Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Match Review of FC Barcelona vs Levante. Barcelona hosted Levante at the Camp Nou stadium and ended up winning the game 1-0. Ronald Koemann’s men were finally able to grab a very tight win over Levante. However, the team got the 3 points it badly needed. Here is the Match Review discussing the First Half and Second Half individually.
FC BARCELONA VS LEVANTE MATCH REVIEW
Barcelona knew one thing for sure before the start of this game. That was to win it by any cost the team is having a very bad run in the La Liga competition this season and it needed a victory to keep its chances of being in the title race. Ronald Koemann started with a 4-3-3 and went with a similar attacking unit which played against Cadiz. The objective was clear that a win is needed at any cost.
Levante had never won against the Blaugranas at the Camp Nou surface. This made the home side already the favorites to win the game. However, Barcelona still did not win the way it should have. However, Koemann is going to take it and must focus on the future now.
Barcelona clearly started the game on the back foot. Ronald Koemann’s men were not up to the mark and suffered a lot in the opening moments of the game. Levante was playing like a team on a mission. The team clearly had more motivation to win than the home side. In fact, Levante had more and created better chances to score than FC Barcelona. Barcelona should have shown more energy and desire to perform after the horrific loss against Juventus. Instead, the team looked dead and showed no motivation.
Martin Braithwaite took a shot on goal. However, his effort was easily blocked by the opposition goalkeeper. Antoine Griezmann took one shot at the goal as well. He struck a powerful volley. However, his shot was straight at the keeper which made it very easy for him to save it. Overall, there was no urgency, no venom, and no life in the midfield. Frenkie De Jong was often left helpless in the midfield without any options to pass the ball to. There was no player whomsoever to step for the Blaugranas.
The home side did pick up a slight pace towards the end of the first half. Lionel Messi took a shot at the goal too but got nothing positive out of it as it was off target and wayward. Koemann’s men had a lot to focus on and improve as they went inside the tunnel after the first half ended. The fans were hoping for something better from their team in the second half.
The team looked sluggish and their body language seemed dull without any motivation to move. The pressure is a lot on the Blaugranas to perform this season. However, the best way of eliminating this pressure is to work harder and not act like dead people.
FIRST HALF: FC BARCELONA 0-0 LEVANTE
Ronald Koemann came out for the second half without any change. However, he changed the tactical system from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1. This enabled the Blaugranas to attack a lot more. Lionel Messi found himself in more open spaces and began to position himself correctly. The Argentinean took a lot of shots at the goal but failed to score even from close ranges.
However, FC Barcelona’s continuous efforts and Messi’s attempts eventually led to the only goal of the game. It was Frenkie De Jong who set up Lionel Messi with a beautiful pass which Messi was able to finish in the top corner.
Ronald Koemann then introduced Pedri and Trincao on the wings. Both youngsters offered more pace and FC Barcelona’s overall gameplay got faster after the substitution of both. However, it is still fair enough to say that Barcelona was overall very hopeless. Levante is perhaps the unlucky side not to score earlier in the game. Otherwise, it would be very difficult for FC Barcelona to equalize or make a comeback.
Ronald Araujo also deserves credit for being rock solid at the back. The young Center Back played like a solid wall in this fixture denying the majority of Levante’s attacks. Overall, FC Barcelona needs to improve a lot more because lady luck is not going to help the team always.
FULL TIME: FC BARCELONA 1-0 LEVANTE