Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona; Review - football

Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona; Review



Despite a poor showing at the Sam Mames Barcelona were able to pick up a point against a highly motivated Athletic Bilbao. Despite some good scoring chances, most of them by the home side, the game ended scoreless and Barcelona restored their six point lead in La Liga, this time with Real Madrid their closest pursuer.
With a couple unavailable players in key places, Ernesto Valverde had to make some changes, moving Nelson Semedo from the right side to the left of the defense, with Sergi Roberto taking up the right side. Arturo Vidal took Arthurs? spot in midfield while Lionel Messi was deemed fit enough to start the tough away game, while Ousmane Dembele took a seat on the bench for the first time since picking up the ankle injury against Leganes. The match started with both sides playing a high-tempo game, as Barcelona looked to control the ball amid high press from the home team. The first good look for either side didn?t come until the 11th when Vidal turned the ball over in midfield to send Yuri Berchiche sprinting past Roberto. The former PSG man fired from the left wing, but missed the far post by about a foot.
Against a highly organized Athletic Bilbao side Barcelona couldn?t really get going. The constant pressure on the ball-carrier caused all kinds of problems as the calming presence of Arthur was sorely missed in midfield. Athletic though seemingly always looked dangerous when in possession inside Barcelona?s third of the pitch. Markel Susaeta tried his luc...
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