2010/2011 Barcelona B Scouting Report: Part 2

This is Part 2 of a collaborative post between blitzen, Jnice, jordi, Miguel and Kari. Please note that performances are rated solely on last season and not a complete breakdown of the players throughout their Barcelona careers. Part 1 can be found here.

Due to the exploits of famed Masia graduates Pep Guardiola, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, as well as many other talented midfielders that have made names for themselves outside of Barcelona, the midfield position at the youth level is highly touted and holds some of the world’s premier talents. Competition is fierce and unrelenting and only the crème de la crème make it to the B-team. This crop of players is no different and Lucho has been spoiled for options in the midfield, despite a long term injury to starting defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu and regular first team call-ups for midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara.


Name: Oriol Romeu Vidal
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Birthplace: Uldecona (Tarragona)
Date of Birth: September 24, 1991
Height: 182cm
Official First Team Appearances: 2
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

Primarily a defensive midfielder, Oriol Romeu is much more rounded than his position suggests. Almost as adept at going forward as he is defensively, Oriol is very much the complete modern variant of the Guardiola position, sitting in front of and protecting the back 4. Much more physical than his predecessors, Romeu plays the position with a combination of physicality, excellent technique, strength and tactical awareness.

Despite being younger than most of the opposition he played at every age level, Oriol normally cuts an imposing figure on the field. When in possession of the ball, he is not afraid to stride forward with his powerful surges or switch the play with long cross field passes. His passing style is a simple but incisive one and helps to circulate the play. Additionally, Oriol, like most cantera trained players, is capable of playing multiple positions, slotting comfortably into the back line when needed.

With injury having robbed him of the majority of last season, Oriol will be looking to cement his position the B team, honing and fine tuning his skills and, by extension, expand his opportunities to be seen as a viable defensive replacement for the first team should a crisis arise. With arguably the two best defensive midfielders in the world ahead of him his prospects at present seem daunting, but the unpredictable nature of football suggests he will get his chance at some point in the not too distant future.

Name: Ilie Sánchez Farrés
Position: Defensive Midfield
Birthplace: Barcelona (Barcelona)
Date of Birth: November 21 1990
Height: 181cm
Official First Team Appearances: 0
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

A versatile squad player, Ilie’s main position is defense-oriented midfield. Despite this, he has shown himself to be capable of filling in as a RB for the B team when required. Principally a back up to Romeu, injury to the starter as well as the player’s own propensity for hard work and defensive ability presented him with plenty of opportunities to play in a variety of positions. Economical with his passing and possessing good overall movement, as well as a good attitude and a team player mentality, make him an excellent squad player. While his future most likely lies away from Barça, a career in the Primera should be within his grasp.

Name: Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento
Position: Central/Attacking Midfielder
Birthplace: Bari, Italy
Date of Birth: April 11, 1991
Height: 172cm
Official First Team Appearances: 20 (4 goals)
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 100%

The son of Brazilian World Champion Mazinho, Thiago Alcântara is truly the crown jewel of the Barcelona B team. Blessed with great vision, technique, dribbling and an expansive passing range, Thiago combines these talents to dominate midfields with his passing, or unbalance defenses with his one-on-one dribbles. The player’s playing style can best be described as the best qualities of La Masia infused with innate Brazilian flair.

Since his arrival at the club, Thiago has worked hard with his coaches to service his talents fully to the team rather than being self indulgent on the pitch like so many mercurial geniuses that have passed through the academy before him. The end result being that in the last couple years, Thiago has shown himself able to put in a hardworking shift, putting pressure on the opposition and making a fair share of defensive contributions. In this same vein, Thiago underwent a series of maturity tests in patience this past season, alternating between the first team and Barca B from one week to the other in the first round of the season. When he did appear with the B team, Thiago was usually impressive with his team’s best attacks originating through his feet. By the end of the season, time in and around the main squad had limited his appearances with the B team to just 11 games in total, but the time spent under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola would be invaluable.

