BARCELONA -- Three observations from Barcelona's 3-0 season opening win against Elche at the Camp Nou.
1. Messi in the mood
Camp Nou fans and pundits can be a contrary lot but they all agree that keeping Lionel Messi fit, happy and hungry is the key task for any Barcelona coach.
Messi scored just two minutes into his first [and only] preseason game in last Monday's Trofeo Gamper stroll over Club Leon, and is still far from peak physical condition given his late arrival back in Catalonia after t...
Goals from Lionel Messi and teenager Munir El Haddadi ensured Luis Enrique got his era as Barcelona coach off to a winning start as they beat Elche 3-0.
- Corrigan: Messi in the mood
The Catalans had to play the entire second half with 10 man after Javier Mascherano was sent off, but they had earlier taken the lead through Messi, who also grabbed the third, with exciting 18-year-old forward Munir scoring just after half-time.
Just six months ago Munir was playing for Barcelona's Under-18 side bu...
Mario Pasalic has joined Spanish club Elche on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who was named in Croatia's provisional 30-man World Cup squad but did not make it to Brazil, joined Chelsea from Hajduk Split earlier this month but has been immediately sent out on loan.
Elche confirmed on their website that Pasalic has already passed his medical with the Primera Division club and begun training with his new team-mates.
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Pasalic said at his official presentation on Tuesd...