Barcelona were unrecognizable as they drew 0-0 with relegation team Huesca ahead of Champions League quarter-last second leg.
With Lionel Messi resting his cut nose back in Catalonia and Luis Suarez out suspended, Kevin Prince Boateng featured in for the second time since he joined the club in January. He played alongside Ousmane Dembele who returned from the sidelines.
Goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen – was the only individual who played on Wednesday against Manchester United at Old Trafford – he was on the pitch for 90mins. Barcelona was also playing in their pink away jersey just to add to the feeling that it was not the real Barca’s side propping up the other 19 sides in La Liga.
Arturo Vidal stated: ‘It was difficult to come here and not consider the following game against Manchester United. The Champions League is a dream for us.’
Riqui Puig may be a debutant however he is one of the players who Barcelona fans believe will play for the club years to come with the first team and his first intercession should have ended in a goal. It was a shrewd pass strung through the Huesca bar for Dembele. The French forward just had to beat the defender however Roberto Santamaria won the duel driving the shot out for a corner.
Huesca’s second half of the game has seen them launch an unrealistic incredible break battle as they had a lot of first-half chance. From David Ferreiro’s fired cross just before half time.
Although, the team dropped two points but still 12 points clear of Atletico Madrid ahead of their game against Celta Vigo.
The title is very much in the bag, but a qualification in the Champions League semi-finals is not – which shows Valverde’s extreme squad rotation.