Thiago’s season culminated in him being crowned European champion with Spain, once again the focal point of his team. Completing more dribbles and passes than anyone else in the tournament, as well as scoring one of the goals of the tournament in the final, only helped reinforce his reputation as a rare talent.

These outstanding performances led to the player being linked to a host of Europe’s top clubs, but in the end Thiago renewed his contract till 2015. Now promoted fully to the first team ahead of the 2011/2012 season, he will no doubt suffer road bumps along the way, but with watchful guardians like Xavi Hernandez and Pep Guardiola to guide him, Thiago has every chance at becoming a mainstay in the Barcelona midfield in the future.

Name: Jonathan “Jona” dos Santos Ramírez
Position: Central Midfielder
Birthplace: Monterrey, Mexico
Date of Birth: April 26, 1990
Height: 172cm
Official First Team Appearances: 11
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

Jonathan dos Santos Ramírez, aka JDS, is a classic Barça tempo-setting center midfielder for Barcelona B.  A number 4, very much in the mould of Xavi, and a bit of a set-piece specialist, Jonathan is usually given the responsibility of taking most corner/free kicks for his team.  Despite not having the foresight that maybe filing a police report after getting rolled by a bunch of hookers you smuggled into your national team’s hotel might not be the best idea ever, he is the deep lying playmaker supplying the cutting ‘pass before the pass’ in a lot of his team’s attacks on goal.  Positionally sound, tactically flexible, and a master of the ‘migtoc’ or ‘half touch’, Jonathan has made a number of appearances in different positions for Josep Guardiola’s side.  Pep first experimented with dos Santos playing as a defensive midfielder in the pre-season Asian tour in August of 2010 before the eventual purchase of Mascherano and most recently with him at the right back position against Deportivo in the game that clinched the league title.

(See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evsLa_cHpnM for more Jonathan)

That being said, his development has stalled a bit and was usurped by good friend Thiago Alcantara as the most promising youth player and the one most likely to get promoted. An injury and subsequent loss of form early on in the season, and with fierce competition for his place in the team, most notably from Sergi Roberto, he has seen himself go down on the pecking order. Despite this, the young Mexico international still wound up with an impressive 30 appearances for Luis Enrique’s Liga Adelante side that would eventually finish third in the standings.

Due to his adaptability and his La Masia upbringing it is no wonder the young star is being linked this transfer season with the likes of Udinese and Javier Aguirre (the coach that snubbed him from a spot in Mexico’s 2010 World Cup squad)’s Zaragoza. While his future still lies very much in his own hands, with the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, and now Thiago ahead of him in the first team, Sergi Roberto overtaking him in the B-team and wonderkid Javi Espinosa being promoted from Juvenil A, Jonathan may yet follow his brother, Giovani, out the door.

Name: Carlos Carmona Bonet
Position: Interior/ Winger
Birthplace: Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands)
Date of Birth:  July 5, 1987
Height: 177cm
Official First Team Appearances: 0
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

One of the veteran players Barca B usually sign to add experience in the form of players who excelled in the lower leagues, Camona met the expectations without ever exceeding them. While not having the same quality or potential for growth as some of his younger team mates, Carmona was able to fill in capably when called upon. Useful in the attacking third, the player can chip in with the occasional goal as well as provide leadership in difficult games.

Barring a miracle and subsequent sensational metamorphosis into an outstanding player, Carmona probably has little chance of climbing to the first team but with many experienced players having left the B team, he could probably get a promotion in rank to vice captain in the upcoming season.

Interestingly enough, though the player was a starter and one of the best players in the same under-17 teams as Pique and Fabregas, he has had the opposite career path.

