The turmoil at the beginning of the season caused a lot of concerns at Barcelona.
Shaky start of the season for Barca saw them get only three wins in the opening six matches.
This wasn’t helped by the fact that Catalans extended the winless streak away from Camp Nou to eight before tonight’s match.
However, Valverde’s men came out on top after the victory at Alfonso Perez Colosseum against Getafe, breaking the away matches curse.
In what looked like another nightmare outing for Barcelona, Getafe started the match strongly, pressing high up the pitch, with Getafe’s main man being the excellent Marc Cucurella.
After surviving the opening scare, Barcelona gained some control over the match but failed to create anything.
That is, until ter Stegen took matters into his own hands and beautifully assisted Luis Suarez who chipped Getafe’s goalkeeper, David Soria.
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From then on, Barcelona completely took over as Arthur and de Jong stringed passes in the midfield, completely controlling the match.
The penetration was lacking from Blaugrana, but Junior Firpo caught onto a rebound after Perez’s shot which was deflected by Soria.
This saw the match die out, with the only memorable moment being Lenglet’s unnecessary red card which will cause him to miss the Sevilla matchup next week.
However, things are far from settled at the Catalan club.
The board and the players are in a quiet war, and the board indirectly uses the media to criticize the players.
Barcelona’s third-captain, Gerard Pique took notice and talked about the issue in a post-match interview. According to SPORT, Pique said:
“We have to be united, the fans and the board.
“When one person doesn’t want to get angry, there are no fights. We know the club, we know the daily goings-on, we know who writes the articles, even though they may carry another person’s name.”
Pique also called for the war to end, saying:
“We want to compete, go out to play and not cause fights that don’t exist. We don’t want them to exist. Things can go better or worse, but we should be united or we’ll hurt ourselves.”
The Catalan also commented on Lenglet’s red card and Todibo filling in, saying:
“He’ll have to play if the coach thinks it’s right. If he’s here it’s because he has the level to compete. I train with him every day and can say he’s easily good enough to play for Barcelona, the team believes a lot in Todibo.”
In the aftermath, Valverde will breathe a sigh of relief, as Barcelona are back on track with two consecutive La Liga victories.