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Official - Pique is injured with another child. He will miss the rest of the season :p

This must be his heatmap during the match ;)

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Anybody watching united play Burnley? Di Maria's first game for united. He has put in pin point passes for RVP, Rooney, young but they have been messing up. It just seems like he's playing at a higher level than their entire team.
Song might be on his way to west ham on a season long loan deal.
We suck at selling our players -_-
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That's because we're neither a selling club nor a trading club.
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Good thing about that is at least we prefer players will over money when it comes to selling players .

Iniesta is not avaliable for our match against Villarreal , he have a knee discomfort :/

Neyamr got the medical green light and will be available for the tie
Wonder if we see Rafinha drop to the midfield with Neymar upfront with Pedro or Munir.
^ i would like that to happen , he looked lost in that wide role :/ but i think xavi will start along with ivan
Its really sad how Chelsea fans (and even some liverpool fans) are cursing torres and the internet is full of 'Torres leaving' memes..

I mean common you should bid a farewell to a player.. It wasn't his fault if he lost his form, not under his control, he was always trying.
I wish Torres just goes crazy in Italy and regains his form..
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Let's suppose Barcelona breaks their transfer record on a player, pays him some of the highest wages at the club, ships out 2 promising players who are in the same position (I'm talking about Sturridge and Lukaku), brings on a ton of negative press, has several controversial statements released to the media and impacts locker room morale, and the player then goes on to look completely inept 80% of the time? When the player leaves, wouldn't you be happy?

I dare venture to assert that Torres received better and more patient support from Chelsea (club and fans) than he would have at nearly any other mid-top club in the world.

Many of the comments I've seen have been a mix of celebrating that we no longer have to dance around this Torres situation any longer and wishing/expressing sentiments that he will be able to revitalize his career in a new league.

Did I cheer for him while he was here? Yes. Am I cheering now that he is leaving? You bet.

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Yeah you have a point but Chelsea have a history of doing this to strikers and their fans seem to think of players as objects and don't show any loyalty. I remember when you guys were about to sign cesc so many Chelsea supporters saying they don't want him, I am a livepool and a barca fan and when a player flops you show them respect, especially when you know they are uber talented! And its not Torres didn't score important goals I mean look at the goal he scored against barca. In my opinion sometimes you have to admit that its the clubs fault not the players... Although who knows Torres did have a thing for scoring against Chelsea, sabotage?
Torres was an immense flop, then he worked hard to get back to average. Poor guy just was not helping his image out with all those sitters he would habitually miss hahaha.

Surprised it took Chelsea this long to can him, probably one of their worst investments. But hey, thats what happens sometimes, good thing we have never had any flops at our club....... lol
@Che, not only did we not have any flops but when our players do perform good we sell them the season after for half price ;). Beat that Chelsea.
have to agree with kgb. one of my best friends was a big torres fan when he arrived in his chelsea team and even though I made fun of him for a couple of years due to his choice. he was ALWAYS loyal to the club and i felt more sad for him because it was harder for him to defend a player he still thought would do great things (like in liverpool).

Now he is glad he can go to another club and maybe improve because and I quote "as a Chelsea fan man Im not satisfied with him" its a sad story the nando torres saga...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lpee5iaZRg#t=

This is pretty fantastic if you haven't checked it out.
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I understand their frustration, but UEFA did nothing wrong here. It was stupidity from their staff and the player himself who didn't speak out against being lined up that caused their disqualification, not UEFA or definitely not Celtic.
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@Jeroen "UEFA did nothing wrong". I think that's the first time in the history of the internet that phrase has ever been written.

Here's the despicable crime that those criminals Legia Warsaw committed:
"Legia won the third qualifying-round tie 6-1 on aggregate but brought on Bartosz Bereszynski for the last four minutes of their 2-0 second-leg victory at Murrayfield, while he was supposed to be serving a suspension following a red card for violent conduct in last season’s Europa League. UEFA the game 3-0 to Celtic, meaning the Scottish champions progressed on away goals having lost the first match in Warsaw 4-1.
Bereszynski was sent off against Apollon in the final match of Legia’s Europa League campaign last season, earning a three-match suspension. He missed both legs of Legia’s tie against St Patrick’s in the second qualifying round and also sat out the 4-1 first-leg victory over Celtic. However, it has emerged that Bereszynski had not been registered in Legia’s squad for the second qualifying round, and so the matches did not count towards his suspension."
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/08/celtic-reinstated-champions-league-uefa-legia-warsaw

Thus, your statement isn't exactly valid:
"stupidity from their staff and the player himself who didn't speak out against being lined up that caused their disqualification."
I'd partially agree with the "stupidity" sentiment, but to be fair it's nowhere near the level of idiocy exhibited by UEFA.

