The La Liga season has resumed after a three month hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic and Barcelona of all teams needs to get back into the swing of things with a slim lead in the league. Barcelona see themselves resume the league against Mallorca, a team that currently sit in 18th place. Regardless of Mallorca’s struggle, Barcelona needed to start back up with a bang because of Real Madrid being only two points behind the Catalan club.
Barcelona have had a rough season thus far. They’ve already lost five away fixtures which is the worst total away losses since the 2007/08 season when Netherlands legend Frank Rijkaard was the manager. Now, Barcelona is managed by Quique Setién who took place of Ernesto Valverde in the middle of this current season. To put it lightly, Barcelona only holds first place by a thread. A commanding result against Mallorca might be what this team needs to fend off Real Madrid and maintain their lead in La Liga.
And that’s exactly what they did.
It didn’t take long for Barcelona to make their mark on the match with midfielder Arturo Vidal finding the back of the net with a headed effort thanks to Jordi Alba’s precise cross in the penalty box. It was already 1-0 in the first two minutes of the game. But what followed was a slew of chances and possession from Barcelona that seemed to drown out the excitement established in the first few minutes of the game. A lack of good final passes from Barcelona and inconsistent possession from Mallorca sucked the life out of the match in the first half.
But we shouldn’t be surprised. Barcelona has recently established themselves as either being very slow in their attacking build up or shifting into top gear and leaving no remorse for their opponents.
But Barcelona’s work in the first half was not complete as Martin Braithwaite hammered in a goal near the penalty spot to give him his debut goal for the club and an assist to Lionel Messi. Mallorca had started to apply real pressure against Barcelona and found themselves trail by two goals at halftime.
The second half saw more of the same from Barcelona; lackluster final balls and ample possession. If you were a neutral watcher of this game, you’d be begging Mallorca to get at least one goal back to force Barcelona to be more assertive in the way they play. Heck, one could argue the most exciting part of this match was the pitch invader. Yes, you read that correctly.
The 79th minute saw Lionel Messi grab another assist by finding Jordi Alba in stride for the team’s third goal and solidifying their three points.This goal also came right after both team’s finished up their cooling break, which saw Mallorca caught off guard. Messi made sure to end this game with a bang as he thumped in a right-footed strike in the 90th minute to give Barcelona a more respectable win against the La Liga minnows.
That would do it for Barcelona as they earn a 4-0 win against a struggling Mallorca side that will be looking for even more answers since they are still stuck in the relegation battle. Barcelona’s next fixture is against Leganes on June 16th while Real Mallorca face Leganes on the same day.
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