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16 Oct 2016
A harmless Deportivo did nothing before a Barcelona that scored four goals playing at half speed. The Galicians didn’t even complete a shot on target. Laure was sent off.

As it was expected coach Gaizka Garitano decided to play with a 4-3-3 figure and with a trivote at midfield territory. The novelty was to see Turkish Emre Çolak performing on the left wing.

Lux was the starting goalie, Laure covered the right side in defence, Navarro performed on the left, Albentosa and Sidnei covered the central positions, Guilherme, Celso Borges and Pedro Mosquera were the centre midfielders, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Çolak did it form the left and Florin Andone was the centre forward.

At FC Barcelona, as it was expected coach Luis Enrique left Messi on the bench. Iniesta was also out of the formation as Rafinha was a starter. Samuel Umtiti was also out of the starting formation as Jérémy Mathieu was performing at the centre of the defence. Neymar and Luis Suárez were the references in attack.

Photo: La Liga

Soft performance by Deportivo in this half. The trivote figure never worked as Barca had the ball and was feeling pleasant at midfield. Without any pressure the locals were releasing attacks without any problem and there were no more goals only because the Catalans only pushed until the last ten minutes.

Slow start in the game; Barcelona had the ball, but at the same time it had the patience to not risk it and wait to find a crack at the visiting defence. Meanwhile, Depor were locked at their zone of the pitch, covering all the zones and only moving forward using the counterattack.

The first big chance in the game came at minute 7, a cross from Rafinha was connected by Neymar and his strong shot hit the crossbar, the loose ball reached the path of Luis Suárez, who incredibly headed the ball out from inside the box. Depor responded with a volley of Çolak that went over the crossbar, one of the few attacks by the Galicians in this half.

The next chance was a direct free-kick attempt by Neymar that missed the target (13’). In the previous play Sidnei got a knock in the rib after a play with Luis Suárez, but the Brazilian continued in the game.

At minute 16, Borges assisted Andone, who fired with a strong shot from the left corner of the area and he missed the target. Then the Catalans scored the first goal in the game, Rafinha made the run on the left, Navarro failed in the mark and the Brazilian didn’t miss in a shot that Lux should have blocked.

Depor never reacted and Barcelona were closer to the goal. At minute 27, Rakitić missed the target from the left wing, then Sidnei couldn’t continue and had to be replaced by Alejandro Arribas, the report said that he sustained a concussion in one rib.

The trivote figure at midfield never worked for Deportivo. Los Blanquiazules were trying to choke the output of the ball by Barca, but this never happened; actually the locals were always feeling comfortable at the moment of moving the ball.

The second goal came in a polemic play that should have been invalidated for an offside. Neymar took a lateral free-kick that Piqué headed downwards toward Lux, the keeper deflected the attempt and Rafinha was there to push the loose ball in, but the centre-back was offside at the moment of heading the ball.

From there the game was uphill for Deportivo, team that fell and that could have allowed at least three more goals before the break. It allowed one more after a great play in which Neymar drilled the ball into the area, Albentosa was too slow and it reached the path of Luis Suárez, who turned off to score with a crossed shot. The Uruguayan could have scored again with a crossed shot from the right, but the ball hit the far post of Lux (45’).

Photo: La Liga

There was no reaction from Deportivo in this half. The team was always at the mercy of the Catalans and was lucky enough to only concede one more goal, this after ending with ten men with the expulsion of Laure.

The final part followed the same pace of the first: Barcelona had the ball and patiently waited to create chances, while Depor were just holding on. At minute 52, Andone made a great play eluding two rivals inside the area, but later his shot was blocked. This was one of the two approximations made by the visiting side -no shots on target in the hole match-

Ryan Babel replaced Çolak, but Depor didn’t react; actually, it allowed a fourth goal after Messi entered the pitch. The play was made by Neymar, he put the ball in the middle three defenders and Arribas was slow enough to allow the Argentine to score with a strong shot from the left corner of the area.

Luisinho replaced Bruno Gama, but Deportivo continued to be a lost team on the pitch, even worse after Laure was sent off. The right-back was sent off after hitting Neymar with the elbow. Deportivo protested before a similar aggression of Luis Suárez over Arribas during the first half.

So, Depor had to play the last 26 minutes with ten men; miraculously Barcelona didn’t score more goals. The locals had a handful number of opportunities, mainly by substitute Pedro Alcácer, who had three clear chances to score. The last one at the last minute of the added time after sending out a drilling cross from the right.

Lux also was a factor in this frame of the game, he was criticized in the goals, but also made two key saves. At minute 70, he deflected a header of Alcácer that later hit the post. One minute he repeated the play before the same rival.

Poor game by Deportivo; little can be expected from any team visiting the Camp Nou, but the true is that Deportivo were always lost and at the mercy of a team that played at half speed and that even in this condition it could have scored five or more goals. The Galicians didn’t even complete a shot on target in the meeting.

Depor will stay at the lower part of the standings, outside of the relegation zone, but close. The next meeting for Los Blanquiazules is the visit to RC Celta in a new edition of the Galician derby (Sunday, 12h00 CET).

Barcelona: 4-3-3) Ter Stegen - Digne, Pique, Mascherano, Mathieu – Busquets (Messi 54’), Rafinha (Denis Suárez 67’), Rakitić - Arda Turan, Neymar, Suárez (Alcácer 46’).
Deportivo: (4-3-3) Lux – Laure, Albentosa, Sidnei (Arribas 28’), Navarro – Borges, Mosquera, Guilherme – Bruno Gama (Luisinho 62’), Andone, Çolak (Babel 55’).
Goals: 1-0: (20’) Rafinha, 2-0: (35’) Rafinha, 3-0 (42’) Luis Suárez, 4-0: (57’) Messi
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez. He showed yellow card to Mosquera (51’), Andone (59’) & Messi (89’). Laure was sent off with a direct red card (64’)
Venue: Camp Nou (83,553)
Other statistics: Ball possession (71% - 29%); Attempts to score (10 – 1); Total shots (25 - 7); Shots on target (8 - 0); Saves by the keepers (0 - 4); Corner-kicks (8 - 2); Offsides (3 - 1); Fouls committed (5 - 16); Passing accuracy (89% - 74%)



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