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Sun, 21 Mar 2021 15:00:00 -0700
United States international Sergino Dest linked up with superstar Lionel Messi to help Barcelona fire six goals past Real Sociedad on Sunday
Alejandro Moreno says Ronald Koeman found his best XI at Barcelona, and explains how Sergino Dest factors in.
Lionel Messi and Sergino Dest both scored braces as Barcelona hammered Real Sociedad 6-1 on Sunday to stretch their unbeaten run in the league to 18 games and keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
Messi took his tally for the season to 23 in La Liga on the night he broke Xavi Hernandez’s appearance record by pulling on the Barca shirt for the 768th time.
Dest’s goals were his first in La Liga since the United States international joined from Ajax last year.
Antoine Griezmann had earlier opened the scoring and there was also a goal for Ousmane Dembele, while Ander Barrenetxea scored a brilliant consolation for La Real as Barca proved far too good for the home side at Anoeta.
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There was already a feel-good factor developing around Barcelona, but there’s been an added boost with the appointment of Joan Laporta as the club’s new president.
Ronald Koeman’s side are now on the longest unbeaten run in Europe’s top five leagues and have won nine on the spin away from Camp Nou in La Liga.
The goals are coming from everywhere now, too.
Dest, who opened his account for the club in the Champions League earlier this season, became the 18th player to score for Barca in the league this season.
They’re still four points behind Atletico but, playing like this, there’s no better side in Spain at the moment.
The negative arrived before the game started in San Sebastian, when Alaves missed a late penalty as they were beaten 1-0 by Atletico Madrid.
Atletico, therefore, remain four points clear, but it was so close to being just two going into the international break.
8 — Koeman has settled on a system and a team in recent weeks and the players continue to deliver.
The back three has really helped bring the best out of players like Dest, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets.
GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 8 — Made two important saves in the first half from Alexander Isak, although the second after he’d made a mistake.
Really good with his feet other than that one error, though.
DF Sergino Dest, 9 — Took both his goals well but even without those goals this was still a brilliant display.
The right-back was a constant threat in the final third.
DF Oscar Mingueza, 7 — Another decent display from the youngster, who is the perfect fit on the right side of the back three.
DF Frenkie de Jong, 8 — Perhaps could have done more to shut Barrenetxea down for the La Real goal but another good performance from deep.
His ability to come out from the back is key when playing as a defender.
DF Clement Lenglet, 7 — Much improved in recent weeks following a string of mistakes this season.
DF Jordi Alba, 8 — On his 32nd birthday, he was once again exceptional as he created two of Barca’s six goals and linked brilliantly with Messi.
Julien Laurens believes Atleti are looking more and more vulnerable as Barcelona and Real Madrid close in.
MF Sergio Busquets, 9 — Has seemed re-born in recent weeks.
Pressed high to help recover the ball and helped create several of Barca’s goals.
MF Pedri, 7 — Always well-positioned and pressed tirelessly but the headlines were written by other players this time.
FW Antoine Griezmann, 8 — Like Alba (and coach Koeman!) he celebrated his birthday on Sunday, turning 30, and commemorated the day by opening the scoring to open the game up.
FW Lionel Messi, 9 — Scored two but was also involved in the creation of the other four goals at some stage to continue his incredible form.
Has now been directly involved in 31 goals in the league this season, scoring 23 and setting up eight.
FW Ousmane Dembele, 8 — Had a goal ruled out by a marginal offside call but responded almost immediately by thumping in Barca’s fifth.
DF Ronald Araujo, 6 — Continued his return from an ankle injury with another run out at Anoeta.
MF Ilaix Moriba, 6 — Had a couple of nice touches after replacing Busquets.
Looks like a fixed member of the first team now.
FW Martin Braithwaite, NR — Replaced Dembele for the final 10 minutes.
MF Riqui Puig, NR — Nice pass to Alba in the build-up to Messi’s second goal.
FW Francisco Trincao, NR — Came on for Dest with no time to have an effect.
Sun, 21 Mar 2021 15:00:00 -0700
Barcelona defeated Real Sociedad in a dominating 6-1 win during La Liga action on Sunday
The Blaugrana made quick work against the Basque side, putting
Barcelona defeated Real Sociedad in a dominating 6-1 win during La Liga action on Sunday.
