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Nico and De Jong go up; Riqui Puig and Lenglet go down

The tie in the last gasp in Balaídos left the players of the Barça, who had completed a good first half to go 0-3 at halftime but ended up giving in to a Celtic who believed until the end in the comeback. The result in Vigo was not what was expected or desired, but there were some lights in the first half, such as the performance of Nico and De Jong, and more shadows in the second, like the poor performances of Riqui Puig and Lenglet.

NICO: Deployment and personality in abundance

Nico González was the best Barça player in Balaídos and confirmed that his promotion to the first team has been a success. The Galician, very motivated to do a good performance in his homeland, was associated with great judgment with his teammates and was daring when conducting with the ball at his feet, a condition that was missed in the interior of the Catalans. In one of those internships the 0-2 of Busquets, after what Nico He will outrun opposing defenders in great individual action. In addition to his neat ball handling, Nico He was also very intense when pressing the start from behind Celta and fought with all those who crossed his path, showing off his physical power. As a result of the effort, he ended up asking for a change and has an overload in the adductor of his left leg that will force him to rest for a few days. Xavi took good note.

DE JONG: He wore the most offensive version and was able to sentence

Despite the painful draw in Balaídos, the Dutchman Frenkie de Jong He had one of his best performances so far this season with Barça. The ’21’ was seen to step on the rival area much more, something that he did assiduously and correctly last season, in which he scored seven goals. With Nico, carried the weight of the game in the best minutes of Barça in Vigo and was even about to close the Barça triumph, with a shot from the front that hit the crossbar that would have placed the 2-4 on the scoreboard. In his third season as culé, De Jong He has to take a step forward in his performance and in Balaídos he did begin to show a more hopeful and recognizable version. We will see if with the arrival of Xavi he is close to the level he had at Ajax and took him to the Camp Nou.

RIQUI PUIG: No control of the game or defensive sacrifice

Riqui Puig did not have a good afternoon at Balaídos. The one from Matadepera entered the game due to the injury of Nico, with 1-3 on the scoreboard, and was not able to maintain the spirit of sacrifice of his teammate. He lost balls again in a compromised zone, he did not win his individual duels and Sergi was forced to change systems to a 4-2-3-1, with De Jong and Busquets doing double pivot, to have a greater defensive order and prevent Celta from roaming at ease in the center of the field. He tried with two shots, but they did not put the goal in any trouble Hard.

With the irruption of Gavi and Nico and the already consolidated gallons of Busquets, De Jong and Pedri, Riqui Puig is emerging as the last midfielder of the squad in the schemes of Xavi and we will see if you can redirect your situation in these coming months. He has talent, but that alone is not enough.

LENGLET: Clueless and fragile in the markings

After playing at a good level against Dinamo Kiev, the French central defender returned to be a starter in the back row but he was not at all fine in Balaídos. In the first dangerous action Celta ate the unmarking of Iago Aspas that could end in goal and in the second half he was not attentive in marking the 2-3 of Nolito, who headed unopposed to beat Ter Stegen. In addition, in the plays of the two goals canceled by Celta he was also in the photo. After not having many minutes this season, Lenglet faced the duel in Vigo wanting to continue claiming and now with the return of Araujo and the recovery of Pique after the break it will be difficult to enter the eleven again.

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