Luis Enrique: “We are ready for whatever PSG do”

Luis Enrique: “We are ready for whatever PSG do”

FC Barcelona have responded to critics after a goalless draw against Málaga CF in magnificent fashion with a glorious win over Granada CF at Camp Nou, and now it is time for the season’s first big test against French champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Luis Enrique said that he considers PSG one of the best in Europe and described them as “a fearsome and dangerous team. They have resources. They are a candidate to win the Champions League.” Continue reading for more.

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Bartomeu: “Messi’s the best player in history”

Bartomeu: “Messi’s the best player in history”

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke to L’Equipe ahead of tonight’s game against Paris Saint-Germain, and addressed the rumors that surrounded Lionel Messi leaving the Catalan club. “It’s not true,” he insisted. “Never have we had this type of discussion about Messi. In April or May I said that we would make radical changes, but with Messi as the leader.”

“He’s under contract for the next four years and it won’t be the last [contract] with Barça. He’s still young and ambitious. For us, he’s the best player in the history of football.”

The president, who took power last January, also denied any knowledge that the French giants were after the Argentine before UEFA’s financial fair play rules brought down the club’s pursuit. “I have no information that Messi might have spoken to PSG. We’re opponents on the pitch but also off it, with regard to sponsors and players.”

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Match Preview: Paris Saint-Germaine vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Paris Saint-Germaine vs FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona is in Paris tonight for what is unquestionably their toughest fixture in this season’s Champions League group phase. However, despite the more than a billion euro Qatari outlay, Paris Saint-Germaine (PSG) is actually significantly weakened by the absence of two key players. There are also off the field issues impacting the French champion in very real ways. In that regard, despite home field advantage, the general feeling is this game couldn’t have come at a better time for Luis Enrique and his visiting Barça.

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All You Need to Know: Paris Saint-Germain

All You Need to Know: Paris Saint-Germain

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (30.9.2014)

the front MD sept 30 2014

PRINCE’S PARK

Messi and Neymar, in great form, will lead the offense in Paris

Ibrahimovic will be out, ‘sticks it’ to Guardiola and says that he enjoyed being at Barça

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The Front: Sport (30.9.2014)

the front sport sept 30 2014

MESSI AND NEYMAR, HAPPY BEFORE THE CHAMPIONS MATCH

THEY WANT TO MAKE SOME NOISE IN PARIS

IBRA, DOWN FOR PSG: He can’t cope against Barça in the first test for the blaugrana

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

IBRAHIMOVIC: “I have not recovered from my heel injury… …nor can I overcome the knife in the back that the ‘philosopher’ gave me.”

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Picture of the day: Parcheesi

Picture of the day: Parcheesi

I see that Parcheesi is still the game of choice among traveling footballers. Dani Alves, Neymar Jr. and Adriano Correira enjoyed a game on the way to Paris.

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Youth Teams: Weekend roundup

Youth Teams: Weekend roundup

As part of the youth teams coverage totalBarça provides, this article covers the performances of youth teams from Juvenil B all the way down to Benjamín B. Find out how the youth teams fared this week in the fourth article of this season’s series. Read more…

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Match Review: RCD Mallorca 3-3 FC Barcelona B

Match Review: RCD Mallorca 3-3 FC Barcelona B

When you concede two goals to a debutant centre-back, you don’t deserve to win. When you blow a lead twice in the same match after you have fought back from behind, you don’t deserve to win. Barcelona B had the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways yesterday against the league’s bottom side, but they blew the chance. They squandered the lead they had acquired after some genuine effort, and ended up gifting Mallorca an unlikely point. Read more…

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Number of the Day: 33

On Tuesday two former teammates on the pitch become adversaries on the benches. Laurent Blanc and Luis Enrique both joined FC Barcelona the 1996/97 season as free agents, playing in 33 games together, of which 22 were victories and 6 were defeats. That would be Blanc’s only season in blaugrana, moving on to Marseille, but Luis Enrique stayed and enjoyed many successful seasons.

