FC Barcelona 2016/17 in Review: Game of the Season

Reviewing the best games of Barcelona’s 2016/17 season.

The 2016/17 season is in the books for FC Barcelona, and while it may not have been the most successful year in the Catalans’ history, Luis Enrique’s men again played some dazzling football at numerous points of the season.

In this first installment of the Season in Review, we will look at three of the best games Barcelona played this season, in the end, you will decide which one of the three contestants will be crowned Game of the Season. Even though many consider this Barcelona season a disappointment, picking just three games was a very difficult task, and a list of honorable mentions could’ve been twice as long as this list will be.

But without further ado, here are the three nominees for Game of the Season (in chronological order)

1. Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla (Supercopa de España 2nd Leg, 17 August 2016)

Barcelona came into the game in a commanding position, leading 2-0 after the first leg played at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, but Sevilla under Jorge Sampaoli often showed a never-say-die attitude. But Barcelona showed their winning mentality and quickly added to their lead through the in-form Arda Turan. Around the half-hour mark it became interesting as Sevilla were awarded a penalty kick, but Claudio Bravo excellently saved Vicente Iborra’s strike. Sevilla remained dangerous, but Barcelona would not buckle under pressure, adding two goals in the second half, including a stunning Arda long-range strike, to secure the first trophy of the new season.

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2. Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain (Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg, 8 March 2017)

Much has been said about this match – the biggest comeback in European football history – and rightfully so. Barcelona were absolutely hammered in the first leg in Paris, earning a 4-0 loss, seemingly making the return leg a mere formality, but the Catalans, led by Neymar, had different plans.

Slowly but surely, Barcelona started to chip away at PSG’s lead, halving PSG’s advantage by half-time through goals from Luis Suarez and an Layvin Kurzawa own goal. Then Lionel Messi made it a one goal game from a penalty, but disaster struck when Edinson Cavani scored the all-important away goal. Barcelona suddenly needed three more, and with time running out the tie was all but decided. Then Neymar took center stage, first curling a free kick in the 88th minute to provide a spark. Three minutes later he converted a penalty to draw the two teams level, but with PSG in front due to the away goal. Five minutes of added time were running out, and with everybody forward Neymar provided one last hopeful ball in front where Sergi Roberto poked the ball into the back of the net to complete the most unlikeliest of comebacks.

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3. Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona (La Liga Round 33, 23 April 2017)

Barcelona’s title hopes were fading fast and to have any hope of a late season turnaround the Catalans had to win at the Santiago Bernabeu. And win they did – in dramatic fashion, and while it may not have been a vintage Barcelona display, under the circumstances, it was massive. Barcelona found themselves in a hole after Casemiro opened the scoring, setting up another Barcelona comeback. Messi leveled the score shortly thereafter, before Ivan Rakitić rocketed Barcelona in the lead midway through the second half. Playing with a man advantage, Barcelona were unable to protect the lead, but in the final seconds of the game Messi scored in brilliant fashion to set up a neck and neck race for the remainder of the season, but Barcelona didn’t get any help they desperately needed.

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FC Barcelona News: 29 May 2017; New Kit Unveiled, Barcelona B Miss Promotion Opportunity

The new FC Barcelona kit for the 2017/18 season | FC Barcelona
The new FC Barcelona kit is finally here. For the first time the shirt will bear the name of Japanese company Rakuten, the Club’s new global sponsor from 1 July. The kit will be available from 1 June at Nike.com/FCB and in the Club’s official shops and distributors.

Luis Enrique, nine titles in three seasons with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique capped his last game as FC Barcelona manager with a trophy, ending his three-year spell with a total of nine titles.The 3-1 win over Alavés on Saturday night sealed his third straight Copa del Rey success, meaning that he ends his spell as coach with an average of three trophies per season.

Juan Carlos Unzué leaves Barça to become Celta coach | FC Barcelona
Juan Carlos Unzué is leaving Barça to become Celta Vigo coach for the next two seasons. The man who has been assistant coach at FC Barcelona over the last three seasons returns to the club where he was assistant to Luis Enrique in the 2013/14 before both men joined the blaugranes.

The Copa del Rey champions’ return! | FC Barcelona
The cup champions are back home! The blaugranes returned back to Barcelona after their victory over Alavés in the Vicente Calderón in the Copa del Rey final thanks to goals from Messi, Neymar and Paco Alcácer.

