After two convincingly won competitions, Ronald Koeman silenced his greatest critics in Spain. According to the Spanish media, the big star at FC Barcelona in the match with Celta de Vigo (0-3) was without a doubt Frenkie de Jong. Football scoop puts the Spanish newspapers in a row. Director FrenkieHe was one of the most prominent players in the first half, in which he excelled on two facets: retaking the ball and maintaining a high ball pace under pressure from the opponent, writes Sport, that him el jefe de la sala de la máquinas, the director of the Engineering calls. De Jong played for the second time in a row in a double 6 on the midfield with Sergio Busquets. The Young feels very comfortable next to Busquets. They dont get in each others way, they complete each other.”
Of course we hope to see De Jong even more present in the attack, but it is also a fact that this is not what Koeman asks of him, because he already has enough weapons in the attack, continues Sport. “The Barcelona coach wants something different from Frenkie. And that works wonders: controlling the midfield, helping his teammates, retaking the ball and delivering assists.”
Sport lights out the Cruijffian pass on Antoine Griezmann. “The outside of his right foot produced a beautiful diagonal ball on Griezmann. If the Frenchman had checked the ball the way God would have wanted, he would be one on one with the Celta goalkeeper.
Koeman does not go stranger As saw that Koeman was holding on to the same basic self as against Villarreal. “Koemans not cheating on you. He has an idea, and he keeps running that idea to the end. The Dutchman is clear about who his basic players are. Marca headlines with bold letters: Koeman brings hope back to Barcelona. The newspaper writes: Without too much noise, Koeman replaced Barcelonas classic 4-3-3 with a 4-2-3-1. It is the duo Busquets-De Jong who gives out the sheets and gives the first impetus to the attack via the basic Coutinho, which almost always gives the final pass.
Mundo Deportivo illuminates the resurrection of Lionel Messi. The Argentine superstar buried the hatchet with Barcelona and stood against Celta with two great actions at the base of two goals. Messi leads Barcelona in the perfect storm, writes MD. “The club grows every day, whether its dry or storming, whether theyre playing with eleven or ten players, whether they play football in their own home or somewhere else. There is a plan, there is work, and Messi wants to make up for the lost years.”
With Ansu and Messi anything is possible Another star was, of course, seventeen-year-old Ansu Fati, who are already making his third goal of the season. We should not make the mistake of comparing him to Messi, writes Sport. But it is impossible not to put his statistics next to Messis. The seventeen-year-old still has a long way to go and Messi is the leader, the number one in the world. But the spontaneous magic of Ansu makes us think that not everything will depend on Messis coming season.
If we add the greatness of Messi to the rising star of Ansu Fati, this Barça starts to look like something. With Ansu and Messi anything is possible,” says Sport.