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Legend says analysts worldwide are still trying to figure out, what Valverde tells his players at the half-time.
One analyst:

Valverde at Halftime: They stole your trophy, Beat them...
Barca 70 Mins 0-0
Valverde: THEY'RE WEARING WHITE...
Barca: 0-5 lol
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Another analyst:

Valverde at Halftime: Just think that you are playing in Bernabeu.
Score: 0-0

Barca locker room half time:

Valverde walks in, stands in the center of the locker room
"Oh right boys, ahh....I don't know how to put this...but..ahh....HALA MADRID!"

Full time: 6-0



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The second half was just too good. Gomes was much better this game compared to previous Gomeses. Moreover, we performed this well without Iniesta, Coutinho, Dembele.

I think if we can gel in well in the first half itself, we can beat any team in the world.

BTW, get well soon Verminator! Heard that he was out for 3-4 weeks :(
Just wanted to say a few things. Very harsh on Betis, they played an amazing game and were making life difficult all over the pitch. But I guess you can't pressure like that the whole game.

Second, I like how we were patient. We didn't panic and waited for our chance. I honestly thought we were going to drop points.

Last but not least how f*****g amazing is Sergi? 500 mil is too low lol. The guy is slowly becoming my favour player and I feel stupid as f**k for hating on him and wanting him gone. Massive credit to Enrique for bringing the beasts out of him.

Man of the match for me is Rakitic, Sergi and Messi.
Sergi is akin to KDB in the aspect of being the 'total package'. You have a team with 10 Sergi Robertos and a GK and you have a great team.

Don't forget Suárez in the Men of the Match though. 2 goals and 2 assists is always great. Awesome to see him back to his best in recent weeks.
Totally forgot about Suarez. He had an amazing game too. I gave him a lot of s**t a month ago but he's picked it up since. That volley goal was what an inform Suarez does. Can't wait till we get Coutinho and Dembele up and running.
Suarez back to being the best striker in the world. Thought his knee operation during the international break brought him back to form
Messi's like: 3 defenders and a GK?

EZ.

*passes the ball in the goal nonchalantly*
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Vermalen is injured again. Not gonna lie, I'm surprised he last this many games this time. LOL
Not sure what's so funny about that. I'm actually very pissed off because he was doing so well and I wanted him to challenge Pique and Umtiti
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I think its funny because he would be such a good defender if he wasnt made of glass...
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^Ditto.
Imagine how frustrating it must be for him. You're great at your job, but more than half the time you can't do it because your body keeps giving in.
I'm just pissed off now Umtiti gets to just walk back in tbe starting XI. I'm not saying Verms is better as I think Umtiti is our best defender but it would have been nice to have 3 solid CBs. Hopefully he's not out for too long
He was my favorite player this season :(

Hopefully, he can get fit quickly and help us. When he's fit, he is one of the best defenders in the world
With regard to growing rumors of Griezmann to Barca....

Bartomeu, "We know we have made mistakes."
Now we will make bigger ones and play with 5 defenders and 5 attackers. Screw the midfield. ;)

Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, Griezmann, Dembele….Five Attackers
Pique, Umtiti, Semedo, Alba, Busquets….Five Defenders
Ter Stegen

All hail lord Barto! :D
Coutinho is an attacking midfielder though, as is Messi these days. Busi is a DM and don't forget Roberto for the midfield, with possibly Denis getting more play time too. And Griezmann isn't a centre forward by nature, but more of a 'shadow striker', playing behind the CF. He puts in a real shift when it comes to defending too.

I agree we need to reinforce the midfield more, but the fact we've bought Demb, Semedo and Couts is a clear sign the club IS doing a good job. You can't expect the board to do much better than this transfer-wise. A top midfielder would've been Verratti, but PSG would never sell him unless we forked out Coutinho money on him.
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Get Griezmann just to piss off Jose and United :P
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^Sorry to spoil your party but I doubt we would be going after Griezman if we get Sanchez :P
Sergi Roberto renewed his contract until 2022!
Best news of the week :)
+3
His release clause is set to 500m. We are not selling hkm
This Coutinho's winter transfer has send ripples across Europe. Never ever before high-profile transfers happening during winters.

So, UEFA should not put players as cup-tied following these high-profile transfers.

