With the unsettling and tragic departure of Tito Vilanova, social networks and sports blogs have lit up with speculation about who the next Barça manager will be. The team at totalBarça weighs in on who might be the best man to fill the boots at our storied club. In this post, Anoop Jethwa (El Pivote) makes the case for the brand new manager of Celta Vigo, Luis Enrique. Ànims, Tito
Luis Enrique (43), a former Barça player as well as former coach of Barça B and Roma, will be the new coach of Celta de Vigo as of next season. After the club announced that coach Abel Resino would part ways with the club, the search for a new coach commenced in which the Asturian was finally selected. The agreement between the club and the manager is total and the only thing left is for Luis Enrique to decide who will form his technical staff. Celta’s official website has already announced the signing, which will be for two seasons.
“We wanted to understand if there could be a union between the Barcelona style of football and the Italian style. Enrique had a very strong temperament as a player and he still has it in his coaching style. We aim to build a new way of viewing football at Roma, but it is a complex affair and we need to develop it over time.”
AS Roma chief sports executive, Walter Sabatini, explains the not so suprising reasons behind his club’s decision to hire former Barça B coach and legendary player, Luis Enrique, as their new manager.
AS Roma has today official confirmed the appointment of Luis Enrique Martinez as coach of the Italian team for next season. The Asturian, who has been in charge of Barça B for the last three seasons, has signed a two-year deal with the Serie A club, with the option for a third year.
It seems the future of former Barça B coach Luis Enrique has finally been decided, with the former player apparently opting for a move to AS Roma.
Reports in Italy are claiming that the former Barça favourite will move to Italy to take charge of the Rome team, although there still remain some finer details to be ironed out within the contract. It appears ‘Lucho‘ was intent on bringing his own back-room staff with him, including former team-mate Ivan de la Peña as his first-team assistant. It is also claimed that Enrique was unwilling to put his name to any long-term contract, favouring instead the rolling one-year contract that has served Pep Guardiola so well at Barça these past 3 years.
FC Barcelona B moves up to 3rd place with 68 points after beating Salamanca 5-1 in what was Luis Enrique’s last home game in charge of the reserve side. A hat trick from Jonathan Soriano, along with strikes from Benja and Nolito provided the ‘manita’ of goals for the blaugrana in the penultimate game of the season. More details of the match are below. Enjoy!
FC Barcelona B move back up the Segunda Division table to fourth with 65 points after a 0-2 win in their final Catalan derby of the season. An own goal and a late strike from substitute Benja Martinez secured the three points for the blaugrana last Saturday. Details of the match, along with comments from Luis Enrique, and highlights are all after the jump.
FC Barcelona B fall to sixth place with 62 points after a whirlwind game against Las Palmas which ended in a 3-5 loss for the Catalans. Leading 3-1 after 33 minutes with goals from Muniesa, Soriano, and Tello, defensive lapses by the whole team allowed Las Palmas to get back into the game and to take the lead. Details of the match, along with comments from Luis Enrique on the match and his future, are all after the jump.
Barça B’s streak of nine games unbeaten came to an end last Sunday, with a 0-3 home loss against league leaders Real Betis. The reserves side remains in 4th with 58 points, 11 behind Betis and Rayo Vallecano at the top of the table. Details of the match, Luis Enrique’s comments, and video of the goals are all after the jump.
FC Barcelona B extended their unbeaten streak to nine games, earning a 1-1 draw against Recreativo de Huelva on Friday with the blaugrana’s goal coming from an on-fire Jonathan Soriano. While the point maintained their unbeaten run, it was not enough to keep them in third position in the standings. They now sit fourth with 58, one point behind third placed Celta de Vigo and eight points behind league leaders Real Betis (who are also the reserve side’s next opponents). Details of the match, Luis Enrique’s post-match comments, and highlights of the goals are all after the jump.
Seven wins and one draw from their last 8 matches. Third place in the standings, with 57 points. Only six points behind league leaders Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano (63). Top scorers in the division with 66 goals. Jonathan Soriano the Pichici of the division, leading with 23 goals. This B team is aiming to finish the season with the highest standing in the Second Division of any reserve team in Barça history, and they are well on their way! Details of the match, Luis Enrique’s comments, and highlights are all below. Enjoy!
FC Barcelona B’s wonderful run of form continues with their sixth win from their last seven matches. In the battle of the B teams on Saturday, Barça B came from behind to win the match 2-3, with goals from Jonathan Soriano, Ilie, and substitute Saúl. The reserve side sits comfortably in 4th place with 54 points, only eight points behind league leaders Rayo Vallecano. Details of the match are below.
Before their match with Alcorcón this past weekend, Luis Enrique showed his team a motivational video, comprised of old images of Barça B games, mixed with moves and goals from the current team, edited by the coaching staff. Apparently the video must have worked, as the team won 2-0, with goals from Jonathan Soriano and Nolito.