Name: Sergi Roberto Carnicer
Position: Box-to-box/ Attacking midfield
Birthplace: Reus (Tarragona)
Date of Birth: February 7, 1992
Height: 177cm
Official First Team Appearances: 3<
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 40%

A Guardiola favorite, Sergi is an easy player to become enamored with once you see him play. From the outset, the player stands out for his playing style which differs greatly from the archetypal Barça midfielder. Whereas most midfielders from La Masia prefer to let the ball do the work, Sergi likes to take the ball into possession and carry it with surging runs towards the goal. Arrival from deep after making late runs into the box when out of possession of the ball is, along with being strong in the air, just two more strengths that make this player unique in a sea of number ‘4’ style players throughout the cantera. One could say he is an English style midfielder with Spanish technique. Extremely hardworking and blessed with great technique and pace, the player is also known for his versatility. Capable of playing all across the midfield, whether it be as an attacking midfielder, defensive one or even an interior, Sergi’s versatility does not stop there. The player can do a capable job on the wing, or even as a striker where he was top scorer for his team in his Juvenil A (under 19) days.

This versatility, a strong work ethic, a new contract till 2015 and the fact that Guardiola likes the player, even bringing him on as a sub in a Champions League semi final away tie at the Bernabeu, means that Sergi is likely to make a break-through in the 1st team if not in the upcoming season, then the one after that.

A goal scoring midfielder capable of playing multiple positions for the price of nothing make him a prospect that every cule should be excited about.

Name: Martí Riverola Bataller
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Birthplace: Barcelona
Date of Birth: January 26 1991
Height: 177cm
Official First Team Appearances: 0
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

Having joined Barcelona at the age of 6, Martí has progressed steadily up the youth teams. Operating as either an organizer or attacking midfielder, the player is an excellent passer as well as finisher. The finishing ability comes from having started his youth career as a striker, while he learnt to control games later as he moved into midfield. In that way Martí is like Sergi Roberto, but without the pace and some of the physicality. He is also a long range shooting specialist, scoring regularly in his youth career from distance and direct free kicks.

With Barca B being stacked with midfielders that could compete physically in the second division, Martí found it difficult to get playing time under coach Lucho Enrique and so went on loan to Vitesse in the Eredivisie to clock minutes and grow as a player and person. He has since returned after the end of the season but the fact that there are so many talented players competing for midfield places in the Reserves means Martí will have to fight hard against the odds in order to become a fixture in the B team or break into the first team. It’s hard not to root for the player and hope that perhaps he can follow in the footsteps of Busquets and Pedro and become the dark horse that triumphs against the big names and make a niche in the first team some day. He still has a long way to go.

Promoted Juvenil A Players To Watch:

Name: Rafael ‘Rafinha’ Alcântara do Nascimento
Position: Interior/Attacking Midfield
Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Date of Birth: February 12, 1993
Official First Team Appearances: 0
Chances of getting into the first team this season: 0%

The younger of the two Alcântara brothers, Rafa or ‘Rafinha’ is very much a crack in his own right. Starting his career as a hardworking midfielder capable of running games with his technical ability and passing, the left footer has moved closer to the penalty box to exploit his effectiveness in the final third in the false 9 role this season under Juvenil A (under-19s) coach Oscar Garcia.

Possessing a wand for a left foot, Rafinha is a set piece specialist and is extremely skilled at providing the final pass. Already one of the best players at every youth stage he has played at, the player took his game to a higher level this past season, becoming the standout player in his position in the division of honor under-19 league; Rafinha’s effectiveness in front of goal being so impressive he practically killed the Barca careers of seasoned goal scorers Mauro Icardi and Gael Etock, relegating both players to the bench in the first half of the season. This impressive form led to a debut in the Segunda division with Barca B in the second half of the season, and a goal soon followed in his next appearance. By the end of the season, Rafinha had made 10 appearances for the B team and won a treble with the under 19’s.

With his strong tactical adaptability to go with his refined technique and physical abilities, Rafa is certainly one for the future of both Barca and Spain.

