The Copa del Rey tie against Sevilla was the start of everything for Barcelona. A week ago, Ronald Koeman relied on a system with three defenders, which completely neutralized Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in La Liga. That game gave the needed confidence, and the team believed the result will be replicated in the Copa.
Copa del Rey Final awaits
Ousmane Dembele was instrumental once again for Barcelona. Starting very sharp and looking to create problems for the defenders, he controlled the ball on the edge of the area, and, with a perfectly placed shot, he put Barcelona ahead in the game early on.
Excellent delivery from wide areas was also present in Dembele’s game. He found Jordi Alba on the far post, and the Spaniard found the crossbar with a thunderous shot. The problems for Sevilla were getting more and more serious while the Andalucian side seemed content with sitting deep and just trying to run out the clock. Many opportunities and moments in the game where Barcelona had to break through a low block similar to this one.
However, Sevilla defended relatively well but finally crumbled under the pressure from Barcelona.
Pique met an excellent cross from Griezmann to send the game into extra-time with almost no time left on the clock.
In extra-time, Sevilla couldn’t resist anymore, and Barcelona found extra motivation. Fernando was sent-off which only compounded the issue for Sevilla. Messi found spaces frequently, and the goal was only a matter of time. Braithwaite made sure the Catalans didn’t have to wait too much for it.
Barcelona went on to secure the game and book their place for a rematch with Atheltic Club at the La Cortuja in the Copa del Rey Final.
La Liga battle goes on
There were few nerves before the Osasuna game, with Barcelona being able to get back into the title race. This season taught us all not to take anything for granted, and the countless missed opportunities by the team had to be in the back of their mind.
Ronald Koeman didn’t surprise anyone and continue to rely on his newly found system. Oscar Mingueza, Lenglet, and Umtiti formed the centre-back partnership, supported by Busquets, Pedri, and De Jong in the midfield. Once again, in the close games this season, the need for someone to step up and create something was ever-present. Individual quality and moments of magic were needed to break the well-organized Osasuna team.
And speaking of moments of magic and something “different” – Messi took the ball almost at the halfway line and lobbed a perfect through ball for Jordi Alba. The Spaniard gave no chance to Sergio Herrera and opened the score with a perfect finish to the attack.
Another La Masia gem – Ilaix Moriba
With the introduction of Ilaix Moriba, the team looked a bit more energized, and the youngster provided the needed spark to close out the game.
A great run from Pedri, who found Messi on the edge of the area. La Pulga just nudged the ball towards Moriba, and the La Masia prodigy faked a shot and then blasted the ball into the top corner. His first Barcelona goal was a truly special one and a moment that has been coming for a while. Te great performances off the bench for Ilaix were finally justified with a goal.
This past week has been one of the best so far of the season. Barcelona managed to get to the final of Copa del Rey by overcoming a two-goal deficit against Sevilla on Wednesday. Another win in La Liga against Osasuna saw the team climb to second place and the long-awaited presidential elections finally happened.
With all that positivity and confidence coming back, the team can prepare for the mouth-watering tie against Paris Saint-Germain this mid-week and either go out of the Champions League fighting or surrender all the momentum by another embarrassment.