Barcelona 1-0 Real Valladolid: 5 Hits and Flops

Barcelona 1-0 Real Valladolid: 5 Hits and Flops

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Lionel Messi netted his 22nd league goal this term from the penalty spot, after a marauding Gerard Pique – shaping to shoot – was held in the box by midfielder Michel.

The visitors had goalkeeper Jordi Masip to thank for keeping them in the game, as the Barca academy graduate made a string of important saves from Messi and substitute Luis Suarez during an action-packed second-half.

The result is Valladolid’s fifth defeat of 2019 and means they’re just three points off the relegation places after 24 matches. With that all in mind, here’s a look at five players who either impressed or struggled during Barcelona’s victory on Saturday evening:

#5 Flop: Daniele Verde

Verde battling with Barca's Carles Alena for possession (Picture source: Getty Images)
Verde battling with Barca’s Carles Alena for possession (Picture source: Getty Images)

In a game like this, Daniele Verde needed to show composure and good decision-making in possession if Valladolid were going to have much chance of snatching a result.

Instead, the 22-year-old Italian struggled throughout and was unsurprisingly replaced after 65 minutes. He created a joint team-high two key passes on the evening but crucially lost the ball on five occasions during his stint on the pitch too.

76.9% pass accuracy, 41 touches, one tackle, and one interception. This just wasn’t good enough – especially given Barca’s overload with Valladolid’s three-pronged attack. On another day, the visitors would have been traveling home after a heavy defeat, if not for some excellent saves and wasteful finishing on Barcelona’s part.

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