In their second preseason friendly, FC Barcelona were defeated three goals to one by Louis van Gaal’s resurgent Manchester United side. The overall performance was satisfying with several positive points to take into consideration, with the team showing they’re slowly regenerating match fitness and quality just in time for the upcoming Supercopa trophies. Below are the main talking points.
LVG explained before the game that his starting XI won’t change much ahead of the Premier League’s opening fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, meaning that for some players it was now or never to impress the coach. And as expected, Manchester United took the game as a chance to test themselves against the best in the world. Yet while a few Barcelona players seemed uninterested in the outcome of the game, one man shared Manchester United’s enthusiasm. Luis Suárez, the only available member of the historic attacking trident, put on an amazing display against his old rivals. The Uruguayan first hit the woodwork from a freekick that left David De Gea stranded, and minutes later beat him once again with a long shot, which also hit the upright. And when Luisito finally found the back of the net after superb buildup play from the team, the linesman was there to ruin the moment.
As always, Suárez was his highly competitive self and looked as sharp as ever. Exciting days await us.
Luis Suárez was the only member of the MSN trident available for the match.
Ter Stegen played in goal during the first half (and took far too many walk-abouts for my liking) and Jordi Masip played the second.
I will admit to screaming like a 10-year-old girl at a One Direction concert when the boys came out for practice.
Captains Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets were their amazing selves. Legends.
Arda Turan got in a short kick about even though he could not play.
I attended my first FC Barcelona match yesterday, live and in person. I do not live in Europe, I live in California so I had to wait until the boys came to me. Barça played (and, unfortunately, lost to) Manchester United on a sunny afternoon in the brand new, state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium, home of American football’s San Francisco 49ers. We American fútbol fans have to watch our matches on television at odd hours or through terrible internet streams, so watching live was a real treat; it made the players human. Highlight of the match for me: seeing Andrés Iniesta complete a back-heel half-touch pass, so fleeting that if you had blinked you would have missed it but so beautiful that those who did see, gasped with delight.
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