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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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Lionel Messi Fitness Scare Adds to Luis Enrique's Problems at Barcelona

Nov 4 2014 3:15am CST | Source: Bleacher Report

The storm clouds are rumbling above the Camp Nou. They literally were, in fact, on Monday morning, with Barcelona's autumn sun washed away by a torrential downpour. It made for an easy metaphor, given Barcelona have lost two consecutive games after going the previous eight unbeaten in La Liga. And just like in the city, when it rains, it pours. A series of events, some unfortunate and some preventable, have combined to leave a string of ugly headlines strewn across the sports pages in ...
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6 weeks ago

Five Current Players That Could Make Great Future Managers: Arsenal & Barcelona Stars Primed For Top Job

Nov 3 2014 4:01pm CST | Source: CaughtOffside

Five stars that could become top managers when they retire from playing. When a player retires they are usually faced with one of four options. Either they will become a manager, a coach, go into punditry or leave the game altogether to partake in some other far flung pursuit. However, those that do go into management come from all backgrounds within the game. Some are seasoned internationals, whilst othe ...
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6 weeks ago

Barcelona have yet to learn when Lionel Messi could use a rest

Nov 3 2014 12:53pm CST | Source: SBNation

A week after getting torn apart by Real Madrid in El Clásico, Barcelona turned in another substandard performance, losing to Celta Vigo on Saturday. Given that the game was at the Camp Nou, that Celta's the team Luis Enrique left to take the Barca job and that the winning goal was set up by Barcelona B castoff Nolito, it was a bit of an embarrassing loss. It might not be indicative of future problems, but there's one bubbling up in the form of Lionel Messi's fitness. ...
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6 weeks ago

50 Best Players Of The 21st Century: Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi Alongside Arsenal, Man United & Chelsea Legends

Nov 3 2014 11:31am CST | Source: CaughtOffside

Ultimate list, featuring Zidane, Ronaldinho, Xavi and Henry. In no particular order, 50 modern greats of the game: the best footballers in the world since the start of the 21st century... SEE ALSO: Arsenal v Anderlecht: Live Streaming Guide And Champions League Preview Ronaldo Manchester United - sensational return agreed Top 50 best footballers in the world 2014/15 50) Fernando Torres 49) Yaya To ...
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6 weeks ago

Barcelona’s Roberto out with leg injury vs Ajax

Nov 3 2014 9:10am CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says midfielder Sergi Roberto will miss the Champions League match against Ajax because of a right leg injury. The club says the 22-year-old Roberto picked up a muscle strain and will be sidelined until his condition improves. The club did not say when that would be. Midfielder Andres Iniesta and defenders Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen are also injured for Barcelona, which has lost two straight matches in the Spanish league. Barcelona is sec ...
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6 weeks ago

Barcelona’s Roberto out with leg injury vs Ajax

Nov 3 2014 9:10am CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says midfielder Sergi Roberto will miss the Champions League match against Ajax because of a right leg injury. The club says the 22-year-old Roberto picked up a muscle strain and will be sidelined until his condition improves. The club did not say when that would be. Midfielder Andres Iniesta and defenders Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen are also injured for Barcelona, which has lost two str ...
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6 weeks ago

Barcelona’s Roberto out with leg injury vs Ajax

Nov 3 2014 9:10am CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says midfielder Sergi Roberto will miss the Champions League match against Ajax because of a right leg injury. The club says the 22-year-old Roberto picked up a muscle strain and will be sidelined until his condition improves. The club did not say when that would be. Midfielder Andres Iniesta and defenders Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen are also injured for Barcelona, which has ...
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6 weeks ago

Barcelona’s Roberto out with leg injury vs Ajax

Nov 3 2014 9:10am CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says midfielder Sergi Roberto will miss the Champions League match against Ajax because of a right leg injury. The club says the 22-year-old Roberto picked up a muscle strain and will be sidelined until his condition improves. The club did not say when that would be. Midfielder Andres Iniesta and defenders Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen are also injured for Barcelona, whic ...
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6 weeks ago

Luis Enrique Should Put Javier Mascherano in Midfield for Tricky Ajax Tie

Nov 3 2014 6:01am CST | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona face Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday night, and Luis Enrique should put Javier Mascherano in his favoured midfield position to help control the game. There are few better defensive midfielders than the tenacious Argentine out there, if any, so it's a shame to see him line up so frequently at centre-back for Barcelona. Sergio Busquets is a mainstay in the anchor-man role for Barcel ...
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6 weeks ago

(Video) Barcelona 0-1 Celta Vigo: Larrivey Scores A Blinder As Visitors Stun Former Boss Luis Enrique

Nov 1 2014 4:02pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Celta Vigo moved to within three points of Barcelona in La Liga with a stunning win at the Nou Camp. Is there a crisis at the Nou Camp? Some will certainly feel that way this evening after Barcelona fell to a second consecutive La Liga defeat, with a second half goal from Joaquin Larrivey enough to secure a stunning victory for Celta Vigo in Catalonia. SEE MORE: Hazard QPR penalty - Dive or no dive? Ei ...
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