Three talking points from Barcelona 4-2 Valencia

Barcelona climbed back to second place on the La Liga standings late on Monday night after a roller-coaster, yet comical win, over Valencia.

The game was a treat to the eyes of those purely seeking entertainment as it produced moments of embarrassment through the first half to no end. It stabilised in the second period, and ultimately Barcelona walked away with a 4-2 win.

The result is kind on Xavi’s side who neither deserved the win nor the scoreline on the night given their performance. A Robert Lewandowski hat-trick coupled with good contributions from Ilkay Gundogan, Lamine Yamal and Fermin Lopez helped seal the result.

Barça Universal brings you three talking points from Barcelona 4-2 Valencia.

A tale of blunders

Barcelona’s improved performances in recent months, directly or indirectly, has a correlation with Xavi announcing his departure from the club. The renewed feeling of responsibility or guilt, after all, caused players to step up.

Now out of that zone, after the manager announced his continuity, there was an element of fear ahead of last night’s clash. After all, that factor coupled with the lack of any real chance to win silverware could cause Barcelona to drop their guard.

As expected, the Blaugranas were far from their best last night. While they did not dominate the game as expected, blatant individual errors headlined the contest.

Fermin Lopez gave the team an early lead at Montjuic through a well-worked header. However, it only took Valencia five minutes and a horrendous Marc-Andre ter Stegen error to equalise.

With Valencia pouncing on the counter-attack, the German shot-stopper opted to charge out of his area and lob the ball back into midfield.

Terrible footwork, however, saw the ball go straight up into the air and into the feet of Hugo Duro who then had an empty goal to slot the ball into. Comical, yet embarrassing.

Less than ten minutes later, a second unforgivable blunder arose from the feet of a Barcelona star, this time Ronald…


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Author : Adithya Eshwarla

Publish date : 2024-04-30 08:36:38

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