Recall after the game against Espanyol on Sunday, Quique Sanchez Flores had hugged Messi and Iniesta for their wonderful display against his side. Now the Espanyol coach found himself apologizing for complimenting the Barcelona no.10.
The beef between Javier Tebas on FC Barcelona could not stop the La Liga President from talking good about Lionel Messi after the derby game between Barca and Espanyol. The President have not failed for once to declare himself a Real Madrid fan but for once, he has shown admiration for Leo after his terrific display in the derby game.
Although Lionel Messi scored just one goal in the late minute of the game against Espanyol that ended 4-1, fans and players of Barcelona were still thrilled and satisfied with his performance on the pitch. Espanyol coach Quique Sanchez Flores is no different as even though his side lost as a result of Leo’s performance, he was still seduced by his display.
After the victory between the two Catalonia club, Luis Suarez spoke to the media about the the outstanding performance of his teammate Lionel Messi. The Uruguayan scored the first two goals for the Blaugranas.
In recent years, Espanyol have not had a better game than they had against Barcelona on Sunday night. Although the Blaugranas are said to be going through their toughest times while Espanyol have had a slightly poor start of the season campaign.
For the first time after two years of playing for Barcelona in league games, Jordi Alba have recorded his first goal. The left back player had assisted with two goals last weekend and has now ended his goal drought in the Spanish La Liga.
Luis Enrique have revealed his 18 man squad list that will challenge Espanyol in the Catalonia derby game. In the previous La Liga and Champions League games, Neymar did not make the squad as a result of sanction he faced. He’s now back and ready to play his role in the team.
Luis Enrique’s squad have had their final preparation ahead of the Sunday’s derby clash between Barcelona and Espanyol. The training took place at the Ciutat Esportiva Tito Vilanova field. [VIDOE BELOW]
On Saturday 23 January, 2016, FC Barcelona team B defeated their cross town rival at the home in the Mini Estadi in Barcelona which moves them away from the relegation. The previous game the team won makes it the first back to back win for the Barca B team this season. However, looking back in time, the last win at home against Espanyol was in the 2004/2005 season in which Lionel Messi the star of the game as a result of his terrific performance. [Video Below]
The return leg of the game between Barca and Espanyol saw Espanyol’s defeat for the second time in the year 2016 after Munir secured another win for the Barcelona based club. In the first leg, Barca was already on course to be in the draw of the quarter final.