Café con leche: March 2, 2015

Café con leche: March 2, 2015

Busy week ahead

With the Spanish Cup semi-final return leg against Villarreal on Wednesday (08:00 p.m. CET), this week will be very busy for FC Barcelona. Today first team players were training in the morning. Munir from the B team also took part in this session. Luis Enrique decided that players would have training sessions at the Ciutat Esportiva every single day of the week except for match days.  Click for more

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (2.3.2015)

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UPSET!

Madrid falls against a magnificent Villarreal who came out with substitutes and overwhelmed Ancelotti’s men

Barça is two points from the lead and have the league in their hands in a transcendental clásico at the Camp Nou

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The Front: Sport (2.3.2015)

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This is the league after the blancos’ latest blow

GIFT FROM MADRID

Ancelotti’s men, in crisis in 2015, they could even lose the league after facing Villarreal

Barça returns to depending upon themselves to lift the championship

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Café con leche: March 1, 2015

Café con leche: March 1, 2015

Neymar to miss Rayo, safe for Clásico

In the run-up to Barça’s match against Granada, much had been made of the blaugranas in danger of suspension. Neymar’s yellow card against Granada was his fifth of the season, meaning that he will serve a one-match suspension against Rayo Vallecano. This practically means that the Brazilian will get a forced, yet badly needed rest, as well as ensuring that he will be able to play the clásico on March 22.

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The Front: Sport (1.3.2015)

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 A RELIABLE WIN FOR BARÇA TO CONTINUE PRESSURING MADRID

FASTENED ON TO THE LEAGUE

Luis Suárez and Rakitić carried the team on their backs in a match that could have been complicated

Luis Enrique still believes in the title: “We’ll continue with options; to win is fundamental to get close to first”

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (1.3.2015)

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BARÇA MADE AN IMPORTANT TRIUMPH AND IS A POINT FROM THE LEAD

THEY’RE NOT ASLEEP

Luis Enrique’s roster played an irregular game, but decided thanks to what they could do offensively

Rakitić led the team and scored a goal like Luis Suárez and Leo Messi

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Barça B-Mallorca: Close but…

Barça B-Mallorca: Close but…

In football, you sometimes get those days on which the universe seems to be conspiring against you. Those terrible, horrible days on which nothing seems to be working for you. Barcelona B’s match against Mallorca at the Miniestadi on Saturday was certainly one of those days. Jordi Vinyals’ men found themselves two goals down after conceding two first half goals in quick succession, but still had the mental capacity to fight back and bring the match level. However, a late and highly controversial penalty and a magisterial free-kick condemned the hosts to yet another defeat.

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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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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (28.2.2015)

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FINAL FOUR

Without a margin of error in the league after the KO at Málaga, Barça plays their first final, the latest at the ‘cursed hour’

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The Front: Sport (28.2.2015)

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BARÇA PLAYS THE LEAGUE AND LUIS ENRIQUE SAYS

“ONLY A WIN IS WORTH IT”

“There isn’t another possible result, but the team doesn’t feel pressured because of this”

CONFIDENTIAL – Objective: 6 wins in the next 6 games

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Café con leche: February 27, 2015

Café con leche: February 27, 2015

Piqué excluded from Granada squad

Barça are leaving Friday evening to Granada for Saturday’s game, with an 18-man squad ready for the league battle. This squad excluded Gerard Piqué due to his suspension, along with Douglas, Masip and Sergi Roberto.

Squad list: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Montoya, Rakitić, Sergio, Xavi, Pedro, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Mascherano, Bartra, Jordi Alba, Adriano, Alves and Mathieu.

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The Front: Sport (27.2.2015)

the front sport feb 27 2015

50 MILLION FOR TWO SIGNINGS

BARÇA ASKS BRAIDA FOR REINFORCEMENTS BEFORE THE ELECTIONS

DANILO, OPORTO: Right winger

SAVIC, FIORENTINA: Central

BENDER, BAYER LEVERKEUSEN: Midfielder

VERRATTI, PSG: Forward

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (27.2.2015)

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FIGHT FOR POGBA

Barça, Madrid, City, United, PSG and Arsenal are fighting to take the Frenchman from Juve

Braida, well connected to Raiola, Pogba’s agent, is the blaugrana’s ace in the hole

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Golazos made in La Masia (21-22 February)

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Café con leche: February 26, 2015

Café con leche: February 26, 2015

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.

