Barça’s Italian Lessons Get Rough Rewards at Old Trafford

First leg of the Champions League Quarter Final against Manchester United at Old Trafford was yesterday. This has been the boogeyman stage of Europe for Barcelona, where they have fallen in four of the last five years. The exception was the treble-winning three amigos side of 2015. Last year's upset win by Roma to knock…Read more Barça’s Italian Lessons Get Rough Rewards at Old Trafford

For the Love of Messi, the Betis Fans Applaud

Messi's hat trick against Real Betis yesterday already has been laughed, cried, and marveled over. Around the world, response to the performance was instantly elevated to the pantheon of his finest showings by journalists and supporters. The most indelible reaction to Messi came from the Real Betis home fans at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in…Read more For the Love of Messi, the Betis Fans Applaud

Frustrating Return of the Champions League – Barça at Lyon

After weeks of waiting to get back into the glamour competition of Europe, the Champions league didn't quite deliver on the expectations that have been placed on it. Maybe some of the sourness is due to Messi's explicitly stated intent at the start of the season to win the UCL trophy this year after a…Read more Frustrating Return of the Champions League – Barça at Lyon