It was all going downhill for Barcelona till the first half as no one showed actual brilliance and come out on top. From Iniesta to Messi, Suarez and even the new signing Philippe Coutinho couldn’t break the Deportivo wall of defense. Meanwhile, the first goal which was scored by Alaves striker Guidetti came on at the 23rd minute by an astonishing counter-attack. Although, In the second half, Barcelona started dominating more and more. The manager made the couple of substitution which were really necessary to win the game.
Ernesto Valverde substituted Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba in place of Nelson Semedo and Lucas Digne. Both players started making the impact as soon as they came on the pitch.
However, it was Andres Iniesta who showed his magical dribbling class and crossed the ball into the penalty box of Deportivo where he found Luis Suarez who made no mistake and scored the first goal for Barcelona as they equalized the scoreline in the 72nd minute.
Suarez received his LaLiga player of the month award for December before the kick-off.
Lionel Messi’s late heroics were on show yet again, as Barcelona equaled a club record unbeaten run in beating 2-1 against Deportivo Alaves at the Camp Nou. Barcelona extended their lead atop the La Liga table to 11 points.
Lionel Messi scored from a mouth-watering free kick in the 84th minute to earn Barcelona the victory. Messi has scored 20 goals so far in the league this season.
Iniesta after the game stated On Suarez and Messi: “The importance of those two players for us is huge and the important thing is they continue like this.”
This was Lionel Messi’s 200th game at Camp Nou and as we all know, He likes to score in big games, record-breaking games. Messi has now scored 212 goals at Camp Nou in 200 games which are astonishing itself.
Ray Hudson on Messi’s freekick goal: “Like playing poker with a witch, you’re gonna lose. Too much space & time for him to adjust all the gyroscopes in that head of his, & again he makes the ball defy the laws of physics. He knows the laws, but the laws don’t know Messi.”
Abelardo (Alavés coach) "Messi is the best player that ever existed. There's no more."
— FC Barcelona (@BarcaUniversal) January 28, 2018
After the late free-kick goal, Camp Nou chanted “DIOS DIOS DIOS DIOS (GOD)” at Messi. The performance from Lionel Messi in numbers is itself speaks the volume of this player.
Messi against Deportivo Alaves : 1 goal, game winner (free-kick),4 key passes, 5 successful dribbles, 2 big chances created, 56 passes.
Messi made some new records after tomorrow’s game.
21 – Lionel Messi has scored 21 direct free-kick goals in La Liga, more than any other player since at least 2003/04 (Cristiano Ronaldo, 20). Magic.
Lionel Messi is the first player in La Liga history to score 20 goals or more in 10 consecutive seasons.
212 league goals in 200 appearances at the Camp Nou with 74 assists as well.
Messi – total stats:
5 Ballon d’Or
4 Golden Boot
2 UEFA Best Player
Barcelona’s next game is against Valencia in the Copa Del Rey semi-final. The Blaugrana would like to go with all they got and try to win the game because it’s on their home ground.