Name: Javier “Javi” Espinosa González
Position: Central Midfielder /Attacking Midfielder
Birthplace: Talavera de la Reina, (Castile-La Mancha)
Date of birth: September 19,1992
Official First Team Appearances: 0
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

Known as the “new Iniesta” not only for his skill, but also because of where he was born, the manchego is one of the most talented players to come out of La Masia for some time. One only has to watch Espinosa once to know he is different from the rest. Not only is he capable of producing delicious passes and delightful through-balls, Espinosa is a very skillful dribbler with excellent ball control, capable of slaloming through the midfield into the penalty box with ease. He is able to dictate the tempo of the game, spray passes all over the park, and deliver a great final ball, but at a moment’s notice, he can use his wonderful acceleration and change of pace to breeze past bamboozled defenders.

Alongside Gerard Deulofeu and Rafa Alcantara, Javi Espinosa was a standout performer for Juvenil A, creating plenty of goals for others and adding over 10 goals of his own. He also has a great delivery from corners and free-kicks. He was a real leader on that team and worked hard on the defensive side of his game. His work did not go unnoticed by Luis Enrique who gave Espinosa his debut for Barça B last season. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t look out of place and scored a great goal.

“He who is strong here (in the head) and has talent, will reach [the top].” Javi Espinosa’s own words show that he has the mentality to progress and become a success for both Barça and Spain. Definitely one to watch.


Lionel Messi, Bojan Krkic, Giovani dos Santos are just some of the recent forward graduates from the Masia youth leagues. Generally the forward position garners the most attention from fans and fills the newspaper columns. As of late, the ‘forward conveyer belt’ has slowed down (while the midfield and defense has picked up substantially) and there are only a handful of truly exceptional players. This season Jonathan Soriano and Nolito were the two players who took the forward line by the scruff of the neck and scored the majority of the goals, Soriano in particular finishing the season as the Segunda division Pichichi, or top scorer.


Name: Cristian Tello Herrera
Position: Forward, Winger
Birthplace: Sabadell (Barcelona)
Date of Birth: August 11, 1991
Height: 178cm
Official First Team Appearances: 0
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

A former Perico and the youngest forward on the team last season, Tello is a good winger with loads of potential as he is very fast and a good dribbler possessing the ability to beat his man 1v1 with relative ease.  At this level, he still lacks consistency and has to work on his finishing and combination play with others, but after Jonathan Soriano and Nolito, he was the most promising forward for Barca B and has been rewarded with a call-up to the U-20 WC in Colombia for Spain.

Name: Eduard Oriol Gràcia
Position: Forward, Winger
Birthplace: Cambrills, (Tarragona)
Date of Birth: October 5, 1986
Official First Team Appearances: 0
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

Edu Oriol is a versatile player who is always willing to work hard and sacrifice for the team. Last season he played a few games at right back and even one at left back because of injuries and suspensions. He is a right-footed player, but has a solid left foot and decent technique. That being said, he is not particularly quick or nimble for someone who plays on the wing often nor is he great at taking players on. Also, his finishing is not at the level required of a Barcelona player. Like Abraham, he’s off to Real Zaragoza where he’ll join his brother, Joan Oriol , who plays on Villarreal, in La Liga.

Name: Manuel “Nolito” Agudo Durán
Position: Winger (left), Forward
Birthplace: Sanlúcar de Barrameda, (Cádiz)
Date of Birth: October 15, 1986
Height: 175cm
Official First Team Appearances: 5 (1 goal)
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

Manuel Agudo, commonly known as Nolito, was one of Barça B’s best players this past season. A forward with the ability to change the game at any moment, Nolito showed remarkably consistency. He is a great dribbler, capable of beating any defender 1v1 to either side. He is also an impressively cool finisher who can chip, place, or put his foot through the ball depending on what the situation requires. He might be a bit too selfish at times, but generally, his combination play with others is very good.

As a result of his strong showings for Barcelona B, Nolito left for Benfica at the end of the season.