FC Barcelona’s Copa del Rey triumph, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona picked up their third straight Copa del Rey trophy after a 3-1 win over Alavés on Saturday night and, in doing so, conjured up some impressive numbers. We take a look at some of the most interesting stats and facts from the latest cup success.

Barça XI with most Copas del Rey | FC Barcelona
Barça are the King of the Cup with 29 victories to their name in the competition, more than any other club in La Liga. The latest came in the 3-1 win over Alavés, a third successive victory for the team in the Copa del Rey with Luis Enrique as coach. Furthermore, the victory in the Vicente Calderón means that Messi, Iniesta, Piqué and Busquets are amongst the eleven most successful players in the Club’s history in the cup with five victories.

Messi’s exhibition at the Calderón | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi once again showed he is the man for the big occasion with another brilliant display to help Barça claim the Copa del Rey against Alavés. Messi scored the opener after an intricate one-two with Neymar before caressing the ball into the corner of the net.

Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano to miss Argentina friendlies through injury | ESPN
Javier Mascherano will miss Argentina’s summer friendlies against Brazil and Singapore after he injured his knee in the Copa del Rey final against Alaves.Mascherano was taken off in the early stages of the 3-1 win at the Vicente Calderon on a stretcher following a clash of heads with Marcos Llorente.

Manchester United’s Ander Herrera set to snub Barcelona move – sources | ESPN
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is prepared to turn down a summer move to Barcelona, sources have told ESPN FC.Herrera is reportedly a transfer target for incoming Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, but the sources said the 27-year-old — United’s Player of the Year this season — would turn down the chance to move to the Camp Nou.

Cultural Lleonesa v Barça B: Path to promotion gets more difficult (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça B were unable to overturn the first leg deficit against Cultural Lleonesa in the second leg. The blaugranas took the lead through Alfaro in the first half and were in with a chance but the home side put in a strong second half performance to win the game and secure promotion to Division 2A. Barça B now need to successfully navigate two more knockout rounds to join their opponents in celebrating promotion.

FC Barcelona News: 28 May 2017; Barcelona End Season with Copa del Rey Trophy

MATCH REPORT: FC Barcelona 3-1 Alavés: Copa Kings! | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona claimed the Copa del Rey with a 3-1 win over Alavés at the Vicente Calderón, becoming the first side since the 1950s to win the trophy three years in a row. In a hotly-contested affair, the class of Leo Messi stood out as he scored a fine opener as well as setting up the third goal for Paco Alcácer just after Neymar regained the lead for Barça.

Copa del Rey celebrations at the Vicente Calderón! | FC Barcelona
The Copa del Rey champions celebrated out on the field at the Vicente Calderón after lifting the trophy thanks to a 3-1 win over Alavés in the last ever game at the famous stadium.

Iniesta and Messi, 30 trophies as Barça players | FC Barcelona
The list of honours won is exactly the same for both players: 8 league titles, 7 Spanish Super Cups, 4 Champions Leagues, 5 Copas del Rey, 3 European Super Cups and 3 Club World Cups. Andrés Iniesta and Leo Messi have been at the very heart of the most successful decade in the FC Barcelona’s history.

Barça win the Copa del Rey for the 29th time at the Vicente Calderón | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona now have their 29th Copa del Rey after victory over Alavés at the Vicente Calderón in Madrid. Barça have shown once again that they are the ‘King of the Cup’, claiming the trophy for the third successive season, an achievement the Club had managed previously between 1951 and 1953.

Andrés Iniesta: A final is a final and it is always difficult | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta spoke of his pride at winning the Copa del Rey for the third season in a row. The midfield maestro was pleased with the win and highlighted the difficulty of playing a game of such a nature.

Mascherano suffers cut to the head and knee injury | FC Barcelona
The Barça player Javier Mascherano was substituted in the 11th minute of the game in the final. André Gomes came on to replace him after the Argentine received a nasty blow to the head in a collision with Alavés midfielder Marcos Llorente. Mascherano has suffered a cut to his head which needed stitches, concussion and an injury to his right knee which will require further tests.

Copa del Rey celebrations on social networks | FC Barcelona
The Barça players celebrate their latest trophy on social media after the 3-1 win over Alavés.

