Inter Miami head coach Phil Neville said before the game that the friendly against Barcelona was “the biggest match in club history.”
That may have been the case, but it did not produce fond recollections for the home side as Barcelona embarrassed the MLS club 6- 0 in apre-season friendly at DRV PNK Stadium inFt. Lauderdale. The Catalan club ran the show from the opening whoosh to the final kick, creating surge after surge of pressure while Inter Miami did their stylish just to keep up. The hosts, meanwhile, had nearly nothing going forward, with slightly a whiff of the attacking third.
While Robert Lewandowski was not relatively ready to take part, the other three new signings starred for Barcelona in the first half. Raphinha picked up a thing and two assists to lead the way, while Franck Kessie pulled all the strings and Andreas Christensen blanketed former Real Madrid frontman Gonzalo Higuain.
In the alternate half, the Barcelona backups ran a alternate- string Inter Miami lineup ragged and limited off a three- thing display of their own.
Inter Miami brought both David Beckham’s son Romeo and Neville’s son Harvey off the bench for bijous , but it was only a slight respite on an else comprehensive defeat.
Inter Miami vs. Barcelona final score
19th min — BAR — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
26th min — BAR — Raphinha
42nd min — BAR — Ansu Fati
55th min — BAR — Gavi
69th min — BAR — Memphis Depay
70th min — BAR — Ousmane Dembele
New boys Raphinha, Kessie star in Barcelona debut
It was nearly befitting that a player with the gaudiness and faculty of Raphinha made his first Barcelona appearance in a megacity of equal glamor. In the starting lineup after a move from Leeds United, the Brazilian ran the show in the first half, producing a cocky thing while setting up two teammates for their moments.
It was a precursor of what may be to come in his first season at the Catalan club, hoping to push Barcelona towards a brio- reverse season.
Another new signing, Franck Kessie, was inversely as emotional, pulling the strings for every single Barcelona attack in the first half. The former AC Milan midfielder was each over the pitch, troubling Inter Miami from all corners of the attacking third.
It sounded like every touch from the Ivorian — of which there were numerous — turned to gold. With Kessie leading the progression, plus the likes of Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, and Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang leading the attack, this is an incredibly dangerous Barcelona platoon that should leave last season’s early struggles far in the hinder- view glass.