The Barcelona he regained his smile and Ansu Fati before traveling to Lisbon and testing himself again in the Champions League. And he did it at the cost of a lazy I raised, which he easily defeated (3-0) in a game that had several good news in Barca.
The first, the return of Ansu, which reappeared ten months after his injury, with Messi’s ’10’ on his back, to animate the clash in the last minutes and close Barça’s scoring account.
And the second, the great game of Nico and Gavi, two youth footballers who showed with their talent and tremendous personality that, in the absence of a brilliant present, this team has at least a hopeful future.
Back with the system, Koeman this time he bet on a 4-2-3-1 start, with Nico as Sergio Busquets’ squire in the double pivot. But it was a diabolical action from Memphis on the left wing that forced a penalty in the five minutes that the Dutch striker himself converted into 1-0.
Levante, who do not know victory in LaLiga this season and have never won the Camp Nou, were the ideal rival so that this Barça recovered a little of its self-esteem.
Dominator of possession, the azulgrana team applied well in the recovery after loss and maintained, with his high pressure, to the set of Paco López away from his area.
In a quick transition, Dest, also from the left, enabled Luuk de Jong to beat Aitor from the front and open his scoring account as a Barça player before the quarter hour (2-0).
Piqué also had it, who came to finish off a Memphis center forcibly at the far post; Gavi, in a vaseline that could not overcome Aitor, and Memphis himself in a poisoned header that the Levante goalkeeper diverted to a corner shortly before the break.
Barça, this Sunday led from the bench by Alfred Schreuder for the expulsion of Ronald Koeman in Cádiz, he left for the intermission with good feelings and an improved image compared to previous games. And the clash continued placid for the local squad after the restart.
Memphis had other two occasions to extend the Barcelona advantage, but it was with Aitor. And Nico hit wide from the front.
Levante did not come close to Ter Stegen’s goal and the Camp Nou public began to demand the presence of Ansu Fati, which was already heating up in the band.
When the Hispano-Guinean left to play the last ten minutes, the stadium roared ready to vibrate with each appearance of his new idol.
But before the irruption of Ansu, Levante wanted to leave some auction for the statistics of the clash, and did so through Morales, first, and Cantero, right after. The Commander hit high, and Ter Stegen took the ball from Cantero, one on one on the next play.
Then the time would come for Ansu Fati, who had already warned in a play on the left as soon as he entered the field and in another action, a house brand in which he claimed a penalty from Pablo Martínez that the referee did not indicate.
On the third, the young canterano recovered the ball in a counter and, after threatening the shot after a first break, he beat Aitor with a low and dry shot from the front to make it 3-0 and unleash the madness at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona thus ended a streak of three games without winning and, lacking idols with whom to dream again, today officially crowned, with the permission of Memphis Depay, its new king: the boy from the quarry who has dared to inherit the ’10’ of the best player in the club’s history.
3 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza (Araujo, min.81), Piqué, Eric García, Dest (Lenglet, min.89), Sergio Busquets, Nico González; Gavi (Demir, min.81), Coutinho (Riqui Puig, min.59), Memphis; and Luuk de Jong (Ansu Fati, min.81).
0 – Raise: Aitor; Miramón, Postigo, Mustafi (Rober Pier, min, 77), Clerc; De Frutos (Cantero, min.69), Pepelu (Vucevic, min.69), Radoja (Pablo Martínez, min.55), Melero; Roger and Dani Gómez (Morales, min.55).
Goals: 1-0, m.6: Memphis (p.). 2-0, m.13: Luuk de Jong. 3-0, m.91: Ansu Fati.
Referee: Díaz de Mera Escuderos (Castilian-La Mancha Committee). He showed a yellow card to Gavi (min.24), Postigo (min.25), Pepelu (min.58) and Clerc (min.86).
Incidents: Match of the seventh day of LaLiga Santander played at the Camp Nou before 35,334 spectators.