Barcelona vs Leicester City – 3 Talking Points

1. Munir stakes his claim

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Munir celebrates a goal this preseason

 

Much of this off-season has focused on Barcelona finding a backup striker for the Messi, Neymar Suarez trident upfront with the problem being that many strikers would not like to compete for playing time with possibly the greatest forward line in history. Munir however has been quietly proving in the pre-season games thus far that perhaps the solution to the backup striker position is already at Barca. With 2 goals against the English Champions, both of them fine finishes from runs onto through balls, to follow his strike against Celtic last Saturday, Munir seems to finally be living up to the potential that so excited Barca fans.

2. Marlon continues to impress

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Marlon had another impressive outing

The center back on loan from Fluminese continued to demonstrate great poise and reading of the game during this clash. With Thomas Vermaelen and Jeremy Mathieu both being linked with moves away from Barca and Marc Bartra having joined Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona could start the season with only 3 first team center backs in Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano and Samuel Umtiti. From the looks of things however Marlon looks to be able to make the leap to the first team if needed.

3. The Right Back position remains a worry

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Aleix Vidal continues to underwhelm at Right Back

Aleix Vidal started his second game running and once again he did his best Dani Alves impression. Pretty decent going forward but exposed at the back. On more than one occasion he was caught out by the Leicester City player bombing down their left hand side of attack and he was very lucky that Barcelona did not concede from one of these raids. At the start of the second half Sergi Roberto was moved to that position with Vidal subbed off to little effect. Roberto was badly beaten for pace on the first Leicester City goal and while he had a couple of crucial interceptions his best position is clearly in the middle of the park. Against higher quality opposition like Real Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale) Bayern Munich (Ribery, Robben and Douglas Costa) and Manchester City (Sane, Nolito and Gabriel Jesus) that right back position could be a weak point to be exploited.

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