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Barcelona survive in Valladolid complaining about the referee and giving anguish

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In the 75th minute, winning 0-1, Gerard Piqué burst out laughing after a grab by Javi Sánchez that the referee Mateu Lahoz did not perceive as a penalty. Then there was the hydration pause and the central did not stop protesting. Before and after throughout the second half, Barça had not fired a single shot on goal, backed down and ended up reducing balls as a small team while Ter Stegen even in the 92nd minute, a shot from Sandro was cleared.

To Barcelona the crying of the VAR and the alleged favors to Madrid that even Bartomeu pointed out a week ago come from pearls to cover their miseries, which are a few. For starters, they are not able to play 90 ‘showing an acceptable level. To finish, that not even putting themselves above the scoreboard they can calm down and manage a game. There is no control, no rhythm, no plan, but the VAR tab and the referees are the constant, the perfect excuse for those who do not want to see.

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Setién shook the team again and came out with a three-center system, with Sergi Roberto along with Lenglet and Piqué and with Semedo and Alba as lanes. Luis Suárez stayed on the bench and Riqui Puig returned to start. The first part, without being brilliant, worked and the goal of Arturo vidal in the 15th minute, a pass from Messi certified Barça’s superiority. He seemed to sew and sing despite some scare like that of Kike Pérez in the 37 ‘that he kicked the grass and not the ball until they went to rest and the other Barça appeared.

The blurred, tired, without energy or ideas and with incomprehensible changes like that of Riqui Puig by Rakitic after ten minutes. Barça, in addition to football, lacks legs and the coach replaces Puig, anyway … The result was that all control disappeared and Valladolid believed it. until they get into their beards. The suffering in the last minutes was extreme because Barça were a cast team that didn’t even know what to do with the ball and just wanted the minutes to run.

Ter Stegen was key for Baça to hold the three points in Valladolid.  (EFE)
Ter Stegen was key for Baça to hold the three points in Valladolid. (EFE)

The constant controversy

Luis Suárez at 71 ‘and later Piqué claimed two penalties Mateu Lahoz and the last quarter of an hour was almost a monologue by the local team against a stiff and confused Barça who lived in constant torture. If he survived it was thanks to Ter Stegen and the little powder from Valladolid; It is a team that subsists and continues to pressure a Madrid that does not fail, but which is dying.

Setién acknowledged at the end of the match that he was tired and that it was difficult for them to defend against a team that is flirting with danger posts. “It was very hot, the field has dried up a lot and there were several players who showed it. We wear a lot of wear and it is normal because we carry a lot of bullshit ”, he argued. At this point there is no longer any argument that is sustained by a coach who stated in the previous that fatigue was not a problem or that a week ago after beating Villarreal he came upstairs telling journalists that they were not going to convince him that his Barça was playing badly.

The constant controversy of arbitrations does not even creep into Real Madrid. Because Barça is not the leader after drawing three games and even winning the passes through the minimum and the VAR has nothing to do with your regrets, with his shortness of breath, with his absence of football. It is even uncomfortable to see them defend a 0-1 as a big cat in Valladolid. But this is what there is.

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