Barcelona were forced to play a goalless draw with Girona when the two teams faced off in the Spanish La Liga match jornada 28 at Camp Nou, Tuesday (11/4/2023) early morning WIB.
However, Robert Lewandowski et al. failed to break into Paulo Gazzaniga’s goal.
There are a number of interesting facts presented in this match between Barcelona and Girona:
Admittedly, Barcelona’s game in this match was practically boring. It is very rare that there is a neat build-up attack typical of Barcelona like the previous matches.
Barcelona was recorded as releasing 18 shots, but of these only three were on target, without a single goal being scored.
Game Raphinha et al. arguably still a little better than when Real Madrid beat four goals without reply in the middle of last week. However, it’s still not enough to beat Girona.
Need Pedri and Frenkie de Jong
Similar to when they lost to Real Madrid, one of the main keys to why Barcelona’s game this time was quite messy was the absence of the two hearts of their game in the midfield, namely Frenkie de Jong and Pedri.
Without them, Barcelona’s midfield creativity seemed almost dead. There were no deadly passes from the second line.
Barcelona certainly hopes that Frenkie De Jong and Pedri can quickly recover from their respective injuries and return to the squad before the danger alarm sounds.
Barcelona is still difficult to break into at home
One positive point from Barcelona in this match is that goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has again recorded a clean sheet.
Of the 14 home matches that Barcelona has played in the 2022/2023 La Liga season, their goal has never been broken by an opposing player from open play.
This season, goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has only conceded twice when Barcelona appeared at home to the Spanish La Liga.
However, both were created respectively from Ronald Araujo’s suicide against Real Madrid) and Joselu’s penalty against Espanyol.
Great performance by David Lopez
David Lopez appeared strong in the heart of the Girona defense. The 33-year-old defender has a 100 percent record of winning duels with opponents, namely four times out of four.
David Lopez recorded six clearances. He also made two interceptions, tackles, and blocked shots each.
David Lopez’s extraordinary performance at the back of Girona really made Robert Lewandowski et al. feeling frustrated.
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Still Comfortable on the Top
Regardless of the failure to win three points, Barcelona is currently still very comfortable on the throne at the top of the standings with a 13-point lead from Real Madrid.
This situation was also helped by the 2-3 defeat suffered by Real Madrid when they hosted Villarreal, Sunday (9/4/2023) early morning WIB yesterday.
With the league still having 10 matches left, Barcelona’s chances of winning La Liga this season are arguably still very large.