These are the three successes and the two errors of Barça in their 2-1 victory against Athletic Bilbao
Messi is not affected
Much commotion has caused the leakage of his contract, but it has not been enough to take away his hunger for goal. The match started more plugged than usual, generating chances everywhere. Through a perfect free kick he advanced his team. In the second half he lacked some of the bellows and his team noticed his lack of success.
Sergi Roberto returned
At last the Catalan returns, an essential figure for this Barça that is so lacking in rotation players on many occasions. Throughout the season the team has missed a substitute for Dest, someone who comes in between with both defensive and offensive skills, who was able to sustain the team as well as Sergi does when he is sweet.
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In spite of everything … three more points
Good play is not always feasible, but this team is managing to carry out those games that a few months ago were complicated. The hot streak extends not only to home games but also to away games. Although he wins by the minimum and after a poor second half these three points serve to continue improving with his head held high.
Are the sides reliable?
To everyone’s surprise, the level offered by Umtiti in recent weeks begins to be hopeful, and what can we say about Araújo, a 21-year-old center-back who seems to have a considerable string of seasons at the highest level behind him. Jordi Alba has subjected Athletic’s right wing to his constant increases, however, he has left some spaces behind him. In the second half he has been somewhat more dispersed and has unprotected too much that back that Barça’s rivals have used so many times to do damage. Mingueza was not very fine in the vast majority of the crossroads that were presented to him. Barça have reliable centrals, but are the full-backs reliable?
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The intensity was lost in the second half
During the first half, the team dominated practically every aspect of the game without taking too many risks. Athletic’s early goal as soon as the second half started upset Koeman’s men who suffered throughout the second half. The lack of ability to rebuild, which has been talked about so many times throughout this season, flew over the Camp Nou one more day.