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He Barça He played his second friendly of the most national preseason in recent years on Wednesday, and beat Girona 3-1 with goals from Coutinho and Messi. The Argentine signed a double recovering one of the positions in which he has been most prolific, the ‘false 9‘, in a new experiment by Koeman to find the key to reborn this Barcelona.
The Barça fans came out plugged in and released their controversial pink shirt and turquoise bottom kit, and they warned of their intentions from the first minutes. It was in 21 ‘when Coutinho advanced to the Barça. An error in the ball exit of the visitors led to the theft of Busquets and after a great combination between Griezmann, Messi and Trincao, the Portuguese enabled the Brazilian to score at will.
Very good minutes from the former Braga player, who was seen very comfortable both in association with his teammates and in the 4-2-3-1 system that Koeman is wanting to implant in these encounters. An approach that employs flexibly but appears to be best suited for get the best out of the many three-quarter field players that Barça has like Coutinho, Griezmann, Pedri or even Messi himself.
The Argentine was precisely one of the best of the match scoring his first two goals ‘post-burofax’. The first, a work of art, receiving on the balcony of the area and outlined to the right, strikes with his right leg so tightly that the ball hits a stick (and brushes the other) before entering.
However, the negative note was put by complacent defensive work shown in the meeting, in which Barcelona got more than they would have liked. In fact, Girona’s goal comes thanks to a loss of the ball by De Jong.
After nine changes in minute 63, the substitutes did not reach that half hour of play to transform more occasions but to leave quality details. Especially on the part of Pedri whom Koeman is following closely and increasingly makes clear the great star that can become.