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Showing posts with label Soccer Discussion. Show all posts

Nov 6, 2019


Pique was never considered as a legendary defender like his Puyol, but his consistency gave Barcelona stability. But has the time come for the Club to say Goodbye to him? And the reasons may not be purely based on form.



4 Reasons Why Gerard Pique is the Weakest Link?

Gerard Pique has been one of the players who represented Barcelona's Club identity for so long. It's not only the footballing identity but also the Club's larger identity also the Catalan identity. The player has not let go of any opportunities to reiterate any of these identities.


If it's a clash with Real Madrid players in social media or a fight with anti-Catalan activist or reiterating the necessity for Calatalunian Independence, Pique is at the forefront in Social Media. Like every other celebrity, he only remains at the forefront in the Internet world only. We haven't seen him participating in any protests!


Nov 4, 2019


Under Valverde Barcelona is outdoing themselves in reaching new lows. Despite all these the Club under the enviable leadership of Bartomeu seems unmoved. Why so? Is there something fishy?



4 Surprising Reasons Why Bartomeu will never Sack Valverde?

Valverde's Barcelona is outdoing themselves with every travel they make outside of Barcelona. Earlier till last season, it was against the top teams outside of Barcelona where we struggled. But now it's just the moment we step out of the camp Nou, we look clueless. The Levante match was no different, we have seen this script being played out time and again this season.


A lot of people expected that Valverde will be sacked following this defeat. That never happened! Instead, he gave us a lecture of how the team will react, about emotions, about this being rare and so on. He could do all these as he has the total backing of Bartomeu, who instead of condemning the team or coach, immediately reiterated the Club's confidence in the manager.


This clearly shows until something extremely disastrous happens, we are stuck with this clown for some time. Some may ask what could be more disastrous than what's going on? I reiterate, 'Something Disastrous for Bartomeu'!


Oct 29, 2019



Barcelona fans are quite worried and angry about the poor game being displayed by the Team on a daily basis. But are they equally responsible for this crisis?

Oct 25, 2019


Has the mercurial Barcelona midfielder's time at the club coming to an end? There is a sharp drop in Busquets' performance in the last few seasons and that remains one of the main reasons why the midfield is getting overrun!



Is Sergio Busquets time at Barcelona coming to an End?

Everything comes with an expiry date, regardless of you like or not. That's simply inevitable! That's the ultimate truth. Barcelona fans should know better, a few years back if anyone suggests to us that the team will struggle to maintain possession, we would have laughed at them. But now that's the ground reality!


May be there are other reasons for Barcelona not hoarding all the possession stats; but the core still remains the absence of that wonderful trio - Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets. We still behave as if Xavi and Iniesta are still in the midfield, but the results on the ground show why those tactics won't work anymore.


Oct 24, 2019


Barcelona had to thank their mercurial keeper Ter Stegan for an undeserving victory against Slavia Praha which put Barcelona's qualification to next round a sure certainity.



Ter Stegan's Heroics give Barcelona a Lucky Victory against Slavia Praha

It doesn't come as a surprise anymore. Barcelona's struggles away from home, especially in Europe, are now a regular thing. Guess we will be literally shocked if we dominate an away game nowadays. Once mediocre becomes a way of life, you tend to accept these kinds of victories. That's why there are idiots calling this victory a tough but important victory.


There should not be any doubt about the quality of Barcelona's display against Slavia Praha last night. It was way below mediocre. We were saved by two moments and a series of saves pulled by Barcelona's Super Man, Ter Stegan. Messi played decently well scoring one and creating another; apart from that everyone else literally was nonsense.

Oct 21, 2019



For the first time this season, Barcelona fans got to see what they were waiting for all this time - Messi, Saurez, and Griezmann combining together rather spectacularly. The result also sends Barcelona to top of the League with a one-point lead over Real Madrid.




The wait has been over! For many, they were wondering whether this will happen; but finally, they got to see the spectacular trio of Messi, Saurez, and Griezmann combining together to give Barcelona a vital win that too away from home. The 3-0 victory over Eibar saw all three of Griezmann, Messi, and Saurez scoring in the very given order.


This victory sends Barcelona to the top of the League and with Real Madrid going down at Mallorca later on the night, Barcelona secured their first week in the summit of the table. Maybe a sign of good things to follow once MSG combines.

Oct 17, 2019


Despite the great comeback against Inter Milan, Barcelona should not be fooled and should immediately sack Valverde and get Xavi Hernandez on board. The mercurial midfield genius could be one guy who could bring back what Barcelona is lacking desperately - Identity.



Barcelona Need to replace Valverde with Xavi Now. Otherwise it would be Too Late!

From the time of the reports emerging about Xavi earning his UEFA Pro Coaching License, there has been intense speculation about when he will take charge of Barcelona. There were even suggestions that the Board gave Valverde one more year extension only as a filler buster role, till Xavi is ready to take up the role. In all probability, Xavi would take over Barcelona at the start of next season.


