Ronald Koeman also convincingly won his second match as coach of FC Barcelona on Thursday. The Spanish top club was too strong for Celta de Vigo in the second La Liga round with 0-3.
The victory is special for Barcelona, as the club last won at Celta in April 2015. Since then, it has been drawn three times and lost three times on a visit to Galicia.
Barcelona was the better team in Estadio Balaídos in bad weather conditions. The score was opened early by top talent Ansu Fati, then the score was increased in the second half by Lucas Olaza (own goal) and Sergi Roberto, who scored in the final seconds after a beautiful action by Lionel Messi.
One blemish on the victory was that Barcelona had to continue with a man less just before half-time. Defender Clément Lenglet received, to the incomprehension of his teammates and Koeman, his second yellow card and therefore red.
Koeman brought Barcelona back into a 4-2-3-1 system, opting for the same names as Sunday against Villarreal, when they won 4-0. It meant that Frenkie de Jong was once again one of the two controlling midfielders.
The first real test for Koeman’s Barcelona will follow next Sunday, when Sevilla comes to Camp Nou. The Europa League winner beat Levante 1-0 on Thursday (goal Youssef En-Nesyri) and is also clear in La Liga after two games.
Ronald Koeman had every reason to laugh at Estadio Balaídos. (Photo: ANP)
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