Café con leche: A dream, a laugh, our rights, our wrongs

Barcelona's goalkeeper Jordi Masip stands during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) Round of 32 first leg football match CF Villanovense vs FC Barcelona at the Romero Cuerda stadium in Villanueva de la Serena on October 28, 2015. The match ended in a draw 0-0. (CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)

No excuses

This isn’t what Jordi Masip would have wanted. Despite the young keeper having kept a clean sheet – that fickle, treacherous mistress which Claudio Bravo and Marc-André ter Stegen have been left coveting in recent weeks – questions about his personal accolades and achievements were anything but forthcoming; all anyone had in their one mind was one question, and one question alone: “Just how exactly had Barcelona failed to beat Villanovense?”

For Masip, whose last first team start came in the 8-1 drubbing of SD Huesca on the 16th of December 2014, there was no single factor – not even the pitch! – on which to squarely lay the blame.


Review: A game to forget

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Let’s not kid ourselves here. The first leg of the Copa del Rey tie against Villanovense was a dull, drab affair that will thankfully be forgotten as soon as the next game comes around. The team struggled to break down a Villanovense team that will be ecstatic that they are not out of the competition yet. They will go to the Camp Nou and enjoy the game, regrdless of the result. For the same reason then, there is no point in reading too much into the result and the team performance as a whole. Instead of delving into match details I’ll give you a brief overview of proceedings and then mention a few players who stood out above their peers (for good or bad).


Match Center: CF.Villanovense vs FC Barcelona

Match Center

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Check out the lineups, match events, streams and live chat, after the jump. As soon as the game is finished, you will be able to submit your ratings for the players as well. Welcome to the totalBarça Match Center – from pre-game to post, we’ve got everything you need for Celta vs Barcelona.


Café con leche: Mermaids, field trips, expulsions and more

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Potty-mouth police lock up Masch

The ways of Spanish football are a mystery rolled into a conundrum. For his use of “la concha de tu madre,” when Javier Mascherano referred to the shell (not literally) of someone’s sister, the Argentine was given a two match suspension today. Because of the suspension length, he will miss Getafe and Villarreal but will be back for the clásico. A practical, easy outcome.

The reason the length was two unlike Gerard Piqué’s four was because the language was deemed “disrespect” rather than an “insult”. So not only must Barça now battle against injury, they now have to be wary of the potty-mouth police.


Preview: Don’t listen to the siren’s song


About 1,000 kilometers south-west of Barcelona lies the city of Villanueva de la Serena. The Camp Nou could sit its entire population three and a half times over. Part of the Extremadura province, the village is typically Spanish with white walls and red tilled roofs set around a central plaza with its character mermaid statue. The mermaid, or siren (la serena), marks the club crest of FC Barcelona’s Copa del Rey opponents tomorrow night, CF Villanovense.