Smitten Barcelona the woodwork double however were unable to create a winning begin to 2016 as they were control to a scoreless draw at native rivals Espanyol.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez every hit the casing of the objective for Barca yet generally the authoritative European and Spanish champions delivered couple of minutes to appreciate against their decided opponents as the crown jewels were shared.
Espanyol attempted to make an excess of openings themselves however were more than deserving of the draw and turn out to be just the fifth group to take focuses off Barcelona this season in the alliance.
Despite the fact that they will be baffled at being not able kick begin the new year with a triumph, Barca will certainly review that 2015 likewise began immediately off kilter, losing at Real Sociedad, yet at the same time completed the year holding five trophies.
They will likewise have a shot at reprisal over Espanyol in the coming days when they meet on Wednesday at the Nou Camp for the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie.
Subsequent to resting Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique in the 3-0 win over Real Betis, Luis Enrique handled his best beginning X1 for the short trek to the Power 8 stadium, playing an indistinguishable side to the one that beat River Plate in the Club World Cup last.
In any case, a line-up overflowing with ability did not prevent Espanyol from coordinating them for the hour and a half, squeezing the guests hard and propelling snappy counter-assaults, with Javier Mascherano waiting be brisk on a few events to remove the threat at an opportune time.
Continuously the city’s more unobtrusive group, previous player Constantin Galca has transformed Espanyol into a far harder unit in the three weeks he has been in control subsequent to succeeding Sergio Gonzalez, who was sacked after a keep running of two wins in 11 amusements.
The Romanian, who drove Steaua Bucharest to a local treble last season, won his first class amusement responsible for the Catalans and lost his second however this was his new group’s best execution yet, lessening Luis Enrique’s reality mixers to a timid and awkward outfit.
With no away fans permitted in the stadium, Barca had little break in a threatening environment and about fell behind halfway the first half when goalkeeper Claudio Bravo neglected to manage a corner and it spilled over his objective mouth, however Pique arrived to boot it away.
Barca oversaw only three shots in the first half and ordinarily it was Messi who came nearest to scoring, bowing a free commence the upright.
Genuine Madrid loanee Marco Asensio was Espanyol’s greatest risk and he verged on giving the hosts the lead ahead of schedule in the second half when he burst free down the privilege and got a sight of objective, yet his shot moved only the wrong side of the far post.
At the flip side Barca made their clearest sight of objective yet. Espanyol neglected to clear and Suarez jumped free to move around at will ball, adjusting Alvaro Gonzalez and after that Lopez to make an open objective for himself, just to shoot against the close post.
A moment later Neymar came flying down the left to curtail, yet there was nobody to meet it and Espanyol cleared. Messi and Neymar both attempted to beat the solid Lopez later on, however their endeavors were deficient in force. So was Barcelona’s execution.