Continuation and end of this sixth day of La Liga. After the victories of Real Sociedad and Betis earlier in the evening, all eyes were on the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla where FC Barcelona faced the modest side of Cadiz. Eighth in the standings at kickoff, the Blaugranas were playing big in Andalusia against the fifteenth. Finally, especially Ronald Koeman.
More than ever in the hot seat, the Batavian is clearly threatened. His last media outing, where he contented himself with reciting a statement instead of answering journalists’ questions, says a lot about the tense situation at the Culés. In an attempt to give himself some air, Koeman bet on a starting XI in which were the young Demir and Gavi. The latter was also celebrating his first tenure in team A.
Barça is trampling
The Catalans had control of the ball and young Gavi was not hiding in the construction of the game. But having the leather does not always mean leading the score. Faced with a team of Cadiz very regrouped defensively and technically scrambled, the partners of Frenkie De Jong have never worried the opposing goalkeeper. Between poorly negotiated centers and Blaugrana attackers trying especially to make the difference on an individual achievement, the first period did not thrill anyone.
Upon returning from the locker room, Koeman chose to take out the young Demir and bring in Sergi Roberto. Very quickly, Memphis Depay had two opportunities in quick succession to give the advantage to his people (51st, 52nd). But as Barça approached de Ledesma’s cage more easily, Frenkie De Jong collected two yellow cards, a little harshly, in two minutes. Stunned after being reduced to ten, the Culés almost took water at the end of the match. But once again, Marc-André Ter Stegen played the saviors by pushing back a double opportunity from Salvi and Sobrino (81st). The two teams will stop there, despite a match point missed by Depay (90th + 3). Barça did not seduce, connects a second consecutive draw and grabs a place in the standings (7th, with one game less). Ditto for Cadiz (14th).
Relive the film of the Cadiz-FC Barcelona match