Return of midweek meetings for Barça, on the occasion of this 36th day of La Liga. Even if Xavi’s men had nothing to play for since qualification for the Champions League has been assured since this weekend, they were still keen to win, in front of their home crowd. , and end the season as best as possible. For this duel against Celta – which has often posed problems for the Catalans in recent years – Xavi brought out a team that looked good, with an attacking quartet made up of Dembélé, Ferran Torres, Memphis Depay and Aubameyang, with Frenkie de Jong and Gavi to serve all these beautiful people. Ansu Fati, whose winning comeback ignited Catalonia this weekend, started on the bench. Opposite, some well-known players, such as former home Denis Suarez, Spanish international Brais Mendez or the inevitable Iago Aspas.
The start of the match was quite complicated for the Barcelonans, in a Camp Nou clearly far from full. Celta also managed to put their foot on the ball without too many problems, and the Barça players were not when the leather was in their foot. It was even the Galicians who seemed the most dangerous… But the individual talent of the locals would make the difference very quickly. Dembélé recovered the right flank side, mystified several defenders and sent a caviar to Depay who, with the flat of the foot at the level of the penalty spot, shook the nets (1-0, 30th). A sacred action of the French winger!
A decisive Dembele
An opener that did not satisfy Xavi, who gesticulated a lot in his technical area. And if Celta issued a few warnings via Aspas (32nd) and Galhardo (36th), it was Aubameyang who would score. On a poor clearance from Nestor Araujo after a cross from Depay, the Gabonese, who arrived, sent the leather into the back of the net almost at close range (2-0, 41st). Two chances two goals practically for Barça. For the second period, Xavi went back to 4-3-3, not convinced by his 4-2-3-1 in the evening. Dembélé was on fire for him, and on a new tumble from Dembouz on the right side, the French offered a ball love to Aubameyang who crucified Dituro (3-0, 49th). What an evening for the two men!
The winning goal? Marc-André ter Stegen did not see things that way, since after a poor recovery from the German, Iago Aspas reduced the gap (3-1, 50th). Fortunately for the Barcelonans, Murillo, who incidentally vaguely played at Barça, was expelled a few minutes later. After a big general scare at Camp Nou – Ronald Araujo had to go out on an ambulance because of a blow to the head – the meeting resumed and Iago Aspas was on the verge of striking again (70th). Ansu Fati’s entry reinvigorated a sleepy Barca since Aubameyang’s second goal, as a goal was disallowed for Riqui Puig. The score did not move despite a very active Fati in front and with the three points, the Catalans consolidate their second place, which they would validate in the event of non-victory for Celta tomorrow. The Galicians remain in eleventh place in the standings.
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