But will it be too late for Barcelona. Under Valverde, we are living with an 'Identity Crisis'. And we need someone who understands, Barcelona's sole to be in charge. That too soon!

Oct 16, 2019


 Was it Wise for Barcelona to Loan Out Philippe Coutinho?


Philippe Coutinho has rapidly established himself as the best player in the Bundesliga after joining Bayern Munich on loan from Barca. The former Liverpool man struggled to make an impact at Camp Nou following his £142 million move last year.


Barcelona tried to sell him in the summer, but they could not find anyone willing to meet his price tag, so they decided to loan him out to Bayern. Coutinho has rediscovered his very best form at the German club, scoring twice and providing three assists in the early stages of the campaign, and generally dazzling with his brilliance on the ball.


Oct 15, 2019


Will Barcelona win the UEFA Champions League or La Liga this season?

FC Barcelona have already had quite the wild ride this season, seeing the lowest of lows before recovering in time for Lionel Messi’s reintroduction after injury. Ernesto Valverde’s earning an extremely polarizing reputation thanks to his questionable tactics, as fans voiced their anger towards him earlier this season. After enduring their worst start to a campaign since 1990, the Blaugrana are back fighting for the La Liga.


Now that they’re sitting just a couple of points behind a Real Madrid side plagued with constant injuries, a challenge for another La Liga title looks more serious Barcelona are currently favourites in La Liga betting odds for the title, and a win against Real Madrid later this month at Camp Nou should really stake their claim.

Sep 27, 2019


There is a feeling among many fans that the injury to Lionel Messi could be much worse than what is portrayed. Otherwise why there is so much secrecy around it?



Lionel Messi Rumoured to be Sidelined for Two Months with the Latest Injury? #Barca #Messi

It's strange, Lionel Messi who rarely is out with injury, have failed to complete a single match in this season! He rarely used to miss matches, and now it becoming extremely difficult to be fit for the match. Some see it as a sign of the good things coming to an end!


May be there is a pinch of truth in that. Remember, both Messi and Ronaldo are 32 and 34 respectively. It's been quite fascinating how these two managed to keep them fit so far, but maybe time is taking a toll on both of them.

Sep 24, 2019


Valverde got all things wrong against Granada from tactics, to formation , to line-up. It's not much of a surprise that he appears clueless, but his biggest three mistakes has to be these.



 These 3 Big Mistakes by Barcelona's Valverde against Granada that Cost Them Dearly?

So Barcelona's 2019-20 Season is unraveling at a rapid pace, it seems like the season has already encountered a rapid tailspin. At the moment, we resemble like Arsenal who actually performs so well at home but looks like an average team on the road. May be Gunner fans would feel very agitated! To be honest, they have a point - at least they look brilliant at home.


Barcelona's away form has to be one of the worst among all teams in Europe. I guess we haven't won in the last seven matches away from home. That involves those humiliating losses against Liverpool and Valencia which lost a sure shot Champions League title and a record-breaking sixth Copa del Rey title.


Ernesto Valverde, has been a disaster for Barcelona so far. The back to back titles doesn't hide the fact that he is destroying what used to be Barcelona's playing style slowly but surely!



Will Barcelona's Footballing Identity Survive the Valverde Era? Or will it be History!

The Legend, Johan Cruyff would be turning in his grave seeing what has happened to his beloved club. The possession football, the Total football he instilled in the team with the 'La Masia' youth academy and the Golden Generation of the Club is nowhere to be seen. Valverde's team plays a style which is unrecognizable for many of the fans and most of the legendary players.


Barcelona's identity was based on the 'Total Football'. That's what the kids are drilled down from the moment they step into the academy. That's what we look in for players when we splash huge sum at them. Unfortunately, Valverde is chipping away every trace of that identity from this team. His mission of turning Barcelona into an average La Liga side is very much in progress.

Sep 23, 2019


Valverde appears to have run out of ways he could make this teamwork. He is not capable to solve the defensive crisis nor the offensive ones. He appears totally clueless and with this continuing encouragement of an equally clueless Board, he may finally succeed in destroying Barcelona's football identity for once and for all!



Will Valverde Really be able to Solve Barcelona's Latest Footballing Crisis? #Barca #Messi #ValverdeOUT

It may appear too dramatic to term what's going on in and around the team as a 'Footballing Crisis'. But for those who have been following the team for years, this has been nothing short of a 'Crisis of Identity'. For many, it has become so difficult even to understand the kind of football we are playing. It has no resemblance to what we knew and what we were known for.


Gone are those days of 'Tiki-Taka'! Forget 'tiki-taka', these are the days when we are forced to applause if the team is about to place four or more passes in the attacking third. The immense pressing game in not be seen, in fact, that's what opposition regularly employs against us and we just self-destruct. That's a tale of 'A Taste of Your Own medicine'.

