Valladolid – Barcelona (0-1), Barça ensures the absolute minimum

FC Barcelona secured a small victory in the Valladolid field (1-0) this Saturday on the 36th day in La Liga.

FC Barcelona continues to believe in a title as champion of Spain. But as for the face that has been offered since two meetings, the Catalans seem to have abdicated. Quique Setien men ensure the minimum union every time. After a great success against Espanyol, they again won on the smallest differences at the expense of Valladolid, 14th in the standings.

Against Hatem Ben Arfa’s team, sometimes absent, Blaugrana lacked bite and personality. Fortunately for them, there was Lionel Messi to get them out of the bee-eater and remove the situation. After fifteen minutes of the game, Argentine Arturo Vidal launched to open the scoring and Chilean did not miss the offer.

With this inspiration, La Pulga offered his 20th exercise assistant. A first for him in the Spanish Championship. He had never reached this threshold before, and this allows him to imitate his ex-teammate Thierry Henry, the author of such an achievement 18 years ago in the Premier League.

A very bad show

There was no other progress in this part, to the viewers’ regret. It was a great boredom, with a rhythm very little away and especially few highlights. Note, however, a huge opportunity missed by Antoine Griezmann (19th), a free kick Messi is diverted by the opposite doorman (62) and a save by Marc André Ter Stegen on a head of Enes Unal (60th).

Barça will therefore retain only the bulk of this confrontation. The Catalans will now cross their fingers so that Real stumbles at least twice in their last three outings. It is far from won, but hope brings life. Especially when you seem to be in complete evening.