March 8, 2021

The Barça is halfway in Mestalla | sports

The Barça is halfway in Mestalla | sports


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Full Time! The Barça can not with Valencia and sign the tables. A pleasure to have been with you. Until next time.

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Valverde laments from the technical area, incorporta with the result of the game and surely that taking into account the possession of his team, also the occasions. But Valencia have defended themselves and have their prize, which is the draw …

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M. 90. The duel, which seems over ten minutes ago, continues its course. The club wants the win and Valencia is worth the draw. Two minutes of discount for the end of the match.

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Change in Barcelona. He leaves the field Arthur and gives him the relay Rafinha, who enters fresh and who has good arrival from the second line, which is just what the meeting calls for Barcelona. Valencia has long ago forgotten to attack.

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Change in Barcelona. He leaves Coutinho field and gives him the relay Dembélé, who will act in the extreme position. Change of cards in the 84th minute.

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And try it on the 10th! The soccer player assumes the leadership in the field and asks for all the balls. Busquets, who always looks for him, puts it inside the area and after a cut, Messi hits with the right but the ball goes out.

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M. 80. Valencia suffers at times, unable to run with the ball and just waiting to close gaps and spaces in their field so that Messi does not give them the finishing touch. The Argentine is eager …

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Change in Valencia. Kondogbia leaves and Coquelin enters.

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Almost hollow Coutinho! In another play of lounge of Barcelona, ​​with Messi and Luis Suárez as interpreters, the ball ends in Coutinho before Neto. But the brasieño takes time to build the shot and Gayá snatches the ball in time.

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But the club wants the game, wants to not get out of the league, wants to take advantage of Madrid and cut it to Atletico, so press up boldly and without remission. The effort is worth it because the duel has focused on the field of Valencia.

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M. 70 The script of the meeting does not vary. Valencia wants to run and Barça wants the ball to do it. But at the moment you do not get any with yours.

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Change in Valencia. Gameiro leaves the field and Rodrigo enters.

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The meeting has been a bit sleepy, with Valencia tired of chasing the ball and going out on the counter, while Barça despairs without finding the final gap.

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M. 60. The duel continues in tables, with the ambition of Barcelon to box the rival and Valencia to express themselves against. But neither proposal works for the moment.

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Yellow card to Parejo and Coutinho. The referee warns the Brazilian when Parejo has been five meters grabbing the shirt, but has released his arm. Fair distribution of cardboards.

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The Valencia, in any case, does not throw the towel and returns to shield in the cons to say his. The shot of Batshuayi hits the legs of the azulgrana.

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Messi tries it before Neto, who puts his hand in time! Barcelona is recovering its best game, with inter-line passes, undetectable offensive movements and high-kata football. Remember, then, the version he expressed at Wembley against Tottenham.

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Barça bottled Valencia with quick and precise touches, but it still lacks ingenuity to find the last pass or the timely shot. Valencia suffers more than before, and above all does not appear in the rival area.

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Now it is Coutinho who tests it with a shot. He comes out of a break that feels two rivals, but his kick comes out too soft and focused for Neto, who catches him without problems.

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Attacks Barca, with Messi as a strut, with Alba as center sprinkler. But above the Valencia does not have troubles.

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Cheryshev almost scored !! A center badly rejected by Alba is picked up by the Russian, who hits him with the outside and leaves by little above.

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The second half begins!

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We will see how the second half begins, given that in the first half Valencia has eaten in the early stages of Barcelona, ​​which with the passage of minutes has been redone thanks to the possession of the ball and the good work of Arthur, who It costs a lot to lose a ball.

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And the end of the first half! We will see how Valverde replaces the game because a draw is not enough to reach the leadership, not to chain four consecutive games without winning in LaLiga. Valencia, on the other hand, do not seem to touch up a lot because they do not suffer too much back and in the rival area they have a presence and chances.

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M. 45. The club is determined to touch and touch to dominate the ambitions of Valencia, to make a long game and tire your legs. A good way to mature the meeting if it is capable – but not yet – of closing the contras of Valencia.

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Messi is the player who has scored the most goals for Barça's 5 major national rivals: 31 goals against Sevilla 28 goals against Atlético 26 goals against Madrid 25 goals against Valencia 24 goals against Athletic. Data of Pedro Martín, of the COPE Chain.

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Yellow card for Soler for kicking Jordi Alba behind.

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Yellow card to Luis Suárez for protesting. Nothing new for the Uruguayan, that every encounter is with the rivals and the collegiate, temperamental as it is.

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How comfortable is Valencia with football on the run! Guedes is gone, but Cheryshev is a good extension of his football because he is fast and has a whiplash per foot.

