Barcelona shocked the world with the result from the last game, and it’s not what you think. We’re not talking about the typical 5-0 demolishing of a second league team. But we’re talking about the loss against Alaves.
Enrique was expecting an easy win against the new team in La Liga, and he decided to give Messi and Suarez a game off.
But things went wrong.
Neymar was the only star that Barcelona had as a proven attacking option, and Paco had a chance as well. But that wasn’t enough.
Deportivo Alaves were better, and they deserved to win. Enrique biggest mistake was underestimating the new La Liga team.
Let’s take a look at the highlights:
The absence of Messi and Suarez was a problem, but the absence of Pique was the reason why Barcelona lost the game.
Both goals were awful mistakes coming from the defenders. But let’s focus on the first goal for a moment. If Pique was on the field, he would probably clear the cross that was coming from the right side.
On the other hand, Deportivo Alaves had a great game. Organized defense and fast counter attack is what brought them 3 points.
The draw against Atletico Madrid was a sign that they’re more than a solid team.
The question is, how will the loss affect the upcoming Champions League game against Celtic?
The above highlights represent the real Barcelona. On top of that, the game against Celtic at home wasn’t even important, in competitive terms. It is a Champions League game, but Barcelona had already booked a place for the knockout stage.
Tomorrow’s game will be different. It’s the first game of the group stage, and Barcelona will be keen to impress the audience at home.
Besides that, they will have to prove that the loss against Alaves was just one bad game and that’s it. Messi, Suarez and Neymar will be super motivated to get back in their recognizable form, and Celtic looks like the perfect opponent for the opportunity.
But on the other hand….(Celtic VS Barcelona Champions League Highlights)
Celtic could simply “park the bus” and focus on set pieces and counter attacks. No one actually expects that they would go with more attacking formation, or even play pressing against Barcelona.
It’s their first Champions League game as well, and they will be even more motivated than Barcelona players.
Brendan Rodgers will spent a lot of time analyzing the game against Alaves, and will try to replicate the formation, strategy and of course the result.
But Messi and Suarez will start the game, and every coach in the world knows that there’s no tactic to stop Messi.
Pique will be starting the game too, and we predicting the following lineup:
Barcelona (4-3-3): ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Rakitić, Rafinha; Messi, Suarez, Arda
Celtic (4-2-3-1): de Vries; Lustig, Toure, Sviatchenko, Tierney; Brown, Bitton; Sinclair, Rogic, Forrest; Dembele
And as far as the result prediction, let’s just say it will be a great game for every football fan.