Breathe. In what was a tense and stressful afternoon, FC Barcelona successfully managed to comeback from a one goal deficit againt UD Almería to win the game and add three massive points to temporarily top the league. Today’s performance was far, far from good, and since both Sevilla and Valencia await the team after the international break, there is much to discuss and much to change. Neymar Jr. and Jordi Alba scored both goals for Barcelona from two amazing Luis Suárez crosses, while Almería’s goal was scored by Thievy Bifouma. Continue reading for more.
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 UD Almeria and FC Barcelona! Are you ready?
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Barcelona B’s season has been one of ups and downs. The team has been capable of both the best and the worst, and that is reflected in the team’s position on the league table. This week, a special challenge awaits Eusebio’s men when they travel to Seville to face one of the biggest contenders for promotion Real Betis. Could the Estadio Benito Villamarín be the venue for Barça B’s return to victories?
FC Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique spoke to the press ahead of the game against UD Almería and said he is focused to get the win with no exceptions. However, he knows that Almería this season “are an improved side with regards to last season.” and added that it will not be a walk in the park for the Catalans, “they will sit back and try to hit us on the counter,” adding that “they will make life difficult for us.”
Having earned a crucial 0-2 win against Ajax on Wednesday, Barcelona must find ways to continue their positive momentum against Almería this weekend. Two losses against Real Madrid and Celta Vigo made clear the startling problems with Luis Enrique’s team so far, and while the performance in Amsterdam was an improvement, there are still many flaws to iron out. With the disruption of the international break coming up, followed by key matches against Sevilla and Valencia – both currently challenging near the top of the table – Luis Enrique must use this opportunity to get his team in order and earn the confidence of both the players and the fans.
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Nike has given its customers the ability to design their own shoes for a while, but now fans of FC Barcelona can personalize their Nike Air Max 1’s with the Barça crest. You can personalize the colors on every part of the shoe, add a personal message or slogan and, of course, show off the Barça crest. Go to nike.com/fcb and release your inner sneaker designer.
FC Barcelona striker Leo Messi is used to breaking records during his extraordinary career. Wednesday in Amsterdam he equaled the all-time Champions League goalscoring record of 71, set by Raúl González (Real Madrid and Schalke 04). Messi needed only 90 matches (in eleven seasons), while Raúl set a record in 142. Now it is just a matter of time for Messi to break yet another record and set his own.
Wednesday night’s win qualified Barça to the next stage of the Champions League with two games still in hand, thanks to two goals from Lionel Messi who is now on par with Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez’s UCL record with 71 goals. The team didn’t play so well, yet they secured three crucial points after losing two consecutive games in La Liga against Real Madrid and Celta Vigo. Xavi Hernandez along with Marc Bartra, Ivan Rakitic and Javier Mascherano, spoke to the media in the mixed zone after the game; check out what they all had to say right after the jump.
It’s been a rough period for FC Barcelona after losing two consecutive games in La Liga and falling out of top spot. However, the team reacted well against Ajax after winning for the first time a UCL game in Amsterdam, with two goals from Lionel Messi in each half which brought his total to 71 goals – equalling Raul Gonzalez’ Champions League record. The coach was all smiles in the post press conference on Wednesday night and admitted that he was relieved to have qualified to the next round of the Champions League with two games in hand. “It is important to have qualified with two games in hand. I’d like to stress the way the players behaved. I have no complaints about their attitude tonight.” More from the coach after the jump.
Spain U-19 coach Luis de la Fuente has announced a list of 20 players who will travel to Greece for the U-19 tournament to be held in Greece. Two Barcelona players have been called-up. Fullback Xavier Quintillá and centre-back Rodrigo Tarín, both of the Juevnil A are the Blaugranas included in the call-up. The tournament will be played in the Greek towns of Veria and Katerini, from the 13th of November. Spain U-19 will face hosts Greece, reigning U-19 champions Germany and 2013 runners-up France.
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