Barça say goodbye to February with a win over Granada

Barça say goodbye to February with a win over Granada

The dreaded February has finally come to an end. FC Barcelona will now depart Andalusia with a 3-1 away win against Granada CF, a fixture that ended in defeat last year for Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino’s side. The team is now a point away from La Liga’s top spot as we all await Real Madrid’s game tomorrow against Villarreal CF, hoping that either the Yellow Submarines pull off an upset or at least go into Wednesday’s Copa del Rey game exhausted.

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Barça B-Mallorca: Reserves obliged to deliver

Barça B-Mallorca: Reserves obliged to deliver

It is often said that all newly-appointed managers get a so-called ‘grace period.’ That is absolutely logical, as you cannot expect a manager to get his team to play his brand of football and get results from the word ‘go.’ There always has to be some time for adjustments and tinkering. In Barcelona B’s case though, and for new coach Jordi Vinyals, this ‘grace period’ is a luxury. The jury will soon be out for the man who guided Barça’s Juvenil A side to the UEFA Youth League title last year, if Barcelona B fail to start winning. Starting from the home match against Mallorca, Barça B are fighting a long battle against all deficiencies, doubts and public criticism to retain their Segunda División status.

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The Ratings: Granada CF 1-3 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Granada CF 1-3 FC Barcelona

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: Granada CF 1-3 FC Barcelona

The Result: Granada CF 1-3 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Granada CF: 1

FC Barcelona: 3

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Live Match Chat: Granada CF vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Granada CF vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between Granada CF and FC Barcelona! Are you ready?

Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 16:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time.

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Rule #71: No excuses, play like a “champion”

Rule #71: No excuses, play like a “champion”

There’s no need to get complicated looking at this afternoon’s game in Andalusia. Granada are sitting one point from rock bottom, have lost to Barça in every occasion since 2011 bar last year’s 1-0 defeat in this same fixture, and will undoubtedly try to pull a Málaga. Luis Enrique knows it’s coming and he and his blaugrana players are implored to find a way past the bus. Victory will not be given, it must still be earned but the resource gap between FC Barcelona and Granada CF creates clear expectations.

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View The Ratings: Manchester City FC 1-2 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Manchester City FC 1-2 FC Barcelona

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.

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An opportunity spurned but still an advantage earned

An opportunity spurned but still an advantage earned

An imperial first half followed by a bumbling second gave life to a tie that should be dead and put to bed. Given the palpable ease of the first 45, it was a poor showing to concede that extent of control to Manchester City and sit back, knowing City’s goal was only the next chance away. Even when Gaël Clichy was sent off following two clumsy (and deserved) bookings Barça didn’t put the home side under enough pressure. Then Lionel Messi threw away Pablo Zabaleta’s gift of a penalty to encapsulate an undeserving second half performance. Winning away from home is always the goal, yet tonight feels an opportunity blown. I’m genuinely disappointed with Luis Enrique tonight for not reacting appropriately to what were the two obvious problem areas. You obviously overwhelmingly fancy the blaugrana to see out the 2-1 advantage but The Citizens walk off this evening a happier side than they should be.

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The Ratings: Manchester City FC 1-2 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Manchester City FC 1-2 FC Barcelona

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: Manchester City FC 1-2 FC Barcelona

The Result: Manchester City FC 1-2 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Manchester City: 1

FC Barcelona: 2

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Live Match Chat: Manchester City vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Manchester City vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the 2014-15 Champions League campaign game between Manchester City and FC Barcelona! Are you ready?

Tuesday, February 24, 2014 @ 20:45 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Match Preview: Can Barcelona bounce back against confident City?

Match Preview: Can Barcelona bounce back against confident City?

Fellow Football Collective member and resident Manchester City experts Typical City contributed to this match report. Be sure to pop on over to their site for some expert insight into Manuel Pellegrini’s club, as well as some cross-network collaboration with totalBarça including an ‘Inside the Opposition’ Q&A!

To dismiss Manchester City FC as a weakened side given the absences of creative workhorses Yaya Touré and James Milner does nothing to lessen the fact that FC Barcelona faces one of its toughest tests of the season. Barcelona’s recent stumble in La Liga to Málaga and Man City’s struggles early on in the group stage will certainly make for a tense affair at the Etihad Stadium. Both clubs are hungry to prove they belong in the next round—something’s got to give.

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Llagostera-Barça B: Reserves blown out (1-0)

Llagostera-Barça B: Reserves blown out (1-0)

Barça B may have a new coach, but getting rid of old habits is so much harder than sacking a coach. Jordi Vinyals’ team was every bit the team that was often embarrassed during Eusebio’s time against Llagostera today, and inevitably the reserves’ new coach tasted defeat in his first match on the road. His players simply played worse than the rival.

