An early goal by Antoine Griezmann, in minute 2, decided the last friendly of the FC Barcelona, the Joan Gamper tournament, which measured an orderly Elche (1-0), a team that resisted above all thanks to the magnificent performance of the goal Edgar Badia.
Debuted Miralem Pjanic and those of Ronald Koeman They looked for the bands to open the game, a facet in which they stood out Ansu fati and Ousmane Dembele. Beyond that, the Barça He went from less to more, he improved in the second half, but he could not increase the difference in the score.
Surely the starting eleven that Koeman put into play will be the one he has in mind to the premiere of the Championship. Faithful to a 4-2-3-1 drawing, unprecedented in recent times at Barça, his team went off like a rocket, but little by little it was diluted.
He recovered Ansu Fati, who shared a line behind Messi with Coutinho and Griezmann. The line-up looked and the game also looked at the beginning, although to Barça the shine lasted a quarter of an hour against a very weak opponent.
The goal came very soon, in an incorporation to the left of Jordi AlbThere was an assist on Griezmann in minute 2. Barça pressed up, recovered the ball quickly, but his game was quite flat.
After an arrival of De Jong from the second row in minute 16, a play resolved very well by Edgar BadiaThe Catalans reminded the unconvincing team that the season ended with many doubts.
The goal of Elche He was also the protagonist in a great intervention to a foul launched by Leo Messi (minute 22), while Coutinho was the one who tried the most.
Elche only tried through Dying (minute 24), but he had no problems progressing on the goal of Neto, who started today due to the injury of Ter Stegen.
With Messi with full freedom of movement in attack; The Catalans played only for one band. They centered the game for Alba’s and Sergi Roberto It was barely planned down the right lane, but the chances were barely there, despite the dominance of the Catalans.
At the start of the second half, with the same players on both teams, the script was repeated. Barça came out like a rocket and in four minutes they had two great chances for 2-0.
In the first one, Ansu Fati failed to make a concrete appearance after a great center from Sergi Roberto; in the following Edgar Badía was again successful one against one against Leo Messi, who was hurt in the action by the entrance of Josema.
Unlike the first half, Koeman’s they had more continuity and more presence in attack, but little aim or much success of the goal of Elche, who was by far the best of the team of Jorge Almiron.
The Barcelona goalkeeper from Elche saved great opportunities from Griezmann, Ansu and Messi in actions of merit. Then another from Dembélé, who entered in the 63rd minute along with Trincao and Pjanic, and another one from Trincao, a pass from Coutinho.
But Barça did not score more and on Elche’s only occasion, the people of Elche they could tie, on a play by Tete Morente on the right and a point-blank shot from Diego Bri, which Neto saved.
In the end, Koeman’s men won in the last test. The next test already it won’t be an experiment with soda, but the league premiere against Villarreal.