Barcelona hardly succeeded in beating Elche 3-2 in the 18th stage of la Liga on Saturday.
At the Camp Nou stadium after a draw and two defeats in the last three games, one with a humiliating 0-3 from Bayern, Barcelona breathed with his new coach Xavi Hernandez a sigh of relief but with suffering against Elche in a match in which they advanced 2-0 and then drew 2-2 before snatching the seventh victory of the season in the last minutes.
It seems that Xavi’s philosophy of relying on the youngsters of the club’s academy in order to build for the future and try to find the star who will compensate the late Argentine Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain, began to shine as the Catalan club progressed early thanks to the young Ferran Jutlga and Gavi, who opened their scoring record with the first team, after the first with a header following a corner (16) in his first participation basically before the second strengthened the score after three minutes later with a pass from Frenchman Clement Lenglet(19).
Barcelona thought things were on the way to an easy victory over Elche, but the guest surprised him in the second half and turned things around with two goals separated by only a minute by Titi Morente (62) and Perry Mia (63). But substitute and other young Nico Gonzalez snatched the Catalan club’s three points in the 85th minute after a pass from Gavi, giving Xavi his third victory in his seventh game as coach.
The Catalan club, which concludes the year on Tuesday with its postponed match with hosts Sevilla, increased its tally to 27 points in seventh place temporarily against Valencia, but lags behind by a margin15 points from the leaders Real Madrid, who meet on Sunday with their guest Kadesh.