La Liga: Real Valladolid vs Barcelona, 0-3, Barça extend unbeaten win streak
Barcelona will enter the Christmas separate a four-game unbeaten streak in La Liga and a 3rd win therein span because of a 3-0 victory over Real Valladolid at the José Zorrilla Stadium. Barça came call at a replacement formation and struggled sometimes , but looked good for many of the match and comfortably won all three points on the road.
Barça made a poor start to the sport , with players seemingly confused by the new formation and trying to seek out the simplest positions to attack, while Valladolid gave Barça the ball and tried to make danger on the counter. the house team couldn’t threaten in the least , however, and their defense slowly began to crack as Lionel Messi began growing into the sport .
There was nothing special about the way Barça played, but they managed to make good chances and scored twice within the first half: first it had been Clément Lenglet who found himself on their lonesome within the box to go home an excellent cross from Messi, then Martin Braithwaite showed his striker instincts inside the box and got on the scoresheet after an excellent travel by Messi and a bullet cross from Sergiño Dest.
Jordi Masip made a few of fantastic saves to prevent Messi from joing the scoring party within the half , and at halftime Barça were playing solid football and winning easily.
Valladolid came out strong within the last half , pressing higher and attacking more and forcing Marc-André ter Stegen into a couple of quality saves, but Barça bound up the sport after just 20 minutes with a gorgeous goal: Frenkie De Jong found space within the middle and passed it to Pedri, who put Messi through with an excellent backheel pass and therefore the captain finished an excellent triangle with a strong finish.
With a three-goal lead and therefore the Christmas break just half-hour away, Barça bogged down and Ronald Koeman decided to rest a couple of players and not take any big risks because the team ran the punch out .
The final whistle came to finish an honest night for Barça, who didn’t set the planet ablaze but played a solid game on the road which is really rare for this team. And just a fast note on Pedri: that boy good, y’all.
Valladolid Playing XI:
Masip; Hervías, Fernández, Sánchez (Guardiola 79’), Martínez; Jota (Orellana 57’), Míchel (Mesa 57’), Alcaraz, Plano (Pérez 57’); Weissman, Maranhão (Villa 46’)
Barcelona Playing XI:
Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Araujo (Umtiti 70’), Lenglet; Dest, Pjanic, De Jong (Busquets 70’), Alba (Firpo 70’); Messi, Pedri (Coutinho 81’); Braithwaite
Goals: Lenglet (21’), Braithwaite (35’), Messi (65’)