Barcelona are only playing for the Champions League now, and the Copa del Rey. Ernesto Valverde’s message was clear against Huesca with his XI. La Liga is won already. The clear objective now is the Champions League and Tuesday’s clash with Manchester United. So the best thing about this match was that Lionel Messi watched it comfortably at home. We can also be optimistic about the futures of Riqui Puig and Todibo. Meanwhile Boateng looks an increasingly incomprehensible and unnecessary transfer.
Valverde left a lot of starters at home. Barca played with three at the back and used Dembele and Malcom’s speed at the back, with the vision of Riqui Puig and Alena in midfield. It was a hard game because Huesca need points to survive, while Barca’s team had never played together before.
Todibo showed his personality and technique at the back. Puig provided some impossible passes that highlight him as a future crack, and Dembele worked to show he’s ready to play United. A draw and a lot of rest. That will be good for Tuesday.