La Liga – FC Barcelona beat Celta Vigo and maintain their hellish pace

Barça probably already had a bit of an advantage in Wednesday’s match against Inter in the Champions League. He therefore did not play a great match, far from it, against Celta de Vigo, on the eighth day of La Liga. But that didn’t stop the Catalans from signing a happy success after being pushed throughout the second period (1-0). This allows them to return to the top of the league with 22 points, just ahead of Real Madrid, thanks to a better goal difference (+19 vs +12).

Decimated by absences, especially in defense (Bellerin, Koundé, Christensen and Araujo) and without Dembélé at kick-off, Xavi’s men got off to a good start. Faced with a very low and compact opponent block, they managed to find some space. And on one of them, Pedri took advantage of a wrong interception by Unai Nunez, on a cross from Gavi, to score from close range in six meters (1-0, 17th). A real gift arrived after two beautiful saves by Marchesin against Raphina (11th) and Ferran Torres (13th).

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Barcelona very feverish in the second period

This successful start to the match was the only time Barcelona appeared at their real level. Because after this opening, the Catalans settled on a false rhythm, showing a bit of sufficiency towards a defenseless opponent who did not attempt any shots until the interval. But the physiognomy of the meeting then changed considerably. Celta de Vigo players took the game on their own and proved to be very dangerous.

They had several draw balls. Through Oscar, twice not clinical enough (47th and 56th). At the end of the game, the Catalan defense was very feverish and disorganized. Which could have cost him dearly. Without a decisive foot save by Ter Stegen in front of Aspas (84th). In the end, Barça signed the seventh clean sheet in eight league games. But he will have to show a completely different face, in three days against Inter, to maintain the true hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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