The crack was not at his level in the 1 to 1 against Sevilla, although he gave a great pass to tie Coutinho and scared at the end of the game.
There was a little bit of Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou, in the 1 to 1 of Barcelona with Seville. Floating in attack, like a “false 9”, that position that Pep Guardiola drew up to describe the movements of the flea during his last stint at the club. The Argentine finished the game and along with other compatriots summoned to the National Team, he got on his private plane to cross the Atlantic and arrive in Ezeiza this Monday to start the Qualifiers.
Leo he punctured the ball on Philippe Coutinho’s goal, although the Brazilian was able to resolve the play thanks to a loose cross from Jesús Navas. And he got angry with Ansu Fati, the wonder kid, because he did not give him back a wall and chose to kick the goal. All that in the first half.
In the second, it appeared in a dropper. Especially in the end. With a mid-distance shot that Bono covered, an assist for Trincao who died in the goalkeeper’s chest and a cross with Diego Carlos at the edge of the penalty.
Messi did not have a bright sundayNeither did Barcelona collectively, and before getting on the plane to come to Argentina he regretted the tie. Because Real Madrid beat Levante and is a leader. And as much as the match of the first date against Elche de Jorge Almiron, the Catalan giant needs to make a clean slate. After a 2020 without titles and with Leo about to slam the door, which heralds good news.
So far, Ronald Koeman’s team had been very forceful against Villarreal (4 to 0) and Celta de Vigo (3 to 0). Without the need to abuse possession (54%, this time), it is a more dynamic team, with a change of pace and surprise. Of course, Seville is an adversary of another tenor. Champion of the Europa League, he arrived at the Barça house with order, intensity and his extremes ready to be sharp.
And from one minute to another the goals came. First, that of Sevilla. It was through a corner that Jordán played short. Suso hooked in front of Ansu Fati’s brand and put in a threaded center. Koundé headed in, Frenkie de Jong half rejected and found the answer of his compatriot and almost namesake, Luuk, who shook Neto’s goal with a left-handed bomb.
He hardly had time to celebrate Seville. In the next play, Coutinho played for Messi and hit the void, Leo put a spoon passNavas closed badly and left it served to the Brazilian, who only had to finish before Bono’s desperation.
It was 120 seconds to pure goal. Later, an even game, with dominance distributed and the result open. Barcelona did not have Ansu Fati as inspired as in previous matches. Antoine Griezmann did not weigh forward. Both were replaced by Pedri and Trincao at the beginning of the second half. Sevilla got together and came out fast on a counterattack. And he argued the ball in the middle to his illustrious host.
There were not many emotions, beyond the goals. And in the plugin, the changes drove visitors. Julen Lopetegui refreshed the extremes. Inside Youssef En-Nesyri and Munir by Ocampos and Suso. And from an overflow of the Moroccan he almost put himself at an advantage again. Ronald Araújo closed and the ball hit the crossbar.
With the income of Sergiño Dest – absolute debut – and Miralem Pjanic, Barcelona was reunited with dominance. Then came the final plays.
With Messi as the protagonist, somewhat more delayed because his teammates did not connect, but without that happy ending he expected before flying to Argentina with Lucas Ocampos and Marcos Acuña. Yes, Leo brings his rivals from Sevilla and teammates from the Argentine team to Ezeiza.
It is another to turn another page of its history …