Issues at right back for Barcelona
This match was there for the taking for Real, and part of that was because of how poor Barca was at right back. Recent performances saw Nelson Semedo get the start, and though he’s been good as of late, he was caught too far up the field in this one, allowing Vinicius Junior what felt like miles of room down the left. Luckily for Barca, Vinicius’ shooting and passing was off more than it was on. But that space given down the left, it won’t be there in the second leg once Ernesto Valverde views the footage of the match.
All to play for in second leg
This one is far from decided. You’ve still got to have Barca as the favorite assuming Messi starts the second leg, but this is a fine position for Real to be in if you consider that the team’s first trip to the Camp Nou this season ended in a 5-1 loss. We’ll see how big the away goal plays in the tie, but now the club just has to take care of business at home to be through to the cup final. They’ll meet again on Feb. 27 (streaming on fuboTV).