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Mar 14, 2019



Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona side stormed into the Copa del Rey final after a very satisfying semi-final win over old rivals Real Madrid. Although many Barça fans would accept that the team were not in top form in the second leg of the semi-final, Valverde’s men still banged home three goals to come out with a 4-1 aggregate victory. This is, of course, much sweeter coming at the expense of Los Blancos!


This semi-final win sees Barça march on into the final on May 25, 2019 at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville against Valencia. This will in fact be the Catalan side’s sixth consecutive appearance in the Copa del Rey final in six years, which begs the question, can Valverde lead them to another cup final victory?

Mar 7, 2019


The Unexpected Exits of both Real Madrid and PSG shows why Barcelona's progress to next round is not a a foregone conclusion.




At the end of the first round of the first knockout stage of this year's UEFA Champions League tournament, Real Madrid's and PSG's progress was more or less a foregone conclusion. Many considered Barcelona's chances as a tricky one, but one the current Spanish Champions was expected to go through.


But all those Foregone conclusions were torn apart by a combination of extreme complacency and a determined opponent. In this background, it is safe to say that Barcelona's progress to the next round may not seem simple as I have thought earlier.


Mar 1, 2019


Despite the 3-0 drubbing handed out to their arch-rival, Barcelona has to introspect why they had to suffer so much in defense.



3 Reasons Why Barcelona Struggled Defensively against Real Madrid? #Barca #FCBarcelona

Santiago Bernabeu has been one of the toughest arenas to visit as a team in the whole of Europe unless you are the current Barcelona team. Somehow FC Barcelona appears to have mastered the art of taming Santiago Bernabeu. In recent seasons, we have seen more success at the Bernabeu than in Camp Nou when it comes to Clasicos.


So when the match ended 3-0 in Barcelona's favor on Wednesday night, none was surprised. After all, Barcelona has been the better team in this season, and they were playing at their favorite training ground! But the scoreline shouldn't mask the problems which were on display, especially concerning tactics involved.


Feb 13, 2019


Why Barcelona should look to move Lionel Messi from the right, and how it could improve their chnaces in Champions League!



 3 Reason Why Barcelona should not Use Messi on the Right!


Majority of the fans, who watched the performance against Bilbao are left wondering whether things have actually improved from our last season's Champions League exit? We felt toothless for most of the game. Even though the second half was a better affair, we failed to break down a resolute defense.


And that's the worry for Barcelona as this season was more or less is about Champions League. Athletic Bilbao gave us a clear glimpse of what awaits us at the later stage of the Champions League rounds. And our performance at San Mames doesn't inspire much confidence in that pursuit.


Feb 8, 2019


Such was the impact of the performance of Nelson Semedo against Real Madrid, many now claim we have found the perfect replacement for Dani Alves. And what does it mean for Sergi Roberto?



Has Semedo Silenced all his Critics with Stunning Effort against Real? #NelsonSemedo #Barca

Nelson Semedo's Barcelona career has been going in an On-Off fashion for some time. The Portuguese were acquired to replace Barcelona stalwart, Dani Alves who left on a free transfer. That was no small shoes to fill, and the Portuguese had struggled to fill those so far.


Despite the early promises, he had to face tough competition from Sergi Roberto for the Right back position. And it was extremely disappointing, especially for the player to see him being relegated to the bench by a player who was predominantly a defender.


Feb 5, 2019


With Antonio Miguel Matéu Lahoz in charge, Barcelona not only have to worry about the Opponents but also a Referee who have purposefully hurt them more than once in the past.



With Mateu Lahoz in Charge, Madrid has a Man Advantage over Barcelona!


The first Clasico of 2019 will be held at the Camp Nou on 6th of February, Wednesday in the First leg of this season's Copa del Rey, semi-final. This will start one of the toughest period for Barca which include three Clasico clashes in 25 days and also matches with Athletic, Valladolid, Lyon, Sevilla in between them.


And that makes it essential to start on the front foot in Wednesday's match so that we can selectively rest our crucial players. The likes of Messi, Alba, Busquets etc. have no replacement in our squad and which means that we need to prioritize matches where these stalwarts need to be taken off or even rested completely. With such a tough run of the fixture, the chances of that appear minimal.


Feb 4, 2019


Real Madrid, despite the hiccups have somewhat managed to get their season back on track and Barca should be wary of their threat.





