Barcelona managed to put began to their recent poor run of form to manage a comfortable 4-1 aggregate win over Manchester City in the Champions League to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition.

Lionel Messi and Dani Alves scored the goals for the Catalan club, while they conceded a late goal from Vincent Kompany that appeared more like a consolation for the visitors. Unlike in the last few seasons, Barcelona are not the favourites to win the competition this season. This is primarily due to the inconsistent form they have been showing under Gerardo Martino.


The resignation of Sandro Rossell from his role of being the president of Barcelona arrived when the investigation of Neymar’s transfer from Santos was being made and according to Rossell, he was receiving too much pressure from the media concerning everything that was being launched at him at everything came from Neymar’s transaction.

Rossell stepped down from his position after a judge had accepted a case which was accusing him of money misappropriation.


The manager of Barcelona FC, Gerardo Martino, surprised a lot of people by not including his two best players Lionel Messi and Neymar in the starting line up for the all important game against Atletico Madrid which took place yesterday.

Cesc Fabregas returns in training

Cesc Fabregas, the Barca midfielder, has come back to training as he continues his convalescence from a knee wound, stated that the La Liga leaders earlier on Monday. Cese damaged his right knee ligaments in the 4 - 1 victory against Real Betis on 10th November and he had to withdraw from the national squad for friendly matches against South Africa and Equatorial Guinea.


The prospect of Barcelona playing long ball football looked highly unlikely a few years ago under the management of Guardiola. Even when faced with extremely defensive opposition, Barcelona struck with their philosophy of passing the ball in order to open the opposition.

New manager Gerardo Martino, though, has brought in different ideas since taking over the club in the summer. Barcelona were recently extremely frustrated in the Champions league match against Ajax. This resulted in the team playing a couple of long balls, which has come under intense criticism from the fans and media.


Villarreal have made a stunning return to la Liga by winning all the opening matches of the season. The three victories from the three matches of the season has put Villarreal joint top of the table along with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid.

It is an incredible start to the season for a club that was promoted to the top division of Spanish football only in the summer. They spend the last season in the second division. Villarreal have been a top-flight club in the last decade, but relegation last season proved extremely difficult.


Barcelona have categorically stated that midfielder Cesc Fabregas is not for sale at any price after it is understood that Premier league outfit Manchester United are preparing a third bid for the player.

United are already have had two bids rejected for the 26-year-old. Their first offer of £ 25 million was made in the middle of July, while they recently upped their offer to £ 30 million plus a few appearance based bonuses. It is understood that Barcelona have said that Fabregas will not be sold at any price.


Barcelona have managed to pull off a transfer coup by signing highly rated Brazilian youngster Neymar on a five-year contract. The Santos striker is widely regarded as one of the hottest young players in world football.


The animosity and rivalry between Barcelona and Real Madrid is well-known. There have been very few players who have managed to switch between the two clubs. Now, the Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has said that there are many jobs in this world that he would be prepared to take, but managing Real Madrid is not one of them.


The Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez has claimed that there is no truth in the transfer rumours that he is about to leave the club in the January transfer window in search of regular first-team football. The former Udinese striker arrived at the club during the reign of Guardiola and was a regular for the throughout last season.


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