It took Barcelona two set-piece goals as they beat the home side Leganes two goals to one in an early kickoff at Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Luis Suarez equalized on a Leo Messi freekick to square off Youssef En-Nesyri’s twelfth-minute stunner before substitute Arturo Vidal’s unwonted goal just before the eightieth-minute mark sealed the deal for the traveling side.
The home side, sitting at the bottom of the table, bothered the league leaders often as Ernesto Valverde’s side continued to find their poor away form this season. Javier Aguirre’s side went into the break one-nil up after Moroccan Youssef En-Nesyri’s movement baffled Gerard Pique, resulting in a shot that went past Ter Stegen’s goal without him getting a chance to move.
Ter Stegen; Wagué, Piqué, Umtiti, Firpo; De Jong, Busquets; Dembélé, Messi, Griezmann; Suárez (4-2-3-1)
Ernesto Valverde fielded a star-studded line-up as all of Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez were included in the starting lineup this afternoon. The likes of Moussa Wague and Junior Firpo were deployed as fullbacks, with Samuel Umtiti pairing up with Gerard Pique in place of injured Clement Lenglet. The double-pivot of Frenkie De Jong and Sergio Busquets served as the transition between what looked like a triad of Griezmann, Messi, and Dembele. Luis Suarez again broke into Valverde’s side as the center forward.
Ernesto Valverde used all three substitutions with Ansu Fati, Ivan Rakitic, and Arturo Vidal coming in for De Jong, Busquets and Griezmann respectively.
It’s absurd that we needed a hard-fought comeback in the second half to secure 3 points against the bottom side of the league. Ernesto Valverde’s problems of not being able to create from the open play and being too reliant on Messi will see a nightmare next week, as we travel to Madrid to face the Rojiblancos.