Jules Koundé during the Joan Gamper Trophy 2022

HE PLAYED HALF AN HOUR AGAINST PUMAS

This was the long-awaited debut of Koundé with Barça

Published:8/08/2022 - 08:18h

Updated:8/08/2022 - 08:18h

Jules Koundé made his official debut as an FC Barcelona player in the Joan Gamper Trophy (6-0 win against the Pumas of Mexico). As planned, the Frenchman only played half an hour, as he is not physically at his best yet

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Xavi Hernández did to debut to Jules Koundé in the exhibition of the FC Barcelona in front of the Cougars (6-0) of the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). The party of the Trophy Joan Gamper would not be complete without the official presentation of all the reinforcements fichados in summer and, with exception of Andreas Christensen (drop by injury), all the new players blaugranas debuted in the Spotify Camp Nou, included the central Frenchman.

To the not being totally recovered of the operation to which subjected in June by annoyances in the pubis, the technician egarense opted for leaving to Koundé in the bench and give him only half hour of game, as the planned. The French replaced to Ronald Araújo in the minute 61 and enjoyed of the affection of a public that received him with an audible ovation. At all more ingresar, the one of Paris showed very participatory, projecting with assiduity to the attack.

In one of his confined, the defender him 'stole' a goal to Ansu Fati. Jules anticipated to define a balloon that the '10' had of face to define, but with the already resolved party (5-0 for then) the two took it to him with grace. Besides, the Frenchman took advantage of to send several passes in long that found receptor in rival field, showing precision and criterion with the spherical. In the minutes that was in field, alone Cougars had an action of clear goal that Iñaki Peaña commissioned to neutralise.

Satisfied go accumulating shooting in the trainings, Xavi will evaluate the best moment to put him to title. Considering his inactivity in July, the most likely is that it go to the bench the Saturday in the debut in LaLiga in front of the Ray, but in the Gamper saw him quite well in the physical, doing pair with Gerard Hammered to the one who splits of the fans whistled in the previous of the party and during the second time.

Koundé 'Inherit' the 23 of Umtiti

The central French debuted with the dorsal '23' in the Gamper, which belonged him until the past campaign to his compatriot Samuel Umtiti. The one of Yaoundé, absent of the party of the Sunday by mutual agreement with the directive and the technical body, follows looking for team and the club no descarta give him letter of freedom if it does not resolve his traspaso, since there is not place for him in the staff of the 2022-23. This week, his representative will follow looking for him destination, after descartarse some options in Turkey and France.

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