The Blaugrana made quick work against the Basque side, putting up four goals before the hour mark.
Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring during the 37th minute, and American wingback Sergino Dest recorded a brace with goals on each side of halftime.
Lionel Messi put the game out of reach just before the hour mark with the Catalonians fourth goal after dominating on the pitch throughout.
Ousmane Dembele also got on the scoreboard as Barca stayed in second place in La Liga with 62 points.
They sit just four points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid.
Let’s take a look at some player and manager ratings on both sides of the pitch.
Alex Remiro: Put in some dangerous situations in the first half from his backline and played out of them but was caught out of position on the second goal.
Andoni Gorosabel: Tough time against Barcelona’s attack throughout the first half and questionable decision making when involved in the attack, was subbed out in the 61st minute.
Igor Zubeldia: Caught out of position and got an early yellow eventually played himself into the game but to little benefit to the scoreline.
Robin Le Normand: Disrupted Barca’s attack early in the final third, was relied upon a lot to clean up despite a lopsided score.
Martin Merquelanz: Struggled against Barcelona’s pressure, went missing in the second half.
Ander Guevara: Did well in the first half to close in on space and get on the ball to try and generate attack.
Martin Zubimendi: Struggled from the first whistle, earned an early yellow card after being caught out of position, subbed off in the 72nd minute.
Mikel Merino: Did well in the early minutes against Barcelona’s attack but began to fade after 30 minutes.
Portu: Unable to make a significant impact in the match, struggled to link up with others, needed to generate more offensively.
Subbed out at the hour mark.
Alexander Isak: Best player on Real’s top line.
Had a great opportunity in the first half but was unable to finish, had brief moments where he tried to generate offense.
Mikel Oyarzabal: Rough first half and didn’t make much of an impact for the team offensively.
Was subbed off early in the second half.
Ander Barrenetxea (sub, Gorosabel, 61′): Subbed on for Gorosabel in the 61st minute and made an effort to play on the ball and scored a consolation goal in the 77th minute.
Adnan Januzaj (sub, Portul, 61′): Was subbed on for Portul in the 61st minute, recorded a shot on goal in the 73rd minute.
Carlos Fernandez (sub, Zubimendi, 72′): Subbed in the 72nd minute for Zubimendi, provided the assist on the lone goal just five minutes after being subbed on.
Manager – Imanol Alguacil: Put together his best starting lineup against a talented Barcelona side.
Team was down a manageable two-goal deficit at halftime, but he failed to make any meaningful substitutions to impact the game moving forward.
Marc-André ter Stegen: Put into a dangerous position in an early counter but came up with a big save, had another in the second half before conceding a late goal.
Oscar Mingueza: Did well to get involved in the attack while providing defense in transition, linked up well with top line during Barcelona’s attack.
Clement Lenglet: Had a lot of strong moments of combination play with Greizmann and Alba.
Was active on the flank throughout the match.
Frenkie de Jong: Had a poor moment out of position in the first half but covered lots of ground on defense and offense as the game went on.
Sergino Dest: Heavily involved in the attack and was a constant threat on the flank and played well out of pressure.
Scored two goals in the match.
Sergio Busquets: The lynch pin throughout the match and combined well with Messi and others, remained active and caused trouble for the opposing midfielders, subbed out just past the hour mark after a solid day.
Pedri: Some good movement on and off the ball when trying to combine with the top line, but quiet compared to others shining on the pitch.
Subbed off in the 68th minute.
Jordi Alba: Struggled with passing early but quickly shook off the rust combining with teammates and picking out lanes.
Delivered the initial cross that led to the eventual opening goal.
Antoine Griezmann: Good movement on and off the ball and scored the opening goal.
Ousmane Dembele: Good off the ball for club, dragging defenders and opening up lanes.
Had a goal ruled offside, but was clinical on Barca’s fifth goal.
Subbed out in the 78th minute.
Lionel Messi: Lots of time on the ball, caused trouble all match and set up Dest’s goal, put the nail into the coffin with a sixth goal (and his second) in the 89th minute.
Also became Barcelona’s all-time leader in appearances with his 768th.
Manager – Ronald Koeman: Rolled the team out into a fluid three back, made substitutions early with the big lead to give others minutes.
Has his club closer to a first place finish.
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