Barca ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Elche courtesy of a much-improved showing after the half-time break. Ronald Koeman had made five changes to his team for the match but saw his team produce a pedestrian first-half performance lacking in ideas and energy. The Barca boss made changes at half-time, bringing on Ousmane Dembele for Miralem Pjanic and tweaking his formation, which helped his team spark into life and run away with the three points.
Barcelona was coming off two consecutive setbacks at home — a 4-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League and a 1-1 draw against Cádiz in the Spanish league. This win helps boost the team's morale, Alba said. It wasn't easy after the draw (in the league) and the loss in the Champions League.
Striker Santi Mina scored twice as Celta Vigo showed off its talented attack in beating Elche 3-1 in the Spanish league on Friday. Celta’s first win in seven rounds lifted it into ninth place. Elche was left second-to-last in the relegation zone.
|Champions League (League Winners): Atlético de Madrid|
|Champions League (League Position): Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla|
|Europa Cup (League Position): Real Sociedad, Villarreal, Real Betis|
|Relegation (League Position): Real Valladolid, Elche, Huesca|