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.
Real Madrid also had their first win, being successful away to Alaves winning 4-1, so the start of the giants really made us all see that life continues even after Lionel Messi at Barca, and with a return of Gareth Bale.
Things change fast in football, but that this race will continue into the very latest next spring and summer is for sure. Three lessons learned from the game v. Real Sociedad is that new heroes can be seen, Pique taking a huge pay cut to stay on, almost a perfect start to the season and also Ronald Koeman showing his skills that he can change things around.Embed from Getty Images
Coming out in a traditional 4-3-3 seeing Martin Braithwaite scoring two playing up front with Depay and Griezman and bringing forward the goals that made this evening almost perfect. The player did well during the Euro’s for Denmark and a bit in the shadows of those other stars, he has a way of shining on his own.
The game did also see speculations reaching a new height regarding Philippe Coutinho with his absence from the squad and seeing him linked with the Premier League and Serie A clubs. Everton are said to be front runners in the chase as Leicester and AC Milan earlier being mentioned as possible new destinations.Embed from Getty Images
But so far nothing is confirmed regarding Philippe Coutinho. He has been involved in pre-season but with the wage cap now being in place in La Liga his move looks almost certain, what brings the uncertainty is where the Brazilian will be moving.
Rafael Benitez and Brendan Rodgers both knows the quality of the player and still Philippe Coutinho has a lot left in his career turning 29 in June and at a perfect age of performance, exciting to see were he will be heading.
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