Things that start badly, end badly. But Barça decided that the League that started with the defeat in San Mamés, which followed with the exit of Valverde’s bench and the arrival of Setién and which had as its main consequence the delivery of the title to MadridHe did not want to close it without giving himself away one last chapter to reconcile him with himself.
After the little hand in Mendizorroza, the Blaugrana they will go on vacation with a good taste in their mouths. Quique Setién fills his arguments to reach the Champions League at least. While Bartomeu, who traveled to Vitoria to see the locker room reaction up close, wins a small truce in the box. That is positive interpretation. Ambitious reading is asking why now and not before. Freed from the requirement of having to chase and harass Madrid, who gripped the team in the derby, in Valladolid or against Osasuna, without that obligation, Barça surprised with a cheerful and lively game.
Messi, well surrounded by Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati, scored his first post-pandemic double to secure the Pichichi
Once the championship was lost, there were few ways to say goodbye other than this to stimulate Barcelona for the Champions League. Although, as happened with the Villarreal duel, a mirror in which Setién likes to look at himself, the bells cannot be thrown on the fly. Obviously, one thing is the recently saved Alavés, relaxed and with nothing at stake, and quite another is Gattuso’s Naples, thirsty for a surprise. Not to mention the fearsome Bayern, who is intuited as a future rival and coconut in Lisbon.
If someone expected Barcelona, decimated by injuries and penalties, to go on a sit-down strike on the last day, they were wrong from beginning to end. After the captain’s speech, the coach had been left in a questionable situation, but the locker room heavyweights stood up, if only to secure the seventh Pichichi trophy for Leo Messi. The Argentine, even when he doesn’t end happily, ends up with a record under his arm. He reached 25 goals, with his first post-pandemic double. In one match, the ten scored more play goals than in the previous ten matches.
Thinking of Europe
One thing is Alaves recently saved and with nothing at stake, and Naples or a coconut like Bayern are quite another.
Setién sent a message from the lineup to the sports dome. Araujo, Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati, the three youngsters who could not play with the subsidiary in the promotion playoff, were starters in Mendizorroza. And along with them, also the old guard: Messi, Suárez, Busquets, Alba and Arturo Vidal. The kids and the experts came out very reinforced. Understanding that mixing is the solution.
Barça came out strong and hit the locals from the first minute. In 16 minutes the blaugrana kicked the wood three times. It gives an idea of the siege that Roberto was subjected to. That attitude of looking for goal contrasted with a meek Alavés, who shot for the first time in the 43rd minute and was a center that Neto, substitute for Ter Stegen (they don’t want to take unnecessary risks), caught easily.
If someone expected a Barcelona with his arms down, he was wrong: he kicked the wood three times in 16 minutes
Riqui Puig scored perhaps his best game in the first team. The inside of Matadepera was able to score in the 3rd minute with a great right hand that crashed into the crossbar with violence. Those lashes are not his specialty, as are the two assists he gave later.
If Puig was in almost all of them and gives the team a festive and playful touch, Ansu Fati does not need as much but always appears and makes noise. It’s quick and intuitive when it comes to finishing in the area. Messi hung up a ball, but a defender made the ball change trajectory and rise a little more. The first to see where it would fall was the Spanish-Guinean, who shot first to open the scoring at close range. What the wood had prevented Vidal and Messi, was achieved by the teenager, married to the goal.
Among the good news, Lenglet’s injury worries about the month of August
Well surrounded, as requested by Dani Alves and recommended by Guardiola in 2011, Messi was always close to the area, where he is most dangerous. And more if they give him the ball face like Riqui. The Argentine faked Roberto twice without touching the ball to trick him at 0-2. For the 0-3, the captain opened to the left to Alba and he gave the goal to Luis Suárez.
It had been a long time since Barça had not gone to rest with three goals ahead and the game decided, as Setién likes. In the second part, Semedo and Messi again rounded off the little hand. Among all the good news, the worst part was carried by Lenglet, who was injured as soon as he left the break in the right abductor. The Frenchman is a fixture in defense. So we will have to keep an eye on the Champions League. Barça has only Europe left. The team that everything went wrong wants to end up smiling.
Alavés, 0 – FC Barcelona, 5
Alaves: Robert; Martín Aguirregabiria, Laguardia (Tachi, min.46), Magallán, Adrián Marín; Edgar Méndez, Camarasa (Abdallahi Mahmoud, m.65), Manu (Ljubo Fejsa, m.59), Oliver Burke (Pere Pons, min.46); Joselu and Lucas Pérez (Luis Rioja, min.46).
Barcelona: Neto; Sergi Roberto, Ronald Araujo, Lenglet (Nelson Semedo, min.50), Jordi Alba; Riqui Puig, Busquets (Frenkie de Jong, m.59), Arturo Vidal; Ansu Fati (Braithwaite, m.77), Luis Suárez and Leo Messi.
Goals: 0-1, m.23: Ansu Fati. 0-2, m.33: Messi. 0-3, m.43. Luis Suarez. 0-4, m.57: Semedo; 0-5, m.75: Messi
Referee: Martínez Munuera (Valencian Committee). Without cards Incidents: Meeting corresponding to the thirty-eighth and last day of the LaLiga Santander played in Mendizorroza behind closed doors.