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FC Barcelona picked up where it had left off in 2012, with an excellent performance and convincing win over city rival Espanyol. Xavi, Messi, and Pedro (twice) were on target in the first half and if anything, Barça was unlucky not to have scored more as it cruises to yet another La Liga title.
Here are the ratings for last night’s match:
There was no holiday hangover for FC Barcelona as the team began 2013 as it ended 2012: winning. It was no surprise but certainly warming to have Tito Vilanova (dressed Guardiola-ish) back on the bench after the shock and melancholy felt just a couple of weeks prior. No shock either in the lineup as Vilanova went chiefly with the form players of 2012 starting with Valdés; Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Alba; Xavi, Busquets, Cesc; Pedro, Messi, Iniesta. Fàbregas returned from injury over the holiday break to fill the spot of either Alexis or David Villa, whose frustrations continue. But let’s focus on the good stuff: Barça is back and Barça is still winning.
totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga derbi between FC Barcelona and local rivals RCD Espanyol.
Sunday, January 6 @ 19:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time
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In Part I of the latest edition of The Pictures, we bring you some of the images from Saturday night’s Catalan derbi between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol. Catch an assortment of the moments brought to you by the team in blaugrana after the jump. Stay tuned for Part II, featuring images of Pep Guardiola’s Camp Nou sendoff, later today.
The derby between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol proved to be a fitting Camp Nou send off for head coach Pep Guardiola. The last home game of the season and of Guardiola’s tenure as coach could have been an underwhelming experience with the league already lost to the rivals in Madrid. However, the players, the opponents, and the crowd refused to let the goodbye be anything short of moving.
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(Saturday May 5, 2012 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)
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This Saturday at midday, Barça held its final training session ahead of Espanyol’s visit this evening (21:00). Working at the normal pace behind closed doors at the Camp Nou were 15 players from the first team, including Xavi. Isaac Cuenca, for his part, continued to receive treatment, and along with Alexis Sánchez, is a doubt for tonight’s game. Only a few minutes before kick-off will it be determined if he can play because of a bruised right ankle.
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Like he always has after each and every time his players have failed to secure all three points, FC Barcelona’s coach Pep Guardiola again said that he is not disappointed with them, despite their below-par performance last night.
“The game was as we had expected when you’re up against a great team. Espanyol is a very good team and they played well. We had problems at the end of the first half, but we controlled the second better, even though we’re a bit off target. After the equalizing goal, we reacted in the right way but it was too late. But even so, I have no complains of my players, how could I ever?”
In their first La Liga match in almost a month, FC Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw at the Cornellà El-Prat, with Espanyol getting a late equalizer. Barcelona didn’t have a good performance at all and they paid dearly for it and are now five points behind arch rivals Real Madrid in the league.
After the jump the ratings for last night’s game.
The Estadi Cornellà-El Prat may never have been louder than it was tonight. RCD Espanyol faced its fiercest cross town rivals FC Barcelona at home, and looked primed for another agonizing defeat at the hands of the Club World Cup Champions. That was, until a late 86th minute equalizer lit a fire underneath each seat in the stadium and saw a lackluster Barcelona fall a devastating five points behind league leaders Real Madrid CF.
Everything is set for the Espanyol-Barça match this evening. FC Barcelona’s first team held their final training session at the Camp Nou, in which a total of 22 players participated, including 19 from the first team and Isaac Cuenca, Oriol Rosell, and Ivan Balliu from Barça B. The latter two youngsters are the only players not included on the list of 20 called up for the first derby of the year. To prepare for tonight, this morning’s session consisted of a gentle workout to help the squad finish polishing the final details before the game.
Barcelona’s away game at neighboring Estadi Cornellà-El Prat tonight is one of the many battles that need to be won to ensure a realistic chance of winning La Liga this season. After Real Madrid dismantled Granada with a 5-1 win yesterday, the capital side now leads the La Liga table by six points with one more game played. But judging by the good performance in midweek’s Copa del Rey, cules should have every reason to be optimistic for tonight’s match.