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

Jul 12, 2020

Arturo Vidal's vital early goal secures Barcelona in a vital away fixture. Now all eyes shifts to Real Madrid's game against an in-form Granada.


Ter Stegan was instrumental for Barcelona against Real Valladolid

It was a struggle in the end. FC Barcelona secured three vital points against Real Valladolid, cutting the lead at the top to just one point. As expected, Barcelona did the only thing they could do in the chase, try to win all their matches. And obviously, there is the small factor of praying for Real Madrid dropping points.

It was an early goal from Vidal created by Lionel Messi which became the difference-maker. Messi with that assist now has 20 assists in this season.

Jul 9, 2020

Barcelona did what they could do at the moment, winning their game and stay on the trail of Real Madrid. This wasn't any spectacular performance, but good enough to secure three points.


Barcelona Players Celebrating victory over Espanyol


Barcelona secured vital three points in their mostly fading campaign to defend the La Liga title. This victory moves them a point behind the league leader Real Madrid. The capital side has one game in hand and all eyes will be on how they fare against Alaves, who themselves are struggling big time.

The 1-0 victory against Espanyol wasn't spectacular but was enough to secure three points. Barcelona's victory confirmed the relegation of their city rivals to the Segunda Division. It's quite sad to see a Catalan side going down, but it was inevitable.

Jul 6, 2020

Barcelona secured a brilliant victory over Villareall away froom home and that too with a majestic performance, a rare combination these days. In the Grand scheme of things, will this even matter?


Messi, Saurez and Griezman forms the MSG Trident

Barca - 4 | Villareal - 1

FC Barcelona scored a vital 4-1 victory away from home against Villareal, a rarity these days! If the final scoreline was a rarity, the quality of the football on display was even more. I can't even recall the last time we saw such a brilliant performance from this Barcelona side away from home.

Despite the quality on display, this may have arrived a tad too late for Barcelona's title prospects. Real Madrid now lies four points ahead and once again with help of dubious VAR decision. The chances of them slipping appears very rare, or is it safe to say the chances of the referees and the League allowing them to slip is pretty rare.


Griezmann and Messi celebrating Scoring against Villareal

FC Barcelona produced a sensational dispkay away from home (a rarity these days) against Villareal to cut the lead at top to four points. Lionel Messi provided the assists for both Saurez and Griezmann. This was clearly the nnight when the 'MSG' trident really connected.

Check out the Highlights Video below:

Jul 1, 2020

Is this draw the final nail in Barcelona's hope for retaining the title? Barcelona needs a near miracle now to retain the League title!


FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Match Report


FC Barcelona - 2 | Atletico Madrid - 2

In one of the most vital matches of this season, Barcelona was held to 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou by a high flying Atletico Madrid. Messi and company needed to win this match at any cost to keep their La Liga hopes alive. Even then it wouldn't have been enough! But with this result, they may have kissed goodbye to the title!

By the time Barcelona line-up for the next match, the lead at the top could be a significant four points. With only four matches left, that could be too much to overturn, even if this Barcelona team finds their top form. With the kind of display now we are displaying, there could be no hope at all.


FC Barcelona was held to a 2-2 draw at home by the other side from Spanish Capital, Atletico Madrid. The game was as intense as it gets and strangely saw three penalties and one own goal. Messi scored his 700th goal of career from an unbelievable panenka penalty.

Check out the highlights below:

Jun 24, 2020

For the purist, this wasn't a match to remember, but these are the kind of victories that will decide a season. And Barcelona hopes this is one of those!


Rakitic Scores against Bilbao


Once again, Barcelona looked jagged, lagged and all other things and to make matters worse, at their own home. An extremely scrappy goal from the much-maligned Rakitic was needed for Barcelona to secure three vital points and move back to the top of the table. Now we need to wait to find out how many days that promotion lasts for?

