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Showing posts with label Barcelona Match Report. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Barcelona Match Report. Show all posts

Apr 11, 2019


Despite getting a favourable victory, there is a feel that a repeat of last season can't be discounted out.




In the end, that nervous feeling never really left, despite the valuable 1-0 victory. One of the main reason was the unconvincing nature of the result. In a nutshell, we did achieve our goal for securing a valuable away win and a valuable away goal. But at the same time, it left that feeling that Manchester United is very much in the tie!


Maybe we are harsh on the team, discounting the magnitude of the task in hand! This was Barcelona's first victory against Manchester United at the Old Trafford in Europe. Comparing to the Lyon visit, we should feel ourselves to be in a better position when we face 'Red Devis' again in a week's time.


Feb 28, 2019


Barcelona may not have been the better team on the night, but they were clinical in taking their chances to dump Real Madrid out.



Clinical Barcelona makes the most of their Chances to Defeat Real Madrid

Barca - 3 | Real Madrid - 0 - Copa del Rey SF 2nd Leg

Barcelona Football Club booked their sixth consecutive appearance in Copa del Rey final by dumping Real Madrid out in the semi-final. They secured a 3-0 victory at Santiago Bernabeu, a stadium which evokes fear in Europe; but for some reason appears like a training ground for our boys.


Luis Saurez who was much maligned recently regarding his form emerged as the 'Hero of the Match' as he scored twice and played a decisive part in the other one. He along with Dembele scripted the victory for Barcelona, in a match in which they were the second best side for most of the time. This will Barcelona's sixth consecutive appearance in final, and they will be gunning for a record five consecutive titles.


Feb 24, 2019


Lionel Messi produced a masterclass act scoring his 50th Career hattrick and assisting the other in a hard-fought victory against Sevilla.



MESSI saves BARCELONA with an Out of the World Performance #Barca #Messi #BarcaSevilla

Barca - 4 | Sevilla - 2 ( Messi - 4 | Sevilla - 2 )

In the end, this battle was all about one man, Lionel Messi. And that's a familiar feel for Sevilla fans as they are his favorite opponents. We have lost count of the number of times Lionel Messi has become the tormentor for Sevilla - even at the Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.


In reality, Barcelona didn't do much to win this match, apart from having the World's Best Player; or the fifth Best player as per FIFA. Sevilla was the better team throughout the match, especially in the first half. But then Barcelona had Messi and that decided everything!


Feb 7, 2019


Barcelona was held to a one all draw by Real Madrid at home, and the team from Spanish Capital starts on the front foot in the 2nd Leg.




FC Barcelona - 1 | Real Madrid - 1


This result didn't come to me as much of a surprise. I warned about this in my earlier article - Why Barcelona should be vary of the Real Madrid threat?. Sometimes, you get a different kind of vibe from the events and enrgy surrounding a match, and this match I felt the same. That's the reason why I came up with that earlier article, just to warn about the folly of taking Real Madrid lightly.


Did we pay dearly for the mistake of taking an opponent lightly? Only we will come to know after the second leg. But it's safe to say now that Barcelona in a third time in a row is starting on the back foot going into the Copa second leg. We turned it around against Levante and Sevilla, will we be able to do it at the Santiago Bernabeu?


Jan 18, 2019


Lionel Messi created two goals and scored one goal and helped Barca overturn the 2-1 deficit from the first leg.



Messi Scripts Brilliant Barcelona Victory to Overcome Levante in the Cup

Barcelona produced a brilliant display of attacking football to overturn the first leg deficit with a 3-0 victory against Levante at the Camp Nou. This display clearly showed that the first leg result was mostly due to the absence of key players, mainly Lionel Messi.


Lionel Messi was once again the key difference maker, creating two goals and scoring one to ensure an easy Barcelona victory. Dembele scored two goals in the first half, both from Lionel Messi assist in the first half to make the match more or less secure. Messi's goal in the second half simply sealed the victory and dismissed any doubt, if those existed.


