Of course it will be a concern to Luis Enrique, his players and everyone concerned with FC Barcelona that the team suffered their first defeat of the season last night. And the French champions PSG will be hard to dislodge from the top of the Champions League group after their 3-2 win at the Parc des Princes, but it is by no means a disaster.
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I have been reading reports that FC Barcelona are not planning any big celebrations for this season, even though they have their destiny in their own hands and just need to win today to retain the title of champions of Spain. But this is ridiculous.
In fact, the Catalans should possibly view this trophy as the best, because it was the hardest to come by. With all the problems and twists in this landmark season, for Barcelona to finish it as champions, ahead of the two Champions League finalists from Madrid, would be pretty amazing.
If fans of Barcelona have been suffering lately because of the problems on the football pitch, the news that broke yesterday of the tragic death of Tito Vilanova has put it all in perspective. Football is just a game and the club motto, Mas Que un Club, could not be more evocative of anyone but Tito.
He was part of the Barca family and was dearly loved by all of the players, past and present. He finally lost his battle with throat cancer at the tender age of 45, leaving a wife and two children, one of whom is currently at the Barcelona academy. The club and players are devastated, even though it had been coming for some time, and there have been countless messages of condolence and support for his family, as well as tributes to the man.
After a few weeks in which nothing has gone right for FC Barcelona, there was finally some good news for the cub and the fans. The transfer ban that had been imposed by FIFA for breaking the rules about underage players from non-EU countries has now been lifted. But it has only been suspended.
We still don’t know whether or not Barca will be allowed to sign players in January or next summer, so the club is planning to make hay while the sun shines. There is going to be a massive overhaul of the squad, from top to bottom.
Barcelona know that the famous derby win over Real Madrid on Sunday will probably count for nothing more than bragging rights unless they continue in that form and retain their La Liga crown. So it is not good news that they face a crucial game against Celta Vigo without the brilliant and experienced Xavi Hernandez in the squad, according to Mundo Deportivo.
At least the game is at the Nou Camp, where the crowd will be a huge help as they celebrate the victory over arch rivals Real Madrid. Tata Martino is expected to go even more attacking than usual in the absence of Xavi, so it is likely to be a central three of Iniesta, Busquets and Fabregas.
A lot of the press in Spain was suggesting that the Barcelona boss Tata Martino was on borrowed time and the only thing that would save him was a victory in El Clasico at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Others were saying that it was Tata Martino’s own decision to leave at the end of the season because of the immense pressure of the job, but both manager and club have rubbished these claims today, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.
Not only did FC Barcelona move to within a single point of La Liga leaders Atletico and Real Madrid yesterday, they inflicted significant mental damage on their main rivals. According to a report by Mundo Deportivo, things could be about to get much worse for Real Madrid as well, with both Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos set to be investigated, and probably charged, for their comments about the match referee.
FC Barcelona will be expecting to have to beat Real Sociedad today to retain their place at the top of La Liga, because Real Madrid have the much easier task of a home game against Elche. Barcelona can expect a tough away match, with the Sociedad manager, players and fans seeking revenge for what they see as a very unfair game at the Nou Camp recently.