Barcelona 1-0 Espanyol: Depay the difference in derby clash | La Liga 2021-22

Memphis Depay of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match against Getafe
Memphis Depay of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match against Getafe - IMAGO / Action Plus

Barcelona picked up a 1-0 win over Espanyol in La Liga earlier tonight.

The home side were under immense pressure after their miserable start to the campaign and tonight’s win will certainly relieve some of that pressure.

Memphis Depay scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 46th minute.

Here at Anytime football, we look at the three major talking points from tonight’s contest.

Gavi with yet another reliable performance

The 17-year-old has managed to establish himself as an important player for his club and country and he has shown that he has the quality to develop into a world-class footballer.

Gavi has been given the opportunities to showcase his qualities this season and the 17-year-old has not disappointed.

The youngster put in another impressive performance against Espanyol and helped his side break down the opposition defence with creativity and flair.

Much needed win for Xavi Hernandez

Barcelona were under a lot of pressure heading into this game and a defeat here would have been a catastrophic result for the new manager Xavi Hernandez.

The former Barcelona manager needed a stroke of luck to grind out the three points tonight.

A win over their bitter rivals will certainly give them some much-needed confidence and relief. It remains to be seen whether Barcelona can build on this and put together a winning run now.

Espanyol will consider themselves unlucky

The away side will be thoroughly disappointed to have come away without anything from the game period

Espanyol had the opportunities to score against Barcelona but Raul de Tomas hit the crossbar twice and the visitors will feel that they could have had an important result with a bit of luck.