The first match of the Era Post Messi had the Argentine star very present. First, at the rival. It is curious that the one that was measured in its first gamper, Juventus was, precisely, that faced an orphan assembly and forever of its great legend. Cristiano Ronaldo, received with whistles and holder in the group of Massimiliano Allegri, would also be strange not to have the great nemesis before him by measuring the azulgrana. And in the 10th minute, how not, the grade of Johan Cruyff, after doing the same for several moments of the presentation of the first female and masculine teams, cured without hesitation the name of him.
Ronald Koeman, in the prolegomems, could not help but remembered him. "Despite Leo Messi farewell, we are very excited about this new season, with the template we have, the signings we have made and young people, who are always the future of this great club. We are convinced that we will give you many Alegrías, "said the Dutch, who made the pause necessary after appointing the Argentine for the public to send his love. Sergio Busquets, at the premiere of him as the first captain, would be much more emotional.
The Kun Agüero, injured and officially resting at home for medical prescription, was not in the presentation. Yes, the also injured Ter Stegen, Jong, dembélé and Ansu Fati were instead. Something that, sure, will awaken more than one suspicion. As soon as the ball began to roll, the absence of Messi became even more real. He helped perhaps a little to pass the bad drink that Memphis will open soon the bright, after a great pass from the young demir. The Barcelona were the ball further. Even, they saw how the referee was overlooked by Griezmann's goal for nonexistent out of Braithwaite game, but they increased their income before halftime.
Net, while, he signed a prominent performance. In principle, he will defend the goal until Ter Stegen, well entered the league boot, receive the discharge. The Brazilian frustrated De Ligt and, on two occasions, both to Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo, who tested him for the last time before rest with a distant shot of lack. The Portuguese, precisely, would be one of the players to whom Allegri decided to leave on the bench in resumption.
Braithwaite, in the first instants of the second time, would perfectly auction a corner served by Memphis to put the 2-0 in the bright. To Umtiti, start-up, while, almost every time he touched the ball he had to hear whistles, as it happened in the presentation. He jumped into the countryside along with a debutante, Emerson Royal. And net, demanded in the first part, he lived a second much quieter, barely disturbed only by a moor. The Barça, in the end, was imposed on Juventus by 3-0 with a last rich Puig. With trade, illusion and desire. But, without that magic of yesteryear, that unexpected touch, that dribble, that pipe that Messi, like who did not want the thing, gave in every game. It will be necessary to get used to it.Updated Date: 08 August 2021, 17:47