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A round night in Kiev for Barcelona


Barcelona seals its classification for the round of 16 with a team as experimental as it was successful due to its sense of the collective game in the absence of its figures

Even in the Champions League there are recreational and enjoyable matches to watch when the group favorites, which are not necessarily those of the tournament, sign their qualification halfway, as has been the case with Barcelona.

He has caught up with the Catalans with a resounding victory in Turin against Juve without Cristiano Ronaldo to manage his loot of points, manage his resources and prioritize Osasuna's visit on Sunday to last night's match in Kiev.

The merit of the chosen Catalans was that they knew how to score four goals in a very playful contest and add the plenary session in Europe.

There was no dispersion in the Barça side, so full of unpublished players that even a footballer made his debut who has not been presented as Matheus and scored an American international as Dest.

Never seen in Barcelona.

Judging by the line-up, it didn't seem like Barça played a Champions League game.

Piqué, Busquets and Sergi Roberto absent due to injury, Messi and De Jong did not travel and neither did Alba, Dembélé or Griezmann start.

The absence of the Frenchman was a disappointment because after going through the confessional of the Valdano Universe, he was expected to claim his claim in the absence of 10. Riqui Puig did not find a place either.

Koeman was left with a rare team, full of news, none as important as Mingueza's.

There are no more centers available than that of Barça B. With the pass to the round of 16 practically assured, the day was conducive to playing with the formation and the coach had a very youthful eleven - the average was 24 years old - and in the antipodes of which he was beaten in Lisbon.

There were no other testimonies of the win against Bayern than Ter Stegen and Lenglet.

Pedri's domain

In the absence of pressure, the détente was evident since the match began at the Kiev Olympics.

The Barcelona fans looked fun and playful, at ease on the pitch, very loose and daring, more ambitious than Dinamo.

Pedri and Coutinho mixed well, the rhythm was high and the circulation good, as if the Catalans had known each other since they were young, attractive and at the same time too innocent, lacking in balance and hit luckily for Bushchan.

The chances were scarce because the plays were not finished, Barça barely finished.

Although they wore white, the Lucescu boys played as if they were facing real Barça, Messi and Griezmann, an attitude that encouraged the initiative and command of the black team, the Barça clothing.

Dinamo covered themselves well, trusting in the little imbalance of the Barça fans, and tried to select their transitions, away in any case from Ter Stegen.

Academic, superior in pressure, possession and circulation, Barcelona was not very forceful, too candid, without the viciousness of the teams that compete to win the games, not to pass the time and complete the fourth day of the group stage of the Champions.

The two starting goalkeepers could also have rested: Bushchan and Ter Stegen.

Until Dinamo stretched a bit in the resumption and Barcelona answered with Pedri, excellent at reading the game, deep in the open field, delicious in the pass for the arrival of Dest with the intermediation of Braithwaite.

The side crossed the shot as the best of the interiors and put the 0-1.

The goal woke up Braithwaite, who hit a ball combed by Mingueza after a corner kick by Aleñá.

The 0-2 knocked Dinamo out of the game and allowed Koeman to rest Coutinho, Pjanic, Lenglet and even Pedri.

The change wheel came out as round as the line-up for the Barça coach.

Braithwaite repeated in a penalty that Griezmann granted him, just off the field, and the Frenchman put the climax with a beautiful fourth goal in a night that even gave Konrad to appear and form a couple with Dest, two North Americans in the ranks of Barcelona .

The focus in any case was put on Mingueza, a footballer who could have continuity due to Piqué's injury while Araujo and who knows if Umtiti recover.

The subsidiary's center-back was fine and accurate in both areas: in a foreshortening at the start and in the jump that led to the second goal later, at which point Barça finished off the match that had matured before the impotence of Dinamo.

Everything goes round to Barça in Europe.

Nobody asked about Messi surely because it was about finding footballers who can join the 10 for the League.

And the individualities led to a very good collective Barça game.

Source: elparis

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