Martin Braithwaite is still on a roll: three games, three starts and …

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From 0-3 (Bayern, 2013) to 0-3 (Juventus, 2020)

The FC Barcelona goalkeeper recalled the impeccable career the team was having in the top European competition: "We had the illusion of qualifying as first, but we cannot say that we had done badly so far in the Champions League. We had played good games and won difficult commitments".

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Ter Stegen invited to turn the page and focus on LaLiga Santander, where the team is immersed in the middle of the table, twelve points behind Atlético’s lead: "We have to concentrate on the League, try to get the maximum possible points and we will see. We are not where we want, but we have two games to go and we can recover points".

Ronald Koeman presents a starting eleven against Cádiz to which several of the players who did not start in Budapest against Ferencvaros return. Among them, the presence, again, of Leo Messi, who rested in the Champions League, stands out.


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Together with Leo Messi, Ter Stegen, who did not travel to Hungary, will again be under the sticks. De Jong was another regular in Koeman’s teams who stayed in Barcelona and today he will be starting again to face the Andalusians. Along with them will also be Coutinho, who rotated like his teammates. 

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Back repeats the defense formed by Dest, Mingueza, who is starting for the fourth consecutive game, Lenglet and Alba. The double pivot is formed by De Jong with Sergio Busquets, while Braithwaite repeats at the attack point. Griezmann, in a great moment, also part of the beginning.

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The chosen team is made up of: Ter Stegen, Dest, Mingueza, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, De Jong, Messi, Griezmann, Coutinho and Braithwaite.

With the month of November comes the third national team break of the season. Barça, with a squad full of international footballers, will have to continue working at the Ciutat Esportiva under Ronald Koeman, who will be left with only nine first-team players, since the remaining eleven will attend to their respective commitments at the international level.


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The eleven players called up by their national teams are divided into eight different teams. Spain is the one who has claimed the most players from the Blaugrana club, since, in addition to the absolute, also the U-21 has called up several Catalans. Sergi Roberto and Busquets are on Luis Enrique’s list to play three games in ten days. On Wednesday, November 11, they will play a friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam, while they will also face Switzerland and Germany in matches corresponding to the UEFA Nations League. For these three commitments Ansu Fati, injured against Betis in LaLiga, has dropped. Spain Under-21 have called up Pedri for the matches against the Faroe Islands and Israel. The Barça B goalkeeper, Iñaki Peña, has also joined this list. 

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In addition, France will have Griezmannn and Lenglet, De Jong will play with Holland, Trincao joins Portugal, Pjanic has been called up by Bosnia, Dest with the United States (also Konrad de la Fuente, from Barça B, is on the list) and Braithwaite will attend the flame of Denmark. Finally, Leo Messi, as usual, will not miss his appointment with the Argentine team, which has two World Cup qualifying commitments against Paraguay and Peru. 

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In this way, Koeman will have to work at the Joan Gamper with Ter Stegen, who has just come out of an injury and has not been called up by Germany, Neto, Alba, Riqui Puig, Dembélé, Aleñá, Piqué, Junior Firpo and Matheus. In addition, Coutinho, Umtiti and Araujo, who are now joined by Ansu Fati, will continue to do recovery work for their respective injuries. 

Martin Braithwaite is still on a roll: three games, three starts and … four goals! The Danish international made it 0-2 at Puskás Aréna, against Ferencvaros, in a match corresponding to the fifth day of the 2020-21 Champions League group stage.


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Martin Braithwaite’s goal came in the 20th minute after a shot that required him to extend his right leg to connect the ball sent by Ousmane Dembélé from the left. The touch of the Danish, low, has overcome the goalkeeper Dibusz on his left.

Braithwaite made his debut against Dinamo Kiev (0-4) on November 24 and signed a double in the second half (m. 57 and 70). In that game, as in this Wednesday, Messi also had a break. He repeated ownership last Sunday against Osasuna (4-0) and, now in the first half, he opened the scoring.

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FC Barcelona’s ‘9’, with three goals, shares top scorer with Leo Messi and Ousmane Dembélé in the Champions League. The Argentine, who rests this Wednesday, scored all the goals from the penalty spot in the first three days. Braithwaite has the same number of targets after playing matchday four and match five.

The goal that Carrasco scored at the Wanda Metropolitano at the start of the second half against Alético is the last that Barça has received. The Blaugrana have chained three games without conceding a single goal after returning from Budapest with a clean sheet. Curiously, this streak coincides with the presence of Óscar Mingueza in the center of defense, but also with Martin Braithwaite as a reference in attack.

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Koeman’s men, surely, need to be more regular against important rivals because, beyond the great game they played in Turin against Juventus, it has been difficult for them to be solid against teams of the same level. Despite everything, Barça have done things very well against Dinamo Kiev, Osasuna and Ferencvaros and everything serves to continue growing. In addition, the sensations have been very good and both Ter Stegen in the first two games and Neto yesterday in Hungary have not suffered practically for ninety minutes against their rivals.

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In these three games, Mingueza has started and has responded with a very high level to the demands of proving himself in the first team and after Gerard Piqué’s injury. But we must not detract from the presence of Braithwaite, who, with his work of pressure at the attack point, forces the rivals to be very aware of their defense. Koeman, little by little, is making the team grow beyond names.

Martin Braithwaite is living an unfortunate night in the LaLiga match against Eibar. The Danish footballer, who has missed a penalty in the eighth minute of the match, has seen how the VAR has annulled the goal with which he redeemed himself from his failure from eleven meters.


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It was the 26th minute when, with an assist from Junior, after a good opening from Pedri, the Barça forward pushed the ball at the first touch to the back of the net and opened the scoring at the Camp Nou. However, the VAR entered ex officio and disallowed Braithwaite’s goal for offside, his right foot was slightly ahead.

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Barça face Eibar in a match that, without a doubt, is key to continuing in the fight for the league championship. At the moment, he has not been able to beat Marko Dimitrovic’s goal.

Barça played a game against Valladolid in which Koeman ordered an absolutely revolutionary eleven, with three centrals and a double pivot. What seemed like a paradigm shift in the team, meant a revolution, at least yesterday, in the positive. Because the team played one of their best games, led by Messi and Pedri, both brilliant.


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