After the first three good friendlies, Barça were unable to beat Red Bull Salzburg yesterday. The Austrian team sentenced the game in the last minutes and managed to beat a Barça by two goals to one that until now did not know defeat in this preseason.
Despite the multiple rotations, it was unthinkable to imagine that the team would not win the game. In any case, it cannot be said that Barça had a horrible match, as there were sections in which Ronald Koeman’s team dominated the match with and without the ball to the point of deserving to score one or two more goals. But we already know what football is like.
Despite the result obtained, the alarms should not go off under any circumstances. The team is testing different dynamics and formations within the field of play, and that is what the preseason is for, to see which players are good for, which players are not up to the task, and the choice of a system that so far is nothing. Sure. The Dutch coach has not given too many clues as to whether he will start the season 4-3-3 or, as he ended last season, he will use the defense of three centrals.
The most critical sector of the fans has begun to question the skills of many players through social networks. Actually, as most people know, these kinds of actions are of little use.
Barcelona will face a long season in which the players who start from the beginning and those who wait for their opportunity on the bench to enter as revulsive are just as important. The preseason is essential to assign a role to each player, and after the first four games we can be sure that the breadth of the squad is adequate.
Many homegrown players are taking a very important step forward. The Dutch coach has already shown that his hand does not shake when it comes to testing young players no matter how old they are. See what happened with Pedri or Óscar Mingueza.