Sep 9, 2019


Barcelona's Early season jitters shows that they may be depended on Messi more than ever, especially with the Clown Valverde in Charge!



 With Valverde in Charge, Barcelona's Hopes all will Depend on Lionel Messi!

Barcelona's early-season jitter establish one fact - with Valverde in Charge nothing is going to change. This is regardless of the new season's acquisition De Jong and Griezmann. With a loss, victory and a draw in their first three matches, Barcelona is in kind of a semi crisis at the very start of the season. The impact of this quadruple when you consider how we ended last season.


That means from last season end onwards, we have been quite uninspiring in the field and Valverde looks clueless to make any meaningful changes. Despite these, Barcelona is still rated as the top contender to win La Liga this season and the top contender for UEFA Champions League as per the bookmakers (Make sure to enjoy these Sign Up Bonuses). And the only reason for it is 'Lionel Messi'.

Aug 15, 2019


Neymar transfer Deal has his a huge roadblock and many wonders whether it's the end?



Neymar - Barcelona Transfer Saga hit Latest Road Block! Will this be Solved?

Barcelona's pursuit to bring back the Brazilian superstar Neymar back to the club has hit the biggest roadblock so far. This deal or expected deal was supposed to hit multiple roadblocks but this latest one looks have the capacity to kill the deal altogether.


Real Madrid's continued stealthy pursuit of Neymar is being said as one of the most important reasons related to the latest issue. It has to be seen whether Barcelona and especially Messi is able to get past this roadblock. Messi's role would be extremely important in solving this.

Jul 4, 2019


It appears for Dani Alves, age is merely a number! The veteran has expressed his wish to return to Barcelona, Should Barcelona let him?




The most talked points from Argentina's 2-0 defeat against Brazil were the horrendous refereeing and the performance of one of the oldest player on the pitch, Dani Alves. Dani started as the right back, may be safe to say as a Right flying back and put on quite a display on the right.


Defensively and Offensively he was top class and reminded everyone of his numerous performances on the right for Barcelona. He has been released by PSG this season, and the performance against Argentina clearly showed that he even at 36, is still quite a catch. He was expressed his wish to come back to Barcelona and this is why Barcelona should let him.

Jun 26, 2019


The Argentinian Captain have emphasized that the team is getting back to form, but it's very clear that against Venezuela he may have to take the majority of the workload.



Why Argentina's Hope against Venezuela will depend on Messi's Work Rate? #AllAboutFCB #FCBarcelona

Lionel Messi was very vocal about the performance of his team against Qatar which helped them to proceed to the knockout stage of the Copa America 2019. He emphasized how the actual Copa start from here and it's now a do or die scenario for them.


Exactly like the World Cup, they somehow managed to the next stage and now it needs to be seen whether they can proceed further. In order to do that, Lionel Messi needs to be in his absolute best, especially with his work rate. Let's see why his work rate is more important against Venezuela than his goals.

Jun 20, 2019


Another lacklustre performance have started creating doubts about Messi role in the National team. May be the team needs their talismanic captain in a completely different role.




Just like the World Cup last year, Argentina has managed to take their fate in the tournament and placed it in the hands of other teams in the Copa America 2019. Such was the pathetic show which was put up, naturally, people started asking questions about their billing as a top team. Messi and Company still could qualify if they win against Qatar and Paraguay fail to beat Columbia.


It's easier said than done. Columbia may do the favor to Argentina by not going down to Paraguay. But going by tonight's showing, a victory against current Asian Champions Qatar is not a foregone conclusion.


Jun 18, 2019


Despite the dissappointing defeat in the opener of Copa America 2019, Argentina still could win the competition, if they get these three simple things right!



3 Things Argentina Should Do to Triumph at the Copa America 2019?

So the knives are already out for Argentina and Lionel Messi. They have been written off by pundits as a genuine title contender after their 2-0 defeat against Colombia. There is no disagreeing about the fact that their Copa America opener didn't go the way they have planned. But to write them off, after what I will describe as a decent, hope-giving performance is way too much.


Some may ask what have I seen to be hopeful about the team. It's a tough question. But if we break the match into parts, we can clearly see how this Argentina team could go all the way. For that, they have to get these three things right.

Jun 11, 2019


Is it goiong to be yet another disastrous Transfer window for Barcelona? The Early Signs says so!




After the horrible double failure in Champions League and Copa del rey final, everyone expected Barcelona to be very proactive in the market. One cannot deny the fact that there is actions from Barcelona, but is it a focussed and purposeful actions which is being taken?


Barcelona's arch-rival Real Madrid have already made a huge splash in the transfer window. They moved early in order to consolidate the squad, also to quiet down all the discontent in the squad. In contrast, Barcelona has got De Jong, like months ago and that's it! Let's look at the reason why Barcelona might be up for another disappointing transfer season.


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