Barcelona: Messi does not find the goal, and Koeman and Griezmann are very hard on the team’s situation


Messi finished up to 11 times on goal, but could not with the veteran Buffon (42 years) Source: Reuters – Credit: Albert Gea

When Lionel Messi in August wanted to leave Barcelona, Among the football reasons for his decision was surely to avoid what was seen in the defeat suffered against Juventus: he can no longer save Barcelona and the team is not in a position to give him a hand. The worst assumptions of No. 10 are being met, while more hits come, like being a witness that Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Camp Nou after more than two years and was the king of the night, with two penalty goals in a 3-0 that relegated Barcelona to second place and it exposes him to the risk of meeting heavyweights such as Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester City or Chelsea in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Two powers greet each other

Messi’s impotence was greater than his willpower. He could not be blamed for lack of commitment or indifference to reverse a match that Barcelona lost 2-0 before 20 minutes. In comparison, the Rosario did more than his teammates to avoid the debacle. But his football and determination did not have what always characterized his career: forcefulness, precision in the shot, impossible angles for archers, ability to decide results.

Messi sought the goal with more obsession than the rest of the team: eleven shots against the 9 that the other local players added. Of the seven from Rosario who hit the surface between the three suits, none was uncontrollable for the 42 years of Gianluigi Buffon.

Cristiano’s first

The captain is going through a season with low efficiency rates, very dependent on penalties, by which he scored five of seven goals in 14 official matches. Of the only two to play, one – before Osasuna – was as special as it was unforgettable for its tribute to Diego Maradona by showing the Newell’s shirt that he was wearing below. This disagreement with the goal delays the realization of the two remaining to reach the 643 official celebrations of Pelé, who holds the record with a single shirt (Santos).


Griezmann, dejected on the field; then he said that Barcelona lacked everything Source: AP – Credit: Joan Monfort

Messi (33 years old) lost the duel of veteran scorers with Cristiano Ronaldo (35) and he could not with the long-time Juventus goalkeeper. Seconds before the game starts, An affectionate greeting was given with the Portuguese, like two great champions who are already beyond everything, who still intend to live up to their immense legacies. The Portuguese achieved it in a more practical and decisive way, helped by the very good start of Juventus, which put pressure on and cornered Barcelona in their field. “We entered badly, with fear, without aggressiveness. We lost the game in the first half hour”, It was the coach’s self-criticism Ronald Koeman, whose words were in the same sense as those expressed by Antoine Griezmann: “There was a lack of desire, attitude, running, defending, attacking. All bad.”

Double for 3-0

The French forward, who started as a center-forward because Braithwaite was on the bench, added: “Today is a pretty hard stick, but it will be good for us to put things in their place and wake up, and teach us that football is difficult, that nothing has been done and that we have to go out and win. “

Staggering, Barcelona fell and did not rise again from a extremely rigorous criminal sanctioned by Tobías Stieler. Cristiano exchanged slaps with Ronald Araujo and the referee noticed only those of the Uruguayan defender. At 12 minutes, with a shot to the center of the goal, CR7 scored at the Camp Nou for the first time for the Champions League, after doing it with Real Madrid for the Spanish League, Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup. In the Catalan fiefdom he credits 14 goals in 17 matches.


Koeman said his team entered in fear and lost the game in the first half hour
Koeman said his team entered in fear and lost the game in the first half hour Source: Reuters – Credit: Albert Gea

Barcelona suffers from the evil of absences (the injured Piqué, Ansu Fati and Dembelé) and because the available ones do not shape a reliable structure. North American Weston McKennie came in just to head a cross from Cuadrado on the second goal. Lenglet, with an absurd touch of the ball with his hand, led to Cristiano’s second penalty. The French defender was later replaced by his compatriot Umtiti, who showed himself very far away for the more than five months he had not played. Barcelona is so precarious and improvised.

Without making a colossal match, Cristiano reserved the main images that illustrate a match. I already had the snapshots of the two penalties and at the end of the match appeared inside the area to anticipate Messi and take the ball with which Leo had made a pipe to Bonucci. In Messi’s house, the conditions were imposed by Cristiano.


One of Messi's many shots, against De Ligt's brand, on a night when he was denied the goal
One of Messi’s many shots, against De Ligt’s brand, on a night when he was denied the goal Source: AFP – Credit: Josep Lago

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