The Catalans are within the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey
Barcelona negotiate difficult take a look at
Barcelona made onerous work of Intercity final day out within the Copa del Rey and had been taken to extra-time earlier than prevailing however noticed off Ceuta with out too many issues.
A visit south that concerned a airplane and three helicopters noticed Xavi handle to relaxation his key males, provide his squad gamers some recreation time and are available out with a snug win.
Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Kessie and Ansu Fati equipped the objectives, whereas there was one other clear sheet from a much-changed backline.
Ángel Alarcón ha debutat amb el primer equip
Debut de Ángel Alarcón con el primer equipo en la victoria Ceuta de octavos de ultimate de la Copa del Rey (0-5)
— FC Barcelona – Masia (@FCBmasia) January 19, 2023
There was additionally the chance handy Angel Alarcon his debut. With Memphis gone and funds tight it is probably not the final time we see him this season. Xavi clearly appears to be a fan of the teen however has already mentioned he desires a alternative for Memphis.
It wasn’t essentially the most thrilling efficiency of the season however Barca received the job performed, prevented a possible banana pores and skin and might now sit up for a spot within the quarter-finals.
Kessie sends sturdy message
Franck Kessie headed into the match amid doubts about his future at Barca however emerged as one of many stars of the present in opposition to Ceuta.
The rumor mill retains on speaking a couple of potential swap with Inter however Kessie despatched out a powerful message to Barcelona along with his best efficiency since becoming a member of.
Franck Kessie had two assists, after which he did THIS: pic.twitter.com/HOvvCfXwtQ
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 20, 2023
The Ivorian had a hand in Raphinha’s opener after which did nicely to tee up Lewandowski to make it 2-0. A deft header ensured he was additionally on the scoresheet in Barca’s massive win.
Kessie’s efficiency gained’t be sufficient to quieten the rumors however on this efficiency there appears to be little or no cause to swap him proper now. He’s by no means going to be an everyday starter however he is usually a very helpful a part of the squad.
Let’s not overlook he’s solely been on the membership a matter of months, faces intense competitors for a spot, and deserves an opportunity to point out what he can do.
Powerful evening for Pablo Torre
Whereas Kessie was having fun with himself in opposition to Ceuta, it was a really completely different story certainly for younger Pablo Torre who was hooked at half-time.
Torre didn’t appear to be injured and there was no clarification provided up after the sport concerning the substitution. It appears merely that Xavi actually was not impressed along with his first-half contribution.
Barca weren’t nice within the first half it must be mentioned, in opposition to a staff backside of Group 1 of the Spanish third division, however threw Gavi on rather than Torre at half-time and went on to attain one other 4 instances within the second half.
It’s a tricky second for Torre who’s struggling to make a lot of an impression in his first season on the Camp Nou. His finest probability of minutes appears to be within the Copa del Rey however he has work to do to persuade Xavi to begin him within the quarter-finals.
Lewandowski provides Copa objectives to his assortment
Robert Lewandowski has scored in just about each competitors he’s ever graced and he can now add the Copa del Rey to his huge assortment.
The striker won’t have performed if he wasn’t at present serving a league suspension however was within the XI and scored twice. That’s now 22 objectives and 4 assists this season from 23 video games for Barca.
️ XAVI: “Today, Robert [Lewandowski] showed that he is a tremendous professional. With the same attitude as the day of the final. Perfect. Perfect for him because he’s getting minutes.” pic.twitter.com/d6KYRrBKzG
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 19, 2023
Kessie did nicely down the suitable to run clear and select Lewandowski who swept residence his first Copa purpose. Lewandowski’s second made it 5-0 late within the recreation and noticed the Poland worldwide curl residence a low end.
Lewandowski now has three objectives in his final two video games for Barcelona however should now return to the bench in opposition to Getafe. He will probably be a giant miss.
Ferran toils as Ansu and Raphinha shine
Ansu Fati will take over from Lewandowski in opposition to Getafe and continued his current resurgence with a well-taken purpose after coming off the bench.
It’s one other signal that perhaps, simply perhaps, Ansu is coming again to his finest. He’ll have one other probability to point out what we will do on the weekend. Maintain your fingers crossed everybody.
This recreation additionally supplied a much-needed morale increase for Raphinha. The Brazilian broke the impasse for Barcelona with a low curling effort that nestled into the underside nook.
It’s Raphinha’s third purpose for Barcelona in what has been a tough debut season on the Camp Nou. There have been rumors of curiosity from Arsenal, though they may seemingly disappear with Leandro Trossard on the way in which.
Ferran Torres can be having a tricky marketing campaign which plunged to new depths in opposition to Ceuta in a dismal exhibiting. The winger is out of shape, appears to have zero confidence and also you get the sensation he’s beginning to take a look at the membership’s endurance. Can he flip issues round at Barca?