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.
Ilusionista. Harry Potter. Maestro. Artist. Puto Crack.
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!
Defeats are, just like wins, a part of the beautiful game. They all hurt, but some defeats hurt harder than others. Barça B suffered a defeat of the painful type this weekend, succumbing to their first home defeat of the season against Catalan neighbours Cornellà. Gerard López’s men controlled the match from start to finish, and should have really clinched the three points from the first 45 minutes of the game. A less intense second half though, coupled with a hotly contested decision by the referee to award the visitors a penalty five minutes from time meant the hosts were left empty-handed.
Here is our exclusive match gallery once more! Despite the loss, there were some lovely pictures taken that are worth looking at versus Celta Vigo.
In a weekend after Champions League play midweek where FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, and Real Madrid all failed to win, the pressure was on FC Barcelona to impress away from home against Celta de Vigo. A win at the Balaídos would also mean Barça would vault to the top of the La Liga table. Unfortunately for the Catalans the Basque side dominated the first half so completely even a mighty club like Barcelona were unable to come back after a late Marc-André ter Stegen blunder.
After a tough match in the UEFA Champions League, FC Barcelona travel to Galicia for a challenging match against Celta Vigo. Celta had a midweek match on Thursday: a Europa League match against Panathinaikos they won 2-0. The match will kickoff Sunday night at 8.45pm CET at Celta Vigo’s stadium, Balaídos.
In the last five matches between the teams, Barça has managed to win three, while Celta Vigo has two wins. You might remember their last meeting at Camp Nou, a 6-1 win for Barça, for the famous Lionel Messi penalty-assist for Luis Suárez, which was actually meant for Neymar. Or you might remember one of the bigger Barça-blowouts in the last decade, with the blaugrana losing 4-1 in the last meeting at Balaídos.