For its first league match, Barça struggled against Rayo Vallecano this Saturday at Camp Nou. In a meeting that was sorely lacking in rhythm, the Catalans could not do better than a goalless draw (0-0).
The debut of the new Barca was highly anticipated. And Barcelona fans are still hungry after the Blaugrana’s draw at Camp Nou against Rayo Vallecano for the first day of La Liga (0-0). On a slow pace, Xavi’s men struggled against those of Andoni Iraola, despite having much better possession.
With three rookies in the XI at kick-off (Lewandowski, Raphinha, Christensen), but without Jules Koundé , injured and not yet on the La Liga list, the Catalans came up against good pressing from Rayo, which considerably hampered Barca. For his first outing at Camp Nou, Robert Lewandowski believed for a few seconds to release his team, but the Pole logically saw his goal disallowed for offside.
Raphinha active, Ter Stegen decisive
On the sides, Ousmane Dembélé and Raphinha tried to bring speed to the Catalan game, but proved too imprecise to change the scenario. Although technically superior, the Barcelonans also displayed defensive weaknesses and Marc-André Ter Stegen pulled out all the stops twice to avoid a big disappointment at the start.
Despite the coaching and the entries of Ansu Fati and Franck Kessié, the midfielder and the Blaugrana attack did not have the expected influence against the 12th of the last exercise. Quite discreet, Robert Lewandowski missed a great opportunity by sending a shot from the left into the well-stocked bays of the Barcelona enclosure, while Kessié saw his goal disallowed for a flagrant offside. Barça even ended the match at ten after the exclusion of Sergio Busquets, guilty of an elbow on Radamel Falcao in added time.
The Colombian striker could have delivered a strike in the last seconds but his goal was disallowed. The Calatans will have to raise the cursor next Sunday, against Real Sociedad (10 p.m.).
Source: Analie Simon