Mathieu saves Barcelona while Ronaldo nets five

Jeremy Mathieu flung himself through the air to reach Xavi’s free kick at the back post, heading home from close range, finally breaching Celta Vigo’s stern defence. This barely-deserved triumph helped the Catalans stay four points ahead of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga, after Ancelotti’s side’s 9-1 demolition of Granada.

Was Mathieu a good buy or was Barca wasting its money?

The question everyone is asking this morning is was Jeremy Mathieu a good buy or was Barça wasting its money? Barcelona have just splashed out €20m euros on a player that is 30 years old and lots of people are not happy. Why couldn’t Barça produce a central defender from La Masia? More on Mathieu

Transfer News: Jeremy Mathieu signs for Barcelona

Jeremy Mathieu has signed for Barcelona on a four year deal plus one optional season for the sum of €20m euros. The 30 year-old Frenchman also has a buyout clause of €50m euros and looks set to take up where Carles Puyol left off in a central defender’s role. More on Jeremy Mathieu