We spoke in the preview about just how much of a tricky encounter this would be, and it proved to be an absolute nightmare for Ronald Koeman’s side. Barcelona fell to defeat by a Jaime Mata penalty, as well as struggling to generate many chances at all against a brutal and resolute Getafe.
In the review below you can catch all my post-match thoughts following what was a really frustrating night for Barcelona.
This would have been a massive win for Barcelona had we secured it, knowing just how tough it is to come here, on top of the fact that Real Madrid have just suffered defeat to newly promoted Cádiz. But it wasn’t meant to be for Koeman’s side, who now must bounce back with victory in the Champions League midweek, before taking on Real Madrid in El Clásico.
Watch: Barcelona 5-1 Alavés, Match Review
Barcelona emphatically defeat Alavés at the Camp Nou by five goals to one, with Trincão, Messi and Junior all on the scoresheet. This was a good confidence builder for Barça, heading into the game against PSG on Tuesday, as Ronald Koeman was able to rotate his side, whilst picking up 3 more points. Check out my full match review below:
Koeman also handed out a first league start to youngster Ilaix Moriba, who despite his error leading up to Rioja’s goal for Alavés, did impress on the night. But standout performers were certainly Lionel Messi and Francisco Trincão. The former showcasing his eternal genius once more, with the latter slowly building confidence and turning into an effective goal scoring winger for Barcelona.