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Showing posts with label Soccer Discussion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Soccer Discussion. Show all posts

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?


Feb 12, 2020


Barcelona is looking to use a never-ever used rule in Spanish Football Federation books to sign an emergency signing as a potential replacement for the injured Dembele. Is it fair for other clubs?




Barcelona Football Club has presented their case to the Spanish Federation to allow them to sign an emergency player using a loophole in the Spanish federation rules. The rule allows the club to sign players outside of the transfer window in exceptional circumstances. Remember no club has ever used this rule. That says so much of Barcelona's preparation and management of their squad!


Even though this rule allows for an emergency player signing outside of the transfer window, it comes with a lot of restrictions. Many of which the English pundits who are going crazy about it may not have informed their viewers.


Feb 11, 2020


The Guy who was scoring for fun, even after missing months of action suddenly is struggling to find the back of the net. Will this hurt Barcelona in the long run?




Lionel Messi has been struggling for goals since the turn of the new year, a stark contrast to how he finished 2019. Gone are those days where every free-kick from the little maestro was heading to the top corner of the goal. He has scored thrice under Setién, which in normal cases is a great feat. But the Lionel Messi is not your normal Super Hero!


Lionel Messi still leads the Pichichi race having scored 14 goals so far. This in itself is an almighty feat as he missed a sizeable part of the season. But if Setién's Barcelona is to achieve greater success, they want their talismanic leader in fine form. Let's look at the factors which are hindering Messi currently.


Feb 10, 2020



Quique Setién will be a very much relieved man following Barcelona's victory over Real Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Sevilla. This was Setién's first away victory in his Barcelona Managerial career. The earlier victory at Ibiza shall not be considered of high significance.


What should make the manager happy is that the victory came against Real Betis. Not because he managed the side before, but because that's one of the toughest opposition for Barcelona. Usually, they present the biggest test on the road for Barcelona.


Feb 6, 2020


Barcelona management needs to revisit its choice of making Eric Abidal the Club's Director of Football. There is little chance of the team, especially Messi reconciling with him soon, despite the public show of compromise!




The spat between Lionel Messi and Eric Abidal has been dominating the news for the last 24 hours. One has to wonder what will be the scar that this will leave out to the fabric of this team. Already they are running against time to get in ready with Philosophy of the new manager!


Bartomeu has declared the crisis to be over after calling a meeting between the two former teammates, Messi and Abidal. Despite that, one should question the feasibility of things going back to normal. Maybe it's time we let Abidal go off his responsibilities, which he had failed to do as detailed below.



Lionel Messi lashing out on Eric Abidal may have upset some of the fans, but he was within the right to defend himself and the squad. Eric Abidal should be sacked now!




It appears there cannot be any death of news when it comes to the Barcelona's State of Affair this season. We all thought this week will be dominated by the two crucial away matches, that could define the future for Setién's Barcelona.


It didn't happen that way! Now, there is a full-blown battle between the Captain and the Technical director - Messi and Eric Abidal. The former teammates have gone against each other with statements, even though one could argue that Messi took it personally.


Feb 4, 2020


Barcelona instead of strengthening its rooster, went on an overdrive to weaken its reinforcements in the Winter Transfer market. Will, it hurt them?




Barcelona fans agree on one thing in particular - that is the incompetence of this Board and management. That aspect was laid bare to the whole world with what transpired in the recently concluded January transfer window. There were expectations of high profile signings even at the very end of it. But those who are keen observer, the reality was too plain to be hidden.


In the end, we were all glad that the window closed. It amounted to torture, especially for Barcelona fans - every day getting linked to anyone available. When it all came to an end, many were relieved that at least Vidal and Rakitic remained in the team!



With two crucial away matches in the Copa del Rey and La Liga, this could be a week which could make or break Setién's Managerial reign at Barcelona.




Barcelona manager, Quique Setién, has somewhat successful in bringing some stability to the team after the disastrous Valverde regime. Despite the trophies won by Valverde (all thanks to Lionel Messi), one has to agree that he destroyed what was known as the Barcelona way of playing 'The Beautiful Game'.


Setién so far has remained adamant to the fact that he prefers to lose beautifully rather than win ugly. Since he has taken charge, we have seen Barcelona going the 'Tiki-Taka' way and trying to build everything based on their La Masia philosophy.


Feb 3, 2020


Despite the 2-1 victory, Quique Setién will be a worried man with what he witnessed in the second half of that match. These issues cannot be hidden from the keen eyes of someone as intriguing as the Coach.



3 Reasons Why Setién is Worried about Barcelona's Victory over Levante?

Quique Setién in his own word is someone who cares for 'feeling more than results'. If that's true, and it seems true; he could be worried about what he saw in the second half of Barcelona's performance last night against Levante. Having said that, the first half could be mentioned as the best offensive half played under Setién so far.


It is easy for everyone to just go with the flow of the 2-1 victory. Ansu Fati's two goals were quite brilliant. But that should not make us invisible to the fact that Setién have very limited time for getting his team ready for the rest of the season, we need to be focussed.


Jan 31, 2020



Barcelona fans can rest easy having entrusted the reins of the team in the hands of Quique Setién. This has to be the biggest message that came out of Barcelona's 5-0 victory over Leganes. Two consecutive bad results against Ibiza and Valencia have raised a lot of questions about whether Barcelona has made the right choice with their manager.


Last night result should have silenced all the doubters and critics at least for a day. Why I say a day because they all are going to come with twice the force from tomorrow. Barcelona playing well creates a strange kind of fear among detractors and opposition fans. So What are the biggest takeaways from this match?


Jan 29, 2020


There is sizeable interest among First League clubs for the securing the service of upcoming Barcelona star, Alex Collado. But Barcelona cannot afford not to have in the rank for the rest of the season.




One of the positives from Barcelona's 2-0 defeat at the Mestalla against Valencia would have been the opportunity to see the youngster, Alex Collado in action. The youngster was full of life despite the limited time, something which was extremely lacking in the match.


The latest news as reported by Sport suggests that the relegation fighting Real Mallorca is very much interested in securing the youngster's service for the rest of the season. Let's look at the reason why Barcelona should not even consider such an offer.


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