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Showing posts with label Soccer Discussion. Show all posts

May 20, 2019


If Barcelona needs to strengthen their squad for Europe, they need to sign Matthijs de Ligt as early as possible. This is what he brings to a Club like Barcelona.




Matthijs de Ligt is one name which has been linked with Barcelona numerous time this season. Barcelona have very clearly made their intention of getting de Ligt in their books. The hestitation has been from the player's side. Many a ex-Barca, ex-Ajax players have sounded out Barcelona to go full throttle for the current Ajax Captain.


De Jong's signature was supposed to make it easier to sign him. Even though he and his agents have not ruled out the signing, we may see a bidding war which Barcelona, unfortunately, have to participate.



Even Though this appeared remote, now this could really happen. Barcelona has always made clear their ambition of luring their favorite son back to Barcelona. The Players, Fans and the Board are all waiting to see this happen.




When Guardiola arrived at Barcelona, he was a less know entity as a coach. But he was one player who could be talked as Mr.Barcelona. Laporta showcased his genius by bringing him up from the 'B' team. That too withstanding the pressure of one brigade which actually wanted Mourinho as the coach. just Imagine what would have Mourinho done to Messi, xavi and Iniesta? That was a close miss!


When he arrived for the first time, Barcelona was in kind of dire straits. We were trophyless in two seasons and had to suffer the humiliation of giving 'Pasillo' to their arch-rivals Real Madrid. Puyol later described that it wasn't something he liked but was a necessary gesture as a sportsman. That was our Captain, I still remember how he shouted at his players to the line-up and give Madrid that damn 'Guard of Honour'.



So Barcelona ended the La Liga season witha 2-2 draw away from home at Eibar. The inept leadership of Valverde was in full display in this match too.




May be it's too much to ask! Barcelona churned out another disappointing performance aagainst Eibar drawing their last match of the La Liag 2018-19 season. I know we have already been crowned Champions and that may have resulted in a relaxed attitude. But this wasn't a relaxed attitude at work, but another totally inept performance.


If you expected Barcelona to rise like a hurt lion after the 4-0 drubbing at Anfield, you were absolutely wrong. The following results have shown us that the 4-0 wasn't the aberration, but actually, the 3-0 at Camp Nou Was!.


May 17, 2019


With Board and Players backing Valverde, Barcelona fans have been praying for a pretty bad defeat in Copa Final to get the sack the manager.




Some times it is not that bad to wish for self harm, if it achieve the ultimate good for them. That's what's going on in many of Barcelona fans ind and hearts right now. especially after Bartomeu came out and made a statement of Valverde having the backing of the players and management.


With Bartomeu backing, Valverde will most probably remain at Barcelona for at least a year. That means we get one more chance to experience Barcelona getting humiliated in Europe. Now most of us don't want that to happen and will be paying dearly for his sacking without any delay.



With Bartomeu confirming the continuation of Valverde, Barcelona is looking for more humiliation in Europe. What is behind this sinister move, is it done to drive away non-catalan fans?




A 4-0 drubbing at the hads of Liverpool at Anfield constitutes a great season as per Barcelona's current President, Josep Maria Bartomeu. This happens to all clubs who are governed by mediocre people like ours. In any other scenario, even if he wants to retain Valverde, he would have put it in some polished way. But this guy has the audacity to call this season a 'magnificent season’


Just to remind us all, we did win the League courtesy of one guy and the main rival playing like shit. And we failed in spectacular fashion in Champions League, a competition which was the No.1 priority for the Club (maybe only the Club Captain). How badly we wish that Real Madrid somehow reached the final and win it! Had that the case, the reaction would have been different.


May 16, 2019


There is no doubt that Alba was one of the best performers in the season, but Is he a liability against Bigger European teams?




Jordi Alba's performance in this season has never been called into question! There was no need to be. If we try to rank the second best player of the side - he would have come on top hands down. His understanding with Lionel Messi was telepathic for most of the season barring the very end.


Many times we constantly cried for a similar guy on the right. That was his impact on the left side of the pitch. But one night at the Anfield, and here we are really questioning his future at Barcelona. Such was the disaster he endured against Liverpool - he dragged himself and his team along with him with his mistakes.



