Koeman is convinced that he can contradict the saying that the second parts were never good. The club has brought his right eye (Memphis, which will be presented this Thursday), has a center forward like Kun and a center back like Eric García who buckles the team. Arguments to face the course with all sporting aspirations, no matter how much economic entanglement splashes into the locker room, veterans are now demanding to lower their salary to lighten the salary mass and that Barça can adapt to the Fair play financial. A tricky issue to solve before the ball rolls. And he already does it in friendlies, as in the premiere against Nàstic de Tarragona [dos categorías más abajo y un triunfo por 4 a 0], where the coach confirmed that Riqui wants to play more, that Demir must be tracked down and that La Masia beats in the same way that the goal is missing, even though Manaj made a hat-trick, already with the rival in inferiority.
Koeman didn’t have much to choose from on his return to 4-3-3. The internationals who finished later (Messi, Kun, Alba, Busquets, Braithwaite, Emerson, Araujo) are yet to return along with the Olympians (Pedri, Eric García and Mingueza), while the newcomers Memphis, Lenglet were left without mentioning , Griezmann and De Jong. Although the Dutchman decided to put all his remaining from the first team in the eleven (Neto, Dest, Piqué, Umtiti, Sergi Roberto, Pjanic and Riqui Puig), the first time they could meet on the pitch.
Among them was also Yusuf Demir, a beardless 18-year-old who arrives on loan from Rapid Vienna for the subsidiary -with a purchase option for 10 million-, a winger who had offers but who always had the Camp Nou in his eyebrows. Elegant lefty, with a strong start, with a useful jog and an easy trigger, it took him a short time to offer his business card, a shot from the front that he could not with the goalkeeper. The pass was from Riqui Puig, an essential frontier for any Barça attack against a Nàstic who played to run, either behind the ball or against the counter, almost always governed by a rival who had his best friend on the ball at the same time. who went to the brawl with the opposite goal. Demir tried a second shot, although he did not pass the defender, and a third that the goal cleared as best he could. Nor did Dest hit it, too high. But the one who had it was Sergi Roberto twice, once with the right and another with the head, both well cleared by goalkeeper Manu García.
It was a match for Riqui to expose his football and insist on his idea of making a place in the eleven, at the decisive end because he stole the ball that cost Quintilla the red card (minute 39) for missing him when he only had to face the goalkeeper. It was a shock for Umtiti to test his knee and sell because he knows that he does not have the confidence of Koeman, like Pjanic, this one with more market, especially in Italy. It was a duel for Sergi Roberto to regain sensations after a year struggling with injuries; as well as for Dest to enjoy the races on the side, still poorly defined. It was a meeting for Balde, still 17 years old but with a lot of energy to eat the band, to take notes as a replacement for Alba; also for the attackers Peque and Escobar to savor the ownership with the first team.
With the second act, another team arrived, all from the youth team or youth, the opportunity for some to ask for a turn as Mingueza and Ilaix did in the previous year. It was also a soccer ball tied to the feet where Ramos Mingo’s sobriety, Matheus’s criteria, Collado’s finesse and Gavi’s class stood out. The aim, in any case, was solved by Rey Manaj, who received on the side of the small area, turned and hit fiercely to send the ball to the crossbar and then to the net. Success that he repeated after an Abe center and that shows that the subsidiary is too small, to the point that it has offers from the First of Portugal. “I am happy and I work hard. I don’t know what will happen ”, the Albanian striker resolved with a smile and with the ball in his arms. In between, Collado copied him, fortunate because his kick from outside the area was touched by a defender and from there it went to goal.
First contact for Koeman’s second Barça with drops of talent to hatch at the Camp Nou and the certainty that the goal is awaited with open arms.