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BREAKING: Busquets renews until 2019

BREAKING: Busquets renews until 2019

FC Barcelona and Sergio Busquets have agreed to extend the player’s contract until the summer of 2019 with the option of an additional year. The negotiations went smooth and the contract will be signed on Friday the 27th of February, 2015. Busquets made his debut in 2008 against Racing Santander and became an essential player for this current Barça side. Busquets has won 16 titles with the Catalan club and this season became the team’s fourth captain. Busquets is without a doubt, a football genius and his style of play earned him a spot in Barça’s starting line-up and Spain’s starting eleven.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (26.2.2015)

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MISTER GOAL

In Manchester, Luis Suárez recovered his characteristic assassin’s instinct

He returned to be the decisive, born striker that Barça sought to sign

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The totalBarça loan watch: February 2015

The totalBarça loan watch: February 2015

In a squad like Barça’s, there will always be someone who can’t fit in. There simply can’t be space for everyone, and inevitably some players are cut loose. This season, Barcelona has five players on loan at four different clubs in Spain and abroad. Denis Suárez and Gerard Deulofeu at Sevilla, Cristian Tello at Porto, Alex Song at West Ham United and Ibrahim Afellay at Olympiacos. In this totalBarça special, we run the rule over all of five Barcelona’s loaned players and evaluate their progress in the first six months of the season.

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Café con leche: February 25, 2015

Café con leche: February 25, 2015

Calma Neymar, calma.

Neymar Jr. exchanged words with one of Manchester City’s fans after the fan kept showing Neymar signals of diving during the match. Neymar commented on the incident saying, “I was just playing with him. He began to curse me and I ended up giving him a wave. I can not say what he told me, no. My mother did not bring me up that way. What his mother did not give him, my mother gave me.” Neymar is a player that has been always accused of diving and fans use this to frustrate the Brazilian crack.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (25.2.2015)

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RECITAL WITH A REPRIEVE

Barça gelled in a dream first half, with two goals from Luis Suárez and an overwhelming dominance

They let off the gas after the break and Messi failed a penalty in the last minute that left an open net

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The Front: Sport (25.2.2015)

the front sport feb 25 2015

PIM, PAM… SUÁREZ

BARÇA HEADS TOWARDS THE QUARTERFINALS WITH A GREAT FIRST HALF

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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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Café con leche: February 24, 2015

Café con leche: February 24, 2015

Sergio Agüero sends a warning

Sergio Agüero has been in fine form recently and is one that should be watched closely and not given any space to play his game. The Argentine revealed that last year FC Barcelona made it difficult for Manchester City to play their game resulting in a comfortable (4-1) aggregate win for the Catalans. “Barça made it difficult for us last time because they kept the ball so well and that’s one of their main strengths and that made it difficult for us to dominate the game”, explained the Argentinian striker. “We wanted to attack them more but we weren’t able to reach the final third of the pitch as often as we wanted to.” Leo Messi and Agüero are close friends but the Man City attacker is not a believer in friendships on the pitch. “It’s clear that friendship has no place in the field. We are both focused in giving our team the best until the whistle blows and that’s the way it should be.”

Messi never asked to sign Agüero

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (24.2.2015)

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DUEL OF THE KILLERS

The battle between the ‘citizens’ and the blaugrana, loaded with gunpowder

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The Front: Sport (24.2.2015)

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THAT MAGIC AGAIN!

The team feels confident to give an effective blow in the Champions

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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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Excellent Málaga end Barça’s win streak

Excellent Málaga end Barça’s win streak

Barça’s winning streak was always going to end. That it happened right before a trip to England to face Manchester City is disappointing, but the dropped points were inevitable. Despite not having a midweek game, Barça – and Messi in particular – looked tired, disorganized, and unmotivated from the first minute, in sharp contrast to their performances the last six weeks. The visitors, on the other hand, were nothing short of superb, and young manager Javi Gracia may just be returning Málaga to their best form since 2012. They have taken four points from two matches against Barcelona, and are the only one of La Liga’s top 10 to beat Real Sociedad at Anoeta. And while it’s easy to speak in vague generalities of how disciplined and hard-working Málaga were in defense, their success is most clear in contrast to Levante last week.

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The Front: Sport (23.2.2015)

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MUSCLE AGAINST CITY

Luis Enrique recovers the gala eleven with Mascherano and Rakitić to give more intensity to the team

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (23.2.2015)

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CITY THERAPY

After the KO in Málaga, the team wants to turn the page in Manchester

The team, who will travel today, believes that this is the best scenario to come back

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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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