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Nyom elbows Messi in the face, referee ignores the situation

Alexandre Patanian

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Against Getafe, Barcelona lost some crucial points in La Liga as Bordalas’ side played a physical game to ensure they went on to grab the three points. For Barcelona, they played poorly, and they have to do better, but Ronald Koeman and his players complained a lot about the locals’ game.

“I don’t know if there was VAR tonight.”

Ronald Koeman in the post-match press conference

Allan Nyom was one of the talking points of the game as the Cameroonian international made multiple fouls and didn’t get red-carded. One of the few actions that made Nyom the villain of the game was when he elbowed Leo Messi in the face in the 40th minute. The Catalan players complained a lot about the action and wanted Nyom to get booked for his antics.

Nyom also elbowed Frenkie de Jong during the fixture, and the Catalan players looked furious because of the elbow. Nyom was a persistent problem for the Barça attackers, and he also looked down on Ansu Fati when he went down, perhaps too easily, after the right-back tackled him.

Ronald Koeman, at the end of the game, complained to José Bordalas about his players and especially Nyom, who, according to the Dutch manager, insulted him. The former Everton and Southampton coach also questioned the use of VAR after the game.

“Nyom insulted me and was very disrespectful. We can’t allow such things to happen nowadays. I told his coach to control him.”

Ronald Koeman in the post-match press conference

Getafe were indeed a robust side, but this shouldn’t, however, be an excuse for how Barça played. One week before El Clasico, such a loss isn’t encouraging enough, especially after the team showed so much promise against Villarreal and Celta a month ago. This loss shouldn’t cause an overreaction either and Koeman still should have the support of his side and his fans.

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Barcelona don’t lose comeback hope with Messi’s outrageous stats vs Sevilla

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Later on tonight, Barcelona will do their best to mount another incredible comeback, this time against Sevilla. The Andalusians were the better team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, winning 2-0 at their home ground. Today, however, they travel to the Camp Nou where they’ll try and keep their lead alive.

And even though we’re talking here about a very strong opponent, the Catalans have reasons to be optimistic. The first one is of course their recent result against that very same opponent. The two sides met in La Liga last weekend and Barcelona snatched up all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory.

This suggests they indeed do have what it takes to edge past Julen Lopetegui’s troops, especially since the game will be played in Catalonia. But there is also one other weapon Barcelona have at their disposal; one that is not exactly a big secret – Lionel Messi.

Ousmane Dembélé celebrating his goal vs Sevilla | Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images

The little Argentine does feel like a cheat code at times but against Sevilla, that is even more true than usual. After all, Leo has already scored 38 goals and assisted further 19 in just 42 games played against this opposition.

That amounts to 57 goal contributions in 42 games. Even for Messi’s godly standards, that is just an unreal number. With such a player in your team, you can’t help but feel optimistic and hopeful regardless of the opposition.

Of course, we can’t expect Leo to solve games of this magnitude on his own so everyone will have to pull their weight. But even with that being said, if Messi can do what Messi usually does, Barcelona’s ultimate goal becomes that much easier to reach.

With morale high and players ready to tango, it should definitely be a thrilling contest to watch.

Let’s hope Ronald Koeman gets it right. And then, suddenly, the whole season can turn out that much sweeter.

Stats: Transfermarkt

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