FC Barcelona B remain securely in fourth place with 51 points (ten points behind leaders Rayo Vallecano) after their 2-0 win at home against Alcorcón, their fifth win in the last six games. With two goals in either half from Jonathan Soriano and Nolito, the blaugrana remain top scorers of the division with 59 goals in their 31 games. Details of the match, Luis Enrique’s post-match comments, and highlights are below.
FC Barcelona B remain in fourth place with 48 points after drawing 1-1 away at Huesca on Saturday afternoon. The blaugrana’s goal came from Benja Martinez, securing the point after the Catalans went one goal down in the first half. The team remains the top scoring side in the division, now with 57 goals. Details of the match, Luis Enrique’s post-match comments, and highlights are below.
Andoni Zubizarreta, the sports director for professional football, announced on Tuesday that Barça B manager Luis Enrique will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Zubizarreta underlined that “the Asturian desired to let the club know as soon as possible” in order for them to be able to make plans for next season.
The streak continues! FC Barcelona B secured their fourth consecutive victory against Catalan rivals Gimnàstic on Saturday thanks to goals by the Jonathans: two from Jonathan Soriano and two from Jonathan Dos Santos. The win moves them up to 4th with 47 points. Barça B are also now the highest scoring team in the Second Division with 56 goals, and Jonathan Soriano is top scorer with 19 to his name. Details of the match and Luis Enrique’s post-match comments are all below. Enjoy!
FC Barcelona B’s excellent recent run of form continued on Monday, when they won their third game in a row, 1-4 against CD Tenerife. The reserves currently are 5th in the Segunda Division standings with 44 points. The four goals came courtesy of Edu Oriol and a hat-trick from Nolito, with a late response from Tenerife’s Nino. Match details along with some (slightly dubious) highlights are all below. Enjoy!
After last Saturday’s 4-6 thriller, Barça B proved that that victory was no fluke, with another 4-1 win over Cordoba at the Mini Estadi on Tuesday evening. Jonathan Soriano, after netting the first hat-trick of his professional career on the weekend, scored another two goals against Cordoba, adding to the others scored by Edu Oriol and an own goal by Tena. FC Barcelona B now sits 6th in the standings with 41 points, 13 points behind leaders Celta de Vigo (though only 3 points behind 4th placed Granada). The match also saw the debut of Gerard Deulofeu with the reserves.
FC Barcelona B won their first game at home in three months with an excellent performance against FC Cartagena on Saturday afternoon. Three goals, from Jonathan Soriano and Nolito (2), secured Barça B the three points. While they remain in 8th position with a total of 35 points, the win will hopefully prove a major confidence boost for the reserve team. Details of the match, highlights, and Luis Enrique’s reactions are all after the jump.
FC Barcelona B suffered their seventh loss of the season on Friday, losing 1-0 away to Xerez CD through a 24th minute stirke by José Mari. This leaves Barça’s reserve team in 8th place in the Second Division standings, with 32 points and even goal differential (34 goals scored, 34 allowed). Details of the match, including Luis Enrique’s press conference statements, can be found after the jump.
On Saturday evening, FC Barcelona B earned a point after drawing 1-1 with Celta de Vigo in what proved to be a tough encounter. Despite taking the lead in the 8th minute through Edu Oriol, the Catalan club was forced to settle for a draw after Celta struck back in the second half. With the point, the reserve squad remains in 7th place in the standings with 32 points. Details of the game, the comments from Luis Enrique after the match, as well as highlights can all be found after the jump.
FC Barcelona B remains in 6th place after falling to Rayo Vallecano 1-2 at the Miniestadi on Saturday afternoon. Rayo struck early with a goal in the 1st minute, with Barça B playing catch-up for thirty minutes before the equalizer from Jonathan Soriano. As the reserves searched for a winner, they saw any points slip from their grasp as Rayo struck again in the second half. Details of the match, Luis Enrique’s post-match comments, and highlights can all be found below.
As the players and coaches of Barça B prepare for their own match this weekend (against Segunda leaders Real Betis – Saturday at 16:00), a number of the squad members and coach Luis Enrique shared their thoughts about the first team’s encounter with Real Madrid that will take place on Monday. All were optimistic about FC Barcelona’s chances heading into the game.
On Friday night, Barcelona B was held to a 1-1 draw against Recreativo de Huelva in a game which included two sendings off, one for each side. Barça’s goal, a penalty taken by Jonathan Soriano, was cancelled out at the end of the game by Aarón, leaving the reserve side with 23 points after 13 matches. Barcelona B currently reside in 4th place, which depending on Sunday’s results will drop no lower than 6th. Details of the match, highlights, and Luis Enrique’s post-match comments can all be found after the jump.