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

Feb 22, 2021

This was billed as the moment Barcelona gets back into the La Liga title race by the Catalan media, but alas like we have seen the umpteenth time. They screwed it all. Barcelona may have dominated in all aspects, but then that's a testimony of how bad Cadiz was. This time maybe it's for Good.

Short story first, Atletico Madrid gave Barcelona and Real Madrid a chance to get back into the league title race and as expected the current reigning champions took that with open arms. For the team from Barcelona, they managed to once again shoot themselves on their foot, drawing 1-1- against Cadiz at home.

Barcelona were lethargic, complacent, uninspiring and hurtful to watch yesterday. To be honest, Real Madrid weren't great either, but they most importantly managed to get away with three points after another horrendous performance. They were being just classic 'Real Madrid'.

Feb 1, 2021


Despite Bartomeu's attempt to distance himself from the leaking of Messi's contract to El Mundo journalist, everyone knows that he and Tusquets are behind it. The Catalan People don't want Messi around and it may be time for Messi to move away from Barcelona, the Club and the City.


Lionel Messi did what he does the best, answer his critics on the pitch. So it was natural to see Messi making the statement with a brilliant free kick on the Camp Nou pitch. That free-kick was some kind of a legend's stuff, there was one person lying on the ground, a fully packed wall, and a man on the line; in case he breaches all those defences. Breach he did, he had to.

But the build-up to the game was some of the toughest he had to face so far this season. He was hurt more or less about the manner in which the leak was made and the way it was portrayed, rather than the leak itself. The financials were never supposed to be fully secret, it will leak at some point. Especially if he leaves.

Jan 19, 2021

Even though Barcelona let go of this Super Cup from the jaws of victory, one have to agree that it doesn't come as a huge surprise. What surprised us was that Barcelona was winning the Trophy with just a minute to go. They didn't deserve that!

Barcelona's Super Cup Defeat was not a Surprise, Considering Koeman's Tactic

In the end, there was that familiar heartbreak story that we (Barcelona Fans) were all so accustomed to now. It has to go this way. Barcelona just simply can't go and lose, they need to build up hope and then shatter it is the unkindest fashion. This time that came via Jordi Alba ducking! Why Jordi, WHY?

A day is a good measure to sink this feeling in and use the objective side of your brain if one has one! Yesterday, it was all about rage on Alba and his stupidity, which grabbed defeat from the jaws of triumph. But today with the rage settling in, one has concluded that Barcelona deserved to lose this more than winning it.

Now we wonder whether the hope which got rekindled at the start of New Year was a genuine false-hope. Most of the bookmakers like Meta.reviews still expect us to make the top four, but if this final is a testimony, Barcelona may have to work hard to make them true!

Jan 12, 2021

With turn of the new year, Lionel Messi has come back to his usual self scoring goals and terrorizing opposition. Let's take a look at what went right for Barcelona's captain so suddenly.

It all starts to come back slowly, atleast for Lionel Messi. The turn of New Year has brought a new Lionel Messi, who is sudddenly once again the greatest player on earth. He currently leads the La Liga scoring charts, in a season which is considered his worst ever!

Barcelona still is a long way away from making a legitimate challenge for League, but if Messi has unleashed himself, we all could dream. But what happened so suddenly that we see a different Lionel Messi.

Jan 8, 2021

Barcelona have experienced an average season by their high standards and they have already dropped points in eight of their 17 La Liga games. That sees them already seven points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid and the deficit could extend further with Diego Simeone's side having two games in hand.

Hence, the Blaugrana face a stiff task of reclaiming the Spanish crown and they find themselves in a position where they could miss out on the title for the second season running, something which has not happened to them since 2008 when Real Madrid won the league for successive years under two different managers in Fabio Capello and Bernd Schuster.

Nov 26, 2020

Diego Maradona, arguably the 'Greatest Player of All Time' passed away last night due to cardiac arrest. The Footballing World has lost his most beloved son, who remained an enigma on and off the pitch.

No one has managed to create an aura around himself like the way Diego Armando Maradona managed to weave around himself. He was the man football in every definition. Every one of his actions was followed closely by millions of fans around the World. He remains the most popular footballer ever to graze a footballing pitch.

There will never be another Diego Maradona. Such was the genius of a player whose story has every element of a Hollywood thriller. The rags to rich ascension and the collapse thereafter. At his departure, we should celebrate the joy he provided to every one of us on the footballing pitch. The rest of all we should leave it to the man and his maker!

