There is no simple game of Barça against Leganes. Most victories are with forceps, also the last in the Camp Nou. They needed the azulgrana of their forwards to bend to the establishment of Pellegrino. The joy of Dembélé, the intuition of Luis Suárez and the voracity of Messi, after the Frenchman had been injured, keep the Barça players in the lead with a mattress of five points over the recovered Atlético. There was more news than the goals in a Barcelona team more tense than serious, inattentive in the dispute of the ball to despair of his coach, who asked that no one loosen in defense, and less Coutinho.
Valverde goes a lot of laps lately, conditioned by the calendar, which in January is worn out by the Cup, and also chastened by the fall last season of the starting team in Rome. The rotations affect even Messi when the second round of LaLiga has just started. The 10th was a life insurance in the matches against Leganés. The two visits of the pepinero team to the stadium had resulted in five goals from Rosario: 3-1 and 2-1. I tried to win Barça without Messi.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Vermaelen, Alba; Aleñá (Messi, m.64), Busquets, Arthur (Rakitic, m.64); Dembélé (Malcom, m.67), Luis Suárez and Coutinho. Not used: Cillessen; Semedo, Murillo and Arturo Vidal.
Leganés: Cuellar; Nyom, Tarín, Omeruo, Siovas, Silva; Óscar Rodríguez (El Zhar, m.86), Recio, Vesga (Eraso, m.86), En-Nesyri; and Braithwaite (Santos, m.78). Not used: Lunin; Juanfran, Gumabu and Kravets.
Goals: 1-0. M. 32. Dembélé. 1-1. M. 57. Braithwaite. 2-1. M. 71. Luis Suárez. 3-1. M. 92. Messi.
Referee: From Burgos Bengoetxea. He admonished Braithwaite, Sergio Busquets, Tarín, Omeruo, Aleñá and Sergi Roberto. VAR: Iglesias Villanueva.
Camp Nou. 50,670 spectators.
After all, the team had solved the last absences of Messi, injured in the elbow for example before the last classic after a fall against Sevilla Vazquez. The decline of the Argentine increased then the role of Luis Suárez. The Uruguayan is not only a reliable scorer but in October he used to lead the high pressure when Messi did not appear. It did not happen against the Leganés, but it needed Messi. Suárez and Barça needed 10.
Once the winter has arrived, the protagonist is in any case Dembélé. The imbalance of the French is decisive in a squad that also formed with three means of touch while resting Rakitic. Valverde changed one player per line -also Vermaelen for Lenglet-, gave continuity to Arthur and winked at the quarry with Aleñá. Barcelona needed speed and precision to break the Leganés, a team worked tactically, strong in defense, expert in breaking the rhythm of the rival, already winner in Butarque.
They took the ball soon and fast the Barcelonists and camped in the court of Leganés. To his game, however, he lacked continuity and above all stuck to Cuellar's luck. There were no chances because Barça did not shoot at the goal and Pellegrino's boys relapsed with the fouls to avoid the transitions of Barça. They did not want Barça football to have continuity, a good decision if the deployment in the action of 1-0 is reviewed, very well taken and resolved by the omnipresent Dembélé.
The forward received the ball of Aleñá, enabled by Piqué, excellent in the exit of the ball from the right corner, and opened to the left for the arrival of Jordi Alba. The lateral understood that Dembélé was Messi and he returned the leather to mark with a soft and tight shot to the left post of Cuéllar. Equal to the space at the foot, the French turned goal into Barça's first clear opportunity. Most matches start today with a goal from Dembélé.
The forward did not find a company to close the match because Luis Suarez did not throw unmarked, and instead he was entangled tirelessly with Cuellar, and Coutinho has lost focus since he tries to correspond to the generosity of Valverde. Neither Arthur nor Aleñá transcended. So the game often went slowly and regretfully, only accelerated by Dembélé. So much stillness encouraged the Leganés, who drew in a manual against En Nesyri and Braithwaite. The lateral centers are a martyrdom for Barcelona. An arrival and a goal for Leganes: 1-1.
Valverde had no choice but to turn to Rakitic and Messi while Dembélé was injured. And the 2-1 was not long in coming. Armed the shot on 10, rejected the goal and the ball was released at the mercy of Suárez, who topped Cuéllar. Neither the referee nor the VAR appreciated lack of 9 The third did not arrive until the referee decreed an added time of seven minutes, circumstance that enraged Messi. The 10, who is sworn to Leganés, was reunited with his partner Alba and released the right for 3-1. The figures can only rest minutes and not entire matches, especially against the demanding Leganés.