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If anybody actually believes Bartra going harder for the tactical foul would have been a wiser choice, check this out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mNjGlEdVI8

Ouch :P
"In January, I pictured one such long-term scenario, in which Martino’s verticalidad would help usher in a fresh, younger Barça, with a run-and-gun midfield, some of the best attackers on the planet, and a more counter attacking style. "

"If it continues to behave like a spoiled child, demanding success without being willing to pay the price of transition, then no board or manager on earth will be able to pick a team out from the rubble."

A beautiful piece very well written for anyone who has time. Pretty much based on Tata and how a team that was winning 20 games in a row is now losing. A team that was based on substitutions and rotations that clearly was working so well to a team thats just put on the field to make someone happy? But who, the board? the players? The fans?

Against Rayo we had the worst possession but we won 4-0 yet the media hounded Tata about not winning but why we had no possession? If you are a fan who is currently blaming Tata and thinking why we are facing such a slump this will be a great read. Also, anyone see a remarkable resemble to Rouras team last year and the motivation?

So maybe it's not Tata, maybe the board want Cesc to play to Xavi and Iniesta and pairing Messi with Neymar. So what choices is Tata left with when you cant even win a game by a big margin and still get crap for having no possession?

http://www.totalbarca.com/2014/opinion-pieces/one-step-forward-two-steps-back-barcelonas-failed-transition/
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Good read, and I've had similar thoughts recently too. The fact we're complaining about the pitches when they're clearly not horrible (apparently Xavi did after the Atlético loss, though the media constantly fabricates lies about him) or refuse to admit we were outplayed is really annoying. Just like the writer says: some of our players and fans are starting to whine like spoilt children who refuse to accept change is needed.

Right before the Atlético game, I said the key to winning is constant evolution. We are not even stagnating, we are plummeting. The drive is gone, the speed in the game is gone too. We'd get thrashed 5-0 against the 2009-2011 Barça now. I don't know how much Tata is responsible for this either, because just like in the article, I kind of fear he's forced to play Neymar, Alves, Messi and Cesc at all times, because they're big names. To me it's clear we should have benched them all several games ago or subbed them off as a clear pointing finger that they are playing far below their own standards.

Lately I haven't been very disappointed with our crucial losses and I wondered why. I know now: it's because I am no longer proud of this team. Even the whole club is being dragged through the mud by the board. As a fan, I want changes. Big changes.
Loved the article ,but i disagree about many things .when i came to know the appointment of tata here ,was really thought and hope for the success of him though was little skeptical because his experience in league is only in argentine league which is running vastly different from European league .itis consisting two legs ,in which one is ending in December n second one starting from February .that league only need short term tactics and he was highly successful with his intense pressing approach .

As expected ,we started very comfortable and highly dominated in every aspect of the game until first half of the season .i was really thought ,he is revolutionize tiki taka with his counter attacking experiment .then its started ,down fall .tired aged players ,trying endless crosses with player like dani alves and most importantly ,reluctant to change same line up in big matches which makes we are very predictable etc .papers like marca reported that he has lost his dressing room already n eventhough players like him very much ,they still thinks he is not good enough to succeed here .anyway a project once we highly hoped to succeed is went to its downfall and ruined .

Now as jeroene said ,i also need big changes but with keeping our usual self .i don't think predictable tiki taka is the reason for our downfall ,i believe not implementing perfect tiki taka n less committed players is thethe reason for that .first step should be throwing out bad apples from the team .
Someone was asking about Google Glasses the other day.
Looks like Atletico's assistant coach is using them

http://en.clubatleticodemadrid.com/noticias/german-burgos-received-the-fixtures-statistics-live-on-his-google-glass

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Pinto, sucks maan. He is not even a good back up. I would have saved those two goals.
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As valdez mention in one of his interviews, a goal keeper can save 5 shots and conceed one and everyone goes nuts. A striker can miss 5 and score one and everyone praise him.. what am trying to say is yes pinto sucks at times but still he manages to protect the goal when it needs to b.. i sort of agreeing with, barcelona second keep should be a better quality than pinto
Lets give credit to Bale for his wonderful effort on that second goal. First goal was Dani Alves's fault and then whole defence. We need motivation, one full back to replace Alves(taller, faster) and one tall worldclass center back. If we have motivation and feeling of security on defence, our attackers can do wonders. But they need to have motivation at first place to even try anything.
Not sure what you make out of this, but I see sportsmanship. Something Barca-Real fans need to learn. No matter how big the rivalry be, love for the beautiful game should be even bigger

http://www.marca.com/2014/04/17/futbol/copa_rey/madrid-barcelona/1397690884.html
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wait why is messi touching his ....
I think both players have mutual respect, I mean, lets face it, neither player would be as good as they are without the other. There probably wouldn't be any need for either of them to step up their game the way they did. Maybe Bale and Neymar will be the next such generation, pushing the other to ridiculous heights.
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i think its time for xavi to hit the bench and for your team to start playing with proper wingers again, like tello and messi and on the wings.
Xavi holds the game very well, I don't mind playing him, but yeah not every match..

