Ronald Koeman was delighted with the connection between Memphis Depay and Antoine Griezmann throughout Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Stuttgart on Saturday.
Barca maintained their good pre-season document, making it three wins from three on the Mercedes-Benz Enviornment.
Depay, who joined the La Liga giants on a free switch in June after his departure from Lyon, opened the scoring towards the Bundesliga outfit in emphatic trend after 21 minutes.
The Dutchman managed Frenkie de Jong’s diagonal ball into the field, earlier than flicking it over the pinnacle of defender Pascal Stenzel and firing previous Fabian Bredlow within the Stuttgart objective.
Following his second objective in as many video games, Depay then performed a key position as Barca doubled the lead quarter-hour later – a intelligent backheel releasing Griezmann to cross for teenager Yusuf Demir to faucet residence.
Koeman praised the affect of his compatriot and was notably impressed by his link-up with the France star.
“Certainly folks know what Memphis is about,” he stated.
“He has been at [Manchester] United, the previous couple of years at Lyon and above all, he has proven himself to be a goalscorer.
“He confirmed [that quality] along with his objective, energy and velocity he brings to the group.
“His reference to Antoine is excellent and that offers us loads.
“They’re two gamers who can play in several positions within the assault. We’re going to have competitors.”
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Barcelona have scored 10 objectives of their three pre-season encounters, having crushed Gimnastic 4-0 and Girona 3-1.
They full their preparations for the forthcoming La Liga marketing campaign – which begins at residence to Actual Sociedad on August 15 – with friendlies towards Salzburg and Juventus.
Whereas acknowledging there may be nonetheless room for enchancment, Koeman believes his aspect are in good condition.
“It was an ideal sport towards a aggressive group with extra preparation,” he added.
“Now we have proven that we’re heading in the right direction. Bodily, we’re going to want extra, however the gamers are working onerous and effectively.
“Now we have proven a variety of high quality in lots of phases. Perspective, dedication and ambition have been essential. We’ve been capable of rating extra objectives, we’ve had probabilities.”