barcelonistas did not get along well, it was difficult for them to press, and instead Valencia players accelerated. The match was very long to Barca and the changes seemed late and harmless despite the presence of Dembélé. Short of air and daring, without electricity, the Barca found no revulsive nor the way to break the consistent wall of Valencia. There was no wax other than Messi's. The strikers did not get close, nor the flyers, nor the lateral ones, with shots of half distance as in the Champions.
Do not take the wire or break the Barca in LaLiga, as if waiting to see what happens in Madrid, knowing that there is a long time to put in Champions mode.