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FC Barcelona appoint Luis Enrique as their new manager

Former Barcelona midfielder Luis Enrique has signed as Barca’s new first-team manager.

Luis Enrique signed a two-year contract at the Nou Camp, Barcelona and takes over from Gerardo Martino, who left Barcelona after only one season in charge.

Luis Enrique’s career in Barcelona:

It will be Luis Enrique’s third spell at Barcelona, having previously joined as a midfielder from Real Madrid in 1996. That time he soon became a firm favourite for his competitive attitude. He made himself the key member of the team with his versatility, technical ability and knack of scoring big goals.

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Luis Enrique as Barcelona Captain—-image via: talksport.com

In the first three seasons Luis Enrique won two league titles, two Spanish Cups, a European Super Cup and a European Cup Winners Cup. He scored 109 goals in 300 appearances in his eight years of playing. He captained Barcelona from 2002 to 2004. During this period he finally hung up his boots as a player.

Signing the Contract:

Luis Enrique, Barcelona's new coach
as manager—-image via: forzaitalianfootball.com

Last season, Luis Enrique was in charge of Celta Vigo. The club announced his appointment in a statement saying that the FC Barcelona have confirmed Luis Enrique as their first team coach, following a proposal from Andoni Zubizarreta, the sporting director of FC Barcelona. Luis Enrique signed a two year deal with the proposal.

Other signings:

This new contract just came after Barcelona confirmed that Lionel Messi has signed a new deal at the La Liga runners-up that will reportedly make him highest paid footballer in the world.

The Spanish club also completed the signing of high-rated German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen from Borussia Monchengladbach, midfielders Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha Alcantara from Celta Vigo and Everton respectively. They will return to the Nou Camp next season of La Liga.

Luis Enrique, guiding the next season:

Next season, they will play under Luis Enrique, with the new boss tasked with bringing silverware back to Nou Camp.

Under Gerardo Martino, the club missed out in the league, cup and Champions League, finishing second to Atletico Madrid on the final day of the primera Division..

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Barcelona vs Granada CF: Messi, Neymar Take Plaudits and Defense proves worthy deal

Prior to the last match on Saturday, Granada had conceded only four goals throughout the season. But Barcelona probably have welcomed them in a different way to Camp Nou.

The Catalans have showed that the forward line were straight back in the groove. Six unanswered goals were really something celebrating for them after the last performance against Malaga in midweek.

This day their attack was truly like the Barcelona play. It was something that can be described in words like quick and sharp pass and move. That simple pattern of play proved effective for the Barcelona side.

Undoubtedly Neymar and Messi will take all the headlines. Neymar had his second hat-trick for the club. And Messi with two goals and two assists have showed that he has again started to enjoy the game. But scratching the last game a little deeper, we can be acknowledged about area of Barcelona’s play.

Seven clean sheets in all competitions since the start of the season is a frankly astonishing statistic for the Catalans. Another notable thing is, Gerard Pique was left out for three of the seven games.

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For now a time Luis Enrique can afford such a luxury. The step forward Mr. Jeremy Mathieu has proved to be everything that Barcelona have been looking for in a central defender.

He is such strong in tackle with immaculate timing, quick across the ground and fearsome aerial presence. He is providing that kind of impact like no one is anymore focusing on his age.

Barcelona vs Granada CF: Messi, Neymar Take Plaudits and Defense proves worthy deal , Barcelona vs Granada, Neymar Hat-trick
the Catalan Stars ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Result:

Barcelona(6) – Granada CF(0)

Indeed, it would be fair to assume that most supporters will be wondering who will partner Mathieu at the heart of the back line. The ex-Valencia man has shown that much impact!!

Thomas Vermaelen is now fit and ready to make his mark for the Catalans. There have been too many rumors of Pique sale to Manchester United. But it may not be too wide off the mark this time.

This Barcelona is absolutely different from the last season. That time they were anything but defensively sound.

Now we can acknowledge that Luis Enrique’s purchases have been studious. His well-researched buys have been worthy for the Catalans so far.

No can surely think of arguing with a manager who takes his team to Paris on the last day of September with goalkeepers who are yet to pluck the ball from the net!!!

While Mathieu was the standout exponent on the night, Javier Mascherano provided a more-than-able sidekick. This kind of pairing may had been Lucho’s first choice, he was searching for.

Dani Alves’ volleyed pass for Messi’s first goal was poetry in motion. This only touch can claim his being worth the admission fee.

Adriano on the left side did what was necessary. Actually all four gave the front six the platform from which to go on and provide Barcelona’s best team performance for the La Liga season so far.

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Barcelona Won Champions League Final 2015 as a Worthy Side

It was well known for everyone that Juventus would be seen as underdogs against Barcelona in Champions league Final 2015. Probably the moment, they secured their place in the final, they could have felt the strength of Luis Enrique’s side. Anyone who watched the match live, will definitely appreciate Juventus for their efforts for the trophy. They played very well, in fact throughout the whole League. May be it wasn’t enough to defeat the most powerful football team in Europe.

Definitely the Bianconeri have enjoyed unrivaled dominance in Serie A. Even they could also distinguish themselves from the very best side of La Liga. Yet, they were supplied enough confidence, especially after their win over another La Liga giant Real Madrid in the semifinal. Probably they were determined to give a good account of themselves in Berlin.

“We started out with the important aim of getting into Europe’s top eight. Now we’ll look to finish first”

–          as per coach Massimiliano Allegri.

He was also trying to have a second thought of not just stopping Barcelona. He tried to build his own way of play to win the Champions League final 2015. Everyone knew, the game will never finish goalless.

Barcelona vs Juventus: Champions League Final 2015

The first shock was determined for Juventus. It was even before the game started. They had to endure the loss of Giorgio Chiellini to injury just a few days earlier. Coach Allegri mentioned of this problem earlier and finally it was proven, when Andres Iniesta ran unchecked into the box and linked up with Jordi Alba.

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It was quite a superb pass by the Barcelona skipper. And Ivan Rakitic footed past a helpless Gigi Buffon the first lead. Vidal had the chance to equalize and missed. The Chilean eventually received a yellow card for a foul on Neymar. Buffon continued excellent stops. In fact the Catalan side were unfortunate enough, not to get another advantage into the half-time.

After the break, it was again the Juventus captain, who made another unbelievable stop from Luis Suarez. Then, when the Spanish champions seemed set to be winners, Juventus came storming back into the game. Claudio Marchisio sent Lichtsteiner away down the right, while the full-back finding Carlos Tevez with a neat pass of his own.

Alvaro Morata reacted quickest, tapping in the rebound to net his fifth goal in his last seven Champions League matches. The former Real Madrid star enjoying his strike to the fullest.

Juventus stood toe-to-toe with Barcelona for the next few minutes. It seemed like they also deserve the Europian Title. Some of the moments were really crucial for the Catalans to keep calm. The Italians hardly reflected on that time that their opponents will net twice more to win the Champions League Final 2015.

Juventus truly have a very poor record in European Cup finals. They have just won twice in eight appearances. Supporters may have blamed for such worthless accomplishment after reaching this stage. It will take time for the pain of defeat to ease. But all must acknowledge, this was undoubtedly a remarkable campaign for the Italian side.

They need to focus on feature. Morata perhaps summed up the situation best, speaking to Sky Italia immediately after the game –

“This is a great squad, a great family and we must continue working hard. This team has no limits, it can win the Champions League and the directors are working to build an even stronger side”