Versatile Pedro a perfect fit for Chelsea: a totalBarça-The Secret Footballer team up

Pedro Rodríguez celebrates after the scoring the winenr in Barça's 5-4 triumph over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup

totalBarça recently teamed up with The Secret Footballer, The Guardian’s man inside the game seeking to lift the lid on football one story at a time. Our very own Sameer Riyaz had a chance to sit down with an editor for The Secret Footballer and answer a few questions on the latest blaugrana legend to depart the Camp Nou, Pedro Rodríguez. The interview is reproduced in it’s entirety below.


Café con leche: Trouble on the left wing

Barcelona's Neymar Santos Junior lies on the ground  during the 50th Joan Gamper Trophy match FC Barcelona vs AS Roma at the Camp Nou in Barcelona on August 5, 2015.  QUIQUE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images.

Neymar Out

No, this isn’t a campaign against the Brazilian to leave the club. Neymar recently caught mumps disease and looks certain to miss the UEFA Super Cup tie against Sevilla, along with both legs of the Spanish Supercopa against Athletic Club.


Café con leche: Oh, those goalposts!


Red Devils punish Barça

Before 68,416 spectators at Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium, Manchester United made it three wins in three in the International Champions Cup, beating Barcelona 3-1. For the Blaugranas, a defeat against such a rival may seem like a setback, but the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story. Barcelona were not outplayed by Manchester United, but the Red Devils were simply too lethal with their finishing. Barça’s players, on the other hand, seemingly forgot their shooting boots back at the hotel. The upright denied the Blaugrana thrice, with De Gea mopping up all other chances.

Against a team with an obviously higher level of match fitness, Barça managed to make some good use of possession, but United took the lead early on after Rooney headed home a corner with consummate ease. Barça were having problems with counters, and on 66 minutes, United got a second, with Lingard slotting home Blackett’s cross. A brilliant late volley by Rafinha pulled one back for Barça but soon after, United’s lead was restored, with Januzaj flooring Bartra with a dribble before slotting past Masip.


Café con leche: Poor VV


Louis Van Gaal blasts Victor Valdés

Victor Valdés was not included in the Manchester United squad that will start pre-season in the United States and Van Gaal made it clear why he chose to leave out Valdés. “He is not selected for the tour because he does not follow our philosophy”, Van Gaal said. “When that is the case, there is no place for a player. Last year, he refused to play in the second team”.


Café con leche: Welcome Turan!


Arda Turan is a Barça player now

FC Barcelona officially announced the signing of Atlético de Madrid’s midfielder, Arda Turan for a fee of €34 million plus €7 million in variables. However, there is a clause in the contract which will let the new president have a sell-back option if the new board does not want the player. However, a penalty of 10% will have to be incurred in order to exercise this option.