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Inter Miami 0-6 Barcelona: Raphinha shines as they thrash the Herons (Highlights)

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P. Aubameyang (19) Raphinha (25) Ansu Fati (41) Gavi (55) M. Depay (69) O. Dembélé (70)

FIRST HALF

The initial 45 minutes highlighted a few splendid presentations of going after football by a quick, imaginative Barça side that totally ruled Inter Miami in a manner that was sometimes shocking even for a friendly against lower level competition.

New signings Andreas Christensen and Raphinha made their debuts in the opening period, and it was the Brazilian who absolutely shined with his full repertoire of skills and intelligence, making excellent passes and taking on his defenders without fear.

Raphinha was involved in all the good things Barça did, including all three goals: it was his assist to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after a gorgeous one-two with Pedri that got things started, then the former Leeds star opened his Blaugrana account with a gorgeous volley before setting up Ansu Fati for a brilliant finish and Barça’s third of the half.

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Two goals, one assist and a fantastic debut for Raphinha, and at halftime Barça had the win in the bag thanks to a dominant performance.

SECOND HALF

The final period brought a whole new XI, including Frenkie De Jong as a center-back, and many more goals: Gavi, Memphis Depay (with a spectacular solo goal) and Ousmane Dembélé made it 6-0 with 20 minutes to go, and despite playing at a slower pace than the first half side did the Blaugrana were still easily finding spaces inside the Inter Miami defense despite a change to a back five by the home team.

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The final 20 minutes weren’t nearly as fun as Inter did everything they could to not allow more goals while Barça seemed to have had enough and just ran the clock out. The final whistle came, and the first preseason game in America went according to plan with a great win and quite a few excellent individual performances.

Real Madrid in Las Vegas is next, and Robert Lewandowski might play that one. It’s gonna be all kinds of fun.

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Inter Miami 0-6 Barcelona Highlights

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Inter Miami XI: Higuain, Duke, Vassilev, Pozuelo, Ulloa, Gregore, Gibbs, Mabika, Lowe, Yedlin, Marsman.

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Barcelona XI: Stegen; Dest, Eric, Chrintensen, Balde; Nico, Kessié, Pedri; Fati, Raphinha, Aubameyang.

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Barcelona set price tag on Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Barcelona set price tag on Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Barcelona have placed a £21million price tag on Chelsea move target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as indicated by reports.

The cash-strapped Catalan giants are endeavoring to raise funds in a bid to sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City.

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To do this, club authorities will offload three players, including Aubameyang.

Chelsea are known to be keen on signing the striker following the takeoffs of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

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However, new owner Todd Bohely should propose a huge expense to push the arrangement across the line.

According to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, Barcelona will not entertain any offers less than £21m for Aubameyang.

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The club want to receive at least half the fee they paid out to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, which came to a total of £42.5m.

That is despite the fact that they signed Aubameyang on a FREE TRANSFER from Arsenal just eight months ago.

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Real Madrid boss picks replacement as him set to rotate Modric more this season

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Real Madrid boss picks replacement as him set to rotate Modric more this season

With a World Cup to be played mid-season this year, Carlo Ancelotti plans to rotate Luka Modric more often in the 2022/23 term, Diario AS say.

The player who to replace him in the Real Madrid midfield – with Toni Kroos Casemiro still undisputed starters – would be Aurelien Tchouameni.

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Notwithstanding him being a defensive midfielder normally, Ancelotti accepts the Frenchman can play higher up the pitch.

It would definitely be surprising to see the coach use Tchouameni in a more advanced role when he has options like Eduardo Camavinga and Dani Ceballos on the bench.

We already say Modric start on the bench in the first league game this season, with Camavinga playing in his place. However, the coach had to bring the veteran on already at halftime.

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Source: Diario AS

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Report: Converse between Man Utd and Adrien Rabiot slow down

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Report: Converse between Man Utd and Adrien Rabiot slow down

Adrien Rabiot’s move to Man United is at risk, according to several sources.

Fabrizio Romano claims that United still find Rabiot’s salary demands too high, so an agreement on personal terms can’t be reached.

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Gianluca Di Marzio adds that the negotiations have slowed down with the Juventus player.

Besides, Rabiot remains unconvinced about Manchester United as his destination this season as they won’t play in the Champions League.

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Earlier reports claimed that Rabiot’s representatives have reached an agreement over the personal terms with Man United – but such claims appear to be wide of the mark now.

Source: Fabrizio Romano | Gianluca Di Marzio

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