Lionel Messi

A perfect integration of a footballer in a team means to maximise his capacities and compensate for his limitations or conditioning factors through the collective. Although a perfect integration does not exist per se, since a player’s capacities and weaknesses…

Federico Chiesa

If losing the ball should be accepted and even welcome from someone, that’s wingers. That’s what Pep Guardiola believes. The wingers’ job is as important off the ball as on the ball, but when on it, one of their main…

Modern managers

Modern managers and their extremely complex technicalities are viewed as murderers of talent by some. They prioritise arrows and circles over the natural gift born in the streets. But this is far from always the case. Pep Guardiola is the…

Barça B’s season

Barça B’s season came to an end when promotion to Segunda was within eyesight again. If last summer they lost by 2-1 in the final, now it was in a penalty shootout in the semis. This should not taint, though,…

No margin for error

The final countdown for La Liga starts tomorrow, and now there will really be no margin for error. It has been a rollercoaster of a campaign for all teams, but after the last international break, we now enter into the…

Mateu Alemany

Mateu Alemany has everything to be very important at Barcelona: he is a very good friend of Joan Laporta﹙so he has his full trust﹚, has vast experience and a great reputation in La Liga, and will have a central role…

A big worry

A big worry now is: how will the international break affect Barça? Obviously the teams that are in a positive streak (or very positive, in our case) are those who are most upset by having to halt their activity. Plus…

Our messiah. Our father.

Five years already without our prophet. Our messiah. Our father. A person who, as soon as he arrived as a player in 1973, fell in love with our club, our city and our country straight away. The affection, obviously, was…

It is a brand of football.

Positional play can, paradoxically, be positionless. Positional play or Juego de posicion is a style of play, best epitomised by Pep Guardiola at present, that is very broad in its forms. It is a brand of football that emphasises on…