Why Barça didn’t concede… 3 defenders built an ‘iron wall’

Barcelona won 1-0 against Atletico Madrid in the 16th round of Spanish La Liga in the 2022-23 season held at Civitas Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain on the 9th at 5:00 am (Korean time). With 3 points, Barcelona maintain the top spot in the league with a 3-point gap over Real Madrid.

Ousmane Dembele’s winning goal gave Barcelona victory. Fedry, who received the ball from a low position in the 22nd minute of the first half, drove the ball forward to the front of the box and passed it to Gabi who was inside the box. Gabi overcame the competition with the opposing defense and gave the ball to Dembele rushing from the other side. Dembele shook Atletico’s net with a neat finish.

Atlético increased the intensity of their attacks after conceding. Antoine Griezmann was central and created several good chances, threatening Barcelona’s goal. However, there was no chance to score. On this day, Atlético’s expected goal (xG) value was 1.42, and according to statistics, at least one goal had to be scored. However, Atlético’s attacks were blocked every time.

At the center of it all was the Barcelona defensive trio. Andreas Christensen, Ronald Araujo, and Jules Kunde, who played as starters that day, are the protagonists. The three players built a solid defense throughout the game and defended the goal. In addition, goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s save was added to this, and Atletico’s attack was perfectly blocked.

If you look at the record, you will be amazed. Christensen recorded 1 successful tackle (100%), 1 interception, 5 kicks, 3 interceptions, 9 recoveries and 1 successful aerial duel (100%). Araujo recorded 1 successful tackle (50%), 2 interceptions, 1 clearance, 5 recoveries, 1 successful aerial duel (100%), and 2 successful ground duels (67%). Kunde contributed to the defense by recording 2 interceptions, 6 kicks, 2 interceptions, 6 recoveries, and 2 successful aerial duels (50%).

In addition, Christensen made one effective shot and Kunde created one opportunity to contribute to the attack. Arauho blocked Griezmann’s decisive shot at the end of the game with his foot. He actually saved one goal. 토토사이트

Of course, the fact that the defenders were outstanding is also proof that Barcelona allowed a lot of attacks to the opponent. The performance of the defenders is something to be delighted with, but Barcelona will have to try to minimize the opponents creating chances in the back half.

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