The most choral Barcelona, with the best version of wingers Raphael Dias Belloli 'Raphinha' and Ousmane Dembéle -with a and two assists, respectively- and the Polish Robert Lewandowski, scorer of two goals, crushed (4-0) this Sunday at the Spotify Camp Nou an outmatched Real Valladolid.
Xavi Hernández's team began their particular marathon of six games in twenty days with a placid victory – the second in a row- against a recently promoted player who is still without victory after three games.
The newly registered Jules Koundé was the protagonist in the previous one with his first starting role, acting as a winger, but on top of the green it was the Brazilian 'Raphinha' who shone the most in the first half. The former Leeds player was a nightmare for Sergio Escudero on the right flank.
With Valladolid blocking the interior lanes, Xavi looked for the imbalance in the wings, which generated the best chances. That Barça exploited the bands is evidenced by the 10 corner kicks that he forced in the first half. José Rojo 'Pacheta''s team took the water out of the pool as best they could, who had a hard time keeping the ball in the face of Barça pressure.
The Valladolid team awaited their moment in set pieces and some spark of inspiration from Iván Sánchez, from the little salvageable in attack by Pucela's team in the first half. Xavi's men only needed to finish off the danger that came from the sides. Neither Dembéle nor Raphinha nor Lewandowski, this one in a header spit by the post that bounced off Masip and did not go in for a sigh, confirmed Barça's superiority.
The reward for the local insistence came in the 24th minute. The omnipresent 'Raphinha' gave a sweet curling cross to Lewandowski, who pushed the ball into the net with the sole of his right foot. The Pole, along with the Brazilian, was one of the most outstanding players in the full Barça first half. The Barça star shone both as a scorer and as a game generator in the three-quarter area.
After the first goal, Dembélé, who hit a ball against the crossbar, moved to the right and starred in the play that led to the second Barça goal, the work of Pedri. The Frenchman slipped away from the marking of a punished Escudero and assisted the Canarian, who finished off from the penalty spot at will (2-0, min.43).
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Barça's first perfect time ended in a scare. Éric García had to clear a ball hanging into the Valladolid area in added time before Anuar could connect with it. After the break, 'Pacheta' brought on the midfielders Roque Mesa and Óscar Plano, but they were unable to raise their voices before the Barça monologue, which lowered football production somewhat on the flanks, giving more prominence to the core.
It was drowning, yes, Barcelona the exit of the rival ball looking for the sentence. Eric García had it in a corner kick that the defense spat out before the winning goal, the work of Lewandowski. He unbalanced Dembélé, leaked a ball into space to the former Bayern striker, who invented a backheel that touched Joaquín lightly and ended up in the Masip net (3-0, min. 64). With the Barça fans still celebrating the magic of 'Lewi', Valladolid took advantage of two disconnections from their rival to create danger.
In an arrival from the left, Óscar Plano crossed a ball, which was repelled by an attentive Ter Stegen, and with the German beaten, Escudero saw how Koundé took his shot under the sticks. On the next play, Anuar, inside the area, sent the leather up in another clear arrival. It was the only moment of the game in which Valladolid took the lead on the night of the wingers and of Lewandowski, who brushed the 'hat-trick' in a frank shot spit over the crossbar. The ball was picked up by Sergi Roberto to close the win in added time.
4 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Koundé, Araujo (Sergi Roberto, min. 60), Eric García, Balde; Sergio Busquets (Kessie, min.75), Gavi (De Jong, min.60), Pedri; Raphinha (Ansu Fati, min.60), Dembélé (Ferran Torres, min.82) and Lewandowski.
0 – Valladolid: Masip; Perez, Joaquin, Javi Sanchez, Escudero; Monchu (Óscar Plano, min.46), Aguado (Roque Mesa, min.46), Kike; Iván Sánchez (Toni Villa, min.62), Anuar (Arroyo, min.76)c and Sergi Guardiola (Sergio León, min.62).
Goals: 1-0, min.24: Lewandowski. 2-0, min.43: Pedri. 3-0, min.64: Lewandowski. 4-0, min.90+2: Sergi Roberto
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