Barça draws blood in the League with Real Madrid

knew the FC Barcelona of the defeat of Real Madrid in Son Moixand did not want to miss the opportunity in the Camp Nou. With the eleven gala except for Jordi Alba’s entry for Balde –with fever–, Xavi took out the 3-4-3 with midfield poker poker to control the game from start to finish against the Sevilla. What he did not anticipate was Busquets’ injury after five minutes. In a set with En-Nesyri, The one from Badia sprained his ankle and asked for the change. Jordi Albaafter a great attendance of Kessie in the second act, he scored the first goal. With twenty minutes to go, Gavi scored the second and Raphinha the third to certify a vital triumph to sleep eight points ahead of Real Madrid in the League. To highlight the defensive trident Koundé-Christensen-Araujoalong with some secondary actors who are responding better and better.

Busquets leaves injured during Barça Sevilla / EFE

One of them is Kessiewhich was integrated between Gavi, Pedri and Frenkie de Jong with the will to get the ball to Raphinha and Lewandowski. The culés attackers did not touch the ball too much in the first quarter of an hour, due to the intense struggle that took place in the midfield. Nor can it be said that there were outstanding opportunities in that period, with a game not very fluid despite the fact that the BarçaStep by step, he was locking up the Sevilla team in his field.

Domain and solvency… without gunpowder

This is how, in minute 17 and after a long pass from Frenkie de Jong, Gavi headed in to assist a Lewandowski whose shot went just wide. In the play immediately after, it was Ronald Araujo who almost opened the scoring with a header from a corner. Five corner kicks from Barçaby the way, in the first twenty minutes of the game.

Ronald Araujo, lamenting a missed chance after a corner kick against Sevilla / EFE

Ronald Araujo, lamenting a missed chance after a corner kick against Sevilla / EFE

Proof that the culé team, at least, had managed to deepen their attack and progressively generate danger. That, every time with more possession of the ball –74% in the first half hour– and showing a great defensive solvency before the visiting attempts to counterattack. The trident formed by Koundé, Christensen and Araujo he was intractable again. While the culés got closer and closer to the goal of Bounoual Sevilla It was terrifying for him to get to Ter Stegen. Yes he starred in some sterile approach in the final section of the first act, without fruiting in real danger. He Barçadespite the dominance failed to go to rest ahead in the electronic six shots to onebut zero goals in the Camp Nou.

Barça comes out with the same intensity

With the opening whistle of the second half, Sampaoli set up Rakitic from false nine and Xavifor now, decided not to touch anything after the talk in the locker room. He Barçawho had taken his foot off the accelerator in the last minutes of the first half, had to start from scratch to lock up again Sevilla In his field. The culés approaches were multiple, but he missed hitting the definition and in the last pass to pierce the goal Bounou.

Franck Kessié, during the match against Sevilla at the Camp Nou / EFE

Franck Kessié, during the match against Sevilla at the Camp Nou / EFE

In one of them, Pedri put a measured center for Raphinha to shoot from inside the small box, a little listed to the right. The Sevillian goalkeeper managed to catch the ball without problems, disrupting the Barça play for the umpteenth time. Pedri and Gavi, in any case, were being the most dynamic and each time they were seen looser in the three-quarter zone. Bad news for the defense of Sevilla.

Jordi Alba, Gavi and Raphinha do justice

Was Jordi Albain any case, who opened the scoring. Filtered pass of Christensencontrol and pass Raphinha y Franck Kessiewho tap danced inside the area, left the perfect ball for the man from L’Hospitalet defined arriving from the second line. great goal of Jordi Alba –the first this 2022-23 season– to confirm, for the umpteenth time, that he deserves to play more minutes in this Barça. And supporting actors they are responding better and better. The terrifying exercise of resistance that the Sevilla until then, during the first hour of the game, he fell on deaf ears.

Jordi Alba celebrates the goal scored against Sevilla at Camp Nou / EFE

Jordi Alba celebrates the goal scored against Sevilla at Camp Nou / EFE

With twenty minutes to go, it was Gavi who scored the second to certify the victory in the Camp Nou. Raphinhawhich showed again its great finesse in the last pass, assisted with a brilliant pass for the entry of Los Palacios from the second line. The culé youth squad only had to push her, thus putting land in the middle of the scoreboard. A few minutes later, it was himself Raphinha in charge of scoring the third. Goal and assist for the Brazilian, who took the match MVP and continues to improve its performance. Barça is already eight points above Real Madrid in League. And the regularity title, despite the fact that there is still the entire second round to go, seems increasingly close at hand.