After a bad classic where Barcelona was overcome by a good Real Madrid, the visit of Alavés was the confirmation of the crisis or the game to erase all the evils of the year and finish at the top of the league.
The Alavés arrived at the Camp Nou knowing the mood of Barcelona, but they had too much respect or fear, wherever you want to call it and took out a defensive team that the Culés only needed 14 minutes to penetrate it when Ximo Navarro failed in an attempt to clear a center of Luis Suarez that left Griezmann alone so that the Frenchman scored tight to the stick against a sold Pacheco.
After the goal, nothing changed and Alavés worried more about defending than anything else, it just passed the center of the field three times. The connection between Antoine and Leo is excellent when they are achieved, for Valverde it is vital that they do so when it comes to avoiding dislikes and resolving games quickly.
The fourth top scorer of the Catalan team is Arturo Vidal, who put the 2-0 in the last play of the first half with a strong cross-shot at Luis Suarez’s pass. It was not the best game in Barcelona, much less, but the absence of rival made things easier. Everything changed when Asier Garitano moved token and left the debut and ownership of Javi Muñoz at 52 minutes after the departure of Luis Rioja. A change with an offensive profile that hurt a very comfortable Barcelona until that moment.
The first inside play by the left wing ended with a Duarte’s center that was headed by Pere Pons to the net to make the 2-1. And what was a placid match for Barcelona became a temporary nightmare. But when you have Messi, you awake quickly, an Argentine goal increased the distance and Suarez put definitive numbers to the match. 4-1 and Barcelona ends the year as leader.