Quote of the Day: Penance

Quote of the Day: Penance

I know they are talking a load of nonsense about what I said, but I just want all culés to know that it’s only us [the team] and you all, and if we are not together, we will not again enjoy achieving our objectives. At the end of the day, Barça is everyone. I always do what I feel, right or wrong, that’s who I am.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (7.2.2014)

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Three Key Dates

In 10 days, Barça will play for their aspirations in La Liga, to go to the final of the Copa, and to continue in the Champions

February 9: Sevilla-Barça/Liga

February 12: Real Sociedad-Barça/Copa

February 18: Manchester City-Barça/Champions

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The Front: Sport (7.2.2014)

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TATA’S 3 WORRIES

1. He wants to introduce different tactics but the team resists change

2. Messi isn’t 100% yet and and his position on the field creates doubts

3. Cesc’s profile is more suitable to (Tata’s) style than is Iniesta’s

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Picture of the day: Hugs can wait

Picture of the day: Hugs can wait

Everyone wants to hug Lionel Messi, but could you at least wait until the match is over?

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The Highlights: FC Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

The Highlights: FC Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

Watch the highlights from last night’s game between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad after the jump!

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THOSE WHO STEP IT UP 2 – 0 R. SOCIEDAD

MARTINO: “It’s not the fact that we played against four cats at the Camp Nou…”

“…it’s that playing like that, they won’t see us or the rats.”

Cartoon by Caye

Freixa tweets and deletes

Freixa tweets and deletes

FC Barcelona spokesman and secretary Toni Freixa posted on his official Twitter account a controversial tweet last night, where he appeared to criticize the team’s performance. Once he received an immediate backlash from the fans, he quickly deleted it and posted something a little more positive.

“With little reason to celebrate the team’s play, we congratulate them for the result and praise Pinto, again at the high level required,” tweeted the Barça spokesman after Sunday’s 2-0 win against Real Sociedad. He quickly trashed it after he received some angry replies, and posted this instead:

“The season is very long and we continue to have the possibility of winning all competitions.  With all of the confidence and belief, Visca Barça!!!”

Nice save Toni… not.

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Youth goals galore!

A vision of the future! Which one is your favorite?

Alves: “Those that don’t come are not such real culés”

Alves: “Those that don’t come are not such real culés”

Dani Alves took another swing at Barça fans yesterday evening, following up last week’s claim that the Camp Nou can sometimes feel like an away ground. The Brazilian, who doesn’t feel the fans’ passion at the moment, lashed out at them saying, If you doubt this team, then it’s best if you don’t come.” Much more from Alves after the jump.

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View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out.

Image: Miguel Ruiz, fcbarcelona.com

Player reactions: Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

Player reactions: Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

After  the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Real Sociedad, FC Barcelona midfielder and scorer of the first goal of the night, Sergio Busquets said that the 2-0 “is a good result.” He also underlined that, “We didn’t concede any goals.” With a good result at home, Busquets stated that road to Copa final is nearly over, “Now we just have to play the second leg.” But the midfielder at the same time warned, “The Anoeta is a difficult stadium, hopefully we can do the same thing in the second leg and get to the finals.” Asked about the other semi-final between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid Busquets simply said ,“The 3-0 is a good result for Real Madrid.”

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Deulofeu returns to training at Everton

Deulofeu returns to training at Everton

After a six week absence with a muscular injury, FC Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu (19) returned to normal training in England at Everton. His coach Roberto Martinez confirmed that the player was “completely recovered.” Rumors have swirled in the last few weeks about what the future holds for Deulofeu, with some reports locating him in England for another season, and others suggesting that he will return to Barcelona with a promise of first team action.

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Martino: “Generally our game plan was correct”

Martino: “Generally our game plan was correct”

Gerardo Martino was certainly happy with the final result but clearly expressed some dissatisfaction with the overall performance. Admitting that the team was “a bit apprehensive because of Saturday’s game against Valencia,” Martino told the press that the team “didn’t take any risks” but on the whole played a “good game.

On the match itself, Martino felt good about the first half but lamented about “a lack of speed“ in the second. “Generally our game plan was correct but it’s clear that the two goals came more of a result of chance than how the team played.” While that is true for the first goal, it is perhaps a bit harsh on the second. Obviously the second goal was ridiculous luck eventually, but the pass from Cesc Fàbregas to Alexis Sánchez was sublime and his finish was millimeters from hitting the right side of the post and going in.

More from Martino on yesterday’s 2-0 victory after the jump.

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The Front: Mundo Deportivo (6.2.2014)

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LOOKING GOOD

Barça put the tie on the right track in a game with many missed chances

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The Front: Sport (6.2.2014)

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WITH ONE FOOT IN THE FINAL

… AND MADRID WITH ONE AND A HALF

A GREAT SAVE FROM PINTO AND GOALS FROM BUSQUETS AND ZUBIKARAI IN HIS OWN GOAL, DECISIVE WIN

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Picture of the day: Lucky number 7

Picture of the day: Lucky number 7

Dani Alves is very excited to congratulate Sergio Busquets on his seventh career goal yesterday against Real Sociedad.

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Match Review: Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

Match Review: Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

There was a bit of luck involved and it wasn’t pretty, but Barcelona obtained a very good result in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals against Real Sociedad. La Real came out to play for a draw, setting up in a very conservative 5-3-2 formation that essentially put eight men in defense, clogging the midfield and forcing Barcelona out wide. The tactic proved effective at first, but Barcelona persevered and were able to grind out the win.

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Number of the day: 100

Number of the day: 100

After yesterday’s Copa del Rey win against Real Sociedad, Barça has now scored 100 goals in all competitions this season. With 59 scored in La Liga, 16 goals in the Champions League, 24 in the Copa del Rey and Neymar’s single goal in the Supercopa, Barça has done well reaching a century of goals this early in the season.

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Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

Here is your chance to rate the players of today’s match. Show us what you think of their performances by selecting and clicking on the stars after each player. You can rate the players after the jump. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

The Result: FC Barcelona 2-0 Real Sociedad

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 2

Real Sociedad: 0

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February 5, 2014

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad

Quote of the day: Adriano’s perception of Barça

Bartomeu: “I don’t plan on resigning”

Jordi Alba red card appeal rejected

Happy Birthday Neymar!

Barça in hot demand

The Front: Sport (5.2.2014)

The Front: Mundo Deportivo (5.2.2014)

Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad

Picture of the day: Backstage at the MD Gala

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