Barcelona lost to Chelsea (2-2, then 2-4 on penalties) in their third match of the International Champions Cup. Luis Suarez and Sandro Ramirez scored the goals for the Blaugrana, who enjoyed 66 percent of possession, created 18 goal-scoring chances and attempted 11 shots, six of them on target.
Ter Stegen (7); Douglas (3) , Bartra (5), Mathieu (5), Adriano (5); Rakitic (6), Busquets (5), Gumbau (5); Munir (7), Suárez (8), Sandro (8).
Subsitutes: Masip,(4); Sergi Roberto (7) , Piqué (6), Vermaelen (6), Jordi Alba (6); Iniesta (6), Rafinha (7), Samper (6); Halilovic (6), Pedro (7)
Goals and Highlights:
Luis Enrique only had words of praise for his players: "Against Chelsea we showed we could come back after going behind and I liked the team. It has been a more physically demanding game than usual after 10 days on tour. I like the team. We overcame an early goal against and even there were a little slack in some areas of the game, we turned it around. The only bad news is the injury to Douglas. Any kind of injury is always sad news."
"Physically Sergi Roberto is very strong, he is fit as you like, gets up and down and has quality. It’s another option. You have to remember that a full back at Barça is almost like a midfielder.”
“Before this game we had only conceded three corners and conceded two goals. Last season we improved a lot in that aspect of the game, but this one it will a sore point. We are not a tall team. Even so, I prefer to have the kind of players who control the game than tall players for the ball in the air but don’t control the game.”
Andres Iniesta was keen to highlight the positives: “There are positive things and others to improve, like at the start of every season. We are still trying to prepare ourselves as best we can through training sessions and matches and, beyond results, I think we have to be positive. Once home, we will keep preparing for what’s coming, which is important.”
“We have been training 20 days, and everything has to be speeded up because competitive matches are coming so that’s what we are doing. The European Super Cup is in two weeks time, everything is preparation, but when you are in the competitive stage, you want to come into in the best shape possible with everyone fit."