With the head in the Champions

March 9, 2019 0 By admin

At the trot and with his head set on the Champions, Barcelona settled his leadership in LaLiga after beating Rayo 3-1 in a match in which the Madrid team went ahead, maybe too soon, and then they could not stand the awakening of Barcelona.

Valverde proposed few rotations in terms of names in the starting lineup. With Lenglet sanctioned, Umtiti started and rested by technical decision Sergi Roberto, Rakitic and Dembélé. Well, that those three rested would not be entirely correct, because all Barca out, except for Arturo Vidal, who does not negotiate or an effort, came out in siesta mode.

The Lightning on its part went out to equip itself behind. Michel's did it with more enthusiasm than anything else. Keep in mind that Rayo is not a team designed to defend itself. And that virtue is what saved the party from boredom and probably led to perdition.

After 24 minutes in which nothing happened, the Madrid team recovered a ball in the center of the field that unloaded on Raúl de Tomás, who does not understand conservatism. The striker from Madrid put the direct course to the culé goal and taking advantage of a misunderstanding between Piqué and Semedo, He fired from the front a whip before which Ter Stegen could do nothing.

That goal possibly came too soon for Rayo, who woke up early to a Barcelona that did nothing of the other Thursday bottled the locals in his area. Despite Barcelona's pressure, Dimitrievski barely had to intervene, but the danger was around his goal. Barcelona failed the aim (case of Messi) or the last pass, where Coutinho was desperate to Camp Nou.

Rayo made it clear that he is a team that does not defend well and gave more and more corner kicks and side fouls. Too many. Even before a team like Barça that takes so little advantage of these plays, giving so many opportunities is playing Russian roulette. And so came the Culé draw. An absurd foul on Arturo Vidal on the side of the field that Messi threw, was finished unappealably by Piqué. Rayo, at least, could defend that draw until the break.

Dembélé appeared on the field for Arthur, so Coutinho, who has more opportunities than Platanito, went on to play indoor. To the second approach of Dembélé by his band, the French combined with Semedo, who was knocked down by Amat. The penalty turned Messi with absolute calm to the left of the goalkeeper after failing the last against Valladolid.

But even with the advantage on the scoreboard, Barca took control of the game and Rayo, who was brave with the entrance of Pozo again showed that his is playing without a net. Barca took advantage of this circumstance to look for the third. Messi almost succeeded in a free kick that Álex Moreno deflected head to leave the barrier to avoid, running back, to enter the ball. Barça, against any logic, accepted the exchange of blows instead of sleeping the game, but still, there the Barca imposed his punch as soon as Rakitic appeared on the field, which together with Dembélé mounted a counterattack for Suarez to file the match and you could already think about the Champions League.

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LaLiga Santander

* Data updated to date March 9, 2019

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LaLiga Santander

* Data updated to date March 9, 2019

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