Lionel Messi once again was instrumental in the goal. It was his pass which resulted in the opening which Rakitic converted. But to be honest, I doubt it was a pass from Messi. It was a brilliant turn from Messi which got converted into an assist, all thanks to Rakitic who unlike his fellow teammates made the run into the box!

Jun 20, 2020

Barcelona was held to a goalless draw against Sevilla. Maybe one can say, the Catalans were extremely lucky to even come back with a point.

Sevilla drew with Barcelona


The clash between the first placed and third-placed team in La Liga ended in a stalemate. The draw still kept Barcelona at top of the League, but Barcelona's fate in the League may have been taken out of their hands. Real Madrid who plays tomorrow night will have a chance to move back to the League summit!

The performance showcased at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium raises a lot of questions about the team, especially about their ability to withstand such a heavy schedule, which is being played out.

Jun 12, 2020


FC Barcelona vs Real Mallorca Preview


The 2019-20 Spanish La Liga season restarts on Thursday after a three-month lay-off with a trip to RCD Mallorca first on the cards for Barcelona.

Sevilla will host rivals Real Betis on Thursday night in the first game back with all games scheduled to kick off at different times over six weeks which promises to make for a thrilling end, particularly in the current climate.

Barcelona is the final of four games on Saturday when we travel to Mallorca whilst Real Madrid aren’t in action until Sunday evening, hosting Eibar. After such a lengthy disruption fans may want to assess the La Liga predictions ahead of the matches from Thursday.

Feb 24, 2020



FC Barcelona opened up a two-point lead at the top of the league with a great 5-0 victory over Eibar aided by Real Madrid's defeat at Levante. The victory gives Barcelona a bit of cushion heading into next week's Clasico. Things have turned around quite a bit of Setién's Barcelona. The pressure was relieved a bit of now.


Once again there was a thing which could worry on display at Camp Nou. Like I have mentioned in previous matches, Barcelona players took the game lightly especially after the break. One could forgive them as a 3-0 lead at the half time allowed them to ease off a bit. For the time being let's focus on the positives from the match.


Feb 23, 2020


Opening up a two point lead just before the Clasico at Bernabeu is the answer to every Barcelona fans prayers. Lionel Messi stole the show as usual with a four goal five-star performance.




FC Barcelona - 5 | Eibar - 0


The biggest question in the build-up of this match was whether the 'Ball will Go In'. Everyone expected goals from Eibar, but will it come from Messi that was the big question. And he answered in quite some fashion scoring four, his fourth poker in the League, second versus Eibar. This victory along with Real Madrid's loss at Levante later opened up a two-point lead for Barcelona at the summit.


Eibar has been one of his favorite opposition scoring 20 times in eleven meetings. So this clash came at the right time when Messi was struggling to score goals but was assisting left, right and center. Currently, Messi leads the Pichichi charts having scored 18 goals and the assist chart providing 12 assists. The second-placed in both charts is five goals away from him.


Feb 22, 2020



Lionel Messi secured another solid victory for Barcelona against Eibar scoring four in a 5-0 victory. The other goal came from Arthur. Braithwaite, Barcelona's new signing made a huge impact playing a critical role in Barcelona's last two goals. It was a dream debut for the Dani International.


Check out the highlights below:


Feb 17, 2020


Barcelona's 2-1 victory over third placed Getafe at Camp Nou raise more questions than answers for Quique Setién.




Barcelona's hard-won victory against third-placed Getafe proved to be extremely vital in the grand scheme of things. With Real Madrid dropping points last night, Barcelona clearly has the destiny of La Liga in their hands. A huge step will be to defeat Real Madrid when they meet in two weeks' time.


Once again, like last week this was a hard-fought match. Barcelona should thank Ter Stegan for guaranteeing the three points. In the end, Setién has too many things to worry about than take comfort after the victory against Getafe.


Feb 14, 2020


With almost everyone on the backline in danger of missing out, Quique Setién is struggling to find players to make the starting eleven. There is a good chance that we may have a central defense of Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto. That would be some setup!




