This week at Barça B: Relief


After three hellish months, there’s finally a reason to smile for Barcelona’s youth affiliate. Barca B had had a run of abysmal results that made them a real part of the third tier relegation battle, and they are desperate for a win.

But a trip to sixth place from Alcoyano wasn’t exactly encouraging for a side that lacked confidence, and all signs pointed to another poor result and another week of pessimism. But Barça B showed their strength, playing very well away against one of the top sides in the division and showing enormous character to win 3-2 thanks to a late goal from Ferran Jutglà.

Jutglà’s winner was the game’s biggest moment, but the real highlight was Ez Abde’s outstanding solo goal early in the second half. In fact, it was so good it deserved a different angle, and this might be the best:

Barca’s attack has looked much more dangerous since the return of Abde and Jutglà from the first team, and they will be the team’s greatest hopes of finishing the season strong to avoid any sort of relegation fight.

They’re still just two points above the drop zone and need to win a few more games to really breathe down there, but the win at Alcoyano is the kind of morale-boosting, season-changing win that can really advance the fortunes of Barca B. of the stretch race.

If they can stay in the Third Division, Barça B will get a huge boost for next season: the club announced on Friday the signing of 18-year-old midfielder Pablo Torre from Racing Santander, who will arrive this summer and signed a four-year contract.

Torre was a target for both Barca and Real Madrid and the Blaugrana won the battle for one of the country’s most promising young players, one who has already been compared to Barca superstar Pedri. Torre will initially feature for Barca B to start next season but the youngster has a good chance of an immediate first-team call-up if he impress in pre-season like Pedri and Gavi have done in the two last seasons.

Welcome Pablo!


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