Oh, and Fair Play award to Celtic.
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@jeroen, when you read the details it seems very unfair. The staff and the player thought he was eligible to play, because he did miss UEFA 3 matches (which was the length of his suspension). However, it turns out that in those matches his name wasn't in the squad list, so they didn't count towards the punishment. The staff's fault for missing this detail, certainly, but in spirit the player did serve his punishment. I think under the circumstances UEFA should have relented and let them go through.
Oh yeah. Uefa paperwork. You don't dot the i's and cross the t's and FIFA and uefa will come down hard on you. What I've heard from my sources within uefa that the real reason they disqualified the club was because they wanted the player to be on the bench and weep on camera while he watched his team suffered as per UEFA rule number 22.3 subsection 4 page 11. Since the club didn't put the player on the squad list, the player was assumed to be having fun during his punishment period. Boom... Disqualify! Case closed!
Celtic is absolutely not to blame for this. Legia fielded a suspended player due to their own poor management, and there was nothing unusual in their punishment. The only reason why they're blaming UEFA is that they're not big enough to accept responsibility.
It's in no way UEFAs responsibility if the rules are clear and they were followed as intended. The rules aren't even outrageous in any way. A default 3 - 0 loss if you field a suspended player.

It's important to remember than UEFA relenting would've meant that Celtic, their opponent that didn't break the rules, would've been eliminated. In what world that'd be fair I don't know.
@Tanmay: Alright, if that's the case then I'd say the punishment is pretty harsh indeed. Still, I wonder why UEFA accepted the squad list before the game, if the player was suspended it should've been impossible to have him on that list. So the responsibility is 50/50 I think.
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Spain's call up squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David de Gea (Manchester United), Kiko Casilla (Espanyol)

Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao) Marca Bartra (Barcelona)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Raul Garcia (Atletico Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Francisco "Isco" Alarcon (Real Madrid), Ander Iturraspe (Athletic)

Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Paco Alcacer (Valencia)

So... No Pique nor Mata, Del Bosque seems to be going for youth development (which is what he should IMO). and also because spain suffered big with retirements from 3 of its biggest stars; David Villa, Xabi alonso and Xavi.

5 Barca Players: iniesta, Busi, jordi alba, Bartra and Pedrito. I would think that all these five (with the exeption of Pedro maybe) would start for spain. This is a great oportunity for our young CB bartra to show his skills in international level!

I excited to see what del bosque has planned.
@DrogbaLampard
I don't know any Coasta
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Costa (Chelsea) :p
edit i always add an a for some weird reason lol
"So... No Pique nor Mata, Del Bosque seems to be going for youth development "
Mata is as old as Busquets, younger than Cazorla, Fabregas, Iniesta, Garcia, and Silva! Only Koke and Isco are younger than him. I find it stupid that he called up all these old players. By the time for the next WC, all of them will be a couple of years older than 30yo!

Regarding the forwards, why doesn't he give Navas and Negredo chances? These 2 together are better than all of the forwards!
Guess who's interested in signing munir?

Hint: The cradle snatcher from London!
I would say 100m + Costa
Naw, Munir is already 18, which is several years too ripe for ol' Venger's tastebuds.
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I say we sell him.. for 100m pounds
Tanmay,

The big difference between Munir is that he's still a B player. Most of the time, he'll be getting minutes in the B team. Only when he's actually going to be subbed in will Lucho actually bring him with the team. There's no point brining a B kid with you if you're not going to use him, as you're just robbing him of Barca B minutes. Add to that that Lucho is the ex Barca B coach, and you're pretty much the best possible framework to ensure Munirs development.
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@Tanmay Enrique.

EDIT: Apologies. I didn't realize I had my time-travelling knickers on. This post was supposed to be below @Tanmay's.
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I don't there is much chance of Munir leaving now. He's really got his foot in the door now for the A team and Barca is apparently negotiating a new contract with him. He's so close to breaking through that moving now doesn't seem to make sense.
I have a bad feeling that we won't use Munir properly and he'll fade away, sort of like Tello. Can anyone say something to assure me that that won't happen?
Tello is one trick pony. Tello would never score the way the way Munir scored last game. If Tello was there he would try to take ball towards right, do Henry style and mess it up. I never thought Tello is Barcelona level player because of that.
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@ Tanmay,We are currently competing in 3 tough competition and I believe that we really need to rotate our players (except Messi maybe) in order to have them show their top performance.Also, considering Neymar injuries history, I really believe that he will get chance to play much more than we think he will really get.
Munir is so much more than Tello. And lucho knows how to handle kids. He is in safe hands
Big difference I see between Munir and Tello is that Munir is a natural striker as Tello usually tries too hard to get in the right position to score. Munir actually reminds me of Suarez in the way he scores his goals. If you notice he doesn't care how pretty a goal is he just has finishes the ball off instinctively. As Veri once said only great strikers have the natural instinct and deadliness about them and this kid has been showing it since before he was an adult.