The moment the announcement was made about the Clasico clash in the Copa del Rey semi-finals, there was huge excitement among Barcelona fans. It's understandable that any 'Clasico' clash will bring in a certain amount of excitement, along with a bot of worry (especially if you are a Barcelona fan). But this time around there is a bit of arrogance surrounding this, as if the result is a foregone conclusion.


It is nonsensical to consider that Real Madrid as a lightweight opponent going into this clash. They still remain one of the formidable opposition and with the second leg away from home, we should take them extremely seriously when they visit Camp Nou on Wednesday. Barcelona definitely has an upper hand, but to make that matter, Barcelona should take care of the following three factors.


Jan 22, 2019


This Season definitely has been the coming out season of Ousmane Dembele. Now he needs to take it to the next level.



 These 3 Simple Changes could Make Dembele be one of the Best!

Ousmane Dembele has been quite good, so far this season. Some of his ardent fans would argue that he has been quite spectacular, I will not jump to that so early. Considering where he was last season, this season has been really a passing out ceremony.


It is safe to say that we know why Barcelona went out and splashed so much cash for him. Last season ended with a feeling that that high amount was literally wasted. But this year, no one will even question the price tag. We know clearly what he adds to the team, and how he can impact the style of play. But it's a baby step and if he really needs to hit those high expectations, he needs to do the following things right.


Jan 14, 2019


You would be pleasantly surprised at the fact that Barcelona tops the table for this statistics. Even in your wildest dreams, you wouldn't have thought so!



Barcelona Surprisingly is at the top of this Chart! You Would be Really Shocked!

Barcelona Football Club is known for many things - their flowing style of football, their tiki-taka style of possession football, their goal scoring prowess, their enormous possession against any opponents in every one of their matches. But in between you will be thrown aback by some random statistics which just pops out of nowhere.


I personally was quite surprised when I found this stats of whoscored.com. Not even in my wildest dream, I expected Barcelona to be on top of the table for this stats. I am pretty sure you all would be quite pleasantly supported just like I am.


Oct 30, 2018


3 Simple Reasons Why Sub Role is Perfect for Dembele #Barca #FCBarcelona

It's been tough going for Ousmane Dembélé at Barca from the moment he has stepped foot on Camp Nou. despite being just 21 years of age, a lot was expected from him. It is safe to say that he was disappointed by the output he has produced, considered the trust many had him in. But then is it all only his fault?


The biggest obstacle for Dembélé's career at Barcelona is the huge price tag with which he came in. It is unfair to hold the cost of his acquisition against him while judging him, partly it was the circumstances fault. Neymar was brought at an enormous price by PSG which completely inflated the market and simply hyped Dembélé price also.

Oct 29, 2018


3 Reasons Why Messi's absence has worked the best for Valverde? #FCBarcelona #Barca

It feels quite strange to say this, but Barcelona Football Team looked a very balanced side without Lionel Messi in it. It's not like our Talisman creates an imbalance or make them struggle ones he comes back to the side. On the contrary, he helps his teammates more than they help himself.


Regardless of that one has to admit that in his absence in the team, the side looked really good. And all of it is down to one person - Ernesto Valverde. It's not Messi's absence which has worked wonders, instead, it's Valverde's change in leadership style which has made the thing work wonder.

Sep 28, 2018


At times Barca's strategy still operates on the assumption that it's Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta who is controlling things in the midfield. The coach and the management needs to understand that they cannot expect others to simply dole the role of these two legendary midfielders!


Barcelona won't be able to Replace Iniesta and Xavi #barca #Xavi #iniesta #fcbarcelona

Barcelona Football Club has been blessed with an abundance of legendary mid fielders throughout it's history. Even with such a list, one have to admit that it was the Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta, who brought a 'Normal than Usual' stature to those positions. They both remain and still is regarded as the 'Greatest Midfield Duo' of all time; not only in Barcelona but also across the Footballing history.


In the 'Golden Era' of Barcelona, Xavi and Iniesta dictated the 'Game Play' of Barcelona. The duo not only decided the formation we used but also 'The Nature of Barca's Game pLay' was dictated by these two. And the effect of it becomes much more pronounce, when you consider that they did this in the presence of may be 'Greatest of All Time' player, Lionel Messi.

Sep 6, 2018


Following his record breaking signing, the French International have struggled to make his mark at FC Barcelona. Will this be the season where Barca's trust in him start to pay-off?.


Dembélé looking make his mark at Barca

Ousmane Dembélé was signed with lots of hope and hype. At €120 Million he was the costliest signing and remained so until Barcelona got hold of Brazilian Coutinho. One is left to wonder whether Barcelona would have gone for him, had they managed to sign Coutinho earlier, may be not. But who knows? Regardless of that, many who bet on soccer have started to believe that this season he will prove all the hype and hope of being the 'Most Talented Youngster' true.


