Osasuna 2-2 Barcelona: 3 Talking points | La Liga 2019/20
Barcelona followed up their impressive 5-2 victory over Real Betis with a disappointing 2-2 draw against Osasuna to halt their momentum ahead of the international break.
Just like last weekend, the Catalans fell behind to a first half goal by their opponents, and showed great grit and determination to claw their way back to get into the lead, but could not hold on for the win. A late penalty by Roberto Torres saw Barcelona drop two points and lose further ground in their quest to retain their La Liga title.
Barcelona would have been looking to secure all three points, but their failure to do so means they are already playing catch-up at this early stage, and in this piece, we shall be highlighting three talking points from the match.
#3 La Masia’s quality comes to the fore
Barcelona’s academy is famed as the birthplace of numerous footballing legends including Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta to name a few. Most of these players went on to achieve greatness with the first team, and Barcelona’s recent successes have been founded on the back of these players.
However, there has been a dearth of La Masia players making the grade in the senior team, leading many to suggest that the quality of players produced has dropped. That is not the case, as a number of factors have combined to make La Masia youngsters seek playing time elsewhere.
There is still an abundance of talent in La Masia, and in the game against Osasuna, they came to the fore for Barcelona. Despite the presence of more established regulars, it was the highly-rated Ansu Fati who came off the bench to equalize for Barcelona with a well-taken header.
His goal came off a pin-point cross by another Barcelona B player in Carlos Perez, and the 21-year-old turned provider once again for Sergi Roberto to put Barcelona 2-1 up.
Fati's goal saw him become the youngest goalscorer in the history of Barcelona, and if he is to continue with his trajectory, he would undoubtedly be a cornerstone for the club for many years to come.
Even though their efforts were ultimately futile in getting Barcelona the victory, the La Masia players on display showed that the academy still remains the world’s premier hub for the development of quality players.