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Debating on the Getafe 1-0 Barcelona game



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Not good enough
by Alexandre Patanian

Barcelona had to make Madrid pay for their slip-up to Cádiz with a win at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. However, the Catalan giants had perhaps the toughest opponent to face to make Madrid envy them. Against Getafe, a hungry team that always plays with a few men behind the ball, Barcelona were lost at sea, and Ronald Koeman did not know how to change his tactics to break Getafe’s unbeatable defence.

Antoine Griezmann’s miss was the talking point of the game, and the Frenchman can’t complain now about his positioning or his treatment as Koeman sacrificed the team’s shape for him. Ousmane Dembélé looked helpless in the beginning as he lost a countless amount of balls but tried to pick it up a bit later. Along with Frenkie de Jong, Dembélé attempted to show a bit of spirit by dribbling, but Getafe were just too good. Aso, chucking a load of attackers on the pitch to try and salvage a point wasn’t good enough as a tactic and perhaps changing the midfield (we finally saw Puig!!!!) should happen earlier than when Koeman did.

Overall, this was the Culés’ worst performance under the Dutch manager, but they’ll surely all pick it up against Ferencvaros on Wednesday and Real Madrid next Saturday.

Standout performer: Marc Cucurella

Marc Cucurella’s outstanding performance on the left for Bordalas’ tenacious side has probably made many Culés ask themselves why did they sell the Spanish midfielder for so cheap, or why did Barcelona not keep him at least.

The wide midfielder was everywhere, causing havoc in his former team’s defence while absolutely obliterating every opposition on the right. Making Sergi Roberto’s role redundant made Getafe’s job way more comfortable, and Cucu’s work rate could’ve resulted in a 2-0 win for the locals. As he saw Neto save his shot in the dying minutes of the game, Cucurella undoubtedly did not overthink it as he was one of the best players on the pitch yesterday.

More organization required
by Prajas Naik

Playing away against Getafe was never going to be easy. And in the end, the team just couldn’t put the pieces together. While Pedri gave an incredible performance, Ousmane Dembélé was wastefull in possession. The blaugranas looked good in the second half, but when Getafe upped their game physically, Barça failed to muster up anything. Antoine Griezmann was unimpressive again, and his miss could have altered the result. A few calls from the referee were questionable as well.

Koeman tried switching things around, but even with so many attacking players, it seemed that we were clueless as to what to do in order to score. It might be Koeman’s fourth game in charge, but they have provided a mixed bag of positives and negatives. As seen before, the players seem to lower their performance in the second half, which costs us the game. A lot needs to improve for the azulgranas to win trophies.

Standout performer: Pedri

Another young talent proves to be extremely valuable. He is only 17, but is already outshining established or big money players like Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann. His awareness and skill on the ball is impeccable, and he isn’t afraid to try the unexpected. He left the Getafe defense with questions to ask, and he almost created a goal after Messi struck the post.

It is unfortunate that he missed out on an assist due to Griezmann’s miss. He is surely one positive for Koeman from this game. An honorable mention goes to Sergino Dest, who was exceptional as a left-back despite it not being his preferred position. He too almost got an assist after Messi hit the woodwork.

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