Barça B Roundup: The trident
Gerard López’s Barcelona B side looked to their front three on Saturday as they overcame the relatively routine task of earning three points at home to a Gavà side who, despite being in the bottom four, won their last two matches at home to Levante B and Cornellà.
Barça B started with a familiar looking team as Carles Aleñá rejoined the side after sitting on the first team bench for the sixth time this season in the home game against Leganés. Gerard Gumbau, who missed the game against Cornellà through injury, also slotted back into Gerard’s starting eleven.
As we see in the first team, the trident of MSN is the focal point of the team, and the B team showed this to be one of their strengths too, with Alberto Perea, Marc Cardona and Dani Romera showing their lethal touch in front of goal.
Dominant first half
Barcelona B began the game in complete control, with centre-backs Marlon and Borja López shifting the play back and forth from the half way line to probe for an opening, using wingers Perea and Romera, who stayed nice and wide, as outlets for attack.
At 26-years-old Perea is the oldest Barcelona B player and he showed his experience and quality at this level in the 15th minute as he skipped past two Gavà defenders, shimmied past another and hit a powerful shot past ‘keeper Carlos Craviotto.
Just 10 minutes after Perea’s individual effort began the scoring, Cardona made it two.
Cardona has shown throughout his first season as a Barcelona B player that he possesses a real killer instinct in and around the box and demonstrated this once again to make it 2-0. Left-back Moises Delgado pressed brilliantly to steal the ball from the Gavà defence and then composure to play the ball to Cardona and he finished with real conviction into the top left corner.
More of the same
After a convincing first half, it was important that Gerard’s men saw the game out convincingly to insure the three points and the place at the top of Segunda B Group III was theirs for another week.
Early in the second half Romera was incredibly unlucky not to score his ninth goal of the season as he saw his shot, that was partially blocked by Craviotto, hit the crossbar, then the goal-line, and the post.
But this unfortunate stroke of fortune didn’t bother Romera, as he continued to push for a goal and eventually got his and Barcelona’s third. The Spaniard drove at a Gavà defence looking out of ideas as to how to stop Barcelona’s attack, and Romera powered his shot past Craviotto’s near post.
Gerard’s team continued to dominate the game and Aleñá had a shot cannon off of the crossbar before being subbed off with 15 minutes remaining.
Perea added his second goal of the game in the 80th minute after some poor defending from Gavà resulted in the ball dropping to the ex-Rayo Vallecano man’s feet, and his deflected shot flew in to end the scoring at 4-0.
A convincing performance from the rejuvenated Barcelona B sees them once again stay at the top of Segunda B Group III and it seems pretty much certain that they will take part in the promotion play-offs at the end of the campaign. Next up for the reserves is another home fixture, this time coming up against 18th placed Levante B.
FC BARCELONA B: Suárez, Palencia, Marlon, Borja, Moises, Gumbau, Ferran (Carbonell, min. 68), Aleñá (Xemi, min. 76), Romera (Nili, min. 78), Cardona, Perea.
CF GAVÀ: Craviotto, Joel, Jordi, Mario (Sascha, min 45), Carles Mas, Reche (Àlex, min 69), Héctor (Cuba, min. 75), Pla, Nico Kata, Boris, Franquesa.
Goals: 1-0 Perea, min 14; 2-0 Cardona, min 24; 3-0 Romera, min 65; 4-0 Perea, min 80.