The Group G UEFA Champions League (UCL) match between FC Barcelona and Spartak Moscow is over. La Blaugrana left Spartak scoreless in its home country of Russia.
What did Barca prove with its convincing win over Spartak Moscow? La Blaugrana proved that a winning spirit, lessons learned, strong team and great players contribute to victories.
Winning Spirit and Lessons Learned
FC Barcelona proved that it had the will to win, if it applied itself. Many times, the fate of a match is determined by an internal will to win.
La Blaugrana learned valuable lessons from its defeat to Celtic FC in Scotland. In Scotland, Barca conceded goals and domination of the match.
The opposite happened in Russia. Barca proved that they could dominate the field regardless of the climate in Russia.
The same applied to the turf in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. FC Barcelona did not allow itself to concede space or goals in this match.
Barca did not underestimate Spartak, unlike the first Group G UCL encounter. The mistakes were kept to a minimum.
Strong Midfield and Team
La Blaugrana proved that they could win with a strong midfield. A strong midfield that was able to dominate the match and apply pressure on the Russians.
During the match, Barca was able to maneuver closely to Dikan (Spartak goalkeeper) and apply pressure. Eventually, the Russians were tired during the second half of the match.
Barca also proved that they could win with the presence of players such as Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique. Regardless, Dani Alves and Lionel Messi were the center of attention in this important match for Barca.
Alves (FC Barcelona fullback) was able to score in spite of his recent recovery from a thigh injury. Alves was able to score within the 15-minute mark.
The goal surprised Spartak and was followed by Messi making magic in the first half.
Messi proved that he is now a legend among legends in football. He scored two goals within the first half of the match.
If La Blaugrana maintains the same rhythm it had in Moscow, they can advance in the UCL. It remains to be seen what will happen when Barca plays Benfica in December.