60 matches and an interview to start getting smarter (Xavi Hernández Navarro)

Verbalize never fails. After breaking the silence in an a la carte interview with Jorge Valdano, Griezmann has scored twice in one week. In Kiev he completed the thrashing (0-4) and against Osasuna he scored his best goal as a goalkeeper thanks to a great first-half shot from the front of the area. The Frenchman needed to speak outside the field to start doing it inside. However, he still has work to do to color his legacy at the Camp Nou. So far, although he has not lacked chances (60 games), he has scored 19 goals, six assists and – what is worse – too many signs of incompatibility. Go, Antoine, keep expressing yourself.

Rounding out a tribute. With the empty stages of life it is very difficult to pay homage to the myths that are lost along the way. He was seen the other day in San Paolo, the temple of Naples, mourning without human warmth the loss of his greatest idol, Diego Armando Maradona. Pelusa has left and football has to fire him in a strange context. Barça have been with the flags at half-mast for four days and today they put the Song of the birds on the public address system and has displayed a flower carpet and Diego’s t-shirt in the stands. But without people everything is halved. That is why we must thank Leo Messi for putting his personal stamp on the tribute of his compatriot. Newell’s goal and shirt ready when the game was dying. Too bad for Mateu Lahoz. Damn regulation.

Allergy to 4-3-3. Or, in other words, 4-2-3-1 as a dogma. Koeman doesn’t follow what many coaches say about game systems. For the Dutch they are not interpretable, mobile or directly an invention of the press to categorize. The Wembley hero is not satisfied with the poor results and the lack of cash to try to distribute the pieces differently on the grass. That’s why he puts Pedri, who is a midfielder, at the double pivot, or ignores a crib interior like Riqui Puig even in a context of infernal calendar. On the day of a decade of one of the best works of 4-3-3 (5-0 at Mourinho’s Madrid), Barça went out to play without La Masia midfielders.

There is central. Beyond Messi, the representation of the house in the Barça line-up against Osasuna has been Óscar Mingueza. The Vallès center-back made his debut with the first team in Kiev and has repeated in the League, where he has also signed a very solvent performance. It must be remembered that its emergence is more the result of urgency than of a commitment convinced by the base. This does not mean, however, that he should not be applauded for how he is responding at the first level. In addition, he paints that he will become a guy, as right now Koeman has no professional center available, as Lenglet has also fallen and joins the already known casualties of Piqué, Umtiti and Araujo.


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