Ronald Koeman dismissed in the middle of the week, the BarÃ§a is not yet healed. This Saturday, the Catalan club did not succeed in winning against Alaves (1-1) during the 12th day of La Liga. Propelled onto the bench while awaiting the possible arrival of Xavi Hernandez, Sergi Barjuan did not want to upset the Blaugrana team at the kickoff.
But the interim coach still chose to leave Philippe Coutinho on the bench to rely on the Depay-AgÃ¼ero-Dest trio in attack. And quite logically, the sluggish BarÃ§a at the start of the season did not turn into a steamroller in one evening.
In a Camp Nou fairly sparse in the stands and facing the sixteenth in the standings, BarÃ§a struggled to be dangerous during the first act. Although Jordi Alba increased the number of shots in his left lane, neither he nor Memphis Depay managed to touch “Kun” AgÃ¼ero in the Basque area.
Unhappy scorer after his entry into play during the Clasico lost to Real (1-2), the Argentinian has this time very little contributed to his team . Worse, in a seemingly innocuous air duel, the former Manchester City legend got injured.
Forced to give way to Philippe Coutinho, Sergio AgÃ¼ero had a very complicated start to the season in Catalonia. According to the first elements of the Cadena Ser, the striker was rushed to hospital after chest pains.
But even when he was there, BarÃ§a created next to nothing with just three shots in the first half. It’s simple, this match between Barcelona and Alaves equaled the lowest number of shots attempted in a first act at Camp Nou since the 2005-2006 season.
In the absence of a true number 9 in tip, Memphis Depay put on his savior outfit. Without momentum, the Dutchman landed a superb strike from outside the box into the opposing side net (1-0, 49 ‘). With this fifth goal, the former OL captain confirms his status as Barcelona’s top scorer in La Liga this season.
Since 2018, only Lionel Messi has scored more goals than the Batavian from outside the area in the five big leagues. The Argentinian PSG is 34 away strikes while Memphis Depay now has 13.
Unfortunately for him and his partners, the celebrations did not last long. On one of Alavesâ € ™ rare offensive moves, Luis Rioja equalized almost immediately after dribbling Marc-AndrÃ © Ter Stegen (1-1, 52nd).
Joselu’s superb deviation for the striker was matched by the slowness and loose marking of the defenders of the Blaugrana club. As often this season, the Catalans have failed in defense.
Behind, Memphis Depay twice missed the match point. Well served by Gavi, the 27-year-old Batavian first found the post and then lost his head to head against Antonio Sivera. With this draw, BarÃ§a have a third consecutive game without a win in La Liga.
Ninth in the standings before the end of this twelfth day, the Catalan club will quickly have to raise the bar. The next installments against Kiev in the Champions League and Celta in the league could already prove decisive for the rest of the season. After this new hitch against Alaves, one thing stands out: strongly the arrival of Xavi to restart the Blaugrana machine.