Luis Enrique: I leave happy with the job done | FC Barcelona
Summing up his three seasons as Barça coach, he said: “I feel happy because I have enjoyed a lot making Barça fans happy by winning trophies and that makes me proud. I am the one who has decided to stop because it will be the best for me and the for the players, they need potent and intense stimulus. Nine trophies out of 13 is a pretty good record.”

Luis Enrique takes his leave of Barcelona with a proud legacy | Sky Sports
Barcelona needed to freshen up their approach and Luis Enrique managed it smoothly. With Xavi’s powers on the wane and Luis Suarez arriving from Liverpool, Luis Enrique gradually shifted the emphasis from the midfield to the front three. Year after year, the football became more direct, sometimes bypassing the midfield altogether.

Josep Maria Bartomeu: Luis Enrique has been a success and the door is always open for him to return | FC Barcelona
After seeing the team win the Copa del Rey for the 29th time in the club’s history, president Josep Maria Bartomeu spoke of the great work carried out by Luis Enrique in his three years in charge. “Luis Enrique has done a very good job and we are very grateful,” said the president, adding that “the door is always open for him to return when he wants. He has been a successful manager”.

Barcelona vs. Alavés, Copa del Rey Final 2017: CONFIRMED Lineups, How to Watch Online

Lineups, television and streaming options, and full coverage of Barcelona vs. Alavés. Join the conversation!

MATCH INFO

Preview: Barcelona vs. Deportivo Alavés

Date/Time: Saturday, May 27, 2017, 9:30pm local time, 8:30pm BST (UK), 3:30pm ET, 12:30pm PT (USA), 1am IST (India, Sunday)

Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain

Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez

Television: ESPN Deportes (USA), Sky Sports 2 (UK), SuperSport 3 (Africa), TeleCinco (Spain), elsewhere

Online streaming: WatchESPN (USA), Sky GO (UK), elsewhere


LINEUPS

Starting XI: Cillessen; Mascherano, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic; Messi, Alcacer, Neymar

Bench: Ter Stegen, Denis, Arda, Digne, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal, Marlon

Starting XI: Pacheco; Femenia, Ely, Vigaray, Feddal, Theo; Gómez, Llorente, García, Méndez; Deyverson

Bench: Ortolá, Alexis, Torres, Camarasa, Romero, Sobrino, Toquero

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FC Barcelona News: 26 May 2017; Players Complete Final Training Session

Jordi Alba: The Copa del Rey is a great competition | FC Barcelona
Defender Jordi Alba gave his thoughts on the final in an interview with Barça TV ahead of Saturday’s clash with Alavés in the Vicente Calderón stadium in Madrid. “The Copa del Rey is a great and attractive competition because of the fans and the atmosphere between them,” said the left back.

Guillem Balague’s Copa del Rey final preview: Alaves can cause Barcelona problems | Sky Sports
Luis Enrique will be in charge of Barcelona for the very last time before leaving the club, while football will be saying a fond farewell to Atletico Madrid’s Vicente Calderon Stadium. Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Balague says that although Barcelona are clear favourites, Alaves know how to beat the Catalan side having won 2-1 at the Nou Camp in September…

Copa del Rey Final promo video | FC Barcelona
26 players, four opponents, eight matches, 720 minutes, 21 goals, one feeling. Here is the promotional video ahead of Saturday’s final, where FC Barcelona are looking to secure their third consecutive cup Copa del Rey title.

The best goals FC Barcelona have scored in Copa del Rey finals | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is the team with the most Copa del Rey trophies with 28 and on Saturday against Alavés they will match Real Madrid in the number of finals played in with both sides on 39. In these finals, the blaugranas have scored some stunners: headers, free kicks, long-range strikes…here are the TOP-10! Do you remember them all? Find out with the following video!

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the Copa del Rey Final | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Alavés go head to head in Saturday’s showdown at the Vicente Calderón – so let’s see how much you know about the game.

Cillessen to ‘fight’ for Barcelona No.1 spot but could consider January exit | Goal
Cillessen only played once in LaLiga and once in the Champions League this season, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen preferred in goal by Luis Enrique.The Netherlands international, who joined from Ajax last year, has had to make do with seven appearances in the Copa del Rey, a competition where Barca face Alaves in the final on Saturday.

