A perfect Start!
Even after 8 games FC Barcelona are unbeaten and are leading the League table and are looking stronger than ever.
Loads of players are used by Manager Luis Enrique and he seems to only use a few players regularly, like Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Luis Suarez or Gerard Pique.
(A) vs. Atletico Madrid 3:4 (3:4)
Starting XI: Bravo - Mathieu , Pique - Alves, Sergio (Rafinha), Alba - Rakitic, Iniesta (c) - Messi (Rafinha), Suarez, Neymar jr. (Munir)
Goals: Alves (6), Suarez (13), Mathieu (19), Messi (24)
Barcelonas games seem to get more entertaining week after week. 7 goals had been scored and we've seen all of them in the first half an hour!
It was a really aggressive match, espacially from Atletico Madrid, loads of fouls had been made by Atletico Madrid, but it was Jeremy Mathieu who was sent off early into the second half after a stupid foul in the Atletico half.
We made it hard for ourselves here! I don't want to comment on Jeremys tackling, eventough I know, that all of you would love to here me say something about it. It's great to overcome one of our fiercest rival when it comes to winning the League this year! This was already one of the most important matches of the year and we won it with only 10 players, that's great!
(H) vs. FC Valencia 2:0 (2:0)
Starting XI: Bravo - Vermaelen, Bartra - Alves (Adriano), Sergio, Alba - Rafinha, Iniesta (c) (Roberto) - Messi (Sandro), Suarez, Munir
Goals: Suarez (10. 32)
Loads of changes were made by Luis Enrique, both of the central defenders had been replaced for this game and the "B"-Option-Defenders made great work and kept a clean sheet! Enrique has 5 great central defenders (Pique, Mascherano, Bartra, Vermaelen, Mathieu) this Season, but he can only bring 2 per game, that could be a problem over the Season!
Luis Suarez made some great movements in the offensive line and the Valencia defenders really looked like they weren't able to defend him, which led to 2 goals by the uruguayian striker.
I'm priviliged to work with such an amazing squad! The deepth of the quality in it is fascinating! I can rely on anyone, no matter if it is Lionel, Ivan, Gerard or the young players like Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Munir, Bartra or Sandro. And you haven't seen our young players in the B-Team, there are some players, who can help us in this Season!
(A) vs. Malaga 1:4 (1:1)
Starting XI: Bravo - Bartra, Pique - Alves (Adriano), Sergio, Alba - Rakitic, Roberto (Rafinha) - Messi (c), Neymar jr. (Sandro), Munir
Goals: Messi (23, 53), Alves (57), Rakitic (69)
Malaga are really hard to play. You don't know what you expect of them, sometimes they attack from the beginning they sometimes defend with every player and counter. In this match, they defended the first few minutes and then quickly attacked out of nowhere! They got the lead thanks to one of this attacks, but after 20 minutes Luis Enrique made a few tactical adjustments and Barcelona gained the upper hand and won this match.
Malaga did what I thought they do, they gave us a tough fight and were unpredictable in the opening minutes! Malaga can do anything, maybe they're not the best in every aspect of the game, but they are a real thread for almost every team in the Liga BBVA!
(H) vs. Rayo Vallecano 5:1 (4:0)
Starting XI: Bravo - Mathieu, Pique - Alves (Rafinha), Sergio (Gumbau), Alba -Rakitic, Roberto (Adriano) - Messi (c), Neymar jr,, Munir
Goals: Munir (6, 17), Messi (21, 57), Busquets (38)
Well it was like we expected. Barcelona left Vallecano no chance, it will be very different in the away game for Barcelona as Rayo are one of the strongest teams at home, away it looks a little bit different.
It was great to see, that Munir is able to replace a player of el tridente
Barcelona scored some brilliant team moves against Rayo and it looks like they inherit Luis Enriques tactics better game after game.
It's great to see that the young players take over responsibilty, like Munir who tried to replace Luis Suarez or Sergi Roberto who made a great match as a right wing back, a position he never played before, but I will surely test him in this position, after what I've seen of him today!
(H) vs. Real Sociedad San Sebastian 2:0 (2:0)
Starting XI: ter Stegen - Mascherano, Pique (Bartra) - Roberto, Sergio, Alba - Rakitic (Rafinha), Iniesta (c) - Messi. Suarez, Neymar jr (Munir)
Goals: Luis Suarez (31, 33)
San Sebastian made some great counter attacks, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a great League debut for Barcelona. Ter Stegen had been given a chance by Luis Enrique after he made a great impression at the training ground and Claudio Bravo wasn't really fit over the last few days.
Luis Suarez made a quickly brace and won the game for Barcelona!
That's the great thing, even if Messi is defended by 2 or 3 players like today, we have great strikers in front who can take the hugh space and create some great goals, like Luis did today!
(A) vs. Real Sporting Gijon 1:3 (1:0)
Starting XI: ter Stegen - Mascherano, Pique - Alves, Sergio (Gumbau), Alba -Rafinha, Rakitic (Sergi Roberto) - Messi (c) (Sandro), Suarez, Munir
Goals: Suarez (7), Sergio (50), Munir (90+3)
The newly promoted team was really offensiv in their approach and showed, that they came to try to win, even in the Camp Nou!
Gijon only lost once until now and wanted to keep that record.
They tried everything even in the extra time of the second half, when they were only one goal down and had a chance to win a point against Barcelona, but a great counter attack over Roberto and Rafinha came to Munir who scored the last goal of the game!
You can clearly see, why Gijon gained promotion last year! They played some fantastic football here and we were a little bit lucky that we didn't conceed a late equalizer. That's all I need to say about today!