Barcelona beating Juventus: Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite earn Messi-less win
On Sunday night, Barcelona beating Juventus by 3-0 points in the Joan Gamper trophy, starting a life without Lionel Messi. Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite and Ricky Puig scored the goals.
The version of Gamper is a traditional party in which Barcelona will show off the team for next season, which turned out to be a nostalgic event. Just a few hours before the game, after Barcelona failed to sign new contracts with players, after 21 years of playing for the club, Messi, tearful, said goodbye at a press conference.
Fans are looking forward to the matchup between the Argentine striker and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo. The two have won 11 Ballon d’Or awards, but Messi’s departure prevented this from happening.
Instead, there are tributes. The cry of “Messi, Messi” can be heard before the game. Approximately 2,600 fans participated in the Johan Cruyff Stadium, and more people were present in the 10th minute of the game, in order to present the most famous Tribute No. 1 of the club. to the star. 10 and the best scorer in history.
When Ronaldo touches the ball, the fans will shout Messi’s name. The former Real Madrid player made his debut in the first half of the preseason, came close to scoring two goals and faced American defender Sergino Durst.
Barcelona lost several players to injury, including Sergio Agüero, who injured his right calf during training and may be on the sidelines. At the same time, Eric García and the teenage Pedri missed the Olympics because they have been competing with Spain.
manager Ronald Koeman sent Memphis, Braithwaite and Antoine Griezmann on the attack in a 4-3-3 formation. Although Messi retired from the turmoil, in the fifth preseason game, Barcelona went further than their opponents in terms of physical condition and preparation.
Barcelona led In the third minute with a quick counterattack, after seeing Yusuf Demir put Memphis up, the Dutchman’s left-footed shot defeated Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny (Wojciech Szczęsny). Demir, 18, continued his excellent preseason form, then regained possession of the ball in the Juventus penalty area, and then Szczęsny saved a shot.
Barcelona goalkeeper Neto was assigned to work on both sides of the field. Before the intermission, he blocked Alvaro Morata’s powerful shot with his left foot and stretched fully to push Ronaldo’s 30-yard free kick to a safe position, and then rejected Juventus substitute Fedri after the intermission. Ke Chiesa.
In the 57th minute, Braithwaite scored with a header from a Memphis corner and crossed substitute goalkeeper Mattia Palin. In the last minute, he replaced Puig with a left-footed shot from the penalty area. Palin was hit again.
“This is not one of the best days,” Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admitted after the game. “You know you have to spend this day, but the team has been affected. Especially those of us who share the locker room with [Messi].
“At the level of talent and magic, when the best player in history leaves, the situation is different,” continued Piqué.
“You lost a very important part of the offense. He gave you a lot of goals and assists. We have to compete.”
“Everyone knows what happened today and what we lost. It’s not easy,” said Neto. “There are many emotions in the air, but we are all professionals and we know that this must continue. We have done what we must do. “
Barcelona will play against Real Sociedad at home on August 15 to start their La Liga journey. Also on Sunday, the current Champions League champion Barcelona women’s team scored 5 goals in the first half and continued to beat Juventus 60 and lifted. His first Gamper trophy.