ESPN – Barcelona clinch Champions League glory by mixing the old with the new

In an end-to-end Champions League Final clash, it was FC Barcelona who took home the title after defeating the ever-resilient Juventus 3-1 in Berlin. In an end-to-end Champions League final clash, it was FC Barcelona who took home the title after defeating the ever-resilient Juventus 3-1 in Berlin. ESPN FC's Craig Burley highlights Barcelona's attacking ferocity being key in defeating a resilient Juventus side to claim the Champions League title. Despite Juventus' spirited second-half push, it was Luis Suarez and Barcelona who could not be denied yet another Champions League crown. Ivan Rakitic produced the complete midfield performance in the Champions League final, including scoring the opening goal for Barcelona. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno discusses the opening goal of the Champions League final, where Andres Iniesta used his excellent vision to find the feet of Ivan Rakitic for the game's opening goal. Barcelona fans celebrate following Barcelona's 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was elated with securing the historic treble, following Barcelona's 3-1 win over Juventus in Berlin. Andres Iniesta is replaced by Xavi, who makes his 151st appearance in the Champions League and his final match with Barcelona. BERLIN — Three thoughts on Barcelona's 3-1 win vs. Juventus in the Champions League final. 1. Barcelona complete a deserved treble Barcelona, as Gerard Pique put it on the eve of the final, have reached “perfection.” Perhaps the greatest attacking trio the game has ever seen — Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar — have appropriately won the treble, but that was not all that was fitting about this 3-1 win over Juventus. Barca have had the perfect season in winning every trophy possible and this…

ESPN – Barcelona’s new approach forces evolution of Busquets and Iniesta

Barcelona star Andres Iniesta believes his team-mates Lionel Messi, Neymar, and newly-signed Luis Suarez are the elite attacking trio in world football. The ESPN FC crew are joined by Santi Solari who delves deeper into the La Liga title race, where Barcelona still only trail Real Madrid by a single point. Luis Enrique was given the challenging task of fine-tuning the Barcelona formation that had taken the club to the most successful era in more than 115 years of history. Such an incredibly difficult mission had already been assigned to Gerardo Martino in the previous year, but his inability to make a positive difference resulted in the Argentinean manager being replaced at the end of his first and only season at the Camp Nou. After several seasons of dominating world football with their attractive,…

ESPN – Barcelona’s Luis Suarez dresses up as a cowboy in new advert

Once again, corporate sponsorship being what it is, a gaggle of Barcelona's biggest stars have been corralled into appearing in another advert for Qatar Airways, with Lionel Messi, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez all jetting off on holiday together. Last time around we saw Carles Puyol smashing a plant pot to smithereens with his head and sadly, with Puyol now retired, there's nothing quite that dramatic in the 2015 installment — but we do get a slightly confused-looking Suarez…

ESPN – Andres Iniesta’s decline is purely statistical, given the ‘new’ Barcelona

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe discusses Andres Iniesta's role for Barcelona following his lack of production in La Liga so far this season. ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno was pleased with Barcelona's play despite falling behind to Villarreal, and attributes it to Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez's involvement in the attack. If you've followed Andres Iniesta's club and international career closely over the past decade, it might have been disconcerting to realise how much the authority and excellence of his performance Sunday against Villarreal stood out. It did so because it was one of only a handful of games since the summer when you could say, hand on heart: “Now that is the Iniesta I remember.” After being, by far, Spain's most consistently on-form player in a disastrous World Cup defence, the 30-year-old has…

ESPN – Luis Enrique’s strength helping Barcelona bounce back in style

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno was pleased with Barcelona's play despite falling behind to Villarreal, and attributes it to Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez's involvement in the attack. Despite all the criticism received after the disappointing defeat against Real Sociedad in early January, manager Luis Enrique has managed to turn the situation around at Barcelona. The hard-fought 3-2 home win over Villarreal extended the Blaugranas' current streak to an impressive eight consecutive victories, a personal record for the Asturian manager. Luis Enrique's decision to stop the ongoing rotation policy which resulted in 28 different line-ups in as many matches has made a significant…