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Mar 5, 2018


Lionel Messi proved to be the deciding factor in FC Barcelona's 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid which takes them eight points clear on top. This wasn't a match were Barca tore apart their opposition in sensational fashion; but instead this was a macth where Barca simply shut every option for their opposition, that too one of the most in form team in Europe.



FC Barcelona moved eight points clear of Atletico with a 1-0 victory at Camp Nou

Lionel Messi once again maybe for the umpteenth time decided the outcome of the match between first and second in the League; and he may also have decided the fate of the league too. With eleven games to go, that may be too early but it's safe to say that Barca will not let go off this lead that easily. And also with this victory, FC Barcelona may have stopped the momentum which Atletico was building up in recent matches. This also was a statement to the whole world, about this Barca side's pedigree and determination. This wasn't a match were Barca tore apart their opposition in sensational fashion; but instead this was a match where Barca simply shut every option for their opposition, that too one of the most in form team in Europe. The only bad part of the match was Iniesta's hamstring injury, which will see him missing the Chelsea second leg for sure!


Mar 3, 2018


FC Barcelona's lead on top of the table has been reduced to five points from the eleven they held at the start of 2018. Atletico's visit to Camp Nou gives Barca the perfect chance to regain the momentum of La Liga race.



March is turning out to be a very crucial month in Barca's Silverware pursuit! At the start of the year, sitting with an enormous eleven point lead this fixture was never considered a crucial one; instead it felt like a fixture when the last opposition will move out of way to Barca's La Liga triumph. How quick things change? In a span of one month we have seen our lead getting reduced from eleven points to five points. At the same time, Atletico Madrid have completely turn around the season and has launched a full fight; a full force open assault on La Liga title race.


Feb 25, 2018


Lionel Messi scored a sensational free kick against Girona in the 6-1 victory at Camp Nou

FC Barcelona produced a splendid display of attacking football to destroy Girona at home. Girona scored first but then ended getting six in return with Saurez scoring three, Messi a splendid brace and Coutinho scoring one.


Watch the highlights of the game below:

Feb 18, 2018


FC Barcelona return to winning ways after two consecutive draws with a tough fought victory against Eibar. Goals from Luis Saurez and Jordi Alba secured the victory.


Luis saurez scored for Barca in their victory against Eibar. The 2-0 victory got Barca back to winning ways

Barcelona Futbol Club was made to suffer in their 2-0 victory against Eibar away from Home. If you have to describe this victory, there is only one word which describes the same "EFFICIENT"! There is nothing else other than that. For majority of the game we were outplayed in our own game. The wet pitch and it's narrow width completely negated us; but the major factors were the Eibar players and their attitude to the game. They actually played without no fear and that showed on the field.

Feb 16, 2018


FC Barcelona will be facing Eibar in the 24th round of La Liga 2017-18 season. Despite the importance of this away match, all focus and attention will be on the mid week Champions League encounter!


FC Barcelona will be looking for nothing other than a victory against Eibar in the 24th round of La Liga 2017-18. Lionel Messi will be instrumental in getting the job done for Barca!

After a good start to 2018 season; suddenly the Barca juggernaut seems like have lost a bit of steam. Two draws in a row and if we club the difficult result against Alaves; that's three poor performances in recent times. The Espanyol result could be excused even though as I wrote that day, the result would have been different had we taken the initiative in first half. Suddenly the match against Eibar has taken a bigger magnitude than what we would have imagined at the start of the year. A bad result would seriously jeopardize the momentum we had in the League and also may spill into the mid week Champions League Encounter.


Feb 12, 2018


FC Barcelona was held to a goalless draw by Getafe at the Camp Nou in a very frustrating evening.


Lionel Messi fouled in the match in FC Barcelona's goalless draw against Getafe

Lionel Messi against Getafe - FC Barcelona vs Getafe Match Pictures


Barcelona Futbol Club was made to suffer for a second consecutive match in La Liga with a very frustrating encounter against Getafe at Camp Nou. In my preview to Copa Del Rey Semi-Final 2nd Leg, I have mentioned how opponents have failed to stop us from scoring in the league. I never expected we will lose it so soon. With the second draw in a row, Barca's lead on top have come down to seven points; it's still sizable but when you consider that the lead has come down from eleven to seven in a span of a week, something starts to worry me a lot!


