Barça will celebrate a year this Monday without celebrating a goal from a direct free kick. Since Messi he scored the last one in Mestalla on May 2, Barça still haven’t achieved any. A black streak that already amounts to 53 games, the last four of last year and the 49 of this one, in which the box is still blank.

Until last season, a foul in the area in favor of Barça was synonymous with danger. Leo he achieved 50 goals like that with the azulgrana shirt, a specialty in which he shone especially in his last seasons, causing rival coaches to have to use ingenuity to try to deactivate the effectiveness of the Argentine pitcher. Placing players next to the sticks or, to combat their shots under the barrier, putting a footballer lying on the ground. Now, despite the fact that this custom is maintained in all fields, the danger has dissipated when the ‘culé’ pitcher on duty tries it.

Memphis, Hammered, Alba, Alves, Dembélé…

Memphis, endorsed by the goals he had scored from set pieces with the Netherlands and Olympique de Lyon, had started the season being in charge of throwing the fouls. But until he was injured he was unable to transform any. In his absence I hammered, Alba, Alves and Dembélé They tried their luck, but without success.

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“It’s something we’ve been working on in training. It’s true that we don’t have a clear specialist, but we do have many players who can shoot free-kicks very well, it’s something that needs to be rehearsed,” Xavi said on his day. The technician pointed out that pedri, Fernando Torres either Frankie de Jong they also shoot them very well in training, although they have not been encouraged in official matches. “Own Messi he didn’t throw fouls until Tito vilanova He told him when he was 20 or 21 years old to try and then he became the best free-kick taker in recent years.”

The bad fate was about to break against Galatasaray at the Camp Nou but Inaki Pena, a Barça youth player on loan to the Turkish team, repelled Memphis’ whiplash. Depay had this Sunday against Mallorca another one in the same position, but his shot collided with the barrier lengthening the curse, which has already lasted 34 League games, in addition to two Cup, one Super Cup, six Champions and many others in Europe League.

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