Review: The Verminator strikes

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It was a game where the scoreline didn’t totally reflect the state of the game, but culés should be very satisfied with the 3 points. FC Barcelona finally managed to take 3 points against Málaga for the first time since Luis Enrique has taken the helm. With shades of Sergio Busquets’ volley at Mestalla last season, Thomas Vermaelen stepped up to win the game and ensure that the club stays 2 points ahead of Real Madrid. More after the break.

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Match Center: FC Barcelona vs Malaga CF

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totalBarça’s Match Center has all you need for tonight’s liga game against Malaga CF. The match kicks off at 20:30 Barcelona time – find your local time here. If you’re looking for a high quality stream, check out our new partnership with fubo.tv.

Check out the lineups, match events, streams and live chat, after the jump. As soon as the game is finished, you will be able to submit your ratings for the players as well. Welcome to the totalBarça Match Center – from pre-game to post, we’ve got everything you need for Barcelona vs Malaga.

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Preview: Barcelona must break through Málaga fortress

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Málaga CF may have finished ninth in La Liga last season, but they are not to be underestimated. They are the only team in all of Europe to play Barcelona and not concede in 2014-15: The Andalusians took four points off Barcelona in 2014/15 and managed to win 1-0 at Camp Nou. 45-year-old manager Javi Gracia made a massive impact in his first season coaching in La Liga, and under him Málaga have become a superbly organized defensive team. Much like Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid in 2013/14, Málaga had Barcelona’s number last season – so can the Catalans break the curse?

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Valverde’s well organized Athletic defense catches Barça’s attack unprepared

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From a tactical and strategic perspective, comparing and contrasting the three recent games between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao provides plenty of interesting opportunities to explore key aspects within both squads, raising fundamental questions for the managers to answer in the coming weeks. The response to this series of games and how well they adapt will determine their early La Liga form. Of course, it is always tricky to draw too many conclusions from early season matches, as low fitness levels often prevent talented players from showcasing their technique in the precise manner we are accustomed. On a broader level, manager and players are not yet on the same page, with tactical ideas and motifs not ironed out yet.

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The Barça B roundup: Week 1

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Barcelona B have turned a page this season, trying to make a new start in the Segunda B after last season’s disastrous performances in the Liga Adelante. We at totalBarça have decided to go along with the team and are pleased to present our new weekly ‘Barça B roundup’ series. In this week’s inaugural edition, we will look at Barcelona B’s not-so-wonderful debut in the Segunda División B, as well as this week’s news.

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