Jan 14, 2019


Luis Saurez scored twice and assisted Messi's 400th Goal in la Liga in Barca's 3-0 victory over Eibar.



Luis Saurez scored twice and assisted Messi's 400th Goal in la Liga in Barca's 3-0 victory over Eibar #Barca #FCBarcelona #Messi #Saurez

FC Barcelona - 3 | Eibar - 0

Barcelona football maintained their five point lead on top of the league with a solid and efficient 3-0 victory over Eibar at the Camp Nou. Luis Saurez scored twice and Messi once to keep Barca ahead of the hunting pack, which incidentally has been reduced to Atletico Madrid after Sevilla lost to Athletic Bilbao at San Mames early in the day.


So at exactly the halfway stage, Barcelona has a five-point lead over second placed Atletico and ten points lead over third and fourth-placed Sevilla and Real Madrid respectively. In a season, where a number of teams threatened to upset the usual status-quo, the league has finally turned into a two-horse race. But still, when you consider that only 12 points separate the third-placed team and the just above relegation team, we are sure for a sensational second half of the league.


Jan 7, 2019


Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez gave Barca a great start to 2019 in terms of results, even though the performance never matched up to their high standards.



 FC Barcelona Starts Year 2019 with a Competitive Victory over Getafe #Barca #FCBarcelona #Messi #Saurez

Barca - 2 | Getafe - 1

Scrappy has to be the most apt word which could describe last night's 2-1 victory over Getafe at the Coliseum in Madrid. Despite that, if I decided to describe this as 'Competitive' (as I have described in the Title), there is a solid reason to it. Even such a scrappy victory was elevated due to what happened before the game to all our major competitors in the league.


Barcelona came into the game clearly knowing that a victory over here will send us five points clear of the table. The two major sides, which were capable of mounting a challenge to Barca's title defense - Sevilla and Atletico, drew when they met each other prior to our match. Real Madrid who is already having a horrendous season compounded the pressure on them by losing 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad. Currently, they lie ten points adrift of leaders Barcelona and lies in the fifth position, one point away from Alaves.


Dec 17, 2018


Sensational Performance from the Argentinian Maestro, Lionel Messi helped Barca to extract revenge for last season's heart-breaking defeat at Levante



Sensational Lionel Messi destroys Levante with an Out of the World Performance

Lionel Messi answered those idiots who rated him as the fifth best player in the World, like he has always done - ON THE FIELD. The Argentinian, who as per one Brazilian legend is a 'One Thing Guys, who scores only with his Left Foot', ended up scoring a hat-trick and assiting the other two goals in a glorious night for Barcelona. Courtesy of this victory, Barcelona has opened once again a three point lead at the top of the league.


The victory becomes extremely important as in the past two weeks, Messi has shown all the signs of hitting the top form soon. We need him to be in full form before we break for the winter, which will be following next week's matches. Had Saurez not scuffled an easier finish, Messi would have ended the night with three assists and three goals; not sure whether we have seen anyone in the history of the game doing that!


Dec 3, 2018



FC Barcelona Secured a Hard-fought 2-0 victory over Villareal at the Camp Nou. But t the three points should not mask the Problems within Barcelona Football Club.



FC Barcelona - 2 | Villareal - 0

Barcelona regained the top spot in La Liga last night with a very tough and uncharacteristic 2-0 victory over Villareal at the Camp Nou. May be defining it as uncharacteristic masks the reality; we have been playing more or less the same way for majority of this season, barring a wonderful two week stretch. In yet another see-saw weekend, Barcelona was able to snatch the top spot from Sevilla after Alaves held Sevilla to a draw.


Saying Alaves held Sevilla to a draw is unfair on Alaves, but still, Sevilla is always the better side. Such has been this season, where the bigger teams have been struggling with their performances and average sides have been punching above their weight. This week was no exception, Real Madrid and Barcelona won but wasn't any convincing; Atletico and Sevilla were held to draw and they weren't convincing either.


