There came a time when everything was simple. At game time, the order was clear: ‘Balls to Ousmane’. There was no other way. Balls to Dembélé, the only and desperate offensive bet left to a frustrated Barça. Frustrated and powerless. He wasted so much energy that he ended up being washed out on the Camp Nou pitch on a dog’s night. Rain and more rain. And more rain. And cold, too cold for a goalless team.
He ended without spark shivering when he saw Seferovic miss, perhaps, the clearest occasion of his life. He is still alive in Europe, forced to win in Munich against Bayern or wait for Benfica to stumble in Lisbon against Dinamo (be it a draw or a loss). “In the end, we missed putting one in,” Xavi lamented, hurt like everyone else by the lack of aim of his players. “If we had scored we would talk about a great game, which is what we have done. We have to go to Munich to win,” claimed the new coach.
“Dembélé changed the game”
“We have been superior to Benfica. We have a point that we know very little about. We have only one match left and we have to be positive. Lack of goal? I think we played very well, they are getting the idea, we have missed that goal. We have to be more effective, nothing to reproach the team, the attitude has been commendable, “added the coach, happy for Dembélé’s return.
“He has changed the dynamics of the game, you generate more fear of the rival and causing many occasions. He is a player to make a difference, it is a pity that the goal has not arrived, we have deserved the victory. Football has these things,” he said.
Memphis and penalty
“We are Barça and we are going to win in Munich. We have to go out with the same responsibility in defense, we played a very good game, despite being 0-0. It is the game that the team should play. We missed a goal. “, said Xavi, coinciding with the diagnosis that Koeman already issued weeks ago. Even Xavi himself had easy the sad offensive count of his team. “In two games we have scored a goal and it was a penalty,” stressed the coach in reference to the goal by Memphis that gave him the victory over Espanyol.
A goal from a set piece portrays the offensive drama that shakes Barça in all starkness. It was already known when he got rid of Messi last summer. It was even possible to know more when Griezmann, already on the last day of the market (August 31), flew back to the reunion with cholismo at Atlético. “The goal did not come because it was the golden key to qualify,” said Araujo, author of a goal that was annulled when he was already celebrating in a big way. And so, wasting away from so much impotence, Barça was fading, startled by that incredible occasion that Seferovic missed, which put the Camp Nou on the brink of a nervous breakdown. The public was great, the team ran and had an idea, but they executed it badly in the Portuguese area.