Name: Saúl Berjón Pérez
Position: Forward
Birthplace: Oviedo (Asturias)
Date of Birth: May 24, 1986
Height: 178cm
Official First Team Appearances: 0
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

Saul is a powerful forward who has had plenty of experience in the Segunda. He has not made much of an impact with Barça B due to the fact that he is too fond of shooting, does not combine nearly enough with his teammates, is not a particularly good finisher, nor is he good at going past players. One of the oldest players on the team, unless he experiences phenomenal growth in football IQ, he has no chance of making a first team appearance.

Name: Benjamín Martínez Martínez
Position: Forward
Birthplace: Terrassa (Barcelona)
Date of Birth: August 23, 1987
Official First Team Appearances: 0
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

Benja is a fairly big center forward capable of operating out wide from time to time. He has a strong shot from distance and is fairly capable in the box. Benja does not particularly have any standout traits. He is not that great of a finisher and he does not combine well with his teammates. He is also very slow in his movements with the ball. As such, Benja is most likely taking his football elsewhere and has indeed been released by the club at the end of the season.

Name: Jonathan Soriano Casas
Position: Forward
Birthplace: El Pont de Vilomara i Rocafort (Barcelona)
Date of birth: September 24, 1985
Height: 180cm
Official First Team Appearances: 0
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

Jonathan Soriano is a striker who showed this past season that he is a pure goal scorer. He scored an astonishing 32 goals for Barça B in a variety of ways. He is able to score with his head, right foot or left foot (it does not make a difference; he is good with both feet). Soriano is also a great taker of penalty kicks. He works extremely hard and always seems to pop up at the right place at the right time.  Despite his high number of goals, Soriano is an unselfish player with an impeccable attitude. He is not the greatest of dribblers and is not blessed with outstanding pace, but in and around that penalty box, he is as sharp as anyone in the Segunda.

With Lionel Messi, David Villa, Pedro Rodriguez and the club chasing Chilean wonder Alexis Sanchez, it is unlikely Soriano will make an appearance for the first team and his future likely lies outside of Catalunya. With his goal-scoring prowess, European teams will be lining up for his signature.

Promoted Juvenil A Player To Watch:

Name: Gerard Deulofeu Lázaro
Position: Winger, Forward
Place of Birth: Riudarenes (Girona)
Date of birth: March 13, 1994
Official First Team Appearances: 0
Chances of getting into the first team next season: 0%

Gerard Deulofeu is one of the most promising talents to come out of La Masia in some time. He proved last season on Juvenil A that he was ready to make the significant jump to Barça B. He is blessed with tremendous acceleration and blistering pace. Gerard is one of those players that can change a game in an instant with his ability to run past several defenders through trickery and his fantastic dribble or by way of his express pace.  He is also accomplished finisher when around the box or through on goal and loves to place his shots to the lower right corner.

However, he can be too selfish at times and has a tendency to overelaborate, which leads to moves breaking down. Gerard also has to improve his attitude and learn to be more humble. He will not always be the best player on the teams he plays on.

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  1. July 17, 2011

    So it’s done. I’m going to bed. I’ll add in the height in ft/inches later.

    And yes, I know this post is seven levels of badass. 😀

  2. outerspacedout
    July 17, 2011

    Ivan de la Pena, Cesc Fabregas, Mikel Arteta, Guillermo Amor, Thiago Motta… along with Pep and our current midfield trio. We really have churned out an amazing number of midfielders.

  3. Xingxian
    July 18, 2011

    Last I heard of Rafinha, he was a center-midfielder. Glad for the update!!!

  4. A grand ovation for our team players in the BFB team blitzen, Jnice, jordi, Miguel and Kari. Both parts were brilliant and helped a lot to put the whole B team/Juvenil players mess in order.
    With Sergi Roberto(personal favorite), Thiago and Espinosa on the rise I really do hope Pep has some weird master plan that could allow us to play with 4-5 midfielders in some games although highly unlikely!
    I think JDS train has passed for good he hasn’t improved much for the past 2 years. Thiago has jumped way ahead although he did have his share of injuries the last 2-3 years.
    I see that we do indeed lack any promising big type or small type CF coming through and I don’t think that its because no tall kids ever join La masia but rather that the system coughs them out. Thats why we aint going to splash the cash for lorrente because he may be an excellent Plan B but he will always be plan b he will never be able to hold a starting role whie sanchez or cesc in time can have a solid claim for the first eleven.
    If only we could find a big tall CF for like 5 mil… Is Trezeguet still at Hercules?

