Catalan Giants won a six-goal thriller over Diego Simeone’s team to go fourth in LaLiga

Jordi Alba, Gavi, Araujo, and Dani Alves scored huge goals, which enabled FC Barcelona to beat Atletico Madrid for the first time since December 2019. Despite the fact that Atletico had a second-half goal and appeared to be in the lead following Dani Alves’ red card, Barca stayed firm and weathered the storm. Overall, Xavi put in a fantastic performance with new arrivals Aubameyang, Ferran Torres, and Traore.

Despite being down 1-0 early on, Barca maintained a relentless offensive approach throughout the first half. They scored three goals in the first half, but Barca failed to score in the entire 90 minutes of their previous meeting. On the other hand, Barcelona was still vulnerable to corners, which Atletico used to score their second goal. 

Barcelona would dominate the rest of the first half despite their early goal. Jordi Alba volleyed in a minute after Carrasco’s goal from a Dani Alves pass, before Gavi and defender Ronald Araujo gave Xavi Hernandez’s side the lead.

Adama Traore’s cross was the source of Gavi’s goal. After joining the club from Wolverhampton Wanderers in England, the Spanish winger is making his second appearance for the team. Pierre Aubameyang, the other huge signing of the month, also made his debut, coming on as a second-half substitute.

Dani Alves opened the second half by smashing the ball past Jan Oblak in the 49th minute for his first goal since returning to Barcelona. The goal elicited wild celebrations from the home crowd.

●   ATM’s Defensive Error

Atletico Madrid’s defensive flaws were exposed once again as Barcelona scored four goals in this encounter, the first three of which came in the first 43 minutes.

Over the last several seasons, the capital club has established itself as one of Europe’s strongest defensive sides. Still, they have already conceded more goals (30) than they did during their title-winning run last season (25).

This was also the first time they have conceded four goals in the league since 2012, with Barcelona being the last team to do it, winning 4-1 at the Camp Nou in the 2012-13 season. 

●   Traore was on fire!

Traore was there in the thick of it, taking over the game for a half-hour.

Alba’s equaliser came when his cross was poked out to Alves, who floated the ball to the opposite side, where Alba had time to adjust his feet and volley into the top corner.

Barcelona was on top, and Traore was on fire. Mario Hermoso was stopped, then he rushed through him, hoisting a cross off the line and into the area where Gavi was heading in a flash.

Before half-time, Araujo slammed in a third, and four minutes later, Alves scored a fourth, arrowing in Gavi’s cut-back before posing with his arms spread towards the supporters. 

In just three months as manager, Xavi has established a style of play that is very similar to the one he used to enjoy playing in – and, just like back then, the midfield was aided by outstanding performances from Jordi Alba and Dani Alves. They responded admirably to being left out of the club’s Champions League squad until his late brain faded.

Adama Traore’s inclusion seemed to have paid off. At Molineux, he was roundly chastised for his final product, but he appears to be a natural fit for playing opposite Ferran Torres. Gavi and Pedri, two youthful talents, shone brightly alongside the veterans. This is just one result, but it was a showing that would have been difficult to predict earlier in the season.

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