Three extra factors for Xavi’s aspect
Barcelona grind it out in opposition to Getafe
Barcelona versus Getafe was by no means going to be a reasonably sport and so it proved because the Catalans floor out a gritty win in opposition to Quique Sanchez Flores’s aspect.
It’s not a sport that may dwell lengthy within the reminiscence however, as Xavi mentioned, it’s three factors with out enjoying nicely that retains Barca’s title problem on observe.
One other week on prime of La Liga! pic.twitter.com/xTwQBiq7Dc
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 22, 2023
Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Pedri had been key to the win on a day when Barca had been with out key gamers equivalent to Ronald Araujo, Frenkie de Jong, and Robert Lewandowski.
Barca additionally misplaced Andreas Christensen at half-time however nonetheless managed to see off the problem from Getafe and now sit up for a tricky take a look at in opposition to Actual Sociedad within the cup.
Ter Stegen comes up clutch once more
Barca stopper Ter Stegen stored yet one more clear sheet on Sunday and has nonetheless solely conceded six league objectives this season. That’s now 13 shut-outs from 17 matches in La Liga. It’s a fairly extraordinary report.
Getafe did have possibilities too however couldn’t discover a well beyond the German wall. Maybe his greatest second was a save from Borja Mayoral within the first half when the striker appeared odds on to attain.
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Xavi was filled with reward for his No. 1 after the match and made it clear he thinks he’s again to his best kind this season after a few underwhelming campaigns.
“We are seeing the best Marc-Andre ter Stegen in a long time,” he mentioned. “In one-on-ones, he was spectacular, he is a leader for the group, a valuable player — it is important the goalkeeper saves you points.”
Ter Stegen is saving Barca all types of factors this season and his return to kind has been a large increase for Xavi’s aspect.
Pedri ought to carry on taking pictures
Whereas Ter Stegen was performing heroics at one finish of the pitch it was left to Pedri to offer the important contribution on the different finish.
The midfielder duly obliged with the one aim of the sport, poking house from shut vary after some good work from Raphinha down the left.
Xavi has lengthy urged Pedri to attain extra objectives and take extra pictures and there are just a few indicators this season that the teen has now added one thing to his sport.
2 – @Pedri has scored in consecutive video games (2 objectives) for the primary time for @FCBarcelona in all competitions (98 video games performed). His final three objectives got here along with his solely three pictures on the right track. Magic. pic.twitter.com/INcnOWVJjo
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 22, 2023
Pedri now has 5 objectives in all competitions for the season, as many as he managed all through the earlier marketing campaign, and is on observe to succeed in double figures.
Objectives from midfield are one thing that Barca have lacked in latest seasons and the extra that Pedri can provide the higher.
Xavi taking no dangers with Christensen
Andreas Christensen is rising as one other important participant for Barcelona this season and Xavi was actually taking no dangers with the Dane in opposition to Getafe.
The middle-back reported a little bit hamstring bother at half-time and was promptly withdrawn, displaying precisely how vital he’s develop into to Xavi.
It’s price noting that Christensen additionally performed a job within the aim. It was his intelligent first-time go that despatched Raphinha scampering away to arrange Pedri.
Christensen is the signing of the season.
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Eric Garcia was thrown on in his place and Xavi mentioned after the sport he was hopeful that Christensen could be high quality for the go to of Actual Sociedad on Wednesday.
Christensen’s signing in the summertime on a free switch was barely celebrated, however he and Ronald Araujo are clearly Xavi’s favored central defensive pair proper now.
One other help for Raphinha
Raphinha adopted up a robust displaying in opposition to Ceuta within the Copa del Rey with an important help in opposition to Getafe.
The Brazilian performed on each flanks on Sunday night time, however the help got here from the left the place he’s already made it clear he doesn’t wish to play this season.
With Robert Lewandowski and Ferran Torres at present suspended Raphinha at present has an awesome likelihood to stake a declare for a extra distinguished position.
Raphinha’s solely began eight of his 16 appearances this season however now has 5 assists for the marketing campaign. Solely Ousmane Dembele, who has seven, has extra for Xavi’s aspect.
Barca will nonetheless need extra, rather more, from their big-money summer season signing however he ought to get one other begin subsequent outing in opposition to Girona.