Aubameyang before scoring his goal against Inter Miami.Wilfred Lee (AP)

This Barcelona is not kidding. This was evident in the friendly against Inter Miami, taking it not with embarrassment but with diligence and purpose as he attempted to bring rhythm to the ball, with players struggling to prevent pressing and passing lines. A sign that the team is hungry again (like they celebrated the goals in the friendly with a pineapple) and above all that ownership will be very expensive. That explained the newcomers – with the exception of Lewandowski, who was content to do a pre-game warm-up to activate a little while waiting to make his debut against Real Madrid in Las Vegas next Saturday – three players who refuse to take on the role of complement.

InterMiami CF


Marsman (Clement Diop, min 60), Aimé Mabika, DeAndre Yedlin (Harvey Neville, min 45), Gibbs (Noah Allen, min 45), Damion Lowe (Jairo Quinteros, min 85), Indiana Vassilev (Jean Mota , min 45), Víctor Ulloa (Joevin Jones, min 61), Gregore, Pozuelo (Robert Taylor, min 45), Bryce Duke (Romeo Beckham, min 85) and Higuaín (Emerson Rodríguez, min 45)



Ter Stegen (Iñaki Peña, min. 45), Sergiño Dest (Pablo Torre, min. 45), Eric Garcia (Sergi Roberto, min. 45), Alex Balde (Alba, min. 45), A. Christensen (Ronald Araújo, 45 mins), Kessié Franck (Frenkie De Jong, 45 mins), Nico González (Busquets, 45 mins), Pedri (Abde, 45 mins), Raphael (Ousmane Dembélé, 45 mins), Ansu Fati (Gavi , min 45) and Aubameyang (Depay, min 45)

Gates 0-1 min 18: Aubameyang. 0-2 mins. 24: Raphael. 0-3 mins. 40: Ansu Fati. 0-4 mins. 54: Gavi. 0-5 mins. 68: deposit. 0-6 mins. 69: Ousmane Dembele.

Nobody is like Kessié, a real footballer box to box [de área a área] that unraveled the rival with the second-row arrivals, one of Xavi’s bids, who is still awaiting validation of his visa in Barcelona for having traveled three times to Iran – a country blacklisted by the United States when he coached Al Saad. But he certainly noted the Ivorian’s effort, his ease in composing the shot when stepping onto the face. His were the first two shots, one down the center and the other spat out through the tangle of the opponent’s legs. Less protagonist was Christensen, without problems against a much inferior opponent who locked himself in his house to counterattack with neither conviction nor ferocity, Higuaín stopped the whole game. In any case, the Danish defender explained that he has a good foot to play from the root to neutralize pressure lines with vertical passes that give the receiver an advantage.

There is also a lot of quality for Raphinha, who started like a flan because she didn’t get any dodges or passes but uncovered the bottle of essences, a ball she touched, a ball that turned to gold because she had two assists distributed and scored beautiful dressing of subtlety; From the far post, he put the inside of his foot in a middle of Balde, who caught the goalkeeper with her foot. Previously, Aubameyang had of course confirmed his idyll with the goal as a Barça player, after a ball movement from Barça with his left foot the goalkeeper was terrifically chopped up, Raphinha’s wall with Pedri’s heel. But that goal also flows in Ansu’s veins, who received another assist for Raphinha’s hole to net before the end of the first half. Lots of Barça for little Inter Miami who had a single shot from Gregore and it was too crossed.

After the break and the merry-go-round – a completely new team for the Azulgrana – Barça stuck to the idea of ​​applying the concepts of Xavi’s hilt with high pressure, fast circulation, permanent movements in an unfamiliar field, newcomers from the squad, second line and width of the field with Dembélé on the right and Abde on the left. He even got set pieces, like Memphis’ corner kick towards the penalty spot, which was put into the net with Gavi’s left foot. Even more beautiful was the goal from Memphis, who left his dance partner in the penalty area with an electro-dribbling who didn’t throw in the towel, although the club had already told him that he had better find a way out. And at eye level was Dembélé, who scored a diagonal slalom to hit him with his left foot from outside the box.

Quite a consideration, which also provided certainties. Just as Pablo Torre has plenty of football despite having a few minutes to cook; so Abde can find a team, because otherwise he is content with eating sunflower seeds on the bench; and since they prefer to sell De Jong because he acted as a left center, far from his place, because they preferred to regulate the new ones and because in this way they could form two teams (one per part).

Barcelona had a great time at the DRV PNK stadium, the game’s monologue was cheered by a crowd that caused the ‘no tickets’ sign to be hung at the 18,000 seat for the first time. And Inter Miami suffered who understood that this Barcelona, ​​​​​​where it will be expensive to play, is not for jokes.

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