The Fati show
Sharp since his return at the end of September, Barça’s rough diamond was phenomenal on Sunday to get his team out of the trap: the Catalans conceded a premature goal in the 5th minute, on a clear volley from José Gaya following a poorly cleared corner … then Ansu Fati sprang into action.
Ten minutes later, the young striker (18) orchestrates a one-two with Memphis Depay, and releases a curled shot from the right from the entrance to the area to equalize (13th). Camp Nou chants “Ansu, Ansu! « To the tune of » Messi, Messi! »Of yesteryear, while the heir of N.10 goes to seek the ball at the back of the net.
And in the 39th, shortly before the break, the young Spanish international was struck down by Gaya as he was preparing to take over a center from Gavi in front of the Valencian cages. A penalty transformed by the other striker revelation of Barça, Memphis Depay (41st).
Untenable on his left wing, Fati certainly missed a few checks that could have led to chances. But we will especially remember its immeasurable impact on the game and the many differences created.
His lucky star still pursues him. Victim of a meniscus fracture of the left knee on November 7, 2020 against Real Betis, Ansu Fati underwent four operations and remained sidelined for nearly a year. And on September 26, for his big comeback, Fati came on in the 81st minute and scored the 3-0 goal in added time against Levante, for Matchday 7 of La Liga.
Sunday, he came out to the ovations of the public in the 59th, replaced by Philippe Coutinho.
Fati and Depay are the two big reasons that brought smiles back to Camp Nou supporters, with no limit on attendance for the first time since the start of the pandemic. And also Marc-André ter Stegen, who had a firm hand on a powerful strike from Gonçalo Guedes in the 57th minute, after being crucified on the initial goal.
Bayern humiliate Bayer Leverkusen
The shock of the 8th day of the Bundesliga turned into real humiliation (1-5). Authors of a sparkling manita in the first period, the Bavarians have taken over the leader’s chair.
By scoring five times in the first 38 minutes including a double from Robert Lewandowski and another from Serge Gnabry, the « Rekordmeister » tackles in a good way before moving on the lawn of Benfica, next Wednesday, for the third day of the group stages of the Champions League.
Tottenham dominate Newcastle
Tottenham won for the first of the MBS era at Newcastle (2-3). With this victory, Spurs move up to fifth place in the Premier League.
After Manchester United and Brighton, who lost ground on Saturday, Everton also fell from the lead on Sunday, beaten (0-1) by a sharper West Ham, during the 8th day of the Premier League.
Everton remain stuck at 14 points, while the Toffees could have caught Manchester City, 3rd with 17 units, and they are exceeded on goal difference by their hosts of the day who climb to 6th place.
The duel between Rafael Benitez and David Moyes is a classic of the Premier League, the first having resulted in Liverpool and Chelsea when the other occupied the bench of Everton and then Manchester United, before moving to London
The roller coaster for Napoli
Napoli signed on Sunday an eighth success in as many Serie A days, snatched at the end of the home game against Torino (1-0), which allows them to regain first place.
Atalanta Bergamo won Sunday at Empoli (4-1), on Matchday 8 of Serie A, three days before going to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday in the Champions League.
The contribution of Josip Ilicic, surprise holder of Bergamasque coach Gian Piero Gasperini, proved decisive.