Here’s the good news. Luuk de Jong was on target again and there were some decent performances from Nico Gonzalez and Gerard Pique. The bad? Ousmane Dembele went missing again, Gavi got himself sent off, and Granada equalized late.
Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Granada at the Camp Nou was not a good result. Granada was the superior tactical team with a clear vision and a desire to get a result. Barça couldn’t break down the visitors, and if not for another Man of the Match performance from Ronald Araújo, would have ended the evening […]
There were a ton of positives signs from the first half, particularly Sergio Busquets and the attack in front of him. Yet, Granada made the necessary changes at halftime and came back against the Catalans. A frustrating time for Barcelona’s second La Liga loss of 2021.
Down 2-0 in the 88th minute, Barcelona were moments away from being knocked out of the Copa del Rey. But then Antoine Griezmann got one back. Jordi Alba scored the equalizer three minutes later and the comeback was on. Four more goals between the teams in extra time swung the match in Barcelona’s favor and […]
With La Liga feeling out of reach, the focus around Barcelona is beginning to shift towards the Champions League match-up with PSG in two weeks. Ansu Fati has now been ruled out while Gerard Piqué is racing back. Fortunately for Ronald Koeman, Sergi Roberto and Sergiño Dest are both healthy at the same time for […]
A permanent change to a 4-3-3 formation seems to be bringing out the best in Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong. Meanwhile, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann found their scoring boots in the 4-0 win over Granada. Plus, a makeshift pairing of Samuel Umtiti and Oscar Mingueza got the job done.
Carles Aleñá’s loan to Getafe is a domino effect, as small an effect as it may be, for the Barcelona midfield. The longer lasting impact on any of the players affected by the loan will obviously be Aleñá. The good news is that he is meeting back up with friend Marc Cucurella and will be […]
How can Setién maximize Barcelona’s potential? Riqui Puig impact, Replacing Luis Suárez, and Captain Messi
On episode 175, Dan and Francesc discuss the first game of the Quique Setién era, including formation and the renaissance of Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets. They talk Riqui Puig’s impact, replacing Luis Suárez, and much more! Running Order: How did Quique Setién do in his first test as Barcelona manager? Why did Sergio Busquets […]
The Quique Setién era began with a performance that both optimists and pessimists can garner something from. For the optimists, there was possession, ball movement, revitalized performances, and a win. For the pessimists, there was a lack of goals, a glaring issue moving forward, and a result colored by a red card. Positives Let’s start […]
The teams that finished in the bottom half of the La Liga last season (plus Real Betis who finished 10th) made a number of moves to change their fortunes this season. The three promoted sides wanted reinforcements as they made the jump. Here is Part 2 of the players that have swapped jerseys for the […]