For me, the most extraordinary part of the match was the last 15 minutes, as Bar?a was seeing off a pressing Athletic via defensive stops, clearances and calm possession, a wounded veteran side that was not at its best but that understood exactly how to win. Athletic scrambled and created danger that was calmly dealt with. This wasn’t the Bar?a of theory, who defended from the front with possession, and stroked the ball around until the vanquished uttered a meek, “I yield, sir.” This was the cool kid backed into an alley fight, whose face changed as he figured out a rabbit punch works as well as a haymaker, and came out a winner.
You find beauty where you can. This team has flaws, some created by circumstance, others by a transfer ban of the club’s own making and Masia graduates not quite up to grade. It is going to have to find a way to ride some injury luck, and hang on until January, when its two new signings come online for the last big push. The mistake would be to conflate flawed and damaged as Bar?a showed that it might be one, but it ain’t the other. At least not today. http://futseller.mobi/