Nov 12, 2018


FC Barcelona Produced one of the worst performances of this season so far, going down 4-3 to Real Betis at home. It coincided with the return of Lionel Messi, Is there any more to read in that?


Real Betis destroy Barcelona at the Camp Nou

Sometimes we cry a lot about how statistics skew up the actual picture a lot, especially when it's against us. Somehow after the conclusion of last night's match against Real Betis, I somehow had those same feeling. The 4-3 scoreline in favour of Real Betis never describe what transpired on the field of Camp Nou. It was much worse, Barcelona don't have any right to being only a goal away from Real Betis.


We looked absolutely disjointed and Real Betis, was taking us apart like we were some second division side. After all the success in recent weeks, Barcelona fans and players were brought down to earth by a display, that can be only be described as shambolic. To make it worse, it happened on the night Messi made his come back.


Oct 29, 2018


Barcelona Football Club humiliated Real Madrid with a 5-1 thrashing at the Camp Nou to go two points clear at the top.



FC Barcelona - 5 | Real Madrid - 1


Sensational has to be the word that aptly describe what transpired at the Camp Nou tonight. May be even that would not describe the feeling of each Barcelona fans now. How quickly things changed; a few weeks back we were struggling to impose ourselves in the league. Now we have opened up a two point lead at the top and produced two sensation displays back to back.


Once again it was Luis Saurez, who brilliantly led the attack in the absence of Messi with a stunning hat-trick. From struggling for goals in recent matches, he simply turned around the table now to score four in two.


Oct 25, 2018


A Brilliant display of controlled and balanced football saw a Messi less Barcelona emerging winner in their Home Match against Inter Milan at the Camp Nou.


FC Barcelona Overcome Inter Challenge with a Powerful Display #Barca

FC Barcelona - 2 | Inter Milan - 0


Barcelona Football Team produced one of the most balanced and controlled performances of this season to see off a spirited Inter Milan side in the third match of this season's Group stages. Now with this victory, Barcelona have secured nine points from their three matches and that should literally guarantee them a place in next round.


Unless we screw up things dramatically we should be able to top the group from now on. On a tricky night, when everyone was questioning how Barca will handle the absence of Messi; goals from Rafinha and Alba settled the matters. The defeat has not foiled Inter's chances of qualification as the other match in the group ended with a 2-2 draw.

Oct 21, 2018


Barcelona's victory over Sevilla took them to top of La Liga table, but Lionel Messi injury completely dampens the spirit.


Leo Messi Injury down Spirit in Barcelona's Valuable Triumph

FC Barcelona - 4 | Sevilla FC - 2

Barcelona Football Club regained the top spot in the La Liga table with a quite amazing 4-2 victory over the then first placed Sevilla FC. But the victory mattered less at the moment as everyone was concerned about only one thing - Lionel Messi injury. Messi's night ended in just 17 minutes after getting injured, but by then he had scored once and assisted the other.


The very fact that Messi scripted this victory in just the first few minutes in the match shows his impact on Barca this season. Now with him injured and destined to miss the Clasico, the odds of Barca's victory in 'El Clasico' has come down substantially as per www.novibet.co.uk.


Oct 8, 2018


FC Barcelona continued their winless streak in the league to the fourth consecutive match with a 1-1 draw against Valencia at the Estadio de Mestalla.


FC Barcelona drew against Valencia despite Messi Magic #Barca #FCBarcelona #BarcaValencia

Barcelona Football Club continued their winless run in league to an unprecedented fourth match in a row. I cannot remember a situation like this happening in recent times. Like last match, we had to rely of Lionel Messi's heroics to save at least a point from the match. But unlike last week, this time this performance cost us the top spot on the table.


Sevilla FC who earlier moved to top of table, cemented their position at top after Barca's draw. Barca's next match after the International break will be against leader's Sevilla, which means there is a huge possibility of the winless streak extending to a fifth game.


Oct 4, 2018


Lionel Messi was in Inspirational form in Barca's 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley. He was involved in every one of Barca's Play throughout the night.