Feb 5, 2018


A late equaliser from Gerard Pique has helped FC Barcelona to continue their unbeaten run in the league. With this draw Valverde's Barca have created a new record for unbeaten run from start.


Gerard Pique scored the equalizer which helped FC Barcelona to maintain their unbeaten start to the league

Gerard Pique celebrating Scoring against Espanyol | Source : Barca vs Espanyol Match Pictures


A late equaliser from the 'Controversy Man' Gerard Pique gave Barca a much valued draw; which actually tasted like a victory considering the backdrop to the game and the conditions the team have to encounter. There was much at stake when we approached the end of the game - at danger was the record and the perfect start to the league which have made. FC Barcelona had already equaled the best start to a League season and this was a chance to create a new history; and that was under threat.


In a pitch which resembled a swimming pool at times, this game was completely poised against FC Barcelona. They could not play anything which resembles their style in this pitch and needed a 'Hero to Save the Day'. And in stepped Pique, who had been involved in every thing related to Espanyol recently, to save Barca's unbeaten run and silence the entire stadium.

Dec 25, 2017


Luis Saurez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal scored for Barca against Real Madrid to take Barca fourteen points clear of their arch-rival.


Barca Players Celebrating scoring against Real Madrid in 3-0 victory at the Santiago Bernebeu

Barca kept on their emphatic success streak in La Liga with a 3-0 thumping of their arch-rivals and defending Champions Real Madrid at their own home ground. This was never supposed to be the script which Real Madrid fans and most of the pundits wrote. This was supposed to be a "White Christmas"! The stadium was ready for it; they were presented the World Club Title and this was supposed to be a grand celebration party. But Barcelona boys just gate crashed it - not only destroying the party atmosphere but definitely the team spirits and along with it mostly the title hopes. This is the third consecutive victorious visit of Barca at the Santiago Bernebeu, a rare feat by all measures! With this victory Barca have moved fourteen points clear of defending Champions, Real Madrid and nine points clear of second placed Atletico Madrid. That's a huge lead especially when we are not even at half-way of the league. Barca now go to the winter break with serious momentum behind them.

Dec 4, 2017


Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.Emily Dickinson

Strange is football at times and that was reminded again this weekend when a set of Crazy results ended up Barca increasing their lead on top. It was quite funny to an extent, when Barca dropped two more points suddenly Barca's unassailable position in League was under threat. Suddenly Valencia could cut the lead by two, Real Madrid could get back to league race by cutting lead by two points and so on. But in the end Barcelona increases their lead on top at the league by one more point, leading Valencia by five points. The lead on Real Madrid remains at eight point even though the other major side from Madrid, Atletico Madrid have moved two points ahead of city rivals and sit six point adrift of Barcelona. Quite a turn around in 36 hours!

Nov 7, 2017



Every artist was first an amateurRalph Waldo Emerson

Ter Stegen was signed by FC Barcelona in 2014 for a sum of 12 Million Euros. That amount is so low by today's standard that a 12 Million sum would be consider as an investment. But I am not talking about the financial investment but the emotional investment Barca put in. He was scooped in because he was the perfect Barca style keeper available and we didn't want another competitor take a look at him. And we have been proven right. Thanks to him currently we lie on top of the League and as per a summary of the latest betting odds we are the favourite to win the league. And if we did that at the end of the season, Ter Stegan would have played a huge role in that.

Oct 30, 2017





Difficult Roads often lead to Beautiful Destinations -

Barcelona football club is getting ready for a tough round of fixtures; may be better to say we already are in. The visit to San Mames was the start of the same and it will continue at least till the end of the first Clasico at the Bernebeu. If we comes out of this challenge unhurt we may have already have one hand on at least the La Liga title. But everyone knows this is not going to be easy! One of the major reason looks like we may be stuttering a bit after the initial high flying start in the last couple of matches. There is nothing to panic yet for Valverde but it's better he keeps the focus on the group so that things don't drift too far.

