Barcelona are through to the Spanish Super Cup Final after taking down Real Betis 4-2 in penalty kicks, thanks to Marc-Andre ter Stegen. But would Barça have been in that position at all if Xavi had made better choices with his subs?
Against Real Betis, it’s never over until it’s over. Sitting at 0-0, Ansu Fati entered and immediately made an impact. Then former Barça man Marc Bartra leveled it up. But then, Jordi Alba played the hero with a golazo that qualified his team for next season’s Champions League.
5 Headlines from Barcelona’s 1-0 Loss to Real Betis | Xavi rotates as Coutinho and Puig get a chance
The first loss under Xavi was bound to happen. Unfortunately the 1-0 loss to Real Betis was not only a loss, but also a pretty ugly match. The manager chose to rotate and had to deal with a nasty injury to Gavi, but were there any positives from the game?
Lionel Messi didn’t start the game against Real Betis, but he did finish it. Messi was a second half substitution and promptly reversed a 1-0 deficit. Victor Ruiz put his imprint on the game with an own goal and the 2-2 equalizer, but it was Trincão who scored his first Barcelona goal and gave the […]
Barcelona’s comeback against Granada in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals wasn’t the only exciting finish in the round. Unlike the Blaugrana, Real Betis were on the other side of a comeback. The potential 84th minute winner from Juanmi was wasted when Raúl García equalized in stoppage time. The Andalusian side eventually fell on penalty kicks, […]
With Lionel Messi relegated to the bench to start the match, Koeman’s Barcelona had a different look against Real Betis. But then came the second half and then came Messi. A red card complicated things for Betis, and the Blaugrana poured it on late, winning 5-2. Unfortunately some news regarding Ansu Fati soured any postgame […]
After the Copa del Rey loss to Athletic Club midweek, Barcelona was in need of three points. There were a ton of narratives, including the return of Quique Setién and Junior Firpo to Real Betis and on-loan Carles Aleñá’s first meeting against his parent club. Setién opted for a 4-3-1-2 formation, with Arturo Vidal being […]
Quique Setién has only managed four seasons of top flight football. So why he is qualified for the Barcelona job? The Barcelona Podcast profiles the man from Santander, from player to third division manager to Las Palmas and Real Betis and finally to the Camp Nou.
As expected, 21-year-old Carles Aleñá is the first player on the move for FC Barcelona in the January transfer window. His move is a loan without an option to buy; a move that the current board has been reluctant to utilize with recent loan deals. Aleñá played 260 minutes for Ernesto Valverde this season in […]
In 2015, Lionel Messi won his fifth Ballon d’Or. Since then, he’s still been the best player in the world, but the narrative was elsewhere. The Barcelona Podcast looks at some of the key moments that helped Messi capture his sixth Ballon d’Or.