Three days after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano by Radamel Falcao and therefore the dismissal of Ronald Koeman, FC Barcelona challenged Alavés for the first on the bench of Sergi Barjuan, interim coach. The coach of the Barça reserve had decided to put in place a 4-3-3. If the Catalans seemed to master the meeting, they also showed a certain defensive fragility, in addition to lacking precision in the last gesture. The first period, without any real big chances, was especially marked by the exit of Sergio Agüero. The Argentine striker lay down on the ground holding his chest and presumably with difficulty in breathing.
On the pitch, Barça managed to make the difference thanks to Memphis Depay, as so often this season. The former OL found Antonio Sivera’s top corner with a sublime roll (49th) and could have scored other goals without the post (58th) or the hand of the Spanish goalkeeper (60th). FC Barcelona version Sergi Barjuan on the other hand posted the same defensive failures. Evidenced by the equalization of Alavés, signed Luis Rioja (1-1, 51st). The only opportunity for visitors. The score will not move any more. With this draw, the Blaugranas point to 9th place in La Liga.
He is used to making some miseries at FC Barcelona in recent seasons. Luis Rioja was once again very valuable for Alavés in this game. Very comfortable technically, he knew how to keep the ball when his team needed it. On an action very well led by an excellent service from Joselu, the 28-year-old winger even scored the equalizer goal after quietly dribbling Ter Stegen (52nd).
The fifth goal of his career in La Liga and already his third against FC Barcelona. His left foot caused some problems for Oscar Mingueza and Gerard Piqué in particular. Very largely the best player of his team in this meeting.