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From the opposite corner: Zlatan, Maxwell, Luiz

From the opposite corner: Zlatan, Maxwell, Luiz

The Champions League is back and on Tuesday Barça will travel to the French capital to face Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Although Pep Guardiola is no longer the Barça boss, it didn’t stop Zlatan Ibrahimovic from again taking a dig at the man he once labelled the “philosopher”. The Swede has had a very successful career, with 11 league titles bagged from across four countries, but the 32-year-old striker has missed out on winning Europe’s most prestigious competition, the Champions League. And while many of us could come up with many reasons for the striker’s failure to win a Champions’ League winner’s medal, Zlatan opted to blame his former Catalan coach. “We had the best team in the world, that’s for certain,” Ibrahimovic said. “But we failed in our quest for the Champions League because of the bad decisions of certain people.”

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Squad update: Montoya in, Douglas out

Squad update: Montoya in, Douglas out

Martín Montoya has been included in the squad list for Tuesday’s clash against Paris Saint-Germain as a replacement to Douglas Pereira. The Brazilian full back was included up until Monday morning when the medical services revealed that the 24-year-old has a bruised foot.

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Zlatan out of Barça clash

Zlatan out of Barça clash

After missing his side’s last two games after suffering an injury in his left heel, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been officially ruled out of the Champions League clash against FC Barcelona following a statement on the Paris Saint-Germain official website that read: The diagnostic after several tests conducted this morning on the injured left heel of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is negative. The striker is out of the Champions League clash against FC Barcelona.”

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Mathieu: “Lucho right coach for Barça”

Mathieu: “Lucho right coach for Barça”

FC Barcelona defender Jérémy Mathieu (30), spoke briefly to the club’s media ahead of the Champions League encounter versus Paris Saint-Germain.

“They [PSG] are a group of players with a lot of skill, but without Ibrahimovic they aren’t the same side. We will have to be 100% focused in defence against them because they are full of talent,” the Frenchman said. In regards to his new coach, Mathieu said that Luis Enrique is “the right coach for Barça. He is very ambitious and is clear about his ideas and how we should play.” As to his feelings about playing in the biggest stadium in Europe, he admitted, “You have to be focused for 90 minutes. You feel more pressure because you are wearing the Barça shirt.”

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The Front: Sport (29.9.2014)

the front sport sept 29 2014

THE ARGENTINIAN WANTS TO ATTACK PARIS

MESSI’S REVENGE

BAD MEMORIES: Leo was injured against PSG and began his ordeal there

INDISPENSABLE CRACK: He’s participated in 13 of the team’s 18 goals

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (29.9.2014)

the front MD sept 29 2014

THE PARIS 11

TER STEGEN RETURNS TO GOAL

Luis Enrique has shaped the team who will play tomorrow against Ibrahimovic’s PSG

Barça travels today to confront the first demanding test of the season

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We’ve got mail: An open letter to Neymar

We’ve got mail: An open letter to Neymar

It has been a while since we have had something submitted to share with the totalBarça community. This one is a good one, it is different, and it is dedicated to Neymar Jr.

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Cartoon of the day: Sport (29.9.2014)

cartoon of the day sept 29 3014

CR7: You know that I put that banner up there?

Florentino: To increase your salary?

CR7: Bingo

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Picture of the day: Carwash

Picture of the day: Carwash

The local boys’ soccer team had a carwash recently in order to raise money for new uniforms. When they saw my FC Barcelona pennant, they did an extra good job.

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September 29, 2014

Number of the day: 100

Squad named for Paris-Saint Germain game


September 28, 2014

UCL Rivals: Paris Saint-Germain

The Goals: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

Luis Enrique: “Messi touched by a magic wand”

Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 6-0 Granada CF

Match Preview: RCD Mallorca – FC Barcelona B

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (28.9.2014)

The Front: Sport (28.9.2014)

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