A portrait of a defeat

A portrait of a defeat

Postautor: sonsovan » 18 sty 2018, o 21:06

It was not a disaster or a decisive defeat by any means but the match at Cornella did show that Barcelona, like all teams, have their weak points.Espanyol managed to blunt the Azulgrana attack, sbobet did not allow the visitors to score and forced on them their first defeat of the season, which after five months of competition had begun to look impossible.What was the reason for this? A lot of coaches will look back at the game for explanations and while there were some factors that cannot be planned for, there were others that could be taken down.Breakdown in the engine roomQuique Sanchez Flores did not opt to pressure high up but instead waited for them inside Espanyol's own half where he had an abundance of midfielders. It meant that Messi linked up little and generally there was little inter-passing which meant that then Barcelona were unable to spread the game wide and look for room to create chances.Javi Fuego, Victor Sanchez and David Lopez all played in the midfield along with Darder and Granero and even with the introduction of Baptistao for Darder in the second half, it did not change this strategy.TirednessEspanyol went into the game full of energy and were ready to suffer the pressure from Barcelona so that when the visitors legs began to tire, sbobet Espanyol went on the offensive. The involvement of Marc Navarro in the goal was a clear example of this as he had not wasted any energy in getting forward up until then in all the game. Messi and the penaltiesThe penalty was well struck by Messi and the merit should go to Diego Lopez for making the stop but it is not the first time that the Argentine has missed a spot-kick. While he has been crowned as the best player of all time by some, it does not mean that he doesn't have his off days and his Achilles heel is his penalty taking as he has missed some important kicks from 12 yards including against Chelsea in the Champions League and in the final of the Copa America. This season he has missed three from six for a total of 63 from 81.MoraleIt is not the first time this season that events during the game have upset the rhythm of the Azulgrana players and this time it was the penalty taken by Diego Lopez. At San Mames, La Ceramica, Mestalla and in other matches Barcelona have lost control of the game for periods and against Espanyol it proved costly.Substitutes While Barcelona have a strong squad particularly if you include Dembele, Coutinho and Yerry Mina but at the same time the squad depth has its limits and for example Digne is not Alena, Alena isn't Rakitic and neither Aleix Vidal nor Denis Suarez are Iniesta and Luis Suarez. sbobet
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