Barça gets purple at the expense of Valladolid

Robert Lewandowski celebrates the first of his two goals against Valladolid. / Josep LAGO / AFP

Matchday 3

Xavi’s team won 4-0 with a brace from Lewandowski and goals from Pedri and Sergi Roberto

Barcelona was filled with morale against Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou. Xavi’s team beat the Blanquivioletas 4-0 in a match in which he was clearly superior from minute one and in which Lewandowski was the main protagonist. The Polish striker scored a brace, one in each half, and contributed to a win in which Pedri and Sergi Roberto closed the scoring. With these two goals, Lewy adds up and continues, he has already scored four goals in his first three games in the League and is the leader of the new Barça project.

“We have to come out in a rush”, Xavi assured in the press conference prior to the match. So it was. Barça set foot on the Camp Nou pitch, took the required photos and got down to work against Jordi Masip’s goal. The Tarrasa coach arranged an eleven with a 4-3-3 in which Koundé acted as winger in defense and third central defender in attack to enable Balde to achieve superiority in the offensive phase. The plan, with Raphinha as a novelty together with Dembélé and Lewandowski, made the Catalans start like a cyclone, overflowing from the sides, with the arrival of the second-row players and waiting for the inspiration of the attacking footballers to make the rest.

Xavi’s recipe had all the ingredients, including the goal. That cherry, which was not found against Rayo Vallecano, was going to appear sooner or later. Dembélé and Lewandowski warned with two shots to the wood and the Pole was the protagonist in the amount that he opened the can. The predators do not forgive twice and that was what the former Bayern player did after the umpteenth center into the Raphinha area. He got rid of his pair, looked for the second post and put the pointer to the delirium of a Camp Nou that already has a new idol. It was the peak moment in a first half in which the bleeding was already open. Valladolid was at the mercy of the Blaugrana and a few minutes later, Pedri found a lane in the center of the area to sign the second and leave the game practically resolved before the break.


Ter Stegen, Koundé, Araujo (Sergi Roberto, 61 minutes), Eric Garcia, Balde, Busquets (Kessie, 76 minutes), Gavi (Frenkie de Jong, 61 minutes), Pedri, Raphinha (Ansu Fati, 61 minutes). ), Lewandowski and Dembele (Ferran Torres, min. 82).


Masip, Luis Pérez, Joaquín Fernández, Javi Sánchez (Toni, min. 63), Escudero, Monchu (Óscar Plano, min. 46), Aguado (Roque Mesa, min. 46), Kike Pérez, Anuar (Arroyo, min. 76 ), Iván Sánchez and Sergi Guardiola (Sergio León, min. 63).

  • Goals:
    1-0: min. 24, Lewandowski. 2-0: min. 43, Peter. 3-0: min. 65, Lewandowski. 4-0: min. 92, Sergi Roberto.

  • Referee:
    From Burgos Bengoetxea (Basque Committee). He admonished Monchu, Javi Sánchez and Kike.

  • Incidences:
    Match played at the Camp Nou in front of 83,972 spectators.

After the restart, Barça continued with the fifth gear fully engaged. The 3-4-3 in the offensive phase that the Catalans rehearse for many minutes and the freshness in the pressure in the opposite field from players like Gavi and Pedri drowned out a Valladolid unable to leave its own field. With this scenario and Lewandowski hanging around the area, the outcome could not be other than the third goal. On this occasion it was Dembélé who, after a slalom, assisted the ‘9’ so that he could score with the tranquility of spending another day in the office thanks to a heel strike. Four goals from his first seven shots in the League, that’s Lewy’s calling card after three games.

That target was the final epilogue to the clash. Xavi refreshed the team in the second half with the entry of Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati, Frenkie de Jong, Kessié and Ferran Torres, changes that once again demonstrated the depth of the squad that Barça has this year and that made it possible to continue with the good physical tone until the final stretch of the meeting. The match was already round for a Camp Nou that saw the best Lewandowski, a great Koundé in his debut and who still had breath left to celebrate a fourth goal after Sergi Roberto took advantage of a rebound in the area to close the game. marker. The youth squad celebrated it in style and made Joan Laporta’s smile even bigger, happy despite wearing a black eye after a domestic accident.



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