Robert Lewandowski and his new Barcelona teammates confirmed how harmful they is likely to be this season with a thumping 4-1 victory over Actual Sociedad on Sunday, however it wasn’t with out controversy.
Lewandowski, signed from Bayern Munich this summer season, scored his first Barça aim within the opening minute of the sport, just for Alexander Isak to equalize 5 minutes later.
With the scores stage, France worldwide Ousmane Dembélé appeared to catch Sociedad defender Aihen Muñoz within the face along with his elbow.
Dembélé prevented a crimson card and, in a merciless coincidence, scored Barcelona’s second aim of the sport after a luxurious backheel help from substitute Ansu Fati.
Fati’s introduction within the second half proved much more necessary because the 19-year-old laid on a plate Lewandowski’s second aim of the night, earlier than grabbing his personal aim to make it 4-1.
After a tumultuous offseason, with monetary maneuvers and struggles to register gamers – defender Jules Koundé has nonetheless not been registered having signed from Sevilla – because the Barcelona website put it after the victory: “It’s all beginning to click on!”
Lewandowski himself was filled with reward for his new teammates after scoring his first two targets for the Catalan membership.
“The primary aim that I rating for a brand new workforce all the time goes for my father, who’s watching from the sky,” he mentioned after the sport. “It was unbelievable, I’m very completely satisfied and happy with the workforce as a result of, within the second half, we have been taking part in rather well and we scored 4 targets. Now, we return to Barcelona and we’ll get pleasure from it for the subsequent few days.”
He added: “The primary sport [against Rayo Vallecano] wasn’t good, every part was new. Within the first few weeks, we’ve to get to know one another and every match will probably be higher. There are a variety of children who I get chemistry on the pitch with shortly.”
It was the story of a 34-year-old veteran striker and a 19-year-old marvel child.
After a stunted season-opener final week in its goalless draw with Rayo Vallecano, supervisor Xavi’s aspect started to indicate glimpses of what it might be on Sunday.
With a mix of expertise introduced from exterior the membership – Lewandowski and Christensen – and an entire host of academy graduates – Pedri, Gavi, Ansu Fati and Alejandro Balde – Xavi’s workforce has heaps of potential.
And from the opening minute on the Anoeta Stadium, it seemed prefer it was coming collectively properly, as 18-year-old left-back Balde streaked down the wing earlier than crossing the ball for Lewandowski to fit house.
However Barça was pegged again simply minutes later. Frankie de Jong was caught in possession earlier than Isak was slipped in, the Swedish striker’s shot looping over Marc-André ter Stegen in aim.
And Barcelona might – and presumably ought to – have been right down to 10 males when Dembélé appeared to elbow Muñoz within the face, however the video assistant referee selected to not assessment the incident and Dembélé escaped with out even a yellow card.
After the halftime break, and after the introduction of Fati within the 63rd minute, the sport swung into Barça’s favor.
Fati, who’s getting back from a season misplaced resulting from knee accidents, used his tempo and enthusiasm to dissect the Sociedad protection, ending the sport with two assists and a aim.
After the match, Xavi mentioned he was “very happy” with the win.
“At occasions, we needed to have extra persistence – generally, we’re too impetuous as a result of we play with very younger gamers,” he mentioned.
“However I’m very happy, this victory exhibits that we’re on the precise path; final week’s outcome was a little bit of a blow and successful right here strengthens us … We needed to be courageous after not successful final week and the wager got here out effectively for us.”