By Chris King • 30 August 2021 • 3:12
MEMPHIS DEPAY was once again Barcelona’s hero, setting up the first goal, before firing in the winner against Getafe in a 2-1 win at the Camp Nou
Barcelona’s new Dutch striker, Memphis Depay, looks like being the magical purchase who will make the fans forget about the loss of Lionel Messi, as he was once again the team’s saviour in the match against Getafe on Sunday, August 29, supplying the pass for Jordi Alba to cross for the first goal after just two minutes, and then scoring the decisive second goal to bag the three points for Ronald Koeman‘s men.
The Blaugrana coach had a shortage of regular starters for this game, with Eric Garcia suspended, Ansu Fati and Gerard Pique both out injured, and Pedri on vacation, he decided to go with a frontline of Araujo and Lenglet, with Sergi Roberto and Busquets, propping up the middle of the park, as the team went full throttle at Getafe from the first whistle, with Jordi Alba’s pinpoint pass giving Roberto the simplest of chances to open the scoring after two minutes.
Easing off after the goal was the worst thing Barca could have done, as a combination of passes between Sandro Ramirez and Carles Aleña ended with Sandro levelling the scores on 19 minutes, as he slotted the ball low into the net beyond Ter Stegen.
It was Depay who clinically finished of a pass from fellow countryman Frenkie De Jong in the 30th minute, showing pure class in the process, and making his move from Ligue 1 club Lyon seem to be of huge benefit to both player and club, as the Dutchman has been in top form in the first matches of this season, and the fans at the Camp Nou already love him, judging by the noise they made when he had the ball.
Somehow, after the break, Koeman’s men just were not on the money, and whatever Michel said to his men during the break, had some impact, as the Getafe trio of Arambarri, Maksimovic, and Aleña, took complete control of the middle section of the pitch and generated several opportunities that Ter Stegen had to deal with the final whistle really coming as a relief one would expect, in a result that leaves the Catalans in fourth position in LaLiga.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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