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The Result: FC Barcelona 0-1 Málaga CF

The Result: FC Barcelona 0-1 Málaga CF

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 0

Málaga CF: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Malaga CF

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Malaga CF

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between FC Barcelona and Malaga CF! Are you ready?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

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Barça-Málaga: Blaugranas aiming to extend streak

Barça-Málaga: Blaugranas aiming to extend streak

There is no doubt that FC Barcelona is currently in the best from it has hit all season. Luis Enrique’s men currently seem to have answers to any riddle and the power to overcome every obstacle. This weekend, it is Málaga who will be standing between Barça and yet another win in the league, which would take the team’s run to 12 consecutive wins in all competitions and top of the league before Real Madrid’s match on Sunday. However straight forward this might sound, an extra factor comes into play this week: the return of Champions League football. Read more…

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-0 Levante UD

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-0 Levante UD

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.

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-0 Levante UD

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 5-0 Levante UD

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 5-0 UD Levante

The Result: FC Barcelona 5-0 UD Levante

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 5

UD Levante: 0

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Levante UD

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Levante UD

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between FC Barcelona and Levante! Are you ready?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

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Levante standing in the way

Levante standing in the way

The game we’ve been waiting for for so long now is just over a week away. Manchester City are currently blocking the road towards the Champions League trophy and whether Luis Enrique and company have what it takes to knock out the English champions is yet to be seen, but before we get to watch that amazing encounter, only Levante UD and Malaga CF stand in the way, and today it is Levante’s turn to experience what a hungry Barça side can do. Real Madrid defeated Deportivo la Coruña and have restored the gap to four points, meaning that the focus should now be on defeating Levante, and defeating Levante alone.

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Barça B – Alavés: Vinyals’ first point (0-0)

Barça B – Alavés: Vinyals’ first point (0-0)

Half a step forward for Jordi Vinyals’ Barça B. The reserves played an acceptable brand of football for a Barcelona side and got a point that might prove useful in this incredibly tight fight against relegation. Vinyals’ hand in the side was clearly evident, from the team selection to the tactics, and one can definitely say that the first (and often unreliable) first impression is positive.

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Barça B-Alavés: Vinyals’ premiere

Barça B-Alavés: Vinyals’ premiere

We are living through times of change at Barcelona B. Since Monday, the Eusebio-era, which lasted 150 games, is officially over. The Vinyals era is officially under way. This weekend, the 51-year-old coach, was masterminded Juvenil A’s record-breaking quest to the first ever UEFA Youth League title, embarks on a wholly different mission. A mission whose primary goal is not trophies, but survival. Starting with the match against Alavés, the Catalan has 18 matches to guarantee that the Blaugrana reserves will continue to be a Segunda División team come next season. Read more…

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Villareal CF

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Villareal CF

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.

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Match Review: Barcelona 3-1 Villarreal: Copa final in sights

Match Review: Barcelona 3-1 Villarreal: Copa final in sights

Just a couple of weeks ago, these two sides faced each other at the Camp Nou as each battled for three important points in La Liga. The game was difficult and close, with FC Barcelona having to comeback from a one-goal deficit to stay in the race. And tonight they went head to head again. The match was once again a challenging one, but it was clear that one of these two sides learned from its earlier mistakes and studied its opponent well. And with the 3-1 victory, Barça has taken a huge step toward the Copa del Rey final.

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Villareal CF

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Villareal CF

The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Villareal CF

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Villareal CF

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

Villareal CF: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Villarreal CF

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Villarreal CF

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Copa game between FC Barcelona and Villarreal! Are you ready?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 @ 20:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Villarreal

Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Villarreal

Villarreal CF will face FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou Wednesday in the visitor’s first-ever semi-final in the Copa del Rey. Both teams have had terrific starts to the year despite Villarreal losing 3-2 to the hosts in La Liga earlier this month. The blaugrana are on a nine-game win streak, while the submarino amarillo have won five of the last six.

“We do not claim to be perfect,” FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said. “It is impossible to be perfect. Imperfection also makes nice football.”

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Athletic Club-Barcelona: Esto es Barça!

Athletic Club-Barcelona: Esto es Barça!

The Barcelona team we watched last night at San Mamés was a pure joy to watch. Credit to Athletic for making Barça work to a resounding 2-5 victory at a ground where the blaugranas hadn’t won since 2011. It also has to be noted that Barça’s defence didn’t have the best of nights. Yet the team’s quality was there, standing tall and imposing over La Catedral, like a ghost haunting. No matter how much Ernesto Valverde’s spirited troops huffed and puffed on yesterday’s cold night at the Basque Country, there was only ever going to be one winner. Barça simply gave that impossible sense of being untouchable. Read more…

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