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Barcelona still far from its best despite perfect start

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first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown FC Barcelona Lionel Messi looks down after Real Sociedad scored a goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona at the Anoeta stadium, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Ignacio Unanue)MADRID — Despite another win and a perfect record to start the Spanish league, there is reason for concern ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League debut this week.The defending league champions had another lackluster performance in its 2-1 come-from-behind win at Real Sociedad on Saturday, creating a bit of worry ahead of its match against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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It was a play that reminded some of Robinho, the former Brazil forward to whom Vinicius is often compared.Madrid spent about 45 million euros ($52 million) for the promising teenager last year even though he had played mostly with the youth squads of Brazilian club Flamengo. Madrid is taking it slowly with Vinicius, but fans have already been calling for his presence in the main team.Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui was reportedly watching Vinicius’ match on Sunday, so the player’s chances of moving up to the main team have certainly increased. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Barcelona also faced difficulties in a 1-0 win at Valladolid, the small promoted club which has yet to win or score a goal in four matches. Barcelona’s home wins were more comfortable — 3-0 against Alaves and 8-2 against Huesca, a newcomer to the first division this season.Barcelona is in Group B in the Champions League, along with PSV, Inter Milan and Tottenham.SCORING HELPAtletico Madrid endured another disappointing result on Saturday, drawing with Eibar 1-1 at home to remain far from the leaders at the top of the standings.But fans celebrated the successful debut of teenager Borja Garces, who scored the stoppage-time equalizer and could become a solution to the team’s scoring struggles early in the season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Succeeding in the Champions League is one of Barcelona’s main goals this season after struggling in the European competition in recent years, failing to make it past the quarterfinals in three straight seasons.“I’m a little bit worried, just a little bit,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after Saturday’s victory, which kept the team at the top of the Spanish league standings with 12 points from four matches. “It’s obvious that there are things that can be improved.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBarcelona had a difficult time controlling the game and gave away numerous chances throughout the match at Anoeta Stadium. Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele scored goals three minutes apart in the second half to save the team after it conceded early. An outstanding game by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also helped the team secure the victory. He made two great saves in one-on-one situations while Barcelona still trailed early in the second half.It wasn’t the first time Barcelona struggled this season. The team has been inconsistent despite its good results, and even Lionel Messi has played below expectations in some matches. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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