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.
At 29 years old and despite the fact that for the foreseeable future Gerard Pique will be a Barcelona player, the defender is already considering his long-term future and has confirmed he would like to play in the MLS at some point.
FC Barcelona have arrived in Rome for tomorrow night’s curtain raiser against Italian serie A giants Roma in the first leg of their group stage clash. Luis Enrique has taken 20 players with him including Barça B duo Gerard Gumbau and José Suárez. Messi’s parents along with his brothers have also made the trip.
It was a glorious ending to a tumultuous season at FC Barcelona. The beginning of the year proved tough and patience seemed to be running out for new coach Luis Enrique. However, things turned around for the club on a dramatic level as the Catalans lifted La Liga, La Copa del Rey and Champions League trophies.
Gerard Deulofeu, the adopted son of Goodison Park is nearing his return. Deulofeu spent just nine months with the Blues, making 25 league appearances, but news of the Catalan closing in on a return has delighted Evertonians. They remember him fondly and for a paltry £3m, he appears to be coming home. The question is though, can he cut it?
Barcelona presidential candidate Agustí Benedito reckons he can land Juventus superstar Paul Pogba if he becomes president of the Catalan outfit. It may be all smoke and mirrors and Barça have got some stiff competition from PSG as well as Manchester City. The club’s presidential race will be decided on July 18th.
Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique was given a frosty reception by Spain fans last Thursday in their 2-1 victory over Costa Rica. Spain came from behind to win but Pique was given the cold shoulder by the fans because of his comments whilst celebrating Barça’s treble victory.
Now that the Liga title is already in the bag for the Catalan giants, the team is now just two wins away from having another treble. They’re the favourites to win in their Copa del Rey final against Athletic and the European Cup final against Serie A legends Juventus.