Riqui Puig in the friendly in front of the Nàstic / Image: Twitter Official FCB


The analysis of Koeman's first eleven in this preseason

Published:21/07/2021 - 20:09h

Updated:21/07/2021 - 20:57h

Ronald Koeman took out a classic eleven from FC Barcelona's first pre-season friendly. The Dutchman had seven players from the first team and four from Barça B, with Riqui Puig, Alejandro Balde and Yusuf Demir as the most prominent names

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Ronald Koeman did not surprise in excess with the first eleven of the pre-season of the FC Barcelona. The culés received to the Gimnàstic of Tarragona in Johan Cruyff with seven footballers of the first team, with four canteranos and with a signing that could result being one of the disclosures of the filial. Net, Hammered, Umtiti, Dest, Balde, Sergi Roberto, Riqui Puig, Pjanic, Demir, Sin and Escobar formed the mentioned alignment.

Although the presence of Pjanic and of Umtiti could surprise by the intention of the club to give off of both, the reality is that the trainer barcelonista did not have many more alternative to these heights of the preparation. Both went out of start, one in the centre of the defence and the another like mediocentro, and did not happen of correct in any moment. Lacking of rhythm, as almost all, did not stand out especially and happened on tiptoe by the crash.

Sergi Roberto and Riqui Puig went surely the best of the 'veteran' of the Barcelona, if it is that to the young midfield player of Matadepera can him call like this with so alone 21 years. Both starred the best opportunity of the Barcelona in the first part, with a grandísimo pass of Riqui and a big desmarque of the of Reus that finish in a good finish his that stopped with a pulled perfect Manu García.

By the other, of the more youngsters were Yusuf Demir and Alejandro Balde those that more details left during the first 45 minutes. The Austrian, recently arrived of the Rapid Vienna, showed his quality and his good left-handed and from the right left destellos more than interesting. Drivings hit to the foot, good vision of game, several good shots, character and personality from the first second... A première more than remarkable of a talent to the that it is necessary to follow closely.

Balde, another of the stood out of the Barça

By his part, Balde began the duel something comedido, but in what soltó turned into the puñal by left band that it is always in the inferior categories of the Barça. Although it did not hit in any centre, was dangerous and very vertical in his rises. An interesting debut for a footballer that without Junior Firpo has to be important like relief of Jordi Alba for the left-handed side culé.

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