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Oct 28, 2012

Oct 24, 2012

  • FC Barcelona secured a deserving winner with a 94th minute Jordi Alba goal.
  • FC Barcelona came from behind after going down to Celtic early in first half.

Jordi Alba scored a last mminute winner to take all three points off their match against Celtic. Celtic was really unlucky not to have got a point from the match. They scored first and then defended with their live only to see all their hopes get destroyed at the very last minute. An own goal from Mascherano(the credit should go for a great free kick and a Samaras header) gave Celtic a surprise lead. Iniesta equalised for us in the last minute of first half and then Jordi Alba sealed the match with a 94th minute goal. Vilanova chose a back four of Adriano, Bartra, Mascherano and Alba to face Celtic. Iniesta, Xavi and Song formed the midfield. Pedro, Messi and Sanchez formed the front three. Pinto, Montoya, Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto, Cesc, Villa and Tello were on the bench.

Oct 21, 2012

  • Lionel Messi garbbed a hat-traick in a nine goal thriller.
  • Mascherano got send off and Barca were down to ten men in second half.

A stunning Lionel Messi hat-trick secured Barca vital three points against Deportivo La Coruna. It was an unbelievably thrilling nine goal thriller which saw the pendulum swinging with every action. It was quite crazy - we went 3-0 up, then allowed it to become 3-2, then went 4-2 up, then it became 4-3, then 5-3 and eventually 5-4. But the performance especially after going down to ten man following Mascherano's expulsion was quite nervous at times. The starting line-up was as expected without the presence of Xavi. The defense had Montoya, Song, Mascherano and Alba. Cesc, Busquets and Iniesta made up the midfield. The front three saw Villa getting a start along with Tello and Messi.

Oct 17, 2012

Oct 13, 2012

Oct 9, 2012

  • Barca Fans are concerned with Dani Alves sudden dip in form.
  • Dani Alves was at fault for goals against Sevilla and Real Madrid

Barca fans across the world has been concerned by the form of Dani Alves this season. From the start of the League he was having a kind of up and down season. There were some matches where he looked really good. But even a hardcore Dani Alves supporter would admit that, those were few and far between. And in his last two outings he has been guilty of exposing his goal keeper too easily. At Sevilla everyone was shocked seeing Dani Alves staying away from Trochowski and kind of inviting him to take a shot at goal. Against Madrid it was a bit tougher as he had to move quickly to close down Ronaldo. But he never made an attempt to put himself infront of Ronaldo's shot is quite surprising. The Dani Alves of the old always used to do that. And the bigger question was why he was marking a player who was comfortably in Adriano's control, leaving so much space for Ronaldo to exploit. We will discuss about Valdes' part in the goal later.

Oct 8, 2012

  • FC Barcelona drew 2-2 against Real Madrid at Camp Nou
  • Lionel Messi scored twice, so did Ronaldo.

FC Barcelona retained their eight point lead against Real Madrid with a 2-2 draw. People were saying that this Clasico should give us the winner of the Balon d'Or, think again. Both Ronaldo and Messi scored twice and that means you will still struggle to pick a winner from them. Unfortunately for us the draw means we will lose our 100% record in the season. Vilanova surprised everyone with his choice of center back. Everyone expected Maschernao to partner Song, but Tito brought in Adriano instead of Song. So we had a defense of Alves, Mascherano, Adriano and Alba. The midfield had Cesc, Xavi and Busquets. Messi, Iniesta and Pedro made the front line. Tito ommitted Tello(a player who has been regular this season) from the squad and the becnh had Pinto, Montoya, Bartra, Song, Sergi Roberto, Alexis and Villa. Real Madrid official line-up had Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo and Benzema.

Oct 6, 2012

  • FC Barcelona will host the first Liga Clasico tomorrow night at Clasico.
  • Barca will be without the presence of both Pique and Puyol in defense.

So the scene is set for the first of the Liga Clasico. Already we had two of them, with Real Madrid winning the Super Copa. With so many Clasico's happening in quick succession, there was a serious doubt whether people will lose interest in them. That's proven wrong and with every passing Clasico the interest in them seems only increasing. Estimated TV viewership is expected to reach half a billion. Barca is going into the Clasico with an eight point lead over their arch-rival. That's unprecedented in recent times. That gives us some breating space. But the fact that we will have to feature a make shift defense takes a bit out of that advantage. But still an eight point is still eight points. Tito Vilanova has the almost the entire attacking and midfield squad except the absence of Thiago and Cuenca. But where he is been stretched is in defense with only Bartra, Alba, Alves, Adriano, Song, Mascherano and Montoya at his disposal. That means we don't have our tarditional central defenders available for this match. Song and Mascherano will be pertenring in teh center of defense. They worked well to an extent against Sevilla, had to see how it goes against Real Madrid.

Oct 5, 2012

Oct 3, 2012

  • Barca secures victory against Benifica with a 2-0 scoreline.
  • Carles Puyol broke his arm and may miss action for sometime.

FC Barcelona secured their second victory of UEFA Champions League group stage with a 2-0 victory against Benifica. Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas secured Barca the three points. But the night's atmosphere were dampened with the news of Puyol injury. Puyol who returned from injury in this match looks to have broken his arm trying to score from a corner. Barca ended the match with ten men after Busquets received a straight red for a simple looking challenge. Everyone expected Puyol to gat some playing time in this match but not to start. But Tito Vilanova had other ideas. He started with Alves, Puyol, Mascherano and Alba in the defense. Xavi, Busquets and Cesc started in middle. Pedro, Messi and Alexis started upfront. Once again Villa started on the bench along with Pinto, Song, Adriano, Sergi Roberto, Iniesta and Tello.

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