A header from Mathieu decided the game last time at Celta

Mathieu's goal in Balaídos / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Barça won last season in Vigo thanks to the only goal of the game scored by their French defender

The last time Barça played away at Celta Vigo is one of those matches that stays in the memory. It was the 29th game of the season and Barça were in need of a victory to remain as league leaders. In a difficult game for the blaugranes, a header from Jérémy Mathieu in the 73rd minute gave Barça three valuable points that would help them go on to claim the league title.

Easy victories away at Balaídos are hard to come by. The season before the blaugranes claimed a 3-0 victory with the scoreline not fully reflecting just how close the game had been, especially in the first half. In 2012/13 the game ended in a 2-2 draw and in 49 matches at Vigo in the league, Barça have won 20, drawn 13 and lost 16.

Celta Vigo dangerous opponents for FC Barcelona

Celta are second top scorers in La Liga with 10 goals / LA LIGA
The team from Galicia in north western Spain are one of the revelations of the season with their brand of attacking football, having picked up 10 of a possible 12 points

Former blaugrana Nolito has scored four goals already this season in the league for Eduardo Berizzo’s side

“They are one of the most entertaining teams to watch, not just in Spain but in Europe. It doesn’t matter who they are playing against, they play the same way, with attacking players and an attacking mentality.” That was how Luis Enrique described his former team ahead of Barça’s trip to take on Celta Vigo on Wednesday in Balaídos at 8.00pm CET. After a start to the season in which the blaugranes have claimed victory in their first four league games of the season, Luis Enrique’s are aiming to make it five out of five against a side who will not make it easy.

Eduardo Berizzo’s Celta side come into the clash with Barça in the Champions League places in the table and have been one of the revelations of the campaign so far. The Argentinian coach has brought in an attacking philosophy at the club with players who are happy playing a high tempo, one touch passing game, an approach which has brought them great success in 2015/16.

Celta’s numbers

In four games so far this valiant approach from the Galicians has earned them 10 points from a possible 12. They have won against Levante, Rayo and Sevilla and picked up a point against Las Palmas. Berizzo’s team kept a clean sheet against Rayo, conceded just once against Levante and Sevilla but then conceded three times in the draw with Las Palmas. Going forward, Celta have now managed to find the net in their last 13 league matches.

Without doubt, in attack the outstanding figure is that of Manuel Agudo ‘Nolito’ who alongside Iago Aspas and Orellana forms a potent from three. The FC Barcelona man has scored four league goals so far this season and sits in second place in the goalscoring table at the moment. In terms of goals Celta have found the net ten times so far in the campaign, the same number as Villarreal and just two behind top scorers Real Madrid.

SEASON 2015/16
Games Won Drawn Lost Points GF GA Top scorer
4 3 1 0 10 10 5 Nolito 4 goals

* GF (goals for), GA (goals against)

Neymar new ambassador for Gillette in Latin America

Neymar is a new ambassador for Gillette / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The FC Barcelona was present at a media event at Camp Nou where key moments in his career were remembered and his dedication to keep on improving

Gillette have announced that Neymar is to be their new ambassador for Latin America. The association was made public at a press event at Camp Nou which looked back at some of the most memorable moment from his successful career so far, focusing on his precision and relating that to the connection between the ambassador and the brand.

The brand is a leader in the world of men’s grooming and is the official sponsor of the Club in Latin America until 2017, as was announced in October 2014 in an event that also involved Leo Messi.
During his appearance on Monday Neymar witnessed videos from people who have accompanied him during his career. Amongst those who appeared to say a few words on the star were his idol Pelé and his team mate Adriano.

Neymar was happy to be associated with Gillette and admitted his interest in men’s grooming. “I have always liked looking after myself and creating new styles for myself, it’s something that gives me confidence, prepared for challenges on and off the field. Gillette is a brand that is known for its precision and always looks for the best, something that I look for in my game. I feel honoured to be part of the Gillette team that has historically brought the greats from this sport together,” said the Brazilian player.

For his part, Julian Moretti, Gillette marketing manager in Brazil, considers the association with the player a continuation of the tradition of the more than 100 year old brand that forges links with sporting greats, “We believe that precision makes us better every day, it’s the philosophy that we have been following for more than 110 years to improve our products and bring innovation to our consumers. Neymar communicates this idea in a very real and powerful way. The dedication that he has shown since a young age to improve is something that we can identify with,” stated Moretti.

Aside from the advert with their new ambassador, Gillette launched their new video #mejorqueayer (#betterthanyesterday) which revolves around a famous answer given by Neymar in an interview a few years ago and that serves as a central tenet for the promotion of the association. When he was asked if he wanted to be the best in the world, Neymar responded that he would like to better than yesterday every day. Like Neymar, Gillette are also committed to being better every day and they now have the new Gillette Fusion ProGlide with flexball, technology that represents a new way of shaving.

Neymar’s arrival extends Gillette’s team of ambassadors in sport that currently also contains the surfing world champion Gabriel Medina and the king of football himself Pelé.

Declarations from Neymar

“I was expecting a lot from this advert and the result is marvellous. It’s an honour to form part of this team of stars.”

“My father has always taught me the phrase ‘better than yesterday’. I have always had that in my mind and I have always believed it.”

“Since the ban in the Copa América I have learned the lesson of not getting involved in silly arguments. I made a mistake and I have to make sure it does not happen again.”

“One of the players who has the quality to play for Barça is Philippe Coutinho.”

“What I look for each season is to be better. This season I want to be better than the last.”

Rafinha will have surgery on Tuesday 22 September

Rafinha getting on the plane during the summer tour in the USA  / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The Brazilian midfielder was injured in the recent Champions League game against AS Roma

Barça midfielder Rafinha will undergo surgery on Tuesday for the cruciate ligament knee injury he suffered in the game against AS Roma in the Stadio Olimpico. The process will be carried out by doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna and following the operation the Club’s Medical Services will release a press statement.