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Some observations from last night's game:

1) We have a problem at dm. Bilbao slid two balls through our cb line which got converted into goals. Yesterday the same thing happened a couple of times. Alba moves up, busquets is out of position and mascherano is caught wondering if he should go after the attacking midfielder or stay with the forward.

2) on the positive side we are scoring with all our three forwards now. Suarez already looks more confident. If we have at least one of them scoring a brace every game, the treble is ours.

3) Iniesta is out of form. I'm not sure if we're going to suffer in one of our big games because of him. His defensive production was always low and it gets worse when our opponents play high press defense.

4) As a strategy I'm not sure why our midfielders or defenders were not releasing our wingers via long through balls? The first goal came from such a pass. Villareal was playing a compact game with all 10 players within the middle 1/3rd of the field. When the opponent plays a highline you lob the ball and make straight runs down the line stretching the full backs wide or force the CB's to backtrack by making diagonal runs. Suarez and neymar are great at that which will open up space in the middle for messi. You keep doing it and it makes the back line unsure whether to play the offside trap or backtrack to mark the fwd. All this is absolutely anti-tiki taka but offers a new dimension to our attack.

5) our defensive pressing was average yesterday. The ref allowed some bad tackles but that's always going to happen. We were also not moving the ball quickly and instead tried to play for the foul which left us exposed. I'd like to see a statistic for the number of balls that we lost yesterday. I bet we lost quite a few yesterday.

I'm glad we are the only team other than bayern in the hunt for a treble this year amongst the top leagues in Europe (No Chelsea fans. League cup doesn't count).
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I think we should take current iniesta n busi's role in differen.t perspective because our system no longer revolving around the might y loaded mid field,but on dynamic attacking trio up front.actually lucho asked both to change their playing style according to our new system as busi no longer can hold the ball as much he used to,and he needs to cover more spaces at back.for iniesta,he assigned to drop deep more than before and has to chase opponents more than usual.I know they aren't yet reach their high level,but that's because they are taking their time to adapt with New system and surrounding.
I hope they will fully adapt by it soon.

If you want expert view on that,then please look into this article,
https://icl.googleusercontent.com/?lite_url=http://www.espnfc.com/club/barcelona/83/blog/post/2297495/barcelonas-new-approach-forces-evolution-of-sergio-busquets-and-andres-iniesta&ei=qkgyQOZL&lc=en-IN
Already in the finals for one competition, only CL and LL to go :)
+1
How is Busquets everybody?
gonna miss a couple weeks. could make it back by el clasico depending on his recovery
+1
Hopefully out for the season as I have been secretly hoping for the last 5 years lol

I hope he is ok though, that ankle took quite the beating.
+1
Real talk Che. Mascherano will boss the DM. Godspeed.
You Argentinians are suffering from too much Masch-love :P Hopefully Busi will use the break to recover his old form.
Busi is still too important for our system,masch can't able to offer what busi can offer in our mid field.I hope very speedy recovery..
but the injury also means Bartra is likely to start all big games
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http://as.com/diarioas/2015/03/05/english/1425551075_406548.html

LOL Okay , during season 11/12 Proposal to host CDR final at Bernabéu between Barcelona and Bilbao ( Catalan - Basque ) was rejected by real Madrid as Bernabéu toilets needed an urgent repair , it seems that repair work haven't finished yet ;)

Though it would be funny a Catalan and Basque club playing in Spanish captial .
+1
"Though it would be funny a Catalan and Basque club playing in Spanish captial ."

The '12 final took place at the Calderón which is in Madrid too (obv). But considering that both Barca and Athletic fans both hate RM even more it'd be special playing the final at Bernabéu.
Ha ha,I would love to see Catalan icon n Basque icon fighting for a cup which is named just to show loyalty towards Spanish king at Spanish capital.it would be fantastic feeling to hear Catalan n Basque's anthem at bernabeu:-)
Goiko , fail from me :/ I remember that real declined the request didn't remember that Calderón held the final, although it was a in Madrid but during a that time athletico was still not threatening the real status in the city like now and Also its real Madrid that have always been associated with the one in power In spain ( though the new king is rumored to be a athletico fan )
Lol at people who said Suarez was a flop.
+4
I still think he hasn't reached his best yet with Barca. He will get even better.
+2
No no, he flops, not that he IS a flop :)

I was more worried that he would do something to get banned again.
che,

I think this is the only real concern.
Fun fact:

If either Barca or Bilbao win, the winner gets to keep the trophy. Every 5th trophy you win, you get to keep the trophy. All other wins, you keep the trophy for a year and then they replace it with a smaller version.

