João Félix lit up Montjuïc and Barça gave a wonderful victory to the fans present: 45,055. The Olympic mountain needs brilliant players to light the fuse of football in the Barça exile due to the Camp Nou works. Barça’s challenge is to win and play well or very well to mobilize a reluctant fan after a season of active militancy that helped them reach the League. And, for now, there are players with personality and category to create a competitive team in the League and in Europe. The Blaugrana hooked on Lamine Yamal to knock down the rough Cádiz and, under the slipstream of the delicious João Félix, they gutted the grateful Betis.
Ter Stegen, Cancelo, A. Christensen (Inigo Martinez, 76th minute), Koundé, Alex Balde (Marcos Alonso, 76th minute), Gavi, Oriol Romeu (Gündogan, 63rd minute), Frenkie De Jong and Ferran Torres (Raphinha). , 63 mins), John Felix (Lamine Yamal, 63 mins) and Lewandowski
Rui Silva (Francisco Vieites, min. 45), Bartra, Juan Miranda, Héctor Bellerín, Chadi Riad, Sergi Altimira, Luiz Henrique, Isco (Rodri, min. 65), Ayoze Pérez (Juan Cruz, min. 65), Marc Roca (Guido Rodríguez, min. 65) and Willian José
Goals 1-0 min. 24: John Felix. 2-0 min. 31: Lewandowski. 3-0 min. 62: Ferran Towers. 4-0 min. 65: Raphinha. 5-0 min. 81: Cancellation.
Referee José María Sánchez Martínez
Yellow cards Bartra (min. 71), Guido Rodríguez (min. 83) and Íñigo Martínez (min. 85)
The Portuguese’s talent dismantled a very soft Betis in the areas on the day of Pellegrini’s 70th anniversary. The Chilean coach was sensitive to the possible effects of the FIFA virus when he called a lineup without the internationals Guido, Pezzela and Abde, transferred by Barça to Betis, after the explosion of Yamal, also protected by Xavi. The formations seemed to announce a match between Barcelona fans and ex-Barcelonians if the Green and White defensive line was reviewed, entirely made up of defenders from Barcelona. The imprint of La Masia is more visible than ever in Betis if we take into account that Sergi Altimira was also playing and Abde was waiting.
Yamal was also resting. Barça does not forget how Ansu Fati’s precocious career ended before arriving at Brighton. Xavi also chose not to force the presence of Gündogan and opted for Ferran Torres, João Félix and João Cancelo. The driving of Cancelo, half lateral and half inside right, and the twisting and turning on the left of João Félix ignited Barça. The Portuguese starred in the 1-0 play. Cancelo applied the pressure and the leather ended up at João Félix’s feet after Oriol Romeu’s mediation; The forward surpassed Bellerín’s mark with a touch and the exit of Rui Silva with a drive to cross the leather into the Betis net.
João Félix played facing and also with his back to the goal, very subtle when he let the ball pass so that Christensen’s pass connected with Lewandowski and made it 2-0. The Barça effectiveness contrasted with the indulgence of the green and white team after Luiz Henrique, Ayoze and Willian José failed to beat Ter Stegen. Isco’s excellent maneuvers, supported by the erratic performance of Christensen and Koundé, did not continue in the face of Pellegrini’s desperation. The Barça concessions, favored by the presence of three forwards, contrasted with their offensive fluidity due to the movements of João Félix and Cancelo.
Both played very liberated, aware of their role in a team that was well placed on the field, agile and deep, also excessively repetitive in its conduct and permeable to Betis’ transitions. The match was always played at the rhythm of the Barcelona fans, as permeable and accurate in the first half as they were exuberant in an excellent second half, led by three great goals from Ferran Torres, Raphinha and Cancelo. Shark Torres justified his ownership and excellent moment of form when he converted a direct free kick and scored his third goal in the League. He had not scored against Barça from a free kick since May 2, 2021 at Mestalla, when Messi was still playing.
In the open field, with spaces, the substitute Raphinha also vindicated himself with a left footed shot on the edge of the area at 4-0 and Cancelo crowned his excellent performance with the 5-0 when Yamal and Abde were already on the field. The magic digit of the Camp Nou already shines in Montjuïc. The scoreboard, the roster of footballers and the game invite fans to finally fill the Lluís Companys Stadium. João Félix, the latest addition, the player that Laporta likes so much, fit very well into the team against Betis, a team that surrendered at 2-0. All the players now have a vocation as forwards at Barça after a night as fun as the one they experienced against Betis.
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