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 game between Real Sociedad and Barcelona have being one of the most difficult one for the Catalan side in a decade. The Catalan club have not won a single league game against Real Sociedad at Anoeta since 2006/2007 season. However, Luis Enrique will employ his very best squad available to make sure he gets back home with three point.
The FC Barcelona game against Malaga was as though no worked without Messi and Suarez on the front line. The game makes it the third game this season the Catalan club dropped points in Camp Nou. The meeting also without Luis Suarez, Andre Iniesta and Samuel Umtiti even made the game harder than it really is for the Blaugranas.
In the satisfying victory of the Catalan club over Real Betis, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez recorded brace and hat-trick while Arda Turan scored a goal. The Barca coach gave Umtiti and Denis Suarez their league debut for the club while Sergi Roberto covered the right back, Arda assumed the left side of attack just like the previous matches against Sevilla.
It is clear that Luis Enrique’s Barca team is not ready to back down in any tournament as it seems they are the favorite in the Spanish La Liga, Copa del Rey and even the Champions League which no team have carried back to back. With an extremely tasking January, FC Barcelona played nine games just in the month of January.
Luis Enrique calls his complete 18 man squad that will face Atletico de Madrid later today by 4:00 pm CET at the Camp Nuo. Jordi Alba (thigh) and Arda Turan (fever) who both missed out in the previous match have being given the green light by the medical team of the club to forge ahead into the match. Here’s a brief preview of the game. [Video Below]
As the last two League champions meet on Saturday, FC Barcelona first team had their last workout session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. Luis Enrique’s squad was complete in the Friday’s training session including Neymar who was absent in the previous training session.
After the Wednesday Copa del Rey quarter final victory in Camp Nuo against Athletic Club, FC Barcelona first team players resumes training ahead of league game against Atletico de Madrid. The Thursday’s training is a recovery workout after the 3-1 defeat of Athletic Club Bilbao. [Video Below]
After the tight scheduled January for FC Barcelona, the Club is yet to face another hectic month in February. It is the prize the club have to pay for the ambition of attempting to repeat last season’s treble. Barca will most likely play ten game for the rest of January and month of February.
Luis Enrique showed his dissatisfaction of his team’s performance against Malaga, he first of all started out by stressing on what he had hinted in the pre game conference saying; “Malaga in recent times have the habit of making our game complicated.” He was dissatisfied with the game but also showed appreciation for the three points his squad secured after the poor performance.