Despite an extremely tight schedule at the end of the calendar year Barcelona’s authorities decided to organize a friendly meeting with Club America just over a day after winning over Almeria in La Liga. The Spanish champion went all the way to Dallas, where the organizers planned to play a match with the Mexican champion. The activists’ position was motivated primarily by financial issues.
Just for playing against Club America FC, Barcelona received as much as EUR 5 million. And for the Spanish champion, who was in financial problems, this amount was enough to convince the players to travel many hours to the United States. However, the training staff decided on a heavily reserve squad.
There were as many as three debutants in the starting eleven. Astralaga, Cubarsi and Martin got a chance to play for the first time in the burgundy and navy blue jersey of the senior team. From the starting lineup from the match against Almeria, only Joao Felix and Andreas Christensen appeared on the pitch from the beginning. Unfortunately, the Portuguese recorded another completely colorless performance.
Xavi satisfied with Barca’s performance despite another defeat
Already in the 6th minute, thanks to an individual action by Lamine Yamala, Barca took the lead. She couldn’t hold it for long. Six minutes later, Julian Quinones scored with a backheel. The Mexican took advantage of a serious defensive mistake by the Pride of Catalonia before the break and scored a double. Marc Guiu scored earlier.
After the change of sides, the pace of the match slowed down. The coaches decided to make many changes, a Robert Lewandowski entered the field in the 76th minute. However, the Pole did not have many opportunities to show himself. Most of the young players tried to complete their actions on their own, and when Club America scored to make it 3-2, massive chaos crept into their actions. Barca did not respond to this goal and lost 2:3.
Once again, Barcelona’s defense performed very poorly. The scale of the defeat could have been even greater, but both Astralaga and Kochin, who replaced the Spaniard in the second half, made several effective interventions. Despite this During the press conference, Xavi emphasized that he was satisfied with the attitude of his players.
We played a good match today. Both Club America and Barca generated a lot of scoring action. For us, looking at how many young players played, it is something positive
~ Xavi after the match against Club America
– These kinds of meetings are something positive for Barcelona. The club is now in a situation to which we have to adapt. After all, we were the ones who offered this spectacle to fans in the United States. They always accept it with great enthusiasm – added the coach.
After the match, Club America received a symbolic trophy, which gave the players great satisfaction. This was visible during his celebration after the referee’s final whistle. FC Barcelona thus ended 2023 with a defeat. Counting all games, Azulgrana lost three of the last five matches. He will return to league competition on January 4. It will then face Las Palmas away.