View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Villareal CF

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Villareal CF

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Match Review: Barcelona 3-1 Villarreal: Copa final in sights

Match Review: Barcelona 3-1 Villarreal: Copa final in sights

Just a couple of weeks ago, these two sides faced each other at the Camp Nou as each battled for three important points in La Liga. The game was difficult and close, with FC Barcelona having to comeback from a one-goal deficit to stay in the race. And tonight they went head to head again. The match was once again a challenging one, but it was clear that one of these two sides learned from its earlier mistakes and studied its opponent well. And with the 3-1 victory, Barça has taken a huge step toward the Copa del Rey final.

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Villareal CF

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Villareal CF

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!

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Villarreal CF

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Villarreal CF

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Copa game between FC Barcelona and Villarreal! Are you ready?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 @ 20:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Villarreal

Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Villarreal

Villarreal CF will face FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou Wednesday in the visitor’s first-ever semi-final in the Copa del Rey. Both teams have had terrific starts to the year despite Villarreal losing 3-2 to the hosts in La Liga earlier this month. The blaugrana are on a nine-game win streak, while the submarino amarillo have won five of the last six.

“We do not claim to be perfect,” FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said. “It is impossible to be perfect. Imperfection also makes nice football.”

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View The Ratings: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Something seems to be happening at Barça

Something seems to be happening at Barça

Rarely in football do you sincerely think “that was bloody brilliant”. Obviously I’m not referring to the second half (except for Arda Turan’s wonderful moment of theatre), but that first half was one of wonderful ebb and flow. It started with a bang, then an elegant rebuttal, an unsurprising controversy, a swift reply and finally it ended with a bang. Instead of being called for a clear handball, Jordi Alba burst the length of the field to superbly assist Neymar’s winner on a night the Brazilian sparkled. Down 2-3 at the half (2-4 on aggregate), Neymar finally had enough of the relentless fouling, got into Gabi’s face and then stood up to Fernando Torres. Eventually that concluded with Gabi being sent off during the break and viewers needing a double take when Atlético took to the field curiously a man down.

I must say, there’s been few firmer admirers and supporters of Atletí but lately it feels things are getting nasty. The soldier “never say die” mentality is shifting into a bit of a sore loser routine. The Atlético guys seem to genuinely believe they’re being wronged despite cynical and excessive physical fouls that are blatantly obvious. Whether a direct consequence or not, it was poetic that referee Gil Manzano had to ask for a new disappearing spray can with 10 minutes still to spare. He blew over thirty fouls and distributed 13 yellow cards (10 to Atlétio Madrid) as well as 2 red cards. Barça were unable to beat Atletí in six attempts last year, they’ve now won three times in barely over two weeks with an aggregate score-line of 7-3. Something seems to be happening at FC Barcelona.

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The Ratings: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

The Ratings: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

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!

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The Result: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

The Result: Atlético Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Atlético Madrid: 2

FC Barcelona: 3

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Live Match Chat: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Copa game between Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona! Are you ready?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Copa del Rey Match Preview: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona

Copa del Rey Match Preview: Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona

The highest-profile remaining match left to play in the Copa del Rey will send either FC Barcelona or defending La Liga champions Atlético Madrid into the semi finals to face a formidable Villareal or possibly Getafe. But regardless of what happens in the next phase, Atlético must now overcome a 1-goal deficit at home against the Liga and Copa runners up it successfully overcame in both competitions last season.

Forever with a point to prove, both clubs will throw everything they have at this match in order to avoid elimination in a tournament where few adversity is actually left.

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Café con leche: January 22, 2015

Café con leche: January 22, 2015

Tie yet to be settled

In his post-match declarations, FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique made it clear he believes the Copa del Rey tie between his side and Atlético Madrid is far from being settled. “This was a very positive result, but I never settle for future results. Atlético still have a lot to say. It looks like it’ll be an attractive game because we’re up against a team that will also be out for a win.

Regarding the 1-0 win at Camp Nou, the Asturian commented that “it means we can feel optimistic about the second leg. But we have to go out to win at the Vicente Calderón. Defensively, they’re one of the best teams in the world,” he highlighted. “We expected them to make things difficult for our attacker. We knew that to hurt Atlético we would need to be compact in both phases of the match.

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Piqué and Barça keep Atlético on short leash

Piqué and Barça keep Atlético on short leash

Today was the day that could have landed FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique once again into the hot seat after a lackluster performance replete with confusing tactics and ineffectual individual performances. But as all good narratives and soldiers of perseverance go, a very positive result came from a scrappy and entertaining fight. Some tactics worked well, while others less so. Some players were absolutely, nostalgically brilliant, and yet one in particular continues to baffle and frustrate. But culés can take at least some solace in a one-goal advantage ahead of next week’s return leg at the Vicente Calderón in Madrid.

