Card tsunami at Barça

It must have been like the ketchup bottle theory, but it didn't stop giving Barça a bad image. Five Barça players saw five cards in ten minutes at the Camp Nou in a game that won 2-0 in the 68th minute. Very incomprehensible. This was the sequence: Umtiti (82 ') Riqui Puig (83'), Clement Lenglet (83 '), Júnior Firpo (88') and Rakitic (92 '). It should be said that it is an absolutely unusual episode at Barça, except at Camp Nou. And even less in a game that was apparently resolved in the 68th minute. The most significant card was Umtiti, because with 2-0 he entered without control in the midfield. He had only been on the field for ten minutes and the card carries a penalty. If he looked for it, it was strange considering that Barça was on the eve of Sánchez Pizjuán. If he didn't, it was reckless. Stranger still was the sequence of cards in the last minutes.

Various theories can explain this incomprehensible card tsunami. One can be halfway between demotivation and lack of concentration. The relaxation produced by the result, the lack of stimuli of the changes and the neglects that occur in an empty door field. But another may have to do with the issue of changes. Just as he saw five yellow cards, five changes were made by Barça: Vidal, Suárez, Riqui Puig, Umtiti and Semedo. Two of them saw a card. It does not seem, however, to be a particular matter. Five changes end up destroying a team, and Barça ended up being a shaky team the last ten minutes. It is a circumstance that Setién must study for future matches. If not, the penalties can be thrown on Barça, who already saw two cards on the placid night in Mallorca. One meant the sanction, however sought after, of Alba. And the other threatened Vidal, who will be in Seville.