"Atleti and Barça have each 4 cups and only need one, they are in competition for the 13th Permanent Trophy."

and

Bilbao already have 3 permanent trophies and this win would be their 4th permanent one. Barca have won 4 permanent ones already and this win will be their 5th.
+6
Dani Alves is alone more dangerous than Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema combined.
-umairrockx
+2
uhhhhhhhhhh, uuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, m8, how you feeling?
+1
This comment is gr8 m8 i r8 8/8
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This comment is gr8 m8 i r8 8 8/8.
+1
^ ur gr8 m8 i r8 8/8 no h8
+1
^

thx m8, ur just as g8. i'd r8 ur comment 8/8 and no i don't h8. i just sh8 my pants.. oh wait
+2
*w8

PS: LOL. Good talk.
+1
This is the most Reddit thing I've seen on footytube
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^ M8, you mean this is F8? Stop ye trollb8.
+2
^ Bro no h8 but ur l8 sry m8
+3
ROFL classic :D
+2
Lmao tanmay and st10or
+3
This must be some kind of evil Morse-code from the youths. I shall report this to the High Council of Angry Elderly Internet Users immediately!
+1
^ Lol I actually saw this on Steam reviews -- it's a running gag in every game review on the website. If I remember correctly a certain someone is very active on Steam, so... :P
Yeah, I actually know what it is, I check the youtubes :P
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Lol,what a genius talk..
I remember reading that CDR final will be held at bernabeu , but if espnayol goes through to final then venue can change to camp nou as it we will be more viable then having a final in another city .

It will be amazing to lift a trophy at bernabeu but thrashing espanyol will be special and that too at camp nou , although i'm sure enspanyol will hire a plane to park if they face's us and tie vs bilbao will be more open but i espanyol and camp nou then bilbao and bernabeu
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Half time,athletic 2 espanyol 0,so athletic would be our rival.it could be terrific final..
+1
Since I'm not from Barcelona, I'd rather lift a trophy in the BernaBOW than in the nou camp
So, if we make it to the final vs you guys, you mind gifting this Copa to us? :P You got the last 2 against us... =´( (I did get to see Toquero score, so all worth it). Bernabeu full of basques and catalans will be fun though, I remember Puyol with Ikurrina in the last final after Barca won, brilliant gesture from a classy player.

http://www.tortajadanieto.com/images/eventos/athletic_bilbao/final_copa_2012/galeria47919.jpg
+2
Where have you been Goiko? The forums could do with a non Barca/Madrid La Liga fan. :)
+1
Mostly on the Liverpool forum, because the Athletic section is pretty quiet :(
+2
Thats the way to beat Villareal....Attack and score goals.
But, How to beat Malaga and Celta?
+3
I wouldn't be too proud considering their fatigue and lack of squad depth
+3
@Isco

You definitely must have been disappointed when you played them over the weekend then.
+20
Hahahahaha st1or, what a reply.. +1 mate.
+2
Poor guy won't even comment back :p
+1
Ouch! lmaooo
I'm not saying I wasn't. I'm not really as pleased with our performance as of late.

We need the Croatian maestro back
Wow sitor!!!! You destroyed that comment hahahahaha

I don't think we played a very good game to be honest, I think a big reason for that was because we won it in the first leg. But still, good to see us win an important game while taking it easy, its unfortunate that we had to pick up an injury.
like ninjas?
Xavi with sublime pass , neymar strikes

some big mouth that just evaluate players on numbers will shut now for sure
+1
Xavi is such liability,lol..
+3
Xavi has certainly shut MY mouth this season. He's been pretty good when called upon, I must say. I just HATE it when he stands over free kicks.
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Primera División Table

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PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
61
52
23
75
4
1
20
25
1
59
55
15
70
4
2
19
25
2
54
28
22
50
5
3
17
25
3
53
24
21
45
4
5
16
25
4
46
12
30
42
7
4
14
25
5
45
16
23
39
6
6
13
25
6
41
0
29
29
8
5
12
25
7
32
1
25
26
9
8
8
25
8
32
-4
36
32
11
5
9
25
9
30
-9
31
22
11
6
8
25
10
29
-15
43
28
14
2
9
25
11
27
-8
36
28
10
9
6
25
12
27
-9
34
25
12
6
7
25
13
26
-13
35
22
13
5
7
25
14
25
-18
38
20
12
7
6
25
15
24
-17
39
22
13
6
6
25
16
24
-23
45
22
13
6
6
25
17
22
-27
48
21
13
7
5
25
18
19
-24
40
16
12
10
3
25
19
18
-21
39
18
13
9
3
25
20
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UEFA Champions League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
16
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
22

UEFA Champions League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
15
10
5
15
1
0
5
6
1
13
3
7
10
1
1
4
6
2
5
-2
10
8
3
2
1
6
3
1
-11
12
1
5
1
0
6
4

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