Atlético Madrid entered the match with a fierce desire to play their own style, and prevent Barcelona from occupying the middle of the park, where Koke and Arda Turan are at their most dangerous. Los Colchoneros had the near impossible task however, of coming out of this match with all four players on yellow cards able to participate in the home leg. They were mere minutes from succeeding until Diego Godín earned a yellow for protesting in the 85th minute. Antoine Griezmann, Mario Mandžukić and Raúl García all escaped suspension from the second leg.Click for more

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

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!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

The Result: FC Barcelona 1-0 Atlético Madrid

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 1

Atletico Madrid: 0

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Copa game between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid! Are you ready?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Can Luis Enrique keep the momentum going?

Can Luis Enrique keep the momentum going?

The first was an act of defiance, a dramatic response from a team that does not take kindly to being attacked and criticized from all sides. To beat Atlético Madrid twice, however, would be an assertion of dominance, proof that Luis Enrique’s men are here to win. For a team criticized for its inconsistency all season, a chance to repeat their extraordinary demolition of Atlético just 10 days ago would be the best possible statement of intent to their detractors. Moreover, with the Liga race likely to be a tooth-and-nail drag, the Copa del Rey could be Barcelona’s best shot at winning silverware this season – get past Atlético, and they will already have one hand on the trophy.

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View The Ratings: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

View The Ratings: Elche CF 0-4 FC Barcelona

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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February is coming

February is coming

The stage has been set. Luis Enrique still might not have earned trust from the Blaugrana faithful just yet. However, he has earned some patience from the fans after Barça’s victory against title-holders Atlético Madrid, in order to turn this season around and live up to the hype made of the ‘Lucho era.’ Real Madrid’s elimination from the Copa del Rey has set the dates to two more encounters with Diego Simeone’s men – So is the stage set for their revenge or is it set for Luis Enrique’s rise?

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Live Match Chat: Elche CF vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Elche CF vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Copa game between Elche CF and FC Barcelona! Are you ready?

Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 22:00 Barcelona time

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Debts paid, but can Elche overcome deficit?

Debts paid, but can Elche overcome deficit?

With recent wage disputes finally settled, Elche CF will now look forward to hosting FC Barcelona at the Estadio Martínez Valero in Alicante, Valencia in the hopes of overcoming another embarrassing deficit–a five-goal thrashing handed to its players in the first leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 16 at the Camp Nou.Click for more

Unsettled but victorious

Unsettled but victorious

This week we went from Luis Enrique getting sacked to Lionel Messi leaving the club – endless drama that probably should’ve stayed between the coach and his players in the dressing room. And although it does seem that there is indeed tension amongst the team, it was nice to see both sides act professionally on the pitch and keep their differences to themselves. The win itself wasn’t the most impressive, but it was extremely valuable in terms of morale. So, what happened yesterday?

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between FC Barcelona and Córdoba CF! Are you ready?

Thursday, January 8, 2015 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

Copa del Rey Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Elche CF

This would probably have been the ideal match to rest Lionel Messi in, versus say, a match against a team that Barcelona does not consistently beat. But alas, #MessiGate appears to have come to a head, and the shambolic state of the club is no longer a perspective left for the pessimistic and moderate. Anyone capable of rubbing two sticks together can now see that whether the rift between coach and talisman is real, exaggerated or entirely fictitious, Barcelona as a club is far beyond the point of corruption and singular malfeasance by its former and current presidents. Whether aimed at Barça manager Luis Enrique or the board itself, a power play has taken place, and as any sane bookie could have predicted, Messi appears to have come out on top.

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View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

View The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out after the jump.

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Copa del Rey Match Review: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

Copa del Rey Match Review: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

Not much opposition was expected from SD Huesca for the return leg of the Copa del Rey round of 32 encounter. Indeed, with a four-goal cushion and having recently dropped points in the league to Getafe, FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique’s thinking was obviously more about resting up for the long La Liga/CdR/Champions League marathon ahead, rather than use Lionel Messi to clobber some pretty weak opposition.

Wisely, Lucho opted to leave most of his first team to watch from the stands. Of the sixteen players called up, he asked only eleven first-team players to suit up. Even Martín Montoya got a much-deserved start. Heavens!

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The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Ratings: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

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!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

The Result: FC Barcelona 8-1 SD Huesca

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 8

SD Huesca: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs SD Huesca

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Copa del Rey game between FC Barcelona and SD Huesca! Are you ready?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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