Five keys to FC Barcelona's 2–1 comeback victory at the Calderón

Five keys to FC Barcelona's 2–1 comeback victory at the Calderón

We take at look at the top five factors that led Luis Enrique's squad to the come-from-behind win

Under control. Barça put on a realshow of force at the Calderon, dominatingfrom start to finish with 68% possession,precision passing,and relentless defence.It was a grand performance in a tough place to play.


Mentalityof a champion.To win at the Calderon,LuisEnrique's men had toovercomeadversity — injuries on defence, a ball off the crossbar,two hand balls in the Atlético area, Vermaelen going down untouched, and a 1–0 second half deficit.Despite everything,Barça still took home the three points.


Tit for tat.The unexpectedgoal byFernandoTorreson51 minutes failed to shake the team's determination.Far fromgettingnervous, the teamhas reacted immediately andequalisedthreeminutes laterwith astunningfree kick from Neymar, thus keeping Atlético from playingwith a lead.


Lionel Messi.A surprise reserve to start the game after missing training while playing forArgentina and becoming a father, Messientered thepitchon the hour markand was, quite literally, a game-changer. Thenumber 10spearheaded the Barçaattackover the final half-hour and scoredthe game-winner.


Nine for nine.Threegolden points atVicente Calderónafter an opening-game victory at SanMamés and a 1–0 win overMalagain the first game at CampNou make Barça perfect with nine pointsin threegames.

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