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A new arrival of Valencia, this time on the right. It has had Gameiro after a center of Soler, but Piqué put the body on time. And, in the continuation of the play, Cheryshev arrives like a rocket from behind and throws a howitzer that does not find a goal by a bit.

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And so Messi has celebrated with Luis Suárez and Coutinho his target. Photo by José Jordán (AFP).

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That's how Garay scored his goal. The photograph is by Alberto Saiz (AP).

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Valencia responds in its own way, with a counter from Soler that Cheryshev does not know how to give continuity. But with a career – at the speed of light, yes – it is enough to put fear in the body of Barcelona.

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Semedo, who is always under scrutiny because it is very difficult to be the relief of Alves and the competition of a boy of the house who performs as much as Sergi Roberto, today is playing wonderfully in the opposite field, although he has also suffered a ball your back. Good match of the lateral, with minutes takes references, the style that pertoca and confidence.

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M. 30 Follow the monologue of Barcelona now. Since he has closed out the rivals 'races – also because of Guedes' injury – he has recovered the ball and has been planted in the opposite field. Touch, move and find holes, although he lacks the ingenuity for the last pass, for the perfect definition. But he has found the outer corridors and a center of Semedo has not had a striker and a crooked center of Alba has even bothered Neto.

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Before the goal there was a new episode of the VAR and the complexity of its use and logic. Gabriel runs over Luis Suarez from behind (he does it outside the area). As not being a penalty, the VAR does not enter ex officio. Although it is missing. Although for Messi the fouls are almost like penalties. Although…

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Leo collects the ball, throws a pipe to Kondogbia, breaks the media line and in the front of the area he mixes with Luis Suárez, who returns the wall. The 10, do not think twice and latches a flat and crossed left that makes useless the stretch of Neto. Who would not rescue Barça?

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL BARCELONAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA !!!

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Luis Suárez proves it from 45 meters, just beyond the center of the field. Neto was ahead, but the Uruguayan shot goes wide.

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Barça does not surrender, who insists on his idea of ​​play, with the diligence in the pass and the precision. And it reaches the zone of three quarters, but it is then pigeonholed, with two lines of five from Valencia near its area. There are no gaps and, for the moment, neither a second of advantage for Messi to make his own. We will see if Valencia's legs hold up to this rhythm, which is making a very complete match.

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Minute 13 Messi plays the ball for the first time. A news that shows the successful bet of the Valencia and that explains the defect of the Barça, incapable to connect with his prop.

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Follow, in any case, the siege of Valencia. Vertical team and that plays to the race, finds in Batshuayi the best solution to their cons. On this occasion, the forward's shot is stopped by Ter Stegen.

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Well, it does not look like Guedes can continue. Ask for the change! It will be Cheryshev who will take his place in the field. Bad news for Guedes, who offered the speed that Marcelino wanted to catch the Barcelona against.

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Kondogbia persists in the offensives of Valencia and tries another shot that greets the stick. But Guedes puts the scare on the body because he has made a bad gesture (do not know if knee or abductor), but leaves the field with help …

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The replica of Barcelona comes through possession because the Barça team has seized the ball and plays in the opposite field. But it does not matter to Valencia, who almost scored the second goal! He has done it with a hypersonic counter, with a run by Guedes and a crossed shot from Batshuayi that has tickled the post on the outside.

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And, with this, it is already the sixth consecutive day in which Barcelona starts losing or going behind on the scoreboard. A slab that Messi complained about and that neither Valverde nor the team fixes.

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The dream started for Valencia, who starts the game with a goal in favor. The ballot is already for Barcelona, ​​who rowed against the clock as soon as the curtain opened.

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In the first minute comes the first blow for Barça and the first joy for Valencia. A corner kick thrown by Parejo, the Barça defender hesitates and can not clear it, to the point that it hits Piqué's back and the ball, without an owner and almost on the goal line, is pushed by Garay to the net.

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLL VALENCIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA !!!!!

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STARTS THE MATCH!!

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There is nothing left for the meeting to begin. Parejo and Messi make the field and ball draw, and …

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The question is: will Valencia play with high pressure and try to play face to face with Barcelona or, on the contrary, will it be a low withdrawal team that will look for the contras as a hallmark?

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It is now less than a quarter of an hour and both teams are finishing the warm-up session. The stadium has a large entrance and just need to start rolling the ball to give the kickoff to the show!

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But there is another issue that worries Valverde and the costumes in general as Messi expressed after the last draw against Athletic, when he regretted that the team scored more goals than the account. Not in vain, Ter Stegen has collected the ball from his goal nine times in the last six games, a weakness that could take its toll if they do not correct it in time.

