Next – Anoeta curse!!

Manager Ernesto Valverde kept the same side that started against Valladolid last week. Huesca’s passing and movement were crisp from the start. Cucho Hernandez gave the visitors a shock lead within 3 minutes of the game. LaLiga debutants Huesca took a shock early lead in their first league visit to the Nou Camp. But Messi equalizes in the 16th minute. Suarez scored for the first time in five games in all competitions to extend their advantage.

A week after VAR correctly overruled a last-second Valladolid equalizer, technology was once again on the FC Barcelona’ side. Alba was ruled to be onside when he collected a pass before crossing for Suarez, who finished strong into the net for the 3-1 lead, although Huesca’s Alex Gallar pulled one back before halftime to make it 3-2.

Any hope of a revival from the visitors was soon killed off by three Barca goals in 11 minutes from Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, and Messi while Jordi Alba capped a brilliant performance to score. The Huesca resistance started to loosen up after Rakitic took a Messi pass on the right and one-timed it into the back of the net. It was all Barcelona the rest of the way, and it was mostly a training exercise for Barcelona. In the final seconds, Suarez made it 8-2 with a penalty. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice each and joined Real Madrid as the only teams in the league to win their opening three games.

 

Next FC Barcelona game will be an away game against Real Sociedad on 15th September after the international break. FC Barcelona record in Anoeta Stadium is terrible. Only in last season, FC Barcelona broke the Anoeta curse in LaLiga. When they won 4-2 in January 2018. Even that was stressful with Sociedad taking a 2-0 lead before Barcelona hit back. The victory was their first in the league at Anoeta since May 2007.

But Real Sociedad-Barça at Anoeta could be moved as building work continues, LaLiga will inspect the ongoing works at Anoeta stadium and could suspend the match against FC Barcelona if it can’t guarantee safety and fulfill LaLiga ground qualification rules. According to some news, LaLiga has informed the San Sebastian council, owners of the stadium, and Real Sociedad, about their responsibility. The objective behind this is LaLiga high standards set for pitches. Not the one FC Barcelona experienced against Valladolid. In case they don’t pass the inspection, LaLiga could force Real Sociedad to play in another stadium.