Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today Is the Match Review of Barcelona vs Osasuna. I would like to begin this Match Review with an apology that I missed the Match Preview. There were some technical problems due to which we were unable to upload the Match Preview of this game. However, I am now back and bringing you the Review in as much detail as possible. However, there is not much detail about this game, isn’t it? The match ended Barcelona 1-2 Osasuna which meant that Barcelona lost the game. On the other side, Real won their game.
This means that Real Madrid is officially the winners of La Liga season 19-20. This season is a big lesson for us. I think there is plenty to learn from this particular season. There is a lot to discuss in this article and the upcoming articles as well. We are down, but we are not out. Barcelona is going to bounce back. We are going to rise again. I am sure about this. However, we have to fix many issues before the next season begins, and especially before the Champions League resumes. We need to perform well there.
There is one thing I would like to talk about before I move more towards this game discussion and more tactical stuff. La Liga for this season is over for us. We failed to win. Yes, we were not the best. There are opinions that we bottled the league which is correct up to some extent as well. However, it is over now and I am glad about it. Yes, I am glad about it. I am glad about the fact that all the mental pressure and the demand from the players has ended. The players have a well-deserved break now.
BARCELONA VS OSASUNA MATCH REVIEW
Let’s face it. Barcelona was also not going to win the league even if we won this game. 3 points from this game would have kept our momentum going and would have maintained the pressure on Real Madrid to keep pushing. However, Luis Suarez also said before the game that winning the league was almost impossible for FC Barcelona. Therefore, we cannot take this loss and blame our team for dumping the final hopes of winning the league. However, I do believe that we should have won it against Osasuna especially at home.
Let’s discuss the first half and second half of the game individually.
Barcelona never looked dominant since the start of the game. Our midfield was really good and deserved appreciation. Puig and Rakitic make up a great midfield duo and look threatening together. However, our front men did not look in the right frame of mind. Barcelona had a lot of possession, and by a lot, I mean that Barca had almost 80% of ball possession. However, they failed to do anything with that ball possession. Messi was making efforts. However, Braithwaite looked lazy and Fati was not involved much.
What was the point of having so much of the ball when we were unable to create any threatening or goal scoring opportunities? Messi took to free-kicks. However, he failed to convert both of them. Osasuna knew exactly what they were doing. They had proper homework done before entering into the Camp Nou, and it was visible by the way they were playing. They looked to capitalize on small spaces and create chances every time they had the ball. Furthermore, they looked composed off the ball, and we’re not sweating themselves to win the ball as soon as possible. Smart!
Osasuna looked more dangerous with 20% of the ball than we looked with 80% of it. Guess what happened? Osasuna did manage to find the gap or the space they were looking for and former Barca B player, Jose Arnaiz scored the first goal. This goal broke the hopes of any clean sheet for Ter Stegen and Barcelona looked in great trouble. Furthermore, Karim Benzema also scored as Madrid was playing their match as well. His goal at the 30th minute ensured that Madrid was on their way on lifting the La Liga trophy and Barcelona had even more pressure.
I cannot exactly say whether our players were notified about Real Madrid’s goal at half time, but why did it even matter? I am not saying that we took pressure because of that goal and therefore, lost the game. All in all, I am saying that even if the players knew about it, they should have still played their game. I think this is exactly what happened as well. Barcelona managed to penetrate the Osasuna defense more than a couple of times and did score goals as well. However, they were disallowed due to VAR. It was mentally frustrating.
It was soon enough that a foul on Luis Suarez gave another free-kick scoring opportunity to Lionel Messi. Lionel took the opportunity with both hands and scored a beautiful free-kick. However, Lionel did not look excited or pleased with that effort. His celebration simply indicated how frustrated and unhappy he was. It is time that Messi takes a break, and our entire system needs a break overall. The score was leveled 1-1 and it looked as if Osasuns was beginning to settle to play for a draw. Another chance was created by Messi and finished clinically by Suarez.
However, it was again given offside. Frenkie De Jong returned to the pitch as well. His return is positive for us. It is one of the brighter things to take away from this game. Furthermore, Barcelona looked threatening during the dying moments of the second half. They completely dominated Osasuna and they did not allow them to move freely for a long while. However, ill fortune struck us again. Osasuna managed to find a gap and they created a chance which was finished by Roberto Torres. This gave Osasuna the lead and the win.
There is a lot to take away from this game. I think we need to gather ourselves back first and then think about anything else. Quique Setien is being heavily blamed as well. We are going to discuss that as well later on today. For now, this is it from the Barcelona vs Osasuna Match Review.
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