Barcelona beat Tottenham 4:2 in their Joan Gamper Cup in preparation for their 2023-24 season.

Barcelona pulled out an amazing performance in their win against English side Tottenham Hotspurs in Tuesday night in preparations for the 2023-24 season.

The first match of the season at the Montjuïc Olympic Stadium offered a glimpse of the future, and it looks very, very promising.

Late goals from Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati and Abde changed the scoresheet putting Barca ahead, with Spurs left shellshocked.

Match details:

Robert Lewandowski opened the game with his first goal after a wonderful assist by Raphinha. Raphinha could have doubled the lead two minutes later when he found himself one-on-one with the keeper, but fired over the bar and missed a golden chance.

Spurs struggled to create chances early but eventually started to find spaces inside the Catalonians 
defense, which was vulnerable and not as intense as the one from last season. And after a great passing sequence down the left wing Spurs found the equalizer, after a shot from Giovani Lo Celso hit the post and the rebound fell to Oliver Skipp who easily found the back of the net.

The Premier League side dominated the final 15 minutes of the half, with more possession, good attacking moves and excellent work without the ball against a Barça team mostly walking on the pitch. That lack of intensity cost the Catalans again, and Skipp got his second of the game with a free header inside the box after losing Frenkie De Jong and finding himself free in the area.

After going in 2-1 down at the break, a lively second half performance saw Xavi’s team claim the Gamper Trophy with a 4-2 win. Coming off the bench in the second half, Ferran, Ansu and Abde scored the goal with fellow youngsters Fermín López and Lamine Yamal also catching the eye! 

At the 60th minute Xavi Hernández made six changes, resting his most important players for Sunday’s league opener while also giving minutes to reserves and allowing Ilkay Gundogan a chance to make his debut in front of the home fans. The substitutes came on with an excellent attitude, and a new front three of Ez Abde, Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati caused plenty of problems with their pace and direct play.
Spurs looked in control. But it was 16-year-old substitute Lamine Yamal who turned the game after coming on in the final 80th minutes; first picking out  Ferran Torres to turn home from close-range to make it 2-2, and then dazzling with a phenomenal turn before feeding Fati, who fired the winner beyond goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario in the Spurs goal.

Fermin Lopez then cut apart Spurs once more to give Abde the chance to wrap up the 4-2 victory in the final preseason match for these two sides.

Barcelona XI: Marc Ter Stegen (Peña 61’); Araujo (Roberto 32’), Kounde, Eric (Yamal 79’), Balde (Alonso 61’); Romeu (Fermín 79’), De Jong; Raphinha (Abde 62’), Pedri (Gundogan 62’), Gavi (Fati 61’); Lewandowski (Ferran 61’)

Goals: Lewandowski (3’), Ferran (81’), Fati (90’), Abde (90+3’)

Tottenham XI: Vicario; Porro, Dier, Sánchez, Reguilón; Skipp (Devine 72’), Bissouma (Sarr 88’); Solomon, Lo Celso, Perisic (Spence 72’); Richarlison (Scarlett 76’)

Goals: Skipp (24’, 36’)

The Joan Gamper Trophy or Joan Gamper Cup is an annual association football exhibition match held in August, before the start of Barcelona’s La Liga season, where top division clubs from the world compete against them.
The competition is hosted by FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium and is named in honour of Joan Gamper, a founding member, player, and later president of the club. The competition was inaugurated in 1966 by Enric Llaudet, one of Gamper’s successors as club president. The trophy itself is an 800-gram (1.8 lb) silver cup with five micrometres of gold finishing, on top of a 10-kilogram (22 lb) marble plinth base
It doesn’t mean much— but Barcelona were confirmed as the winners of the Joan Gamper trophy yet again. They host the matchup every summer and this is their 46th triumph.

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