If there has ever been a team which is worthy of praise for the way it conducted its January transfer business, Barça B should unquestionably be up there. The Barcelona reserves were relegation candidates before the turn of the year, but right now, it would be crazy for anyone to write off Gerard López’s team even for the playoff places. Yesterday against Olot, Barcelona B recorded a fourth consecutive win. The three points came after the reserves worked hard against very competitive opposition, showing that gradually, Barcelona B are getting that mentality which all winning teams possess.
Who could have predicted this a month ago? Barcelona B are currently on a three match winning streak. They have not lost in 2016 and last conceded a goal three weeks ago against the high-flying UE Cornellà. Yesterday at the Estadi Municipal de L’Hospitalet, Barcelona B did enough to confirm there are exceptions to the unwritten law that January squad overhauls don’t work. With five new signings starting, Barcelona B recorded a third consecutive win with their favourite 1-0 scoreline. This time, it was Wilfrid Kaptoum’s turn to score the match winner, as Gerard López’s men continued their miraculous 2016 turnaround.
Last week, Barcelona B got its first win in 2016 away at La Pobla de Mafumet. Some B team followers were quick to point out that Gerard López’s side is set for better days. Obviously, it would take sterner opposition for such conclusions to be reached. Yesterday’s mini derbi barceloní against Espanyol B at the Miniestadi was more like a proper test though. Gerard’s men did enough and seemed to be more desirous of the win against the pericos, and deservedly ended up with all three points at hand, with their favourite 1-0 scoreline being the difference between the two sides.
Barça B shuffle
Barça B’s trouble does not only lay the fact that they are in a relegation fight again. The situation within the squad is not any better. Yesterday, news reports from Mundo Deportivo’s Oriol Domenech shook the culerverse as he announced the club will be rescinding the contracts of various players and kicking another out. After the club already sold captain Alejandro Grimaldo to Benfica for a very cheap sum, released Pol Calvet to join Deportivo B, Ondoa to Nàstic and Enguene to free agency, there is still a need to let players go to make room for all the new signings that have been made for Gerard López.
For Barcelona B, who ended 2015 in the relegation zone, the turn of the year was supposed to be a breath of fresh air, a chance to make a fresh start. With four new signings announced before New Year’s Day (including Dani Romera), yesterday’s match against Olímpic de Xàtiva at the Miniestadi seemed the perfect opportunity to kick start the team’s comeback, two days before the new arrivals can officially join up with the squad. In the end, it turned out to be another disappointing evening for the Miniestadi faithful, who saw the team dominate the match but come out of it empty handed.