“They have scored a goal in a kick, not in a play. It was an isolated action ”. This is how Busquets described at the end of the match, in his st
“They have scored a goal in a kick, not in a play. It was an isolated action ”. This is how Busquets described at the end of the match, in his statement to TV, Madrid’s first goal, that of Alaba. Like an isolated shot, disconnected from any previous deliberate elaboration. Busquets is not a faltón, he has been in this for many years for us to know. And it was calm. Therefore, if he said it like that, it was because he felt it that way and that reflects the way in which Barça in these years has internalized football. He only values the football of possession, of collective touch, of repeated exchange of the ball between several until the goal pass appears.
But Madrid’s goal was a game. Alaba starts it by taking the ball from Memphis and sending it to Vinicius with the band; this bankrupt Mingueza and changes to the right, in a great left-handed pass, to Rodrygo, already launched in the Barça field; while, Alaba, dragged in an outburst by his nature as a winger, has also reached the opposite field, warmly pursued by Memphis, who gives up on the center line; in turn Benzema opens from the center to the right, dragging Eric Garcia and Piqué; Rodrygo returns the ball in a perfect pass from right to left for Alaba to culminate with, now, a perfect shot.
A quick and clean goal made by four players, one with a movement without the ball, and the others with perfect and intentional touches. It is not tiqui-taca, but it is expensive football. Accurate and difficult to execute due to its speed and the large spaces handled by the four. A perfect counterattack. I really liked the tiqui-taca, even in its most mannerist version, because of what it has of collective management and because it disengages the rival from the game. But you cannot think that it is the only way to play football well. Listening to Busquets, I thought that he still lives in that longing … and that Xavi and Iniesta have been missing for a long time.