Barcelona secured a regulation two-goal victory over Getafe on matchday 37
The Spanish champions did not have much to play for here today with the league already wrapped up but it was a vital game for Getafe as they look to secure champions league qualification after having a stellar season in the Spanish top flight. Arturo Vidal opened the scoring for the champions in the first half after firing from close range after receiving the ball from Pique’s flicked header.
Barcelona struggled to get going and could only add a second goal in the dying moments of the goal when Djene hit the ball into his own net as he tried to prevent Messi from doing so. Here are the talking points from the game:
#5 Coutinho’s last game at the Camp Nou?
Maybe it was the fans angered after the Liverpool tie or La Liga really improved upon their stadium voices, the whistles for Coutinho every time he touched the ball were deafening. Brought in from Liverpool to fill in the shoes of Iniesta and fill the void left by Neymar’s departure, Coutinho has struggled to adapt his game to Barcelona’s system, while the opponents have had it easy adapting to Coutinho – blocking off any chances of his signature cutting in from the left and scoring a golazo. Being the most expensive transfer in Barcelona’s history, he had a lot of expectations riding on him and Coutinho has simply failed to deliver. His only notable contribution to the game was a good dinked ball to the head of Pique. He was put out of his misery as he went off in the second half with a thigh injury. Expectedly out for 10 days, the season could be well and over for Coutinho, just like his career with the Spanish champions.
#4 Hostile home game
It wasn’t an unexpected response from the Blaugrana faithful. After their humiliating loss against Liverpool, fans simply refused to turn up to another game of mediocrity. The Camp Nou was half empty, with the majority of the tourists making up the 57000 people that were present in the Camp Nou, a stadium with a capacity of 99k seats. Everyone bar Messi and Ter Stegen were met with a host of boos when the teams came out to warm-up, and while that died down as the game kick off, the fans made their feelings very clear about Coutinho, doubling down on him every opportunity they got. In a parallel universe where Barcelona did not bottle a 3-0(!) lead, Camp Nou is vibrant, cheering their team onto their historic treble, every pass being met with an ole and most importantly, their captain not walking off the pitch still visibly distraught without applauding the home fans.
#3 Getafe’s top 4 hopes take a tumble
The Madrid based side has had a stellar return to Spanish top flight. After climbing back up from Segunda division last season, they managed to clinch an 8th placed finish last season. This season they’ve taken it up a notch and were in possession of 4th place – the champions league spot coming into this game. They started the game brightly, looking to take advantage of a beaten down Barcelona, but Getafe fluffed their chances early and couldn’t impose themselves in a chaotic game. Inches away from Champions League football, Getafe slid down to the 5th place after their loss. They’ll other fixtures going their way if they’re to secure Champions League qualification.
#2 Boring Barcelona
After a humiliating and embarrassing exit at the hands of Liverpool, many of us expected the team to come out with a point to prove, to make a statement. But the team delivered an uninspiring and mediocre display, much like they have most of the season grinding out victories. Barcelona lacked cohesion, a clear identity, and struggled to create chances and good plays even after starting with their main eleven. Playing without Suarez and Dembele, Valverde opted to set up his team to play a chaotic game, something which very clearly does not suit his side as made evident from a 4-0 loss to Liverpool; but the team went ahead and delivered another mediocre performance regardless, with only the boos and whistles managing to keep the viewers awake in another boring game.
#1 What’s next?
Getafe will be hoping to clinch the Champions League spot back after getting leapfrogged by Valencia, who took the 4th place in the league table after their win against Alaves while Getafe were held to 0 points by Barcelona. They will need to win their last game against Villareal at home along with Valencia dropping some points in order to clinch the 4th place back. Barcelona, on the other hand, will travel to Eibar before their Copa Del Rey final against Valencia.