Sep 5, 2018


For the first time in his Career, Lionel Messi seems to be enjoying his Captaincy rather than it's burdening him.


Lionel Messi enjoying leading FC Barcelona

Captaincy has been like a "Crown of Thorn" for Lionel Messi for so long. It has given nothing other than pain and suffering to him in his role as National Captain of Argentinian Football Team. Despite his numerous sensational performances, including the one which took them into the World Cup 2018; he has always felt being not loved in his role as Argentinian Captain.


Finally this La Liga season he has been given the responsibility of leading FC Barcelona. He has been virtually doing that last season but officially this is the first season in charge. Based on the latest soccer betting odds, FC Barcelona is considered as the Prime Candidate win the La Liga 2018-19.


With Atletico Madrid stumbling at the Start, there is a high chance that La Liga could be once again reduced to a two horse race.


Has La Liga Reduced to Two Horse Race between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona

In recent years, despite the dominance of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona we used to have a good start to La Liga season. Despite in the end it ending as a pure two horse or three horse race, in the beginning there were many teams which at least made an initial claim to be part of the title race. Last year when real Madrid was stumbling it was Valencia which was challenging FC Barcelona for the title. And they gave a good fight before it fizzeld out mid-way.


This season it appears like it will be a close race between the two eternal rivals - Real Madrid and FC Barcelona! They already have opened up a two points lead between Celta Vigo but more importantly has a five point lead over Atletico Madrid, the one team that matters the most. So if you are looking to gamble on sports, then these two teams would be your ideal bet to win the La Liga.

Sep 4, 2018


FIFA and his voting partners (the captains and the journalist) found it unfitting to consider Lionel Messi as top 3 footballers in the World.


FIFA snubs Lionel Messi with Award Snub

When the entire question regarding Lionel Messi's greatness usually center only on the 'Greatest of All Time(GOAT)' debate; The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) found another way to take the debate to a completely different level. As per FIFA, forget the Greatest of All Time, Lionel Messi is not even fit to be considered the top three footballers in the World currently now. As per the list, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohammed Salah are the ones who will fight for the top award this season.


Feb 12, 2018


Paco Alcacer at the Camp Nou


Signed back in 2016 from yo-yoing Valencia, Paco Alcacer looked set to be the next home grown player who’d work his way into the starting line-up at Barcelona. Luis Enrique was in charge when he signed for the club, with it trending in the traditional ideology of only bringing certain styles of players from a select few nations, with Spain obviously being the primary option, but the transfer of this forward always looked like an arguably pointless one.

Feb 2, 2018



"Palmeiras x Atlético Mineiro - 2017" (CC BY 2.0) by Roberto Sabino


FC Barcelona’s January transfer window recruit Yerry Mina comes straight over to Spain from South America. At 23, he is still learning the game and there’s no better place to do that than the Camp Nou, but Mina must hit the ground running due to the departure of Javier Mascherano to China and cover being thin.


As one of Argentina’s most capped players and because he won 17 trophies during his time in Catalonia, Mascherano leaves some big shoes to fill in the heart of the Barca backline. He is not the only La Liga great from South America that young Mina will want in time to emulate either.


Do you remember these great central defenders from across the Atlantic playing in Spain?

Jan 1, 2018


FC Barcelona is the only club in Europe to win a Continental Treble in two occasion, first in 2009 under Pep Guardiola and then in 2015 under Luis Enrique

Barcelona had an indifferent 2017 by their usual high standards, but there's plenty of reasons to believe 2018 could be a special year for the club. A third Copa del Rey win in a row was Barca's only trophy during Luis Enrique's final season as manager, with the team coming up short in both La Liga and the Champions League.


Read on for four things Barcelona can look forward to in 2018.

Dec 31, 2017


FC Barcelona wrote history by winning Copa Del Rey title for the third consecutive times but failure to land La Liga and Champions League title will mark 2017 as a disappointing season

Barcelona head into the New Year aiming to add more silverware to their trophy cabinet, but 2017 was ultimately a slightly disappointing 12 months for the La Liga giants in terms of silverware.


Barca marked the end of Luis Enrique's time as manager by becoming the first side since the 1950s to win the Copa del Rey three years in a row with a 3-1 victory over Alaves. However, success in the Champions League and La Liga eluded them and fans will certainly expect a better return in 2018.

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