Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Match Review between Barcelona vs Alaves. Barcelona hosted Alaves at the Camp Nou to play their final encounter for year 2019. It was great match in terms of our attack. Barca managed to win 4-1, and all three forwards ended up on the scoresheet. Yes, out attacking trio, aka MSG managed to score, and Luis Suarez ended up as Man Of The Match with 1 goal and 3 assists. Overall, it was a great outing against Alaves. Our midfield was on point, and our attack was phenomenal. The only issue was in our defence. Our defenders are really inconsistent, and we have to work a lot in that area.
Alaves is now in the relegation zone with this defeat. Meanwhile, Barcelona managed to end this year undefeated at the Camp Nou, and also on the top of La Liga table. Lionel Messi ended this year with his 50th goal. That is yet another landmark achieved. This game was great for Barcelona in terms of boosting their confidence, and staying alive in the title race. Barcelona is now 3 points ahead of Real Madrid because Madrid have its game on Sunday. Even if Real Madrid wins, Barcelona can still be at the top of the table.
It is now important to make a plan for future. Ernesto Valverde has a huge role to play in our title chase this season. His tactics, and wrong decisions have already costed Barcelona a lot. He has to take his managerial role seriously now. If Barcelona wants to, somehow reach Semi Finals or Finals of Champions League, it must progress with the right tactics. Anyway, lets take a look at today’s Starting Lineup.
This time a better lineup was chosen which resulted in positive result.
BARCELONA VS ALAVES MATCH REVIEW
Marc Andre Ter Stegen started in goal. Ter Stegen was stripped off his clean sheet courtesy if a great headed goal. It was once again a defensive mistake which prevented Ter Stegen, an individual achievement. Overall, Ter Stegen had a really good game. It is not his fault when his defenders put him in a 50-50 state where making decisions is really difficult. Overall, he was rock solid once again like he always is. Ter Stegen is one of pur most consistent performers, and we are lucky to have a gem like him.
Gerrard Pique and Samuel Umtiti started as Centre Backs. I think it was a good decision to start Umtiti before Lenglet. Lenglet needed rest, and Umtiti needed playing time. Umtiti was also present many times when his team needed him. On the other hand, Pique did not impress much. This was not the same Gerrard Pique we saw against Real Madrid. Instead, Pique was really clumsy this time. He was unaware of where the attackers are, and played a really loose game in general. He wasn’t alert all the time, and it seemed as if he was playing unwillingly.
Jordi Alba started as the Left Back. He needs a couple of games to return into his full form. Hopefully, we’ll see him again in full fitness soon. As far as this game is concerned, Jordi had a decent outing against Alaves. He was keen to join the attack as he often is, and he connected many attacks with his front three men.
Roberto played as the Right Back. He also had a good game. However, he left his man unmarked on a number of occasions. This is not the right attitude to head into the sensitive part of the season. We know that Valverde is going to keep using him throughout the season. Therefore, he must be cautious about his form.
Our midfield was different today, yet it clicked. Sergio Busquests played as the CDM or Centre midfielders. Alena was there on the left hand side, where as Arturo Vidal started as right midfielder. This midfield trio worked more than we expected it to. Arturo was really keen to be a part of attack, and hence, ended up on the scoresheet.
Alena was wonderful. His presence, his involvement, and his technical ability was simply superb. The players had no problem passing the ball to him again and again. This must be because Alena has shown his quality during training sessions.
Furthermore, Sergio Busquests also had a decent game. He was in the heart of the midfield, and played his normal role. Sergio’s pressing is worldclass, and his awareness of the game is fantastic too. This helped us to initiate many counter attacks, and eventually score 4 goals.
Our front three had a great game. Statistically, every forward played fantastically. However, I think the best performer in our front lineup was surely Griezmann. Griezmann was everywhere, and he helped to initiate many counter attacks.
Messi also scored a wonderful goal which completely turned the Camp Nou crazy. Whereas, Suarez ended up as the Man of the Match due to 3 assists and 1 goal. Suarez’s goal came of a penalty kick which was firstly given to Messi, but, Messi handed over the ball to him so that Suarez can put his name on the score sheet too.
BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES
As mentioned above, Griezmann is the best performer of the game to me. Griezmann was everywhere. He dropped down to help his defence. Grizzy was a part of almost every counter attack. He also scored a goal, and created many chances.
Griezmann has started to create a great impact in our team. He still plays out of his preferred position. I cannot wait to see him in his top form again.
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