After their opening day draw against Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona have been on a brilliant run with three wins from four matches and remain unbeaten.
They secured their first win of the season away from home against Real Sociedad in a match that ended 1-4 to Barcelona. Then followed it up with a 4-0 against Valladolid, a match where Robert Lewandowski scored brace.
Barcelona next match was against Sevilla and won 0-3 away from home and Robert Lewandowski was on the scoresheet once again.
Here are five things learned from the encounter:
1) Strong Backline
Barcelona manager, Xavi named Alejandro Balde, Eric Garcia, Ronald Araujo and new summer signing, Jules Kounde as his preferred back four. They played extremely well and Sevilla forwards couldn’t break them. Garcia was later substituted through injury after scoring his first ever goal while Kounde provided to assists.
2) Squad Depth
With managers having the liberty to make five substitutions, managers will have the freedom to rotate the squad freely. Xavi had the likes of Pique, Ferran Torres, Memphis Depay, Andreas Christensen, Miralem Pjanic, Jordi Alba, Frenkie de Jong on the substitute bench. That’s something every manager will want to have and Xavi should surely rotate his squad well.
3) Strong Front Three
Barcelona front three against Sevilla proved too much for them to handle. A front three of Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski & Ousmane Dembele will worry any defence and so it was for Sevilla as Lewandowski and Raphinha scored.
4) Strong Midfield
To dictate the game, the midfield must be strong, Xavi is a legendary midfielder, he surely knows this. Gavi, Busquet & Pedri moved the ball swiftly for Barcelona and left Sevilla chasing shadows.
5) Xavi Masterclass
After drawing the first league game, Xavi ensured his starting lineup is strong as possible. Starting Raphinha and Dembele caused too much problems for Sevilla while Gave and Pedri added to the headache. This is a wonderful starting XI from Barcelona manager, Xavi.