Barcelona kicked off 2021 with a victory, albeit a very strange one. The Catalans were dominant throughout most of the game against the newly-promoted Huesca but could only score a solitary goal for their troubles.
Still, that was enough to get the three points so SPORT call it the ‘golden goal‘. There are a couple of takeaways from the game though.
Lionel Messi was the one who deployed a great ball into the box to connect with Frenkie de Jong’s run from the deep to score the winner and it was an overall great action by Barcelona. They managed to dominate the first half but had troubles finishing off their opponent.
Mundo Deportivo are saying the same thing. Their title focuses on De Jong as the Dutchman decides the game in Barça’s favour.
Messi also played his 500th game in La Liga and despite a good performance, it wasn’t a match to remember. Still, the victory is all that counts and it gives Barcelona some options moving forward.
Improvements, however, are still necessary.
Watch: Osasuna vs Barcelona, Match Preview
Barcelona return to La Liga action to face Osasuna, in what is a crucial match in regard to the La Liga title race. Following Barcelona’s midweek heroics in the comeback against Sevilla, all focus will now be on securing a crucial victory in Pamplona, with the Madrid derby being played just a day after Barça’s clash. Check out our full match preview below:
Following such a high-paced fixture midweek against Sevilla, which required a huge amount of effort and determination, it will be interesting to see how Koeman sets his team up, in the full knowledge that victory is vital. Players such as Ilaix Moriba, Antoine Griezmann and Francisco Trincão will all certainly be knocking on the door for starting spots, but the Dutch coach must select the right balance with his line-up, in what is sure to be a tough test against Arrasate’s Osasuna.