Barcelona is defensively solid as ever- Balague

Barcelona is defensively solid as ever- Balague

Spanish football analyst and columnist, Guillem Balague believes that Barcelona is now rock steady at the back and this could well determine their fortune in the current season.

According to Balague, Barcelona were not great, but effective, in beating Leganes 3-0 on Saturday. They are now 17 games unbeaten, and all that without Neymar of course, but also the injured Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele, or an in-form Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi either.

Messi has scored one goal in his last five games, while on the weekend he had just three shots on goal, 56 touches and had only the third-highest involvement in the game, all in all his worst stats of the season.

Barca defence has been largely headlined by the impressive Samuel Umtiti
Photograph: Skysports

This time, though, the goals finally came from Luis Suarez and perhaps the brightest spot was that Paco Alcacer looked sharp with two of his shots being deflected into the path of Suarez to score. Meanwhile, Paulinho has now netted four times.

And this Barcelona has gone from the Barcelona of midfielders, to the Barcelona of forwards under Luis Enrique. And now they depend a lot on, of course still Messi, but also Samuel Umtiti and Marc Andre ter Stegen. So almost like a Barcelona of defenders now.

Nobody has ever recovered a 10-point deficit to win the league, so historically only Valencia can now catch Barca. They have conceded four goals, they are the highest scorers in the league and next up are Valencia. Gerard Pique got booked, though, meaning he will be suspended, even though Barca are trying to get that overturned.

Culled from Skysports.

 

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