Skip to main content

3 Points To Ponder: Why Barcelona beat Las Palmas

Coming off the 4-1 shellacking to Celta de Vigo, Barcelona were having questions asked of them. With everyone available for the first time in weeks, Luis Enrique had a decision to make. He could go with squad rotation again against a side in Las Palmas that like Levante last week, is expected to finish in the bottom-half of the La Liga table, or he could try to make a statement.

Las Palmas made their return to the Camp Nou for the first time in thirteen years, the last time they were in the top division in Spain. On that day in 2002, it was none other than Luis Enrique that scored in a 1-1 draw, and he would need to channel that goal and maybe a few more into his current squad to not only get the result, but to try to send the message that everything is still roses in Catalonia.

Similar to Celta de Vigo with Sergio Gomez and Nolito, Las Palmas also boasted a former Barcelona player, with Sergio Araujo leading the line and having scored seven goals with Barca B back in 2012/13.

Not to bury the lead, but Lionel Messi going down in the 10th minute with an injury to his MCL that will sideline him for the next seven to eight weeks is the first, second and third takeaway from this match. The loss of the talisman will be spoken about and analyzed for the forthcoming weeks, so for now, the focus will simply be on the match.

Here are three talking points from Barcelona's win over Las Palmas:

1. Suarez to the rescue

With Messi sidelined after gaining a free kick, Luis Suarez and Neymar immediately became the focal points of the attack. Though for the remaining 80 minutes, it appeared that Suarez could be the one to step into the role of first option and Neymar will do his part to play off him like he often does with the Argentine. 

Barcelona’s passing wasn’t at its usual supreme level, but Suarez was clearly the man for whom a multitude of forward passes were intended. The Uruguayan had three shots, two of which resulted in goals. The first was a difficult header against two defenders on a cross and the second was a one-man show. One thing is certain, Suarez was the man at Liverpool, and while Neymar and the midfield do take some of the pressure off him, Suarez is the man in the attack once more.

2. Youngsters up to snuff

Munir and Sergi Roberto both had quite possibly their best appearances of the season. While Suarez still had much to do on the header, Munir’s backheel to free up Sergi Roberto, again deputizing at right-back for Dani Alves, was a sign of confidence that the young forward hasn’t shown much of this season. 

Sergi Roberto did his part, taking the ball on the right wing and pinpointing the head of Suarez. A run in the second half where he cut in from out wide to create space for Munir showed a willingness to take chances that the midfielder turned defender doesn’t always display when he is trying to control the center of the field. 

Munir’s performance wasn’t perfect by any means, and he was himself substituted for Sandro late in the contest. Yet if Munir were able to polish some of the decision-making outside the box and turn the opportunities his speed creates into accurate crosses or shots on net, the 20-year-old could help alleviate a fraction of the newfound pressure on Suarez and Neymar.

3. Regulars struggle

Once again, Cules were left feeling that Ter Stegen could have done more on the Las Palmas’ goal scored late by Jonathan Viera that brought the match back into question. It’s calming to know that Claudio Bravo will return soon to potentially right the ship in La Liga so the young German can focus solely on the Champions League, but ter Stegen still seems out of sorts.

The goalkeeper wasn’t the only regular at fault however on the goal, as it was an unlikely giveaway by Javier Mascherano that opened things up for the Canaries. Mascherano and Sergio Busquets got the start in midfield together, and whether it was tired legs or a lack of continuity, neither player looked like themselves in their passing.

The work-rate and tackling was present, but the lack of Andres Iniesta looked apparent when connecting the ball between the defense and attack.

By Dan Hilton, columnist at Barcablog. Follow him on Twitter @HiltonD13


  1. Seriously, you are going to blame Stegen for the goal? That ball took a deflection off Pique. No way Stegen was going to stop that. Had it not taken a deflection, he was positioned perfectly to stop it. Now what do you expect him to do, estimate the deflections the ball will take before it reaches him so that he could stop it?! The goal was all Masch's fault, 100% his fault. And the actual reason we won against Las Palmas is because they are Las Palmas. This performance against Vigo/Atletico/RM/Sevilla etc would have been a hammering because we were bad. Our defending was bad again, no improvements over last match with the only exception being Roberto, he was brilliant and in my opinion should continue at RB with Dani being shifted to midfield/wing now that we don't have Messi as well. Ney was bad with his finishing, missed couple of chances and then the penalty as well. Munir was good, far better than his last 2 games. He needs to improve upon his decision making inside the box and also take more risks with the ball.

    1. Anonymous27.9.15

      Agree with you, it definitely was the fault of Macherano. Also, we need to give more confidence to Marc Bartra. I feel that he does well and then gets benched and Jeremy Mathieu is given the chance. Mathieu looks very week especially when going forward with the ball and should be benched. Bartra is the future and should be given the confidence. Pique and Bartra should be the CB choice with Dani / Sergi and Jordi / Adriano, in the midfield, we should have rakitic, Iniesta and Busquests and the obvious forwards, Neymar, Suarez and Munir.

