- Only playing the second part, the Valencian striker not only got the goal that equalized, but he was the one who finished the most times on goal (3), the one who was stopped the most along with Frenkie de Jong (2) and the one who scored the best dribbles made (3)
For the first time since he arrived at Barcelona in the January market, Ferran Torres sat on the bench against Elche. Until this Sunday, the Valencian striker was always a starter (9 games), but against Elche Xavi opted to leave him on the bench so that Gavi would take his place on the left-handed winger.
However, and after the team from Elche managed to get ahead on the scoreboard just before the break, the Barcelona coach turned to Ferran Torres to try to turn the game around and the Valencian more than fulfilled his mission. Ferran left for Gavi and the former City player became a key player for Barcelona to take all three points and maintain their spectacular run of results, with the fourth consecutive win.
With only 45 minutes left, Ferran not only scored the equalizer taking advantage of an assist from Jordi Alba, but he also became the player who finished off the goal the most times. Of the 5 Barcelona shots between the three posts in the second half, 3 were by Ferran Torres. In addition, Ferran also ran into Edgar Badía, the Elche goalkeeper and local hero, who managed to stop two of his shots, the same as Frenkie de Jong.
After starting the second half on the left wing, in the 75th minute, with Memphis coming on for Depay, Ferran moved into the center forward position and the Valencian moved like a fish to water. Not only did he score diagonals looking for passes from his teammates, but he also dared to dribble and ended up being the Barcelona player who completed the best dribbles, with a total of 3. He also scored a goal, but with a bit of luck he could have score at least 3. With his 3 shots on goal -1 goal and 2 saved-, Ferran was also the player who shot the most outside the goal, with a total of 3 shots.
It was 45 minutes to frame Ferran Torres, who ended up being congratulated by Xavi Hernández and by the president Joan Laporta, who after the match went down to the locker room, together with the vice president Rafa Yuste; the director of football, Mateu Alemany and the technical secretary, Jordi Cruyff.
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