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Lol just read Ribery's comments on Pep. How about you first try to stay fit for more than 2 or 3 games, then come talk.
what did he say??
I'm not sure what to think of Munir. Two years ago he was promising and in spite of being given so many chances he's nowhere close to being reliable. He scored a few goals towards the end of the season last year but most of the goals were a result of msn showing their magic. I've yet to see him give a display which will make me think he's on his way to become a starter in the near future.

He dribbles aimlessly. His passing is average. His shooting is below average. He can't win headers because of his height. He's too frail and can't fight for the ball.

Carles Alena impressed more in 30 mins than Munir did all game. I don't know what lucho sees in him. He's given him more chances than any other player. I hope he is like Sergi Roberto who was also a late bloomer and has now become a versatile player. I don't think Munir has it in him but maybe he'll prove me wrong.

Anyway, make sure you guys watch the highlight clips of alena vs Celtic. He's so confident on the ball and his ball control and understanding of available space is quite mature for his age.

I think samper was disappointing. He missed a few tackles and was consistently out of position.

Denis Suarez is going to become a very good player this year. He's quick, creative and fights for the ball.
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Would you be able to give a quick analysis of the youngsters and how they played? I missed the game and would love to read about it
I figure Tello will sub for the left and Munir in the Middle?? Who will cover the Right? I hear that Denis can sub in for Neymar, but I was under the impression Tello was a strong LW. Thoughts?
I like Samper's passing. His pass to Suarez was beautiful. But as you said, he seems totally clueless when it comes to defensive positioning.i don't think he will be able to replace Busquets in the long term. Looks like Sergi Roberto is more suited for that role.

As for Munir, he has shown no improvement whatsoever. The only reason he is here is because Lucho likes him. Barca has shipped out players far better than Munir.
Its hard to make a judgment on the kids' performance. 6 were subbed in at the 61st min mark and 3 more at the 77th min mark. That's a good half an hour for the first group but by then Barca was in training mode. One thing to note was the team consisted of 6 Barca B subs with Munir, Camara, Vidal and Samper. They were very comfortable moving the ball around.

This is where Munir's lack of penetration comes into recognition. Being the "senior" player in the group, he should have been leading the attack but it turned out that we moved forward better with Alena and Carbonell.

Martinez was a disaster. He was clearly nervous and he almost gifted a goal in the 1st min. After that he settled down but he consistently out of position. For a tall guy, he was losing out on aerial duels and then he gifted a goal in the 6 yard box. Back to Barca B you go.

Camara - He was over committing in the first half. He is not as attack minded as alba but he was also getting beat by Celtic's RW. In the second half he was a lot more stable. He made some great passes including one diagonal which traveled across the pitch. The kid has potential but with Alba and Digne in the team, I don't see how this kid is ever going to play for us in the next 4-5 years.

Carleis Alena - You guys have to watch his wonder goal in the UEFA youth league. He was the best among the youngsters. He started a bit slow but slowly got into his groove and was bossing the midfield. For an 18 year old, that's quite remarkable. No need to speak about him. This video shows it all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DBFRnhFjfA

Samper: Not very impressive. He had a few moments where he was brilliant. He intercepted the ball and made a quick pin point lob to Suarez who should have finished it. That was Samper's highlight. He looked very uncomfortable with Celtic's quick fire counter attacking style. It seems like he was getting bum rushed by Celtic quite easily.

Gumbau - played for 15 mins which doesn't count for much.

Borja Lopez and Marlon were CB's in place of Mathieu and Martinez. I think both did okay but Celtic wasn't really rushing as much by then and their bench was on the field.

I do think between Gumbau, Samper and Alena we might have our next starting midfielder. Gumbau and Samper can play CM and DM although I'm not too sure about their tackling abilities. Alena is more of a CM/AM type player. I hope at least one of them develops into the player Barca needs.

I think it was a good outing. The team looked very comfortable except for defense which needs to be sorted out. With Umtiti, Mascherano and Pique, we're probably in good shape but Mathieu looks like he's done. After his debut year with us, he's been average. That might also have to do with the fact that he was sandwiched between Martinez who was messing up big time and Camara, another youngster but he surely needs to improve big time if we're going to rely on him this year.
American fans are so god damn boring...Real Madrid vs Chelsea and in the second biggest stadium in the world and I don't hear a single chant or cheer...
How do you generalize and say Americans because Chelsea and Madrid fans are boring?
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Cuz I live in the USofA...I've been to American football games, hockey games, baseball games, basketball games and soccer games and they need a damn recorded system to force them to cheer...it's extremely pathetic a country with no passion or identity (I'm talking about their fan base). Go to any other country and watch their sports it's amazing how different it is.
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Lol, i guess your test for a countries passion and identity is how loud fans shout during sports. Good to know.
More than that but when you need recordings to get the crowd to cheer or root for their team...tis a sad day
@Simplygods - saying America is a pathetic country is going too far. You can criticize fans, etc. but let's not slander a whole nation. I live in America and I love it. The fans are very passionate and sports is a major part of everyone's lives.

Also, I am surprised that you would say something like this for the nation that you choose to make your home
@Tomikato I have yet to see the passion for sports in America you speak of. The day their fans cheer without load speakers and even when their team is losing and show up even when they have a shitty team that's when you know they're passionate...doubt I'll ever see that in my lifetime.

Didn't have a choice...trying to save up enough to move out of it actually..
That's cool. All I am saying is calling a country pathetic is uncalled for. Your point of view on the fanbase is something you have a right to express even though I might disagree with that.
By pathetic I was talking about the country's fan base...
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^That's what I thought. You are entitled to your opinion there. I find people a little too much about sports here to be honest :P

Whenever I need to get some work done I have to hear through Basketball, Football, Baseball and god knows what not lol. The folks don't stop talking about sports. You should visit Boston. You will know what a crazy sports city it is. They are nuts I tell you.
bit harsh but i understand where you are coming from. i think fan culture is just different, especially depending on the sports. if you go to a home football game in most cities though the sound varies depending on who has the ball and how important the situation is. you wont get loud cheering the whole time, nor loud singing. doesnt mean the fans are not passionate.

in baseball for example i just go and chill, no reason to start yelling unless it's an important situation, like a 2 strikes on the batter and bases loaded with two outs :P. that said, i've never heard of a quiet hockey game.
Go to an American football game. In fact I think it the highest recorded stadium noise is in the US.
Don't get me wrong I enjoy sports and have been too just about every professional sport in the US. I just think it's sad that they have to have load speakers making up chants and cheers to get people involve the only time Americans will make a sound is if their team scores and even then the load speakers are still having to push stupid little chants and cheers.
Alena has been very impressive.
What the commentators keep saying
One of the brightest spot in our academy,I hope to see him more this season..
How's was the first half? I missed it...was too busy walking my dog at the park f*****g shit up in pokemon gyms!
Barca B vs Celtic now.
I wanted to see Samper play. Glad he's coming on.
Messi's first time diagonal balls...can't do anything about it.
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Fair play from Celtic after Martinez mistake hahaha!!!
So Martinez is never going to play for the first team again.
Almost gifted a goal in the first minute also lol. Nice debut...
Mathieu has also been horrible. He seems to have some kind of who-can-f*ck-up-more competition with Martinez.
True. Martinez rubbish. Mathieu average. Camara amateurish.


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