Barcelona vs.  Elche - Party Report - December 18, 2021

Jordi Blanco. Barcelona

Nico saved Barça from a new disaster, with a saving goal in the final stretch that avoided an Elche draw that went from nowhere to become a nightmare. A 3-2 celebrated at the Camp Nou as if it were the day of the final judgment, as if instead of the modest Elche the rival was a kind of Liverpool. A victory as necessary as it is obligatory and that came at the last minute to give air to a coach who clings to whatever it takes to keep his spirits up.

And the thing is that Xavi’s Barça continues to search for its identity and suffer implausible blackouts that turn illusion into disappointment, hope into depression, and which cause the Barça fans not to know what to expect. This time it was Elche who pointed to a team that seemed to sentence the game in a quarter of an hour, that closed a remarkable first half … And that in just one minute they conceded two goals with which the Alicante team tied.

With hardly any approach to the area of ​​Ter Stegen to Elche, two shots were enough to leave the Barça goalkeeper pointed out once again, whose performance this season continues to be a calamity. If Jutglà made his debut with a goal and Gavi soon after scored another that Leo Messi himself would have signed, all the work and good work of the team during an hour of play was turned off in the blink of an eye.

Morente spliced ​​an assist from Boyé to which the German goalkeeper had no response and without time to regain control, after a theft of the ball, a past center that Ter Stegen barely followed with his eyes, ended with the accurate and surprising shot of Milla to make the unthinkable come true.

From there the rush, the urgencies, the nerves, the need to recover a football pulse that neither Nico’s first entry nor Riqui Puig later achieved, causing the game to head to an outbreak of nerves on the surface. .. Until Gavi reappeared on the wing and his center controlled him and Nico struck the net, scoring such a saving goal, perhaps decisive in the future fate of this team.

It is, one would say, the reality of a Barça low minimum that wants more than it can. Between necessity and daring, Xavi put his seventh different line-up into the fray in seven games and three weeks after giving the alternative in Villarreal to an Ez Abde who linked his fourth game as a starter, against Elche he bet on Ferran Jutglà, young 22-year-old forward arrived at Barça B in the summer after Espanyol did not renew his contract at the end of last season and it barely took him a minute to score … Even if it was that goal disallowed for offside.

Injured Ansu, Braithwaite and Memphis and Agüero now retired, the Barça forward is a real gibberish in which the coach searches and searches to find emergency solutions, even if they are provisional. He did it with the Moroccan, who has responded to the demand, and after giving Luuk de Jong an opportunity, out of necessity, in Pamplona he opted for Jutglà, who was already seen in the friendly against Boca Juniors and that, of Suddenly, he found himself making his debut in the First Division.

It was the freshness that pushed Barça during a remarkable first half in which he was able to score more than those two goals with which he reached the break, a 2-0 that in the eyes of almost everyone left the game seen for sentence, attending that Elche, spirited and quarrelsome, scarcely gave a sense of danger.

The scenario did not change too much at the beginning of the second half … And it did it absolutely as soon as Ter Stegen failed again in a regrettable way to condemn Barça to a heart attack ending. He did not reduce the intensity but he did lose freshness … Until Gavi, outstanding, again played it for the band and gave the assistance of the victory to this Barça whose capacity for suffering exceeds everything imaginable.