Sabadell – Barça B: Catalan Derby for Permanency

Sabadell – Barça B: Catalan Derby for Permanency

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.

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View The Ratings: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Atlético Madrid 2-3 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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Something seems to be happening at Barça

Something seems to be happening at Barça

Rarely in football do you sincerely think “that was bloody brilliant”. Obviously I’m not referring to the second half (except for Arda Turan’s wonderful moment of theatre), but that first half was one of wonderful ebb and flow. It started with a bang, then an elegant rebuttal, an unsurprising controversy, a swift reply and finally it ended with a bang. Instead of being called for a clear handball, Jordi Alba burst the length of the field to superbly assist Neymar’s winner on a night the Brazilian sparkled. Down 2-3 at the half (2-4 on aggregate), Neymar finally had enough of the relentless fouling, got into Gabi’s face and then stood up to Fernando Torres. Eventually that concluded with Gabi being sent off during the break and viewers needing a double take when Atlético took to the field curiously a man down.

I must say, there’s been few firmer admirers and supporters of Atletí but lately it feels things are getting nasty. The soldier “never say die” mentality is shifting into a bit of a sore loser routine. The Atlético guys seem to genuinely believe they’re being wronged despite cynical and excessive physical fouls that are blatantly obvious. Whether a direct consequence or not, it was poetic that referee Gil Manzano had to ask for a new disappearing spray can with 10 minutes still to spare. He blew over thirty fouls and distributed 13 yellow cards (10 to Atlétio Madrid) as well as 2 red cards. Barça were unable to beat Atletí in six attempts last year, they’ve now won three times in barely over two weeks with an aggregate score-line of 7-3. Something seems to be happening at FC Barcelona.

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The Ratings: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Atlético Madrid 2-3 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: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

The Result: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Atlético Madrid: 2

FC Barcelona: 3

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Live Match Chat: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Copa del Rey Match Preview: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona

Copa del Rey Match Preview: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona

The highest-profile remaining match left to play in the Copa del Rey will send either FC Barcelona or defending La Liga champions Atlético Madrid into the semi finals to face a formidable Villareal or possibly Getafe. But regardless of what happens in the next phase, Atlético must now overcome a 1-goal deficit at home against the Liga and Copa runners up it successfully overcame in both competitions last season.

Forever with a point to prove, both clubs will throw everything they have at this match in order to avoid elimination in a tournament where few adversity is actually left.

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Barça B-Osasuna: New match, new loss (0-1)

Barça B-Osasuna: New match, new loss (0-1)

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…

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View The Ratings: Elche CF 0-6 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Elche CF 0-6 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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Context and clean sheets: a look at Elche-Barcelona

Context and clean sheets: a look at Elche-Barcelona

As the final whistle blew on Barcelona’s 0-6 thrashing of Elche, several people noted that the scoreline was misleading out of context. Indeed, Elche attacked decently and defended well, while Barcelona were lackluster for 50 minutes and only broke the game open with goals off a set piece and a penalty. The goals only started to flow once Fayçal Fajr received his second yellow in the 57th minute, allowing Messi and Neymar to run rampant against 10 men. All of which is true, of course. But two things stand out to me in that line of thinking. First, if you were unable to enjoy the show of samba and smiles put on by Barça’s brilliant duo in the last half hour in Elche, you should stop reading this piece and go back to kicking puppies and pissing in flower beds. Second, and more seriously, is this tricky notion of context, the idea that some numbers are misleading and others aren’t, which I think bears more exploration.

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The Ratings: Elche CF 0-6 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Elche CF 0-6 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: Elche CF 0-6 FC Barcelona

The Result: Elche CF 0-6 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Elche CF: 0

FC Barcelona: 6

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Barça B – Osasuna: Round two, FIGHT!

Barça B – Osasuna: Round two, FIGHT!

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.

