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Barça in total disarray all over the pitch

PIQUÉ’S RETURN FAILED TO SHORE UP THE ‘BLAUGRANA’ DEFENCE

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The ‘Azulgranas’ were well aware of Celta’s fine run of form. In summary, a comfortable victory was nothing more than the home side deserved. Yes, there were some early warning shots from Messi and Neymar in the opening exchanges, but this ‘Azulgranas’ side, who are ill-accustomed to facing opposition who are prepared to have a real go, and who are used to converting the chances that they carve out, slipped to defeat with a whimper at Balaídos.

Piqué, making his first league appearance of the campaign, following his four-match suspension was given a torrid time by Aspas and the imposing midfield trident of Augusto, Wass and Radoja who played out of their skins.

It was an individual error from the Catalan defender which led to Celta’s decisive second, a goal which swung the balance of the game firmly in the home side’s favour. Luis Enrique’s charges had barely had time to catch their breath after Nolito’s sublime opener, when the Spain international fluffed his clearance in a dangerous area, leaving Aspas with just Ter Stegen to beat.

Once again, Ter Stegen was a victim of circumstances. He didn’t have a great night, but then again, nor did any of his teammates. However his performances are increasingly coming under scrutiny. Whilst the German tries his very best to give an air of authority, in reality Barça without Bravo between the sticks look all the more shaky with every passing game.

He might have had to pick the ball out of the net on four occasions last night, but it is difficult to put together an argument to suggest he was culpable for any of the goals. To put an end to what is a worrying run of form, the pressure is on to deliver a top performance, similar to those he regularly put in last term.


SRC: By Xavi Hernandez – MARCA

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