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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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ESPN – Player Ratings: Pedro and Luis Suarez on form as Barcelona end 2014 in style

Barcelona signed off 2014 with a fine win over Cordoba on Saturday, with Luis Suarez scoring his first goal in La Liga. Barcelona achieved a convincing 5-0 victory against Cordoba at the Camp Nou to end the year in style. Pedro, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi (2) scored the goals for the Blaugrana, who signed off before the winter break with a fine win. Luis Enrique's men managed to open the scoreline within the first minute in what was a decisive moment that changed the game completely. From that point on, the visitors' need to push forward to get at least one point from their trip to Catalunya allowed…

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ESPN – Cheeky Steven Gerrard shirt on sale outside Old Trafford

With Robin van Persie back and firing and the imperious David De Gea doing his very best “You Shall Not Pass” act, Manchester United ran out comfortable 3-0 victors over old adversaries Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. TOE POKE: FOOTBALL FUNNIES – Pecs appeal: Crouch copies Ronaldo – Him again: Crouch goes crowd surfing – World Cup bonanza: Gotze's boot sells for millions – Pitch invading goat: Sign him up! – Dear Phil Jones: Christmas isn't in February – Star Wars: Ian Wright as a Storm Trooper? – Drink wine with Iniesta? Step right here As if the hefty defeat wasn't bad enough, the Liverpool fans in attendance were also forced to walk past stalls selling these pithy little beauties outside United's stadium — poking fun at Stevie G's infamous slip during last season's title run-in. This T-shirt is…

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