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez to miss Uruguay friendlies with hamstring injury | ESPN
Barcelona have confirmed that Luis Suarez will be unavailable for around 15 days after injuring his hamstring in training on Thursday. The Uruguay international will miss his country’s friendly games against Republic of Ireland and Italy on June 4 and 7, his federation confirmed.

Verratti ‘open’ to Barca move | Football Espana
Marco Verratti would find an approach from Barcelona too hard to turn down despite being happy at Paris Saint-Germain, say reports in Spain.According to El Mundo Deportivo, the Italian international told his teammates that whilst he is content in the French capital but he ‘dreams’ of playing alongside Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.

FC Barcelona statement on liability action | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona has received notification about the resolution of Provincial Court of Barcelona regarding the claim of liability action, according to which it dismisses both the appeal filed by the Club and the appeal filed by the former defendants.

Barcelona offered Vinicius Junior better package than Madrid – agent | ESPN
“There is practically unanimous view of the deal as a success,” Pena said. “If anybody gets criticised it is Real Madrid, for the risk they have taken, but they are sure that it will work. There were other clubs interested, and one offered to pay more money … Barca’s remuneration package offer for the player was higher than Real Madrid.

Ajax’s Davinson Sanchez ‘would like to play for Barcelona’ | ESPN
Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez is open to a potential move to Barcelona amid reports the club have continued to monitor his progress this season. Barca had a deal in place to sign Sanchez last summer, but the 20-year-old opted to join Ajax instead where he felt he would be given more regular football.

FC Barcelona News: 25 May 2017; Preparations Continue for Final, Gerard Pique Unfazed by Chants

Preparations continue for the Copa del Rey final | FC Barcelona
Aside from the available first team players also present at the session were Barça B players Marlon Santos and Àlex Carbonell. This season will see just one more training session on Friday before the squad head to Madrid on Saturday for the game in the Vicente Calderón at 9.30pm CET, the last ever match at the historic stadium.

When and where to watch FC Barcelona v Alavés | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique will take charge of his final game as Barça coach against one of the surprise packages of the season: a team who were promoted only last season to the top division and finished the league season in an impressive ninth under coach, the former Barça player, Mauricio Pellegrino.

The Club expresses its support for Leo Messi and his family | FC Barcelona
Following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Leo Messi case this afternoon, Club spokesman Josep Vives said: “The Club reiterates, once again, its full support for Leo Messi, his father Jorge Messi, and his family. This afternoon, FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu contacted the player’s family to communicate this support.

Gerard Piqué: ‘We are switched on for the final’ | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué has spoken about the latest blaugrana news at the inauguration of a new Cruyff Court and discussed the upcoming Copa del Rey final against Alavés. The centre back said, “the team is not relaxed. We have won lots of games in a row and we are switched on.” The Barça player then discussed the importance of securing a victory: “The match is very important; our objective is to win the Copa as it is another trophy and it will allow us to take part in the Spanish Super Cup.”

Gerard Pique not fussed by derogatory Real Madrid chants aimed at him | ESPN
Gerard Pique says he has no problem with chants aimed at him by Real Madrid players as they celebrated their La Liga title win on Sunday, despite calls from some sections of the media for an apology to be issued to the Barcelona defender.

FC Barcelona News: 24 May 2017; Preparations Begin for Copa del Rey Final

FC Barcelona’s tough journey to the Copa del Rey final | FC Barcelona
The blaugranas managed to reach a fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final having overcome some difficult knockout rounds in a frantic January.

Players return to training to prepare for Copa del Rey Final | FC Barcelona
Following three days off in the wake of Saturday’s 4–2 victory over Eibar at Camp Nou to close out the league season, FC Barcelona returned to training on Wednesday morning to begin preparing for their last game of the 2016/17 campaign — the Copa del Rey final.

FC Barcelona’s Copa del Rey Final jersey | FC Barcelona
The name of the two clubs, the date of the final (27 May 2017) and the stadium (Vicente Calderón) feature on the chest, while the logo of the competition is on the sleave. It is also worth remembering that this will be the final match ever at the famous Vicente Calderón stadium in Madrid.

