Messi removes to the Barça of the UVI

After a disastrous first half, the Argentine's inspiration rescues a Barça that skirted the disaster. Leo, with two goals, leads the Pichichi alone.


Barça, through Messi, came back to life when his clinical situation seemed irreversible after an unpresentable first half that the Blaugrana set up in a second half in which they ended up winning 3-0 over Elche thanks to the Argentine's acceleration.

Koeman spoke in the preview, launching a challenge to the 'sacred cows' in the dressing room so that they could remedy the week of bleeding that Barça lived since they were beaten by Paris Saint-Germain. To accompany the most veteran in this supposed exercise of penance, the technician gave entry into the team to Umtiti, Mingueza, Pjanic and Trincāo. With the exception of the latter, the initial response of the eleven Blaugrana starters to their coach was pitorreo. They achieved what seemed impossible: play worse than against Cádiz. At the start, not a hint of the reaction expected from an injured team.

The staging of Barça was depressing. Koeman's team gave the image of being a buried dying man trying to escape from the grave by digging downwards.

The first part of Barcelona was desperate in attitude, in approach, in order and in confidence in victory. A full-blown disaster that in the face of the general resignation only Trincāo was trying to save, who ran into Badia twice, again great.

What Barça was could be summarized in isolated actions such as Messi's absence in the final meters, Pjanic's slowness, Mingueza's complaints about a stomp on the hand or the confusion that Braithwaite exhibited, which gave the impression of not knowing so he had gone out into the field. All of that, which looked so bad, was later corrected.

In front of this blaugrana wasteland, Elche felt more and more comfortable at the Camp Nou. The Escribá team started timidly despite the fact that Lucas Boyé wasted a very clear chance to score after four minutes. They really began to believe it towards the final stretch of the first half, when they settled in the middle of the Barcelona field and the culé defense began to tremble.

Seeking to remedy the disaster, Koeman put the cross (again) to Pjanic at half-time and took out Dembélé, with whom everything is possible.But the one who appeared was Messi, who woke up from the nap of the first half to face the rival defense, lean on Braithwaite, who gave him back the heel wall, so that the Argentine beat Badia. Barça seemed to be returning from beyond.

With the scoreboard in the face, Barça needed to show that it knew how to dominate a game and not fall into the same error as against Cádiz. From the outset, after the goal, Elche immediately had an opportunity from Lucas Boyé, who once again revealed the tension with which the Blaugrana team lives in the matches.

But Barça managed to save that moment of habitual doubt after scoring and took the opportunity to control the match in search of the goal that would allow them, even for once, to arrive with some tranquility at the final moments of the match.

In five minutes, Barça finished the game and achieved its goal. First it was Messi when he culminated an impressive gallop by De Jong breaking lines of the rival defense until he gave the ball to the Argentine who beat the rival goalkeeper in a one on one and scoring his 17th goal so far this season. Then, a new assist from Braithwaite, picking up a ball that Jordi Alba finished off in a striker position, definitively shelved a game that began depression and ended with Messi rescuing Barça from the threat of ruin.

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