Painful setback suffered by Athletic yesterday at La Cartuja against a Barça that was superior from start to finish. The lions, in the manner and manner of two weeks before against Real, did not know how to compete properly in this second Cup final either. Marcelino’s proposal consisted of withdrawing the team near their own area and waiting, seeing what they had seen, for the flute to sound.
Those of Koeman, however, were not for the work. Theirs was an attack by land, sea and air from the precise kickoff. Muniain did not touch the Cup this time. The problem of the rojiblanco team had more to do with their own impotence than with superstition.
Ter Stegen was a mere guest of stone while there was end. The rojiblancas arrivals to their domains did not occur until the scoreboard was clearly decanted in favor of the Catalans. It was when Barcelona stopped stepping on the accelerator and the lions thanked the oxygen provided by one of their spare men. The thing about the Bilbao team in the Cup finals is to make them look at it. Some of his players and even the coach, too.
The doubt around Muniain was settled with the presence of the captain in the starting eleven. Yeray also recovered in time. Yuri, on the other hand, no. Balenziaga thus acted as a left-handed side. The double pivot was formed on this occasion by Unai López and Dani García. Two changes in Athletic’s line-up, therefore, with respect to the finals against Real and Barça itself in the Super Cup.
Koeman, for his part, insisted on a defense of three centrals, with Piqué back in the competition and Araujo on the bench. The other novelty in the Blaugrana team was given by the ownership of Griezmann at the expense of Dembèlè. The azulgrana, yesterday in yellow, took the initiative of the game from practically the initial whistle.
-At the post from minute four-
De Jong, in fact, finished off the post in minute 4 after a great drop from Messi. Dest, Griezmann and the Barça captain himself were accumulating arrivals against an Athletic far behind and with Muniain without touching the ball. In the first outing in attack, Iñigo Martínez narrowly missed a good free-kick from Berenguer.
Barça’s possession of the ball increased as the feeling of danger in front of Unai Simón’s goal diminished. Messi, yes, kept trying the first time possible. The Barça captain, who complained on several occasions about Bilbao’s blocks, even had a free kick that crashed into the barrier. The first half ended with a Williams counter that ended up at the hands of Ter Stegen.
The second half started with Muniain in the dugout and Lekue in the field. Marcelino then chose to place the Bilbao player on the right-hand side with De Marcos in front of the interior and Berenguer on the other side. It soon became clear that this was not the solution either.
Messi, De Jong and Griezmann began to connect little by little and was creating goal situations that Unai Simón, almost all with his foot or leg, managed to disrupt. The jug was going too much to the source and ended up breaking in a combination between the Argentine and the Dutch that ended up finishing point-blank with the French. Just three minutes later, De Jong himself made it 0-2.
Marcelino threw the bench in search of solutions, but the final was already sentenced by then. Athletic, with Vesga, timidly took a step forward, but Messi said ‘here I am’ and scored two home-brand goals. The simultaneous incorporation of Nuñez, Yuri and Villalibre also did not serve for anything. The lions once again lost a Cup final by a landslide against Barça. And there are four.
Athletic Club, 0
Unai Simon (2); De Marcos (1), Yeray (2) (Núñez, 67 ‘(s.c)), I. Martínez (2), Balenziaga (2); Berenguer (1) (Vesga, 54 ‘(1)), Dani García (2), Unai López (1) (Yuri, 67’ (s.c)), Muniain (1) (Lekue, 46 ‘(1)); Williams (1) (Villalibre, 67 ‘(s.c)), Raúl García (2).
Coach: Marcelino (1)
FC Barcelona, 4
Ter Stegen (3); Mingueza (3) (Braithwaite (s.c), 86 ‘), Piqué (3) (Araujo (2), 81’), Lenglet (3); Dest (3) (Sergi Roberto (3), 74 ‘), De Jong (4), Busquets (3), Pedri (3) (Ilaix (2), 81’), Alba (4); Messi (4) and Griezmann (4) (Dembélé (s.c), 86 ’).
Coach: Ronald Koeman (4)
Goals: 0-1, Griezmann (60 ‘); 0-2, De Jong (63 ‘); 0-3, Messi (68 ‘); 0-4, Messi (72 ‘)
Spectators: No public at the Cartuja Stadium.
Referee: Martínez Munuera (Valencian Com.) (1). He admonished Dani García (39 ‘) and Yuri (90).