STAY STRONG, JOHAN
The blaugrana legend said to his family that “we will win this match” and thanks everyone for the support and love he has received
Commotion in the world of football, especially in Barça and Ajax
MESSI: “I’m good at Barça. I’ve made my life here.”
NO ONE WANTS TO CALL THE CLÁSICO
The anonymous accusation has created panic among the referees
In recent seasons, it’s become something of a private joke amongst culés that Real Madrid – even on a bad day – are awarded at least one penalty at the Santiago Bernabéu– Cristiano Ronaldo does have hat-tricks to score, you know?
For some, Diego Simeone included, the matter extends beyond the realms of footballing humour and the odd chuckle or two is transformed into full-blown tinfoil-hat conspiracies.
MARTY McFLY WASN’T THE ONLY ONE WHO HAD A DELOREAN
… SIGNING MESSI WASN’T AN ACCIDENT
CLÁSICO UNDER SUSPICION
An assistant referee complains of pressure to undermine Barça
Interview with the complainant’s lawyer, who is a member of one of the possible teams to call the match
ALL DOCUMENTS PRESENTED TO THE POLICE
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: XAVI, ABOUT THE PERSECUTION BARÇA SUFFERS
“WHEN THEY MESS WITH US, IT MAKES US STRONGER”
“To go to Qatar is one of the best decisions of my life”
A linesman, who wants to remain anonymous, denounces the Technical Committee of Arbitration to Anti-Fiscal Corruption
According to him, the referees have been pressured to favor Madrid in the next Clásico on November 21
He has singled out an ex-colleague as having a Falangist past, his lawyer assures that this is not the only case and the police are investigating
NEYMAR leads, assists and runs: 10.1 km, against BATE
RAKITIĆ, has scored the most goals after the trident
Lucho and the Golden Cucumber Award
After last night’s win in the UEFA Champions League clash between FC Barcelona and BATE Borisov, coach Luis Enrique Martínez expressed his satisfaction with the team’s work and explained why the team suffered less on the defensive side of the pitch.
“We didn’t suffer in defence because we kept creating pressure. The whole team worked well,” explained Lucho, “This win strengthens us. To win with a clean sheet while the other game ended in a draw puts us in a strong position.”
What is the UEFA Champions League, if not a clash of kings? And when you play the Game of Thrones, you either win, or you die – or so they say. In recent weeks, for FC Barcelona and its beleaguered manager nothing could be further from the truth. To repurpose the motto of one of George R.R. Martin’s (in)famous houses of Westeros, the blaugrana have definitely bowed, are most certainly bent, though are yet to be broken.
Injuries have taken their toll. Fatigue has taken its toll. Players are out of form. The goals have dried up one end of the pitch, yet flow like wellspring on the other – the wrong side, mind you. This oversaturated narrative has been drilled into our heads ad infinitum. Yet for all the (valid) excuses in the world, a team that fashions itself as an apex predator, as Luis Enrique’s men do, simply had to beat their Belarussian prey.
And beat them they did, comfortably. In truth, play toiled now and again, and the familiar question of “is it one of those nights?” did fiendishly make a brief appearance, but success was secured methodically, and piece by piece. It may not have been Barcelona’s A-Team out there, but
Hannibal Smith Luis Enrique would have no doubt been delighted to see his plan come together.
A solitary BATE shot on target in the 77th minute tells the tale. FC Barcelona coasted to victory in Barysaw courtesy of an excellent brace from Ivan Rakitić. The other Group E result now leaves Barça in prime position that will likely see them qualify in match-day four assuming (reasonably) a win against the Belarusians on November 4th. Yesterday was the unfussy, professional display that everybody immediately forgets yet speaks volumes about a team short of staff, (add Sergi Roberto to the list of casualties) and heavy in the legs. BATE may have been beaten in their minds before even taking the pitch and Barça made sure it stayed that way.