The forward, who arrived as a franchise footballer this season, has not yet released his scoring account in this Champions League.
- Chronic Barcelona is dry in Europe (0-0)
- Xavi “We are the Bara and we will go to Munich to win”
Although it may seem contradictory, Barcelona closed the Champions League night on Tuesday with some optimism. The team was unable to beat Benfica, an essential requirement to have already qualified for the round of 16 of the competition. Certain. But the improvement shown by the group, more than evident with respect to the times in which Ronald Koeman He embraced the mantra of is what there is, still invites the fans to be patient. On the last day, yes, qualification will have to be played in the field of Bayern already in the round of 16 as group winners, but equally fearsome despite the coronavirus explosion in Bavaria. If Benfica win at Da Luz at bottom Dinamo, the Catalans will have no choice but to win at Allianz. The setting is tricky.
In any case, and no matter how much Xavi Hernndez has managed to tactically and emotionally empower a team that had become unused to being exposed in Europe, the lack of a goal has gone from problem to drama. He has only scored two in his five Champions League games. One was taken by a central, Gerard piqu. And the other Ansu Fati, who remains injured and whose presence in Munich is doubtful. Both goals, in addition, came against the worst team in the group, Dinamo de Lucescu, that this Tuesday he got his first goal in the tournament in his defeat against Bayern (1-2).
After Joan Laporta, conditioned by the economic misery of the club and by the warnings of its guarantors, opened the door last summer to Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann (58 goals between the two last season), the team’s scoring collapse has been more than remarkable. So much so that the Barça’s top scorer this season, the neerlands Memphis Depay (seven goals, all of them in the league), he has not been able to release an account in his five continental games.
only offensive reference
Memphis, who opted for Barcelona after concluding his contract with Olympique de Lyon given his excellent relationship with Koeman, who had directed him in his selection, begins to pay the expectations created around him. Suddenly elevated to a franchise footballer on a team packed with promising teens, Memphis’ performance continues to decline. Although during his time in France he stood out as a second striker, in Barcelona he has ended up becoming the only offensive reference. With all that it entails.
With the Kun Agero waiting to communicate what he does with his career once his heart disease was detected, with Braithwaite injured until the end of December, with Ansu Fati trying to recover much more fragile muscles since his four knee operations, and with Luuk de Jong as a suspicious spectator of the scene, Memphis languishes in solitude.
In the match against Benfica, he did not even manage to shoot between sticks, basing his production on seeking associations in the area’s balcony while the match required more specific references on the penalty spot. He lost up to 16 balls, went offside three times and was not fouled. In the absence of reliable spare parts, Memphis played the 90 minutes of play. Something habitual. In fact, Barcelona’s offensive need is such that Memphis has only had 15 minutes of rest (the last of the victory against Dinamo at the Camp Nou) in the 18 official matches played by its team this season.
Xavi Hernndez sighs for incorporating another forward in the winter market. The financial balance of LaLiga, however, prevents the club from more signings until it is released from players with juicy salaries. Just the same ones who refuse to go out.
Reference from elmundo