Why Barcelona lost El Clasico – report

Barcelona have bought brilliantly

Still Gelling

We were very encouraged by Luis Enrique’s decision to start with Luis Suarez in El Clasico. It may have been a gamble due to the lack match fitness of the Uruguayan. But it demonstrated the willingness to be adventurous that all the top coaches have.

With Suarez in from the start Real Madrid took a step backwards and quickly conceded a goal. In the end they came through and some have suggested that this was down to a lack of communication between the Barcelona strikers. Marca has quoted some Uruguayan journalists who reviewed the game by saying that Suarez’s team mates didn’t look for him enough during the game.

Diego Pérez, from El País, noted that “Luis Suárez looked for Neymar and Messi more than they looked for him. The doubt remains over whether he’ll have to adapt to Barça’s game or vice versa. It’ll be a big job for Luis Enrique.

“Messi didn’t pass to Suárez once. His teammates didn’t help him. That isn’t the style of play that suits him best. Suárez provided an assist for Neymar for the goal and crossed the ball in when Messi could have scored the second, and that would have changed the whole contest”.

Let’s not forget that Uruguay is a small country (3m people) and Suarez is a demi-god at home. So there may be a little bias in these sentiments but there is an obvious need for the front three to gel more than they have so far. But the fact that Messi had to have pain killing injections before the game was as big an element of the final outcome.

But the great thing about Messi and Suarez is that they are wonderful providers as well as finishers. We have no doubt that, over time, these two in particular can form an amazing bond. They will love playing together and may even improve each other.

That said, there wasn’t a particularly good understanding between the front three on Saturday and this may have been a reason for the result. But we think that it will be different story when Real visit El Camp Nou in the spring.

Barcelona fans: did the Suarez gamble backfire?



  1. Danjuma yondy

    Oct 28, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Please let the coach should stop using Busquest and pique because they can’t run and defend. Please let use mascherano as a pamanent defending midfielder not Busquest again. And let thomas vamaleen should take pique position or mark Batra. Please we don’t want to see this two: Busquest and pique playing in the team again.

  2. hamza jega fcb

    Oct 29, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Please let the coach should stop using
    pique put Mathieu to replace him instead of using him at Jordi alba place

  3. pinochio

    Oct 29, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Nothing is wrong by using busquest it is pique dat should be drop d guy is not good at all so useless

  4. Chimi Garba Bitrus

    Oct 29, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Pls Luis Enrique ,don‘t loan but sell out G.Pique, Dani Alves, Pedro & Busquet. Buy Cuadrado & co for us. It‘s well wt us ok.

    • Flecy2kool

      Oct 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Pls if u don’t know football stop saying it dani alve is good

  5. adam mutawakil

    Oct 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    pls luis enrique stop using g p. we want mathiu and j alba.

  6. TChijioke Ukachu

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    The time is come when Pique should be given his deserved place i.e on the bench. Pique is a bad defender,he lacks tackling skills, he is not good at Aerea contests, neither is he good at one-on-one situations. He has cost Fc Barcelona a lot and so shouldn’t be used as a starter he doesn’t deserve it a bit, he is a bunch of mistakes. As for Sergio Busquets, no one could be better in his position.

  7. Emmanuel Nas

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I thinks enrique should stop using pique. And for the elclasico, he should have started xavi, rakitic, iniesta, and busquet.

  8. Benjamin

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Visca catalan, visca barca!!. Pls Luis Enrique, I think Gerard pique has noting left 2 offer barcelona, he should be sold out. Matheu is d best 2 fill dat position while Jordi Alba sud be play at his usual position. And as for busquet he his best we av. I lov Barca

  9. dickson chi

    Oct 29, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    We have prepare our teams very well and bring out money to buy good player,we are stingy hand to buy players like somebody like Luis (PSG),silver PSG also why not Barcelona brings out money to buy this defenders does it means that we did not has enough money to buy does guys

  10. langalakhe msomi

    Oct 30, 2014 at 5:57 am

    enrique is not good coach

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