What do you guys think about it?
Sure why not, they even changed the penalty shootout for no apparent reason
The rule is in place to prevent players from participating in the same cup competition twice, which is as it should be. Otherwise players can leave teams who are out of a competition and join one which is still there, which would not be fair.
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These rules are rubbish imo. The transfer windows rules for example, are the reason why prices of players are going through the roof. Similarly, if a player is sidelined for whatever reason and frozen out of the team then he has the option to still play for another team that can use his talents. Bigger teams stockpile players and keep them around "just in case" because they can't just sell and buy players during the season. It also didn't make sense because you can't be "cup tied" for league play.

It's a stupid rule which also goes against the general EU principal of allowing free movement of labor. I'm nou just saying it because Barca has bought coutinho. We have a ton of players on our roster who were sitting around because we want to make sure we bought coutinho first before releasing them.
Guys,wanna know your opinion. what is that little something that messi still didnt get about taking a penalty kick?

not that his penalties are bad, but there's something he didnt get yet. Messi simply can no longer afford to miss penalties for both club and country, yeah even Legends missed penalties but messi's numbers are worrying for me.
To be fair. It was a great save as oppose to a poor penalty.
Not sure where I saw it, but his numbers are above-average I believe. It's just that the high-profile misses will haunt you (Copa America, Chelsea). No one gives a s**t how good Baggio was at taking penalties, that miss makes him seem like a big time choker.
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Well, we'll revenge them at Camp Nou.
I think Messi's pk conversion rate is at around 80%. It's not bad for an average player but it's still quite bad for Messi while considering his goat status.

Matt le Tissier is considered the greatest pk taker with only one miss in around 50 attempts. I saw him on a program on TV discussing penalties. He said a lot of players overthink it while taking penalties. His suggestion was to hit the ball as far in the corner as possible and as hard as one could without disrupting accuracy. It's easier said than done but it is something that Messi isn't good at. He's human after all.
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Messi conversion rate is 76% I read; Ronaldo's is 78% and people think he's a great PK taker.

The average rate is something like 65%, so Messi is still 'good' at taking penalties, just not great like he is in everything else that has to do with the attacking part of football.
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the problem with messi is, he is messi and we all know what the world of football expect from him.
His football is on MESSI level, but his approach for PK is just above average level. or lets say very good. still "very good" isnt what messi is measured with. agree? after all PK is more of a mind game than football game itself.
So being good at football doesnt make you good at PK as well, but being good in mind games will.


messi's approach for PK is to aim for corners (which he does quite great) regardless of the GK. now factors that can affect the the percentage of error:
intensity of the game hence nervousness.
Fatigue
If the GK guesses the direction correct.
all of these will lower the rate of success. interestingly most of messi's PK misses were saved by GK, very few were outside the goal or hit the cross bar.

the other approach w/c i wish messi start using is the mind game part, wait for GK to dive then he go for an easy slow but sure shot to opposite direction.
and if the GK decides not to dive first and actually see the ball direction and react, then messi can simply aim for any corner even not so near the post and not so powerful, knowing the GK will have a low chance of saving it by just relying of his reflex. the goal is 7 meters wide.


Who was covering the space in front of defenders ?
Busi ? Rakitic? No one!!


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GF
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D
W
Pl
Pos
54
48
9
57
0
3
17
20
1
43
20
9
29
1
7
12
20
2
40
20
21
41
4
4
12
20
3
35
21
18
39
4
5
10
19
4
34
6
22
28
6
4
10
20
5
32
-2
28
26
8
2
10
20
6
28
7
28
35
8
4
8
20
7
27
5
20
25
7
6
7
20
8
27
0
29
29
7
6
7
20
9
27
-7
31
24
8
3
8
19
10
27
-8
41
33
9
3
8
20
11
26
1
22
23
6
8
6
20
12
25
-2
19
17
8
4
7
19
13
24
-9
25
16
8
6
6
20
14
23
-2
36
34
9
5
6
20
15
19
-13
29
16
13
1
6
20
16
18
-12
28
16
8
9
3
20
17
16
-22
44
22
12
4
4
20
18
14
-31
47
16
14
2
4
20
19
11
-20
33
13
14
2
3
19
20
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7
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