Madrid pain could be Barcelona’s gain

In the space of a few days, the narrative at Barcelona has switched a little.

From being a lost cause with nothing to play for, all of a sudden the route to Copa del Rey glory has opened up for them.

Atletico Madrid, streaking away with La Liga at present, were already out, having lost to third tier Cornella, coincidentally Barcelona’s Round of 32 opponents. Continue reading

Barca miss a perfect opportunity against Athletic

The Spanish Super Cup final isn’t the most glamorous affair if truth be told, and trying to jazz it up with a ‘Final Four’ style tournament doesn’t really alter the fact that it remains akin to the Charity Shield in England.

It is nice for clubs to say they’ve won a trophy, but in the grand scheme of things, they’d ideally want to win the Copa del Rey or of course La Liga.

This year, however, the winning of it meant something entirely different to Barcelona. Continue reading

Barcelona building a bright future

Barcelona head into Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup final on the crest of a wave.

It wasn’t that long ago that we were speculating just how long Ronald Koeman had left in the managerial hot-seat, but the Dutchman has turned things around remarkably.

The Catalans are now unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions and are playing with the confidence which deserted them at the start of the season.

So much so, that you’d have to make them slight favourites on Sunday. Continue reading

Barca v Real Sociedad: 3 things to watch in the Super Cup

No sooner has the new year begun, than the first piece of silverware of the season is up for grabs in Spain.

The Spanish Super Cup is normally played at the start of each season in a two-legged home and away format.

As with so many other domestic tournaments Europe-wide, however, the various governing bodies have seen the opportunity to make some filthy lucre by taking the tournament out of their country of origin. Continue reading

Ilaix Moriba named in Barca squad

For the first time in his fledgling career, 17-year-old Ilaix Moriba has been named in the Barcelona first-team squad.

It’s a hugely significant moment for the youngster and also for the club.

As Barcelona look to recover from the disastrous Josep Maria Bartomeu era, the team and squad is taking on a much more youthful look.

Pedri, Konrad, Ansu Fati, Sergino Dest, Trincao, Riqui Puig et al… and now Ilaix. Continue reading

Barcelona’s financial worries laid bare

This January is poised to be one of the quietest on record for Barcelona in terms of transfers.

Simply put, there isn’t any money in the kitty to do any deals, and even if there were, they’d have to wait until at least a week before the deadline as that’s the day the the new president will be elected.

Until then, there’s little hope of anyone joining the club, though frankly, there’s no hope anyway. Continue reading

Two-horse elections a possibility for Barcelona

There are still 22 days to go until Barcelona’s long-suffering membership go to the polls to elect a new club president.

It is, by some distance, the biggest decision that the 160,000 or so ‘socios’ will have made in decades.

With former presidential incumbent, Josep Maria Bartomeu, running the club into the ground, whomever replaces him faces a tough task to bring the club back to where it should be. Continue reading

Clues from Messi’s interview as to his next club

Lionel Messi’s interview with La Sexta was one of the longest he’s ever given, and covered a wide range of subjects.

In many respects, Barcelona’s best-ever player was a lot less guarded than he usually is in these situations.

Indeed, the depth of the interview made for interesting viewing and no stone was left unturned as Messi attempted to answer every question as honestly as possible. Continue reading

Barcelona hoping to end the year on a high

There are just a few days left of 2020 and as years go, it has probably been one of Barcelona’s worst.

Right from the off, when the club sacked Ernesto Valverde with Barca riding high at the top of the table, there was a bad vibe about it.

Any moments of joy were fleeting, so at least the new year can bring new hope. It can’t get any worse… can it?! Continue reading

3 players Barcelona could sell in January

Barcelona head into the Christmas break with an away fixture at Valladolid, before ending the year at Ipurua and a date with Eibar.

On paper, they are two games that the Catalans should win, but in this topsy-turvy season for Ronald Koeman’s men, nothing is guaranteed.

Any more slip-ups and serious questions will need to be asked of the Dutchman’s suitability in the role.

In any event, he’s likely to be looking forward to the January transfer window so that he can bring in some reinforcements whilst getting rid of one or two players. Continue reading