Showing posts with label La Liga. Show all posts
Showing posts with label La Liga. Show all posts

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.

May 18, 2015

  • FC Barcelona were crowned La Liga Champions at the Vicente Calderon with a 1-0 victory over defending La Liga Champions.
  • Lionel Messi scored the sole goal of the match, putting them four points ahead of Real Madrid with one game to spare.

It had to be at the Vicente Calderon; there is no better place to seal this title. A failure here wouldn't have been colossal as we would have got another chance against relegation threatened Deportivo La Coruna at home. But then the team cannot have let this chance go. Last season Atletico Madrid sealed their La Liga title at our home; this season we gave it back in kind. Last season Lionel Messi had a legitimate winner ruled offside but this season he never gave them any chance. The goal he made and finished was so beautiful that it should have won us the League on its own. The equations at the start of the match was clear - We Win, we seal the title or else we get another chance at the Camp Nou. Real Madrid needed a victory to stay in the title hunt, and they got one with a Ronaldo hat-trick but then it didn't matter at all. It's quite surprising that after spending almost half a billion dollars on transfer market from the onset of Guardiola era, Real Madrid has only won one League title; exactly same as their cross-twon rivals, Atletico Madrid. For Barcelona and Luis Enrique, this League title was quite a turn around from the troubles they were in at the winter break. La Liga title was a long gone hope then, the team was crumbling and Enrique, if rumours have to be believed was one match away from sack. Now he and his boys have orchestrated one of the greatest turn-around for this club and is on-course for yet another treble.

Apr 29, 2015

Barcelona Football Club was at their very best last night against a hapless Getafe hitting them for half a dozen goals at the Camp Nou. With just four matches to go, Barca have their sights firmly set on the League trophy. Even though they have a clash with Atletico Madrid in the penultimate week, we could expect them to get the job done. Of the remaining match the Atletico Match looks tough for our boys. The rest we should be able to easily negotiate. Real Madrid who is currently lying five points behind will be facing Sevilla away from home and Valencia at home and also Espanyol away from home in their last five matches. Unless we screw this up this League trophy is definitely coming to Barcelona. The performance from the team were simply sensational- the pressing, the inter play, the goals all were out of the world. And once more Luis Saurez was the star of the match with two absolutely brilliant finishes.

Feb 21, 2015

A number of the times I have been forced to eat my word, but I have to admit here that it never happened to me this quickly. In my last post (Preview to Manchester City vs Barca clash) I wrote how City have conceded ground to Chelsea and us have gained in their respective title race. Now with Chelsea dropping point in England and Barca losing in Spain, we may most probably go in to midweek game with no difference in domestic situation for these teams. Funny enough if Manchester City win tonight we may go into the midweek clash with momentum on their side. Now that's what we call the classic example of "Eat your Word". This was a great opportunity for Barca, which sorely they missed. Going into the game it was a great chance for Barca to go ahead of Real Madrid (even though it would have been temporarily). Now not only we have missed such a chance but most probably looking at Real Madrid extending the lead to four points. That would place our fate in the hands of Real Madrid once again.

Feb 9, 2015

Luis Enrique and his boys were not going to let it happen once again. The last time they saw the League leaders Real Madrid drop points, they returned the favour by losing their match also. Luis Enrique had to receive a fair share of criticism for the strategy employed in that match against Celta at the Camp Nou. But everyone knew that he wasn't going to take any chance this time around. The result, a convincing 5-2 victory against Athletic Bilbao at one of the most difficult stadium in La Liga, especially for Barca. A visit to San Mames does not make Barca fans comfortable, actually it throws them around emotionally. This time around there was no such thing. The team was clinical from the start. When Athletic Bilbao started to make a match of the game, the team responded immediately shutting them down and retaining a bigger lead. With this victory Barca has closed down the lead on top to just one point. Real Madrid may still be on top of the league, but Barca very much have their destiny in their own hands.

Nov 8, 2014

Luis Saurez was the hero of the night when he created two goals which helped Barca to overcome a 1-0 deficit. We were in course for a third consecutive defeat until Saurez turned the creator in chief. The beneficiary of his creativity was Neymar who scored the equaliser and Alba who put Barca in the lead. As expected Neymar and Saurez started from bench against Almeria. In their absence Munir, Pedro partnered Messi up front. Rafinha, Rakitic and Busquets formed the midfield trio. Adriano, Mascherano, Bartra and Alba formed the defense with Bravo taking his usual spot under goal.

Oct 19, 2014

Barcelona continued their great run in to the season with a hard won 3-0 victory against the newly promoted Eibar. The match remained goal less for almost an hour, thanks to Eibar's dodgy defense but Barca courtesy of Messi, Xavi and Neymar secured a vital three points going into Clasico. Ahead of the Clasico last next week, Real Madrid threw up a challenge with their 5-0 victory earlier on the night. So everyone was waiting to see how Barca would react? Going in to the Clasico Enrique should be pretty confident because of Neymar's and Messi's form and also most importantly due to the fact that Bravo is yet to concede a goal this season. Luis Enrique gave Mashcerano a rare start in midfield along with Xavi and Sergi Roberto. The defense had Alves, Pique, Mathieu and Alba. Pedro surprisingly despite a string of poor results started along with Messi and Neymar. Iniesta started on the bench while Busquets and Rakitic were rested.

