FC Barcelona vs Deportivo La Coruna : Match report and analysis
For a second time this year, Deportivo La Coruna were amazing as they came from two goals down to snatch a repectable draw at Camp Nou. On the last day of last season they did it against a Barcelona side too who were already champions. It was vehemently suggested Barça had eased off somewhat and let them back into the game later. That accusation can absolutely not be made this time.
For Luis Enrique’s squad, it was more dropped points after their last weeks draw at Mestalla – perhaps they were already pondering over next week’s trip to Japan for participating in the Club World Cup. By the time Atletico Madrid will have played on Sunday night, the relaxing four point lead Barça had enjoyed before they played Valencia could well be wiped out after this FC Barcelona vs Deportivo La Coruna match.
Dropped points here make questions over Neymar’s importance, as well. The Brazilian was injured in training session before the match against Bayer Leverkusen and unfortunately missed out with a groin strain. He’s currently La Liga’s top scorer and has been Barcelona’s best player this season. His sheer absence was certainly felt here at FC Barcelona vs Deportivo La Coruna match, in spite of the presence of Messi and Luis Suarez – who aren’t really bad.
The hosts were visibly doing all the running, but Depor, who were pressing really well, did indeed pose a threat. Evidence of it was provided when Jonathan Rodriguez breached an offside trap. Claudio Bravo, who has been in good nick lately, denied the Uruguayan, though, with a commendable save.
Jeremy Mathieu was then summoned replacing Jordi Alba in the 77th minute and eventually Depor pressure became even more relentless. Within seconds of the Frenchman’s arrival, Lucas found luxurious space on the Barça left and showed the astonishing calmness which has been the theme of his season to slot home his 11th goal of the campaign.
Egged on by the clutch of travelling Galicians at Camp Nou, they further continued to attack. And they received their reward. Lucas found enough space in the middle this time and his clinical pass found Bergantinos, who had yet again found the gap behind Mathieu, and the FC Barcelona vs Deportivo La Coruna match came to a draw.