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.
The second match day in Group C of Champions League play sees FC Barcelona secure a late win two to one away to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Thorgan Hazard gave the home team an early lead in the first half, but second half goals from Arda Turan and Gerard Piqué gave the blaugrana all three points to keep the side top of their group table.
This is a repost of an article originally featured on our site last season by Sameer Riyaz about the potential rise of Sergi Roberto. It’s a very interesting read, especially in light of Roberto’s ascent to stardom this season. And also because Sameer is such a great writer. He concluded: “As things presently stand, the simple fact of the matter, unpalatable though it may be, is that Sergi Roberto’s future at the club is the brightest out of all La Masia prospects bar none.” How’s that for prescience? Enjoy the article!
Winning 5-0 on the road is cause for celebration enough, but doing it without Messi, Iniesta, or Rakitić after a hard-fought draw against Atlético midweek is a miracle of a manita.