Montjuic waited expectantly to attend what was predicted for the festival. João Félix. The Portuguese footballer returned to the starting lineup, after his European substitution, with the hope of rediscovering his version from the beginning of the season, when he scored three goals and distributed three assists in his first four games. Since then, the matches have continued until reaching ten without the Portuguese celebrating again.
However, Joao Félix’s attempt at a festival was drowned out by another footballer linked to Atlético de Madrid: Samu Omorodion. The Spanish attacker surprised the Barça defense with his third LaLiga goal, second with Alavés, 18 seconds into the game. One of the fastest goals of the tournament, and it was Barça who started the match by taking a cross. The loss of Gündogan in the center of the field led to Omorodion’s goal after Javi López’s tense and precise center. 18 seconds, which translated means the earliest goal in the history of Alavés in the League.
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Omorodion’s counter stopped at the first number, but it could have been two or even three goals that he had celebrated before reaching the break. Samu received in the area, won the body with Koundé and took a whip to the side of the net. We had barely reached the first quarter of an hour of the meeting and Omorodion He could already have a double in his own account, which would have been a hat trick if he had been precise in front of goal.
Minutes later he got stuck between Iñigo and Koundé, he left them behind with the gallop, but in the one-on-one with Ter Stegen he sent it out. Montjuic’s applause before the match turned into timid whistles after his team’s start. It is not the first time this season in LaLiga that the azulgranas are portrayed in the first moments of a match. Bryan Zaragoza surpassed Ter Stegen when only 12 seconds of the clash had been played in Granada. Then, last October 8, it was Gavi the one who lost the ball. The match ended 2-2.
“Not only does the president like Joao Félix, he fits all of us. He is a natural talent, a fast player who can play on the left, inside, he can adapt to the three positions up front,” argued Xavi while the Portuguese shone on the pitch. However, since that statement by the Barça coach in mid-September, Joao Félix has not seen the net again. Eleven consecutive games, including the one against Alavés, in the dry dock and with only two assists to his credit.
Numbers that get worse if we focus on the league figures: twelve games and a single goal. Data translated into the worst start to the Portuguese season since he competed in LaLiga. The Portuguese’s performance has dropped so much that even Xavi dispense with it in important moments. In Anoeta, when his team did not go beyond a draw against Real Sociedad, he decided to replace him with Lamine Yamal. “The tie was not worth it to us. We have made changes to win. We went for the game,” explained the Barça coach when questioned about the substitution of the Portuguese who, against Alavés, missed another opportunity for his talent to win over irregularity.
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