Café con leche: January 30, 2015

Café con leche: January 30, 2015

Mathieu confirms the rumors

Many stories were told about what actually happened between Leo Messi and Luis Enrique following  a turbulent week at Camp Nou but finally Jérémy Mathieu explained exactly what happened saying, “It happened when we returned from holidays. Suddenly, because of a foul that didn’t get called, Leo had a tantrum. There was some friction, some things were said. After, the coach spoke to him in the changing room and that was that. It happens at every club, but because it’s Barcelona it’s big news. And that’s the problem.”  It may be a good sign that the defender spoke freely about it now as it could indicate the friction is no longer there. We hope the season continue this way as the team is looking much stronger and happier.

Piqué and Shakira have child number 2

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Café con leche: January 27, 2015 continued

Café con leche: January 27, 2015 continued

Luis Enrique wants full dedication

FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique demanded his players to focus on the match and get the win which would see them as favorites to win the Copa del Rey. “I don’t know if it’s the most important game so far. I treat it rather like a Copa del Rey quarter-finals match,” Lucho said before stressing that there are no favorites in tomorrow’s match. “To think you are favorites is the first step of the way towards losing. We know how difficult the game will be and we’re not going to speculate about the result. It would be a grave mistake to talk about favorites” he said. Finally, he commented on Barça midfielder Ivan Rakitić who was dropped against Elche CF, saying, “It’s totally untrue that Rakitić has some problem or other with his knee. He’s fine.” 

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Café con leche: January 23, 2015

Café con leche: January 23, 2015

Intensity makes everything easier

Luis Enrique spoke to the press ahead of the clash against Elche and stressed that the team should not underestimate the danger Elche poses and made it clear that the league is still wide open The league is full of surprises, there is no such thing as an easy game. We’ve prepared with that in mind. Without intensity, anyone can make your life difficult. It will be difficult for sure. There will be little space and they’ll try to counter. That happens in every game.” The boss was full of praise for Luis Suárez, who is yet to reach his peak with the Catalan club, saying, “It seems that he’s a bit far away from the goal, but that happens to all forwards. He still provides a lot on offense.” He added, “There are few players who move into the area better than Suárez. I’m not worried. Scoring is natural, he’ll get there.

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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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Picture of the day: Caption this

Picture of the day: Caption this

What are ‘Lucho’ and ‘Cholo’ whispering in each other’s ear?

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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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Café con leche: January 20, 2015

Café con leche: January 20, 2015

Everyday, Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and react with delight or disgust at the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether it’s Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Can Barça.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

LUIS ENRIQUE HAS FOUND A TRIO THAT NEVER FAILS

AND IF THAT TRIO DOES FAIL, WE HAVE THIS OTHER ONE

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Café con leche: January 19, 2015

Café con leche: January 19, 2015

Everyday, Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and react with delight or disgust at the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether it’s Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Can Barça.

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Stroll at the Riazor (0-4)

Stroll at the Riazor (0-4)

Nobody said that today’s game at the Riazor would go a long way towards educating us about our team’s chances this season. Yet seeing Barça having what was by far their most comfortable evening away from home in the whole season was something a little more than pleasing to the eye. Luis Enrique’s team played simple football and deservedly got three points that still keep us in touch with planet Madrid. Today’s match was a real stroll for Barça, and so the possibility of Luis Enrique’s decision to repeat his lineup for the first time this season becoming the talking point of this match is not unlikely at all. Read more…

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In defense of the 28

In defense of the 28

If there is one thing that has defined Luis Enrique’s tenure at Barcelona so far, it is the running tally of his unrepeated line-ups, currently at a remarkable 28 in 28 games. It is often cited as evidence of Enrique’s indecision and inability to figure out how he wants his team to play. It is also held up as an explanation for Barcelona’s inconsistency, at times alternately brilliant and ineffective. Most of all, however, it illustrates this generation’s over-dependence on statistics, not just to support a narrative but often to write it. In the days before we had Twitter accounts to compile every possible record, would Luis Enrique’s Barcelona really look like anything more than a new coach with new signings and the task of an enormously tricky transition? I decided to take a closer look at each of the line-ups to figure it out.

