Barca beats Olympique Lyon 3-0
20 September 2007 , MADRID - Embattled Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard won his first "matchball" on Wednesday when his team beat Olympique Lyon 3-0.
20 September 2007
MADRID - Embattled Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard won his first "matchball" on Wednesday when his team beat Olympique Lyon 3-0.
His second "matchball" comes on Saturday, when Sevilla are the visitors to the Camp Nou.
It appears that Barca president Joan Laporta gave Rijkaard an ultimatum on Monday: win the forthcoming three home matches (the third one is against Zaragoza next Wednesday) - or face the sack.
Rijkaard will make few changes against Sevilla, which means that Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho will continue in attack.
Messi was outstanding against Lyon, Henry tried hard and was rewarded with his first goal.
Ronaldinho, in contrast, turned in another dull display, and there were jeers as well as applause when Rijkaard pulled him off.
Sevilla will come to the Camp Nou in poor heart after being thrashed 3-0 by Arsenal in their Champions League debut.
Sevilla coach Juande Ramos will again have to get by without injured defenders Javi Navarro and Adriano.
"We need to forget about this defeat straight away," said youngster Jesus Navas before leaving London on Wednesday night, "and start thinking about the game in Barcelona."
Barca have only five points from three games - four points less than runaway leaders Real Madrid - Sevilla have six points from just two matches.
The big game on Sunday is Real Madrid's visit to Valladolid.
Valladolid have just returned to "La Liga" after three years in the second division, but have made a solid start.
Real coach Bernd Schuster will be tempted to give Arjen Robben his first start in white. The Dutch winger came on at the end of Tuesday's 2-1 defeat of Werder Bremen, and is now close to full fitness.
(Copyright DPA with Expatica)
Subject: Spanish news