On today’s newspaper covers, both Mundo Deportivo and Sport are focusing on Barcelona and their draw with Sevilla last night. The Catalans were unconvincing and dropped points, which is delightful news for their arch-rivals, Real Madrid.
Interestingly enough, both outlets went with practically the same headline, emphasising how the Azulgranas were stopped by the Andalusians. Mundo Deportivo talk how Barça have now given Los Blancos a chance to assume leadership in the table with this draw.
A small section of the cover was also given to the other games in both LaLiga and the Premier League, Neymar Junior’s court case and Gerard Piqué’s pessimistic words about the league no longer being in their hands after last night’s tie.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, Sport have done very much the same thing with Barcelona and their draw with Sevilla taking the centre stage of their today’s cover.
They mention how Barcelona were great after the break, tallying two victories in their first two games but now, after a game that mostly dominated but without proper chances in front of goal, they have been dealt a blow.
Piqué’s post-match quotes are once again in the spotlight and it seems that the defender has indeed ruffled a few feathers with his words. Is he really that pessimistic or is this just a trick to put more pressure on Real Madrid? Only time will tell.
Of course, Neymar’s case also gets a shout and so does Espanyol’s game with Levante.
Barcelona legend says Messi is essential for the young Barcelona generation
Following what will forever remain an unforgettable might for the youngster, Ilaix Moriba scored his first goal for Barcelona. It was a sensational strike, as the young Spanish midfielder faked a shot one way, only for him to cooly dispatch it the other way.
Yesterday night, Barça legend Luis Suárez Miramontes had this to say both in regards to the club’s youth, as well as club veteran Lionel Messi: “For this group of young people it is essential that there is someone like Messi with personality and charisma so that they grow as they should. That is why it is necessary to maintain it.“ (via Carrusel)
Per earlier reports, the Barça captain has stayed true to this. He reportedly takes “special care” of Ilaix Moriba in particular so that the 18-year old doesn’t “deviate from the path of becoming an important player in the team.” This is one of Barcelona’s most talented squads in recent memory, full to the brim and overflowing with youth and exuberance, with all these players looking up to the Argentine.
The 85-year old is a Barcelona legend having played in Barça’s iconic colours from 1955 to 1961. He is widely regarded as one of Spain’s next footballers of all time, and a testament to this is the fact that he is still the only player from the country to ever win a Ballon D’or.
He has been heavily critical of the squad at times this season, owing to the fact that “they [Barca players] make the worst individual and team mistakes.” At least this time he has something to smile about.