The Barcelona stadium Camp Nou was lit up last night by a second string team that saw off minnows Hercules in style with a 7-0 drubbing. Luis Enrique put faith in his side to let the youngsters play and bring home the goods to let the Catalans progress to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey.
Pep Guardiola is probably still staring into his coffee after last night’s 4 nil defeat by FC Barcelona. Both he and Luis Enrique were very cordial before the match with hugs in the tunnel before the teams came out.
But there ended the niceties as Pep meant business with his Manchester City side.
The Premier League has already been decided and Bayern Munich look likely to sew up the German Bundesliga this weekend. However, who will win the Spanish La Liga remains very much up in the air with a neck-and-neck, three-way race between FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Although Barcelona are level pegging with Atlético Madrid and just 1 point ahead of Real, the team remain focussed on the job in hand which is to win La Liga. Manager Luis Enrique is convinced that his team can do it and maintains firm his optimism.
We are down to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League and it couldn’t get any better this year. The Spanish League has 3 teams still in the competition namely FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid who’ll meet Roma, Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven respectively. Could Messi & co make it happen for Barça for a 6th time?
Leo Messi has been training these past few days and the question everyone’s asking is if he will be available for Saturday’s Clasico against Real Madrid. Should Barça risk further injury or a relapse of the great man by fielding him or should they exercise self control and believe in what they’ve got to take on the Merengues?
Celta Vigo humbled Barça last night at Balaídos by beating the Catalan giants by 4 goals to 1. There wasn’t much Messi and co could do as Celta ran amok and gave Barcelona a lesson in humility. Piqué’s return didn’t go to plan either as the defender committed and awful error which Celta pounced on to make it 2-0 before half time.
Barcelona FC will be back in full force again shortly. Their South American stars, Messi, Neymar, Suarez and Mascherano will return after having figured for their World Cup 2018 qualifying clashes featuring their home nations.