Espai Barça, a dream for the realm of Barça
The project to transform the FC Barcelona facilities in the Les Corts neighbourhood of Barcelona and the Estadi Johan Cruyff at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper is already becoming a reality. A project that unites sport and architecture, and which will be a space to be shared by members and for welcoming visitors 365 days of the year.
Barcelona came from behind to record a 3-1 home win in their La Liga game against Valencia on Sunday. First-half goals from Ansu Fati, and Memphis Depay brought Barca in front before a rare Philippe Coutinho goal completed the win in the second half.
The mood was celebratory in Camp Nou after Ronald Koeman had named youngster Ansu Fati on the starting lineup for the first time since his return to injury and Kun Aguero was on the substitutes bench for the first time since he joined from Manchester City.
But the visitors threatened to spoil the party when they took the lead in the fifth minute through José Gaya. The left-back put the visitors in front with a brilliant effort from 20 yards after Barca failed to clear a corner properly.
Despite going behind that early, the hosts didn’t allow that to deter them as they kept pressing on the front foot. By the 13th minute, they were level through Fati, who picked out the bottom corner from the edge of the box after combining well with Depay.
The youngster was involved again in the 41st minute, winning the penalty from which Depay scored to give Barca the lead just before the break. After the break, Koeman brought in Philippe Coutinho to replace Fati, who is still working his way back to full fitness following a lengthy injury layoff, while Óscar Mingueza replaced Sergi Roberto at the back.
Despite the changes, the home team continued to show signs of fluidity and were rewarded with a goal in the 85th minute through substitute Philippe Coutinho. There was also time for Kun Aguero to make his Barcelona debut. The Argentine international came on with three minutes on the clock to replace Sergino Dest.
Gaya (5′), Fati (13′), Depay (41′), Coutinho (85′)