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'We have a lot of work to do': Spanish media react to Barcelona's goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano

‘Lots of work to do’: Spanish press react to Barcelona’s ‘shocking’ goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano in first LaLiga match of the season, frustrated Roberto Levando Hit Fusuki with a “Bitter Debut”

Debutante Robert Lewandowski has taken the brunt of criticism from the Spanish press after Barcelona ended a goalless draw at home to Rayo Vallecano in their first LaLiga match of the season.

A near-sold Nou Camp was expected before the game after Barça spent a hefty summer spending £127m on new deals.

However, despite newcomers Lewandowski and Rafinha, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ansu Fati coming on as substitutes, the Catalan side were yet to score.

Barcelona debutant Robert Lewandowski struggled as he drew 0-0 with Rayo Vallecano.

Their predicament worsened in stoppage time, as Sergio Busquets was sent off after elbowing Radamel Falcao in the face.

It was a particularly frustrating night for Lewandowski, who couldn’t focus on the game and didn’t score on the opening day of the season for the first time in eight years.

The Polish striker is the man on the front and back covers of several Spanish newspapers this morning. Mundo Deportivowent with the headline “Bitter Debut”.

Mundo Deportivo described Lewandowski's LaLiga debut as a 'bitter debut'

Mundo Deportivo Describing Lewandowski’s La Liga debut as a ‘bitter debut’

Marca simply went with the headline 'Howler'

AS go with 'shocking result' after Barça struggle against Rayo

Marka When that’s why Attacked the entire Barça team with the headlines ‘Howler’ and ‘Consequences of Shock’

Other publications have decided to attack the entire Barça team. Marka Simply headline “Howler”.

that’s why “Consequences of shock” and went with a paper in Catalan resportu “We have a lot of work to do,” he says of Xavi’s team.

sports With the headline “This is just the beginning,” it suggests Barça have plenty of time to make amends.

Catalan newspaper L'Esportiu says Xavi's team has 'a lot of work to do'

Sports were a little more sympathetic, with the headline

resportu Xavi says he has “a lot of work to do”, sports more sympathetic

After the match, Xavi admitted his team had a hard time dealing with the pressure, but asked for patience.

“Because of the expectations, the team is nervous and more nervous than usual,” said the Barça boss. “I told them that the pressure is on now.

“It was a difficult game. Rayo defended very well and the goalkeeper was at a great level. It was difficult for us, but we had chances to score at least one goal,” he said.

Xavi admits struggling under pressure at Camp Nou, asks for patience

Xavi admits struggling under pressure at Camp Nou, asks for patience

“As time went on, fatigue, wasting time…it became more complicated for us.

“It’s a shame because we wanted to show people that we were on the right track. We wanted to bring back the enthusiasm that people put into us.

“Please be patient. We have time. We must continue to believe in this game model because it is well suited for success.”