Barcelona are in the hands of a 16 year old

Barcelona are in the hands of a 16 year old

Joan Vehils

Director de Sport

| Javi Ferrándiz

All of Barça's danger came through him. Through a youngster of just 16 years of age who should not be the only solution for this team. Lamine Yamal is an excellent footballer with a promising future. He is overflowing, daring, has a shot and a half on him, goals and a team-led vision. In other words, he has it all, but Xavi should preserve him more to prevent his still-growing muscles from suffering. The same thing happened to Pedri in his first season at Barça and he is still paying for it.

Well, Yamal provided the first assist, made two saves and his brilliant final play ended with Lewandowski's winning goal. Barça's 9 had not scored since 23 May and Barça is also noticing this. The absence of Pedri is always felt and more is expected from Gündogan who seems out of rhythm. That said, it was an important victory at a difficult ground. Of course, Barça showed weaknesses. 

In defence, without Araujo, the team loses solidity and, without Balde, there is no depth or possibility of counter-attacks down the flank. And, of course, when you suffer in defence you can go from 0-2 to 3-2. In other words, Villarreal put three in a row past Barça. 

Lucky that we have Ter Stegen, who always avoids shipping that goal that can end up sinking you, lucky that the players never gave up and lucky, too, for Ferran Torres. The Valencian striker is earning a starting place that Xavi has not given him. It is true that in the coach's favour, it has to be said that he is getting it right, because every time he gives him minutes he ends up scoring.

That said, an important victory, but this team is missing those two reinforcements that Laporta said could happen this week. Otherwise, it will be difficult to compete with guarantees. At least in Europe.

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