Its more like, time for Alves and Cesc to hit the bench.
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Cesc needs to play in place of Xavi here and there too though. Xavi is too old to be overworked as good as he is..god I miss Thiago
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@franky
What tries Bayern, what your team did? I'm curious
lol, you got goldfish memory Robbery?
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You should all watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-IscUXV1os

And think long and deep about it.
@kingleo
Obviously. So tell me...
If losing CL and CdR wasn't enough, two of our most entertaining players will be out for the rest of the season. Sigh... This season has been a real struggle the entire time and its not looking to get any easier.

The only true problem I see is getting some of our players motivated to play at the same intense level they used to. Now some play so nonchalantly that you would think it was pre season.

I don't blame Martino for any of it, especially since he didn't even get a chance at picking up anybody he specifically wanted to bring in. He did some of the best that he could, but with the demands of outside parties he couldn't even do the rotations he wanted to.

Next season is going to be quite a challenge if we are not allowed to buy any defensive reinforcement. The only thing other teams have on us is counterattacking... we need to master the art of stopping that flow.

As for now, we still have a chance at La Liga with some MASSIVE luck. Lets keep our heads up.
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Neymar and Alba injured. Both out for 4 weeks.

FCBLIVE
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Neymar out for 4 weeks, I see it a good thing.. More time for Alexis/Pedro.

How come you're pushing a kid to limits by playing him every match.
it seems bartra is also injured...he's a maybe for next game, they brought defenders from barca B to train with the squad. any more good news? ...
that's a bummer, but here is the light I want out of it: I hope Montoya gets some regular starting role. also I would really love to see Tello getting some play time too.
Little curious to know about messi. what happened to him? He is looking quiet ordinary.He is not running much, sometimes it looks like he is just jogging over the ground. Every time he gets the ball he gets dispossessed straight away. Want to see that old messi, getting past defenders and scoring spectacular goals.

can anybody tell the reason behind the dip in his form?? is it due to injury or is it that world cup is near so he wants to keep himself fit and does not want to get injured??
He is just having a bad week
he'll be back
Messi never 'just has a bad week'. There's something wrong, because he isn't even trying.
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I guess, he's not comfortable with the surroundings he's having now a days!
Its amazing how Messi came off an amazing game against Madrid a couple weeks back to 4-5 games straight of poor performances
i know i'll get hate for this but he plays better when Neymar isn't on
I wouldn't say that barca is declining. It's that the RM and atletico are just getting better.
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barca still has the best goal differential
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We've also been poor against other teams than Atleti and Real you know...
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Well said Maaza, it's not like we are only struggling against powerhouses, we are barely scrapping wins here and there against not so powerful teams, many times we wait for a heroic effort ( goal save, Messi brilliance ) to save the day. It tells, whatever brand of football we used to play and dominate is not being well executed by the current squad.
To me, calling the loss of Puyol and Villa a decline only would be a huge understatement, it has been a calamity to this team.
Puyol will be sorely missed, but the absence of Villa is hardly anything.


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22
72
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25
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62
23
35
58
7
8
18
33
4
56
14
47
61
9
8
16
33
5
52
14
38
52
11
7
15
33
6
51
6
50
56
10
9
14
33
7
44
0
46
46
13
8
12
33
8
41
-5
42
37
14
8
11
33
9
40
-11
41
30
13
10
10
33
10
38
-8
43
35
15
8
10
33
11
37
-13
49
36
16
7
10
33
12
37
-16
46
30
18
4
11
33
13
37
-31
70
39
18
4
11
33
14
35
-17
44
27
14
11
8
33
15
34
-25
53
28
17
7
9
33
16
32
-18
50
32
13
14
6
33
17
31
-22
51
29
18
7
8
33
18
30
-30
64
34
19
6
8
33
19
22
-38
66
28
21
7
5
33
20
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