Both players coincided in training with the Catalan team and their first contact did not go unnoticed by the sports press.
Jules Koundé and Jordi Alba met for the first time in training in Barcelona. (Screenshot: FC Barcelona)
He was presented last Monday as a Barcelona signing, but it was not until this Wednesday that Jules Koundé had his first group training session with his new team. There, at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper, the Frenchman met Jordi Alba, with whom he was involved in a controversy at the end of 2021.
Making it clear that there is no quarrel or grudge, the Spanish left-back received Koundé in a very good way. The cameras of the press area of the culé team recorded the moment. Alba greeted the Frenchman and gave him a hug, before the famous 'christening' and the beginning of the work under the orders of Xavi Hernández and his technical command.
The cross between Koundé and Alba that created the morbidity occurred on December 21 of last year, in a match between Barcelona and Seville, played at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. That day, after the ball came out in a dispute and, after the Spaniard's provocation, the Frenchman threw a ball at him and was sent off by the referee.
Koundé's sudden departure caused Sevilla to be left with ten players and play about half an hour outnumbered. That match ended in a tie at one. Alejandro 'Papu' Gómez (32′) opened the account for the locals, while Ronald Araujo (45′) scored the equalizer.
First time Lewandowski
It was also Robert Lewandowski's first time on the Tito Vilanova pitch. The Pole, let's remember, joined the team in the United States and, like the delegation that was in North American territory, was off on Monday and Tuesday. Of course, Riqui Puig, with the permission of the club, did not participate in the session.