Barcelona strolled to a simple 4-0 knockout of Osasuna on Sunday night time, and went into La Liga’s high three with a match in hand in opposition to their rivals beneath.
The match shortly ended up in an anticipated sample, as Barcelona rattled across the ball, urging and probing for a spot in Osasuna’s scarce 4-2-3-1.
When Nacho Vidal gave the hosts a penalty 14 minutes in, Barcelona had made extra passes within the ultimate third than the opponents might handle wherever on the pitch.
Gavi bumped into Sergio Busquet’s move into the realm, meandered on Vidal’s purpose facet and lured the precise again into a careless barge for a degree kick that Ferran Torres transformed clinically.
Barcelona maintained a suffocating monopoly on possession and territory by forcibly pressuring their company in the midst of the desk.
Ousmane Dembele floated into the sector and reduce by means of the uneven traces of Osasuna’s distorted again guard to play Torres for a second. The French World Cup winner placed on Barcelona’s third inside the opening half hour and whipped the ball in opposition to the closest submit that Aubameyang took in.
? @Dembouz with the help. ⚽️ @Auba with the purpose. # BarçaOsasuna pic.twitter.com/681GtmAqRE
– LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) March 13, 2022
Xavi’s facet was admittedly helped by a sluggish and shy Osasuna. The company not solely stood outdoors Dembele when he delivered the cross, but additionally watched because the 38-year-old Dani Alves creaked by means of a stream of excesses within the build-up to the purpose.
Barcelona had so simple possession that they actively created rondos across the pitch and surrounded a poor Osasuna participant with a blur of passes earlier than shifting on to the subsequent unfortunate sufferer.
Second-half substitute Riqui Puig injected a wave of urgency right into a match that wound its approach to the tip. Puig sprinted in direction of his personal shot and rounded chilly Sergio Herrera and took his time earlier than stopping in a fourth with quarter-hour left.
On the identical day that Barcelona Femeni ended the Spanish high match in a flawless and emphatic type, the membership’s male wings loved a fraction of the spectacular dominance that their counterparts take as a right.
MILESTONE! 6️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Barça appearances for @ 3gerardpique! pic.twitter.com/RBIdrb37M8
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 13 March 2022
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) – 6/10 – Given precious little to do in possession or by the opposition.
Dani Alves (RB) – 7/10 – Operated very centrally, virtually subsequent to Sergio Busquets at occasions when Barcelona had ball possession.
Gerard Pique (CB) – 6/10 – At his 600th Barcelona look, the veteran midfielder had one or two focus passes, however managed by means of a giant a part of the hour he was left on the pitch.
Eric Garcia (CB) – 7/10 – Composed in possession, Garcia was barely examined off the ball.
Jordi Alba (LB) – 7/10 – A relentless outing as Barcelona endlessly recovered the ball however not overly concerned within the ultimate third.
Does Gavi take one for the staff? pic.twitter.com/taR1V3cCSO
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 13 March 2022
Pedri (CM) – 7/10 – Subtle to knit collectively Barcelona’s actions alongside the precise half of the pitch. The viewers at Camp Nou acknowledged Pedri’s contribution with a collective show of disappointment when he was eliminated prematurely.
Sergio Busquets (CM) – 8/10 – Organizing the recreation with an easy grace Busquets nonetheless exudes when he’s allowed to dictate the tempo and prevents himself from ever breaking out of a trot.
Gavi (CM) – 8/10 – An exuberant embodiment of youthful abundance, Gavi was an undiluted inconvenience on a regular basis, and ended the match with some outrageous flicks and blossoms.
7 – Ousmane Dembélé ?? has given 5 assists in his final 4 @LaLigaEN matches, which corresponds to most of a participant within the 2022 competitors (Alex Berenguer ?? with 5) and as many as in his earlier 45 league matches for @FCBarcelona. Mosquito. pic.twitter.com/HKtXCAIZEU
– OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 13, 2022
Ousmane Dembele (RW) – 8/10 – Take full benefit of the acres of area he was given to showcase the total vary of his devastating passing vary. Had his taking pictures been simply as correct, the rating might have been double-digit.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – 7/10 – Took his purpose fantastically but additionally peppered his efficiency with selfless arrows to create area for teammates.
Ferran Torres (LW) – 8/10 – Exiled a storm of poor end with brilliantly taken efforts that hit the net sq. furthest from Sergio Herrera.
Clement Lenglet (CB) – 7/10 – Performed the little he needed to do with out a lot trouble (uncharacteristic).
Riqui Puig (CM) – 7/10 – To make one of the best of considered one of the few alternatives he’s given.
Memphis Depay (ST) – 6/10 – Wasted a late probability for Barcelona to make 5 with a unhealthy determination within the transition.
Martin Braithwaite (ST) – N / A
Oscar Mingueza (LB) – N / A