Fun in the sun: Getafe for brunch

Posted by Francesc Tomas

Barcelona achieved an emphatic 6-1 win against Getafe at the Camp Nou in Matchday 23 of La Liga. Alexis Sanchez, Lionel Messi, David Villa, Cristian Tello, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique scored the goals for the Blaugrana, who enjoyed 73 percent of possession and attempted 17 shots, nine of them on target and one to the post.

Jordi Roura rightfully decided to rotate the team after a massive 14 Barcelona players featured for their national teams in midweek and gave six players who haven't started on a regular basis a well-deserved chance to prove their worth.

Despite kicking off at the earliest time since 1965, the Blaugranas remained unfazed and focused on doing what they do best: winning. The game was hugely one-sided, the ultimate proof that this Barcelona team has the potential to beat virtually anybody if given enough time to think and create from midfield. Having six different Blaugrana goal scorers for the first time in La Liga since 1996 is a clear sign of the collective strength of the squad as a whole.

Despite the positive overall performance, though, the fact that Barcelona have been able to keep only one La Liga clean sheet in the past three months is disappointing. Sure, the team continues to win convincingly and the coaches accept conceding more as inevitable collateral damage of this season's more attacking ethos, but for me, the momentary lack of concentration and poor judgement at times casts a shadow of doubt over the team's defensive strength.

All in all, an overwhelming victory which I am sure the next generation of Cules who filled the Camp Nou with their parents and grandparents will proudly cherish as one of their earliest memories of the best team in Barcelona history.

Player Ratings (0-10; 10 = best)

Victor Valdes (5): The Camp Nou charmed the Catalan goalkeeper with loud chants of "We want you, Victor stay with us." However, Getafe scored with their only shot on target, which can only be interpreted as a disappointing performance from the goalkeeper.

Adriano (7): Plenty of accurate tackles and a clear attacking desire, always eager to make things happen. Had to be substituted at halftime with an unfortunate injury.

Carles Puyol (7): Solid and determined, as usual. Added experience, leadership and a sense of security to the Blaugrana back line.

Gerard Pique (7): Comfortable, never really beaten. Completed his confident performance with a goal in added time after finishing one of his commanding forward runs with a gentle touch.

Jordi Alba (6): A continuous threat for Getafe, a tireless performance which contributed to the comfortable Blaugrana win. Deserves full credit for the inch-perfect pass into the path of David Villa which enabled the third Barcelona goal. Messed up with a clumsy defensive header which gifted Getafe their goal, though.

Alex Song (7): A display of strength and good defensive positioning. Didn't overcomplicate his creative play, passing that responsibility to Iniesta and Thiago Alcantara. Another positive appearance.

Andres Iniesta (9), Man of the Match: Grabbed his 200th La Liga victory by orchestrating the midfield with a sensational display. His inch-perfect assist enabled Barcelona's first goal just five minutes into the game. Capped a superb individual performance with an impeccable goal. A constant source of danger for the Getafe defenders, as he has been all season. Unstoppable.

Thiago Alcantara (8): A key player whose consistency allowed the Blaugrana machine to function efficiently throughout the whole game. Assisted Messi for the second Blaugrana goal after a well-timed run, then gifted Pique his goal with another generous pass.

David Villa (7): Unsurprisingly, didn't waste the chance to add his name on the score sheet as he generally does whenever he is trusted to start a game. His renowned ability to find the net instantly stretched the pitch wide open and pinned his marker down. Combined well with everyone around him. Let's be clear: If available, El Guaje should be included in the starting lineup on a weekly basis.

Lionel Messi (8): Scored his 46th goal of the season with an easy tap-in after a great collective play, then hit the post before halftime. Despite having scored for the 13th consecutive league match, I actually felt his tally could have been better today had his finishing been slightly more accurate. Having said that, he then found time to assist Tello for his goal and create mayhem for the Getafe back line to deal with.

Alexis Sanchez (7): Incisive, dynamic and aggressive. Scored his first La Liga goal since April 2012 after a piercing diagonal run. Also managed a couple of skilful plays and brilliant crosses in what was a visible improvement on his previous Camp Nou performances. May the good work continue.

Substitutes: Dani Alves (6), Javier Mascherano (5), Cristian Tello (8)

P.S.: I'd like to finish by highlighting the work of Tello, an extremely talented youngster who really doesn't need much to find the net. I truly respect the fact that he continues to be patient enough to wait for his chance on the bench without a fuss and hope he finds his way into the team soon. His attitude, pace and goal-scoring abilities deserve much more playing time.

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