Review: FC Barcelona vs. Alavés

Luis Enrique’s last game while at the helm for FC Barcelona culminated in the club’s ninth trophy in three seasons, and their third consecutive Copy del Rey victory.

Thanks to another decisive performance from Lionel Messi and additional goals from Neymar and Paco Alcácer, Barça came away with a 3-1 win against Alavés in the final match at the Vicente Calderón.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona vs. Villarreal CF

With the fate of La Liga officially out of our hands, all we can do is continue to win and hope for a slip-up. The match on the weekend against Villarreal was a test: The best defense in the league was rolling, having won its last three games. But Barça found a way, as they often do.

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Match Review: Barcelona vs. Osasuna

The Camp Nou was buzzing as almost 100,000 fans commemorated Lionel Messi’s 500 goals. It seemed as if the match against Osasuna was a side attraction. The match ended up being enjoyable while putting pressure on Real Madrid to perform. Leo appreciated the gesture, but, as we saw, he wasn’t done yet.

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Review: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid

This review comes at a delay because I’ve spent the last two days in a fugue state, waiting to wake up from what surely must have been a culé’s hopeful, feverish imaginings.

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Can it happen?

Yes, I know about PSG and that historic comeback. That was truly something special, a magical night at the Camp Nou when we witnessed something that had never happened before. A 6-1 win after being 4-0 down? A stoppage time winner that saw a stadium of nearly 100,000 explode? Sergi Roberto will forever have a special place in the hearts of all Barça fans. Neymar’s undying faith that anything can happen fueled his wonderful play. It was one of the greatest nights in football history – unless you’re a PSG fan, of course.

But la Juve is a different beast altogether.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad

FC Barcelona scraped out a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad at home on Saturday for a vital, if not convincing, three points.

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Review: Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona

Hay liga?

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FC Barcelona know how to suffer

Hey, Luis Enrique used those very same words. He was referring, of course, to being able to withstand other teams’s pressure. It’s no secret, of course, that teams have been using this strategy for a while, knowing how the Barcelona style of play depends on ball control and possession. Teams that have had success against Barcelona have implemented that very same strategy time and time again with Luis Enrique teams (Celta beat them 4-3, Athletic Bilbao took a 2-0 lead in Copa, Valencia almost snatched a victory earlier this season). Oftentimes, Barcelona’s superior talent is enough to see them through, but the opposition can make life difficult for them. Despite this, with the match against Atlético Madrid that saw Barça advance to their fourth straight Copa final we learned that maybe Luis Enrique’s side has learned how to suffer.

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New Year, New problems, New hope?

The wonderful thing about the beginning of a New Year is that it offers one a very real chance to reflect on past events and work towards improving oneself, both in character and behaviour. In fact, the start of a new year has proved to be so synonymous with self-reflection and betterment that the first question on everyone’s lips post the customary midnight firework display is always one and the same: “What are your resolutions for this year?”. In other words, through what means  are you aiming to advance yourself in terms of both characteristics and personality.

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Review: Comeback in Sevilla

Barça entered matchday 11 with something to prove.

Playing away at Sevilla is a consistently difficult match, and the general mood suggested it might not go well.

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