Barça 0 Deportivo 0

With the vast majority of our best starting eleven sitting out today, it was perhaps unsurprising to witness a rather disappointing goalless draw with Deportivo. We still played like Barça with a typically high percentage of possession but we lacked creativity and punch in front of goal. Deportivo also showed little going forward though they managed the best chances of the game at the very beginning and then in injury time at the end, but on both occasions Victor Valdés demonstrated that he is still in an excellent moment.

With two youngsters, Marc Bartra and  Andreu Fontás, in defence there was always a chance we might take time to settle and as early as the second minute Adrian burst through onto Valeron’s pass and Valdés had to race out to punch away, however, the ball only fell as far as Lassad who fired back in and Valdés managed to react to get in the way  though it appeared he saved the ball with his face.

Our three forwards had obviously been told not to be afraid to take on a defender as all three showed their ability in the dribble, unfortunately there was very little link-up play and we suffered as a consequence. Valeron had another good chance for Depor in the 15th minute but he fired low past the post. We finally managed a decent chance after Jeffren switched to the left, in the 33rd minute Jeffren nipped between two defenders but his shot was deflected away for a corner.

The second half was equally short on incident. We found another route forward when Alves came on, Johnathan dos Santos had been pretty quiet but he found the best pass of the game in the 58th minute for Alves to run onto but Alves’s flashed cross was just too fast for the diving Bojan to make the vital touch. Bojan was not having the best game but he made an excellent run into the area in the 68th minute but Manuel Pablo just managed to intercept in time. Depor might have stolen the three points right at the end but Valdés was again extremely alert to deny Xisco.

There’s not a great deal more to say about the game. Marc Bartra impressed me again and I still think he is probably better than Fontás, however, Bartra is more of a right sided player and he will have to compete with Piqué and Alves for a place whereas Fontás is a left sided plater which is where we have been having more problems with injuries and aging players. Of the midfielders I still prefer Thiago over JDS but he will have to lose fewer balls, I was also pleased to see Oriol Romeu get another first team chance as he is another player with a big future. Up front we saw plenty of potential expecially from Jeffren and Afellay but there was too much individual play and not enough combinations.

Barça: Valdés 7.5; Bartra 7, Mascherano 7 (Alves m53, 6.5), Fontás 6.5, Abidal 6.5 (Maxwell m53, 6); Thiago 6, Dos Santos 6 (Oriol Romeu m83), Keita 6; Afellay 6, Bojan 6, Jeffren 6.5.

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3 Responses to Barça 0 Deportivo 0

  1. Josher says:

    this game just left me with the feeling that bojan is SO incredibly out of match fitness. Something I question if he ever really had, I feel like he was so much better 3 years ago then he is now, which doesn’t make sense. Barca just have better players that do what he tries to do better than him and they can do more as well. Sad to say I officially feel like bojan just isn’t good enough, barca b legend.

  2. bc9jaCulé says:

    A perfect game it was for our canteranos to show what they’ve got and IMHO, they didn’t do bad. I’m just glad we, eventually, humbled and owned MOANinho. And going by his own words against Pellegrini, he’s the newest ‘BEST LOSER’ in town.

    @NIC: I actually will score Ibi a 7. He was our best player in the attack last night (my MoM), creating spaces and tryin’ some audacious passes that only requires some practice which I hope he’s already startin’ to get.

    OE! OE! OE!

    Man U, bring it on!!!

    Visca Barça!!!
    Força Barça!!!

  3. barcacentralomer says:

    Both Bartra and Fontas need time to challenge the current crop of defenders. However perhaps the thing that might work in their favour is that Milito is on his way out and Puyol is in his 30s. Bartra might have an easier route as Alves is the only established RB with Adriano and Maxwell more comfortable on the left flank. I wonder what happened to Muniesa who was also highly rated though Fontas and Bartra seem to have left him behind.

    The midfield assembly line is where Barca’s cantera really shines. With a lot of noise about Fab’s return to Barca, the growth of players like JDS and Thiago will be adversely affected at least in the short term. Personally I agree with Balague’s assessment about JDS rather than Thaigo being the one to watch in the future. Thaigo is just too careless in giving away the ball at present but who knows he might just prove us wrong. Romeu looks like a raw version of Sergei IMO but still a season away from being good enough to warm the bench in the senior squad.

    The only problem I have with the backup forward line [Bojan-Afellay-Jeffren] is that they’re very good on the eye with their fancy moves but I don’t see the end product /goal that all that talent & skill should yield.

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