FC Barcelona are struggling to improve their rhythm in the post-Messi era. The club began their La Liga campaign with a victory over Real Sociedad last week, but dropped points against the Athletic Club on Saturday. However, one thing is clear, the new arrival in Memphis has been impressive, and he will be instrumental in filling the gap left by Lionel Messi.
It has become clear that the Memphis Dept is a thin layer that was an otherwise frustrating summer transfer window for Catalan fans. They have failed to offload most of their earners, which would have made their financial struggle easier. The failure resulted in Macy’s dismissal.
However, thanks to the sacrifices of several players who have agreed to pay cuts, Bulgaria has managed to add something to strengthen the squad. Of these, Memphis has been the clear standout. In last night’s match against Bilbao, Barcelona was clearly out of rhythm. The home team dominated most of the match, and the visitors were lucky to lose by just one goal early in the second half when Enigo Martنیnez scored in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.
Memphis was a man on a mission, and he was the savior of Barcelona in the last 15 minutes. The new arrival paired well with Dutch partner Frankie de Jong to help level the score and help Barcelona save a point from the fixture.
Throughout the match, there was a clear threat at Memphis San Memes. The rest of Barcelona’s squad was largely neutral, but they were relieved when Memphis gave power to former athletic keeper Julian Aguirrezabala at a nearby post. Memphis even threatened to score the winning goal in the final stages, but his shot widened and the Catalans could only manage a 1-1 draw.
Barcelona keeper Neto was clearly struggling to keep the ball away from his goal, and the absence of Marc Andre Ter Stegen was clearly felt by Ronald Koeman. The manager also missed Messi’s presence on the pitch, but there is no doubt that he is happy with himself after Memphis assured him of going to Barcelona.
Elsewhere, the team struggled further when captain Gerard Pack was sent off after a bizarre fall. Another new signer, Eric Garcia, had a devastating evening when he and Ronald Arajo struggled in Paki’s absence. Garcia ended his match with a red card after an incident late in the break.