Luis Enrique’s group conveyed pre-season to its decision at Camp Nou with a reverberating triumph over Italian AS Roma in the Gamper Trophy diversion. In the first place half objectives from Neymar and Leo Messi and another in the second half from Rakitic served to set the blaugranes on track for when flatware will be in question, starting with next Tuesday’s outing to Tiblisi to tackle Sevilla in the European Super Container.
Leo Messi, Neymar, Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano all came straight into the side without precedent for pre-season against Roma, without a doubt with mentor Luis Enrique quick to give them some playing time in front of the outing to Georgia. Claudio Bravo, the last player to come back to preparing after his effective Copa América battle with Chile, was left on the seat with Ter Stegen beginning between the posts. In spite of having been back with the squad not as much as a week, Leo Messi looked as sharp as ever in the opening minutes. The Argentine constrained Roma manager Szcesny energetically not once but rather twice in the opening six minutes.
Messi not to be denied
Messi was to have his prize in the long run. Four minutes prior to the break, South Americans Alves, Luis Suárez and Neymar consolidated delightfully in the case to tee up Messi who penetrated his shot home with run of the mill accuracy. That objective put Barça 2-0 at half time as in the 26th moment Neymar strolled the ball over the line to open the scoring after a first time cross from the left by Jérémy Mathieu.
Roma had offered little to ruin the gathering environment at Camp Nou in the first half, new marking Szcesny being the exceptional entertainer for the Italians making a few recoveries to keep the scoreline respectable at the break. The second half took after the same example with Jordi Alba, who had hit on supplant Vermaelen, verging on making it 3-0 with a capable cross shot.
Wave of substitutions
Both sides rolled out wholesale improvements amid the second period which served to separate the beat of Barça specifically. Luis Enrique chose that an hour was sufficient for any semblance of Messi and Neymar, making eight substitutions in the meantime. Roma mentor Rudi Garcia tossed on club legend Francesco Totti for the last 30 minutes, more a motion than a genuine endeavor to turns things around.
Then again, a third was not long in desiring the blaugranes, and what an objective it was. Ivan Rakitic, the main blaugrana to play every one of the hour and a half on the night, lifted the ball up fresh and smashed a terrific exertion into the top corner past Roma guardian De Sanctis.
Pedro brought a decent spare from De Sanctis, who assumed control over Szcesny’s part of the first a large portion of, that of keeping the home side heading towards twofold figures. Another great prevent from Rakitic kept the last score at 3-0 to a Barça side who will take certainty from having traveled past quality resistance in the 50th release of the Joan Gamper