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Barcelona boosted for cup final by Ronaldo injury 0

Posted on April 16, 2014 by admin

FC Barcelona have enough problems on their hands without having to deal with Cristiano Ronaldo, so Tata Martino and his players will have received the injury update from Carlo Ancelotti with open arms. Ronaldo is still out of action with what is being reported as tendonitis or a muscular problem in the thigh.

Andres Iniesta and other Barcelona players have refused, publicly at least, to accept that Real Madrid will be significantly weakened by this, as they have the likes of Isco, Di Mari and Morata who could take his place, but they must be pretty glad of the news really.

Barcelona go full strength to ensure place in Copa Del Rey final 0

Posted on February 11, 2014 by admin

The fact that Barcelona have not lost a game by more than one goal all season is a pretty incredible stat and should give Tata Martino and his players a great deal of confidence for tomorrow. But the Barca boss is taking no chances and is set to name his strongest possible starting XI.

The second leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final against Real Sociedad should see the new manager book a place in the final of a major competition at the first time of asking. I’m not including the Spanish Supercup victory over Atletico Madrid because Martino was not in charge to qualify for that.

Messi aiming for Barcelona treble AND World Cup glory 0

Posted on February 07, 2014 by admin

There have been concerns raised in Spain about the form of Barcelona and Lionel Messi. As usual, the two are closely linked, even perhaps intrinsically linked, especially with new Brazilian star Neymar currently unavailable with his own injury problem.

People have pointed to the fact that Messi has not been playing quite the same role as usual, often dropping deeper and not making his trademark bursts into the penalty area. His goalscoring has certainly not been what we expect since he returned from a two month lay-off with a hamstring problem.

Martino insists Barcelona ready to bounce back from defeat 0

Posted on February 04, 2014 by admin

It must be difficult being the manager of FC Barcelona. You do not get a lot of credit for winning, even when your players play brilliantly and score a hatful of goals. But one defeat and the club is in crisis, whether the defeat be a narrow or undeserved one or not.

Tata Martino has faced the Spanish press today ahead of the Copa Del Rey semi-final against Real Sociedad and as well as deflecting more questions about the Neymar transfer, he has had to field questions about the so-called crisis of losing to Valencia at the weekend.

After Barcelona lose, Messi assures fans he is close to 100 percent 0

Posted on February 03, 2014 by admin

The performance of Lionel Messi was one of the few positives to come out of the Barcelona vs Valencia game at the weekend. Not only did Barcelona lose at the Nou Camp for the first time this season, the defeat meant that the Spanish champions slipped off the top of La Liga for the first time in well o0ver a season.

5-star Barcelona book Copa Del Rey semi-final spot(with video) 0

Posted on January 30, 2014 by admin

The result of this two legged tie was almost settled in the favour of Barcelona in the first leg at Levante, but the Spanish champions made absolutely sure with a professional and ruthless performance at the Nou Camp last night. The weather was awful, but the team warmed the home fans up with five goals and a place in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals.

The opponents in that semi will probably be Real Sociedad and they must be wondering if they have any chance at all after Barcelona won 5-1 without Messi and made the aggregate score 9-2 against decent La Liga opponents. Messi was rested and Alexis Sanchez was given a chance to shine in the middle. He grabbed it with both hands and scored a nice brace.

Barcelona injury boost on Neymar ankle and Messi fitness 0

Posted on January 17, 2014 by admin

Barcelona traveled to play Getafe in the second leg of the Copa Del Rey clash last night and Tata Martino could have been forgiven for sending out a team of youngsters and fringe players as they were already ahead 4-0 from the first leg at the Nou Camp.

At the end of the game, which Barca won comfortably 2-0, the manager may have wished that he had. Halfway through the first half, the Brazilian superstar Neymar, just back from a spell on the sidelines with illness, went over on his right ankle and slow motion replays did not look good.

Messi back with a Bang and 2 goals as Barcelona beat Getafe (with video) 0

Posted on January 09, 2014 by admin

Everything is starting to fall into place again for Barcelona after a tricky month or two for the Spanish champions. Unsurprisingly, the club’s struggles have coincided with the injury lay-off for the best player in the world, Lionel Messi.

So when he ran back onto the Nou Camp pitch last night with around half an hour to go, the Barca fans were delighted and the return of Messi has given the whole club a lift. Just in time as well, because this weekend sees the crunch La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium.

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