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d then swarmed in numbers.Barcelona won the possession battle with 60 percent of the ball and basically doubled Citys passes (59 Antworten

BARCELONA, Spain -- As long as Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique get healthy again, Barcelona fans should have nothing to worry about.The 3-1 loss at Manchester City on Tuesday showed that for all the scoring prowess of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, Barcelonas star forwards can be left with heads hanging when the teams makeshift defense and midfield buckle under pressure.And pressure is what former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola ordered City to apply in massive doses, especially in a second half when they broke the steely control the Spanish champions normally maintain even against the biggest opponents.Barcelona was missing the injured Iniesta, Pique and first-choice left back Jordi Alba. For Barcelonas faithful, that means one bad match shouldnt be a cause of major concern just because three of Barcelonas backups didnt perform as well as its undisputed starters.Just look at the result of their first meeting two weeks ago, when Messi scored a hat trick in a 4-0 rout. All three started that match, even though Pique and Alba had to be substituted because of injury.But the loss at City does point out where coach Luis Enrique needs to work with the teams younger players and newcomers. That, or perhaps relent on the clubs now ingrained -- and ingrained it was by Guardiola -- insistence on using short passes to work the ball forward even when under intense pressure from opposing defenses.We played 40 excellent minutes with many scoring chances and just in that moment we make a key mistake, Luis Enrique said. We had five bad minutes and in the second half we accumulated an infinite number of passing errors. (The loss) was the result of our rivals pressure and our mistakes.Sometimes a game does seem to swing on one single pass.Messi had put Barcelona on its way to another victory with a goal from a counterattack led by Neymar. Later, Neymar and Suarez both went close to adding more goals.But a pass from Sergi Roberto that went astray was pounced on by City forward Sergio Aguero, sparking an elegant series of one-touch passes that were reminiscent of Guardiolas best Barcelona sides. The play was completed by Ilkay Gundogan for the equalizer in the 39th minute.It was all City the rest of the way, with Kevin de Bruyne knocking in a free kick before Gundogan finished off another quick buildup.Guardiola knows Barcelona better than any rival, and it showed. City made goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen pass short by covering his down-field options, and then swarmed in numbers.Barcelona won the possession battle with 60 percent of the ball and basically doubled Citys passes (591 attempts to Citys 315). But most of the action was inside its own half, when every sideways pass was another chance City had to spring its trap. Guardiolas willingness to renounce the ball worked: City produced 13 shots to Barcelonas eight.Guardiola said he asked De Bruyne to specifically attack Roberto, who had his worst match after a promising start to the season in his new position of right back.We wanted to go one-on-one against Sergi Roberto, Guardiola said. In the second half we were more compact, pressured higher up the pitch and moved in unison. If we had had better finishing we could have put the game away earlier.Offseason signings Lucas Digne and Andre Gomes didnt have good showings in place of Alba and Iniesta, either. Digne provided none of Albas pace and struggled to keep up with Raheem Sterling, while Gomes hit the crossbar with a clear chance to make it 2-2.The biggest victim of the night, surprisingly, was Sergio Busquets. The Spain holding midfielder, usually so unflappable, relinquished several balls. He was missing his outlets to Iniesta and Pique, who often starts Barcelonas attacks from the back.We knew it would be a difficult match and that the team that pressured better and recovered more balls would be the one that won, Busquets said. During the season there are matches like this one.According to Aguero, who is a friend of Messi and teammate on the Argentina national side, the Barcelona leader understandably did not leave Etihad Stadium pleased.Whenever you lose youre not happy, Aguero said about Messi. Leo wasnt in the mood and I respect that.Iniesta will be sidelined for another month with ligament damage in his right knee. A right ankle sprain will keep Pique out for another week, while Alba is expected back soon from a muscle pull.Once they recover, Barcelona should be its old dominant self.In the meantime, though, Barcelona faces a tough match at Sevilla in the Spanish league on Sunday. 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Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. ATLANTA -- With the non-waiver trade deadline only a day away, Sunday may be the final game for the rosters as currently constructed for the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves.Both teams are considered sellers on the trade market and may be willing to listen to all reasonable offers, particularly if they bring prospects in return.They always ask you, Will you trade this guy? And I ask them, For who? Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said.The teams conclude their four-game series at Turner Field. The Phillies start right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (6-12, 3.83 ERA) against Atlantas Joel De La Cruz (0-3, 4.66).Atlanta general manager John Coppolella said he would not trade first baseman Freddie Freeman or pitcher Julio Teheran. Otherwise, anyone else is considered fair game.The Braves completed a trade Saturday, sending outfielder Hector Olivera to San Diego for outfielder and former NL MVP Matt Kemp, a right-handed hitter with 23 home runs.Weve been trying to find right-handed power from the start, Coppolella said. Hes somebody who can help us. We need to get back to winning games here. We think this guy can hit right behind Freddie Freeman, give us some power that we sorely lack and that hell be a good help to our team on the field and off the field.Atlanta has already moved some of its most tradable players. Last week, the Braves sent pitchers Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez to Texas in exchange for slugging infield prospect Travis Demeritte. In June, the club traded utility man Kelly Johnson to the Mets.Thhe Braves may also be able to find a market from a contending team for right fielder Nick Markakis, infielder Gordon Beckham or right-handed reliever Jim Johnson.dddddddddddd There appears to be little interest in catcher A.J. Pierzynski and shortstop Erick Aybar.The Phillies had not yet pulled the trigger on a deal, but they had showcased a pair of pitchers they might be willing to trade in this series. Vince Velasquez pitched Friday and Jeremy Hellickson worked Saturday. It is likely the Phillies would demand three or four highly valued young players in return.Texas is said to be particularly interested in Velasquez and had scouts on hand at Turner Field to watch him pitch Friday.Our whole goal is to get young pitchers because theyre the most expensive commodity and if you can develop young pitchers like (Velasquez and Hellickson) and have four or five or those guys youre ahead of the game, Mackanin said. 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