It is Catalan Derby It was not one more in history, since it had as its main condiment the official debut of Xavi Hernández, one of the greatest idols in the history of Barcelona, as technical director. His debut was, nothing more and nothing less, than with a victory in the classic against Espanyol in the Camp Nou. The local team won 1-0 in the duel that was valid for the 14th date of the League.
The advantage for the local team came about three minutes into the second half in an action in which the referee charged a controversial foul on Memphis within the area. The Dutch footballer himself took charge of the shot from twelve steps and, with an accurate shot, made it 1-0.
The previous one:
Leadership blaugrana he opted to take a turn after the losses in a row against Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano and fired the Dutch Ronald Koeman. After a few weeks of negotiations, they managed to remove the former Qatari Al-Sadd midfielder.
Xavi, who in his time as a footballer won 25 titles (8 Leagues, 6 Spanish Super Cup, 3 King’s Cup, 4 Champions League, 2 European Super Cups and 2 Club World Cups), has several casualties to make up the team, such as Sergiño Dest, Pedri, Osumane Dembélé, Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Agüero (As a result of an arrhythmia, his future is uncertain). In addition, the brand new addition Dani Alves will only be able to debut in January.
Faced with this scenario, the strategist bets on several young people from the first minute, such as Nicolás González, Gavi, who is even already an important piece in the Spanish senior team and Ansu Fati. The main attacking reference is Memphis Depay, one of the reinforcements for this season. In addition, the presence from the start of Ilías Akhomach, a 17-year-old young man trained in La Masía, stands out.
The BarcaAfter twelve presentations, he has a total of 17 units, which places him 11 behind the leader Real Sociedad (tomorrow he receives Valencia) and three from Rayo Vallecano, the last to qualify for an international competition (Conference League).
The Parakeets, who returned to the top flight of Spanish football this season, are going through a season similar to that of their classic rival, as they also have 17 units, albeit with one more game.
Barcelona: Marc-André ter Stegen; Mingueza Gerard Piqué, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba; Nicolás González, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong; Gavi, Memphis Depay and Akhomach. DT: Xavi Hernandez.
Spanish: Diego López; Aleix Vidal, Sergi Gómez, Leandro Cabrera, Adrià Pedrosa; Yangel Herrera, David López, Javi Puado, Adrián Embarba, Sergi Darder; and Raúl de Tomás. DT: Vicente Moreno.
Stadium: Camp Nou
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro