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Showing posts with label Soccer Discussion. Show all posts

Apr 2, 2020


The constant veiled attack on Lionel Messi via Batromeu stooges suggest a complete breakdown of relationship between the President and the Captain. Is he trying to force Lionel Messi out of Barcelona.




The fight right now is between 'The President' and 'The Captain, and it seems Bartomeu has got the memo. His hurried statement following Lionel Messi's mindblowing Instagram post, suggest that. More worryingly it is now clear that there is an ongoing pitch battle between the Barcelona Board and the Players. Whichever way it ends, Barcelona could suffer heavily here!


The constant wielded attacks, the targetted campaigns which were exposed by 'BarcaGate' reveals a targetted campaign against players, especially the Captain. But what is Bartomeu's ulterior motive here? At this moment it appears to get Lionel Messi to leave the Club. It's all about power struggle; Bartomeu realizes that with Messi around he will never have absolute power!


Mar 31, 2020


Once again Bartomeu's horrible attempt to destroy Messi's cridibility fall flat on its face. Messi destroyed the management and they have no place to hide!




Every opportunity, it appears for the Board is a hail-mary opportunity to defame Lionel Messi in front of the whole world; and they are not ready to let go off any! So for the last few days, when the majority of the world was busy fighting the Corona scare, Bartomeu and his boys were out in open (through their media stooges) trying to defame the players.


The captain was their prime target! And all those Ronaldo fan-boys and the Messi-haters latched on to purposeful leaked done by the Board to defame Lionel Messi. Lest they forgot, they were dealing with a different Messi. 'A Messi who treats Instagram as a Sword'. And outcome the next Messi Instagram post and all his haters have been put to shame. That includes the current Board!


Mar 20, 2020


Barcelona is looking at a loss at the range of around 60 Million if not footballing actions take place anymore this season. Should the Club ask the Players to help a bit?




With all of the footballing world in the suspended state, every club across the Globe is looking at a financial nightmare come next season. The loss of revenue could plunge the generic operation of many clubs into a state of utter desperation. The clubs lying at the lower end of the spectrum could be the worst hit, but the ones on the upper end are also not spared either!


UEFA and FIFA may have to come up with some kind of financial aid packages, at least for the smaller clubs to make sure that they survive. But considering the greed at the top of both the association, these warnings may go unheeded.


Mar 19, 2020



For some time there have been reports circulating in media circles about Lionel Messi continuing playing with a thigh injury this season. The manager and the Club have repeatedly brushed aside these rumors. But with every match, a lot of questions are raised regarding these.


Despite all these, he has been assisting or scoring the majority of Barcelona's goals this season. But then that's been the case for some seasons! But then what has changed to suspect that he is playing with some kind of injury.



Football Associations across the Globe may be left with no other choice other than extending the current Season until the end of September. That means we may immediately start the new season, after the conclusion of this one.






With the entire World shifting its focus into fighting the biggest battle on hand - 'The Corona Virus', almost all the Sporting event has been thrown into chaos. For now, the entirety of the Sporting event stands suspended. These are expected to immediately start once the Corona Virus threat subsides. But will it subside?


For a Football fan, these are boring times (even though football is not the first thing on everyone's mind)! Everything stands suspended, the Champions League, the Leagues, the Cup competitions and also the Euros and the Copa America. All of the Soccer Betting Odds have gone for a toss, none of those betting scenarios holds good anymore. But then trust the betting industries' ability to innovate.


Mar 18, 2020


UEFA has pushed the Euro Competition by an Year giving some more time to salvage this Champions League Season.




UEFA is looking at an unprecedented scenario considering the Champions League season, the prospect of canceling the whole season. In his entire history, UEFA Champions League has never been suspended, but Corno Virus may get that done. As I wrote in my last post, we are looking at the prospect of having the Champions League being played somewhere later in the season, and canceling all other domestic seasons.


UEFA's latest announcement indicates an attempt to save the Champions League season in some fashion. The finals date has been shifted from May to June, June 27th to be precise. That gives a month of extra-time. Even if the crisis ends by that time, UEFA will struggle to complete all the matches by the time of finals!


Mar 15, 2020


If La Liga fails to resume this season, Should Barcelona be declared the Champions of La Liga 2019-20 Season? Consistently they were just better, but have they done enough?




La Liga authorities have suspended the League for two weeks following the Corna scare that has gripped the entire European Continent and other countries. As of now, the suspension is only for two weeks, but it's merely common sense to assume that the League will remain suspended for the rest of the season. Corona has become such a scary situation, that we are looking at the possibility of most of the Sporting event suspended indefinitely.


If La Liga doesn't come back this season, who will be declared the Champions. If a Champion needs to be declared, then Barcelona naturally should be the one who is declared. But should La Liga have a Champion this season?


Mar 4, 2020


It appears many players are being worried about their future and getting increasingly convinced about their future. Some feel they will be killing their career continuing in Barcelona.




It seems the loss at the Santiago Bernabeu has created more chaos at Barcelona Football club. And many news outlets have been profiting big time from the crisis at Barcelona. News is pouring out daily of everyone against everyone. It's so difficult to filter out the fake ones from the not-so fake ones.


Even if only a fraction of these are true, one can easily understand that there is a division within the squad, especially with the Veterans on the squad and the young ones. The young ones are worried about their future whereas many of the veterans are worried about their resent.


Mar 3, 2020


Despite all the stupid criticism leveled against him, one cannot blame Messi for not ever being ready for a fight with Real Madrid. But there was no fight on display at the Santiago Bernabeu. What is the Inside story on this?




If one thing which Lionel Messi is accused of stands the test of time, is his reluctance to put up a fight when things are going not going so well for his team. We have seen these many times him struggling to lift his team, as a Captain should do when the team is showing no spirit for a fight. We never saw his egging his teammates, like Puyol shouting at them and charging at the opposition; that's always been his fault line.


But when it comes to meeting Barcelona's arch-rival Real Madrid, we always see a different Lionel Messi. One who is ready for the fight from word go, one who lifts his team along with his performances. And most importantly, one who will scare his opposition to submission. That Messi was missing on Sunday Night. Why?


Feb 28, 2020


Santiago Bernebeu has been one of Barcelona's most favorite away Stadium to visit in the recent past. Barcelona is in a four-match winning streak in the visits. Will Barcelona be able to make it five in a row?




There is so much at stake when Barcelona visit Santiago Bernebeu on the First Sunday of 2020 March. The destiny of the League could very well be defined by the end of the match. At least we will get a picture of who will be having the advantage of going forward. A victory for both teams is vital as La Liga is decided in the end by head-on head record if the two teams are tied on points!


Statistically both teams are currently tied at 72 wins each in El Clasico matches. So there is a small point of which set of fans gets to brag more about being ahead in head-on head clashes. So there is more at stake here for everyone involved.


Feb 27, 2020


Quique Setién has walked back on many of the revolutionary ideas he was keen to introduce in the first few matches. Is he being pressured to do so by the players?




From the time Setién took over from Valverde, there was a huge emphasis on improving the tactical side of the game in Barcelona. In all honesty, we all felt like we started once again to play football. The newly arrived coach categorically denied giving up his beliefs in the 'Beautiful game' if results turn sour.


In the last few matches Barcelona has gone back to the old 4-3-3 formation and a style much different from what we saw in Setién's first few matches. One wonder why Setién suddenly made a sharp change from what his core beliefs are.


Feb 26, 2020


The Chilean looked inept for the task on hand at the wing of an attacking trio. Should Setién continue the self-defeating experiment of using Vidal upfront? Left or Right doesn't seem to make a difference!




Vidal's moment of recklessness could seriously hamstring Barcelona at the return leg of Napoli clash at the Camp Nou. With him being not available, Barcelona has been left with just three regular starters to fill the midfield roles. Setién could be seriously worried here as the Chilean was one of the Coach's favorite player.


Vidal has been one of the important weapons in Setién's armory. He along with Roberto is the ultimate utility player in the squad and the coach has been using the Chilean regularly as an offensive weapon. But has the experiment with Vidal is slowly losing its focus?


Feb 25, 2020


Bartomeu could be Offering Prayers to St.Messi to create the magic necessary to keep BarcaGate Stories only in the back pages. Will that be enough? Can he once again survive from a damaging crisis riding on some good results of the team?




It's been quite some time since we have seen the white handkerchiefs on display at the Camp Nou. That dreadful display of displeasure by the fans is usually deserved for something quite nasty. And nasty is it, the current situation of the club under this management.


Since the time I wrote last about the I3 Ventures controversy, a lot has happened. The entire controversy itself received a name and an apt name it is - 'The Barca Gate'. Bartomeu had a meeting with the Captains, which didn't go well. But the Board meeting went well for him giving us also an indication of how this will be handled.


Feb 24, 2020


Barcelona have been on quite a roll in recent matches, with Messi in the mix of everything. Now all eyes would be on Setién, on how he handles the Champions League test.




Quique Setién will be managing a team for the first time in UEFA Champions League when Barcelona travel to Napoli for the first leg of the first knockout stage of this season's competition. This would be a dream come true for the Spaniard, managing a team like Barcelona in the most prestigious club competition in the world.


It is easy to get carried over by the moment, but Setién cannot afford to! He has to be on top of his job this week, which could turn out to be extremely crucial for Barcelona's ambition this season.




FC Barcelona opened up a two-point lead at the top of the league with a great 5-0 victory over Eibar aided by Real Madrid's defeat at Levante. The victory gives Barcelona a bit of cushion heading into next week's Clasico. Things have turned around quite a bit of Setién's Barcelona. The pressure was relieved a bit of now.


Once again there was a thing which could worry on display at Camp Nou. Like I have mentioned in previous matches, Barcelona players took the game lightly especially after the break. One could forgive them as a 3-0 lead at the half time allowed them to ease off a bit. For the time being let's focus on the positives from the match.


Feb 21, 2020


Ironically, the night Martin Braithwaite was unveiled at Barcelona, some of the outcasts (loaned out players) made quite a big statement in Europe! Still having a player with 300 Million as release clause is more valuable to the Club.




Let's be honest, Martin Braithwaite does not deserve any of the criticism that is following his signing at Barcelona. It is unfair to criticize someone who didn't even properly place his foot at the Camp Nou. But then not an iota of that criticism is directed at the player, it all is targetted at the Club.


His signing, unfortunately (for the player) is seen as a testimony of the failure of this current management. In all honesty, a club of this stature should not have ended up in this position.


Feb 19, 2020


With every passing hour, it is becoming clear that the Board's claim of innocence in the I3 Ventures Controversy will not hold water. It is time for Lionel Messi to take revenge on them on behalf of them and all the fans. Will he?




Barcelona as a Club is moving into further chaos with every passing minute following the unprecedented I3 Ventures Controversy. The attempt by the Club management to push things under the carpet with a rather diplomatic statement was kind of 'Dead on Arrival'. The fact that moments after issuing the statement, the entire I34 Ventures team (including the web presence) went to hiding negated anything that was said in the statement.


The current explanation from the Board is that they severed all the ties with the agency the moment they became aware of the issue. Will anyone believe any of this? We may not be such big fools as they imagine us to be! With every passing moment, Bartomeu seems to get into a deeper hole than he earlier was!


Feb 18, 2020


The curious aspect in the Club's statement is the absence of defemation case threat. Instead what is there is a hint that the Club may take legal position if the information is not rectified.




Everyone was eagerly waiting for Barcelona's response to the revelations made by SER Catalunya. And last night, Barcelona put out a detailed statement as a response to the story which has shocked the entire club setup. As expected, the Club denied any involvement as accused by SER Catalunya.


The entire story has even drowned the other big story of the day - Messi winning the Laureus Award. Normally it would have been the headline of every news outlet, but for the time being the Crisis at Club dominates.


Feb 17, 2020


Barcelona's 2-1 victory over third placed Getafe at Camp Nou raise more questions than answers for Quique Setién.




Barcelona's hard-won victory against third-placed Getafe proved to be extremely vital in the grand scheme of things. With Real Madrid dropping points last night, Barcelona clearly has the destiny of La Liga in their hands. A huge step will be to defeat Real Madrid when they meet in two weeks' time.


Once again, like last week this was a hard-fought match. Barcelona should thank Ter Stegan for guaranteeing the three points. In the end, Setién has too many things to worry about than take comfort after the victory against Getafe.


Feb 13, 2020


The biggest worry for Barcelona is that even if they try to sell him, there could be no takers. Forget the 140 Million we paid, Barcelona will be lucky enough even if we get 30 Million for the player.



Should Barcelona Really Give Up on Ousmane Demebele as a Credible Option? #Barca #FCBarcelona

Ousmane Dembele has been successfully operated and the club has confirmed that he will be not available for at least six months. This rules him out of the rest of the season with Barcelona and also dashed any hopes of him playing at the Euros. The Euros was anyways in question considering the shaky season he already had.


With another injury layoff, if one has to value the time spend by Dembele at Barcelona - most of the time has to be either at the medical table or getting fit after an injury. His case resembles the case of Vermaelen who was brilliant when available but struggled to make himself available. On that backdrop, Should Barcelona keep believing in Dembele?


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