Barcelona dropped factors of their first away recreation of the 2021/22 LaLiga Santander season in a disappointing exhibiting in opposition to a hungry Athletic Membership facet, however the silver lining for the Blaugrana is that Memphis Depay is trying to be a terrific signing.
Athletic had been sizzling out the traps and precipitated Barcelona all types of issues early on and very a lot up for the event all through. What little Barcelona provided in response primarily got here from Memphis, with assist from compatriot Frenkie de Jong. The brand new arrival was all the time trying to make issues occur and tormented the Zurigorri defence every time the ball was given to him.
Memphis Depay has hit the bottom working as a Barcelona participant and confirmed once more in San Mames that he’s the place he belongs. He did not get the service he deserves from his teammates however nonetheless precipitated issues and was by far Barcelona‘s brightest performer. He equalised with an excellent strike, with ample energy to beat Julen Agirrezabala at his close to put up, and will have gained it late on with a shot throughout purpose that went extensive.
Inigo Martinez scored the primary purpose at San Mames with followers again within the stands and the roar appeared like much more than the ten,000 Athleticzales who had been current. The centre again stole a march on Eric Garcia to move residence past Neto to open the scoring. In defence he was strong, apart from one occasion within the first half when Depay obtained the higher of him.
Neto‘s struggles with the ball at his ft had been noteworthy and Athletic picked up on it early on, selecting to press him. He relied on a bit little bit of luck to come back away with only one purpose conceded. The Brazilian did enhance later within the recreation however Ronald Koeman will probably be anxious to have Marc-Andre ter Stegen again between the sticks.
Gerard Pique fell awkwardly and had to get replaced after simply half an hour, folowing every week of hypothesis about his health. His absence was felt because the younger centre again pairing of Eric Garcia and Ronald Araujo lacked expertise and management. Barcelona will definitely hope Pique will not be out for lengthy as we noticed final season how a lot they wrestle with out him. Eric Garcia, like Araujo, has potential however he struggled and will probably be having nightmares in regards to the Williams brothers who each obtained the higher of him earlier than he was despatched off.
Martin Braithwaite had an evening to overlook and a miss he’ll want everybody else might overlook. The Dane fired over inexplicably after Depay did excellently to set him up when the rating was nonetheless 0-0. In any other case, he was absent from the sport, aside from freely giving a foul which precipitated Araujo‘s purpose to be disallowed.