    2. You have a point about Ter Stegen not being at fault for the goal and maybe it was too quick a response to the number of goal he has conceded between this year and last year. He is obviously trusted by Barcelona management and will continue to be groomed as the next great Barcelona keeper, and with good reason. To your other point I would say that every team has down performances (Sevilla is at the bottom of the table currently), and while a more dominating performance should be expected with such a talent disparity, Barcelona still got the job done against the opponent they were facing after losing their top player ten minutes into the match. Absolutely things to work on, but three points nonetheless.

  2. True barca fans will concur with me that STegen is not Good for barca our formal Goalkeeper Valdes is better than him

  3. Hillary27.9.15

    I can feel deep pain in my heart especially when i see media houses reporting that loss in a very sarcastic way. Again seeing madrid ahead of us in the table gives me nightmares. Cant Wait see us back to winning ways

  4. Munish27.9.15

    very unlucky yellow jersy whenever team wore every time they lost so please change it....quickly

  5. Rafael27.9.15

    Concentrate in winning Clubs World Cup ! La Liga We will come back im sure We will and become two time in a row UCL Champions. Our 6th UCL!!

  6. DRAGO27.9.15

    The 7-8 weeks they are saying is nowhere near as bad as it could have been. That includes two international breaks which lessens the impact. Hopefully, the enforced rest will result in a stonger Messi at the business end of the season. In the meantime, it is up to players like Neymar and Suarez to carry the load and ensure his absence does not hurt us too much.

    1. One would expect players of the calibre of Suarez and Neymar to step their game up and deliver the sort of performance their incredibly expensive price-tags deserve.

      Based on their game against Las Palmas, it looks like both attacking stars are taking the hint. Although nobody knows how long it will last for, there is no other option but to remain optimistic.

      The upcoming tough games against Sevilla, Villarreal and Leverkusen will be a real test.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Barcelona must improve dramatically to even dream of comeback vs Juventus

Barcelona host Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday (2:30 PM ET, EXCLUSIVE ONLINE STREAMING here). The Catalans, who fully deserved the 3-0 defeat in the first leg, will have to once again fight for a miraculous comeback in front of their home fans.

Luis Enrique's men must try their utmost to pile up the pressure from the initial whistle and score an early goal if they are going to have any chance of qualifying for the semifinals. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and the rest of the Barcelona stars must ensure they use the whole width of the pitch and constant ball movement in order to open up spaces within the Juventus back-line.

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta seemed to be up for the challenge during his pre-match press conference: "We have the potential and the players to turn it around. We have to play a perfect game. We have to create the maximum number of chances and score goals. I have no doubt there will be a great atmosphere tomorrow—the fans will be behind us. A…

Paulo Dybala, Neymar, Luis Enrique, Dani Alves and Andres Iniesta | Top 5 Barcelona News

Paulo Dybala, Neymar, Luis Enrique, Dani Alves and Andres Iniesta all feature in today's Top 5 Barcelona News:

How to watch El Clasico online, on mobile and on TV | HD Real Madrid - Barcelona Streaming

Barcelona travel to the Santiago Bernabeu to face Real Madrid in the biggest game in world football: El Clasico! Currently trailing Los Blancos by three points in the La Liga table, Luis Enrique's men have no option but to take the three points back to Catalunya if they are to conquer the league again this season.

In the absence of the banned Neymar, Barca will trust Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to lead their attack once again. If the team's midfield can take control of the game with their traditional commanding passing and their back-line manages to avoid any unnecessary slip-ups, there is reason to believe in a Blaugrana victory in El Clasico.

There's no two ways about it: You would be crazy miss a second of the action as watching El Clasico is now easier than ever -- even on the go! Whether you live in or outside the USA, you can easily stream every Barca match to your desktop computer, mobile device or even your TV.
FuboTV is a live streaming channe…

Barcelona right to appeal Neymar controversial ban ahead of El Clasico

Neymar's decision to applaud the referee after being sent off during Barcelona's defeat in Malaga on Sunday was not very clever. His childish reaction after being shown a controversial red card gave the Spanish officials a golden opportunity to ban him for the Catalans' next three matches -- including the upcoming Clasico against Real Madrid.

As it was to be expected, the Barcelona board have wasted no time in starting the process to appeal Neymar's disproportionate ban. It is believed the Camp Nou giants will until Friday 21st April, two days before El Clasico, to file their appeal at the TAD Committee. That way, it is more than likely that the officials will run out of time to make a decision and be forced to postpone the case a further week -- meaning that Neymar would be able to suit up against Real Madrid after all.

Sure, Neymar's behaviour was out of order. Having said that, it is hardly surprising that the Spanish officials banned him for just enough matche…

Neymar must stay to secure Barcelona long-term success

Neymar has been excellent for Barcelona since he joined the Catalan giants back in the summer of 2013. Despite the many question marks over whether he would accept to share the spotlight with Lionel Messi, his professionalism off the pitch and even the legality of his transfer, the Brazilian youngster has made a remarkable impact and deservedly become a Camp Nou favourite.

