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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Barcelona add 6 from Barca B to Champions League squad

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe explains Barcelona's transfer ban and their resulting lack of depth.
Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique only had good things to say about Thomas Vermaelen after his winner gave his side victory over Malaga.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has included midfielders Gerard Gumbau and Juan Camara from Barca's reserve team in his 24-man squad for the Champions League.

Both players take up the spots of summer signings Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan, who cannot feature for the European champions until January when Barca's...

 By John Duerden

Teenager Seung-woo builds bridge between Korea and Barcelona

Seventeen-year-old South Korean Lee Seung-woo looks set to be promoted to Barca B, the path many legends, including Lionel Messi, have taken before making the first team. Photo credit: Lee Seung-woo

Just five years ago South Korea fell out with Barcelona in a big way when the arrival of the Catalan giants provoked a furious reaction on a sultry summer's night.

The perceived attitude, the lack of interest in the country and a prematch media conference from Pep Guardiola -- one that would have been seen as frosty had it come the night before a title-deciding Clasico instead of what was supposed to be a brand-building, fan-attracting exercise -- all left something of bad taste in the mouth.


 By Lee Roden

Montoya exit another example of disturbing trend at Barcelona

The ESPN FC panel discuss the recent reports that Paul Pogba may be on his way to Camp Nou, and what implication this move would have.

It isn't controversial to say that Martin Montoya's departure from Barcelona for Internazionale on Friday passed with minimal fuss.

The shadow of Dani Alves has blocked the younger right-back's path to the Blaugrana first 11 for a couple of years now, and when a reunion with his old Barca B boss Luis Enrique still wasn't enough to push him up the club's pecking order, it felt like the final nail in the player's coffin had been hammered home.

Montoya's tale is a cautionary but familiar one,...

 By Lee Roden

Barcelona changing B team managers was crucial due to transfer ban

Things change quickly at FC Barcelona.

A month ago, confidence in Luis Enrique looked to be at an all-time low and stories of his imminent dismissal were filling local media. The Asturian's response was to produce a 10-game winning streak that included two emphatic triumphs over La Liga champions Atlético Madrid. The coach moved from a position of weakness to one of strength via the shortest route possible -- consistency.

Barça B manager Eusebio Sacristan was unable to find the consistency...