Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Match Review of Rayo Vallecano vs FC Barcelona. Ronald Koemann and his men faced the crucial side of Rayo Vallecano in the Round of 16 of the Copa Del Rey. The Blaugranas did not deliver a world-class performance. However, they managed to win the game 1-2. They have now qualified for the Quarter Finals and that is enough for now. Here is the Match Review of the game discussing the first half and the second half individually.
RAYO VALLECANO VS FC BARCELONA MATCH PREVIEW
Barcelona looked confident stepping into this game. However, the biggest surprise of the game was the Ronald Koemann included Riqui Puig in his starting lineup. The Blaugranas had a dominating start to the game and had many chances. Lionel Messi also made his return after serving a two-game suspension. He looked fresh and slightly more agile.
Trincao also started. He was taken down in the penalty box and the Cules were convinced that it was a penalty kick. However, the VAR decided otherwise, and therefore, the game continued. There is a lot to be impressed about the creative play from FC Barcelona. The team created many chances and it is very unlucky of them that they were unable not to score 3 or 4 goals in the first half.
Frenkie De Jong hit the crossbar and Trincao missed a chance as well. Therefore, the finishing weaknesses were definitely exposed and both teams went inside the tunnel goalless.
Rayo started the second half in a much better way than the visitors. FC Barcelona looked sluggish and struggling and Rayo made sure that they take full advantage of that. Therefore, the home side became the first team to score in this game. Barcelona was now trailing and Koemann decided to make three changes namely Dembele, Jordi Alba, and Pedri.
However, all three of them were not really that significant in Barca’s leveler. It was actually the combined efforts of Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi, and Frenkie De Jong which not only got the leveler for FC Barcelona but also the second goal.
Messi and De Jong registered their names on the scoresheet while Antoine Griezmann ended with an assist. Griezmann is getting better week after week and this shows how hard he is working to fit in the system.
The Frenchmen now has 4 goals and 4 assists in his previous 7 games and these are no bad stats for someone who was struggling to make a place for himself in the starting eleven months ago.
This wasn’t the best performance from the visiting, FC Barcelona. However, they somehow managed to make it to the Quarter Finals. The QFs won’t be as easy as this one. Therefore, the boys need to prepare themselves in a much better fashion.
Ronald Koemann knows what areas he needs to focus on.
Overall, the biggest take away from this game is the gradually improving performances from Frenkie De Jong and our French boy, Antoine Griezmann.