Match Gallery: Sporting de Gijón (Sept 24)

  • Barcelona's French defender Jeremy Mathieu (top) vies with Sporting Gijon's forward Victor during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA        (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's French defender Jeremy Mathieu (top) vies with Sporting Gijon's forward Victor during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammate Neymar of FC Barcelona after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

    GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammate Neymar of FC Barcelona after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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  • Sporting Gijon's Venezuelan defender Fernando Amorebieta (L) vies with Andre Gomes during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA        (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sporting Gijon's Venezuelan defender Fernando Amorebieta (L) vies with Andre Gomes during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Sporting Gijon's Venezuelan defender Fernando Amorebieta (L) pushes Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA        (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sporting Gijon's Venezuelan defender Fernando Amorebieta (L) pushes Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Rafinha of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates Arda Turan of FC Barcelona after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

    GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Rafinha of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammates Arda Turan of FC Barcelona after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's midfielder Sergi Roberto (top) is tackled by Sporting Gijon's defender Alberto Lora during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA        (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's midfielder Sergi Roberto (top) is tackled by Sporting Gijon's defender Alberto Lora during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (R) celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA        (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (R) celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Arda Turan of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

    GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Arda Turan of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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  • GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Paco Alcacer of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

    GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Paco Alcacer of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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  • GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Head coach Luis Enrique of FC Barcelona looks on prior to the start the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

    GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Head coach Luis Enrique of FC Barcelona looks on prior to the start the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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  • GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Head coach Luis Enrique of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

    GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Head coach Luis Enrique of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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  • GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

    GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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  • GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Neymar of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

    GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Neymar of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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  • GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Duje Cop of Real Sporting de Gijon during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

    GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Duje Cop of Real Sporting de Gijon during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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  • GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Marc-Andre ter Stegen of FC Barcelona looks on prior to the start the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

    GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Marc-Andre ter Stegen of FC Barcelona looks on prior to the start the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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  • GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Duje Cop of Real Sporting de Gijon during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

    GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24: Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Duje Cop of Real Sporting de Gijon during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's midfielder Rafael Alcantara (C) celebrates a goal with teammates during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA        (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's midfielder Rafael Alcantara (C) celebrates a goal with teammates during the Spanish league football match Real Sporting de Gijon vs FC Barcelona at El Molinon stadium in Gijon on September 24, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Exclusively for our totalBarça readers, here are some amazing pictures from the game vs. Sporting de Gijón!

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Player Ratings: FC Barcelona vs. Club Atlético de Madrid

Round five of La Liga sees Spain’s first marquee matchup of the season as Barcelona ties Atlético one apiece. The encounter was a defensive one with Ivan Rakitić giving the blaugrana a lead just before the break with a header. Ángel Correa tied the match after a nice dribble and a Javier Mascherano slip.

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Review: Two points lost or one point gained?

Let’s make one thing clear from the get-go: Yes, dropping two points when we had the chance to gain ground on Real Madrid is a disappointment, without a shadow of a doubt. A quick look at the way Atletico scored makes you want to pull out your hair even more; a completely avoidable goal that was the result of a momentary lapse in concentration from two players (Pique and Mascherano) who were absolute beasts otherwise.

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Match Gallery: Leganés (Sept 17)

