Inter Miami manager Phil Neville called the game against Barcelona as the “biggest game in club history.” Perhaps he now wishes he hadn’t placed so much emphasis on it as the Catalan side drubbed his team 6-0.
Newcomers Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen and Raphinha featured from the start with the latter two making their debut.
Goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raphinha and Ansu Fati had Barcelona up by three at the end of the half. The Brazilian scored the second Barcelona goal before providing the assist for Fati.
“I’m very happy to score my first goal and for things having turned out well in my debut. I felt very good. I hope I can continue like this.” Raphinha said after the game.
The match being a friendly, Barcelona started the second-half with an entirely new starting 11. But the changes didn’t stop them from putting another three past the MLS side. Gavi, Memphis Depay and Ousmane Dembele all got on the score sheet.
Gavi’s goal came off a corner played in by Memphis. The midfielder had no one around and rifled one past the goalkeeper.
The Dutchman got into the action as well with what was likely the best goal of the game. One-on-one inside the box with a defender, some superb bit of skill left his marker in his wake before slotting it in the back of the net.
Taking everything into account, it was a good performance from the Blaugrana. The new faces seemed to fit in well with Kessie in particular being a force in midfield. His movement both on and off the ball was solid and he was making quick passes up front.
Despite the saga surrounding his future, Frenkie de Jong did play the second-half only he did it as a center-back. Whether or not that was another nudge trying to force him out is up for interpretation.
Barcelona’s next preseason game is ‘El Clasico’ against Real Madrid where Robert Lewandowski could make his debut.