FC Barcelona B managed to put an end to the curse at the Miniestadi earning their first win at home since September the 15th with a 2-0 win against Sabadell last night. Eusebio Sacristán’s players played a good, disciplined game throughout the match, but they really bloomed in the second half, scoring two goals. Patric, with his first goal of the season, and Tonny Sanabria, with his second in three matches, were the scorers for the Blaugrana. The reserves were really inspired by the return of Denis Suárez, who had his best game since signing this summer, giving two beautiful assists for the goals. Credit also has to go to Adrià Ortolá for keeping Barça B’s first clean sheet since September the 15th, the day the reserves had last won at the Mini. Coincidentally, that match had also ended in a 2-0 win for the Blaugrana against Castilla. The win takes Barça B to 22 points and to 14th place, four points ahead of the relegation zone.
Barcelona B coach Eusebio has been sanctioned with two matches following his red card in last week’s match against Córdoba. The reserve team coach was expelled on 84 minutes after protesting the home side’s equaliser, claiming a foul on his goalkeeper, Adriàn Ortolá. This is his first sending-off as a coach.
FC Barcelona B have a very important match this week. They play another Catalan team, CE Sabadell, a direct rival in the battle against relegation. The blaugrana can be confident that they can overcome their rivals today, given the momentum two away wins in a row have given them over the past weeks. They will have to combat one thing though: The jinx of the Miniestadi. They haven’t won there for almost three months, with all home matches ending in defeat.
Eusebio Sacristán reached a century of matches as Barcelona B coach yesterday at El Arcángel. The 49-year-old former Barça midfielder has been in charge since 2011-2012, when he was hired to replace Luis Enrique, who took charge of Serie A side Roma. His time with the reserves has not been an easy one, but he has managed to keep the team in Liga Adelante by some comfort in 2012/2013 and 2011/2012. Now, in his third season in charge, he says he’s more motivated than ever: “My satisfaction is working with all the players, on both the sporting and human level.”
FC Barcelona B became the first team to beat Córdoba CF at El Arcángel yesterday. Eusebio’s team took command of the match and managed to win a second consecutive match on the road. The Blaugrana went ahead on the 30th minute through Dani Nieto, but Mendi equalised on the 84th minute. However, who laughs last laughs best. With Espinosa converting a penalty that Nieto won from Pedro on the 90th minute to gift Barça B the victory. The match was overshadowed by an anecdotal performance by the referee Lesma López, who added quite a lot of spice to the match with his decisions in the final minutes of the match. This win takes Barça B to 19 points, although they remain at the 18th place in the standings. They cannot go higher this week, nor can they fall into the relegation zone.
FC Barcelona B showed signs of improvement in their cruel defeat by Las Palmas at the Miniestadi, and now it’s time for the team to convert the improvement into much-needed points. Matchday 16′s encounter against Córdoba at the Estadio El Arcángel offers the best opportunity to get back to winning ways. However, Eusebio’s men will by no means have an easy task on their hands as their opponents are pushing for a playoff place.
FC Barcelona has a hot potato in its hands in the form of Arnaldo Antonio Sanabria. The 17 year-old Paraguayan forward, who made his full international debut earlier this year, has expressed a desire to leave Barça in order to make this next step in his career, according to his agent Raul Verdú. The problem is that ‘Toni’ is of the most talented, if not the most talented players at La Masia. Losing him would be a tough blow, but the club cannot alter its policies just for one player.
FC Barcelona B goalkeeper Jordi Masip will be out for the following 4 weeks after fracturing the fourth metacarpal in his right hand, the club’s medical services have announced. The 23 year old was injured in a collision with Las Palmas winger Vicente Gómez, during Saturday’s match between Barça B and Las Palmas (1-2), in the build-up before the visitors’ second goal.
Barcelona B suffered their fifth straight loss at the Miniestadi yesterday, losing 2-1 to high-flyers Las Palmas. Eusebio’s boys felt they deserved more in a game that sparked a lot of controversy, with Las Palmas ending the game with two players sent off, while the hosts were denied a crystal clear penalty. The reserves opened the scoring through Sanabria in the first half, but Las Palmas turned it all around with two second half goals. The defeat leaves Barça B in 18th place, with 16 points. Sabadell plays with Hércules this afternoon, and should the Catalans win, Barça B will be back to square one, in the relegation zone.
Barcelona B return to the Mini this week with one big aim: return to winning ways at home. The team’s morale has been boosted by last week’s away win at Girona and Eusebio’s men will now push for the first win at home in 2 months, the last victory being on September 15th against Real Madrid Castilla (2-0). The opponent will be a high flying Las Palmas team, aiming to have a shot at the top of the table. The match will kick off shortly after the final whistle in the match of the first team against Granada at the Camp Nou, so Barcelona B may expect to have a big attendance.
