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Robert Lewandowski goalless on debut for FC Barcelona

RObert Lewandowski lobbed the ball into the goal with playful ease over the storming Stole Dimitrievski and turned away with a loud jubilation, but the assistant on the touchline had looked closely: Lewandowski was offside, the goal from the former Bayern striker didn’t count – and in the end it was the score in the staid 0-0 of FC Barcelona at the start of the season against outsider Rayo Vallecano an impressive series of the world footballer.

The Pole Lewandowski had always scored in the first game of the season since 2015, this time the 33-year-old only managed the offside goal for his new club in the 13th minute, shortly before the end he missed a good opportunity (82nd). Nevertheless, Barcelona coach Xavi was “satisfied” with the Pole, “because he works for the team,” emphasized the former professional.

Otherwise, he addressed the problems of the team: “We need more effectiveness and are all a bit disappointed with this result. It’s a matter of time before it makes a difference. We wanted to show people that we’re on the right track, but it’s the beginning,” said Xavi. “We ask for patience and that people believe in the team.” It was a disappointment. The team felt the high expectations.

In addition to Lewandowski, the Brazilian Raphinha, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen were new to Barca in the matchday squad after a long fuss about eligibility to play. The only newcomer missing from the squad was French international Jules Kounde. Still, things didn’t go well at Barca.

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