Barcelona is regaining its momentum towards a successful season. New manager Ronald Koeman has already tasted victory in his first competitive game in La Liga. Earlier, Barca defeated Villareal with a four-goal margin. La Masia talent Ansu Fati kickstarted the new season scoring a brace and putting on a brilliant performance for the Blaugrana.
Lionel Messi also seems to catch up on his form scoring his first goal in the league. Koeman is trying hard to help Barcelona reach the heights. The players are eager to prove themselves and executing the tactics accurately. In the previous match, the Dutch boss heaped praise on the 17-year-old and his potential. For the second round of La Liga, Barcelona faced Celta Viga in an away match.
Barcelona break the ‘Balaidos’ curse
Barca does not have a good record for the past 6 fixtures traveling to Balaidos. They are winless, losing in 3 of them. However, the curse seemed lifted after Barcelona sailed through with a comfortable 0-3 win. Fati again featured in the scoresheet as he scored the opening goal for the Catalan club. Club captain Lionel Messi outplayed the opponents with his skills and vision.
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Even though Barcelona played the second half with a man down with Clement Lenglet sent off. However, they still managed to score two goals in the other half and seal the win. The manager was more than pleased with the team effort. Koeman told in the post-match conference that he is proud of the team as they have maintained good discipline with one player less.
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He went on to crack the formation change during the half-time. They shifted into a 4-4-1 system and his players used it perfectly. The gaffer praised Lionel Messi’s presence on the pitch. He was not sure if Lenglet deserved the red card due to the second yellow card but did not question the referee’s decision, as per Marca.
Koeman also opened up on the Champions League draw where the club is pitched along with Juventus in Group G. The Dutchman believes the players are motivated than before and would like to leave the haunts of past seasons behind. He believes the team will perform well in the group stages competing against one of the top teams in Europe. Koeman added the players are training well and physically fit. This gives a gentle push to go-ahead for a strong 2020/21 campaign.