After a draw in the first game of the league this season away at the Balearic Islands, FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A side managed to claim a victory against Gimnastic de Tarragona at home at the Joan Gamper sporting complex. Curiously, the winning goal – and only goal – came from the youngest player on the team, Ayoub.
FC Barcelona start their bid to win the UEFA Champions League (UCL) four years after the Wembley triumph with a home match against APOEL Nicosia. The Cypriot champions were the team drawn from Pot 4 in the UEFA Champions League draw, but that is about how much most culés know about the Nicosia-based team. This season, just like every year, we give you deep insight into every team Barcelona will face on the route to Berlin, starting with our first UCL rivals APOEL Nicosia. Read more…
FC Barcelona’s Chilean goal keeper Claudio Bravo (31) was content following FC Barcelona’s third consecutive league win, which ended 2-0 against Athletic club. Bravo was happy that the team broke the deadlock saying, “it was difficult for us to break the deadlock … We couldn’t score. But eventually we got a win that will do us a lot of good. Athletic is a tough, hard-working team and they are clearly more into their rhythm after playing in the Champions League qualifiers.” Read more on what Bravo had to say along with comments from Mathieu and Busquets after the jump.
Barcelona B managed to record their first away win yesterday, beating Alavés 2-3 in Vitoria, but the truth is that the scoreline should never have been so close. Eusebio’s team dominated against a clueless Alavés in the first half, and despite of the hosts having some chances, they managed to put themselves into a three-goal lead by halftime. The second half was another story, as the reserves completely lost control over the match, conceded two late goals, and saw the opposition miss a penalty right at the death, ensuring that they had to suffer in order to get a third consecutive win. They did though, and that’s all that matters. Read more after the break.
FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique spoke with the press after Saturday’s game against Athletic Club. He said that he was happy with the teams performance and heaped praise on Messi. The Basque side made life difficult for the Catalans for nearly the entire match but then Messi assisted two chances that Neymar Jr slotted home to end the match 2-0 for Barça.
During the post match conference, Luis Enrique praised the game of Messi saying that “Messi is not just the best player in the world for the goals he scores, or for his assists, but for everything. He is the best player in the world even in defence, that is the perfect version of Messi. Messi is outside all praise.” He also added that, “He does things you do not see even in Oliver and Benji [a childrens' cartoon], or the Playstation, what he does touches the impossible. We have got used to it, but it is a delight and a privilege to have the best player in the world in your team. Without a doubt.”
Read more from the Barça boss after the jump.
After last night’s game against Athletic Club, FC Barcelona’s Brazilian brace-scorer Neymar (22) spoke with the press about his combination play with teammate Lionel Messi, the team’s performance and a great effort by their Basque opponents. Neymay lauded the provider of his goals by saying that, “Messi is the best in the world, a ‘crack. I am getting better with him. We are recovering as a team and improving. I came back from the travelling a little tired, it was a long journey.”
Read more from Neymar after the jump.
Three matches, three clean sheets. Sounds like something from an episode of the Twilight Zone. FC Barcelona haven’t managed clean sheets in the opening three fixtures of a season since 1993/94, when Johan Cruyff’s side navigated past Real Sociedad, Albacete and Athletic Club with Andoni Zubizarreta never having to retrieve the ball from the net behind him. If Barça manage to keep Levante out next Sunday for the first 19 minutes, then it will be the second best defensive start to any season in the club’s history. The record stands at 560 minutes from the 1977/78 campaign.
Up until the 79th minute, this was probably one of the most frustrating, mentally exhausting FC Barcelona matches. Not because the performance was disappointing or ‘boring’ but because everything was being executed perfectly, everything but the final decisive touch. Lionel Messi managed to find Luis Enrique’s super sub, Neymar Jr., twice to secure another late win against the stubborn Lions. Three games, three wins, and three clean sheets. I’m happy.
The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favourite part to a post-match analysis, after the Post-Match Review of course. It is now your turn to show us what you think of the players’ performances. Let’s see how you all do!
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Luis Enrique spoke very fondly of FC Barcelona’s La Liga opponent, Athletic Club Bilbao, following the end of the international break. “Everything about Athletic worries me. They’ve been playing well for several seasons. They’re the best team at creating attacking pressure. It’s always very motivational to be able to play Athletic,” he said. Luis Enrique will not be expecting Athletic to sit at the back, but to attack aggressively and provide a real test for the defenders. Continue reading for more.
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