When I wrote a week ago about Barcelona's struggle with squad, I never anticipated all my fears coming to fruit so soon. As we feared, Barcelona is currently struggling to find players to fill the backline of their defense when third-placed Getafe arrives at Camp Nou on Saturday.


Getafe arrives at the Camp Nou on the backdrop of four consecutive victories, that too against good teams. Last week they defeated Valencia 3-0 and a week before they won against Athletic away from home. We all remember how our latest matches with these teams went!


Feb 10, 2020


Barcelona came from beind twice to secure vital three points against Real Betis, what incidentally is the first away win under Setién in the League.




Real Betis - 2 | FC Barcelona - 3


This was an emotional affair on so many levels. First, there was this Manager who is making a visit to the place where he made the real mark, then there is a host of ex-Barcelona players, some sold out and some on loan and finally there is the stadium, which for the Catalan side is nothing short of a bull ring! This was bound to be messy, and so it was.


In the end, Setién would be a relieved man, having secured the three points which keep his team on the heels of arch-rival Real Madrid. Barcelona needed to come back from behind twice in the match. The goals came from pretty much unlikely sources - De Jong, Busquets and Lenglet; assisted by the usual suspect Lionel Messi.




FC Barcelona came back from behind twice to secure their first away victory under Quique Setien in the League. This victory was vital as it keeps them with the reachable distance of League leaders Real Madrid. Lenglet scored the winner for Barcelona from a towering header.


Check out the highlights below:


Feb 3, 2020


The very fact that it was the youngest member for the eleven who secured this victory for Barcelona gives a lot of hope for Barcelona for the future under Setién. With a solid victory, which wasn't devoid of issues, Barcelona remained on the heels of league leaders Real Madrid.



Ansu Fati Brace Secures Barcelona an Essential Victory that inspires Hope #AnsuFati #FCBarcelona

FC Barcelona - 2 | Levante - 1


Barcelona kept their pursuit of league leaders Real Madrid with a not so spectacular 2-1 victory over Levante at the Camp Nou. Ansu Fati, the young start from Barcelona B scored twice in the first half to secure Barcelona's victory. Levante scored a late consolation in the injury time through Rochen, which was clearly justified for their efforts of the second half.


Ansu Fati scored both his goals from Lionel Messi assists. Even though Messi was instrumental in creating the chances, the finishing from the youngster showed why he is rated so high in footballing circles.




Ansu Fati's two first-half goals gave Barcelona a vital victory at the Camp Nou tonight. This victory keeps them on the heels of the League Leaders Real Madrid. Lionel Messi created both the goals for the youngster, who was magnificent with his finishes.


Check out the highlights from the match below:


Jan 26, 2020


For Valencia it was fifth time lucky, after failing to defeat Barcelona in the previous five attempts in the League. In spite of Valencia playing brilliantly, these factors most contributed to Barcelona's downfall.




Many are still digesting the non-tasty defat of Barcelona last night. What makes it worse was the fact that Barcelona struggled to break down the defense, having to play a lot of horizontal passes. The possession statistic looks good, but the lack of end result makes the picture bleak.


It's not yet time to panic at the last two performances of Barcelona. The new coach needs a bit of time to set things right and also to get his team to understand his plans fully. It's easy to criticize the team and coach and deride them in general. A close look at the match clearly shows that not everything is bad about last night's performance. There were three major factors that contributed to such a bad result.



Quique Setién faced his first defeat as the Barcelona Manager and if things don't improve, may not be the last one. He has some tough questions to solve to fix this team.




FC Barcelona were handed a footballing masterclass by Valencia in being efficient and finding the chinks in the opponent's armor. This was done despite Barcelona hogging more than 70% of possession, the only positive from the match at the Mestalla.


Some may argue that what is the purpose of having so much possession if you are not going to make any changes. These so-called, fans aka Valeverde fan boys don't have a clue about how bad Barcelona have become. It will take an almighty effort for Setiénto fix this and there will be early hickups.


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