FC Barcelona is currently hampered by lots of injuries. Xavi, Cristian Tello, Victor Valdés, Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, Jonathan Dos Santos and Ibrahim Afellay are all out injured. Tata Martino can’t have a complete match-day squad at his disposal and has therefore given the chance to Jean Marie Dongou and Adama Traore.
Spain U-21 have ensured their passage to the next round of the Under-21 European Championships following their 2-0 away win against Albania. The side coached by former Barça goalkeeper Julen Lopotegui, featuring Barça players Sergi Roberto, Sergi Gómez, Gerard Deulofeu, as well as former Blaugrana defender Marc Muniesa, have now won all of their six matches, and have a nine point lead over second placed Austria (albeit with 2 matches in hand).
Barcelona B finally managed to put an end to the series of bad results (7 defeats out of 8 games), with a victory against Girona in the Catalonian derby of the Liga Adelante. Eusebio’s team performed much better than recent weeks, and seemed to recapture the bite and passion that has been lacking. Barça B were superior to the opposition, particularly in the second half. The team did very well to come back after Jandro’s opener, with Javier Espinosa and Edu Bedia getting the goals that guided Barça B to victory. The reserves can now view the future with more optimism, as the win has lifted them out of the relegation zone.
The big hour has arrived. Matchday 14 of the Liga Adelante features the mini derby of Catalonia between FC Barcelona B and Girona FC, played at the Estadio Municipal de Montilivi. The challenges are totally different for each of the two sides. Girona is looking for a win that will earn them a play-off spot, while Barça B will aim to get some points that could get them out of the relegation zone.
An avid reader of totalBarça recently contacted us in sharing the release of his new book dedicated to the inner workings of La Masia. In this edition of We’ve got mail, we get to know the author and his newly published book, which is available on Amazon.
Madrid daily AS don’t make their business writing good things about FC Barcelona or much related to the Catalan club. But yesterday, AS journalist Aritz Gabilondo detailed Gerard Deulofeu’s performance for the Spanish under 21 side against Bosnia&Herzegovina as “one of the greatest displays ever” (@youngcule) at that level of international play.
Deulofeu showed off silky skills, powerful running and accurate passing to contribute four assists and one goal (penalty) to Spain’s 6-1 victory. The Everton loanee also cracked the post twice. Follow the link to highlights of last night’s magic. #Deulofeushow
Barcelona B hasn’t had the best of seasons so far. The reserves are 20th on the Liga Adelante standards, in the relegation places, having just won four of their first 13 games in the league. Coach Eusebio Sacristán has been heavily criticised by Spanish press, with reports regarding a fall out with some of his players coming to surface last week, at a time when Barcelona’s B team has won just one out of seven matches.
Barcelona B once again proved hugely inefficient in front of goal and succumbed to a heavy defeat at the Miniestadi to one of their direct rivals in the league, Real Jaén. The reserves showed some improvement on last week’s performance, but still found themselves two goals down at the half-time whistle. Successful substitutions from Eusebio meant that the team mounted an assault in the search of a gain from the match, but were given the final blow by a Curto penalty late on, with the team finishing the match with ten players for the second time in just three matches. The defeat leaves Barça B 19th, with 13 points, while Jaén have risen to 12th.
Gerardo Tata Martino’s start as FC Barcelona coach has been nothing short of phenomenal. The team is undefeated after 12 matches in the league, sitting in first place, six points above arch rivals Real Madrid and having also already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Yet there’s a general feeling that Tata is missing a crucial element that any Barça coach should have, something that has emerged as an almost unwritten clause in the contract of the FC Barcelona first team coach: promoting youth.
Barcelona B’s poor run of form continued at Los Parajitos, as they lost 1-0 to Numancia. The team’s performance was very bizarre and erratic, as they showed two sides to themselves during the match. Numancia dominated proceedings throughout the first half and created an array of chances, while Barça B looked a different team in the second half, showing plenty of attacking intent and energy. However they couldn’t win anything out of the match, as their defensive woes were brought to light once more with Antonio Tomás’ second half goal.
This week, an injury-plagued Barcelona B side travel to Soria to face CD Numancia at the Nuevo Estádio de los Parajitos. Eusebio Sacristán’s players will aim to earn their second away win of the season, which would make it two wins in two on the road for them. The team will be eager to bounce back from a third consecutive defeat at the Mini and pick themselves up as all the players seem to be low on morale with the team malfunctioning in terms of scoring goals due to the absence of a consistent performer up top.
It is easy to forget that he’s just 12, given that his life includes things that would only fit into a superstar’s life. Media attention, radio interviews and controversy surrounding his name are just some of those things. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Adrià Bernabé.
Bernabé (Barcelona, May 26, 2001) first kicked a ball at Levante Las Planas, a modest club near Sant Joan Despi, only being five years old. He excelled from day one and just a month after, he signed for the historical team of Damm, where he also lasted for just a year. Espanyol snapped him up and he very soon became one of the attractions of the Ciutat Esportiva de Sant Adrià.