This season has been truly spectacular for FC Barcelona’s youth teams, and the Alevín C team has just made it even more spectacular, grabbing the ninth league title won by a Masia team this year. The other eight have been won by Juvenil A, Cadete A and B, Infantil A, Alevín A and B, and Benjamín A and B. Read more after the jump…
In many ways, Barcelona versus Atlético has been the defining match of this season. An astonishingly well-organized and defensive team highlighting both the coaching and tactical weaknesses that have come to plague Barcelona, Atlético have marked Barcelona’s downfall with their own ascendancy. With their incredible discipline, teamwork, and fanatical adherence to a single playing philosophy, Atlético Madrid echo the ethos of Guardiola’s Barça, if not the aesthetics, and the current blaugrana team have been unable to overcome this ferocious discipline in six games. In many ways, Saturday’s Liga finale was a microcosm for their experiences this entire season. Barcelona started strong and faded sharply in the second half; the most-maligned players on the field (Javier Mascherano, Gerard Piqué, Dani Alves) were some of the game’s best performers; a key injury turned the game for them, while Lionel Messi never seemed to get out of first gear. All familiar sights to the average cule, but ones that deserve further dissection today.
In the post Atlético Madrid press conference, Gerardo Tata Martino has confirmed what has been long anticipated, that he will not be continuing as FC Barcelona manager. Barça have once again wasted no time in moving forward and this paves the way for Luis Enrique to be named manager officially in the coming days. Whatever one’s opinion is of Tata professionally, it must be recognized he was handed a very difficult situation and unique set of circumstances, and throughout consistent bashing by the local media he’s been a wonderfully respectful, humble, classy gentlemen and we at totalBarça wish him all the best in his career and life.
It cannot be overstated how incredible of an accomplishment Atlético Madrid and Diego Simeone have pulled off. They are the true definition of bravery, what it means to be a team and you won’t see any one fight harder than them.
Congratulations Atlético Madrid, a most deserved champion….now go and win it in Lisbon.
totalBarça welcomes you all to the league final between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid! Are you ready?
Saturday, May 17, 2014 @ 18:00 Barcelona time - Convert to local time
During this Friday’s press conference, FC Barcelona manager Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino mentioned that “this would be the first title for this team as normal people, with suffering, fighting, debates. The other titles were those of extra-terrestrials. I would like a lot to win the title for the effort the players have put in.”
He went on to say that “this team has had the best history in the entire history of football. [But] this season has been inconsistent, with ups and down, without giving the best impression of Barcelona. These games do not have a clear favourite. I would say the chances are exactly equal.” More from Tata after the jump.
FC Barcelona B has now secured their presence in the Liga Adelante for next season, thanks to some favourable results last weekend despite of their defeat to CE Sabadell. From this point on, Eusebio’s team can relax and look forward to next season. Yet, as the coach has said in his pre-match comments, team spirit has to be maintained. Barcelona B should continue to play for the win in the four remaining matches, as the lure of finishing in a play-off spot, even without the right to play for promotion, is surely a big enough motivation for the players. For that to happen though, Barcelona B have to remain focused in the last few games, which include two matches against direct rivals in the playoff zone. Starting of course with this week’s match against 4th placed Murcia at the Mini Estadi.
“Despite everything that has happened it’s still possible to win the league and dedicate it to Tito, I’m sure he would have wanted that. He cared for this club a great deal and I’m sure it would have made him happy.”
Lionel Messi spoke about the league being “very strange with all three teams committing many mistakes” but stressed that “it’s a very important trophy for what it represents. It’s the work of a team over an entire year. Its’s been a complicated year, filled with many difficult circumstances and we’ve overcome them. Will it salvage our year? I don’t know but it is a very important title.”
Messi didn’t comment on speculation over Gerard Martino’s future but did say that “one day we will definitely see him with the Argentinian side.”
Win or lose, tonight’s dramatic finale to the 2013/14 La Liga is sure to be spectacular, and it is a fitting conclusion to what has been a rollercoaster season for FC Barcelona and the top three teams in general. Overall, La Liga has been much more competitive than in recent years: In addition to having a genuine third challenger for the first time in several years, the title race has had more twists and turns than in the previous 100-point Ligas, in which dropping points more than a handful of times spelled certain defeat. Read on below for a look back at a crazy season.
Today, on the last match day of the 2013-14 season, I wanted to present this year’s first team in its entirety. This is the team that made it to the Liga final today. Through all of the ups and downs, high hopes and disappointments, scandals and tragedies, they made it this far. Together. Visca Barça!
Things have come to such a point that a whole season depends on a single match. On Saturday, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid will contest one final showdown that will determine the La Liga champion. Both teams have fantastic players, but games of such magnitude cannot be won if the coach does not beat his counterpart for smartness in management. Tata Martino and Diego Simeone have a lot to think about going into the match. In this the final part of the mini-series ‘The Tactics Board,’ totalbarca will try to get into the shoes of Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino. Read more after the jump…
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