In recent years, Elche has been one of Barcelona's favorite customers. Barcelona traditionally scores many goals against them while on the other hand, it is rare to concede a goal. But today, Barça played without Lionel Messi, and statistics that say they have won only three of the last eight games when Messi was absent, say that Ronald Koeman's team can be satisfied with three points at the Manuel Martinez Valero Stadium in the 20th round.
Primera - 2: 0. Barcelona had no right to make a mistake in order to try to melt the advantage of Real Madrid first in the continuation of the season, and then the leader of Atletico, who will meet Valencia at Wanda Metropolitano tonight at 9 pm.
And they didn't slip tonight, although, in the introductory fifteen minutes of the second part, their job could have been significantly more difficult. The multiple European champions did not manage to create too many promising opportunities, but it turned out that the realization from the 39th minute was enough.
Antoine Griezmann forced the opposing defender to a clumsy intervention that would turn into an own goal, but Frankie de Jong still used it to strengthen individual statistics. It was the fifth goal of the Dutch midfielder in a year and a half in Barcelona.
He recorded the same amount in Ajax in five seasons!
Puig debut goal
The host threatened in the 57th minute when Ter Stegen stopped Emiliano Rigoni in a one-on-one situation, and that was a warning that Barça took seriously.
They tried in the last twenty minutes to confirm the victory on two occasions through Trincao, but Badia made a great save. However, Riqui Puig, and that does not happen often, got a chance from the bench in the 87th minute and only a hundred seconds later reached the debut goal for the senior team of Barcelona.
De Jong's cross-shot was so refined and measured that it allowed the lowest player on the field (169 centimeters) to place the ball in the net with his head. Barcelona is returning home satisfied before the visit of Rayo Vallecano in the Copa Del Rey and the upcoming duel in Primera with Athletic Bilbao and Betis.
It is certain that this victory will give them additional self-confidence and that Koeman's guys will do their best to continue with a good series. It seems that Barcelona is playing better and better and that they have finally found a recipe for a good game