    • outerspacedout
      July 18, 2011

      Kanoute would be a dream, from the ones that are available and cheap and not f’in disgracefully unlikely.

    • nzm
      July 18, 2011

      Trezeguet was snapped up by Napoli as the demoted-Hercules stars began looking for first division teams to play with.

      • outerspacedout
        July 18, 2011

        I like Napoli. So they got Inler and Cigarini came back from loan, and if they also Trezeguet and keep their stars (Hamsik, Lavezzi, Cavani) then they should be even much better next season!

        • nzm
          July 18, 2011

          Yes, I like them too. Maradona played there after he left Barca.

          They’re playing Barca in the Gamper Trophy match, and I really, really pray that they don’t leave Lavezzi behind when they fly back!

  5. dragan
    July 18, 2011

    I loved reading this, it’s not a typical web c***, it’s obvious you know and love your barca:)
    one thing would be great to add to this though,
    the ‘phase’, stage in their development they’re in right now,
    you know what they say that barca has the plan for each kid, to toil their way thru different ranks, no matter how talented they are, e.g. one year in youth (or more), then promotion, B and then some years there
    at least 3 years as I heard to go thru the B
    they seem to care about that, to let them mature,
    and that seem to be driving decisions about their future – e.g. if they’re too-short in B, then cannot pass to A anyway, need to ripe some more
    if for too long then they’re material to be transferred or sold
    great work!

  6. nzm
    July 18, 2011

    Well done, BFB team – that’s a wonderful summarisation of Barça B. I did prefer it when they were called Barcelona Atlètic. 🙂

    I still get a chuckle out of Sergi Roberto coming on at the Bernabéu. Talk about the ultimate middle-finger gesture towards RM!

  7. can_we_go_Xalvies
    July 18, 2011

    Its really great to get to know more about these b-team players, especially some of the older ones who have less of a chance to join the first team but are there to show their worth for a team, really good to know for Barca fans. Thanks guys

    • Barcaleya
      July 18, 2011

      Rafinha is in the U-19 Spain team, I think.

    • July 21, 2011

      Yes he has been pretty clear about wanting to play ultimately for Brazil. I believe he has been called up for the Sub- teams, but I’m pretty sure the rule is that the player can switch national teams as long as they haven’t debuted for the first team.

  8. mom4
    July 18, 2011

    Hey Blitzen, a get well present for you:


    Pinto is rocking the “plait of power” again! 😀

    courtesy of barcastuff

    • blitzen
      July 18, 2011

      Yay! Thanks mom4.

      My doctor thinks I may have West Nile Virus, I’m going in later so he can take blood. Not so yay. 🙁

      • mom4
        July 18, 2011

        E-gads blitz! Get that taken care of! I think there are some antiviral meds that can help. Dang mosquitoes!

        Feel better soon!

      • Xingxian
        July 18, 2011

        Oh my goodness. I hope the best for you Blitzen, please be well 🙁

      • That’s so unlucky 🙁 I hope in the end its a simple flu and the tests come clean. Get well soon!

  9. y2k156
    July 18, 2011

    Btw, it seems that Tevez is off to Corinthians. Weird move i must admit.

    As part of this Argie national team, i hated him as he really screwed up the team. But in general, i like the guy and his play.

    He is now 27 and in prime of his career and will likely stay at same level for next two or three years. One would imagine that playing well for next couple of years was his chance to really claim greatness. But it appears that he is really serious about his family and going back near to home. If thats the case, i really admire his decision and think its a great thing. Another player who has been great in almost all the clubs he has played for but severly underachieved with Argentina.