Messi 21-month sentence upheld | Football Espana
The Spanish Supreme Court have upheld the decision of a Barcelona court which sentenced Lionel Messi and his father to 21 months in prison for tax fraud.The Argentina international and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, stood accused of defrauding €4.1m worth of taxes between 2007 and 2009 in the aftermath of failing to pay €10.1m of image rights.

Leo Messi’s Golden Shoe, up close | FC Barcelona
A detailed visual look at the Argentinian’s 37 La Liga goals this season, which gave him his fourth career Golden Shoe as the top scorer in Europe’s domestic leagues.

Ronaldinho makes a surprise visit, wishes team luck in Copa del Rey final | FC Barcelona
On the day Barça returned to training to begin readying for Saturday’s Copa del Rey final, the former Barça superstar made an unannounced visit to the team’s training facility, where could be found out on the field, chatting with the many players and coaches he has maintained friendships with over the years.

Ernesto Valverde ‘cannot confirm’ Barcelona interest as he exits Athletic | ESPN
He said: “There is a lot of speculation regarding my future but, I have to say it clearly, I haven’t committed myself to any team. I haven’t spoken to any club. I do have an agent, and there are clubs that are interested in me. But this is my club, it was my duty to first say farewell to it before I go and consider something else.”

Camp Nou named world’s best connected stadium at the World Stadium Congress in Doha | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s ‘Estadi Conectat’ project was named the Innovative Solution of the Year at the World Stadium Congress in Doha, Qatar, which recognized the project for having brought an expansive Wi-Fi network to Camp Nou. The World Stadium Congress is an annual event that brings together leaders in the sports stadium industry, from the areas of construction and management to fan experience.

Xavi suggests Real Madrid star Toni Kroos is his “successor” | Squawka
Xavi has been particularly impressed with the Germany international and believes Kroos is vital to everything Real Madrid do. “Kroos is the engine of Real Madrid’s game,” Xavi told SportBild. “The way he plays reminds me a lot about myself – you could say that he is my successor in this position.”

Unzue set for Celta? | Football Espana
Current Barcelona assistant Juan Carlos Unzue (pictured left) is favourite to replace Eduardo Berizzo in the Celta Vigo hotseat, say reports in Spain. According to Faro de Vigo, Unzue – who was also Luis Enrique’s number two during his stint with the Galicians in the 2013-14 campaign – is favourite for the vacancy after admitting defeat in his ambitions to manage Barca.

FC Barcelona Youth Academy teams win 14 titles in one of the La Masia’s best seasons ever | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s youth football teams are having a season for the ages. Their respective league seasons officially come to an end next weekend and, as of today, Barça’s teams have won 14 of 16 possible titles, tying the Club’s best ever mark, from the 2013/14 season.

Top Five La Masia goals in the third week of May | FC Barcelona
Over the past weekend, the academy reached 14 titles for the season, demonstrating just how much talents lies in the youth ranks of the club. The U13 and U11 B head this week’s list: Pablo Páez ‘Gavi’ and Narcís Costa on one hand and Tomás Marqués and Santos Ortiz on the other scored great goals on the way to respective titles. Guillem Jaime (U19 A) also features on the exclusive video.

Barcelona 4-2 Eibar, La Liga 2017: Player Ratings

Player ratings for Barcelona’s last league game of the season.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

With Barcelona largely dominating play, ter Stegen had very little to do for the most part, but was still beaten on a couple of occasions. However, he could do very little to prevent Takashi Inui’s perfectly placed shots from finding the back of the net. Otherwise was his usual dependable self, making a pair of saves and being careful with the ball at his feet.

Rating: 6.5

Community Rating: 6.3


Sergi Roberto

A very disappointing last game of the season for the right-back who had a very poor night defending. His terrible marking of Inui was just the latest of numerous defensive mistakes by Sergi and Barcelona will surely be looking to reinforce the position in the summer transfer market. It wasn’t much better in attack for Roberto as he added little value there as well. He was subbed out at halftime with a groin injury.

Rating: 5.0

Community Rating: 5.8


Marlon

With most of the central defenders injured, Marlon was given another chance to impress and the young Brazilian did just that. Despite his inexperience, he didn’t seem out of place as he made a couple very good defensive plays, including a diving tackle from behind on a dangerous Eibar attack. It’s safe to say that Marlon’s audition went very well and we could be seeing more of him next season.

