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Business as usual for Barca, work to be done for Madrid

Aug 19 2013, 7:10am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 19 (IANS) Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated.

Madrid, Aug 19 — Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated. That was made clear by a blistering first half display against...

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Business as usual for Barca, work to be done for Madrid

Aug 19 2013, 7:10am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 19 (IANS) Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated.

Madrid, Aug 19 — Two days into the new Primera Liga season and the most obvious is that rumours of Barca's demise have been overstated.

That was made clear by a blistering first half display against Levante which saw the reigning champions go in 6-0 up at half time and eventually secure a record opening day win 7-0 Sunday, reports Xinhua.

The fact this was done on the back of a chaotic pre-season and with Neymar and Andres Iniesta on the subs' bench should worry everyone in La Liga, although the failure to sign a central defender will be a problem as the season progresses.

For the moment however, Barca fans will be delighted at the way the side have adapted to the high-pressing game demanded by Tata Martino and the new hunger they showed on the pitch after a downbeat end to last season.

In the Santiago Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti made it clear that he is very much his own man with the decision to leave Iker Casillas on the bench and play Diego Lopez in goal.

Following Casillas' much publicized spat with Jose Mourinho last season most would have expected Casillas to have started in the 2-1 win against Betis, but it was Lopez who got the nod.

Quite where this leaves Casillas at the start of a World Cup season remains to be seen and with Casillas' influence in the press and dressing room, Ancelotti has shown himself to be a brave man.

As for Madrid's performance, it was a letdown after a promising pre-season, but with the new coach trying to introduce a more passing style of football, he may need more time that Martino, who has given a few 'tweaks' to the Barca mechanism rather than attempt a full scale overhaul. Meanwhile Isco looks as if he could be the signing of the summer.

As for Barca and Madrid's respective rivals: Levante look as if they are in for a long season after a difficult summer with internal issues, while Betis showed the same courage and flair as last year despite a revolving door transfer policy.

Radamel Falcao has left Atletico Madrid but they still have Diego Costa and their 3-1 win in Sevilla was a win to quieten the doubters that the loss of their star striker would be a handicap.

The arrival of David Villa and Leo Baptistao has actually given Diego Simeone more options and Costa looks to be revelling in his new found responsibility.

Sevilla looked good in patches as well, but may also need time to integrate their new signings.

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Luis Enrique Will Give Youth a Chance in His Barcelona Side

Jul 28 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Luis Enrique Unveiled As New Barcelona Coach
Luis Enrique will bring plenty of new ideas and methods to Barcelona for the 2014-15 season, but one of the most interesting is his focus on youth. As the former coach of Barcelona's B team, he knows a lot of the younger players at the club very well indeed. Barcelona have traveled to St George's Park on Monday to train in England for a week. As well as the first-teamers, eight Barca B players are also heading over. Alen Halilovic, Adama T ...
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1 day ago

Iniesta reveals close relationship with Barcelona boss Luis Enrique

Jul 27 2014 1:03am CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

Luis Enrique Unveiled As New Barcelona Coach
Barcelona ace Andres Iniesta admits he's long had a good relationship with coach Luis Enrique. Enrique was a former Barca club captain. NO, This article does not mee ...
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Iniesta happy Xavi staying with Barcelona

Jul 26 2014 8:46pm CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
Andres Iniesta is delighted Xavi is staying with Barcelona. Xavi has committed to Barca for the new season. NO, This article does not meet Newsnow guidelines read ...
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What Barcelona Fans Should Expect from Alen Halilovic This Season

Jul 26 2014 2:13pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

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Barcelona made a huge statement for the future by signing Croatian midfielder Alen Halilovic in May 2014. The teenager joined from Dinamo Zagreb, with the Catalans quick to snatch him up after he made a name for himself in his home country's top flight. Halilovic, who could start for many European clubs, will spend this season at Barcelona B. Understandably, many Barcelona fans may be wondering what they should expect from the 18-year-old thi ...
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2 days ago

Iniesta hoping ban for new Barcelona teammate Suarez reduced

Jul 26 2014 3:26am CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

Luis Suarez Barcelona Shirts on Sale
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta hopes new teammate Luis Suarez can see his four-month biting ban reduced. NO, This article does not m ...
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Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta: “The Suarez ban is harsh and should be reduced” [Video]

Jul 25 2014 10:37am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta say come out in support of his new teammate Luis Suarez saying that his ban was harsh and should be reduced. Suarez was banned from all football activity for four months by FIFA after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. He’s in line to make his debut in the first Clasico of the season in late October but Iniesta feels he should be allowed to play for the club befo ...
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3 days ago

Iniesta hopes Suarez ban is reduced

Jul 25 2014 7:01am CDT | Source: football

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
BarceIona midfielder Andres Iniesta hopes new team-mate Luis Suarezs suspension is reduc ...
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3 days ago

Andres Iniesta Flattered To Be In Frame for Barcelona Captaincy

Jul 25 2014 5:44am CDT | Source: insidefutbol

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
Andres Iniesta is flattered to be in the frame to become the new Barcelona ...
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4 days ago

Iniesta craving Barcelona captaincy

Jul 24 2014 8:08am CDT | Source: FOXSPORTSASIA.com

Andres Iniesta And Eva Gonzalez Present 'Smurfs 2'
Andres Iniesta has admitted that being named Barcelona captain would be the realisation of a "lif ...
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4 days ago

Manchester United Youths Who Could Make Their Premier League Debuts This Season

Jul 24 2014 6:52am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Everton's manager, David Moyes celebrate
"If they're good enough, they're old enough," is a famous quote from Sir Matt Busby. His ideas about bringing through young talent form the foundations of Manchester United. The Busby Babes, with an average of just 22, won league titles and were on the brink of securing European glory before the tragic Munich Air Disaster. Busby rebuilt his team, again focusing on nurturing young ...
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