A match summary / review of the Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Münich game.
Men vs kids. Barcelona came into this game with no confidence at all while Bayern were on top of the world from the start. Sergio lost the ball from the kickoff; the defence sank in four minutes, and the bit of rebellion the Blaugranas showed was nothing compared to Bayern prowess. Literally, Barça suffocated from long balls, and that’s how the first goal came. A long ball to Alphonso Davies and a cross later, Thomas Müller put the ball in the back of the net with a slow volley. The first half was punctuated by long balls, and Lenglet’s chip as he spotted Jordi Alba’s run made Alaba panic and finish it nicely in his own goal. After that goal, Barça showed some will. Suarez missed a one-on-one and Messi hit the post. After that, Bayern turned on the afterburners and blew Barça. Perisic’s powerful shot that came after Roberto lost the ball in the most dangerous area ended up in the back of the net, and Thiago’s dinked ball came nicely into Gnabry’s feet for a smooth finish. Another defensive mistake later and Barça would concede Müller’s second from close range. Everyone was abysmal from Barça’s side, even Messi and Ter Stegen. Sad.
First-half score: Barcelona 1-4 Bayern
The start of the second half was calmer than the first. Not because Barça had woken up a bit, but because Bayern took their foot off the gas while still being dominant. Griezmann came on at half-time, but he did not change anything. Bayern showed their dominance by scoring again, but it was offside. On this offside goal, Thomas Muller walked his way to a pass, and it ended up in the back of the net. Suarez epitomised Barça’s season by showing glimpses of talent in a side bereft of all ability and football skills. His neat finish was beautiful, but only a consolation prize for the worst Barça team to feature in the Champions League recently. Bayern then went into a rampage, and Alphonso Davies danced in the defence and made Semedo a fool while giving the ball to Kimmich for the fifth. Soon, as Setién watched with minimal changes, Robert Lewandowski got his name on the scoresheet to aggravate the score a bit. The most embarrassing point of the night saw Phillippe Coutinho score twice and it was 8 for Bayern. Barça showed nothing and deserved nothing. It was deserved and sad to see this giant play like Bambi on ice.
Final score: Barcelona 2-8 Bayern
Barcelona 1-0 Elche: Match Review
In their last pre-season game, Barcelona had to play at the top of their game before the match against Villarreal next Sunday. In the Gamper trophy, Barcelona showed many promising signs, especially in attack. However, the main talking point was Riqui Puig being left out of the squad.
Barcelona started the half really well as the movement was already better than what they showed in 2019/20, and the stale ball circulation became a fluid passing game which made Elche leave a lot of space behind.
Leo Messi started the recital with a typical pass to Jordi Alba, in acres of space, who had the time to give the ball to Griezmann whose run was everything Barça missed. Griezmann opened the scoring, and Barcelona kept going, in vain. However, the Catalans did try to breach the Elche defence and, at times, only a clinical striker was missing to be leading by 3 or 4 goals at the half.
With Griezmann’s shot stopped, Messi’s electrifying free-kick parried, and Coutinho’s header turned to a corner, Barcelona had the chances but no clinical touch. They continued with the excellent ball circulation while moving a lot to open spaces. One of the best moments of the game came in the 19th minute when Messi jogged back, and Griezmann ran into space to open the play for Sergi Roberto, and the action finished with a failed header by the Blaugrana attackers.
A good half that shows what Barça need: Clinical finishing.
Barcelona came in the second half with no changes and continued dominating the game without scoring goals. With the same enthusiasm and movement, the Culés found breaches in Elche’s defence and tried exploiting them with the same players.
However, at the half-hour mark, Koeman opted for a triple change and on came Ousmane Dembélé, Francisco Trincão and the long-awaited Miralem Pjanic. The former had the first bite of the cherry with a superb move from the edge of the area, dribbling one defender on his way to shoot straight at the keeper. Again, Barcelona didn’t have this clinical touch, and it cost them.
A few minutes after Dembélé’s effort, Philippe Coutinho, who had a decent game, passed the ball exquisitely to Trincão, whose questionable finishing didn’t match his excellent movement. He played well with great openings at times, just what Barça need on the wing. Pedri also came on and had a chance after Dembélé ran into space to give a great pass across the face of the goal.
Miralem Pjanic also should’ve won a penalty but the main talking point of the last minutes was a golden chance for Elche to get back on track. Still, thankfully, after horrific defending from the Blaugrana side, Neto put on his hero cloak and saved a shot at point-blank range.
A good victory, where perhaps the fans should’ve seen more goals, but at least there are promising signs. ¡Visca el Barça!
Final score: Barça 1-0 Elche.