Rating: 7.0

Community Rating: 6.7


Samuel Umtiti

Once again, Umtiti proved to be best piece of business on the defensive side of the ball in years. The Frenchman was again the most sure-footed defender on the pitch. His positional awareness was also almost impeccable as he made an impressive six interceptions, though he was beaten easily on a couple occasions in the air game.

Rating: 7.5

Community Rating: 7.1


Jordi Alba

Alba looked like his old self in attack again, offering speed, width and good passing. He seemed to have picked up an assist in the first half, but Suarez’s goal was correctly ruled out for offside. While Alba put together a very good performance, one has to dock a point from his rating for his ridiculous dive/trip/fall in the penalty area for a penalty and it was only fair that Yoel saved that try.

Rating: 7.0

Community Rating: 6.8


Sergio Busquets

Not a vintage display from Busquets who was especially struggling in the first half as he had problems contacting Eibar on the attack. Was much better after the break, but we never rarely saw Busquets at his best against Eibar. Even his usually dependable passing suffered as he finished the game with a, for him terrible, 87% pass success rate.

Rating: 6.5

Community Rating: 7.0


Ivan Rakitić

The Croatian was found all over the Barcelona midfield in this one, as he was motoring almost all over the pitch. With Roberto having a poor game, Rakitić was left to cover an awful lot of space on the right side and maybe that was a reason why his playmaking abilities suffered a bit, but he still managed to be involved in a handful of good attacking moves. Like most of his teammates, he even managed to miss a clear cut chance.

Rating: 6.5

Community Rating: 6.2


Andres Iniesta

You could hardly notice Iniesta in the first half, but as the game went on Iniesta started to get into a rhythm, and had it not been for a pair of exceptional Yoel saves, Iniesta could’ve finished with a brace. He also made a big influence on the game with his passing, helping create two good scoring chances for Barcelona and in most games he would’ve had two assists.

Rating: 7.5

Community Rating: 7.2


Lionel Messi

Messi will not remember this game with much fondness, even after he scored a magnificent goal in the dying moments of the game by slaloming his way past numerous Eibar defenders. However, he missed a sitter in the second half, and also had a penalty saved by Yoel, but karma might have been at fault there. Still, Messi added two goals to his season total, even though all signs were pointing to Messi being left frustrated.

Rating: 7.5

Community Rating: 8.0


Luis Suarez

It’s fair to say I preferred the finishing machine that was Suarez of the first half of the season than Suarez of the last two months. Suarez missed numerous golden opportunities, either through poor accuracy or excellent goalkeeping, but the Uruguayan should’ve done better. He did finish the game with an easy tap in in the second half, but a hat-trick could’ve/should’ve been scored.

Rating: 6.5

Community Rating: 6.2


Neymar

A good case can be made that Neymar was the integral part to Barcelona’s comeback. He was a force on the left wing, providing constant threat and it was his shot that bounced off the post and resulted in the own-goal that started the fight-back. Neymar then won the penalty kick that resulted in the winning goal.

Rating: 7.5

Community Rating: 7.1


Andre Gomes

Introduced at halftime for the injured Roberto, but his impact on the pitch was similar to the player he replaced. Like Roberto, Gomes also failed to cover Inui, but it wasn’t all bad as one has to consider the Portuguese international was playing at a position he was unfamiliar with.

Rating: 6.0

Community Rating: 5.1


Paco Alcacer

Alcacer needed less than two minutes after being introduced in the 71st minute to make an impact on the pitch, providing an excellent flick-on for Luis Suarez’s equalizing goal.

Rating: 6.5

Community Rating: 6.1


Team

This was hardly an epic performance from Barcelona to close the book on the 2016/17 La Liga season, but it was enough for the win and a winning goodbye from the Camp Nou for Luis Enrique. He probably would’ve like a less stressful win and a La Liga trophy, but you can’t always have what you want.

Rating: 6.0

Community Rating: 6.5


Luis Enrique

With all the injures, especially on defense, Lucho did not have an easy task selecting a team, but he “settled” on the best team available and any team that features the MSN trio would have to be enough against Eibar. Thank you for everything Lucho!

Rating: 7.0

Community Rating: 6.5


Man of the Match – Messi

With the way the game went, this was always going to be a two horse race between Neymar and Messi, but with the winning goal and a magical insurance strike Messi did enough to win the MotM award with 57% of the votes.

