Despite some difficulties along the way, Barcelona recorded another victory in La Liga yesterday afternoon, beating Elche CF 0-2 on the night. For a team that’s usually struggling away from home, the Catalans have managed to string together a series of good wins in the domestic league.
SPORT have tackled the subject this morning, stating that was the Azulgranas‘ fourth victory in a row and all were away from the Camp Nou.
They also talk about Frenkie de Jong scoring his fourth goal of the season, something he was not necessarily known for before, and Riqui Puig getting a chance and immediately capitalising on it.
Unfortunately for the Catalans, however, Atlético Madrid did the same against Valencia and managed to preserve their sizeable lead at the top of the table.
Mundo Deportivo are still preoccupied with De Jong, saying he’s turning into a true leader on the pitch.
The Dutchman has become a big presence in Barcelona’s attack as of late, and once more, he found himself on the scoresheet, breaking the deadlock. Of course, it has to be said that the Catalans would’ve gotten the goal even without his finishing touch but it was the positioning and the movement that is still worth praising.
Next, they have to face Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey before once again coming face to face with Athletic Club, this time at the Camp Nou.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.