Few reasons to stay optimistic about the future after Bilbao loss
In his blog post, our user Damilola Ejalonibu shares his observations after a disappointing result against Bilbao and lists main reasons not to grieve deeply over it.
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Hey guys! So we didn't start the season the way we wanted, in fact, we started it in a very horrible way but if there is something we have gathered from the match against Bilbao is that we have more problems in attack than in defense.
Antoine Griezmann was honestly just a spectator in the match. His movement showed that he wasn't really comfortable on the left flank and there were a lot of misunderstandings between him and Alba who is now used to dominating that flank since the departure of Neymar in 2017. Griezman is a player who likes to play in the center with one or two strikers in front of him and restricting him to a particular area like what Valverde did will not enable him to fulfill his full potential. It's the same case with Phil last season.
De Jong was impressive but failed to deliver any key passes and didn't have much a presence in the match. The midfield combination felt totally wrong as Roberto, Alena and de Jong lacked the creativity to open up play and support their forwards and it wasn't until Rakitic came on and Barca morphed into a 4-2-3-1 formation did we see and power and creativity in midfield.
Rafina and Rakitic were unarguably the best players and I hope the can keep that up throughout the season. Alba was one of the worst, he was caught slacking one two many times and was not as sharp to through passes as he normally is, hopefully, his form will get back into shape and much sooner than later
It was a disappointing game but we have to stay optimistic about the future.