The years pass and the Joan Gamper continues to be Barcelona’s first party, a night for the illusion that erases all bad memories. Players, coaches and captains pass on, and new idols appear like Robert Lewandowski show at the premiere, and enthusiasm is regenerated with the hope of enjoying football again and the desire to win titles.
Xavi passed and came back. He was a midfielder, former captain and is now a coach. He knows the pulse of the Barcelona player like few others. “We want to make the Catalans happy and that is done by winning titles,” he said in his speech, setting the bar against which the team’s work will be measured, which showed itself on display during its home debut (6-0) against the Mexican. Cougars.
The staff met the high expectations set. Nine, ten months will pass, with in addition the interruption of the Qatar World Cup, so that we know what the performance of this Barça will have been, acclaimed like all the previous ones, with five signatures (for the moment) but in his presentation he beat and swept a Camp Nou with an outstanding entry: 83,021 spectators.
The old hero, the new leader
Xavi is an old hero who refers to the most glorious times and enjoys the credit. Robert Lewandowski was invested in the category of leader and savored the first ovation of the evening, slightly higher than those paid to Pedri, Ansu Fati and the welcomed Dembélé.
It took three minutes for the double Golden Boot to respond to the welcome and pull out his goalscoring account, sealed in the United States, leading the group to a placid and devastating victory (four goals in 19 minutes, plus two shots on the posts) on UNAM Pumas, lost and soft, who thought he was participating in a coast, interpret the festive nature of the treatment reserved for Dani Alves, in white, but as obviously culé as his former teammates and the spectators. He ended up on the cover, more integrated into the Barça locker room than the Mexican. It’s not strange either. He’s been there for two weeks. Rayo Vallecano, next Saturday, will not be so magnanimous.
Lewandowski was the banner of a formation with will renew in attack (Dembélé and Raphinha assisted the Polish nine) but motionless in the medulla: Gavi and Pedri accompanied Busquets. In other words, past titles like Pique, De Jong, Memphis and Aubameyang will come off the bench and take the field if they win it in training. Either Xavi’s early starters are settling in or they’re no match for a campaign in which he will be under pressure. Iñaki Peña, Ter Stegen’s new squire, denied Pumas the goal of honour.
pass with poison
Aubameyang took the same time as his new rival to score the fifth, also claiming his goalscoring status, albeit curling the right. He scored on an empty goal thanks to a powerful attack from Kessié in the area. Even De Jong threw vertical passes, as if his continuity depended on the poison he can unleash with the ball and he ceases to be that good Dutch boy who gives ten and twenty at the same time. Xavi also asks him for goals. He didn’t miss it.
The 31 summoned by Xavi were reduced to 30 appearances and only 22 players in the game. Andreas Christensen He suffered from cervical discomfort which prevented him from queuing. Ferran was unable to play due to injury and Samuel Umtiti and Martin Braithwate were told to stay at home. The goal was twofold: to avoid a whistle and to repeat that they have no place in the workforce. Umtiti, in fact, lost number 23 to Jules Koundé. Braithwaite came and got the only whistles. Goalkeepers Arnau, Collado, Pjanic, Abde and Torre remained without playing.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (Rock, m. 60); Sergi Roberto (60), Araujo (60), Eric (Pique (46), Balde (46), Gavi (Kessie), Busquets (Nico). 46), Pedri (De Jong (46), Dembele (Aubameyang (46) , Lewandwoski (Memphis (60), Raphinha (Ansu Fati (46).
Puma UNAM: Gonzalez (Gil, m. 89); Bennevendo (Galindo, m. 46), Ortiz, Freire (Montejano, m. 89) Aldrete (Rodriguez, m. 60); Lopez (Gutierrez, m. 46), Fig Merit (Caicedo, m. 89), Dani Alves (Garcia, m. 60); Salvius, Dinneno (Diogo, d. 60), Du Prete.
Goals: 1-0 (m. 3), Lewandowski scores without an angle from the baseline; 2-0 (m. 5), Pedri dribbles towards the goalkeeper and scores in the empty net; 3-0 (m. 10), Dembélé continues a low shot in front of Raphinha; 4-0 (m. 19), Pedri trades Ortiz and easily beats Gonzalez; 5-0 (m. 49), Aubameyang, with an empty net; 6-0 (m. 84), De Jong deceives the goalkeeper in a clinch.
Arbitrator: Sanchez Martinez (Murcia).
Cards: Gavi (m. 21).
Stadium : Camp Nou