Apr 24, 2017

Lionel Messi against Real Madrid

- Lionel Messi Celebrating Scoring the Winner against Real Madrid -

I think the great thing about Leo is that he continues to surprise. After so many years he is still decisive. Andres Iniesta

Lionel Messi once again proved why he is still considered the Best in the World. This was a must win game for Barca, lose this the title officially goes to Real Madrid. With this last minute victory FC Barcelona stays alive in the title race. This edition of the El Clasico was expected to a fiery encounter. It lived up to it's billing; with the pendulum swing in opposite direction every 15 minutes. When James Rodriguez equaliser came in the 86th minute, all hopes for staying alive in La Liga ended for each one of us; but there was time for a last twist; that too with the very last kick of the match. In essence this match was a battle between Lionel Messi and Real Madrid and it ended with him leaving a definitive mark with his 500th Goal for the Club. What a time to bring up your 500th!

Apr 10, 2017

- Luis Saurez and Kameni in Malaga vs Barca Clash -

Defeat against Malaga? I don’t know if it is a step back but it is a missed opportunity. Andres Iniesta

There is no way I can describe the feeling that is running through my mind properly. I waited for a whole dayto cool down but still am fuming. How many times, how many bloody times? This has been the script of the whole season; Real Madrid is still on top of the league just because we don't take our chances when they slip up. Instead we go and slip further! Two weeks back when I was looking at the fixture list; for me this was one of the biggest week. This was the perfect chance for us to take the destiny of the league back in our hands. This was the week of the Madrid derby. Madrid has not been playing spectacularly but they were always finding heroes to bail them out. But I did expect that luck to run out against their City rivals. And run out it did. Their draw against Atletico was sheer misfortune; nevertheless it was a great chance for us to move to top of league and cut the deficit out. Instead we ended up like this!

Mar 13, 2017

Andres Iniesta in Deportivo vs Barca Match

- Andres Iniesta surrounded by Deportivo Players -

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back. -

It didn't last too long! the Euphoria related to the amazing come back against PSG. There is something with visit to Galacian Club this season with Barca. The last time we lost in La Liga was against another Galacian Club, Celta Vigo back in October. But this lose against Deportivo could have a huge impact on the La Liga race. In recent weeks with Real Madrid stumbling we have made spectacular come back in to the title race and now we have once again taken it out of our hands. Real Madrid who defeated Real Betis after our loss, had regained the top spot and have a two point lead at top with one game in hand. Which means they could be five points ahead once the extra-match has been played and that means even if we win all our remaining matches we may still fall short.

Dec 4, 2016

Iniesta surrounded by Real Madrid players in El Clasico

- Andres Iniesta with the Ball Playing against Real Madrid -

This result is hard to take after such a great effort. I am happy to be back and for our fans. Together, we march on!Andres Iniesta

Recently El Clasico's never failed to entertain and without much doubt has been one of the most entertaining encounters between top sides in Europe. Usually when two top sides clash in any league in Europe, it usually would be a very cagey match with very much less excitement and too much intensity. But Clasico's usually is quite different in terms footballing skills and entertainment. Last night encounter was a disgrace to that tradition. It resembled the usual ManU vs Chelsea matches we have seen over the years rather that the Barca vs Madrid match. I have never seen a Clasico match filled with so much mistakes; mistakes from both sides. In the end no one emerged victorious but - Real Madrid have emerged victorious with a last minute equalizer when we take the whole picture who retained their six point lead on top of the league.

