BARCELONA (Jordi Blanco, correspondent) – Barça does not understand miracles, but depressions. Since the day he had the chance to take the lead, he has been adding disappointments and this Sunday he said goodbye to the Camp Nou with a new defeat (1-2) against Celta, which traced the initial goal of Messi with two of Santi Mina that him left naked and without arguments. There’s no more.
It gave, again, the feeling that Barça lacks courage, conviction and desire. The desire to eat the game, to burn the rival, to submit him to football, pressure and intensity. Of verticality, of speed in the combination. Of so many things …
The light went out at one point, at the most inopportune and most damaging to a coach, Ronald Koeman, who once again seemed to not understand anything that was happening on the field in the band. The Dutchman proposes and disposes, but it is the footballers who play and not a few times, many times during the last three weeks, they walk the field without order or concert.
Barça maintains a simple football inertia in its game that does not give it to be what it should be, what its coach, its president or its fans would like. Tied to the DNA mantra, he stopped playing and running and when he scored a goal on a certain play, he was unable to catapult. Worse still, he is unable to support himself.
Fresh in memory the accidents against Granada or Levante, was repeated against Celta, the afternoon of the goodbye, the afternoon in which it had to be sustained by mathematics, waiting for one and two carambola to maintain a simple blade of league hope. Barça came out with determination to the field, dominating and arriving, saving Iván Villar up to three times the goal until it arrived thanks, as usual, to Messi, who finished off a perfect cross from Busquets with his head.
It was close to half an hour and Barça breathed relieved, not Koeman in the band contemplating how Dembélé’s verticality and Griezmann’s mobility barely accompanied him in the game. The Barça dominance, it is true, was less and less intense and, as so many times, with one arrival the rival was enough to score.
A shot without fu or fa by Santi Mina ended up in the net inexplicably, both because of Piqué’s turn, who did not threaten to go for the ball, and because of the statue of Ter Stegen, who was confused by not seeing the shot or had time to react. And at rest, draw and thank you.
WANTING IS NOT POWER
And suddenly Koeman remembered Riqui Puig, who he gave in instead of the tired Pedri to give Barça a new boost. After adding 22 minutes spread over five games, the youth squad had 45 to show himself … But his momentum was accompanied by silence. Little more.
Barça, overall, wanted but could less and less. Concentrated, organized and solvent, Celta did not suffer to maintain the tie and gave the feeling of having in their hands the opportunity to finish off a Barça with nothing to offer.
Madrid scored in San Mamés and Osasuna did so in Metropolitano to turn the league around without Barça already taking the hint. Not even entering Braithwaite and Trincao did Koeman’s team accelerate, looking for Messi when not Alba, as if they were the only ones capable of breaking that image that reached ecstasy three minutes from 90 when Braithwaite, with all the goal for him, crossed the ball too much to get it out.
Until everything exploded suddenly, at the same time, with Luis Suárez’s goal in the Metropolitano to return the leadership to Atlético and that of Santi Mina to certify Celta’s comeback at the Camp Nou and reconfirm that the final depression of this Barça it does not have an end.