Barça B’s star Adama Traore has confirmed that his representatives are currently negotiating a new deal with the club to extend his stay. “I want to continue here for may years,” said Adama. The 18-year-old was promoted to Barça B last season after impressive performances with Juvenil A, and was also handed his first team debut from FC Barcelona’s former manager, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino. Adama scored five goals and assisted another five in 28 appearances with the B-team last year.
FC Barcelona broke the record for the best defensive record since the start of a Liga season and two of the men who made this record possible gave their views on the game shortly after the final whistle. Jérémy Mathieu praised the team’s collective effort, also expressing his will to play anywhere the manager asks him to play, in reference to being assigned to left-back in Vallecas. On his part, Claudio Bravo, the man who gets most credit for the record, expressed his pleasure at the record, but affirmed that he was only looking to do a job for the team rather than earning the record.
Additional commentary from Barça’s defensive stalwarts below.
After returning to the top of the league table yesterday, Luis Enrique said he was very pleased with the team’s reaction against an exciting opponent like Rayo Vallecano. “The players had the right attitude and performed as they had to against an awkward and hard-working opponent. They played with the required level of intensity.” The win came after a loss in the Champions League and was needed to get the players back on their feet. “The win has reinforced us.” Continue reading for more from the coach.
Rafinha Alcântara had just received the medical green light before Saturday morning’s session, but the Brazilian said that he felt some pain in his left thigh following said morning session. The extent of the injury is not yet clear and the player will remain out of action for the time being.
Get well soon Rafa!
Seven games, seven clean sheets. The thought of Barça maintaining such a record was unthinkable in recent years, yet Luis Enrique has achieved what no club in the history of La Liga has; a perfect start for the defensive line. And while the headlines tomorrow will praise the newly signed goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, I believe that the man behind our successes at the back is the same man many culés doubted when he signed this summer. That man, ladies and gentlemen, would be Jérémy Mathieu.
FC Barcelona returned to the top of league with 19 points in hand after a comfortable 2-0 win against Rayo Vallecano. Both goals were scored in quick succession during the first half, with the first from Lionel Messi and the second from Neymar Jr. With a seventh successive clean sheet in La Liga, Barcelona became the first team in the history of the league to not concede for the first seven games of the campaign.
According to Twitter site @Footy, FC Barcelona became the first team in La Liga to record seven clean sheets in the opening seven games. Additionally, that means Claudio Bravo clean sheet record in the league jumps to 630, giving him the club record of minutes without conceding since the start of a new league campaign.
The Ratings… Everyone’s 2nd favorite 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!
totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between Málaga CF and FC Barcelona. Are you ready?!
Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 18:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
Claudio Bravo unbeaten league run stands at 540 minutes. If he manages to keep the ball out of his net past the first 20 minute against Rayo, Bravo will set a club record for minutes without conceding since the start of the league, beating the previous record of 560 held by Pedro María Artola in 1977/78.
Barcelona B were very generous to let two points slip in Mallorca last week, but life goes for Eusebio’s men. The reserves return to the Miniestadi this week for a match against 9th placed Lugo. The blaugranas have collected 10 points to date, but survival in the division has never been achieved or indeed lost so early in the season, and therefore more wins and points would be more than welcome. Two games without a win is not a disaster, but knowing that this is Barça B, parallels with last season’s horrid run in autumn will certainly be there. Read more…
What’s not to like about Rayo Vallecano? An unglamorous side from an unglamorous but prideful Madrid neighborhood, Rayo is a team that truly matters to its supporters. Few grounds in Spain get the type of fervered support Rayo enjoy. And unlike other La Liga sides who all too predictably park the bus against the elite, Rayo take the pitch unafraid, with all guns blazing. Sure, that’s the reason they’ve conceded 16 to Barça in their last three homes games, but it’s also the reason manager Paco Jémez took them to a club record 8th place in 2013 and the reason they’re an entertaining side to watch and nerve-wracking one to oppose despite operating off a shoestring budget. Luis Enrique named Rayo pre-match favorites, which cannot be taken too literally. The point he was making was Barça cannot underestimate a Rayo side that punishes lethargy.
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