Barcelona vs Sevilla: The night Barca got serious and mauled Sevilla

Sevilla slumps as Barcelona move to 2nd position in La Liga!

After a rough match against Inter Milan in the mid-week, FC Barcelona did not have an easy weekend schedule as they had Sevilla visiting them. The game did start off with Sevilla going through the Barcelona attack as they seemed to have done their homework well against the Barcelona defense, switch of wings, decent crosses, constant pressure, they did everything except finishing in their attacking end. It was looking pretty tough for Valverde’s side as they struggled to keep them from playing nice balls into the 18 yard box. Pique seemed a bit off with his man marking and Todibo, as confident as he was with the ball at his feet, he did give it away multiple times. Still got a long career ahead of him, the potential is definitely visible. Ter Stegen was at it again, he seems to be getting better every week. Kept Barcelona in the game after a crucial save from De Jong’s finesse. 

Talking about the new Sevilla buy, what a terrible night he had. Missed so many good chances, he still seems to be fitting into his new club. Sevilla had their cross game on throughout the first half, Semedo was absolutely brilliant when it came to not giving the opposition clear cut chances most of the time. Slowly into the game, Barcelona seemed to have found their rhythm and they also got well aware of Sevilla’s game plan as they managed to slow it down later in the first half.

Coming to Barcelona’s attack, it must be said that Valverde has been very lucky as his wins are mostly because of the star impact FC Barcelona contains within their roster. Suarez, the definition of class is permanent. What a cracker he scored, a bicycle kick with his weak foot as he received a beautiful cross from Semedo’s weak foot. Suarez seemed pretty normal for the rest of the game but he did what was needed, he added the fuel to fire as it was only after 2 minutes when Vidal got himself on the scoreboard after a lovely pass from the Brazilian midfielder, Arthur Melo. Not long after, Ousmane Dembélé decided to show his bit of magic as he dummied the Sevilla defender before slotting it home past the goal-keeper. One cannot talk about the Barcelona attack without mentioning the magic man from Rosario, for he was pretty alright in the first half but seemed to have found his foot in the second half as he looked keen on scoring against his favorite opposition. With a beautiful free-kick goal, he added another goal against Sevilla, taking his total goal count against them to 38.

The Barcelona midfield were very consistent throughout the game as they played around the ball very comfortably, it was not much of a problem for them. Arthur seemed exceptional with his ball rotation and chance creation as he racked up 2 assists during the game. Frenkie De Jong seemed calmed throughout the game, was rotating the ball very well and was a little more focused on the defense. Vidal applied constant pressure, exceptional work-rate and was rewarded with a goal. On the other hand, Sevilla midfield did seem quite invisible throughout the game, Ever Banega was one of the only midfielders who showed up for Sevilla. Oliver Torres had a night to forget about.

The officiating by Antonio Mateu was very questionable as seemed to have given a red card to the Barcelona debutant, Ronald Araujo for tugging the shirt of Chicharito and Dembélé was given another red card for the protest against his decision. Sergio Busquests, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez were also shown yellow for arguing with the official.

Overall, the Blaugranas had a decent game, could be a lot more aware. Valverde should be working on his game plan if he wants to continue and succeed at the club. Sevilla did have a horrible visit to the Camp Nou as they would be hoping to learn and improve from this devastating loss.

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