Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Match Review of Celta Vigo vs Barcelona. Barcelona went away to face the tough side of Celta Vigo and could not get the job done. We had the lead, we had the momentum. Yet, we still managed to bottle this one. How many games are we going to keep bottling? How many times are we going to throw away easy wins? Well, I do not want to comment on that. The fact here is that Barcelona drew against Celta Vigo, and La Liga pretty much looks out of hands now.
Barcelona took the lead courtesy of a brilliant pass from Lionel Messi. Suarez converted that pass with a good header, and his goal brought life into the game. However, Barcelona could not keep the lead for long, and it was soon that Celta was able to equalize. It was a defensive error and an easy tap in for Fedor Smolov. However, Barcelona was able to gain the lead again due to a brilliant finish from Luis Suarez. The win was just not for us. Pique committed a foul just outside the box in the dying minutes of the game.
Therefore, Aspas was able to equalize. Aspas deserves all the credit for this one because not only he scored a freekick which is a pretty difficult skill. He also placed and curved the ball so well that Ter Stegen was left flat-footed. Celta players were extremely hyped up as that ball went inside the goal and why wouldn’t they be? Our team is to be blamed 100% for this loss, and no one else. It is our mistakes that have pretty much thrown us out of the title race. Do you see any coming back from here? I don’t.
CELTA VIGO VS BARCELONA MATCH REVIEW
Ter Stegen started in goal. Well, I hate to say this but I am not happy with the German goalkeeper today. It was one of those very rare days when nothing seems to be going right for Ter Stegen. He made more than a few wrong passes. He did not look really in the zone to me. I think he was distracted, or not focused on what was happening around him. There was this one moment where he did make an incredible safe. However, he got lucky there as well.
The ball went on and clipped the woodwork. It could go in as well. Therefore, I am not pleased with Stegen’s performance in this fixture. However, we can give it to him, can’t we? He is so consistent for us. He is making amazing saves in almost every fixture. There can be one bad game. I do not blame him for not stopping the freekick. Any sane person would agree that Ter was helpless on that occasion. Keepers can be extremely good, and sharp or whatever. However, there are moments when you can do nothing but to watch.
Gerrard Pique and Umtiti started as the Center Backs. I am not really please with Umtiti as well. Pique was good at several moments. I am happy to see Pique regaining some fitness and some form. However, it was Pique who committed that foul and It eventually led to the equalizer from Celta Vigo. I think that tackle could be avoided. I think it was foolish to give away a freekick there. You know I don’t need to explain why was it foolish, do I? Furthermore, Semedo started as the Right Back and Jordi Alba started as Left Back.
Puig, Rakitic, and Vidal started in the midfield. Busquests did not start because he was suspended. I mentioned this in my Match Preview as well. Puig was really good. He proved that he does deserve the starting role in this team. Puig is extremely swift. He moves within the midfield easily. Furthermore, Puig is so quick to carry the ball forward. The main problem is that he is lacking support from his attackers upfront. The same issue happened with Rakitic as well. Raki was carrying the ball forward, but his forwards kept letting him down.
Ansu Fati, Suarez and Messi started as the front three. Messi was able to finish the game with an assist. It was indeed a beautiful pass to Luis Suarez and deserved to be awarded an assist over there. Messi also set up Suarez and other teammates with beautiful passes on some other occasions. However, those passes were not finished properly. Furthermore, Suarez showed some great improvements, especially from the previous fixture. He ended up with 2 goals, and both goals were due to his expertise as well. I think he is getting back into form. Let’s see.
BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMERS
I think this is not the kind of result to discuss who was good, and who the best was. However, I still think that Puig impressed me with his performance. He was playing with extreme authority, and he made sure that he keeps our midfield working efficiently. Furthermore, Ansu was good as well, and I also mentioned Pique to show some positive signs. I think we need to work more on our improvements, but also not neglect our weaknesses. I cannot name a single player from today’s performance because I am disappointed with the result. That’s it.
This is it from the Match Review article guys. I hope you like the content I wrote. This article was really hard for me to write. I am so disappointed with this result. La Liga is pretty much gone now. I hope Madrid loses games and drops points. However, this is less likely to happen. Let’s just see how we shape up and play in the future. I cannot say anything for now.
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