Barca struggled to interrupt down a cussed Getafe facet and it took a mistake for them to open the scoring. Andreas Christensen intercepted a Damian Suarez go and fed Raphinha, who squared for Pedri to transform his fifth aim of the season.
1. Barca get job executed after lengthy stretch in Saudi Arabia and Africa
This was not a classic Barca efficiency, nevertheless it was an essential three factors within the grand scheme of the LaLiga title race. Not each show can be as exhilarating as final weekend’s Supercopa win over Actual Madrid and maybe that, ultimately, explains why Xavi Hernandez’s facet weren’t at their finest in opposition to Getafe.
5 days in Saudi Arabia culminated final Sunday with a 3-1 Clasico win and the primary trophy of Barcelona‘s Xavi period. Barca didn’t have lengthy to have fun, although, as a result of on Thursday, through a aircraft and a helicopter, they had been off to the north African coast for a Copa del Rey recreation within the autonomous Spanish metropolis of Ceuta, successful 5-0 to progress to the quarterfinal.
They had been again residence on Sunday however the travelling took its toll on some. Ronald Araujo and Frenkie de Jong picked up minor knocks and weren’t risked in opposition to Getafe, whereas high scorer Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres had been each suspended.
Given all of the context, the factors can take priority over the efficiency as they moved six away from Madrid, who journey to Athletic Bilbao afterward Sunday.
2. Christensen’s rising significance to Barca on show
January has served to showcase the rising significance of Andreas Christensen to this Barca facet. The Danish defender, a free switch signing from Chelsea, was colossal within the win over Atletico Madrid earlier than the Supercopa and once more impressed in opposition to Madrid final weekend.
In opposition to Getafe, it was his interception and fast go which created the aim. It is his means with the ball as a lot as his defending which has helped him set up himself in the midst of the again 4 regardless of competitors from Jules Kounde, Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia.
Barca, due to this fact, will hope a knock picked up within the first half just isn’t severe. Xavi was definitely taking no dangers. Conscious of Christensen’s worth, he rapidly opted to take him off. With Actual Sociedad to return within the Copa on Wednesday and Manchester United across the nook within the Europa League, there are greater challenges forward.
3. Getafe’s relegation worries mount
Getafe ruffled some feathers among the many Camp Nou crowd with their bodily fashion, however they left with zero factors and stay considered one of a clutch of sides with relegation worries. Solely aim distinction retains them out of the underside three in the mean time, with Actual Valladolid, Celta Vigo and Getafe all tied on 17 factors.
The issue for Getafe is that they now have a troublesome run of video games developing. After shedding at Camp Nou, they face Actual Betis, Atletico Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, Valencia and Villarreal of their subsequent 5 matches. Except Thirteenth-placed Valencia — who’ve two video games in hand on a lot of the league — these groups are all within the high 9.
Quique Sanchez Flores’ facet do have some issues going for them. As soon as once more apart from Valencia, they’ve the tightest defence within the backside half of the desk. In addition they have objectives in Mayoral and Enes Unal — even when they did not take their possibilities in opposition to Barca.
Greatest and worst performers
Greatest: Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona
Did not add an help or aim to his numbers for the season, however was one of many gamers who introduced followers to their toes in an unremarkable recreation along with his direct operating with the ball.
Greatest: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Barcelona
A Thirteenth clear sheet of the season and a few huge saves to make sure Barca took all three factors.
Greatest: Jules Kounde, Barcelona
Accidents and the World Cup have disrupted his begin to life at Barca, however there are indicators that he’s discovering his toes now.
Worst: Ansu Fati, Barcelona
Has rediscovered his goal-scoring contact in January however missed a number of possibilities so as to add to his tally within the absence of Lewandowski
Worst: Borja Mayoral, Getafe
Wasted a one-on-one with Ter Stegen after Pedri’s poor again go.
Worst: Damian Suarez, Getafe
Stray go led to the opening aim and allowed Raphinha to get in behind him to set it up.
Highlights and notable moments
For all of Getafe’s efforts to defend and maintain Barcelona at bay, the breakthrough normally comes for Barca — and it did on Sunday within the thirty fifth minute.
It was 20-year-old Pedri who acquired on the top of it, placing Barcelona up 1-0.
Pedri opens up the scoring in opposition to Getafe pic.twitter.com/niiVxiXzbF
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After the match: What the managers and gamers mentioned
Barca supervisor Xavi Hernandez: I do not we performed effectively, we had been off our recreation. We didn’t assault effectively. We did defend effectively. It’s arduous to assault in opposition to such a low block. Now we have to enhance. However it was a extremely essential win. We saved a clear sheet. We had been good with out the ball, however we did not create sufficient. You might really feel the psychological tiredness from the Supercopa. It is three factors with out enjoying effectively.
Getafe supervisor Quique Sanchez Flores: In opposition to these groups, it’s important to play mini-games of quarter-hour to attempt to get factors. We performed attempting to rob the ball and assault the house. They’re in good type however we tried to shock them and we had been within the recreation. (Offended in regards to the aim?) Sure, as a result of we had been punished in opposition to Espanyol and Sevilla as effectively for errors.
Key stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Data)
Pedri scored his fourth league aim this season, which is the 20-year-old’s most in a top-flight season.
Pedri has scored in consecutive video games (2 objectives) for the primary time in all competitions (98 video games performed).
Barcelona: Barca will host Actual Sociedad within the quarterfinal spherical of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, Jan. 25 (watch reside on ESPN+ at 3 p.m. ET). Then, Barcelona return to league play once they head to Girona on Saturday, Jan. 28 (watch reside on ESPN+ at 10:15 a.m. ET).
Getafe: Azulones will host Actual Betis in LaLiga motion on Saturday, Jan. 28 (watch reside on ESPN+ at 3p.m. ET).