Barça saved the exit to San Paolo with a draw whose consequences are still to be measured with Piqué’s injury, beyond the penalties for the return of Arturo Vidal and Busquets. The 1-1 doit is considered fair and also poor, because the Messi team expected much more against Napoli. Well in defense, whoever is impeccable, ill and short in attack, pasty and redundant in the game of possession. Setién will not be completely satisfied in his debut in Champions, just as Messi did not shine in the temple of Maradona. Kick to follow before the Classic.

Messi said it in his last interview in Mundo Deportivo. “With this it does not give us to win the Champions League.” And the Argentine is right, as shown by Barça à San Paolo. A flat team, with no ability to impose itself beyond intrascendent passes, surely satisfied with the result, because 1-1 1-1 away from home is positive, but the distance between both teams is much greater than that of a draw. The pace of the team is still far from the coconuts of the Champions League, even if the team will press much better than it had been doing. Judgment will be issued by Camp Nou.

Griezmann scored again, the 14th of the season, appearing when he had to appear, scoring the goal that Luis Suarez has not scored in three years, at home in Champions. The Frenchman took the knot from a party that complicated the passing of the minutes. The play is unstoppable pour la defense of Naples. Busquets to space (finally) and pass from the death of Semedo to Grizzi.

I felt that Junior Firpo plays with a grip, who knows if the stage or the shirt, or both, continues to grow, especially when the game raises the level of demand, as is the case. The former Betis does not remember the daring player who shone at Villamarín. He failed in the 1-0, with a clearance and delayed in the reaction, propitiating the counter that ended in the goal of Mertens. The loss of Sergi Roberto has left Setién with Firpo as the only alternative, because there was the option that Semedo played with a changed leg. From San Paolo to Bernabéu, a week that can be critical for him. It hasn’t started well, of course.

Ter Stegen had to appear again to avoid evils. His stop to Alley in a clear hand with 1-1 are the ones that save the qualifiers. He reacted quickly and covered the shot of the former Real Madrid player in 62 ‘. The German, whose Champions is being of note, also avoided at the end of the always dangerous Insigne moments before.

Setién was surprised at the alignment with the inclusion not only of Umtiti ahead of Lenglet, but also with Rakitic. The Cantabrian pulled sacred cows, represented in the ownership of the Croatian ahead of Arthur, again bench, again usual substitute, an intermittency that already lived with Valverde and repeats now with Setién. Rakitic, meanwhile, was the best example of a flat, accommodating and apathetic Barça from the first half. His presence as a symptom before the effervescence of Ansu or Arthur’s most risky game. It lasted just over 50 ‘.

Dries Mertens will never forget the night in which he scored a great goal at Barça, 1-0, an unstoppable right from Ter Stegen and that caused a earthquake in Naples. Embargo sur I hit him, the night, which he painted as a fable for him, ended early. Busquets went with everything and hit the forward, who could not continue on the field. The yellow carries suspension for the ‘5’.

Manolas was about to relive his goal in Rome when in the 42 ‘he finished off first a center of Callejón that failed to hit the goal. The central, who came from aborting a counter led by Messi, looked at the sky, knowing that he had enjoyed a good option. Without the shot being easy, he didn’t stay away. The Greek maintained a good level throughout the night.

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