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Papers: Barcelona’s trident is finally working; More VAR controversy

The coach might have finally found the perfect formula for his trio up front.

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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The Azulgranas‘ latest clash in LaLiga was a truly brilliant display against Villarreal away from home. But surely the best takeaway from the game was actually the fact that Barcelona’s trident is finally working as all three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann were extraordinary on the night.

It doesn’t surprise then, that Mundo Deportivo have put them on their cover with a title that says ‘The mutation of the trident‘, highlighting Quique Setién’s new system that completely changed things for the better.

Messi played as a no10 at the very tip of the diamond while Suárez and Griezmann were two strikers up front. This formation ensured the Frenchman was more free and more dangerous in attack while the full-backs had all the space they needed when going forward.

Sport, however, are still very much waging a war against VAR with their cover that says ‘Enough already‘ and are once again focusing on the bad refereeing decisions that were taken in recent weeks after the return of football.

Of course, they are aiming their wrath at Real Madrid, who seem to be the team that profits the most out of these controversial decisions coming from the VAR room. They also claim the Catalans are quite annoyed because of it.

Still, with Barcelona’s trident finally working as it seems, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic for the immediate future. And the timing couldn’t be better as well since the return of the Champions League is edging ever closer too.

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Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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The presidential elections are edging ever closer and the people are already picking their favourites. However, this battle has very much become a two-horse race and even calling it that is putting it quite mildly as well. Joan Laporta is, to many, the frontrunner for the position while Victor Font and Antoni Freixa are lagging far behind.

This is especially true for the latter who seems to stand no chance against two big names in the business. But Freixa is still trying and campaigning as well. One of his latest moves was actually taking a dig at both Real Madrid and his direct rivals.

Following in Laporta’s footsteps of mocking the Madridistas, according to AS‘ report, Freixa addressed Florentino Perez, Real’s president, as ‘VARentino’ in one of his slogans.

‘I will not allow VARentino to control LaLiga,’, read the slogan to be more precise. Of course, some socis will undoubtedly find this funny and appealing. After all, Laporta’s dig was well received in the community because Barcelona fans, and any other fans for that matter, like jabs like these that are aimed at their arch-rivals.

However, Freixa also took a dig at Laporta as well, calling him out for not attending the debate with himself and Font. Either way, we can safely say the tension is slowly but surely on the rise.

March is also rapidly approaching and the candidates are using all the aces they have up their sleeves. We still don’t know who will have the final say but at the same time, there are some indications suggesting there is a clear favourite after all.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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