(ESP-ENG) Un despegue que está tardando más de la cuenta // A takeoff that is taking longer than it should.
Hello friends, good vibes to all.
This past weekend, Sunday to be more specific, was one of those days where the TV was on from early in the morning until almost the end of the afternoon due to the large number of matches, whether classics or derbies that were played in the old continent. But two of them stand out in particular, the Spanish derby: Barcelona - Real Madrid and the Premier League: Manchester United - Liverpool.
They promised to be high voltage matches because regardless of the situation in which some of the teams involved find themselves, this type of match will always awaken the competitive spirit and the honor behind the jerseys and the fans themselves. The "comical" thing about this is that what was expected to happen happened, since as I said in the title there is no way for the definitive take-off to happen.
We started this little tour at Camp Nou, home of the blaugranas, with a match that promised a lot on paper because of the great record and the show they are used to offer but in reality it was a bit bland. A Madrid that was a steamroller in the first half with Vinicius devastating on the left flank making life impossible for a Mingueza who could not find a way to stop the Carioca.
Throughout the first half, Barcelona was nullified either by the lack of association in the offensive part and by the great pressure in the midfield of the Whites. So much so that the first goal came after a deadly counterattack in which Alaba showed off his punch to score a great goal after an excellent play accompanied by Vinicius and Rodrygo.
In the second half, Koeman understood that he had one more player on the left side and he left out the weakest player on that flank, Mingueza, to bring on Coutinho and with him a new look for Barcelona. The Culés reacted and generated much more but when you are not in form there is no way, I would dare to say that it is something psychological because the poor performance of these players is not understood.
The Merengues, as expected, slowed down the pace and the Catalans were not able to tie the game until almost the end when Lucas Vasquez scored the second goal. Barca scored a second goal thanks to Kun Aguero but in the end it was all for naught. With this result, Barcelona's situation worsens and they have 4 classics without knowing the victory and Koeman seems not to be willing to give up.
In the same line we have ManU, which in my opinion is in a much more precarious situation due to the quality of the squad and the terrible results they are having, for every good game they have five bad ones. This time they lost 5-0 to Liverpool in a performance to forget for the ENTIRE team and even Cristiano himself lost his temper in several passages.
With a goal after 5 minutes and a second one after thirteen minutes, the red devils' mess was very clear. The problem is in the defense, I have always commented it but it is like that, it is extremely fragile and if we add to that the low level that De Gea is showing the combination is terrifying. CR7 can't play alone and people and his own teammates don't seem to understand that, I say this because a player as experienced as Paul Pogba was sent off in a silly way leaving his team with 10 men.
The next 3 goals were scored by Salah who is at a magnificent level, as he has almost always been. It's been a while since I've seen such a bad game from Manchester and they've had them this season, but Sunday's game was pitiful and it's a shame that a big European club is going through such a critical situation.
Who is to blame for this debacle? - In my opinion it is Solskjær's because he has not been able to find the defensive formula. Here there is much more experience and experience than in Barcelona and that is why I think it is entirely a problem of the coach and not knowing how to manage such a squad. Barcelona's problem is a matter of confidence, Manchester United's is a matter of wrong operation.
So my friends, as I state in the title, we are facing two soccer powers that have not yet made the definitive leap and for the sake of the show and the game, let's hope that they do it soon and it won't be too late for them to recover and start fighting in the different competitions.
!Un abrazo grande, nos leemos en la próxima!
Well my people, that's all for today, I hope you liked it.
¡Big hugs, see you next time!