New look Barcelona held by Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou

Barcelona’s highly anticipated 2022/23 La Liga start ended in disappointment as they drew 0-0 with Rayo Vallecano at the Camp Nou.

La Blaugrana’s build up to their opening fixture of the domestic season was dominated by their attempts to register all of their new signings with La Liga before the deadline.

Barcelona succeeded in completing the paperwork for four of their five new faces with Jules Kounde missing out against Andoni Iraola’s visitors.

The hosts created chances for a breakthrough either side of the break with Rayo keeper Stole Dimitrievski denying Ousmane Dembele and debutant Robert Lewandowski.

Rayo looked to react on the counter attack after the restart but the visitors looked happy to sit in and claim a key point in Catalonia.

Despite carving out a flood of chances late on, Barcelona could not force a way through, and skipper Sergio Busquets was  dismissed for a second booking inside ten minutes of added time.

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  1. Only an amateur coach can play a final of a game with 4 or more attackers.
    Unfortunatelly, since last part of previous season he shows more an more problems in development of the team. He cannot coach them too many things, doesn’t have Pep’s intelligence nor Klopp’s. He doesn’t have a play idea.
    And more, he heeps Dest out of the fort team, when that guy is the only RB in the lot. The only one who can run and drible, who can help Dembele or Raphinha. More, he can play as good or better on the left side, against old and rutinated Alba.
    He plays 90 minutes with Busquests, old, uninspired, and terribly slow. But keeps on the bench Kessie and De Jong.
    How can you play with Gavi in front of De Jong? Gavi bearly knows how to take his thing out to piss. Is a less than average player.
    You keep Lewa the whole match on the field, but he didn’t played a thing.
    You payed a fortune on Ferran and he doesn’t play a minute. Look at his face, he lost his entire confidence. It is a player almost dead.
    Think a little, you pay in 6 months 60 m on Ferran, 60 on Raphinha and 50 on Lewa and you cannot score againt Rayo at home. You have 3 La Liga matches in a row without a goal scored.
    Boy, there is not much time left. Keep De Jong, first of all. Then come with fast results and play the ones that deserve. Raphinha and Dembele both play o the right, so are incompatible in the same time. Try Ferran on the left.
    If he forgot to play, then sell him. Of course nobody will pay you his paid price.
    Unfortunatelly seems that Barcelona are doing the same mistakes as before and will have Man Utd’ fate if results won’t come fast. Busquest out, Alba out, Araujo in the center, Dest o the right. Gavi out. Kessie and De Jong in.
    Lewa to get one more chance. He is a fabulos player, but so was Ibrahimovic when came to Barca.. but could not adapt.

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