While the shadow of Lionel Messi posed a potential threat over the Camp Nou during Barcelona’s LaLiga Santander opener on Sunday evening, Ronald Koeman’s side showed that there is life after the Argentine with a 4-2 triumph over Real Sociedad.
The Blaugrana put in a phenomenal presentation as they exhibited that they have an arrangement to win without Messi.
The main remarkable part of their exhibition was the aggregate exertion out of ownership, with every one of the 10 outfield players placing in a huge shift to invalidate La Real’s danger.
As a Barcelona player, Messi had on many events been freed from these obligations by his mentors, and the absence of aggregate exertion from the front was even more clear when he framed a hit association with Luis Suarez.
Barcelona’s second objective on the evening, scored by Martin Braithwaite, occurred as their high press saw Eric Garcia seize Adnan Januzaj, before the home side broke to score.
Under lock and key, Barcelona’s exhibition was comparably great, as they made a progression of key possibilities which were disseminated among the assailants, rather than being endeavored by Messi.
Griezmann stuck out
In case there was one player who exemplified his side’s all-activity execution, it was Antoine Griezmann.
Despite the fact that he didn’t track down the rear of the net, Griezmann was a steady danger all through, shaking the crossbar with a wild strike, while likewise showing a significant degree of obligation to his side’s protective endeavors.
Koeman summarized at full time exactly how his group are planning to adjust without Messi this season.
“Our football can be more collective than before,” said Koeman.
“Of course we do not have a player [Messi] who decides matches on his own.
“This is more collective.”
While it is only the beginning of the period, the signs are now certain for Barcelona.