Barca Breakdown (FC Barcelona)
Araujo WORLD CUP BOUND! Umtiti 2.0? No Balde for Spain!

Araujo WORLD CUP BOUND! Umtiti 2.0? No Balde for Spain!

November 16, 2022

The BarcaBreakdown discuss Ronald Araujo's call up for the World Cup with Uruguay after recovering from thigh surgery. FC Barcelona must not be too happy with Araujo playing, as we experienced Samuel Umtiti hurting his knee permanently playing for France (and winning) in 2018. However, Araujo already had surgery and is recovering quicker than expected, which hopefully helps reduce any chance of injury.

Here are the other Barca players at the World Cup 2022:

Spain: Eric Garcia, Ansu Fati, Pedri, Gavi, Busquets, Ferran Torres, and Jordi Alba

France: Ousmane Dembele and Jules Kounde

Denmark: Eric Christensen

Poland: Robert Lewandowski

Brazil: Raphinha

Netherlands: Frenkie De Jong and Memphis Depay

Germany: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

Osasuna v FC Barcelona (1-2) Match Review: TOP OF LA LIGA - Barca are 5 Points Clear of Madrid!!

Osasuna v FC Barcelona (1-2) Match Review: TOP OF LA LIGA - Barca are 5 Points Clear of Madrid!!

November 9, 2022
The Barca Breakdown reviewed FC Barcelona's Victory against Osasuna. A game that seemed impossible to win after going down one goal and a man, Barca were able to muster the strength to take 3 points. This season, it has been atypical to see Barca perform well in the second half. But when it mattered most, Barca were able to score 2 goals and are now clear 5 points ahead of Madrid. The timing is perfect as all of soccer is heading into the international break for the World Cup. Barca were able to make their final mark and really solidify their place at the top of the La liga table. 
 
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Valencia CF v FC Barcelona (0-1) Match Review: LEWAN-GOALSKI Secures Another Victory In La Liga!

Valencia CF v FC Barcelona (0-1) Match Review: LEWAN-GOALSKI Secures Another Victory In La Liga!

October 29, 2022
The Barca Breakdown reviewed FC Barcelona's Victory against Valencia. A last minute goal by Lewandowski, assisted by Raphinha, gives Barcelona the win! However, the overall performance of the team was lackluster. Players look tired and off target with shots and passing. Physical and mental fatigue may be dwindling Barca's performances aside from all the individual injuries that riddle the team. The one saving grace Barca's La Liga record holds strong in run with Real Madrid and Barca are able to weather the storm of the October schedule. Two Liga games are left before the international break. Can Barca finish strong?  
 
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FC Barcelona BACK TO EUROPA LEAGUE! Xavi at Fault? Injuries? Bayern Dominates at the Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona BACK TO EUROPA LEAGUE! Xavi at Fault? Injuries? Bayern Dominates at the Camp Nou.

October 28, 2022

The Barca Breakdown reviewed FC Barcelona's defeat against Bayern Munish. Even before the game, Barca Europa League fate was sealed as Inter beat Plzen 4-0. With Barca knocked out of the Champions League two years in a row in the group stages, who is to blame? We tackle this question by addressing Xavi record this season, the players, and the Barca board. There were high expectations to the season and having them end again in harsh fashion has left the fan base split. Can Barca still make something of the season? Subscribe to our channel for coverage of everything FC Barcelona - Thank you for your support!

FC Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao (4-0): Dembele’s Superstar Performance CRUSHES Valverde’s Bilbao

FC Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao (4-0): Dembele’s Superstar Performance CRUSHES Valverde’s Bilbao

October 23, 2022
The Barca Breakdown reviewed FC Barcelona's victory against former manager, Ernesto Valverde's Athletic Bilbao. Xavi has really grown and chosen to try new lineups/strategies to adjust their play. This included playing 4 midfielders allowing Barca to control the midfield and push players forward. The star players were Dembele, Balde, and Frenkie De Jong. Additionally, Roberto played way more offensively adding to interplay with Demeble. This allowed Dembele to run in open spaces and connect with other players scoring a goal and contributing with 3 assists. Barca are on a upswing. Can Barca continue this trend in bigger profile games, including Wednesday's game against Bayern at the Camp Nou?
 

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FC Barcelona v Villarreal (3-0) Match Review: Fati, Torres, & Lewandowski COMBINE To Score 3!!!

FC Barcelona v Villarreal (3-0) Match Review: Fati, Torres, & Lewandowski COMBINE To Score 3!!!

