Barcelona remain perfect in preseason thanks to a 3-0 win over Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart. The Blaugrana had a slow start but picked up the pace midway through the first half, scored three good goals and earned a deserved victory to stay unbeaten in the exhibition season.
The first 20 minutes were a bit of a tough watch as Stuttgart settled into a defensive structure and Barça had trouble breaking down the German backline, and the passing was slow and unimaginative.
Except for Memphis and Gavi, who were active and bright throughout the half moving all over the pitch and providing options for their teammates. It was a smart run from Memphis that created the first goal, and after a beautiful long ball over the top by De Jong, Depay controlled the rock with a gorgeous first touch, flicked it over Stenzel and fired it home for an amazing opening goal.
Memphis was also a big part of the second goal, with a nice piece of skill to release Griezmann and the Frenchman gave Yusuf Demir a tap-in for his first Barça goal.
At halftime, Barça were deservedly ahead with a few bright individual performances and 25 good minutes from the whole team to finish the period.
The second half was pretty much played on auto-pilot as Barça dominated possession and didn’t get out of third gear, but Riqui Puig came on as a substitute with his usual energy and scored a nice goal on the counter-attack to make it 3-0.
Stuttgart had a few nice moments but never truly troubled the Barça defense, and the final whistle came to end another solid performance from the Blaugrana. They stay perfect with three straight wins in preseason, and face RB Salzburg next.
Stuttgart: Bredlow; Stenzel, Nothnagel, Kempf; Massimo, Klement, Karazor, Weil; Förster, Polster, Klimowicz
Barcelona: Neto; Roberto (Pjanic 78’), Piqué, Lenglet (Araujo 49’), Dest; De Jong (Puig 61’), Nico (Busquets 61’), Gavi; Demir, Griezmann (Manaj 78’), Memphis (Mortimer 78’)
Goals: Memphis (21’), Demir (36’), Puig (73’)