With the impending arrival of Griezemann, Barcelona board is planning to give Valverde one more chance. Is that the right move?




Antoine Griezmann's impending arrival at Barcelona is the hottest topic in footballing circles now. His signing is pretty much expected and will be completed in the first week of the transfer windo itself. Barcelona is expected to trigger the release clause, and Atletico also confirmed that the paleyr will leave.


The only thing to know is whether some club like Real Madrid or PSG intent to hijack the deal. As per the latest reports emerging from France and Madrid, the player has set his sight on joining Barcelona. He is eager to play alongside Lionel Messi and try to win that elusive Champions League.


May 15, 2019


Many of the players have starte to back valverde and want him as the Boss, but Lionel Messi should understand that it's a plot against him.




What drives a club's ambition going into a new season defines the future of that Club; at least in the short term! For Barcelona a season back, it was all about winning that elusive Champions League trophy, which evaded them after a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Rome. Interesting, that was the same city where Barcelona's Golden team's dream run started.


In a not so distant past, Barcelona was a not so feared opponent when it came to European competition. Before Ronaldinho inspired Barcelona defeated Arsenal in Paris, we only won that competition once. Since then we won it three more times, making a tally of five in total.


May 14, 2019


I did warn you all that this would happen, Despite the repeat of last season's humiliating loss, Valverde has enough backing in the Board, Dressing Room, and Social Media




They all kept quiet for sometime, but then it was natural. If they had dared to even profess their love so soon for Valverde after the 4-0 defeat, they would have been obliterated in social media. So they all waited for that recovery victory against Getfe. And the moment, that is achieved, we now have a flurry of ValverdeStay cry.


I wrote about this two days back, detailing why those hoping for Valverde to leave is living in fool's paradise - Valverde to remain as Barcelona Coach. Sadly I am already being proven right.



The deabte of Messi as GOAT takes a different turn after the 4-0 humiliation by Liverpool. Is he still good to be considered as 'Greatest of All Time'?




Lionel Messi is rightly considered as one of the 'Greatest of All Time' to have played this beautiful game. But in the backdrop of another lackluster performance from his team and himself in Europe, do we need to re-think on considering him as one of the Greatest.


Before Ronaldo fans jump in, this is not a comparison between him and Ronaldo. It is a comparison of Messi to the greatest of the game - Pele, Maradona, Cryuff, Stefano, Platini, Beckenbauer, etc.


May 13, 2019


Despite all the heroics he has performed over the years, it may be time for Barcelona to make the toughest of decision regarding their Marquee player.




Barcelona Football Club is going through a crisis by it's own standards. The emphasize here is on 'Crisis by it's Standard'. In any othre club winning a domestic double would mean an extremely successful campaign, but not at Barcelona, especially this season.


If we win the Copa del Rey on 25th, how should we judge this season? Will it be considered a success or a failure based on Barca's humiliating Champions League exit?


May 12, 2019


All the indication coming out of Barcelona points to the possibility of Valverde continuing at helm at Barcelona, at least for one more year.




Ernesto Valverde has been receiving a fair share of stick from Barcelona fans, esepcially in the social media. The immediate reaction after the 4-0 at Anfield was a war cry to sack him. But situations have subsided now heavily and there seems to be a bit of calm in the club despite the social media going bunkers still!


There is a lot of people who believe that he will be fired by the club at the end of the season. But their wishes may not be granted and here is the reason why Valverde could remain as the manager, come next season.



Ivan Rakitic's Presence in the midfield of Barcelona, when it got overrun raises questions about the Croatians ability to control the game.




Ivan Rakitic is in the middle of the storm at Barcelona following the spectacular, but a humiliating loss at Anfield. To an extent, the fans are justified to raise fingers at the Croatian. He was literally 'Missing in Action' on the pitch of Anfield.


With him and Coutinho literally going invisible, Barcelona was reduced to a two-man midfield when the initial needs were for four men. Is there more to the presence of Rakitic in midfield and all those spectacular collapses in midfield?


May 9, 2019



Despite the historic blunders which have really hurt Barcelona, the President appears reluctant to fire the Manager, Valverde.




Lionell Messi would be the only person who could save this Barcelona side from the current predicament. A predicament which has been brought upon by the actions of an unimaginative, uninspiring, and an average Manager! Ernesto Valverde has proven in a second season in succession that he is not fit to hold the reins at Barcelona.


