BARCELONA (Jordi Blanco, correspondent) – Barcelona regained their smile at the most necessary moment and, for many, unexpected. With Ronald Koeman displaced to the rostrum and his permanence at the head of the team more in doubt than ever, the Barça team solved their victory, 3-0, over Levante with astonishing ease and speed, sentenced in just fifteen minutes and offering a first very brilliant in which the importance of the young Gavi stood out in a special way … Before Ansu reappeared with the greatness that the 10 that he wears on his shirt deserves.
Ansu Fati, returned almost eleven months later, wore the 10 that Leo Messi carried on his back for thirteen years and needed just ten minutes to show his footballing power, with a goal that closed the afternoon in style after Gavi started it, Ronald Koeman’s latest discovery.
A newcomer to the starting team, the 17-year-old Andalusian midfielder is on the way to becoming the new Pedri, Koeman’s latest discovery that despite all the criticism that multiplies around him, continues to give opportunities to young people, making a team of future already in this present that mixes criticism with hope.
Barça first played with Gavi and Nico escorting Busquets in an unusual midfield. And it ended with Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati, Araújo and Demir reconfirming the bet of the Dutch coach, who enjoyed from a private box (sanctioned) the joy that invaded the Camp Nou.
It took just six minutes for the Barça team to break the Levante wall. Memphis produced a penalty and coldly transformed it before, at the quarter-hour mark, Dest gave a magnificent assist to Luuk de Jong, who opened his scoring account with a simple and resounding first-time finish.
Intense, cheerful, upright and dedicated to the football of the young Gavi, with the leadership of Buquets and the accompaniment of Nico to push Memphis in the lead, Barcelona passed over Levante in a first half as solvent as it was exciting, which ended with 2-0 and could be already beaten, avoided by three good, excellent, interventions by Aitor.
CLMA … AND JUDGMENT Barça’s momentum dropped after the break, better controlled by the Levante defense but hardly any options were contemplated for Paco López’s team to put in
doubt the local victory, at least until the final stretch, when the local team did not expand their advantage and wanted to give life to Levante.
By then, Ansu Fati had reappeared, amid the ovations of the more than 35,000 fans present in the field. He did it after Riqui Puig entered instead of Coutinho and between the joy of a fan delivered to the spirit of this youthful Barça and that buried, even for a few hours, the agitation that is breathed around their coach.
He did it with the third goal, in the last breath, from Ansu Fati, who thus rounded off a superb comeback. The 10 is here.
Barça now faces a momentous visit to Lisbon to face Benfica in the second day of the Champions League … And then they will have the final test at Wanda. This Sunday, however, the afternoon was happy in Barcelona.