A goal from Coutinho and a double from Lionel Messi certified Barcelona’s second victory (3-1) in the preseason, this time at the expense of Girona, who maintained the type in various phases, despite Barça’s superiority. Koeman again bet on a 4-2-3-1, with Busquets and De Jong in the double pivot, and lengthened his starting eleven for an hour, fifteen minutes more than against Nàstic, where two completely different teams played in each half .
Coutinho, rehabilitated by the Dutch coach, warned at the start of the match, in a shot that crashed against the crossbar, after bouncing off the red-and-white defense. Messi also did it, at twenty minutes, in a shot to the center by Coutinho himself that between goal Juan Carlos and the Girona defense cleared to avoid the first of the Catalans. Although in the next play, Coutinho would score at will, after a combination between Messi and Trincao (1-0).
It is the Brazilian’s second goal this preseason. Messi, more participatory than in the friendly four days ago, would make the second, in the last play before the break, with a tight shot with his right hand, from the front, that hit the stick before kissing the net. A loss by De Jong at the beginning of the restart was taken advantage of by Manu Saiz to close the gap (2-1).
Girona seemed to cheer up at times and approached the goal defended by Neto with more danger. But the joy barely lasted five minutes for Francisco Rodríguez’s team, which took Messi to make the third, with another shot from the front, this time, with his left foot, which deflected the red-and-white defense to mislead Juan Carlos. Jairo and Samu Saíz were trying to test Neto before game time and for Koeman to renew the entire team.
In the second Barça unit, Pedri claimed his impudence with two shots that Suárez, Juan Carlos’s replacement, prevented from ending in a goal with two great actions. Dembélé, another of the animators of the last half hour, was also able to make the fourth with a great individual play before shooting high when he had everything to score, but the scoreboard no longer moved. Barça is fine-tuning its set-up to return to the top competition and Koeman, little by little, is shaping the team he wants to see this season. At the moment, without Pjanic or Todibo, who have not yet been able to debut because of the coronavirus