Barça failed to match La Liga’s best ever start to a season, drawing in Pamplona to put an end to an eight game winning run, though 25 points from a possible 27 represents a great testimony to Tata Martino’s beginning at the Club.
Only a lack of sharpness up front denied Barça the win, particularly after the break when Neymar and Cesc both had great chances to make it a winning start to a week that sees the team face AC Milan and Real Madrid.
Lack of incisiveness up front
Tata Martino sent out a team in Pamplona featuring Montoya and Puyol , after a seven month injury layoff, whilst Mascherano and Messi began on the bench, but Barça began in typical style, looking comfortable from the off.
Possession belonged to the visitors until the Osasuna area, where the home side had shut down the spaces to impede Barça’s chances of creating danger and their best chance early on came from a Bartra header from a corner.
Barça improved after the break, as their upped their game a gear. Neymar lead the line and Montoya was a constant threat down the right flank with a number of crosses that just failed to find someone to put them away. Cesc also had a couple of great opportunities, but couldn’t quite finish them off.
Messi comes on
Martino brought on Leo Messi and then Cristian Tello to try and break the Baques’ defensive wall, but it wasn’t to be and Osasuna put an end to Barça’s 100% start.