Two consecutive league losses aren’t really signs of great potential, and it’s up to Luis Enrique and his men to comeback from this difficult week. Ivan Rakitic, Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano spoke to the media in the mixed zone after the game on Saturday where they all pretty much summed it up with the same sentence, “If the ball doesn’t want to go in, it won’t.” Only the Argentine defender admitted that the loss is ‘worrying’ and that something needs to be done. Read what the players had to say after the jump.
Barcelona’s defeat against Celta was another wake-up call for the Blaugranas. Coach Luis Enrique seemed to recognise that, judging from his words at the post-match press conference. ‘Lucho’ couldn’t hide his anger at his players’ wastefulness, and called for everyone to “get up”. Read the full translation of Luis Enrique’s comments after the jump…
A hard-worked draw for Barça B. In a game of two faces, Eusebio’s team survived an incredibly intense first half from Sporting de Gijón and then went on to search for the win with some improved play in the second half, yet wastefulness and the referee kept the hosts at bay, prolonging the visitors’ unbeaten streak. Barcelona B, now two games without a win, will definitely take heart from the fact that they managed another clean sheet. Read more…
It’s been a hard few days for Barça; two losses in a row in the league added with Andres Iniesta’s injury rang some alarm bells in the Camp Nou offices. But things are only getting harder now, with Barça’s arguably most on form defender Jeremy Mathieu out for two to three weeks with a Calf injury sustained during the loss against Celta Vigo.
WHAT A BLOW!
PLAYING LIKE THIS WON’T WIN ANYTHING
A BARÇA WITHOUT CREATIVITY: There was no midfield, but the star trident had four balls hit the woodwork
GOODBYE, LEAD: Barça lost the lead for the first time after two losses and could be at fifth today
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The woodwork, four times, and the keeper, Sergio, averted an azulgrana victory
Barça fell against a good Celta, suffered their second continuous loss and ceded the lead
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NEITHER TRICK, NOR TREAT, NOR POINTS 0
“The present scares culés… …the future seems terrifying”
Suffering in the stands during yesterday’s match: Andoni Zubizarreta, goalkeeper 1986-1994; Carles Puyol, central defender 1997-2014; Gerard Piqué, central defender 2008-Present. And some random guy. Oh, right. I almost forgot that Barça bought Thomas Vermaelen.
Wastefulness is one of things you never want to have when playing a game of football. You know that you may not get many chances, but those that you do get you finish well. What happens if you get 19 shots, 15 of those being clear-cut chances? Are you allowed to waste them? Of course not. If you do, you are punished. The ball never forgives. If you make mistakes, it stings you. That was pretty much what happened with Barcelona in the match against Celta. The Blaugranas were looking for a response after the clásico, but ended up wasting a catalogue of chances and losing all three points against a valiant Celta side that did basic things well to inflict a second straight league defeat on the Catalans.
Barcelona B put on a worryingly lackluster performance in Tenerife last week, and inevitably, ended up losing to one of the league’s bottom sides. The defeat disrupted the good feeling surrounding Eusebio’s team following a string of more positive displays, but it could have actually served as a reminder that there are no ‘easy’ games. This week though, is a wholly different story. Barça are facing their toughest test to date, against 3rd placed Sporting de Gijón. How is the team going to perform? Read more after the jump.
FC Barcelona return to the Camp Nou with a difficult league fixture against Luis Enrique’s former side, Celta de Vigo, after a match to forget against Real Madrid. While a win would help both players and fans to put the clasico loss behind them, Celta de Vigo is not a side to underestimate. The visitors are the only team in La Liga yet to lose an away game, but their record against the Catalans when Barça play at home is not so encouraging. Celta de Vigo’s only win against Barcelona dates back to 1942 which means that they have never won at the Camp Nou, and Barça would surely like to keep it that way.
FINALLY, THE STAR SIGNING’S DEBUT IN THE CAMP NOU
The Uruguayan’s presentation, therapy for a Barça that needs to regain faith and continue as leader
Luis joins Neymar and Messi, who is one goal away from catching up to Zarra, an attack that can everyone can aspire to
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APPOINTMENT WITH HISTORY
MESSI COULD BEST ZARRA’S LEGENDARY RECORD TODAY
Leo is only one goal away from equaling the record and the Camp Nou will pay tribute
Luis Enrique plans changes and to minimize the loss at the Bernabéu
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BLATTER MUST BE ENJOYING HIMSELF
“REAL MADRID FANS EVERYWHERE CONTINUING ENJOYING THE CLÁSICO VICTORY”
BLATTER: “Stay calm, culés, you will regroup… in 2016. For now, you have Douglas”
Dani Alves and Marc-André ter Stegen were roughhousing like little boys in training on Friday. Said Alves (in German!) on his social media accounts, “Calm down, Marc! I’m too strong for you!”
Luis Enrique was widely criticized for getting his tactics wrong in the Real Madrid match. How do you think he will respond? More to the point, who would be in your starting eleven, what substitutions would you plan and what tactical instructions would you give to the team?
Luis Enrique spoke to the press ahead of the match against Celta Vigo, the side he coached last season. The coach confessed that the match is indeed special; “there’s no doubt that Celta is a very special match for me because I know all the players.” Make the jump for more.
If you watch this weekend’s match versus Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou, don’t be confused if the whole crowd is dressed in yellow. Find out why after the jump.
October 31, 2014
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