Memphis Depay, in his debut as a Barça player. FCB
Memphis Depay has finally debuted with the shirt he dreamed of wearing when he was five years old, after his grandfather gave him the Barça jacket, predicting that one day he would play for Johan Cruyff’s team. In the stadium named after the flying Dutchman his compatriot has debuted with number 9, the one that Ronaldo, Etoo, Ibrahimovic and Luis Suárez had carried on their back and that after the Uruguayan’s departure, Martin Braithwaite had stayed. It remains to be seen if the Danish forward, who according to his agent does not intend to leave the Camp Nou, recovers his number when he returns from his vacation. At the moment Depay has left good feelings in his debut with a victory against Girona (3-1).
Barça’s star signing has started the game on the bench, just like Griezmann. Who knows if they will continue to share a dressing room at the end of the season. From the band they have seen the good evolutions of Alejandro Balde and Yusuf Demir, who continue to take advantage of the minutes, and of Nico González. Fran, the legendary former Deportivo player, did not want to miss his son’s solid debut with the first team, which he renewed with a clause of 500 million, the same as Depay and Balde. The opportunities that Balde and Nico are having this preseason contrast with those of Ilaix, in a warning to sailors of the new policy that the club wants to carry with the homegrown players: renew if they want to take a look at the first team.
Girona, well disposed to start on the field, has not given facilities. And in fact he had the first chance of the meeting. Iñaki Peña repelled the shot inside Stuani’s area and Balde was quick to prevent Samu Saiz from taking advantage of the rebound. Balde, who has returned to leave good feelings in both areas, has caused a penalty that has transformed, with suspense, Captain Piqué. Barely a couple of minutes had passed when Rey Manaj, who had already achieved a hat-trick against Nàstic on Wednesday, extended his scoring streak before leave the field as a precaution due to headache. Memphis received the first ovation when it began to warm up to replace the top scorer from the preseason, with which Barça hopes to make money.
The people of Girona have taken the opportunity to close the gap with a penalty from Samu Saiz, who before the break has brushed the second with a great shot that has spit the crossbar. Memphis at the first ball he has caught has already exhibited two of its virtues. Overflow and shot forcing the stretch of Juan Carlos, who has returned to test at the beginning of the second. You could tell that he wanted to leave a good letter of introduction before a crowd that was dying to sing the first goal of the Dutchman. After Pjanic crashed a foul against the crossbar and the very young Gavi (who turns 16 in a couple of weeks) left hints of the talent he treasures, Griezmann has starred in the best actions to show that all the noise about his future does not distract him. The third penalty of the afternoon has come from his boots, which he has yielded to Memphis while the stadium chanted the name of Depay. The Dutchman has not failed and has scored his first goal with a hard shot.
Chris Martin, who gave voice with Coldplay to the glorious Barça of Pep Guardiola, has been able to sing from the stands the first goal of Depay. Accompanied by Dakota Johnson, his girlfriend and actress from ’50 Shades of Gray ‘, he celebrated the Memphis film premiere.