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Barcelona’s reserve team earns promotion to the Second Division

This is Barcelona B's sixth promotion to the Second Division. (Photo: FC Barcelona /Getty Images)
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Barcelona’s reserve team have returned to the Second Division after a gap of two years, following their 4-1 aggregate victory over Racing Santander.

Criticisms of Barça’s fabled La Masia had been rife and the reserve team’s (also known as Barça  promotion, will certainly be seen as a huge relief for the club.

This is Gerard López’s first promotion in his two years as Barça B coach and he didn’t hold back his excitement, saying:

“It is a brilliant moment. We have done well as the team were at a low point when they were relegated but in two years we have turned it around. I am very happy to put Barça B back where they belong.”

Barça B recorded an impressive figures of 27 wins, eight draws and nine defeats in last season’s 44 matches. Their goals tally was impressive too with 90 goals scored and just 36 conceded.

Bacelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu congratulated the team saying:

“This was the moment we were waiting for all season and we have done it. Barça B isn’t here to win but to develop players and being in the second division is crucial.”

The reserve team last earned promotion to the second-tier back in 2010 when they were managed by Luis Enrique. Sergio Roberto was a part of the squad.

Following their last relegation, only four players remained with the team – Gumbau, Palencia, José Suárez and Kaptoum. Their victory over Racing Santander in the promotion play-offs ensured their 24th campaign in the second flight.

Results

  • 1st Leg: Racing Santander 1-4 Barcelona B
  • 2nd Leg: Barcelona B 0-0 Racing Santander