Full war strength not enough for FC Barcelona: draw in season overture

FC Barcelona suffered a foul in the season overture. In his own Camp Nou, Rayo Vallecano managed to keep Xavi Hernándezs team on a goalless draw.
Barcelona managed to register all newcomers just before the start of La Liga. Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Ousmane Dembélé and Andreas Christensen were directly in the base. Xavi left Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay out of his base eleven. How smoothly the Barça engine ran at times in preparation, it turned so stiff against Rayo Vallecano.
As usual, possession of the ball was for Barcelona. In contrast, the opportunities were scarce. Highlight Pedri was unable to make the difference for the Trofeu Joan Gamper, just like against UNAM Pumas. Lewandowski was involved in a number of goal attempts, but was unable to distinguish himself.
De Jong and Ansu Fati were brought in to do so, but they too could do little against the tough Rayo. Deep in the injury time, Sergio Busquets received his second yellow card. There was no more scored and so the Catalans started the new season badly. Next week, a difficult duel awaits Barcelona, in San Sebastian against Real Sociedad.