Who was going to tell Xavi at the beginning of the season that he would risk the entire season and his future in a tie. The one in the Champions League against Naples. His future as a Barça coach depends on the European result – if it is not already defined – and the Barça’s last trick to make up for a season practically finished at the end of January, the most tragic month of Xavi’s. In just 14 days they fell resoundingly against Real Madrid in the Super Cup final, Athletic left them without the Copa del Rey and Villarreal, after lending a hand in Montjuic, leaves them ten points behind Carlo Ancelotti in the League. In three days, Barça has conceded nine goals, saying goodbye to two competitions and facing an uncertain future
“A shame, it’s a shame.” Thus, resigned and with a face overwhelmed by the situation, Xavi addressed a television camera after the VAR review that annulled the penalty awarded in the first instance by Comesaña. There was no click in Arabia, nor did it happen in Bilbao and when they found themselves 0-2 down after Ilias’ goal, it seemed that there was still more rock bottom to hit. However, Montjuic combusted and the Barcelona showed its most wounded version. Having everything against them awakened their survival instinct and they came out like attack dogs in the second half. Gündogan, Pedri and Bailly on their own reversed the situation.
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It seemed that Xavi’s men were coming out of the hole, but Guedes appeared to push them down again and in the final stretch Sorloth and Morales put the lid on the pit and sealed it. In 13 minutes, Barça came back from a game that was down 0-2 with half an hour left. And after doing the most difficult thing, he was not able to withstand the result and saw how Villarreal scored another three goals in the last minutes for the final 3-5. The Blaugrana comeback in the second half announced a new awakening, an attempt to rejoin a League that sounds more like a desire not to remain in no man’s land than a conviction to be able to end up lifting it.
Not even the changes made by before the first minute. However, when two sad teams meet, there is always one that realizes that the other is worse. And that was Villarreal, who immediately detected that Barcelona was holding on to pins and needles. Better said, with a single pin called Lamine Yamal, a 16-year-old boy who assumed the entire role of the game on the right of the Barcelona attack.
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