Nov 28, 2016

Messi Scoring the Equalizer against Real Sociedad

- Messi Scoring the Equalizer against real Soceidad -

Almost nothing went right for us today. They outdid us in the quality of their play and in attitude. We barely existed in the first half and improved a bit in the second but it’s difficult to win the league playing like this.Gerard Pique

This was nothing short of "The Great Escape" act by Houdini courtesy of the linesman. There is no other explanation of how we ended up from the trip to Anoeta with a point not with a destruction in terms of result. One may have to look at the upcoming Clasico to see whether the Great Escape Act actually helped or the gruesome experience of Yesternight has left a huge psychological scar on them. Regardless of all these with this draw Barca find themselves six points behind league leaders heading into the Clasico. Which makes that a must win game now. Usually when we fail in a match we as fans are used to holding on to any positives you could find. Hours have passed after the match I am still looking for one, the closest I got is that we had officially 47.7% of possession. For some reason as a person who watched this match; I can't get my head around that number - we barely had a possession and 47.7% of it; no way!

Oct 3, 2016

Iniesta surrounded by Celta Vigo Players during FC Barcelona's defeat away from Home

Recklessness at its very best, that should be the phrase that could very accurately describe last nights' display by FC Barcelona at the Estadio de Balaídos against Celta de Vigo. The question is who was more reckless - A completely out of sync team, a non-existing midfield, a defensive midfielder who played like he is on the wrong team, a goal keeper who is finding fresh ideas to concede goals or a Manager who had no respect for the opposition. Why the respect aspect? Just rewind back what happened here last season - we were decimated even with our almost first eleven here. So when you return to a place where you were destroyed to pieces, you expect the coach to respect the danger of the opposition. Instead Luis Enrique decided to bring in Gomez and Rafinha in place of Rakitic and Iniesta. Result a shabby first half where we were pretty lucky not to have gone 5-0 down. But then the Manager alone cannot be responsible held responsible for the absolute abject recklessness of a Keeper who is considered to be good with his passing. The way he conceded the game when an almighty come back was in progress will send shivers down the management and will prompt the question even more strongly his position is first eleven.

Sep 1, 2016

Barcelona are currently the undisputed top team in Spain and last season were treble winners with La Liga, Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España. Since Pep Guardiola took charge of the team in 2008 they have won six of the past eight La Liga titles which brings them up to 24 time winners and gradually creeping up on Real Madrid who hold the record with 32 league wins. Current boss, Luis Enrique, has won two La Liga’s, two Copa del Rey’s, one Supercopa de España, one Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup, which is a very impressive collection and not far behind Guardiola’s record.

Nov 22, 2015

  • FC Barcelona produced a sensational display at the Bernabeu tearing apart Real Madrid.
  • Luis Enrique, Neymar and Iniesta scored all the goals for Barcelona..
The solution often turns out more beautiful than the puzzle. Richard Dawkins

Barcelona Futbol Club produced something spectacular last night to destroy Real Madrid at their home Santiago Bernabeu. The scoreline 4-0 never gave an accurate picture of the gulf between two sides on the night. Had all the easy chances been taken, we could have seen a scoreine of 8-2 or something. That how superior Barca was on the night. On a night when Barca's midfield were in total control, two goals from Luis Saurez and each one from Neymar and Iniesta completed the scoreline. Real Madrid produced a late surge after going down 3-0 but Barca's keeper Bravo was in spectacular form denying every chance of Real Madrid. Barca's "Man of the Match" without any doubt was Andres Iniesta, who was given a rare ovation by a lot of Real Madrid faithfuls; something which was never expected taking in to account the bad vibes between the two sides in recent meetings.

Jul 16, 2015

Barcelona Football Club's defense to La Liga title will start in the toughest fashion possible with a series of tough fixture right from the starting day. The start in itself is spectacular with Barca visiting the San Mamés to kick start their title defense. Now usually a travel to Athletic Bilbao's home ground is a tricky affair; but this time around it may not be that tricky as we already would have traveled to the same place to face them in the Spanish Super Cup. Yes, you heard that right, three out of four of Barca's starting match is with Athletic Bilbao and all of those come in a series. Barca will start the 2015-16 season against Sevilla in the UEFA Super cup, followed by the two Spanish Super Copa matches against Athletic Bilbao and then the La Liga opener at the San Mamés. In the first 12 rounds of the La Liga we will be facing Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Real Madrid away from home. Despite such a tough start to the season, FC Barcelona remains the football betting sites favourite to win the 2015-16 La Liga title.

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