  10. y2k156
    July 18, 2011

    Also Tevez leaving will mean for sure that Aguero is moving to Man City. I wish him the best as i like him as a player. I do think that Aguero is a different kind of player to Tevez so Mancini will have to set up his team differently to get the best out of him. This is a defining move for Kun who could become great or really suffer.

  11. Diego
    July 18, 2011

    Brazilians should watch and learn. This is how you take a penalty. I’m sad we let him go and for such a cheap price.


    • nzm
      July 18, 2011

      I’m sad that Barca let him go, as well.

      Our first live game at Camp Nou was a couple of years ago and they played Malaga, 6-0.

      Caceres played at CB instead of Puyol that night. He was dynamic – nothing got past him, and he played a lot of the time up the pitch too. We hardly knew anything about him at that stage, but his play was so good that we came home to read up on him. Sadly, we didn’t see much more of him for the rest of the season, and then he was loaned to Juventus.

      I hope that he has a wonderful career, and a great time at Seville.

    • blitzen
      July 18, 2011

      Caceres is known for making reckless tackles (remember the 2-for-1 deal from earlier this season?). He has undoubted skills, but his on-the-ball play was never going to be good enough for Barça.

  12. Diego
    July 18, 2011

    Anyone has a picture of Pinto doing his secret handshake with Afellay, Villa or anyone. The one where the tips of all the fingers touch each other. I’d be really really grateful. 😀

  13. mom4
    July 18, 2011

    Puyol and Xavi are not training with the group. They are doing individual recovery exercises. #fcblive

    Wait! Xavi too, What the heck…it’s only day 1! This does not bode well 🙁 🙁 🙁

    • nzm
      July 18, 2011

      On Catalunya TV tonight, they showed a clip of Xavi on the table with the doctors probing around his left kneecap. Not sure if they’ve picked up an issue in this area.

  14. The__K__Man
    July 18, 2011

    Tomorrow at 12pm Spanish time Zubi and Pep are set to make a press conference. Hope they say something real about our transfers, not jut the usual ” Cesc is a great player bla bla bla or Sanchez could add a lot of bla bla”. I’m hoping for real info because I’m really starting to get worried!

    • dennise
      July 18, 2011

      the fact -Zubizarreta also participates – you definitely can read something from it.

    • mom4
      July 18, 2011

      OMgoodness that’s so awful looking. Malena, do something about this!!!!

  15. Anonymous_69
    July 19, 2011

    I don’t know why, I am a big fan of Tello. I really think he is good. I don’t think his chances of making it with Barca are high, but I have a feeling he will shine with the B team this season.

    Sergi Roberto is good. Robust and classy at the same time.

    I think the B team needs to sign a Striker. Aruajo maybe? Dongou is a year or two away from the B team, and Rafinha can’t lead the line. I wouldn’t recommend another Soriano-type forward, as those signings rarely go well. Soriano was the exception. They should sign a 19/20 year talented Striker who will have a chance to be promoted. I kinda wished Keirrison went to play in our B team when we first bought him…

    I think the squad will be something like this:

    Mino (Oier)
    Montoya (Dalmau) – Bartra (Armando) – Sergi Gomez (Muniesa) – Muniesa (Planas)
    JDS (Riverola) – Oriol Romeu (Llie) – Sergi Roberto (Espinosa)
    Kiko (Deulofeu) – *new striker* (Rafinha) – Tello (Cuenca)

    There are quite a few other players in the squad, including newly promoted Juvenil A players. It’s hard to see how they are going to get playing time. Unless a bunch of players are sold/loaned.

    • Thats a very good idea about Keirrison in the B team. I think we should even give it a go a now. Plus the B team is indeed in search for a forward according to Eusebio. I think thats a good idea even for now even though it is two years late. Maybe if we offer him reduced salary he will accept, because of he has any hope of ever playing for the first team giving a go at the B team might be his only shot. Plus I think Pep would indeed apreciate it. 🙂

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