FC Barcelona have successfully restored their winning streak by dominating CA Osasuna with a brilliant and impressive performance.
The Catalan giants possessed extreme control, great skills, and stunning goals from the very start and secured a 4-0 victory over Osasuna at the Camp Nou on Sunday.
With having an upper hand in the entire game, Barcelona now stands 7th in the La Liga table just three points below arch-rivals Real Madrid. Meanwhile Osasuna take-up the 15th position, and might need to recover soon before slipping into the relegation zone.
FC Barcelona 4-0 CA Osasuna Team News:
Neither of the teams have been that appealing in La Liga, except for Barcelona who is deliberately seen\ shine in the Champions League.
However notable players like, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto, Chimy Avila, Adrian Lopez were excluded due to injury for both the teams, without the possible return at the end of the year.
Hence the number of changes were made throughout the game by the managers of both teams, to fill in the gap.
Arrasate went on for an early change with Juan Cruz replacing Jony in the 23rd minute, along with Nacho Vidal and Ruben Garcia who got replaced by Enric Gallego and Kike Barja in the 77th minute.
Likewise, Koeman too called in Sergio Busquets in place of Pedri in the 46th minute, Ousmane Dembele for Philippe Coutinho, and Fransisco Trincão for Martin Braithwaite in the 61st minute. Carles Aléña later replaced the fierce and fabulous Lenglet, after he picked up an ankle injury during a challenge with Ruben Garcia in the 67th minute.
FC Barcelona 4-0 CA Osasuna Match Analysis:
Before the kickoff, both sides paid homage to Maradona who played for the azulgranas between 1982 to 1984.
In the first 20 minutes, giants seen scrambling for the ball after constant clearance from the opponents. Yet Barcelona managed to thump Osasuna right from the start, by delivering four beautiful goals.
After an array of a jumbled kick-start, Barcelona somehow managed to get everything under their possession by creating fair chances and attacking dangerously.
Braithwaite, Leo Messi, Griezmann were seen waltz around in perfect symphony with their passes and movement, along with Jordi Alba till the goals started to come in.
A series of great interplay later gave Martin Braithwaite to open the goal scoring doors for the team. Antonie Griezmann doubled up the treat after 12 minutes or so with his crazy, mind-blowing volley.
Unlike the first half, the Catalans ruled the second half with Phillipe Coutinho’s tap-in, assisted by the French forward Griezman. The substitute, Ousmane Dembele too had a hand in goal but it was chalked out by VAR, having Trincão on a slightly offside position.
But the team’s goal-scoring efforts were restored after the little Argentine legend Messi netted a beautiful strike, and sparked a fire of passion with a surprise honor to his late, fellow countryman.
In the final minutes, Osasuna didn’t hold any possible threat which would’ve affected Barça, as the whole team was flawless from the very beginning, simply making everyone witness a spectacular game on a Sunday evening.
Lionel Messi (Man of the Match) – 8
It was a joy to watch El Capitán net the fabulous goal, making it 4-0 followed by a lovely tribute to his late compatriot Diego Maradona. He also produced a slight ‘Hand of God’ action during the opening score by Martin Braithwaite.
Marc-André ter Stegen – 7
As usual, the German wall was consistent and incredible throughout the game, blocking the early efforts of Ante Budimir and Ruben Garcia. Though, his agility between the posts and maintaining a clean sheet was beyond par excellence.
Oscar Mingueza – 7
The Spaniard was impressive against the Ukrainian squad Dynamo Kyiv and so was yesterday. In short, a perfect ‘MADE IN La Masia’ product who, all over, delivered neat and tidy gameplay.
Antoine Griezmann – 8
The Frenchman graced the game with his magnificent volley, along with assisting Philippe Coutinho and being involved and displaying lively performance in the team’s play.
The Blaugrana boss Ronald Koeman had his say about the crucial win,
“The most important thing is winning the three points, because we have had a difficult period in the league and we know that between now and the end of the year we have six games and we need to win all of them to fight for the title.”
“We want to win the title and we know that it’ll be tough, but we’ve shown that we want to do it and that we have the team to do it.”– Koeman
The Brazilian star Phillipe Coutinho too spoke about the vital win,
“We’re working hard and trying to enjoy ourselves as much as possible. Today everyone played well and we hope to keep it up.”
“We’ve still got a way to go; we’re going to take each game as it comes and hopefully get the wins that allow us to challenge for the title.”– Phillipe Coutinho
Having booked a spot in the Champions League round of 16, Barcelona yet, will travel next to Budapest and visit Ferencváros before the league trip to Cádiz.
As for Osasuna, they will host their one-step ahead opponents Real Betis at home next Sunday.
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