Barcelona kicked off 2021 with a win on the road against bottom of the table Huesca to move into the top five in La Liga and make it six games without a loss. The Blaugrana played a good first half and just cruised in the second, and picked up all three points away from home which is good news this season.
Barça dominated the game from start to finish, keeping possession deep in Huesca territory and constantly moving the ball from side to side to find spaces, and thanks to a marvelous performance from Pedri the Blaugrana always managed to create good chances.
They didn’t exactly fire one shot on target after throughout the half, but they could have scored at least three times based on the quality of their opportunities. Barça could only score once, but it was a great goal: Lionel Messi played a beautiful cross into the box, and Frenkie De Jong made a perfect run from midfield and met the cross with a perfect first time finish to give Barça the lead.
Huesca played like a bottom of the table side and simply couldn’t not trouble Barça in any way, and the Blaugrana defense was alert to kill any promising attacks from the home team and did a great job of getting the ball back high up the pitch to continue on the offensive.
At halftime Barça were in full control but had just the one-goal lead, and needed to keep up the pace to kill the game in the second half.
The second half went pretty much the same as the first, but without the chances. Barça had possession and tried to create but lacked the poise and imagination in the final third, and the best chance came in a one-two between Messi and Pedri that ended with the captain’s shot being saved by Álvaro.
Huesca tried going forward looking for an equalizer and stayed alive thanks to Barça’s inability to score, but the hosts couldn’t truly trouble Marc-André ter Stegen and the final whistle came to end quite a boring final period and award Barça all three points.
This wasn’t very good, but a win is a win. Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona, everyone!
Huesca: Álvaro; Pulido (Real 72’), Insua, Siovas, Galán; Rico (Doumbia 65’), Mosquera, Seoane (Ferreiro 72’); Gómez (Okazaki 72’), Mir, Ontiveros
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest (Mingueza 75’), Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets (Pjanic 75’), Pedri; Messi, Braithwaite (Griezmann 81’), Dembélé
Goal: De Jong (27’)