Barça take a truce

Setién's team says goodbye with a win against Alavés on early holidays with two goals by Messi and injury by Lenglet.


Despite the fact that neither team played anything in the standings, Barcelona regretted that it had more to prove after the week of storm that has shaken the Camp Nou. As the Catalans played more than Alavés, who took the game as an end-of-year party, the Blaugrana decreed a truce with their ghosts and closed LaLiga by thrashing Alavés by 0-5.

It is not a party to draw conclusions, but it acts as a palliative to a situation that could become dangerously entrenched, especially with regard to the continuity of Setién. The opposition that Alavés raised does not serve to draw conclusions about the state of Barça in the face of the Champions, because caramels like this in the form of a gang that goes out for a walk on the field are not popular in the highest European competition. But at least, Barça did not make their situation worse by embarrassing their fans who valued the victory in Vitoria more as a start of shame than a ray of hope.

Outbound, the game was a walk for the meager Barcelona expedition against an Alavés rather than a conformist. Barça arrived with 16 players, three of them goalkeepers, to the capital of Alava and offered a monologue to the tran that the local team could not contain.

Uploaded on the back of the spark of Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig, who played with the first team as starters instead of traveling with Araujo to the playoff for promotion to Second A, Barça had plenty of opportunities to open the scoring and leave the I find the first change.

After three minutes Riqui shot the Stringer, at 8 Messi did not control well, at 10 Ansu went off a shot shortly, at 12, Arturo Vidal shot the crossbar, at 16 Messi shot again to the post and seconds later, Suárez marched one on one against Roberto.

A Setién on the bench was taken away by the demons, seeing once again how a phase of enormous dominance of Barça was diluted without being reflected on the scoreboard. But the coach was able to relax when Ansu opened the score to Messi (who completed his 21st assist in LaLiga), Leo himself marked the second for Riqui Puig's assistance and before the break Suárez marked the third that left the game ready for papers .

Muñiz moved the bench at the break to give entrance to Tachi, Pere Pons and Luis Rioja to improve the summer image offered by theirs. At the minute of the game restart, Setién had to move his meager bench because of Lenglet's discomfort, who left with pain in the right adductor being replaced by Semedo. The Brazilian winger closed any debate about a local reaction by scoring 0-4 after a new assist from Riqui Puig. Before, Pere Pons had thrown the last shovel of dirt on his team by missing only before Neto, a spectator so far, a very clear occasion in which he did not touch even the ball.

The game languished with Barça owning the situation and Messi settling his seventh Pichichi with his second goal, which was the fifth for the team from Blaugrana.

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