Getafe – Barcelona: Barcelona prevail against Getafe pressing (0-2)
Getafe tried to press with a high defensive line against Barcelona. The away side had some success in outplaying this, but the game still ended up being a somewhat scrappy affair at times, which suited Getafe. Barcelona were not at their sparkling best and they conceded a couple of chances in the first half, but eventually managed to find goals from Luis Suárez and Junior Firpo to hand them the win.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Barcelona have had a difficult start to the season, in particular with regards to their away form. In the league, they have lost away at surprise packages Athletic Bilbao and Granada, as well as dropping points against Osasuna. In their opening Champions League game, they were lucky to escape Dortmund with a draw. This game against Getafe then was an opportunity for Ernesto Valverde’s side to pick up their first away win of the season.
This task was made more difficult by the absentees in attack, most notably Lionel Messi, who sustained a further injury on his first start of the season last week. Also missing was Ansu Fati, who has been a revelation in recent weeks, as well as Ousmane Demb . . .