Good teams must know how to win convincingly. But what ultimately makes a good team into a champion team is the ability to win ugly. Against bottom-placed Eldense, Barcelona B didn’t even come close to playing their best football. The Blaugranas did dominate the match from start to finish, looked sharper than the opposition and had the best chances, but still left a lot to be desired with their performance. The team managed to dodge the banana skin in the end, but only just. Gerard Gumbau, who has become a key figure in Barcelona B’s resurgence of late, netted a wonderful free kick just 5 minutes from time to keep his team top of the league standards from yet another week.
Barça entered matchday 11 with something to prove.
Playing away at Sevilla is a consistently difficult match, and the general mood suggested it might not go well.
Round 11 of La Liga sees FC Barcelona pull out a narrow victory over Sevilla FC at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. Lionel Messi was the star of show pulling Barcelona back after they were undone by a beautiful pass from Samir Nasir that led to a Vitolo goal. Luis Suárez won the match in the 61st minute after a devastating Messi dribble.
On Sunday FC Barcelona will head to Sevilla to play at the Sánchez Pizjuán. Kickoff will be at 8.45pm CET and it’s surely a must see match – it’s La Liga’s number two against number four. Playing at Sánchez Pizjuán are always challenging, although Barça have managed to win three out of the last five matches (one loss and one draw also).
Luis Enrique’s men travelled to Manchester knowing that they were facing a team that are very much a work in progress under Pep Guardiola’s management, but definitely knew that they are a very dangerous side. With multiple injuries within the squad, to think that City could get something from Wednesday’s game was in no way unthinkable.
If a football match lasted 38 minutes, Barcelona would have flown back to El Prat airport with a simple win and feeling very proud of their performance, but unfortunately a football match lasts 90 minutes, and Manchester City showed how important momentum and confidence can be, and how a game can change within small margins of error.
In football, it often beneficial to get through a rough patch. It was only two weeks ago when Barcelona B were a team on a three-match winless run. Now leading the league, the team led by Gerard López is on a three-match undefeated run, during which it has not conceded a single goal. In their first ever win against Llagostera, which came on Saturday, the reserves showed that they know how to win, even when key men are missing.
Round 10 of La Liga sees an uninspired FC Barcelona struggle to find the back of the net as they dominate bottom feeding Granada CF in every other department. A lone goal by Rafinha in the 49th minute was the difference as Barça put in a lackluster shift before their trip to Manchester for Champions League play on Tuesday.
Barcelona have walked away with a win in each of their last 22 home games against Granada, and today’s match was no exception. Rafinha Alcántara’s goal was the difference as Barça won 1-0 in a game where both sides played uninspiring football. Granada played good defense which, added to the lack of finishing up top, led to a single goal and not much else for Barcelona.
This Saturday at 8.45pm CET FC Barcelona will play their next league fixture against Granada at the Camp Nou. It’s matchday ten in La Liga season 2016/2017. Having scored 15 goals in the last four matches in La Liga, Barça look to continue their October form and chase down Real Madrid and Sevilla at the top spots.