Barcelona B are obviously going through a rough patch. For yet another week, Gerard López’s men have failed to win, extending their winless (and also scoreless) streak to three matches. The Blaugranas at least got a point from their visit to Atlético Levante, after two successive defeats that nobody really saw coming. As Gerard López correctly pointed out in the post-match press conference, neither team deserved to win on Sunday.
Luis Enrique’s men took to the field this afternoon to make a point- that they could manage to come back from an international break and still play at the highest level. And that is exactly what they achieved.
After two weeks with another international break, Deportivo La Coruña will visit the Camp Nou on Saturday. One might remember the last meeting in April, when FC Barcelona rocked the Riazor and cruised to an easy 8-0 win in a Luis Suárez master show. Or one might remember how the teams have drawn the last two meetings at the Camp Nou (both matches 2-2), after Barça looked secure as leaders with a delightful 2-0 lead until the final stages of both matches. The match kicks off at the Camp Nou at 4.15pm CET tomorrow, Saturday 15th October 2016.
Disclaimer right away: This article is by no means a criticism of Javier Mascherano. He is a living legend at the club and one of my favorite players ever. The six years he’s been a member of the team have been fruitful – 18 trophies – and he’s been a great contributor to winning. He’s not afraid to get down and dirty defensively and has brought grit to our back line. But he’s essentially been playing out of position for six years. Which is why it’s not blasphemy, in my opinion, to suggest he ought to be replaced by Samuel Umtiti.
I love Luis Enrique. Love is a strong word, but I am sure this is it. How can I not? The man won a treble his first season and followed that up with a double last season. He’s successfully put together possibly the most lethal attack in the history of the game, but that does not rank amongst Lucho’s greatest achievements to date.
There has been a lot of finger-pointing going around since our loss to Celta Vigo. A lot of it has come Marc-André Ter Stegen’s way. And sure, he made yet another crucial mistake that cost us points, on a weekend where Real Madrid had dropped points and had presented us an opportunity to make up the points deficit. And sure, this is definitely not the first time Marc has done something of the sort. And yet again, sure, Claudio Bravo was mostly immune to any such mistakes (as we saw on his Manchester City debut). But is it fair to put so much blame on one man?
Once again, Barcelona B have ended the weekend feeling hard done by their result. This time round, the feeling is that the team managed to lose three points that seemed destined to become theirs. Away at neighbors Gavà, the reserves did everything right, but once again they couldn’t get the goal they needed. The effectiveness in front of goal was missing and with their only decent chance of the game, the hosts scored and stole all three points despite playing the whole of the first half with ten men.
Much has been made of Sergio Busquets’ recent performances. After all, his form has been rather patchy, to say the least- similarly to that of his team. For the most part, Sergi has been at his brilliant best. That being said, some of his performances have raised some concerns. A pattern has started recently, whereby teams playing a high-intensity press system have managed to make life difficult for Busi. But why? Surely, Busquets has come up against dozens, if not hundreds of teams, employing such a system.
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So, yet another International Break: we’re all bored to tears without our favorite team! Pass the time admiring the amazing creations of FootyGraphic, a modest store clerk turned football design superstar! This is the second in an ongoing series featuring work from the Barça edit community. This interview was conducted in late September via email. Hope you enjoy it!