As our partners as Sbobet Mobile know, Barcelona are not currently leading the La Liga table but nobody in their right mind would rule them out of retaining the title. If the Blaugranas are to leapfrog Real Madrid before the end of the season and win the league for the third consecutive season, Neymar has a huge role to play in the nine games remaining.

Fortunately for Cules, Neymar is currently playing the best football of his whole career. Fully established at both club and international level, the No.11's confidence and excellent form makes him a constant danger that rivals constantly struggle to contain -- …

Barcelona rewriting history after 1,500 matches at glorious Camp Nou

Barcelona have now played a staggering 1,500 games of football at the Camp Nou. The stadium, which was built back in 1957 to replace the legendary Les Corts Stadium due to the demand for tickets exceeding the ground’s capacity, has witnessed 1,119 Barca wins, 238 draws and only 143 defeats over the years.

Barca are clearly not invincible at the Camp Nou but their winning records of 75% and being unbeaten in 90% of home games speaks for themselves.

Barcelona have now become a global phenomenon thanks to not only their dominance, but also the many world-class stars that have been part of their squad over the years. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar take the vast majority of the spotlight these days, but their success can only be understood as a continuation of the work of legends such as Johan Cruyff, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Hristo Stoichkov or Lazlo Kubala over the years.

Camp Nou is a synonym of sporting excellence these days. The recent successes under the leadership of Luis Enrique…

Advertise on

Welcome to our Barcablog advertising page!

If this is your first visit to our blog, I recommend that you take a look at our Charity Mission Statement to know more about our community and all that our website has to offer.

An Introduction to Barcablog

Hi! I am Francesc Tomàs -- the person behind -- and your first point of contact for all media related enquiries. Let me give you an overview of the website and some of the advertisement options available for your business. was started in June 2010 as a hobby and in a few short years, it has become one of the most popular FC Barcelona blogs in the world, reaching a social media audience of 710,000+ followers and receiving positive feedback from many media outlets around the globe.

Thanks to the success of, I have had the chance to contribute to major outlets such as ESPN, Weloba and The Guardian, to name a few. My work has also been highlighted by the official FC Barcelona website several times ove…

How to watch every Barcelona game online, on mobile and on TV

Barcelona, lead by their legendary attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, are on a mission to bring more trophies to the Camp Nou museum this season -- and you should not miss a second of the action!

Whether you live in or outside the USA, you can easily stream every Barca match to your desktop computer, mobile device or even your TV.
FuboTV is a live streaming channel that offers every Barcelona match as well as the whole of La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A and Premiera Liga for only $6.99 a month.

I have personally been watching Barca on FuboTV for years and the 1080p Ultra-HD quality is certainly the best in the market right now. No more dodgy, pixelated streaming for me!

There is a 7-DAY free trial option available and if you cancel your subscription within 24 hours you will not be charged.

Click here to sign up for a 7-DAY free trial with FuboTV.

Fubo TV is currently only available in US. To watch …

Neymar, Messi, Ter Stegen lift Barcelona to greatest comeback in Champions League history

Sergi Roberto’s last gasp winner against Paris Saint Germain became an instantly legendary moment that Barcelona fans will cherish forever. Although the Camp Nou faithful are aware that qualifying for the Champions League quarterfinals is not a huge achievement in itself, the players’ determination to complete the biggest ever comeback in the biggest club competition in world football was impressive.

While it came down to Sergi Roberto to seal the historic win, the La Masia graduate was certainly not the only player to excel in Barcelona’s most important game of the season.

Neymar was, without a shadow of a doubt, the leader who took the Catalan giants to victory. His premonitory ‘1% chance, 99% faith’ tweet before the ball started rolling at the Camp Nou could not have been more fitting for the excellent performance that followed.

The Brazilian star proved a constant nightmare that the astounded Parisian back-line simply had no answer for. His astute positioning, magical dribbling a…

Barcelona should be embarrassed after shocking 3-0 defeat vs Juventus

Barcelona's 3-0 defeat in Turin against Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals was little short of embarrassing. Given the recent experience of losing 4-0 in Paris and needing a miracle at the Camp Nou to qualify for the next round, it is baffling to see how Luis Enrique's team failed to learn from their many mistakes.

The inclusion of Jeremy Mathieu in the starting XI, Javier Mascherano's inability to defend corners and Luis Enrique's puzzling decision to play Andre Gomes and keep both Jordi Alba and Paco Alcacer as unused subs are some of the reasons for Barca's dismal performance. Having said that, the main factor was the team's lack of intensity and overall inability to step up the pace to match Juventus' ambition.

Sure, miracles do happen in football and a comeback at the Camp Nou can't be ruled out at this point. However, Lionel Messi and co. should have really tried much harder to not find in such a terrible position fo…