The La Liga season is underway and FC Barcelona has started theirs in style.
Reeling from the loss of their super talisman, all eyes were on Barca yesterday evening to get a glimpse of the post-Messi era. Well, the Catalans didn’t waste any time in showing fans that all is not lost with a great team performance that gave the club a 4 – 2 win at home against Real Soceidad.
The game started in good fashion, with Barca starting the opening threats within seconds. Ronald Koeman used a 4:3:3 formation, so this meant that the Catalans hugged possession instantly with the likes of Busquets controlling the midfield.
FC Barcelona scored their first goal of the game thanks to Gerard Pique’s well timed header effort from a Depay freekick. The Catalans didn’t let their foot off the grass however, as Martin Braithwaite soon added Barca’s second goal of the night with a powerful header past a hapless La Real goalkeeper.
The Danish striker went ahead to make it 3-0 in favour of Barca after a rebound came his way and he swiftly buried the ball into the back of the net with a powerful low drive past a Real Soceidad defender.
However, fears of bottling the lead soon started when Real Soceidad scored two (2) goals in three (3) minutes to make the game 3 – 2. It seemed like last season’s woes were about to raise it’s ugly head again, a worrying situation for Koeman.
However, La Blaugrana maintained their game, and substitute Sergi Roberto scored the final goal of the match to hand Barca their first victory of 2021/2022 La Liga season.
The score line didn’t do justice to Barca’s overall play on the pitch as the team should have gotten more goals than they did. There was a lot of chances created, and Griezmann even scored a goal that was ruled for offside – a hard call though. Jordi Alba also missed a clear one v one opportunity with the goalkeeper and couldn’t help but laugh at himself for missing such a glorious chance.
But, it was a good game from the boys, and they will only improve going forward.
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