The numbers behind Riqui Puig’s role in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey comeback

Barcelona showed that they still have teeth last night in Granada, rallying to secure a thrilling 5-3 victory over their Andalusian hosts to secure a place in the semi-final of the Copa del Rey.

Ronald Araujo

The blaugrana were losing 2-0 going into the final ten minutes, with Riqui Puig coming on as a substitute to try and help Barcelona claw their way back into the tie. The game went to extra time, with the young Catalan playing 44 minutes in total.

Puig completed 97% of the 70 passes he attempted, finding Jordi Alba 17 times, Sergino Dest 13 times and Frenkie de Jong 12 times, illuminating the variety of his passing range and his desire to find players in different areas of the pitch as noted in a report by Mundo Deportivo.

Jordi Alba

He recovered the ball four times, making an anticipation and one successful tackle. Puig blocked a shot from Granada at one end and created a chance at the other, completing a dribble and drawing a foul.

The numbers, and his general impact on the game, are testament to the fact that Ronald Koeman, once a doubter of his, is beginning to believe in the Catalan.

Tags Barcelona Copa del Rey La Liga Riqui Puig

2 Comments

  1. GERSHOM says:

    I HOPE WE WIN OUR NEXT GAME AND NOT GOING INTO EXTRA TIME.WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO ALLOW OUR OPPORTNENT TO BE AHEAD BEFORE WINNING FROM BEHIND.

    1. Andre Hollerer says:

      Finally…the blind Dutch got shown what we have on great players.

      I sure hope they get rid of him soon..he is not the right one…Spanish football is different.

      Plus…he doesnt show that he is connected with the team…and its so vital.
      The boys are/want to looking up onto their master…

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