Ferran Torres has been a little frustrating in front of goal recently but the goals finally flowed for the forward on Sunday against Osasuna at the Camp Nou.The first came from the penalty spot after Gavi had been fouled but was expertly despatched as Ferran sent Sergio Herrera the wrong way with a low finish.
Seven minutes later another goal arrived. A simply gorgeous pass from Ousmane Dembele was gobbled up by Ferran who then slipped the ball through the keeper’s legs.
I said goals would come for Ferran,” Xavi stated after the game. “He’s scored goals in every club he’s played for, including Valencia, City, and the Spanish national team.” It was only a matter of time before everything fell into place. I’m quite pleased with how he’s progressing.”
Barcelona will now be hoping that Ferran can continue in this vein, especially with important games against Galatasaray and Real Madrid coming up this week.
For this encounter, Xavi made alterations to his lineup, leaving Ronald Araujo and Frenkie de Jong on the bench and starting with a midfield of Sergio Busquets, Pedri, and Gavi.
The Barcelona coach is blessed with a host of options in the middle of the park but the trio absolutely thrived against Osasuna and made you wonder if this is the team’s best midfield?
It seems strange to say it, given Frenkie was missing, but the three players worked brillliantly together, albeit against limited opposition, and put on a show.
Gavi was probably the most eye-catching of the trio, running rings around Osasuna all night, but Busquets and Pedri ensured the hosts had complete dominance of the match.
Xavi’s team selections for Barca’s next two games will be interesting to say the least, but it’s certainly a very nice problem for the coach to have.
The Barcelona coach has plenty of choices in the middle of the field, but the trio shone against Osasuna, making you ask whether this is the team’s best midfield?
Given Frenkie’s absence, it may seem strange to say, but the three players collaborated brilliantly and put on a show, although against restricted opposition.
Gavi was the most visible of the three, running rings around Osasuna all night, but Busquets and Pedri ensured that the hosts dominated the game.
To say the least, Xavi’s team selections for Barca’s next two games will be intriguing, but it’s a wonderful dilemma for the coach to have.
Torres may have grabbed the headlines with his brace, but Ousmane Dembele deserves a lot of credit for his part in the victory. The Frenchman set up Barcelona’s second goal for his teammate and then set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for another score.
Dembele also created numerous more chances and had a great time against Osasuna, playing the 90 minutes for only the third time this season in La Liga.
Despite being sacked by Xavi in January, statistics reveal that the Frenchman is now flourishing under the new manager.Dembele already has seven assists in La Liga for Barcelona in 2021-22, tying Jordi Alba for the team’s leading assister, and there’s a good chance there will be plenty more. Of course, there are still doubts about the 24-year-ability old’s to stay healthy and where he will play next season, but with his current form, he would be a huge loss if he left in the summer.Aubameyang’s goal for Barcelona was his fifth in only six league games for his new club since joining on a free transfer in January, and it maintains his excellent record at the Camp Nou.
Xavi said before the game that he was pulled out of the starting XI against Galatasaray because he was tired, but the Gabonese international looked energised against Osasuna on Sunday.
After the game, Barcelona coach Xavi praised his performance, calling the former Arsenal player a “gift that fell out of the sky.”
The 32-year-old appears to be a better signing by the day and, for the time being, is a gift that keeps on giving for Barcelona. The cherry on top of Sunday’s contest was seeing Riqui Puig not only play some minutes for Barcelona but also score his first goal for the Catalan giants at the Camp Nou.
Puig’s name was on the scoreboard minutes after he arrived. The 22-year-old had a low shot saved, but then came back to score Barca’s fourth goal of the night. Puig’s patience was finally rewarded after a season spent mostly on the bench, and the joy on his face told it all; Again.
Puig’s future remains unknown, especially with Pedri, Gavi, and Nico around, and it appears that the best choice for him may be to leave in the summer if he wants to play frequently.
There has recently been rumours that Puig is also considering a transfer away from Barcelona, but his goal may only give him optimism that his time at the club isn’t finished.