Nov 1, 2020


Ronald Koeman maybe his own biggest enemy at Barcelona. He seems incapable of adapting and getting the best out of the team. Realistically speaking, he doesn't even know how to use De Jong, something he claimed to know like his back of the hand!



Ronald Koeman was supposed to arrive with the magic wand to solve all of Barcelona's problems. Now that dream is slowly turning into a nightmare, even before he could realize the enormity of it. With every passing day, Koeman is proving that he is the manager Barcelona never should have hired.

The Dutch made all the big talks on arriving at the Club, but has failed so far to 'Walk the Talk'. He appears to be a confused, stubborn gentleman who is stuck in the wrong place. All the optimism that came with his arrival has rapidly evaporated, and things could turn really bad for him.

Oct 30, 2020

Just as critics began speculating on the downfall of FC Barcelona, a 2-0 victory over Juventus in the Champions League has now silenced the crowd. But can newly appointed head coach Ronald Koeman continue to keep his squad above board and hold onto the confidence they have earnt tonight?

We must understand the criticism towards Barcelona was more self-inflicted and at times has been unavoidable. When Lionel Messi announced his willingness to depart from his life-long club after their exit from the 2019/2020 Champions League had played out, and they had finished behind their rivals Real Madrid in domestic competition, these tensions organically reflected the team's on-pitch efforts.

Oct 29, 2020

Barcelona has made a perfect start to their European Campaign in contrast to their domestic campaign. Does that make them a genuine contender or is it just time before the 8-2 comes back to haunt?



The most astonishing fact from Barcelona's last night victory over Juventus is that their opponent did not manage to muster one shot on target. They did shoot ten times, but none were on target. Looking by Barcelona's away form in Europe, that's an astounding task.

Here they were visiting the reigning Italian Champions, a place where they never tasted victory before. And it was a complete shut-off. Had our players been a bit more effective in front of the goal, things could have got seriously embarrassing for the Italians. This victory marks Barcelona as an outside contender as per the latest sports betting odds.

Oct 25, 2020


Ungrateful Barcelona fans have been questioning Messi's performance so far this season. If what we saw against Real Madrid is an indication, he is all set to kick these doubters behind in coming weeks!


Is Lionel Messi back to his Best?

The more you listen to those half-informed Barcelona fans and Messi doubters on Twitter, you get convinced with every single post that these fans don't deserve him. They can't even see the impact he brings into the team as they can't think straight anything other than some random stats.

So we are told that Messi had a poor night against Real Madrid as he once again failed to get into the goal-scoring chart. And to make matters worse, he was neither in those assist charts. One cannot argue with dim-witted fools because they don't understand the beautiful games. How can you make these fools understand that without Messi's ball there was no equalizer? What Fati and Alba did from then was a mere formality. But they never understand!

Oct 7, 2020

Ronald Koeman's tenure at Barcelona has got to a good start till Sevilla came calling. That match exposed a lot of fault lines in Barcelona's armour and also hinted that the problems from last season hasn't disappeared completely, ifyou were hoping so

The match against Sevilla exposed the Fault lines at Barcelona in terms of tactics and personal. Koeman needs to fix the same to solve these issues as early as possible. In this podcast we take a deep look into 3 of the main issue affecting Koeman's Barcelona.

Oct 5, 2020

Sevilla exposed the folly of limiting Lionel Messi in a false-9 role! Is practically possible to use the false-9 role in the 4-2-3-1 formation, Koeman's preferred choice?

Why Messi as False-9 Experiment should Stop Immediately!

So it all went back to square one for Barcelona, once again! The Euphoria of the Koeman fanboys on the social media lasted two matches, exactly two matches. Now it's been replaced by self-doubts across the internet. The match at times resembled how Barcelona played under Valverde, and that's making a lot of people nervous.

Still, the Koeman fanboys are full out in support. They understand that the match presented serious questions about the Dutchman's tactical acumen, but none of it matters. Right now, they are going after their favourite scapegoat - Lionel Messi. As I explained earlier, even if Messi was the one creating any kind of move, he will be always be blamed this season.

Sep 22, 2020



Messi got a glimpse of how he will be treated this season by the Board and the President when Bartomeu spoke finally about the 'Messi Burofax' saga. His statement had the euphoria associated with a victor fo battel. Indeed he emerged victorious in a battle we expected him to lose hands down. Congrats to that!

The statement was indeed a taunt on Messi, especially the part where he decided to congratulate himself in keeping Messi at Barcelona. To an extent, Messi deserves this. He deserves this for not showing any will to fight!

