'Promising': Catalan press react to Barca's first match of the season
- Barca lost to Chelsea 2-1 on Tuesday.
- This Wednesday's Catalan newspaper remain optimistic despite the defeat.
- Mundo Deportivo hail the displays of the newcomers.
- Diario Sport, meanwhile, cite Ernesto Valverde's statements after the game.
This Tuesday, FC Barcelona faced Chelsea in their first pre-season game of the 2019/2020 campaign. The match took place in Japan and resulted in the disappointing 2-1 defeat for the Catalans. Still, there were some positive moments, including the debuts of the Blaugrana new signings: Neto, Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong.
Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley scored for Chelsea while Ivan Rakitic pulled one goal back shortly before the final whistle.
What do the Catalan press think of Barca's first friendly game of the upcoming season? Let's have a look.
Mundo Deportivo: 'Promising'
Mundo Deportivo remain optimistic despite the defeat. They notice the 'flashes of class' of Barcelona new signings, Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong. The newspaper also outline the differences between the line-ups in both halves and hail the performances of Neto and Ivan Rakitic who scored Barca's only goal of the game.
Diario Sport: 'Valverde's first notes'
Diario Sport publish the most important extracts of Ernesto Valverde's post-match interview. The boss seems to be hugely impressed with Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong. He pushes Riqui Puig to 'make a step forward' and hints at Sergi Roberto's potential move to the midfield. Finally, Valverde surprisingly admits Ivan Rakitic could leave this summer.
The best highlights of Barcelona 1-2 Chelsea, provided by Dugout: