On today’s newspaper covers, both Mundo Deportivo and Sport are focusing on Barça and their draw with Celta as the Catalans suffer another blow in their chase for the LaLiga title.
It was quite a frustrating night and one that went from excitement to disappointment numerous times throughout the 90 minutes. Mundo Deportivo highlighted the ‘Lethal foul‘, focusing on Gerrard Piqué’s suspicious sliding tackle on Rafinha that gave Celta the freekick which ultimately sealed the tie.
Still, it was Aspas’ magical strike that levelled things and took the full spoils away from Azulgrana. The presence of Riqui Puig and Ansu Fati did give the Catalans the lead at 0-1 and 1-2 but they simply couldn’t hold onto it.
Sport have gone in a rather similar direction with the draw with Celta making Barça go from ‘Excitement to disenchantment‘ and making the title race quite complicated for the Catalans.
Despite the energy and liveliness provided by Fati and Puig, the magic of Lionel Messi and the brace of Luis Suárez, Barcelona couldn’t seal the deal and walk home with only one point in the bag.
Will it cost them the title in the end? Only time will tell as we now wait for Real Madrid’s game against Espanyol.
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.