Barca are showing signs of getting back to something close to their best evidenced by their win at the San Mames on Wednesday. Defensive fragility is their number one enemy. One gets the feeling they are one major signing away(A DEFENDER PREFERABLY) from getting to challenge for the title.Inaki Williams made it look so easy, sitting down the defender in the process. Partnerships has always been the mainstay of Barcelona sides whether midfield(Xavi and Iniesta) or attack(Messi, Suarez) they will be crucial the remainder of the season.
Pedri has struck an understanding with Messi. The former scoring the leveler on 14 minutes with great vision from De Jong to pick him out with a no look cross. Barca took the lead on 38 minutes when that man again Pedri back heeled a pass into the path of Messi when all of San Mames thought he would pass to Dembele. Messi was in one of his devastating moods and he could have had at least a hat trick with the woodwork spoiling the party. He got is goal on 62 minutes which also proved to be the winner , finding space in the Athletic club box, Griezmann defense splitting pass doing the damage. I have to admire the professionalism of Antoinne Griezmann. Being made to play out wide when your preferred position is in the middle of the attack cannot be easy. But he has stuck to the task well and with Messi moving in the summer who knows. He might be the main man at the Nou Camp soon.