Barça Femení won this morning against Betis at the Estadi Johan Cruyff and, with Atleti’s 2–2 draw, the Blaugranas are 5 points clear at the top of the table.
Another week and another comfortable game for the culés, who are unstoppable in the league with 10 wins and only 1 draw in the first 11 fixtures. This time it was a 3–0 victory, with Alexia Putellas opening the scoring after a great feint and shot from inside the area. Jenni Hermoso and Mariona, both from the penalty spot, increased the lead before half-time.
In the second half, the scoreboard would remain intact for the Liga Iberdrola leaders.
Barça B were a bit more unlucky in their visit to Valencia Mestalla: 0–0. García Pimienta’s men completely dominated the encounter, but couldn’t find a way to break Valencia’s compact 4–4–2 and goalscoring opportunities were scarce for the Catalans – except for Monchu, always influential in the opposing box through his arrivals into the box and efforts from long range.
The midfield is clearly not an issue for Barcelona. Jandro Orellana has lately made the defensive midfield spot all his, while Riqui and Monchu as interiors, and Collado as the false right winger, are undroppable as well. What Pimienta hasn’t found the magic formular to yet is the attack and, particularly, the goals. Pimi had been experimenting with Hiroki Abe as false 9 in recent weeks, but obviously he’s not a natural centre-forward. Meanwhile, Abel Ruiz returned to the XI today but, while his off-ball moves are excellent, he doesn’t seem to be the reliable goalscorer Barça need.
6 draws in the last 8 matches for the B; 8 ties in total in this league campaign. Barça B are currently sixth in their Segunda B group. As always, results aren’t the priority, but if the reserves want to have a chance of promotion, they must transform these draws into victories.