Barcelona's preseason continued on Wednesday with another good test, as the Blaugrana faced Premier League champions Leicester City and easily won 4-2, thanks to goals from Munir El-Haddadi (2), Luis Suárez and Rafael Mújica, with Ahmed Musa (2) scoring for the Foxes. While preseason results don't matter as much, the Catalans won a second straight match in the International Champions Cup, and this time the team's superstars were able to shine.
From the very first minute, the Catalans established dominance of possession and pinned Leicester in their half. Claudio Ranieri's men like it that way so they can counter-attack, but Barça were safe on defense and the Foxes could not trouble the Catalans. Messi was more of a midfielder, and he bossed the game from that position with fantastic passes, and that is how he created two goals.
Messi first found a very smart run from Munir in behind, and the young Barça striker showed strength and skill to score the first goal. A few minutes later, Messi found Suárez inside the box, and Luisito dribbled pass two defenders before finding the net. Suárez would then record an assist of his own with a fantastic ball over the top to Munir, who easily finished to score his second.
At halftime, a comfortable, dominant performance to go into the locker room with another victory in the bag.
Barça started a little sloppy in the second half and paid for it when Musa ignited a one-man fast break through the Blaugrana defense and finished easily to score Leicester's first goal just three minutes into the period. After about 20 minutes of very few action and plenty of substitutions, Musa once again scored, this time an incredible shot to the top corner after Schlupp got a steal on Juan Cámara.
The Catalans couldn't play the same way they did in the first half due to a lot of changes, and Leicester's high pressing worked very well to trouble Barça's buildup. Musa continued to cause problems to the Blaugrana defense, and the Foxes looked set to tie the game.
But it was Barça who put the final nail in the coffin. Mascherano found Alfaro with a great long pass, and after Alfaro's cross, Rafael Mújica picked the ball and opened his first team account with a nice finish.
In the end, a great first half from the big boys, the kids doing well with their chances in the second half, and another victory. Preseason is going well for the best team in the world.
Barcelona: Masip (Jose Suárez) | Vidal (Busquets), Marlon (Mascherano), Mathieu (Martínez), Cámara (Nili) | Roberto, Denis (Alfaro), Arda (Samper) | Messi (Aleñá), Suárez (Mujica), Munir (Carbonnel)
Goals: Munir (26', 45'), Suárez (34'), Mújica (84')
Leicester: Zieler | Simpson (Amartey), Huth (Hernandez), Morgan (Wasilewski), Chilwell (Fuchs) | Albrighton (Kapustka), Drinkwater, King (Mendy), Gray (Schlupp) | Mahrez (Musa), Vardy (Okazaki)
Goals: Musa (48', 67')