Community: Messi

FC Barcelona News: 22 May 2017; Barcelona Finish League in 2nd Place, Lionel Messi Wins Golden Shoe

FC Barcelona 4-2 Eibar: Comeback win, but title escapes Barça | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona rallied back from two goals down to defeat Eibar 4-2 on the final day of the league campaign, but it was not enough to claim the title. Luis Enrique’s men dug deep for their manager on what was his final league game and got the three points, though Real Madrid’s 2-0 win at Málaga ultimately sees the title go the way of the side from the Spanish capital.

Andrés Iniesta postgame quotes: FC Barcelona 4–2 Eibar | FC Barcelona
“It’s a bittersweet victory. We did what we had to do by winning the remainder of our games, but there was a team that was a little bit better than us and it is the fair winner. It’s just talk. We didn’t win the championship. The league is over. We weren’t as consistent as we needed to be to win the title. We fell just three points short, but that was all it took.”

Luis Enrique: We fought until the end | FC Barcelona
Though unable to clinch the league title, Luis Enrique’s last league game as FC Barcelona manager ended in a 4-2 comeback win. As well as the game itself, the boss reflected on the season gone by, feeling that a “lack of consistency” was the main reason why Barça fell just shy of the league title.

Sergi Roberto out with a groin strain | FC Barcelona
Tests carried out on Monday on the player Sergi Roberto confirm that he has a pulled groin muscle in his left leg and that he will be out of action for around 10 days. The Barça right back had to be replaced at half time in the game against Eibar by André Gomes.

Giant banner thanking Luis Enrique is unfurled before Barça v Eibar | FC Barcelona
The biggest protagonist head of Barça’s final league game of the season was, unquestionably, Luis Enrique. Minutes before kickoff of Barça v Eibar at Camp Nou, a gigantic banner was unfurled in the east stands, with a special message for the Asturias, Spain native. “You will always be one of us,” it read, along with the hashtag #ForeverLucho, an allusion to the coach’s nickname.

Bartomeu: ‘We have one more challenge pending—the Copa del Rey’ | FC Barcelona
With the 2016/17 league season finally over, and after the title was won by Real Madrid, FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said he wanted to think about the final of the Copa del Rey, which will be played next weekend at the Vicente Calderón.

Barcelona set to reveal identity of new boss on May 29 | Eurosport
The Catalans’ 4-2 victory over Eibar on Sunday night was not enough to stop Real winning the title for the first time since 2012 as they claimed the positive result they needed by beating Malaga 2-0. But shortly after full-time, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu gave fans some cause to be optimistic about the future by tweeting: “On Monday 29 May we will announce the new coach.”

Fourth Golden Shoe for Leo Messi | FC Barcelona
The Barça number 10 takes the prize ahead of Sporting Lisbon striker Bas Dost who scored 34 goals during the season. Following the top two come Borrusia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 31, Robert Lewamdowski of Bayern Munich on 30 and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur one behind on 29 where we also find another Barça player, Luis Suárez.

Training schedule leading up to the Copa del Rey final | FC Barcelona
The players will be given Monday and Tuesday off to rest after the game against Eibar, before preparations for the cup final enter into full swing. Barça are looking to win the Copa del Rey for the third consecutive year and give Luis Enrique a wonderful send-off on what will be his final game as manager.

Barcelona vs. Eibar, La Liga 2017: CONFIRMED Lineups, Live Game Thread

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MATCH INFO

Preview: Barcelona vs. Eibar

Date/Time: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 8pm local time, 7pm BST (UK), 2pm ET, 11am PT (USA), 11:30pm IST (India)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

Television: Not Televised (USA & Canada), Sky Sports Mix (UK), SuperSport 5 (Africa), TEN1 (India), elsewhere

Online streaming: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial + monthly subscription, click here to sign up), elsewhere


LINEUPS

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Marlon, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez, Neymar

Bench: Cillessen, López, Digne, Gomes, Denis, Arda, Alcácer

Starting XI: Yoel; Arbilla, Capa, Lejeune, Juncá; Escalante, García; Peña, Kike, Inui; Enrich

Bench: Riesgo, Gálvez, dos Santos, Rivera, León, González, Bebé


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