BARCELONA, July 29 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Football doesn’t live from sensations, it lives from results. And Xavi Hernández makes it clear by doubling down on all positions in attack. An investment aimed at realizing titles with a competition paid with goals. A blessing for the coach, for the players a fight for a place in the starting XI.
From the right wing dispute between Ousmane Dembélé and Raphinha to the left wing between Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres. And not counting the additional substitutes for Aubameyang and Memphis Depay himself. Six players for two positions who will act as companions to Robert Lewandowski, the new “culé” badge.
The illusion among Barcelona fans has skyrocketed with the start of the new season. So far, it’s all good news for the Barça team. The famous ‘levers’ have made it possible to immediately reinforce an ambitious squad, with the rapid integration of recently signed players and the reaction of their teammates to gain their coach’s trust.
The first game of the Tour of USA against Inter Miami showed the gunpowder in attack (0-6), Xavi’s pending task last season. Brazilian Raphinha’s outstanding performance on his debut as a Barça player had his magic impregnated on the right wing with his first goal and two assists for Aubameyang and Ansu Fati.
A feast Gavi completed in the second half alongside Depay and Dembélé, with the latter moving out after signing his new deal until 2024. The French opposition in particular seems to suit him well with a crucial Raphinha after giving away his first big night a left-footed strike (0-1) that saw the team win the Las Vegas Classic against Real Madrid.
However, Dembélé, capable of blasting rivals and causing confusion among his own, showed his determination to be the sole protagonist in the ‘hot’ battle for possession. “Mosquito” was the author of two goals and the best for Barcelona in the third game against Juventus in Turin (2:2).
In this way he recalled that his struggle will be with himself, to be able to live regularly and leave behind the “sparks” that have accompanied him in his four seasons as “culé”, all full of injuries.
The Frenchman, ‘revived’ and becoming a luxury assistant with the arrival of Xavi, has become the attacking pillar of attack for now, scoring three goals in two pre-season games and the undisputed label already in place. Now it remains to be seen whether he will continue to pay for the Terrassa player’s confidence and commitment to continue playing for Barça with goals.
WAITING FOR THE BEST ANSU
On the other hand, the left wing will live the battle between two theoretically undeniable internationals of the Spanish team like Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres. The variety of stickers in the squad puts the young 18-year-old attacker in a better position as he can also act as a striker, although in return he hopes for a season without setbacks that will not take him off the field and from the World Cup in Qatar.
Ansu Fati has shown he doesn’t lose the goal despite limping with his injuries. A challenge for Ferran, who will experience his first full season as a Barça player after arriving at Manchester City’s last winter market. Failing to be at his best in front of goal in his first few months at Can Barça, he faces his first pre-season with a desire to regain the goal-scoring instinct he showed under Luis Enrique’s tutelage.
However, the 22-year-old has not started the season as expected and is yet to make his debut due to a foot injury. A struggle for ownership that he has witnessed from the stands at the moment and that will “require” him to redouble his efforts.
AUBAMEYANG WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY LEWANDOWSKI
Finally, Gabon’s Aubameyang has not been intimidated by the arrival of his former Borrussia Dortmund team-mate Robert Lewandowski and has started the pre-season with two goals. In fact, the attacker, who has shown his versatility on the wing and as a nine, knows very well what it means to beat the Pole in his own field.
Already in the 2016/17 season, Aubameyang surpassed him by just one goal as the German Bundesliga’s top scorer with 31 goals for Borussia Dortmund, while the Poland international scored 30 for Bayern. Two attackers with one goal and different resources.
A list of forwards that Dutchman Memphis Depay also has despite not yet securing his future in the Catalan team. For this reason, the immense variety of reinforcements – not only on the offensive side – excites the fans before the fight for all the titles of the 2022/23 season.