Brilliant Barca beaten by route one Real

It was a Clasico that lived up to its top billing in a torrential rainstorm that can only be described as biblical.

The Alfredo di Stefano stadium was the venue for a Real Madrid v Barcelona match for the first time ever and the hosts would go on to triumph against their eternal rivals for the second time this season.

As is normally the case with these matches, it didn’t pass without incident.

Referee, Gil Manzano, a late substitute for Mateu Lahoz who was injured in midweek, needs to look long and hard at some of the decisions made, particularly in the first half. Continue reading

3 things to look for in El Clasico

Barca head to the Alfredo do Stefanie stadium on Saturday for one of the most important El Clasico games in years.

Let’s be clear. El Clasico is always important, but a win in this one could really hand the advantage to the Catalans in the race for the league title.

Zinedine Zidane’s side, despite missing key players including Sergio Ramos, will still represent a formidable test for the Blaugranes, who haven’t beaten Los Blancos since March 2019.  Continue reading

Dembele the saviour for Barcelona

Monday night’s game at the Camp Nou could go down as being one of Barca’s most important of the season.

Valladolid had arrived with 12 players out injured and they were, for all intents and purposes, cannon fodder. No one gave them a hope of getting anything.

However, as Cadiz and Eibar had shown earlier this season, if Barca take their foot off of the pedal they are vulnerable, and the visitors can count themselves unlucky to lose. Continue reading

Is Haaland a realistic purchase for Barca?

News that Erling Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, and father, Alf-Inge Haaland, have been talking to Barcelona about a possible deal will have anyone of a blaugrana persuasion rubbing their hands together.

It’s also worth pointing out at this stage that the pair then took a plane straight to Madrid and are expected to talk with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United on Good Friday in what is a whistle-stop tour of the world’s biggest football clubs.

Make no mistake, Erling Haaland is the game’s hottest property. Continue reading

Koeman must get credit for Barca revival

Once the international break is over and done with, Barcelona will resume their assault on the La Liga title, and whilst they remain four points behind leaders, Atletico Madrid, they’re certainly the form team of those towards the summit of the Spanish top-flight.

Valladolid are next up at the Camp Nou, and whilst no opponents can be taken for granted, three points will certainly be expected from Lionel Messi and Co.

Then comes the big one. El Clasico. Continue reading

Is Messi more in than out at Barcelona?

Just seven months ago Lionel Messi was a burofax away from leaving Barcelona.

That one piece of paper was the Argentinian’s ticket out of the club he’d served man and boy, but whose love for it had waned after one too many lies from club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Though Manchester City were suspected as being as a potential destination, no formal offer was ever made, and that remains the case to the present day. Continue reading

Barca masterclass shows title pedigree

It was, by far, Barcelona’s best performance of the league season.

Coming as it did at a ground where they had struggled in the past, the eventual 6-1 victory over Real Sociedad is a real signifier that the Catalans aren’t giving up the fight for this season’s title.

There’s still a long way to go of course, but Ronald Koeman now has the entire squad playing like their lives depended on it. Continue reading

Laporta’s love-in is great news for Barca

It was a speech that had it all.

Joan Laporta had been there before. Confident, composed and charismatic, the new Barcelona president could barely have done more in his opening gambit.

His speech was spoken without notes, prompts or autocue.

All of it from the heart, genuine and plausible. Almost every word he uttered struck exactly the right tone. Continue reading

Laporta’s second era begins at Barcelona

The votes are in, and it wasn’t even a close call in the end.

Joan Laporta is once again back at the helm at FC Barcelona after a landslide victory on Sunday.

Despite Covid-19 and the various protocols in place, once all of the votes have been counted and verified, it’s likely to show a biggest ever turnout in the club’s presidential elections. Continue reading

Cup win could persuade Messi to stay at Barcelona

Barcelona fans got a glimpse into the future on Wednesday night.

At 2-0 down to a superb Sevilla side from the first-leg of their Copa del Rey semi final, the Catalans needed a monumental performance to qualify for their 10th final in the last 13 years.

It was duly supplied and no wonder Ronald Koeman was full of praise for his troops in the post-match press conference.

A 3-0 win on the night, which included a 94th-minute equaliser from Gerard Pique to take the game to extra-time, was vintage Barca at times. Continue reading