Fresh from the defeat at Camp Nou against Osasuna, Setien’s men storm past Alavés in a dead rubber at Estadio Mendizorrotza as Messi, Fati and Suarez all make it to the scoresheet. Here’s an extensive match summary of Deportivo Alavés vs FC Barcelona.
Starting the match summary with the lineup, Setién was left out with 16 players to choose from, and three of whom were goalkeepers and half of those sixteen players were completely drained out after the previous game. Make sure to check out the match preview to have a look at the Barcelona’s squad for today’s game.
Messi Started again in today’s game even though he looked fatigued during the second half of the previous match; Suarez and the youngster Fati started alongside him.
As this game is not much of an importance, Setién has decided to rest Frenkie de Jong who has been replaced by Riqui Puig. Frankie de Jong came on in the second half of the previous game as a substitute. He had dealt with a knee injury for a few weeks earlier this month.
As rightly predicted by barcatimes in the match preview, Ter Stegen has been rested for today’s game as he has played all the games after the COVID break. Araujo and Neto have replaced Pique (suspended) and Ter Stegen, respectively. Whereas, Roberto has replaced Semedo in the RB position.
While midfield is the only area which remains untouched from the last game as all three of Puig, Busquets and Vidal started again in today’s clash against Alavés. Here are the full line-ups of Deportivo Alavés and FC Barcelona.
Aguirregabiria Laguardia Magallan Marin;
Edgar Camarasa Garcia Burke;
Roberto Araüjo Lenglet Alba;
Puig Busquets Vidal;
Messi Suarez Fati;
Barcelona had a bright start to the game having four shots on target in the opening ten minutes of the match. The crossbar denied Riqui Puig’s brilliant hit from outside the box which could’ve been one of the best goals of the season if it had gone in. Like the previous games, Barcelona dominated the possession in the earlier stages of the game but failed to put one past the goalkeeper.
Messi hit the post with a long-ranged spectacular hit, but he was unlucky to not to have scored there. The woodwork had now denied Barcelona for the third time in the first twenty minutes. But all those efforts didn’t go in vain as the youngster Ansu Fati gave Barcelona the lead as he scored from a deflected pass from Messi.
Not long after the first goal, Riqui Puig made another brilliant pass to Suarez which opened Alavés’s defence up to put him 1v1 with the goalkeeper, but Suarez hit straight to the goalkeeper. Riqui Puig has been by far the best player on the pitch in the opening thirty minutes of the game.
Straight after the cooling break, Puig once again combined with Messi as Leo rolled it past the goalkeeper to make it 2-0. Ten minutes later, right before the half time break, Barcelona scored a brilliant team goal as Messi chipped it to Alba who crossed it to Suarez and the Uruguayan headed it into the net. This was arguably Barça’s the best First 45 minutes of the season.
Goal 0-1: Ansu Fati-24′
Ansu Fati broke the deadlock. After many unlucky attempts on the goal, Barcelona finally has the lead. Messi received the ball in space on the right-wing, he tried to play a cross which got slightly deflected, but Ansu was quick enough to get to the ball before Alavés’s defence and rolled it past the goalkeeper to make it 1-0.
Goal 0-2: Leo Messi-24‘
Leo Messi Makes it 2-0. It all started with roberto switching the play, and he found Riqui Puig on the left and passed it to Messi who beautifully sat the keeper down and tapped the ball into the net.
Goal 0-3: Luis Suarez-24′
A brilliant team goal by Barcelona. Messi played an excellent pass to Alba who was overlapping on the left. Alba crossed it to Luis Suarez in the middle who heads it past Roberto in goal to make it 0-3 in the First-half.
The Blaugranas began the Second-half from where they left the First-half. Alavés contained to have their goal constantly threatened by Barcelona. Barça continued to pressurise Alavés in the attacking third, which resulted in the fourth goal. It is Semedo who adds to the Barça’s tally. Puig is involved once again, leading to the goal as he had his second assist of the match.
Barcelona closed down Alavés every time they tried to counter-attack on the break. Barça kept muscling-up in the back whenever Alavés had a break. Arturo Vidal had a massive part in it.
Barcelona kept hunting for a goal, even after having four in the bag and eventually in the 75th minute Leo Messi put it past the goalkeeper to make it five, his second goal of the game. Alba has another assist to his name. Alavés tried to push for a consolation goal during the end of the game but in vain. Barcelona triumphed in Vitoria-Gasteiz Álava ending the league season on a high.
Goal 0-4: Nelson Semedo-57‘
Semedo adds to Barcelona’s thrilling goal tally. Riqui Puig is the man who set it up. Puig passed it to Semedo with a lovely touch off the outside of the foot, and the Portuguese right-back crashed it into the goal from close-range.
Goal 0-5: Lionel Messi-75‘
Messi makes it 0-5 for Barcelona as he latched on the cross from Alba into the box and cracked it straight past Roberto. It seems like the goalkeeper didn’t see that coming. By Messi’s standards that finish seems ordinary but, it is a durable finish Regardless.
Pere Pons for Lucas Perez-45′
Albert Rodriguez for Laguardia-45′
Luis Gonzalez for Oliver Burke-45′
Semedo for Lenglet- 50′
De Jong for Busquets-59′
Fejsa for Manu Garcia-59′
Abdallah for Camarasa-65′
Martin Braithwaite for Ansu Fati-78′
Today’s win might not be a significant one in the context of the league, but it will do a world of good to the confidence of the players. This performance has sent out a statement. It has helped Barça regain the winning momentum.
We might call it “too little too late”, but finishing the league season the way we did it today was very important, especially after the kind of set-back we had in the previous game. We still have a lot to be solved, but this win will help the team stay in a positive mental state before the highly anticipated champions league return.
With La Liga done and dusted, the focus now shifts to the champions league. Going by our recent performances, it is very likely that Barça will have a tough time competing in the champions league. As quoted by Messi himself yesterday, “I already said before that playing like this we won’t be able to fight for the Champions League”. Check out the full Messi interview here.
But Barcelona needs to stay positive and take one game at a time starting with Napoli; we need to maintain this winning momentum, and Setién has a lot of things to work on, before we step on the field against Napoli in the second leg of the champions league on the 7th of August. For a much detailed preview of the game, make sure to check out the match preview that will be posted on the Matchday.
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