Ronald Koeman said that everything would go better when Barcelona‘s forward line recovered some of its members from the treatment room and he wasn’t wrong as Ansu Fati made his first start of the season and made a huge impact on the game. The young winger took advantage of the international break to work on his fitness and it showed.
Ansu Fati was clearly keen to get back out there and show what he can do and he did so excellently, linking up well and being involved in almost everything positive that Barcelona did. He was a constant thorn in Valencia‘s side and his goal was taken straight from the Lionel Messi playbook.
Barcelona continue to have problems at the back and were perhaps fortunate that Valencia weren’t able to capitalise even more on that. The opening goal came from being too relaxed and not attacking the ball, the complete opposite of Jose Gaya who got his reward with a terrific strike.
Valencia were outraged by Jesus Gil Manzano‘s decision to award a penalty, however replays indicated that it was the right call as Jose Gayatook Ansu Fati‘s legs away before getting a touch on the ball.
There were no doubts about Memphis Depay‘s finish from the spot. You have to have a lot of confidence to hit a penalty like that, but Memphis does and Jasper Cillessen stood no chance. The Valencia goalkeeper barely even moved as the ball zipped past him into the top corner.
Sergino Dest has many critics, but he keeps making great counter arguments with his performances on the pitch. He can be inconsistent but when he believes in himself he can be very effective, as he was against Valencia despite playing in an unfamiliarly attacking position. Remember, he’s only 20 years old.
Kun Aguero finally took to the field as a Barcelona player and the crowd were clearly delighted, chanting his name and desperate for him to get involved in his few minutes on the pitch. If he can get up to speed, he could be a very useful player for Barcelona indeed.