Ronald Koeman described Copa del Rey as the shortest route to the team’s trophies. He admitted that he couldn’t win much, but by just before 11 o’clock on Wednesday night it still looked very far away. They kept going, but noticed that the road was blocked no matter where they turned.The ball bounced off the post, bar, off Aaron Escandel, Shots going from anywhere, anywhere, and over time, another title slipped off.
“It seemed we were going to lose …” Barcelona The manager said later.
“… but not”
Barcelona lost 2-0 in two minutes to the quarterfinals. Granada.. They fired 30 shots, but only landed on their feet. finished.
And suddenly it wasn’t.
Lionel MessiA long, deep ball fell into the area on the left, and Antoine Griezmann jumped forward and somehow pointed it at the net. The next Messi hit the post, and then, at an additional time, it happened again. Same pass from Messi, same movement from Griezmann, same position, same result. This time he is back across a 6-yard box for Jordi Alba to win the equalizer.
Granada’s Luis Suarez fired a wide shot at 93:40 and went into overtime with two minutes remaining from two downs. There, Barcelona climbed 3-2, Granada won 3-3, and Barcelona scored two more goals. Final score, Granada 3, Barcelona 5 (after extended war). After all, they were as exhausted as they were overjoyed. The player accepted, though not as closely as when the player was piled up in the corner after the second goal.
They deserve it too. The shock wasn’t that Barcelona actually won it, but that they won it as they did. That I had to win it as they did. Barcelona won 18 corners, but Granada didn’t. They played over 1,000 passes and Granada under 300. They had 79% ownership. The number of shots was 7-36. Barcelona scored 20 goals and Granada scored 4 goals. Three of them are included.
Only Messi got 20 shots directly and either scored a goal or offered a pass to others. Aruba scored twice, providing further evidence of Aruba’s conundrum. The problem is sometimes still so, far more advanced than anyone else on the left, and completely irreplaceable. Frenkie de Jong is everywhere. Pedri is silk. And, as one treatise states, Griezmann “dressed as Superman.” This is considerably better than some of what he dressed as in the past.
This month is not the first time.so HuescaGriezmann, who was excluded from the team, stayed alone in a corner of the ground and stood abandoned next to the exit sign while the rest was warming up-the metaphor in the photo is very dull and subtle. Is not so subtle, so you may be forgiven wondering if he did it intentionally. After a month, its appearance disappeared and it was replaced by a big smile, a sense of purpose, and relevance.
“With the confidence of the manager and my teammates, everything is easy,” he says. So is the position. Finally, Griezmann seems to own the role on the left. Not in the way, but not too far away, no longer an obstacle to Messi, but an accomplice. Messi played 15 passes against Granada, including the two rescuers.With 6 goals and 5 assists this month, Griezmann Spain In January.
Without him, Messi might be. of course. Or De Jung-This is four goals and two assists in the past month. Ronald Araujo, on the other hand, shows, in Gerard Piqué’s words, a sign of being the center back of Barcelona “for the next 10 to 15 years.”
All around them, the player seems to be in place. Partly due to planning, part by trial and error, partly due to stubbornness and opportunism (very underestimated quality of soccer players), partly due to changes in planning (very underestimated quality of managers). Yes, but that’s happening. Sergio Busquets seems to find his foot and slowly look at something similar to the structure around him. Ousmane Dembele is finding a role, his teammates have won. Pedri is special. De Jung has a license to roam in the middle, but he is increasingly trusted to take advantage of that freedom.
It’s not perfect, not far from it, but it fits. It’s starting to seem to make sense. I feel it is more or less rational. A large space is closed and a structure appears in that place. Koeman says they aren’t in a good position to win, and he’s right, especially because they’re far behind (especially in La Liga). But in reality … is it pretty good? And everything that happened, that is, everything that is still happening, that’s what it is.
Barcelona have lost only once since the turn of the year-in extra time in the Spanish Super Cup final Athletic Bilbao..They hit Real Sociedad In the semi-finals. They have won the league five times in a row. They won the Copa del Rey three times in a row. Of course, this is not a reason to declare a full resurrection and recovery-still not a revolution. Behind them, with the exception of Araujo, they still look almost scary. In La Liga, they defeated athletics twice. Elche, Granada and Huesca. The team they should defeat. Huesca was 1-0. Elche was 2-0 and the second goal came in the last minute. For athletics, Griezmann won the winner in the last 15 minutes.
It was a penalty for the Super Cup to beat Real Sociedad.
In the cup, they needed extra time against Segunda B Cornella. Against Rayo Vallecano’s second division, they had to step off the goal to win 2-1. And on Wednesday night, they made another comeback and needed more time to get through Granada.
Still maybe that’s a good thing. It wasn’t that they won-again-or even that victory confirmed an upward trend. That was the way they won. “Bestial!” Sports called it. “It’s heroic,” said El Mundo Deportivo. This was “crazy magnificent” Barcelona. Instead of playing well, what they mainly did was what they played and what they rebelled against. Immediately after Granada’s second goal, it seemed to be over and Barcelona seemed to know it. However, the introduction of Riqui Puig in the remaining 15 minutes seemed to be part of (and probably sparked) a collective awakening that accelerated everything. It was chaotic wherever I was, but I was not only giving up, I was fighting for life. And they were in it together.
Julien Laurence says Barcelona’s comeback victory vs. Granada will greatly help build their confidence.
Quality wasn’t important, it was a lot and it was always there, but it wasn’t always there as a character. “What you have to emphasize is the idea,” Koeman said. He talked about great physical and mental work. Martin Braithwaite and Marc-Andreter Stegen both tweeted about the spirit of the side.
That spirit alone cannot see them, but it helps. And it is also self-perpetuating. If Barcelona just swam and died on the shore, as in the Spanish phrase, it might have destroyed them. Fatalism may have flooded. But like Brody and Hooper, they did it. They survived, are now strong, and have been bound to it forever. And that’s important, and by identifying and consolidating something that’s already under construction, the new relationship has been strengthened. Fraternity is trained in battle, and brothers are crossing their arms.
OK, it may be too strong. But even if it’s just a storyline as a lifeline, there’s something to buy and keep. Former Barcelona striker Bojan Krkić said: “Winning this way is an infusion of morale and optimism, and today is the basic nutrition of a dressing room that is more united than ever because they gathered, recovered and confirmed in the moment of great adversity. Growth that I could already feel, and at this important stage of the season. “
The debris had fallen in place, but perhaps this was something that still had to fall and they needed it terribly. Emotional emulsion. Maybe it could only fall like this, maybe it could only come when they stood on the edge together. It’s a leap, certainly wishful thinking, and maybe exaggerated, but this felt like the beginning of something, a shift.
On Wednesday night, Barcelona looked back on the 2-0 deficit, won 5-3 and lived to fight another day.They found the way to the Copa del Rey semifinals (Where they meet Sevilla Wednesday 2:55 pm EST Livestreaming on ESPN +)The shortest route to shortening the trophy, but more importantly, they may have found something more important: the team.
– Soccer Sports
Barcelona not only found a way to win in the unlikely Copa del Rey comeback, but also found themselves
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