Like Arsene Wenger recently said, 'No Manager can win a game for their team, it's the players who have to do that. But he can lose the game for them'. Somehow it appears that Wenger had Valverde in mind when making such a historic footballing statement.


May 8, 2019



Barcelona should ideally look to reinforce their rooster following the pathetic showing at Anfield.




Barcelona managed to be the laughing stock of the entire footballing world with a spineless display at the Anfield. There have been far greater collapses in football history, but the way we collapsed made us the worst of all. The side which had the 'Best Player in the World' looked worse than a second division side.


No side other than us would have given up a sizeable lead like that, especially when the opposition was missing key players. The Manager takes the majority of the blame, but there is a sizeable amount of players who have to take the blame too. Maybe the time for them at the club is over.


Mar 14, 2019



Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona side stormed into the Copa del Rey final after a very satisfying semi-final win over old rivals Real Madrid. Although many Barça fans would accept that the team were not in top form in the second leg of the semi-final, Valverde’s men still banged home three goals to come out with a 4-1 aggregate victory. This is, of course, much sweeter coming at the expense of Los Blancos!


This semi-final win sees Barça march on into the final on May 25, 2019 at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville against Valencia. This will in fact be the Catalan side’s sixth consecutive appearance in the Copa del Rey final in six years, which begs the question, can Valverde lead them to another cup final victory?

Mar 7, 2019


The Unexpected Exits of both Real Madrid and PSG shows why Barcelona's progress to next round is not a a foregone conclusion.




At the end of the first round of the first knockout stage of this year's UEFA Champions League tournament, Real Madrid's and PSG's progress was more or less a foregone conclusion. Many considered Barcelona's chances as a tricky one, but one the current Spanish Champions was expected to go through.


But all those Foregone conclusions were torn apart by a combination of extreme complacency and a determined opponent. In this background, it is safe to say that Barcelona's progress to the next round may not seem simple as I have thought earlier.


Mar 1, 2019


Despite the 3-0 drubbing handed out to their arch-rival, Barcelona has to introspect why they had to suffer so much in defense.



3 Reasons Why Barcelona Struggled Defensively against Real Madrid? #Barca #FCBarcelona

Santiago Bernabeu has been one of the toughest arenas to visit as a team in the whole of Europe unless you are the current Barcelona team. Somehow FC Barcelona appears to have mastered the art of taming Santiago Bernabeu. In recent seasons, we have seen more success at the Bernabeu than in Camp Nou when it comes to Clasicos.


So when the match ended 3-0 in Barcelona's favor on Wednesday night, none was surprised. After all, Barcelona has been the better team in this season, and they were playing at their favorite training ground! But the scoreline shouldn't mask the problems which were on display, especially concerning tactics involved.


Feb 13, 2019


Why Barcelona should look to move Lionel Messi from the right, and how it could improve their chnaces in Champions League!



 3 Reason Why Barcelona should not Use Messi on the Right!


Majority of the fans, who watched the performance against Bilbao are left wondering whether things have actually improved from our last season's Champions League exit? We felt toothless for most of the game. Even though the second half was a better affair, we failed to break down a resolute defense.


And that's the worry for Barcelona as this season was more or less is about Champions League. Athletic Bilbao gave us a clear glimpse of what awaits us at the later stage of the Champions League rounds. And our performance at San Mames doesn't inspire much confidence in that pursuit.


Feb 8, 2019


Such was the impact of the performance of Nelson Semedo against Real Madrid, many now claim we have found the perfect replacement for Dani Alves. And what does it mean for Sergi Roberto?



Has Semedo Silenced all his Critics with Stunning Effort against Real? #NelsonSemedo #Barca

Nelson Semedo's Barcelona career has been going in an On-Off fashion for some time. The Portuguese were acquired to replace Barcelona stalwart, Dani Alves who left on a free transfer. That was no small shoes to fill, and the Portuguese had struggled to fill those so far.


Despite the early promises, he had to face tough competition from Sergi Roberto for the Right back position. And it was extremely disappointing, especially for the player to see him being relegated to the bench by a player who was predominantly a defender.


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