Ansu Fati stepped up in Barcelona’s La Liga opener at the Camp Nou against Villareal. In the 15th minute, the 17-year-old managed to score the opener with a brilliant finish from Jordi Alba’s assist. 5 minutes later, the Fati scored another goal, putting his 2-0 ahead in the 20th minute of the game.
Ansu Fati has become the club’s first under-18 player to score a brace before half-time. The player has currently 10 goals for Barcelona, which makes Ansu become the youngest player to score 10 goals across all competitions in Europe’s top 5 leagues.
Ronald Koeman’s 4-2-3-1 system created a very attacking Barcelona, taking the best out of Philippe Coutinho and creating spaces for the other players as well – especially in Ansu’s second strike. The Brazilian carried the ball from the midfield line and made the final pass to provide an assist for the young star. The Dutch manager managed to score 4 goals before half-time, and then preserved the 4-0 score in the remaining part.
Barcelona might finally have found their generational La Masia talent for the future. If Ronald Koeman can continue to keep his team in form, the Catalan club might rise from its ashes.
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Barcelona don’t lose comeback hope with Messi’s outrageous stats vs Sevilla
Later on tonight, Barcelona will do their best to mount another incredible comeback, this time against Sevilla. The Andalusians were the better team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, winning 2-0 at their home ground. Today, however, they travel to the Camp Nou where they’ll try and keep their lead alive.
And even though we’re talking here about a very strong opponent, the Catalans have reasons to be optimistic. The first one is of course their recent result against that very same opponent. The two sides met in La Liga last weekend and Barcelona snatched up all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory.
This suggests they indeed do have what it takes to edge past Julen Lopetegui’s troops, especially since the game will be played in Catalonia. But there is also one other weapon Barcelona have at their disposal; one that is not exactly a big secret – Lionel Messi.
The little Argentine does feel like a cheat code at times but against Sevilla, that is even more true than usual. After all, Leo has already scored 38 goals and assisted further 19 in just 42 games played against this opposition.
That amounts to 57 goal contributions in 42 games. Even for Messi’s godly standards, that is just an unreal number. With such a player in your team, you can’t help but feel optimistic and hopeful regardless of the opposition.
Of course, we can’t expect Leo to solve games of this magnitude on his own so everyone will have to pull their weight. But even with that being said, if Messi can do what Messi usually does, Barcelona’s ultimate goal becomes that much easier to reach.
With morale high and players ready to tango, it should definitely be a thrilling contest to watch.
Let’s hope Ronald Koeman gets it right. And then, suddenly, the whole season can turn out that much sweeter.