Oct 4, 2014

Claudio Bravo extended his clean sheet record by another match with Barca wining 2-0 away against Rayo Vallecano. After the defeat to PSG in mid-week Barca needed to get to winning way quickly but Rayo presented a huge challenge. In the end Barca's exceptional quality secured three precious points. With Valencia climbing to the top of the league with a surprising 3-1 victory over defending Champion Atletico Madrid, there was no lack of motivation for Barca. Xavi's position in starting eleven has been a subject of great discussion especially after the defeat in Paris. So it wasn't a huge surprise to see him returning to the starting eleven and the tried and trusted trio of Barca midfield was back with Iniesta, Busquets and Xavi forming the midfield. Pique returned to the defense and partnered Bartra in the center with Alves and Matthieu as full backs. It was pretty nice to see Matthie playing left back which simply added enough height to our defense like we had when Abidal was the Left back. The front trio remained unchanged with Neymar, Messi and Munir.

Sep 27, 2014

Barcelona Football Club got back to winning ways and back to the top of league with a brilliant 6-0 victory against Granada. After a series of away games, Barca players really cherished the chance of playing at home. There was no let off from them and it was really hard on a brave Granada side who actually did quite well. The scoreline did justice to the intensity shown by the Barca side, which was a far cry from the boring performance against Malaga. Once again Lionel Messi was pivotal in Barca victory - scoring twice and almost playing a hand in almost all other goals. The biggest beneficiary of his creativity was Neymar, who scored his first hat-trick for the season. Luis Enrique did some shuffling to his starting eleven from their last start against Malaga. The biggest change was the introduction of Xavi Hernandez in place of Iniesta. In defense there was a complete change with Matthieu, Alves, Mascherano and Adriano replacing Pique, Doughlas, Alba and Bartra. Once agains Bravo kept his starting place and one was left to wonder when Ter Stegan will make his debut. THe midfield had Xavi, Busquets and Ivan Rakitic. Munir, Neymar and Messi formed the front trio.

Sep 13, 2014

FC Barcelona consolidated there position on the top of the La Liga standing with a 2-0 victory against Ateltic Bilbao at the Camp Nou. Ina match Barca dominated throughout, they struggled to opened the scoring for so long. In the end it was the substitute Neymar who opened the scoring followed it up with one more to make the night comfortable in terms of scoreline. There wasn't much surprise in the line-up fielded by Luis Enrique for this important clash in La Liga. Munir was once again rewarded by a start with Messia and Pedro, thanks to all his good work so far. The midfield saw what we all expected with Busquets, Rakitic and Iniesta lining up. Once again Xavi was not given the start position. Mascherano, Mathieu, Montoya and Alba formed the defense in front of Bravo. Incidentally there were rumours that Bravo rushed back from International duty earlier than expected due to the intense competition for the position at Barca! Truth or Not it worked!

May 17, 2014

Atletico Madrid were not to be denied, their fairytale season continues, they have fought for this like no other team. They just had to win this. In a match which could be dubbed the best final ever or the best final we all have witnessed, Atletico prevailed. They didn't have to win this and the 1-1- draw was more than enough for it. In the preview to the match I have written about the possibility of Atletico breaking down physically, make no mistake - they did! They lost Diego Costa and Arda Turan, their two best players early in the first half, they appeared like not knowing what to do, they went behind when Sanchez scored. It was all turning against them, that too in the final game of the season. But a number of times this season, they found that inner spirit to drive them back into the race and the Godin header clearly described this team's motto "Fight till we Die".

May 12, 2014

Barca and Elche match ended scoreless

in the match between two teams who were fighting for their lives in the league, one has to admit both came unhurt thanks to other results across the League. The match started with three teams technically fighting for the league, but Real Madrid dropped off the race after going down 2-0 against Celta de Vigo. So next week clash at Camp Nou is the La Liga final with Atletico holding a huge advantage. With a three point lead Atletico wouldn't have to force a winner whereas FC Barcelona boys need to go full throttle for the title. Barca definitely had the chance to negate Atletico's advantage when they went down 1-0 against Malaga at the Vicente Calderon. But we couldn't find a goal and but once they equalized, we were definite that we will start the next week encounter on the back foot. The Atletico game will definitely take the aura of a cup tie, this is reflected in the betting too with odds reflecting a knockout phase bet rather than a league game. So after twists and turns of the season, it will all be decided in a single match; here Atletico definitely have the advantage.

Apr 13, 2014

When I wrote the preview, I warned specifically about taking Granada lightly in a must win match. That precisely was what Barca did and paid heavily for that. After going down to a shock Brahimi fall Barca failed to react properly in the first half and they paid for that. Even though we threw everything at Granada in the second half, the ball wouldn't go in. With this defeat we may have conceded defeat in our La Liga title defense. Unbelievable has been this week, from challenging for three titles we have been effectively reduced to challenging for the King's Cup. With two consecutive defeats Barca needs to react fast from preventing the season spiralling out of control. To the surprise of everyone who expected Martino to rest many of his usual starters, Martino started with many. The front three had Neymar, Messi and Pedro. The midfield had Iniesta, Cesc and Song. The defense had Mascherano and Busquets forming the central defense with Montoya and Adriano on the flanks.

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