Spanish press full of admiration: If that succeeded, the stadium would be called Leo Memphis

The headline is off for FC Barcelona, which won 4-2 on Sunday evening — after an unprecedented hectic pre-season — in its first competition match against Real Sociedad. Martin Braithwaite became the MVP of the evening, but also Orange-internationals Memphis Depay and Frenkie de Jong showed themselves with an assist. How does the Spanish press feel about the two? Football Primeur takes a round along the fields.
Wizard Memphis is one of the better at Barça according to Diario SPORT and receives an 8 from the sports newspaper. He wanted to enchant the supporters of his new club from minute one. Gerard Piqué‘s opening goal could be credited to his conto, thanks to his great assist. He was less noticable in the second half, but the first impression he left behind is a very good one. ‘
De Jong — fit just in time — gets a 7 of the same medium, which is critical. His best moment came when he moved to the right flank, the cross from which Braithwaite hit. Furthermore, he wasn‘t very present and Ronald Koeman brought him to the side twenty minutes before time. ‘

Memphis Depay ➠ Gerard Pique ➠! ⚽ Memphis‘s first assist is a fact and that is gossamer 💫 A custom ball, calculated on Piqué who delivered salary for his arrival! 🙌 #ZiggoSport #LaLiga #BarçaRealSociedad pic.twitter.com/uzj3VBH7F7
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El Desmarque also distributes an 8 to Memphis. ‘Centro de atención, the center of attention. He is the best asset and has already proven it. Assists, dribbling, constant supply and penetrations in the sixteen: he is the man to shape the new Barcelona project. ‘ De Jong comes with a 6 relatively skilled, although El Desmarque is actually talking about the controller. ‘The Dutchman was a question mark for this competition, but it turned out to be restored in time. A good match from the boy, who has been tipped by many as the star of this season.

And there‘s the second assist of Dutch made: Frenkie de Jong serves Martin Braithwaite! 🤝 The Danish heads the cross perfectly within 👌 #ZiggoSport #LaLiga #BarçaRealSociedad pic.twitter.com/Zy6xR1QWMC
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Mundo Deportivo — which does not distribute report figures by the way — even refers to him as an ‘essential‘ player. He had a week of physical inconveniences, but Koeman let him play anyway. De Jong made his contribution forward and backward and his assist in the 2-0 was the crowning of his second half. After rest, he prepared another goal (by Antoine Griezmann, ed.) with a subtle control, although it was finally rejected. Not long after that he was allowed to rest.
MD is even lyrical about Memphis. The rapporteur on duty had seen a ‘
spectacular‘ debut in the Spanish fields. The most striking man at the ball. His artful assumption was the first gift for the fans when they return to Camp Nou. His sizable assist at Piqué was number two and the third luxury present was his subtle ball on Jordi Alba, where the 3-0 came out. ‘ Memphis even tried it with a forty meter bet: that would have been almost the fourth gift. If he had scored from that, Camp Nou would have already fallen. Then the stadium would now be called Leo Memphis.

There‘s it again: Martin Braithwaite! 👀 The Barça striker eagerly uses the rebound and puts the Catalans to 3-0 ✅ It’s his first double stroke in La Liga 💪 #ZiggoSport #LaLiga #BarçaRealSociedad pic.twitter.com/YYBZxZu7H0
— Ziggo Sports Football (@ZS_Voetbal) August 15, 2021