Barcelona played yesterday one of the best matches of this season. Xavi´s club is currently in a very good shape and beat Napoli in just 45 minutes.
What a performance this is. Barcelona moves to the UEFA Europa League round of 16. They won easily 2-4 to an unrecognizable Italian team. One of the best clubs in all football history is back with a high level. From the Koeman´s exit to Xavi´s arrival, the team is completely different.
In this second leg of this round, Barcelona was extremely dangerous during all the match. The first half was too easy for them. Jordi Alba scored an amazing goal in a perfect counterattack of Catalan team. The, Frenkie de Jong (one of the best players yesterday) did a wonderful goal from outside of the Napoli´s area. Lorenzno Insigne got a penalty goal after Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen fouled Osimhen. However, before the break, Pique scored a goal typical of a striker.
The second half of the game would develop in the same terms and style as first. Barcelona dominated entire game that take us back to old times with Pep Guardiola or Luis Enrique. The superiority would be seen in Aubameyang´s goal. After an incredible collective play of all the players, Auba closed the match definitely. Luciano Spalletti´s team achieved a goal thanks to the mistake of Spanish promise Gavi. The MVP of the match was for Frenkie de Jong. However, players like Adama Traore (with two assists) or Ferran Torres completed an interesting performance. The winter signings like Adama, Ferran or Aubameyang are totally adapted to the team and the way to play of Barcelona. Without a doubt, very good news to Barcelona´s coach Xavi Hernandez.
Also, after the game a lot of journalists and players wrote about “Xavi´s effect”. One of them was Carles Puyol. The Spanish and Barca legend wrote a tweet about the high level that Barca is showing during this last weeks.
The Spanish giant has struggled badly in it´s first season of the departure of Lionel Messi. Although they were eliminated of Champions League, Barca will try to pass to the next round against Galatasaray. The goal for next season will be compite again in big stages with big teams. Italian team has been eliminated in a tournament that was obvious favourites to win.