The Barça B roundup: Positive, but still no killer instinct

Barcelona B are taking the very long way to the top. That is the only thing we can infer from the reserves’ performances so far. Seven weeks into the league season, Barcelona B only have 6 points, yet they have a better defensive record than the Barcelona first team. Yesterday in Valencia against Atlético Levante, Barcelona B got their favourite result, 0-0 for the second week running and for the third time overall. Just like last week against Hércules, there was the feeling that Gerard López’s men could have had more.

Unlike previous weeks, Gerard López seemed to be striving to find ways to repeat the same lineup for the second week running, a feat which has proven to be somewhat complicated for the young coach so far. For all of his best efforts though, Luis Enrique made sure that he would be unable to do so by calling up last week’s MVP Juan Cámara for the first team’s trip to Sevilla. What López was able to do though, was to retain the 4-4-2 shape, with the Samper-Ros double pivot and the Dongou-Rolón duo. Enguene and Aitor lined up as wide midfielders, while Sergi Palencia was picked ahead of Elohor Godswill at right-back.


Growing up in Gijón


Watching a youngster develop into a potential world class player is a beautiful experience. Fortunately for us culers, we have an entire youth system full of magnificent players to watch grow and bloom into proper footballers. However, the kid this piece is about did not go through the ranks of La Masia. In fact, he only joined the youth teams one year ago and featured directly for Barça B. I’m talking about Alen Halilović, who is now on loan at Sporting Gijón – a loan which hopefully will help turn him into the fulfilled talent that he can become.


Café con leche: Injuries and borrowing from the B-team

Barcelona's midfielder Andres Iniesta leaves the field after being injured during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Bayer Leverkusen at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Lucho critical of the fans

After last night’s late and nerve-wrecking win versus Bayer Leverkusen in the second round of the Champions League group stage, FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique Martínez started out his post-match press conference saying that he is “not going to say anything bad about the fans. We need their support.” But later he returned to the topic to say that the boos could be heard on the pitch and that he would rather have the fans’ support when the team was 0-1 down and not when they turned the tide and got the two goals they needed to win the match 2-1.


Better, but once again it’s just a point for Barça B

Photo by Marc Casanovas

This season in the Segunda B division, Barcelona B are defining what it means to make a slow start. The reserves’ start to the season hasn’t been disastrous by any means, but also hardly going any way towards setting the world alight with their performances. Gerard López’s men are getting there at their own pace, and this weekend they bagged another point (but perhaps should have had more) from their home game against Hércules.


Golazos Made in La Masia (19-20 September)

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