Looking back at Barcelona’s win over Elche
Whether they play well or struggle, the reality is that Xavi Hernandez‘s Barcelona are on their way to finishing second in LaLiga Santander.
They’re still a long way away from Sevilla and focused on finishing in the top four, but they have found momentum and that counts for a lot.
Barcelona are unbeaten in LaLiga Santander since December 4, then losing to Real Betis at the Camp Nou. They’ve been moving up the table and are now seven points away from Sevilla. Although the deficit is still big, they have the Andalusians in their sights.
They are more than favourites for Champions League qualification now, and it’s hard to bet against them at this point.
Barcelona‘s persistence was rewarded, but it came from 12 yards. Elche weren’t happy, less so when VAR then didn’t rule a Jordi Alba handball in their favour.
Ferran Torres was on the bench and came on with the Catalans a goal behind, but he was fundamental after his introduction. Their best chances came from him, and he scored the equaliser as well. If he had enjoyed a little more fortune, he would have had a hat-trick.
Barcelona were haunted by old problems in the final third, suffering with precision in front of goal. They missed some big chances that they could have gone on to regret on another day.
Frenkie de Jong had two big opportunities in the first half, as did Ousmane Dembele. In the second half, Ferran was the man who wasn’t as clinical as he would have hoped to be.
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