Game 1 after Koeman: life goes on the same for Barça

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Barça is still in crisis despite having dismissed Ronald Koeman as coach. The presence of Sergi Barjuan on the bench has not improved the image of the team, which has once again reaped another setback in the League by drawing (1-1) against Alavés at the Camp Nou.

The face in the band was different but, as Jordi Alba has recognized after the meeting, the shortcomings are the same:

“A bad point. Everything that is not adding three points at home and away for Barcelona is bad, and even more so because of how we are in the standings. They are telling us to score a goal and with little that we get they make a goal, and that’s how it is complicated. I hope better streaks come. They are different coaches, but the idea remains the same: we have attacked a lot, we have created very clear chances. Hopefully we can improve for our sake. We are trying. We generate good game, but what matters is what happens in both areas. We have to improve and be more involved ”.

Sergi continued to bet on Sergiño Dest as a right winger and introduced as the most relevant novelty, forced by multiple casualties, the very young indoor couple Nico González-Gavi.

The left wing was the great attacking trick of Barça in the first moments of the game, with Memphis Depay very active and Jordi Alba who managed to reach the baseline with ease.

The first chance to score did not come until the 17th minute, when Eric García hit a header that Sivera cleared ‘in extremis’.

Alavés tried with another header, but the game was declining until the break.

Shortly before, Agüero gave Camp Nou a scare by stretching on the ground after showing symptoms of dizziness. The Argentine walked away from the field and was transferred to a hospital to undergo medical examinations.

As soon as the second half began, in minute 49, Memphis, with his right foot, invented a shot in the form of a parable that embedded itself in Sivera’s left squad.

The Barça joy only lasted three minutes. Those that it took Luis Rioja to pierce the center of the Barça defense, very soft, with an individual play in which he leaned on Joselu before dribbling Ter Stegen and scoring on an empty goal.

The visiting goal enraged Barjuan’s men, who overcame the blow at first and had two clear chances at Memphis’ feet to score the second goal. In the first, Gavi assisted him and the ball crashed into the right post after hitting it over Sivera and, in the second, it was Nico González who left him alone before the visiting goalkeeper, who repelled the ball.

Both Gerard Piqué and Edgar Méndez left the field with muscular discomfort and, copying the first half, the rhythm of the game declined to the detriment of Barça interests. Barjuan’s last letter was to admit Alejandro Balde and debutant Ez Abde 10 minutes from the end. They brought energy and daring, but the result no longer moved.

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