Is there a calculated plan behind all the missteps Bartomeu is taking at Barcelona? It's very difficult to assume that there isn't one! Bartomeu may be trying to protect his Legacy in the long run, and he may have a simple and effective solution!


Is Bartomeu Trying to Sabotage the Next President's Tenure at Barcelona?

Every day we Barcelona fans wakes up to a new mess created specifically by the President and the Board. Lats night I went to sleep after being assured about the departure of Luis Saurez to Atletico Madrid. He is a Club Legend in all aspect, but his time has come to an end at Barcelona. The news of Mess

But then as only a Barcelona fan can expect, one woke up to the real possibility the entire move being sabotaged from within the club itself. In the end, all this could turn out to be mere rumours, but everyone will admit that this won't be beyond the capacity of this President and the Board!

Sep 20, 2020


Koeman believes the 4-2-3-1 formation to be the iodeal one for Barcelona. In fact, he believes that it's a formation for all seasons! Does such a thing ever exist?


Is Koeman a One Strategy Man? Will this be his Down Fall?

Koeman's belief in the 4-2-3-1 formation was hailed as something revolutionary by the fanboys. Now the reality is slowly taking a bite! People have started questioning whether the formation suits the Catalan side!

People are quite agitated about the reports suggesting that Puig is not in the plans of Koeman. It's strange how people are so naive to not see the obvious. I wrote a couple of posts back, why Riqui Puig will never have any role with Koeman and his 4-2-3-1 formation.

Sep 16, 2020

Koeman's biggest challenge will be to integrate some of the promising youngsters into the line-up, at the same time using the best of the proven stars. Riqui Puig's role is still not clear in the line-up and will be the primary focus for the new coach.

Why Shifting Immediately to a 3 Man Defense will help Riqui Puig and Barcelona?

Many Barcelona fans are slowly waking up to the prospect of seeing very less of Riqui Puig this season. That was unthinkable for many fanboys, a week before but slowly and steadily the reality is dawning upon them.

In every sense, it is quite disastrous for the Club and the youngster, if he ends up not being a first-team regular this season. The five-man substitute allows him to see some playing time, but then he is not yet promoted to the first team. Only Ansu Fati is promoted.

Sep 14, 2020

Koeman's biggest problem could effectively integrating Francisco Trincão to play efficiently with Lionel Messi, Barcelona's Captain. It may seem so simple, but we have seen how players struggled earlier! Will it happen again?

Francisco Trincão entertained all in Barcelona's first outing of the 2020-21 season. Even though the opposition was a below-average side, and we should refrain from going euphoric about that display; even then Barcelona fans were quite impressed by what they saw of Francisco Trincão.

The second half display was quite brilliant, especially if we compare with the first-half display. The second half had the young and the new kids, and that was the difference-maker. But the brightest spot was Trincão.

Sep 13, 2020


Many consider him to be one of the brightest spots from a rather disappointing season. Will this be the Season where he genuinely becomes one of the starters. Or is he going to struggle with new manager around!



Riqui Puig was one of the rare bright spots along with Ansu Fati, from a rather disappointing last season. He was quite good and we all demanded more and was disappointed when we didn't see enough of him towards the end of the season.

It was surprising why Setien failed to use him after he looked pretty bright in many of his outings. Naturally, everyone expects him to showcase his talent more this season. Is that going to happen? Maybe not, and don't be surprised!

Sep 7, 2020

With Lionel Messi staying back at the Club, the majority of the Cules are relieved. Relieved that this extended saga, that threatened to upend the season is finally over. Relieved that the World's Best Player will be there for at least one more season. The key is the word 'at-least'!

The announcement also rekindled the hope of maybe seeing Messi play out his career at Barcelona. The dream of every Barcelona fan would be to see their captain renew for another two more years. We still need to wait to see how that hope will churn out!

Sep 5, 2020


Even though Messi can claim the higher ground, when the dust settles the winner will emerge from the opposite end, and unfortunately it is Bartomeu.



In the end, the only one who will stand alone when the dust settles would be Lionel Messi, the Argentinian Maestro. His supporters may claim how Messi handled a very tricky situation, with a targetted attack on the board and clearly explaining his decision to stay back at the club.

But when it all ends, this will be once again remembered as another moment where Messi failed to stand up and fight when the going got tough. That's always an accusation even those who loved him regularly levels against him. The current situation is not going to look favorable when viewed through that angle.

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