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Valverde always understood the attack and the football in the corridors, exterior and interior. That is why he always pretended to have tactical variants to face the rivals. He knows, however, that with Barça he attacks on the inside because that is where Messi is and because there is no Alves on the right, even though Alba does underline on the left wing. Against Valencia, in any case, it is not very clear. http://cort.as/-Ayzp

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In the event that the duel follows the script planned by Marcelino, Valverde could reply with Arturo Vidal, comfortable in the fray and with contact football. But the media has not won many complicities in the locker room after hanging on the net – right after the excellent victory against Totenham – an emoticon of annoyed by his substitution. From the sports area will speak with the player about it while Valverde was the longuis in the previous press conference, when he said that Arturo had not expressed his discomfort. What is clear is that he is a player who at the moment does not know how to play as a team. And that, in Barça, is a capital sin. Here I explain myself: http://cort.as/-Ayzp

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Marcelino, for his part, wants speed and that is why he puts Soler on his side, in addition to pointing out Gameiro and Batshuayi, who run the strips and use the physique when necessary. In between, Kondogbia will bring more muscle and Parejo quality in construction. A bet that seeks to toughen the meeting to inconvenience Barcelona. We will see if he wins the round trip that Valencia will propose or the touch that Barcelona will pursue.

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The other novelty of Barça is in the defense, since Vermaelen plays home because Umtiti is injured. It could have played Lenglet, but the technician prefers to win a player for the cause, after it was indicated when he acted as a side player against Leganes. Vermaelen, in addition, already played last year in Mestalla and did so with a note.

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Coutinho, who scored his first goal with the Barça shirt in Mestalla, showed in Wembley that he feels more comfortable defining the occasions than composing them. Among other things because its virtues go through dribbling and kicking, which is what is required at one end. And with this line-up, which already looks like a gala unless a player says otherwise, Valverde finds the desired balance in his team.

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The inclusion of Arthur in the eleven supposes a domino effect in the Barça, whenever Dembélé falls back of the ownership and Coutinho will act from end to attack to become left midfielder in the defensive phase. Thus, Barça will attack with 4-3-3 and defend with 4-4-2. A defensive obligation that helps to cut the rival contras and does not leave Busquets only in the core for such a complex task.

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Arthur showed from the first pre-season game that he was a copy of Xavi, a player who knows how to turn the ball on his feet. Even in his movements he remembers the player who made his fortune and style at Barça. Of course, Arthur still has a lot to match or get close to Xavi, but with continuity and confidence he can be a determining factor for the Barça team. These pieces can serve as clues to know who Arthur is and how he plays: Arthur, the fundamentalist of the pass (http://cort.as/-Ayxo Arthur arrives with the mold (http://cort.as/-Ayxp and Arthur : half Iniesta, half Xavi, his secret is his neck (http://cort.as/-Ayxq

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Valverde has decided to give continuity to Arthur in the core of the area. A proposal that advocates the genetically Barça football because there is no other player who guarantees the pass in the same way. Thus, with him on the table, Barcelona is more prone to the game of position and possession, which explained Cruyff, practiced Rijkaard and evolved Guardiola.

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The alignment of Valencia: Net; Piccini, Garay, Gabriel, Gayà; Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Güedes; Batshuayi and Gameiro.

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Before talking about the alignment of Valverde, remember that Valencia is not sweet either, just the opposite. Only carries a win so far this season, at home to Real. The rest are setbacks, with ties to Atlético, Levante, Betis, Villarreal and Celta, in addition to the defeat against Espanyol. In the Champions League is not better, with a defeat against Juve and a recent draw against United.

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Official lineup of Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Luis Suárez and Coutinho.

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But his march in LaLiga is not so triumphant, to the point that he has three consecutive hits because he tied with Girona and Athletic, while losing to Leganes. Two points out of nine that are ridiculous for Barcelona and its portfolio. Chunks that have not left him in the gutter because of winning at Mestalla, the Valverde team would be leader next to Atlético, who beat Betis by the minimum.

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But let's focus on the game, on the sport, on what we all like! The Barça reaches the meeting with the reinforced moral after the exhibition that gave in Wembley, in the clash of Champions against Tottenham. A loud and convincing 2-4 for Barca who count the games for victory in Europe.

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Before starting the match, the fans of Valencia have received the Barcelona expedition with chants of "Puta Barça and whore Catalonia" among other things. A welcome of the most sporting that is repeated by the stadiums.

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Good afternoon everyone!! A pleasure to be with you to tell you about this game. A duel that, as Ernesto Valverde said in the previous press conference, is of Champions. At least, by the level.



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