Signs of improvement are becoming more apparent in the performances of FC Barcelona’s B team. This evening, Barça B have managed to gain a point after a draw in an exciting match versus Tenerife. Jordi Vinyals’ men fought from the very beginning to the very end especially after forward Jean Marie Dongou got sent off during the first half. The clash at the Mini Estadi ended with a (2-2) draw, with the goals coming from Dongou and Patric.
Hart high on Messi
A lot has happened since the last match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. On the 25th of October of 2014, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu in what was, at the time, the blaugrana’s first loss of the season in the league. It was a rather strange match to say the least. Madrid had not yet hit form – they would then go on to break a record for most consecutive wins – and Barcelona seemed to be playing quite well under newly contracted coach Luis Enrique. The match signaled a change in positions, where culés would enter crisis mode while Madridistas would only now start their footballing peak of the season.
This time things look different. FC Barcelona seem to have a clear idea of what Luis Enrique wants and are winning, and it is now los blancos‘ turn to enter crisis mode, losing a number of important matches and the top spot of La Liga to the blaugrana. I warn you, however, not to err and write Madrid off. A merengue with a scratched pride is more much dangerous than an arrogantly confident one.
Alves goes all-out against MARCA
With the future of FC Barcelona right back Daniel Alves still uncertain and with many speculations flying around, today he went all out against a major rumour given out by Radio MARCA yesterday reporting an agreement with French club PSG. The Brazilian, whose contract runs out the 30th of June this year, appeared to have lost all patience after these words came out and posted a very angry message on Instagram, literally saying MARCA are talking sh**.
Finals are there to be won
Luis Enrique’s statement after last night’s 1-3 victory against Villareal in the Copa del Rey semi final, which made sure that FC Barcelona would be headed to the final match, was very clear. “Playing in the final is nice, but finals are there to be won,” declared the Asturian. “FC Barcelona have to win titles. Let’s see if we can. I don’t care who it’s against or where. What’s important is we’re there.”
Last Sunday was not just another week-closing day for FC Barcelona loanee Cristian Tello and little did he know that he’d be taking over the covers of many prominent Portuguese newspapers the next day. On Sunday night, Tello managed an historic feat; he scored a hat-trick.
Sure, but what makes this hat-trick “historic?” Well, Tello’s the first Porto player to score a hat-trick past arch-rivals Sporting in 37 years (!!!) and this gave him very well-earned praise from the press. All the talk today is about how Tello is a brutal historic lion-slayer.
More Portuguese headlines after the jump!
Silent Messi and Piqué’s “Told you so”
Spanish football daily Diario SPORT published today two interesting reports of anecdotes from the Champions League clash between FC Barcelona and Manchester City this past Tuesday night at the Etihad Stadium in England.
According to SPORT, Piqué had been telling newly signed FC Barcelona striker Luis Suárez that the goals will come when they visit Manchester and he returns to England. The Catalan defender was caught shouting to the Uruguayan, “I told you so! I told you so!,” after he scored his first goal out of two in the blaugrana’s victory. Suárez’s emotions could not be contained while celebrating the goals with teammate Leo Messi.
You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.
We deserved more
After yesterday’s 3-1 win in the Copa del Rey semifinal against Villarreal, FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique expressed his satisfaction with his players’ performance despite being capable of more, but made sure to tell everyone the tie is yet to be settled. In the post-match press conference he declared, “It’s a good result but, perhaps, we could have done better. We deserved more.”
The Asturian also stressed, “Being up 3-1 heading into the second leg does not change our mentality; we’ll go into that match looking to win. I expect a very difficult match. The goal is not to score, but to win.” Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu agreed with his coach’s statements saying, “The most important thing is how the team looked. They played at a high level for all 90 minutes. The match at Villarreal will be tough.”
After reports from several Catalan media this afternoon suggested that FC Barcelona has decided to sack B team coach Eusebio Sacristán along with his assistant Carlos Hugo, it is now official. The directors of FC Barcelona have decided to unsurprisingly sack the manager given Barça B’s horrendous form recently and rumors of unrest in the dressing room after important players lost trust in the former player.
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Athletic Bilbao: 2
FC Barcelona: 5
Yesterday, an unveiling event took place in Qatar for the new Qatar Airways video advertisement and out of the main protagonists of the video two were present – Gerard Piqué and Neymar Junior. Along with club vice president Javier Faus and Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, they had a few questions to answer in the joint press conference both entities held.
Camp Qatar Airways?
In the conference, CEO of Qatar Airways did not hesitate to announce that they will be looking for a possibility to buy the Camp Nou naming rights. “Everything is possible for our company, we are open to surprises and one of them could be the name of the Camp Nou,” said Al Baker who also added that his company shares common values with FC Barcelona.
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This weekend took a different turn from the past few weeks for the blaugrana youngsters as they managed to convincingly grab the three points at play in the Catalan regional derby against Sabadell. This gave Eusebio’s young men a push up to the 15th position of the classification in the Liga Adelante while they await the result of CD Lugo’s match on Sunday, who in case of a win take the Barcelonese contingent a level down to 16th position. The confrontation started out in a very open way, yet Barça B were more effective and efficient in front of goal and took over the tie bit by bit. For full details on the match read more…
After yet another defeat last week, FC Barcelona’s B side will attempt to make the most out this week’s match in an effort to get further away from the relegation zone and stay in Liga Adelante as they face Catalan club Sabadell. Last week’s loss meant a return to Baby Barça´s previous awful form, with five losses and a single win in the last six matches. The duel that is to be disputed this week carries a heavy weight upon its shoulders, not only because it is will constitute a huge boast for the winner, but also because it will probably dictate coach Eusebio’s future at the Barcelona club.
Atlético Madrid: 2
FC Barcelona: 3
A new match means a new loss for FC Barcelona’s B team. These are not new airs for Eusebio’s squad who, after today’s match, only managed one victory along with five losses in the last six matches. Even at the home in the Mini Estadi and against a ten man Osasuna, the youngsters couldn’t find a way. Things continue to look bleak and desperate in Barça B´s fight to stay in Segunda A, whatever individual brilliance has helped them survive recently is now gone and collective play is a rarity. It is time (or has been for a while now) for big changes to happen. Read more…
FC Barcelona B got a breath of fresh air last week when they managed to snatch three points from visitors Recreativo Huelva in a 3-1 win. Both teams were standing in the relegation zone and desperately needed the win; fortunately it was the blaugrana who earned it. This surge of events came after a turbulent time with coach Eusebio going all out against his players in press conferences with the team being on a run of five consecutive losses. This week, Eusebio’s young men must seek to build upon last week’s victory with another win to get further away from the relegation zone and try to secure continuity in Liga Adelante as they face a tougher opponent in the Riojan men of Osasuna.
Tie yet to be settled
In his post-match declarations, FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique made it clear he believes the Copa del Rey tie between his side and Atlético Madrid is far from being settled. “This was a very positive result, but I never settle for future results. Atlético still have a lot to say. It looks like it’ll be an attractive game because we’re up against a team that will also be out for a win.”
Regarding the 1-0 win at Camp Nou, the Asturian commented that “it means we can feel optimistic about the second leg. But we have to go out to win at the Vicente Calderón. Defensively, they’re one of the best teams in the world,” he highlighted. “We expected them to make things difficult for our attacker. We knew that to hurt Atlético we would need to be compact in both phases of the match.”
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