Memphis Depay’s solitary goal versus Espanyol this evening saw the Dutchman secure for himself an impressive title, but Barcelona’s victory was ultimately soured by yet another pair of injury concerns.
Depay the difference
The Blaugrana were of course back in action a short time ago.
In the club’s first fixture since the return of prodigal son Xavi, Barca welcomed the aforementioned Espanyol to the Camp Nou, for a highly-anticipated derby showdown.
Xavi’s maiden outing aside, the clash marked a crucial one for a whole host of other reasons, too, not least the Catalan giants’ position in the La Liga table.
On the back of a 4-game winless streak, Xavi guided his side back into action sitting in the depths of mid-table in the Spanish top-flight.
In turn, it no doubt came as a relief to all associated with the club when, upon the final whistle sounding on Saturday, it was indeed Barca who emerged with all three points.
A solitary Memphis Depay spot-kick proved all she wrote when it came to the scoring in Catalunya, ensuring that a potentially prosperous new era at the Camp Nou got off to the ideal start:
The first goal of Xavi’s reign as Barcelona manager comes from a Memphis spot kick!
Should it have been a penalty, though? pic.twitter.com/ZPSqAVQFcr
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) November 20, 2021
His latest strike, meanwhile, has since given rise to an altogether impressive statistic when it comes to Depay’s production over the early months of the La Liga campaign, as showcased below:
7 – No player has won more points with his goals than @FCBarcelona‘s Memphis Depay in @LaLigaEN this season (7 points with 7 goals, level with Mikel Oyarzabal , 7 with 6). Critical. pic.twitter.com/EMjWul7bvN
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 20, 2021
As alluded to above, however, amid an otherwise positive day’s work on Saturday, Barcelona, unfortunately, were also dealt their latest pair of personnel blows.
The situation on the treatment table in the Catalan capital has of course proven headline news to this point in the season, with a whole host of the club’s star performers having been forced into spells on the sidelines.
And, versus Espanyol, two new names were added to this list.
Both came late in the action, as Oscar Mingueza and Nico (amid a superb display) were forced to limp out of proceedings, with what appeared to be respective ankle injuries:
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 20, 2021
This article was edited by Ben Browning.