It was decisive for Barça to reach the break with a draw. He narrowed down at 1-1, in which bad luck did the rest, but he avoided the 2-1 in poisonous shots by Merino, on two occasions, and David Silva, especially against the latter, with a pardon next to the post base.
It is evident that for the band it is not a comfortable position for him, but he does it for the cause. His best defensive actions were when he made his assists to the center.
A combination of misfortune and weakness against Isak ended in a goal. He does not have much luck in this type of duel with forwards who have a great body. The virtue of him, seen other times, is not to give it more thought and continue playing without psychological hindrances.
In the line of three, which he knows well from his days at Chelsea, he did not feel it was inappropriate, although there it was tighter and he accused him in the first half. After the break, like the whole team, it was another story.
He starred in a great run for 0-1, which ended with great cold blood putting it for Lewandowski’s shot. In addition, he got a yellow card from Elustondo in a counterattack, a sign that he was already intimidated by his vigor. Substituted at the time of a game that, however, gave him credit for the future.
He fell asleep losing a crucial ball that led to Real’s goal. Due to his eagerness to amend the error, he missed a few more balls while driving. He didn’t have a game to doubt that Busquets will not be the starting midfielder again.
He wanted to stop or speed up the pace of the match so that it wouldn’t be a back and forth, but for a while, not everyone interpreted it the same way. He left magical details, especially that inside pass to Ansu, a prelude to 1-3.
His aggressiveness is never lacking, although more clarity with the ball was missed. As a result of this active attention, a goal opportunity was procured permanently after a clever robbery near the area.
Until the factor that changed the match, Ansu, the Frenchman was a latent threat, but much more the latter than the former. He scored the goal that freed Barça from tension, that 1-2 with a low cross-shot with the left, very much in his school.
He invited everyone to his 34th birthday party, which he started celebrating from the first minute. A great goal to start after a master move of 9 and, with Ansu as a partner, the first double in the League. He blew out the candles with an imaginative assist for Ansu.
He tried to connect his shot a couple of times, one of which almost ended in a goal. Lack of filming, he lacked more intervention in the development of the game. Xavi changed him at match time for Ansu, the key that opened all doors.
It had an immediate impact on the match script. It is difficult to be more decisive in less time. He, with great personality, put fear into the opponent’s body from the first ball he touched. He invented two assists, one of them magical with his heel, and said goodbye with a cold-blooded ‘Romariana’ goal, which put the finishing touch to the work of the player who changed everything.
Coming off the bench, he also conveyed a sense of transcendence when the ball came to him.
After the physical demonstration of Balde, the veteran got up so that nothing much would happen with a slightly more cautious drawing.
He entered to close a game already decided.
He also stepped on the grass when everything was said, simply to shelve the matter.