Big news of Yerry Mina signing with Barcelona, Arda Turan leaving, and discussing Coutinho’s arrival some more (4:35). The community segment deals with how to pronounce “Gomes” (25:14). We have updates on Barça B and Femení (28:59), and reviews of Celta in the Copa del Rey and Real Sociedad in La Liga (39:42). We close things up with a preview of the next match with Betis in La Liga (1:28:48).
Additional Show Notes:
Yerry Mina signed from Palmeiras for €11.8m. He’s now the tallest player on the team, beating out Pique by 1 100th of a meter. And he’s a bit of a goal scorer: 9 goals in 49 appearances at Palmeiras and bolstering the central defence. Mascherano transferred to Hebei China Fortune? Nothing is official, however him playing at home the last couple games has been an opportunity for the fans to see him last time. I wish he would stay until the end of the season because he is so versatile. He can play as central defense or defensive midfielder. As we highlighted before, he is a great team player and soldier.
The women beat Zaragoza 2-0 at home with goals from Vicky Losada and Andressa Alves. Zaragoza are in last place in the Liga Femenina. The first goal by Losada was a second, maybe third, ball. After a couple blocked attempts, it fell to her just outside the box with plenty of time and space, and she just picked her shot, caressed it into the top corner. The second goal, by Alves, came from a sweet cross in from Gemma. But, also in this match were a ton of chances either taken or created by Lieke Martens. She started the match off playing left wing, and then later switched to right wing, and in both positions she was a serious threat. Zaragoza were actually quite good defensively in this match, holding off Barcelona’s relentless attacking and scoring attempts. Keeping them at 2-0, while it’s bittersweet, was an accomplishment in itself, I think.
Barca B lost 1-0 to Valladolid in the Miniestadi on Saturday. Judging from the highlights, it looked like Barça were dominating the ball and the match, had lots of good chances. Arnaiz played in this match, again looking good. They just couldn’t convert their chances into goals and Valladolid got the one goal on a nice floating cross and headed shot. They’re edging into the very bottom of the table, 19th place out of 22, with 21 points.