A Barca team featuring many reserves and sparingly used first team members with the exception of Ibrahim Affelay and David Villa lost to Sampdoria on a very, very hot afternoon. The match also featured Jonathan Dos Santos, Marc Bartra, Martin Montoya, and goalie Jose Pinto.
Sergi Roberto showed signs of becoming part of the first squad firmament picking up the MVP. Lots of typical possession and movement but Barca lacked the finishing touch. Sampdoria struck very early through Roberto Soriano’s header in the very first minute. The Gamper trophy thus goes to Genoa.