Once again Lionel Messi dominated Wembley, a Stadium which simply lifts his game. Lionel Messi's inspirational form catapulted Barcelona Football Club to a 4-2 victory against Tottenham Hotspur. With this victory we remain at top of the group and along with Inter looks like the favourites to go through the group.


Messi scored twice and produced the chances which resulted in the other two goals. It's quite strange that Messi won't be credited for the assist of any of these; this shows why Statistics are useless in capturing genius. Footballing fraternity needs to come up with better statistical way for capturing Messi's effect in a match.


Sep 30, 2018


Lionel Messi saved Barca from yet another embarrassing loss after coming in as a substitute in the match against Athletic Bilbao.



It amazes everyone how we are still at the top of the La Liga table. But it's actually happening. After producing yet another non-inspiring performances, we still are on the top; courtesy to the fact that both Real Madrid and Atletico played a goalless draw later in the night.


Just take for a moment and try to digest, out of nine points available in the last three matches, we managed to take two points. I don't remember in recent seasons, such a thing happening. And with a Champions League away match in the mid week, there is a high chance of this run extending for a fourth one. Keep you fingers crossed!


Sep 27, 2018


Barca tasted the first defeat of the season against the most unsuspecting Opponent, bottom placed Leganés. Barca conceded two goals in as much as minutes in the second half to give away a hard earned first half lead.


Leganes defeats Barcelona by 2-1 in La Liga 2018-19 Season #barca #fcbarcelona

Barcelona Football Club suffered their first defeat of the season against the lowest placed side in the table, C D Leganés. The result shocked everyone and all of us expected for us to lose the 'Top of the Table' position; but in a strange twist of events, we still maintain the top position courtesy of Sevilla defeating Real Madrid by three goals.


For some reason, this season have started to strike a bit of similarity with Luis Enrique's last season. In that season also, every time the table topping side stumbled, the chasing sides also stumbled. Only change is that the position are reversed; this time it's us stumbling and Real Madrid failing to capitalize.


Sep 16, 2018


Barca produced a scrappy comeback from behind win against Real Sociedad and majorly had to thank Ter Stegan for the victory. Valverde's Choices made life difficult for Barca against Soceidad.


Ter Stegan's Heroics gives Barca a Scrappy Win against real Soceidad #fcbarcelona #barca

Barcelona Football Club produced one of the most scrappiest performances you could remember in recent times to win their fourth game in the La Liga. This is the second time in succession we have forced to make a come-back from behind against Real Sociedad away from home. Despite the scrappy nature of the performance, it turns out to be an important victory for Barca as it give them a two point lead on the top of table.

Real Madrid was held to a 1-1 draw against Athletic later in the night and that means we are the only team left in the league with a 100% positive result. It's too early in the season but the two point lead this early would be a good cushion to have!


Sep 3, 2018


Despite the 8-2 scoreline, the performance of FC Barcelona against Huesca raises more questions than answers.



There could be a feeling of disbelief for those who have joined only in second half to watch last night's demolition of Huesca or those who have only seen the highlights of the match about the headline. We Barca fans are known universally for our ability to press the Panic button at the slightest hint of trouble. But even by that standard, Barca fans should have up in arms with the way we were performing in the first half last night. The second half performance may have done good to paper over the cracks that was so prnounce to escape notice in the first half.

Apr 13, 2018



Against all odds Roma pulled off the seemingly impossible task by knocking out FC Barcelona with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the visitors at home.




For the 3rd Season in succession, FC Barcelona, favourites to win the Champions League with Bet365, was knocked out of the Quarter-Final stage in UEFA Champions League. Now that's a seriously dangerous pattern which needs to be addressed soon. All of us believed that Barcelona had the tie rapped up after the 4-1 victory at the Camp Nou.


But a combination of complacency and tactical mistakes from the Manager resulted in Barca being at the receiving end of a wonderful come back once again at this stage of the tournament. Now they may have to once again watch from sidelines their biggest rivals (who despite the hiccup against Juventus) script another glorious chapter in European Football.


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