The name of Messi was chanted, already with nostalgia, in the presentation of the team, Memphis was acclaimed for scoring the first goal after three minutes and Sergio Agüero was ignored for his absence in the usually festive day of Joan Gamper.
Furtive last year in front of Elche in an empty Camp Nou, and soulless last night, at the Johan Cruyff stadium, before an audience restricted in its capacity and depressed by the farewell to its contemporary myth.
The joint and alternate presentation of the men’s and women’s teams in the double duel against Juventus ended brilliantly. That of Jonatan Giráldez had already made his debut with brilliance, with a spectacular win (6-0) that took place in the first 20 minutes with four goals.
The Ronald Koeman did not want to be less and fled to prevent pessimism from spreading. Memphis opened the scoring early and Riqui Puig closed it late in a good choral performance of the team in which Neto shone with his saves. He was chosen the best of the match.
“Despite the farewell to Leo Messi, we are very excited about this new season, with the squad we have and the signings we have made,” Koeman said in the opening speeches. Sergio Busquets, heir to the bracelet, implicated the fans: “We need you more than ever.”
Alexia Putellas had requested the same for them. In his case, to repeat the historic triplet of the League, Cup and Champions.
“Despite the farewell to Leo Messi, we are very excited about this new season, with the squad we have and the signings we have made”
Busquets, the new captain senses what awaits them as soon as the ball does not roll smoothly. He heard that the atmosphere is heated. Umtiti and Pjanic were whistled when they were introduced; the defender kept receiving when he played; the Bosnian midfielder, who spent the initial warm-up talking to Juventus staff, did not have a minute.
Memphis did not speak like Busquets, but acted, knowing that his dimension is important. He began to earn his leadership status due to his fighter and intense profile. He will sustain it with goals, essential for the luck of the team. He points out that he will be Jordi Alba’s new partner in the progressions of the left-hander to attack.
Alba will have to change the backward centers that were always looking for Messi. Some will have to give in advance or in parallel to Braithwaite or Griezmann. and Agüero, when he plays.
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