Barcelona get the La Liga restart off on the right foot.
Barcelona quickly got into gear in their match against Real Mallorca as Arturo Vidal opened the scoring less than two minutes into the match.
Manager Quique Setien fielded more or less the Barcelona team we’ve come to expect. The only surprises, if you want to call it that, was Ronald Araujo alongside Gerard Pique in defense and Martin Braithwaite accompanying Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi in the attack.
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Everything else was pretty much as expected.
The Catalans got off to a strong start and continue to put pressure on their opponent throughout the first half. Although some of the deficiencies that have plagued this team all season were on display, they were able to minimize these risks and maintain their lead.
Mallorca managed to tilt the game towards their favor as the half went on but any hopes of drawing the game and gaining momentum quickly went out the window once Martin Braithwaite opened his goal-scoring account in the 37th minute to make it 2-0.
Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi added the third and fourth tallies in the second-half to cap off a pretty good night.
This match marked the second time Takefusa Kubo faced his former side and despite being Mallorca’s most dangerous player, there was little he could do to pull his team back into the game.
He did have a few flashes of brilliance only to see his efforts denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
There were a couple of things that came out of this match that should give Barcelona even more hope for the rest of this season as they look to win the league.