After winning against Sevilla without their two most important players, Tacón faced the start of the league’s second round against Barcelona with relative optimism. It was almost taken for granted that the bloodbath at the Estadi Johan Cruyff would be improved and that the team could put up a fight against Barça. Las blancas managed to decrease the goal difference from 8 to 6, but it still was a disappointing performance.
The starting line-up had no surprises, but we saw Chioma Ubogagu and Kosovare Asllani switching positions in the field. Ubogagu and Jakobsson played up top while Asllani was placed on the left flank.
FC Barcelona scored their first three goals in the first 20’ and that blew Tacón out of the water. Chioma seemed lost in her position, especially when pressing. Asllani isn’t one to drop back and help in defense as much as the English player usually does, so Babett Peter had less help than in prior games. Therefore, Barcelona used their right flank to advance and feed passes to striker Oshoala who was waiting to finish inside the area.
Tacón had great problems knowing what to do when they were in possession. They tried making speedy passes, but they were sloppy and las blaugranas usually took advantage regaining possession.
Ana Valles also had a poor game. Her biggest mistake cost Tacón the fourth goal, when she pushed inside the net a header by Marta Torrejón. Even though the result doesn’t show it, Kaci, Samara and Ainoa worked well in the back line. However, Barça has great physical qualities that Tacón players cannot compete with.
El marcador es lo más destacable, pero que no pasen por alto las individualidades de @JakobssonSofia partido tras partido y la personalidad de intentar siempre tirar del carro.pic.twitter.com/FzDMtbJeiW— Laura Alapont (@LauraAlapont_) January 11, 2020
Sofia Jakobsson had some moments of individual brilliance (as she always does) and tried to carry the team on her back. She was subbed off at 73’ for Patri Carballo and the team switched to a more defensive 5-4-1 formation to try to keep the scoreboard from worsening. It seemed like Braça weren’t interested on scoring anymore and they toned down the intensity of the game.
Even before this game, it was obvious that Tacón needed to keep improving, and this was a reminder of how much the team needs to grow in the next couple of seasons to be title contenders. Building a team takes time and even if this wasn’t their best performance, they are still a lot better now than last summer.
Las blancas finish the week standing in 10th place in Primera Iberdrola. Tacón will face Sporting Huelva away from home next Sunday at 12:00 CET.