Only thing I find that's a problem with Munir (that should be solved in about a year or two) is that his body isn't fully developed as an adult yet. although he does have a solid and deadly accurate shot he still needs the speed and strength to make him a problem for top teams. How creates an opportunity out of nothing is incredible though.
This old man really likes Spanish teens ;)
I remember reading yesterday there was a club interested in Munir, and immediately I knew who it was
Ummm, Dr. Tello should be back in the squad next year.
I know it hurts to hear this, but he's actually pretty good.
And contrary to what's written above, he's clinical, not wasteful.
R. Madrid had also attempted to sign Munir recently.
outstanding
Hey guys I can like Xabi Alonso again!

Before he moved to RM he was seriousy a player I liked alot and admired as a player but then he became a madridista and got on my nerves every week.

Finally after a long 5 years I can freely say i like Xabi Alonso again.
He was absolutely top while at Liverpool.
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How can you not like that handsome man. His Bayern signing picture could be used as a suit ad.
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I don't understand why on Earth they got rid of Alonso! He literally had the best long ball on the team. He was crucial for counter attacks. Alonso was also one of few players who can foul up to 9 times and not receive a card. Im not sure how he did it, but he would literally stop all counter attacks by fouling players on or off the ball and always got away with it. He's an all around great player and at only 32 he had years left to teach the younger players while also contributing to the team.

If you ask me this was a huge mistake by them... At the rate players are leaving I want to see Benzema to Arsenal by tomorrow lol
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He was not forced out or anything like that,the club wanted to keep him but it was he's decision to change clubs. Listen to his press conference from today,he explains his decision. Also if we would bring in 2 striker by some miracle,i would ship Benzema of for free lol.
I hope you don't take this as an insult Pejvl, but I think Benzema is and was the most crucial player to madrid's attack. He is the perfect CF to use as a holding pivot, who makes the winger's jobs much easier. I feel like madrid fans never credit his hard work or when he scores in very important games. He open's so much space for Cristiano to take open shots and I feel like nobody recognizes that, but then again when a celebration consists of a player pointing at himself and grabbing fake boobs who would recognize the other players doing hard work?
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The most crucial player in Madrid's attacking? Ronaldo has something to say about that.
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I really don't want to discus Benzema in details cause i done this a million times before in Madrids forum. All I want is a new striker to finally come to Madrid,and then he would show you how "crucial" Benzema is. Oh yeah,and you forgot to call him the "link up man",cause apparently he's the only striker in the world who can pass the ball to the wingers.
Ship Benzema to Arsenal for free, he'll make us a fkn amazing team!! He has the same skill set as Giroud, except he's a better finisher. We rely on a powerful CF who can hold up the ball and play with his back to goal, he'd be perfect.
Pejvl all im saying is he was a beast at Lyon and I feel he does great for Madrid because he's the only player that can hold a ball with two defenders on his back and not fall to the ground. He's great at what he does in my opinion. But I mean I would love to see him leave because any team in the world would be glad to have him.
So I'm seeing a lot of posts where the starting line up is Neymar--Messi---Munir. Really? Are you people serious? Don't get me wrong. Munir has immense talent as we all know. But he is still a kid. Why rush him and throw him with the wolves? I think him playing in Barca B and playing cup games and 'easier' Liga fixtures are the best options right now. I also wouldn't mind seeing him come on as a sub.

A certain Messi didn't even start his first season and Messi was by far the most talented 18 year at that time. So to ask for Munir to start is kind of ridiculous. We are supposed to protect our youngsters, not do another Bojan here. Munir will definitely be ready for regular action in 2-3 seasons but for now I think he is better going on and off between the first team and the reserve team.

Once Suarez comes too, it will be hard for Munir to find playing time. I wouldn't mind seeing him loaned out to Villareal or Valencia next season.
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I think munir will only if there are injuries to our starters which is the case right now. This was the first game of the season at home vs elche. I don't want to take away the credit from him for performing so well but lets not get ahead of ourselves. We have to keep giving him first team chances to increase his confidence. If he grabs the chances he receives with both hands and makes the most of it then he deserves his place in the team ahead of our multi million dollar purchases.

I'm glad barca increased his buyout clause from 8m to 27m. We really don't want a repeat of thiago at barca. Rotation is key. It keeps all players fresh and motivated.
This kind of irrational fear belongs in the Prem.
Being an over-protective nan is much worse than learning one's trade amongst lions and wolves.
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lmao Mt you're the man.


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