Koeman happy after good start, missing Messi, Coutinho exit

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Ronald Koeman was happy to see his Barca winning their opener at home with a 4-2 result gained. Two goals from Braithwaite, one opener from Pique after 19 minutes and also seeing sub Sergio Roberto also on the scoresheet.

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Lenglet and Aguero missing with Coutinho back in line

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Philippe Coutinho was back in the squad for the first time since 20th of December against Eibar. He never appeared in the game played at Estadi Johan Cruyff. The game ended in a 3-0 win for Barcelona against a Juventus team that could have won against anyone.

Sergio Aguero and Clement Lenglet both missed the game with injuries and are both uncertain for the La Liga opener v. Real Sociedad next Sunday, but Ronald Koeman lined up a strong team as everyone could see sweeping Juve of the floor with this 3-0 win, goals coming from Depay, Braithwaite and Puig.

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The result shows a picture of a club that must be able to win games, trophies and also move on from the Lionel Messi situation, accepting that the player surely will not return with PSG lining up a move for him. He will rejoin his former teammate and friend Neymar and hopefully get the best out of his new life in another club.

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The Gamper Festival is a traditional game before the season starts when a major team of Europe has been invited to play and the prestige is huge though it’s seen as a friendly. It’s been a yearly tradition since 1966 and been played at Camp Neu, but this year it was played at the training facilities.

For those who don’t know the tradition and the name Joan Gamper, he was a co founder of the club and a president and an important person in the history of FC Barcelona.

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Of course a grand work out session for the Barcelona team as they took on Juventus in of course a 3-0 win is a big contrast to the 1-2 loss in the previous game v. Salzburg. Of course a lot of quality still left at Barca when a player like Philippe Coutinho is an unused sub.

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Of course great to get back to La Liga football again and even without Lionel Messi it will be very interesting to see how well Barcelona will do, Ronald Koeman still have a group of extreme talent to chose from


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Captaincy confirmed as Barca continues without Messi

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Barcelona had a life before Lionel Messi and will have to cope with one after, but of course to see the master leave was probably not what fans were hoping for. The club must move forward anyway and to do so they need to appoint a few more captains and the fourth to be is Jordi Alba.

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