ANDThe match had other bad news in addition to the result for Barcelona. Jordi Alba had to retire injured off the pitch in the second half. The full-back had already had problems throughout the week and it was doubtful for the match. Koeman decided to line him up but couldn’t finish the game. The club issued a statement stating that it hase some discomfort in the hamstrings on the right leg and further tests are pending.
Bad news that had other good news. And that was the balde debut as a left back. The defender had already been training with the first team since the season and this Tuesday, due to Alba’s injury, he was able to enter the field of play.
He is the fourth young player Koeman has debuted this season. They have already done it before Nico, Demir and Gavi. The last two had already played in the League and yesterday they did so in the Champions League. In that aspect, nothing can be reproached for the coach who is always trusting the youngest.
We will have to see what continuity Balde has. Considering the physical problems that both Dest and Alba are having, it could be that had minutes in the next game against Granada.