Barcelona’s high-octane attack proved a lot for Sevilla with Xavi’s team hitting an impressive rhythm

goals from Robert LewandowskiAnd the Ravenha And the Eric Garcia It was more than enough for Barcelona to wrap up a comfortable 3-0 win over struggling Sevilla on Saturday.

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The win catapults Barcelona to second place, behind defending champions Real Madrid, after four rounds of matches. Meanwhile, Sevilla’s recent poor result – their third defeat in four games to open the 2022-23 season – leaves them one place above the bottom three.

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1. The Barcelona trio keep Xavi’s team close to the top of the League

Barcelona did not start the game with the control that coach Xavi Hernandez craves, but the top three were so effective that they got away with it as they kept Real Madrid’s tail at the top of La Liga.

Led again by Lewandowski, Barcelona recovered from a slow start in Sanchez Pizjuan to blow up Sevilla in the first 35 minutes. The first goal came with a counterattack with Ousmane Dembele Lewandowski, whose broken end on the goal line only fed Ravenha to head the net from close range.

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Lewandowski made the second goal before the break, controlled the ball and completed it brilliantly after being selected by Jules Conde, who returned to his former club after his summer transfer worth 55 million euros. Lewandowski has now scored five goals in his past three games, and while the Polish striker didn’t make the third game, Rafinha was peppy. The Brazilian’s deep pass was rebounded across goal by Conde, who scored his second assist of the night when Eric Garcia came home, his first ever goal in professional football.

With Real Madrid winning four of their four wins against Real Betis earlier on Saturday, Barcelona, ​​who are two points behind, will need the front three – and their substitutes, Ansu Fati And the Ferran Torres Here – to continue shooting if they want to keep up with Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

2. Ter Stegen shows he is far from being number 1 in Barcelona

Looking at the final score line, it might seem wrong to highlight Marc-Andre ter StegenThe German goalkeeper’s performance, but the start of the season deserves to be singled out. An ongoing knee injury has hampered his form for the past two years and led to criticism of his performance and even suggestions that he could be raped by a teammate, Inaki BinaSometime this season.

But Ter Stegen dispelled those doubts with a good start to the campaign. He has already stopped against Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad this season and once again helped Barcelona lay the foundation for victory in Seville. Isco And the Youssef Al-Nusairi They were held back by great first-half saves from Ter Stegen, who made some routine stops after the break. Including his four saves here, he’s been 12 this season off, conceding just one xGa goal out of 3.11.

3. Lopetegui under pressure as Sevilla lose again

Seville looks like it’s in real trouble and it could get worse before it gets better Erling Haaland And Manchester City is scheduled to visit in the Champions League next week.

After a great start, they proved very weak in defense as Barcelona hit them with ease. They did not recover from the summer exit of the central defense Diego Carlos And Conde, who returned to chase them in the colors of Barcelona. Sevilla have just one point from four games, and Julen Lopetegui’s job will soon come under scrutiny. It’s clear he’s feeling the heat too: he crushed his hand from hiding after seeing Lewandowski double Barcelona’s lead, while he was greeted by whistles and jeers at the final whistle.

City is the last thing they need now, especially with Haaland in the form he is. The Norwegian striker scored four goals against Sevilla last season as Borussia Dortmund knocked them out of the Champions League.

Player ratings

Seville (4-3-3): Bono 6; Gonzalo Montell 5, Fernando 6, Tangwi Nyanzu 5, Marcos Acuna 5; Joan Jordan 6, Nemanja Godeli 5, Ivan Rakitic 6; Eric Lamela 6 Yousef Al-Nusairi 5 Esco 6.
Subs: Casper Dolberg 6, Thomas Delaney 6, so so 6, Babu Gomez 6, Jose Carmona 6.

Barcelona (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen 8; Jules Conde 7, Ronald Araujo 7, Eric Garcia 7, Alex Baldi 6; Sergio Busquets 6, pedry 7, dry 8; Rafinha 8, Robert Lewandowski 8, Ousmane Dembele 8.
Subs: Sergi Roberto 6, Frenkie de Jong 6, Ferran Torres 6, Jordi Alba 6, Ansu Fati 6.

Best and worst performer

Best: Gavi, Barcelona

While Barcelona’s attackers won plaudits and inflicted damage, Gavi was quietly brilliant. The midfielder led Barcelona’s pressure, entered into challenges and never gave the Sevilla players a minute of calm.

Worst: Tanguy Nianzu, Seville

It’s a tough request to come and replace Carlos and Conde, but even so Nianzo had a night to forget against Barcelona. The former Bayern Munich defender did not deal with Lewandowski.

Highlights and Highlights

We’ve seen enough Lewandowski goals, so why not show Eric Garcia, who scored his first big goal?

There was also a great moment for a full-time Xavi, after another great win. Something is clearly building well in his team…

After the match: What the managers said, the players said

“The balance is really positive. It was a difficult start in the first 15 minutes, but then we settled into the game. We started distributing the ball better. We played in half of them but also created chances in the transfers. Good performance, I think we controlled and could have scored more. The goals, the dynamics are good, to win 3-0 in a place like this, we are in a very good moment. Barcelona coach Xavi

“We beat Barcelona at the start of the game. They created very little danger and I think we had three or four clear chances. But football is goals. We didn’t score and the first time we lost the ball, they got to show the quality they did and logically they caused in damage.

“But I think the team did things well. We have to correct some defensive situations, of course, whether it’s losing the ball or defending inside the penalty area. But it was a great effort from the players. I think in this regard the future will be positive.” – Julen Lopetegui, Seville coach

“I am not surprised by Gavi’s performance because I see him training every day. I know what he is capable of. The way he plays, is pure strength, character, hard work, heart, discipline (…) I want to be unfair with others, but maybe He was the best player tonight.” Barcelona coach Xavi

Basic Statistics (Provided by ESPN Statistics and Information)

– Barcelona: The biggest win on the road with Sevilla in the League since 2014 (4-1). They have 9-1-5 (WLD) in the last 15 league visits to Seville

– Barcelona: 10 points is their most in the first four matches of the La Liga season since 2018-2019 (12 points).

Robert Lewandowski (bar): He has five goals in four league games this season. He is the only player other than Lionel Messi To score 5 in the first 4 matches in the League in one season for Barcelona this century

– Ravenha (bar): He scored his second header goal in his career in the European First Division. The other came in 2017 while playing with Vitoria Guimarães.

Eric Garcia (bar): He scored his first goal in 75 competitive club games in his career (all combos).

– Seville: The biggest loss at home in the League since 2019 against Leganes (3-0 also).

– Seville: Lost in the last seven league matches at home (0-4-3, WLD) against Barcelona.

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Seville: With just one point from their first four league games and a spot in the table just above the relegation zone, Sevilla need to find some form and fast. But the list of matches is not nice: after visiting one of their Champions League matches from Manchester City (Tuesday), they traveled to Espanyol for La Liga (10 September) before a trip to FC Copenhagen (September 14) in the second round of the Champions League. .

Barcelona: Xavi’s team is only two points behind league leaders Real Madrid after four games, but they face a difficult period of matches in the next week and a half. After hosting Viktoria Plzen in the first round of the Champions League (Wednesday), they traveled to Cadiz in LaLiga (10 September) before a grueling trip to Bayern Munich (13 September) in the second round of the Champions League. All eyes will be on Lewandowski’s return to Bavaria: could he be the winner for Barcelona?

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