Ivan Rakitic leaves Barcelona with his head high

After the 8-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich, there were always going to be casualties, and not just on the coaching side.

The result was so cataclysmic for the Catalans, that if a root and branch clear out wasn’t necessary, then something approaching it probably was.

Barca’s lowest ebb of this millennium needed strong decisions to finally be made, no matter what. Continue reading

3 things to watch in the Barcelona v Bayern game

It’s arguably the tie of the Champions League quarter finals, and Barcelona v Bayern is the only one which features two former winners of the trophy.

All the other six remaining teams have never had their hands on the cup with the big ears, so in some respects the experience of the two FCB’s benefits them enormously.

However, only one can go through and, on current form at least, the Bavarians will be expected to waltz into the final four. 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

Vidal will get his chance for revenge

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After not being able to overcome eternal rivals, Real Madrid, in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final, Barcelona were dealt a further blow with the news that Arthur Melo has been ruled out for 3-4 weeks.

The Brazilian has been an incredible success story since his arrival from Gremio, to the extent that there are now genuine concerns as to how successful Barca will be in his absence.

He has given the Catalans an extra layer of security thanks to his ball retention and willingness to set the tempo and rhythm of a game, and they’ll certainly miss his input. Continue reading

Vidal vital to Inter’s hopes of knocking Juventus off their perch


Not even in their wildest dreams could Inter fans have been prepared for how well their club has done during this summer’s transfer window so far. Having already secured the signatures of Stefan de Vrij, Kwadwo Asamoah and Lautaro Martínez before last season came to an end, the Nerazzurri have since added Radja Nainggolan and Matteo Politano to their increasingly talented squad. As if that was not enough, right-back Šime Vrsaljko is on the verge of joining from Atlético Madrid, while Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is said to have agreed personal terms with the Milanese giants. Continue reading