October 21, 2022
The Barca Breakdown reviewed FC Barcelona's victory against the Yellow Submarines, Villareal. The team that Barca lost to in their final game of last season at the Camp Nou. However, the tables were turned today's game as Barca were able to score 3 goals in the first half. Lewandowski scored a brace and face scored the third. The performance was overwhelmingly positive with Barca maintaining much of the possession and creating many opportunities. It's hard to tell what the reason behind Barca's success was as Xavi started a rather different line-up as of recently. We saw Frenkie De Jong start as the pivot in place of Busquets as well as Fati starting on the left wing and Torres on the right wing. Was it the midfield that provided the catalyst for the victory or was it the wingers? Could it also have been that Villareal did not perform very well and Barca took advantage? Whatever the case, Barce seems to be able to capitalize against many La Liga teams, but generally, in higher profile games, against strong teams Barca cannot find the same edge. Barca will face Athletic Bilbao and the return of Ernie Valverde in Sunday's game. Then they have another test against Bayern Munich midweek in the Champions League. 

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Real Madrid v FC Barcelona (3-1) Match Review: El Clasico - Barca Drop To 2nd In October From HELL

Real Madrid v FC Barcelona (3-1) Match Review: El Clasico - Barca Drop To 2nd In October From HELL

October 17, 2022

The Barca Breakdown reviewed FC Barcelona's defeat in El Clasico. As Real Madrid and Barca were tied on points heading into the game, a victory was crucial for either team. Although, it was Madrid who wanted it more. They dominated Barca in the transition and midfield control. However, it wasn't only the intensity that brought Madrid their victory, but Barca's poor defensive structure which left them susceptible to the counter attack. Yes, the ref wasn't great, but Barca did not play with intensity or a dynamic movement to overtake the Madrid defence. Too many times, Barca held onto the ball allowing for Madrid's defense to set itself up. Then there is Busquets. Again, he was too slow and made bad fouls resulting in a Madrid goal. Xavi was also slow to make substitutes after the first half in which Barca were losing 2-0. Xavi's stubbornness has seen Barca face difficult repercussions and it will only get harder towards the end of the month. Villareal is next on Thursday followed by Athletic Bilbao and Bayern Munich. Subscribe to our channel for coverage of everything FC Barcelona - Thank you for your support!

FC Barcelona v Inter Milan (3-3) Match Review: Dembele & Lewy Score 3 while Busquets and Pique Fail

FC Barcelona v Inter Milan (3-3) Match Review: Dembele & Lewy Score 3 while Busquets and Pique Fail

October 13, 2022

The Barca Breakdown reviewed FC Barcelona's draw in the second leg against Inter Milan at the Camp Nou. Every fan felt this game was do or die and the Camp Nou fans' energy was exuberant! The Blaugrana energy was also pouring out on the pitch as players pushed their physical limits. Dembele and Lewandowki were able to score 3 goals. However it wasn't enough. Barca were their own worst enemy as blunders from Pique, Busquets, and Eric Garcia resulted in 3 goals for the Italian side. The result is another knife in the side of Barca fans. Barca find themselves 3rd in the Champions League group still 3 points behind Inter. Inter must lose both remaining games and Barca must win both... but Barca still will face Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou. Xavi and his men will be faced with another challenge this weekend in the highly anticipated El Clasico against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. A win against Real would bolster Barca's hopes of taking the La Liga title.

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FC Barcelona 1-0 Celta Vigo Match Review: FC Barcelona Remain TOP of La Liga, though Tough Week Ahead!

FC Barcelona 1-0 Celta Vigo Match Review: FC Barcelona Remain TOP of La Liga, though Tough Week Ahead!

October 9, 2022

The BarcaBreakdown discuss the 1-0 victory of FC Barcelona against Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou.

Inter Milan v. FC Barcelona (1-0) Match Review: Xavi FAILS To Adapt In DIRE Champions League Test

Inter Milan v. FC Barcelona (1-0) Match Review: Xavi FAILS To Adapt In DIRE Champions League Test

October 4, 2022
The Barca Breakdown discuss the loss in Italy against Inter Milan. In their 3rd Champions League game of the season, Barca find themselves 3rd in the group only able to score against Plzen. 
 
There were many problems in the game, but most issues can be isolated to Xavi's decisions and lack of adaptation. While Alonso can be a great asset, his start in this game is on question as he's only played against Bayern Munich and has had no other minutes since acquisition. Balde being the front man as left back was completely snuffed. Another issue falls in Raphinha playing on the left wing when it's clear his potential and skill are best found on the right wing.
 
Despite this Barca had a few moments in the first half but were not equipped to break the low block defense of Inter. Where Xavi failed is his ability to adapt to the game and make player changes at appropriate times. The first substitute came in the 65'. Changes should have occurred after the first half at the earliest.
 
Lastly, it appears Barca are struggling to be one cohesive team. Barca relies on individual skill and brilliance, especially when faced against better teams. They also are better suited against teams that fight for dominance as it opens the pitch up as opposed to teams with low blocks. 
 
Barca will face Celta Vigo this weekend and Inter again at the Camp Nou next week. Can Xavi adapt in a week?
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