Barcelona’s second-half stamina key to big lead in La Liga
Barcelona’s capability to outlast their opponents in the second half has been one of many pillars of their beautiful La Liga marketing campaign and they once more waited till after halftime earlier than turning on the fashion in Sunday’s 5-Zero thrashing of Real Betis.
The sport between the runaway leaders and the often extremely entertaining Betis was delicately poised at Zero-Zero till Ivan Rakitic broke the impasse in the 58th minute and as the house facet started to wilt, Barca got here into their very own.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez mixed to devastating impact to rating twice every and full the rout, taking the variety of objectives Barca have struck in the second half in league video games to 40 and sending them 11 factors clear on the high of the standings.
“Betis had a risky game plan, playing with a high line of pressure and man marking us all over the pitch. They were very fresh at the start of the game and played convincingly and we had a lot of problems trying to play but little by little we found our way,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde mentioned.
“We grew into the game as the minutes went by and once our opponents opened up in the second half we scored and were able to play more fluidly.”
Barca’s outstanding tally of 40 second-half objectives (out of 57 general) is superior to the quantity scored by each group in the league over 90 minutes except for Valencia, who’ve netted 41.
Sunday’s sport was removed from the one event in which Barca altered the outcome with their efficiency in the second half: in addition to Betis, they beat Alaves, Las Palmas, Villarreal and Real Madrid after drawing Zero-Zero at halftime.
The Catalans got here again from shedding positions on the interval to earn wins over Getafe and Real Sociedad, in the meantime, and snatched a draw at Atletico Madrid, which means they’ve taken 17 of their 54 factors due to second-half turnarounds.
Their resolute shows after the break distinction with Real Madrid, whose 4 league defeats this season have all come due to objectives conceded in the second half, The champions’ tendency to collapse in the latter phases of video games is a key motive why they’re 19 factors adrift of Barca.
Second-placed Atletico have additionally suffered from switching off late in video games, dropping six of eight factors misplaced at house this season due to conceding objectives in the closing phases.
Diego Simeone’s facet let in a late leveller in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Girona which left them 11 factors behind Barca, who’re quickly closing in on a 25th Liga title.