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Showing posts with label Soccer Discussion. Show all posts

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.


May 31, 2019


Despite the not-so-great way of his tranfer from the club; the Club, Fans and the Player himself is keen on the transfer back to Barcelona.




It was billed as the great betrayal - Neymar's exit from Barcelona. It left the club completely in shatters. I still remember how we felt lifeless for the major part of the season in 2017-18. It was not the highest profile exit from the club, that title will go to Luis Figo. But this left a bit of bitter taste.


What made it so difficult to digest was the way it transpired. After many of teammates, especially Pique re-assuring fans that Neymar won't leave; out of the blue, it happened. The reasons were clear, but still, the way it happened, made it difficult for fans to digest those reasons.


Gerard Pique has been the corner stone of Barcelona's defense for some time. But is his presence actually destabilizing Barcelona? Should Barcelona look past him?




Gerard Pique has been the cornerstone of Barcelona's defense for some time. His performance in most of the matches this season showed how important he is to the team. Maybe we have lost the count of the number of times Pique has saved us with that last minute tackle or the crucial interventions.


Pique is the closest we have as a leader in the pack. Messi might be the captain, but Pique is the one players look up to in times of a crisis. And that's been his problem also, in the spectacular debacles of recent times, Pique remained a mere spectator. Is it time to seek a replacement for him? In this artcile, I will detail the reasons why Barcelona should look to replace Pique.

May 27, 2019


Some of the fans have started to seriously doubt whether Valverde and his Boss (Partner in Crime), Bartomeu is actually planted by the Club's enemies to destroy Barcelona's Legacy.




Most of us fans are one of the most blessed people in the history of FC Barcelona. We were lucky to witness Barca's 'Golden Generation' in action and also even more lucky to see an era of unparalleled success. Without a doubt, Barcelona redefined how Football was played in the past two decades.


But has that success gone to our head? We expect this team to win all the trophies in the season. is it a fair demand? Os it like some believes, there have been moles implanted in the Club to destroy Club's legacy from within. Bartomeu's and Valverde's action makes one think so!


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.


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