Is it the end for Samuel Umtiti at Barcelona?

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There was a time, not so long ago, when Samuel Umtiti was considered untouchable at Barcelona.

One of a select band of players that, come hell or high water, were not going anywhere.

Part of the furniture might be an apt description for the Frenchman at that point.

But how quickly things can change… Continue reading

Can a double double be considered disappointing for Barcelona?

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There’s no escaping the fact that Barcelona’s defeat to Liverpool was one of their worst in recent memory.

Catalan media are even calling it their worst ever.

For the second season in a row in the Champions League the Blaugrana allowed a three-goal lead to slip, and for a club of such stature that isn’t acceptable.

However, they are on the verge of doing the ‘double double,’ which is an achievement which shouldn’t be overlooked. Continue reading

What next for Barcelona’s Todibo, Murillo and Boateng?

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As we hurtle towards the end of another gruelling La Liga campaign, Barcelona will already be looking towards a successful 2019/20 season, and to that end Eric Abidal will need to do some wheeler-dealing in the transfer market.

With Matthijs De Ligt just one name being mentioned as a possible new signing, it’s clear that the Catalans will have plenty to do across the summer.

The futures of most of their players remain crystal clear, but there are question marks too. Continue reading

Can Semedo and Roberto play together for Barcelona?

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Barcelona are lucky in that they have quality players all over the pitch and a genuine issue with accommodating all of them happily each season.

There are bound to be passengers and those that just can’t get into the side, try as they might.

Though Nelson Semedo and Sergi Roberto don’t really fall into that bracket, neither is playing as much as they should. Continue reading

Ter Stegen: Barcelona’s €12m bargain

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The term ‘safe hands’ is often coined for goalkeepers, but rarely has it been so justified than in Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s case.

The German, who firmly established himself as Barcelona’s No.1 after seeing off competition from Claudio Bravo, has proved to be one of the Catalans most astute signings of the last few seasons.

That’s because there isn’t a week that goes by without the custodian playing the fullest part in Barcelona’s victories. Continue reading

How Barcelona can beat Liverpool

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The time has come. Barcelona’s biggest, and potentially most difficult game of the season is upon us.

For the second season in a row, Liverpool have reached the Champions League semifinals, and they are at least Barca’s equal in this two-legged affair.

The Reds have history on their side too, as the Catalans have never beaten them over two legs in European competition. Continue reading

Barcelona to rest stars as they push for Champions League glory

 

 

 

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was firm in his commitment to pushing for further glory, after his side wrapped up an eighth La Liga title in the last 11 seasons.

A 1-0 win at home to Levante means the Catalan side have secured their title defence, with three league games to spare before the end of the 2018-19 season.

The former Athletic Bilbao coach will now focus his squad’s energies on completing a first treble since 2015. Continue reading

Barcelona’s four unsung heroes of 2018/19

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Barcelona stand on the cusp of another La Liga title. Their dominance in 2018/19 domestically mirrors that of the previous season, with Ernesto Valverde having lost only three league games to date as coach.

As ever during the summer months, each club is looking to improve their squad, so when Barca added Arturo Vidal, Clement Lenglet, Arthur and, at the 11th hour, Malcom, supporters were a little underwhelmed.

They’d heard a lot about Arthur but he wasn’t tested in Europe, Vidal wasn’t a ‘Barca type player,’ Lenglet had been part of the Sevilla side that had just lost 5-0 to the Catalans in the Copa Del Rey final and Malcom was an unknown quantity at the top level. Continue reading

Why Arturo Vidal is so important for Barcelona

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In a team that relies on the highest levels of technical ability, the sight of Arturo Vidal at FC Barcelona is a surprising one.

A real warrior, the Chilean’s roughhouse style shouldn’t feel at home in the Catalans’ midfield but… well, it just works.

Vidal has gone above and beyond in his debut season with the Blaugrana and, after an inauspicious start when a social media rant could’ve derailed his career there before it had started, he’s become a valued member of the squad. Continue reading

De Ligt and a summer of change at Barcelona

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After capturing the mercurial talent of Frenkie De Jong, it appears that Barcelona are in pole position to sign his current Ajax team-mate, Matthijs De Ligt.

The 19-year-old centre-back is wanted by all of Europe’s top clubs but has allegedly told those close to him that he ‘only wants Barcelona.’

That’s a real coup for the Catalans, who see De Ligt as a future captain of the club and a player who’ll be a mainstay in their defence for the next decade. Continue reading