The best, or one of the best, first halves of the season wasn’t matched by the best second half, but it wasn’t bad either. Clearly the objective wasn’t to see the goal fest we witnessed in the previous 45 minutes, but to control the game through possession. We did that, even if we conceded our second goal after quite a mistake by Ter Stegen.
What was beyond me was why Vidal was our first substitute. Did we need to destroy? Did we need legs? Did we need decontrol and energy? Or did we need to construct, to retain possession and to make smooth build-ups? Arturo was subbed on, but thankfully so was Aleñá. FINALLY. It was long overdue.
Leo Messi completed a hat-trick with a beautiful strike into the top right corner. But that’s nothing new. What is worth highlighting for me is Sergi Roberto’s brutal exhibition. As incisive and influential offensively as a winger, and as solid at the back as any defender. He was everywhere and did everything, even showing that he’s the best antidote to high-pressing sides too.
With Piqué, Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Aleñá and Messi, and then Carles Pérez too, we saw our best football of the second half. Nothing from Aleñá tonight made me understand why he had only played 45 minutes until now. He deserves way better.
Very very positive sensations from Barça as a whole. Wonderful night.