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Live Match Chat: Elche CF vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Elche CF vs FC Barcelona

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

Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 18:00 Barcelona time

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One eye on La Liga, one on La Copa

One eye on La Liga, one on La Copa

FC Barcelona travel to Alicante Saturday for the season’s fourth encounter with Elche CF. The Catalans have dominated heavily in the previous three matches across La Liga and the Copa del Rey, but will undoubtedly have Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in the backs of their minds. Luis Enrique’s men need a victory to keep pace with Real, who sit in the top spot with a one-point advantage. But one eye must be kept on midweek, when a decisive clash at the Vicente Calderón will see either Atléti or Barça crashing out of the Copa del Rey. Continue reading »

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

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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Piqué and Barça keep Atlético on short leash

Piqué and Barça keep Atlético on short leash

Today was the day that could have landed FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique once again into the hot seat after a lackluster performance replete with confusing tactics and ineffectual individual performances. But as all good narratives and soldiers of perseverance go, a very positive result came from a scrappy and entertaining fight. Some tactics worked well, while others less so. Some players were absolutely, nostalgically brilliant, and yet one in particular continues to baffle and frustrate. But culés can take at least some solace in a one-goal advantage ahead of next week’s return leg at the Vicente Calderón in Madrid.

Atlético Madrid entered the match with a fierce desire to play their own style, and prevent Barcelona from occupying the middle of the park, where Koke and Arda Turan are at their most dangerous. Los Colchoneros had the near impossible task however, of coming out of this match with all four players on yellow cards able to participate in the home leg. They were mere minutes from succeeding until Diego Godín earned a yellow for protesting in the 85th minute. Antoine Griezmann, Mario Mandžukić and Raúl García all escaped suspension from the second leg. Continue reading »

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

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 1-0 Atlético Madrid

The Result: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 1

Atletico Madrid: 0

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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View The Ratings: Deportivo la Coruña 0-4 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Deportivo la Coruña 0-4 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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Stroll at the Riazor (0-4)

Stroll at the Riazor (0-4)

Nobody said that today’s game at the Riazor would go a long way towards educating us about our team’s chances this season. Yet seeing Barça having what was by far their most comfortable evening away from home in the whole season was something a little more than pleasing to the eye. Luis Enrique’s team played simple football and deservedly got three points that still keep us in touch with planet Madrid. Today’s match was a real stroll for Barça, and so the possibility of Luis Enrique’s decision to repeat his lineup for the first time this season becoming the talking point of this match is not unlikely at all. Read more…

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Barça B-Recreativo: Light at the end of the tunnel (3-1)

Barça B-Recreativo: Light at the end of the tunnel (3-1)

A win at last. Barcelona B put an end to a miserable five match losing run with a well-deserved 3-1 win over Recreativo today at the Miniestadi, the team’s first at home since October 19th, and for now, Eusebio’s men can sleep with a little more tranquility. On Munir’s return to the reserves, Eusebio’s men beat all the absences and played a game of good football against a direct rival, and led by the ‘rabbit out of the hat’ (aka Juan Cámara) they were able to get a result that allows them to set their sights on putting the relegation battle behind them for good. Read more…

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The Ratings: Deportivo la Coruña 0-4 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Deportivo la Coruña 0-4 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: Deportivo la Coruña 0-4 FC Barcelona

The Result: Deportivo la Coruña 0-4 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Deportivo la Coruña: 0

FC Barcelona: 4

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Live Match Chat: Deportivo la Coruña vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Deportivo la Coruña vs FC Barcelona

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

Sunday, January 18, 2015 @ 19:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time.

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Halfway through La Liga

Halfway through La Liga

One of the first thoughts to go through my mind following the amazing victory against Atlético Madrid was what happens now? Was that a rare, awesome performance that was only a result of past frustration after what these players had to endure during previous matches against Atlético? Were they only out for revenge? Or was that the result of six months of work under Luis Enrique? Is this the final product of the Lucho project and the vision he had for his team? I hope so.

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View The Ratings: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Elche CF 0-4 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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The Ratings: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Elche CF 0-4 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: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

The Result: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Elche CF: 0

FC Barcelona: 4

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