In a match with little stakes, Xavi rotated heavily, giving chances to fringe first team players like Pablo Torre and a rare start for Ferran Torres. Torres impressed with a brace that turned out to be necessary due to more chaos along the Barça backline.
Barcelona start October with a win behind a wonderful goal from Robert Lewandowski. Yellow cards and ugly play defined the game, but a clean sheet, some rotation, and the important three points on the road are enough for Xavi to be able to call this game a success.
5 Headlines from Barcelona’s 3-0 Win vs. Elche | Memphis and Lewy on target and Balde makes progress
Elche picked up an early red, laying their bed and having to sleep in it. Robert Lewandowski and Memphis Depay stayed onside while Alejandro Balde assisted himself into some impressive company.
When it comes to the Champions League, single moments make all the difference. For Barcelona, those moments were missed chances, starting with Robert Lewandowski and one by Pedri. For Bayern Munich, those moments resulted in goals for Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sané, taking advantage of Barça’s brief lack of concentration.
A 4-1 win over Real Sociedad on the road is a great result from Xavi, but there were a ton of issues before Barcelona flipped the switch. The Blaugrana substitutes, led by Ansu Fati, changed the match completely, leading to goals for Ousmane Dembele, Robert Lewandowski (his second), and Ansu.
For the first time in five years, I got to see the team in-person! Lewandowski missed to a shocking degree, Dembele and Raphinha showed some versatility, and the trio of Eric Garcia, Gavi, and Alejandro Balde all impressed.
Ousmane Dembele is the substitute you say? The fight for the starting spots up top is getting better and better after Dembele bagged two against Juventus. Unfortunately for Barça, Moise Kean did the same for the Italians, showing some frailties at the back. Unlike against Real Madrid, this 2-2 draw felt much more like a […]
A 6-0 demolition of Inter Miami in a preseason friendly has potentially left Barcelona with more questions than answers. Playing Frenkie de Jong at centre-back is certainly a talking point, as was the debuts of Raphinha and Andreas Christensen. Plus, the continued development of Nico Gonzalez and Eric Garcia was a positive. 24 total players […]
There isn’t much to read into preseason friendlies, but the Barcelona debuts of Pablo Torre and Franck Kessie did show that they fit in just fine with Xavi’s squad. Some Barça Atlètic players also got the chance to audition in front of the first team manager, while the regular first team players got back into […]
A look around the Camp Nou would have confused many Culers, with so many Eintracht Frankfurt supporters screaming their support for the away side. It was a frustrating night for the Blaugrana, another frustrating European night, but one that Barcelona will need to bounce back from as soon as possible.