Real Madrid: I skip the first eleven games and begin with the Clásico, which marked Luis Suárez’s return from his four-month ban and the first time Luis Enrique had his gala eleven available. Like Carlo Ancelotti before him, however, Enrique adjusted tactics radically for his first Clásico, reverting to a Busquets-Xavi-Iniesta midfield and experimenting with Mathieu at left-back. Both decisions were unmitigated failures, but understandable ones given the context.

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Café con leche: January 16, 2015

Café con leche: January 16, 2015

Everyday, Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and react with delight or disgust at the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether it’s Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Can Barça.

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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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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

ELCHE 0

BYE BYE MADRID 4

ENRIQUE: “Like all cules, I am delighted to see Madrid eliminated… …although for Neymar’s ankle, that’s probably not the best news”

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

LUIS ENRIQUE: “We don’t contemplate a Barça without Messi”

BARÇA WITH MESSI…

BARÇA WITHOUT MESSI…

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Café con leche: January 14, 2015

Café con leche: January 14, 2015

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

BARCELONA CLUB UNITED 3

ATLÉTICO OF MALLENCO 1

LUIS ENRIQUE: “I think that at last I have found the right key”

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Atlético at Camp Nou: Luis Enrique’s biggest (and last?) test

Atlético at Camp Nou: Luis Enrique’s biggest (and last?) test

Ten days ago, at the start of the new year, I wrote that Luis Enrique, for all his crypticness and inconsistencies, had Barcelona in better shape than a year ago and well positioned to improve in 2015. The past week has exploded those notions in a collapse as extraordinarily dramatic as it was overdue. Josep Bartomeu has called elections, Andoni Zubizarreta has been fired, and rumours are swirling that Luis Enrique could be next on the chopping block (not that you’d be able to tell from looking at him, of course). Into this mess walk the reigning champions, Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

BARÇA IS PLAYING AND LUCHO WON’T EVEN SAY A WORD

ENRIQUE: “In my situation I can only say one thing… …that what happens is what D10S wants”

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Café con leche: January 10, 2015

Café con leche: January 10, 2015

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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It’s do or die for Lucho’s legacy

It’s do or die for Lucho’s legacy

Football can be strange. A loss at a ground that Barça failed to win since the Rijkaard days sparked a rain of crap on the Asturian coach. But this time it was different. With eleven players on the field, the man who was solely under fire after the game was the man on the sidelines with his controversial decisions. I won’t lie. I backed Luis Enrique so far throughout the season, but this game put Luis Enrique on thin ice. And while the 5-0 demolition against Elche in the Copa del Rey might have calmed the atmosphere a bit at Camp Nou, it is Sunday’s game against Atlético that will truly decide Luis Enrique’s future – not only as Barça’s manager, but his managerial legacy as a whole.

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Café con leche: January 9, 2015

Café con leche: January 9, 2015

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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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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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

LEO WINS 5

ELCHE 0

LUIS ENRIQUE: “At least this win will loosen the knot on my tie a little… …lately it’s been very tight”

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Café con leche: January 8, 2015

Café con leche: January 8, 2015

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

EMERGENCY ELECTIONS!

LUIS ENRIQUE’S INTRODUCTION

7 MONTHS LATER

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

THE FEUD BETWEEN LUCHO AND MESSI…

WHO WILL WIN?

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Café con leche: January 7, 2015

Café con leche: January 7, 2015

Everyday Spain’s near 20 million football fans visit their local news stand, pick up their preferred periodical poison and either delight or disgust in the latest happenings of their favorite club. And whether Marca in Madrid or Mundo Deportivo in Catalonia, a café con leche is always part of the morning football ritual. So pour one yourself and find out what’s happening today in Barça nation.

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2015: A black hole?

2015: A black hole?

It’s become very easy for us culés to panic during times of defeat, with pitchforks raised in the air calling for someone’s head. That defeat against Anoeta wasn’t the case, and with only a few days into 2015, things seem darker rather than bright. I’m usually an optimistic man, but looking at the facts before us, it’s hard to believe this year will be successful for the team. Maybe a few individuals will enjoy it, but without any structure, Barça looks like it’s heading into a black hole.

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Cartoon of the Day: Sport

Cartoon of the Day: Sport

JORDI ALBA 1

THAT THE THREE KINGS GIVE US MUUUUUUUUUUCH PATIENCE 0

“In San Sebastian we have moved forward with the gifts… …Luis Enrique has given Real the first part, and the three points”

 

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