  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Lionel Messi (L) celebrates scoring their fourth goal with teammates Neymar JR. (R) and Luis Suarez (L)  during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Lionel Messi (L) celebrates scoring their fourth goal with teammates Neymar JR. (R) and Luis Suarez (L) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016.
Barcelona won 5-1. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016.
    Barcelona won 5-1. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Neymar JR. (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their third goal with teammate Luis Suarez (R) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Neymar JR. (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their third goal with teammate Luis Suarez (R) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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  • Leganes' goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes jumps as he misses to stop a penalty shot by Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Leganes' goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes jumps as he misses to stop a penalty shot by Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Luis Suarez (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their second goal with teammate Lionel Messi (R) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Luis Suarez (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their second goal with teammate Lionel Messi (R) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) celebates after scoring the opener during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) celebates after scoring the opener during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Luis Enrique Martinez of FC Barcelona looks on as he enters to the pitch prior to start the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Luis Enrique Martinez of FC Barcelona looks on as he enters to the pitch prior to start the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rafinha (L) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrate a goal during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rafinha (L) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrate a goal during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (C) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrate a goal during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (C) and Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrate a goal during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique (L) chats with Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar (R) past Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi lacing his shoe during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016.
Barcelona won 5-1. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE        (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique (L) chats with Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar (R) past Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi lacing his shoe during the Spanish league football match CD Leganes CF vs FC Barcelona at the Butarque municipal stadium in Leganes on September 17, 2016.
    Barcelona won 5-1. / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE (Photo credit should read PEDRO ARMESTRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Andres Iniesta (R) of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Una Lopez (L) of Deportivo Leganes during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Andres Iniesta (R) of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Una Lopez (L) of Deportivo Leganes during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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  • LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Rafael Alcantara alias Rafinha (R) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their fifth goal with teammate Lionel Messi (L) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    LEGANES, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Rafael Alcantara alias Rafinha (R) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their fifth goal with teammate Lionel Messi (L) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Leganes and FC Barcelona at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on September 17, 2016 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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Exclusively for our readers, totalBarça brings you pictures from the team’s latest game, vs. Leganés. Enjoy!

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Preview: La Liga Week Four. Leganés v Barcelona

If the Alavés game was a misstep, and the Celtic game a masterpiece, Luis Enrique and the rest of the squad will be hoping that tomorrow’s match at Leganés falls somewhere in between.

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Player Ratings: FC Barcelona vs. Deportivo Alavés

Round three of La Liga sees Barcelona lose a tough three points at home to Alavés. The club was first undone with a simple cross to Deyverson that resulted in a goal, but minutes later equalized on a Jérémy Mathieu header from a Neymar corner. The contest was decided in the 64th minute after a bad clearance by Javier Mascherano that led to a goal from Ibai Gómez. Luis Enrique made seven changes to the team that started the previous match against Athletic Club before the international break. Even after the introductions of Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, and Luis Suárez the club were unable to equalize.

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Review: Alavés, A La Vez

In Spanish, the phrase a la vez means “both, at the same time.” Fittingly, Barça’s 1-2 loss to newly promoted Alavés was, a la vez, frustrating and potentially avoidable, but not world ending or an indicator of crisis.

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Player Ratings: Athletic Club vs. FC Barcelona

Round two of La Liga sees Barcelona earn a tough three points with a one to nil victory away at the new San Mamés. The low scoring affair was cagey and tense throughout with an early header from Ivan Rakitić deciding the affair.

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Barça v Betis: Barça are good, Messi is god

Summer for Barça fans as been a bit of a mixed affair. The club made many brilliant signings but some players fell on the international stage. In the Euros, the blaugrana players of Spain crashed out at the hands of Italy, and Ivan Rakitić’s Croatia going out to eventual winners Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo. Even more upsetting, in the Copa America, Lionel Messi dazzled throughout, only to lose out in another international competition on penalties. After Leo was brought to tears at the MetLife Stadium, some FCB fans feared the worst for his future. Other fans recalled his incredible performances after the World Cup disappointment in 2014. Messi has made his intentions clear for this season after game week one.

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Another treble a wonderful but difficult possibility

There was a night in Berlin when hundreds of millions of viewers tuned in to watch a match between the best two clubs in Europe. Juventus had just beaten Real Madrid off a great performance from Madrid’s own Alvaro Morata, and Barcelona had just squeezed through a stacked Bayern Munich team, coached by Barcelona’s former manager, and perennial title winner, Pep Guardiola.  The teams were different then than now, Juventus having a lineup with Pirlo, Vidal, Pogba, Morata, and Carlos Tevez; Barça still employed the services of Xavi and Pedro. Rakitic gave Barça the lead early on, but Morata equalized ten minutes into the second half. With the game tight and Juventus gaining ground, Messi’s shot was blocked wide and Suárez put it back in to give Barcelona the lead. To finish it off, as we all know, and Neymar  struck late and gave Barcelona a 3-1 lead. They had won the treble: La Liga, La Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League.

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