The midfielder has been the most outstanding man in the attack in the classic, and has culminated his best match with the Barcelona shirt
Franck Kessié, a Fútbol Club Barcelona player, was one of the most positive notes in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals that his team won against Real Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabéu. The midfielder, a true multipurpose player, has caused the goal that put the Catalans on track to reach the final, he was on the verge of converting another that ended up avoiding a teammate of his and, in short, he has done many positive things.
Obviously, the victory is explained in the first place by the great defensive performance of the Catalan team. Ronald Araujo, Jules Koundé, Marcos Alonso or Marc-André ter Stegen have removed all the waters that the whites have introduced into the culé area. The second part has been an avalanche of centers and a siege that has not been transformed on occasions thanks to his intonation.
Kessié has contributed in defense and has been the best in attack
But here, despite not being a leading actor, Kessié has a lot to say. The Ivorian has emptied in the pressure, doing a great exercise of intensity and resistance. Some say that the player is still running on the pitch of the Chamartín stadium. He has persecuted Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and company so that both magicians of the ball could not do their usual tricks.
And, as has been said, in attack he has been extremely important. In fact, it could be said that he has been Barça’s most important player in attack. Raphinha has been extremely poor. For his part, Ferran Torres has been irregular, although he has the merit of having assisted Kessié himself in the goal that ended up being his own goal, courtesy of Eder Militao and Nacho Fernández. The play of the midfielder has been very meritorious. He has held on long enough not to fall offside.
For his part, Ansu Fati has had a few minutes that have gone in line with what this course is offering. Apart from a good corner that he has provoked in a complicated action (taking into account that in this battle any corner provoked has been gold), the Spanish-Guinean has been timid and has even prevented Kessié from perfecting his night.
When Ferran Torres served a piece of candy to the heart of Thibaut Courtois’ area, Kessié made a pass into the net. The Belgian goalkeeper was beaten, but Ansu Fati has not jumped and has torpedoed the goal, acting as a rival defender. In addition to this, Kessié has also been very in tune with good passes in space, which his teammates have not been able to take advantage of. In Raphinha’s last play before his substitution, the Brazilian put a disastrous cross on Ferran Torres, which was preceded by a great pass from the former Milan player.
Kessié has played his best game as a culé. He has done many good things, and has been one of the great architects of the fact that Barça is very well positioned to achieve a new final, and a new elimination of their eternal rival. He has done it at a very opportune moment: in the stadium of the European champion, and when Pedri González continues to be low. If he continues to put on performances like this, he’ll end up shutting people up.