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marcelo bielsa could teach our team a thing or two about pressing like the old days..

http://vimeo.com/107210151
We pressed but not as a unit :/
Ok, so we lost, and our defense well ehh. Halof of the team, definitely played poorly. Ter Stegan, maybe he could have done better on the day, he is still in progression. The 2 men men that stood out as great was iniesta, and messi. All in all, we have failed our first test. But it does set up a showdown between PSG and Barca for the likely winner takes the group in the last game of the group stages. We will have another chance at them.
I wasn't to happy with Stegan's performance either. Why didn't Bravo play?
Well, I guess we've established Bravo as our Liga keeper, and Ter Stegan as our UCL GK. Maybe i wouldve gone the other way around. But like I said, Ter Stegan is still progression. He'll be better soon, just today was not his day. If we can beat PSG in the return leg of the group stage, then all is well again :P
Besides the second goal, I don't think Ter could have done anything for the other goals. It was more so our defenders that let us down.
Ter Stegen?! how is he even one to blame? Our defense was horrendous. Veratti's goal was hell of a curling ball that was literally impossible for any keeper to stop...if there is anyone to blame it's our defense performace as a whole and the fact that we played our shortest DM as a CB against at team that's known to be a threat on set pieces...
Yeah, just the backline wasnt to be trusted. Positive note though, we will have Suarez in the next PSG game :3
I can't believe how easily we gave away possession in our own half. Its early in the season so this might be a good experience for Lucho so he does not make the same mistake again. Masch is good, but against teams like PSG you cannot afford to start with him in the back. Anyways this was also going to be a tough game away from home but I am glad that we atleast looked good in the attacking department.
Alves cost us the game but we were not good today by any means.. Rakitic, Busquets, Alves, Iniesta and Alba were caught in possession in our own half multiple times.

Alves tried to dribble past the entire team in our own half, lost the ball, gave away the foul and we conceded. And it was his man that scored the 3rd goal at the far post.. not only that, every time the ball went to him, he was so predictable; cross cross cross!
I hate set piece goals.
............
+1
Xavi is the most capped player in ucl.there is something we can cheer about.hats off to the legend:)
+5
Few questions for all the cules....I dont know the answers to it.

Who has the highest number of assists (record) in La liga?
Who has the Highest Number of assists (record) in all competition?
Who has he highest assist record in ONE season in La Liga?
Who has the highest assist record in ONE season in all competitions?

Today's Game was just a bad day in the Office....We needed it! PSG also played well.

I don't think they maintained assist stats in the past, so that those questions can't be answered. If you restricted the time period to the last 20-25 years perhaps, the answer might be available.
+1
I'll never understand what goes on in Barcelona.. Mascherano is not a CB and that David Luiz goal could have easily been avoided had we started a stronger CB whose better in the air. Like I said before we needed Masche at CDM if anything Busquets main weakness is pacy placers which PSG have too many of..

Besides that I couldn't be any more disappointed in today's performance. I knew we'd let in one goal due to the illogical decision to not keep a tall backline against PSG, but in all honesty they were missing all their best players and I was expecting a 5-1 thrashing..
That shot from Munir which hit the post? If it had gone in, Munir would have been elevated to God status in Catalonia instantly!
Chelsea won.
Bayern won.
Roma earned a draw. City has to fight its way back again. LOL
1) Alves, Alba and Mascherano in defense vs top teams gives us a massive handicap in terms of height. We made our task difficult by allowing stupid goals while we have to work hard for each goal by playing pinball through a maze of defenders.
2) I have never seen so many of our players getting caught in possession - Busquets, Alba, Alves, Rocketic - all got caught dribbling in defense.
3) Mathieu made one big mistake. He left his place and came out to tackle which left a big hole to cover for Mascherano from the cross for the third goal.
4) Iniesta needs to release the ball quicker. The passing needs to be brisk.

The only positive out of the game was Messi/Neymar partnership - they have developed a very good understanding and are able to read each very well. Neymar is really playing with the same confidence that we see him play with for Brazil. Our finishing was also average but its understandable considering they had nearly 10 players around the box. From the 60th min onwards it felt like the Barca vs inter game when Mou kept giving us the ball back.

I am glad our defensive frailty got exposed early in the season. We were getting too confident because of our 0 conceded goals in La Liga.

When they come to Camp Nou, we will be welcoming them with Suarez. They will have Ibra too but let's see them try to play a holding game with 1 meter more to cover on the wings.
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I jokingly said when the players shook hands at the beginning that it was the dwarves versus the giants. EVERYONE of their players seemed to tower high and mighty over our players. So yes, we need a guy like Piqué, Vermaelen or Bartra against these teams alongside Mathieu.

Pedro and Busi were invisible today, Alves and Alba constantly made mistakes (whether it was with or without the ball) and Ter Stegen looked shaky. The change I want to see is Masch as a DM destroyer instead of Busquets who's been really underwhelming so far and a right-back who is not giving away possession all the time while leaving the defensive work to the centre-backs far too often. Debuchy would've been nice.
I want to see xavi regularly too.he really conducting our play beautifully still,I hope Don can move to wing with messi n neymar.
I'm not sure what's going on with Montoya in training but Lucho seems to have zero confidence in him. I think we are running thin on RB and this is going to be the case for another 2 years now. So we better start using our alternatives to have them battle ready.

I am so sick of the Mascherano at CB experiment. I wasn't happy about it when Pep did and it pisses me off even more now because we have 2 CB's ready on the bench with a third one physically ready. The one thing we will get with Masch at DM is he will destroy (like you said) the CAM for our opponents. We were not tackling hard and allowing them to pass the ball around so close to our box. They, on the other hand, were more than willing to foul us if we started inching towards their goal.
The shortest man on the field today, Verratti, scored a header.
I don't think Masch is a bad CB, but he is a great DM and it would have made a huge difference today if he played as a DM.

Our main problem today was Alves, Alba and Busi. If anything Lucho got it tactically wrong more than the players being bad. If better decisions were made on how Alves and Alba played then the game would have been better for us. If Masch played as a DM instead of Busi it also would have been better for us. I don't think we played bad, as I said, I think it was more tactics and the fact that PSG played better than us.

I fail to understand why Masch with his ability continues to play in certain games as a CB instead of a DM. There are certain games he can play as a CB and be great but there are others like this where playing as a DM would make a huge difference.

Also, for some reason we forgot the art of pressing. Until the last 10 minutes that is....
+1
I thought enrique would have addressed this issue before the game. Psg are known for their deadly deliveries and conversion from set pieced
*buys defensuve player to deal with the set peices problems from last seasons*

*Still plays masche as CB*

*Cocede 2 set pieces goals*

What went wrong?...Uggh we had Bartra and even pique to pick from but I blame our inital desicion by lucho...he shouldve known that we would be vulnerable with masche as CB. I truly hope masche leaves next window to a team which will appreciate his talents as one of the best CDM in the world. f**k we shouldve beat psg without thiago silva and ibrahimovic. Its the same story as our last few seasons and thats not evem talking about the unusual horroble game jordi alba had today.
+1
He tried to play the players in form which was a tactical disaster. This was a typical game for us. The opponent presses hard and tries to knock us off our rhythm by tackling hard and then hits us with a counter or a set piece. Busquets' positioning also didn't help our case.
Busquets was horrible . I don't know why he feels the need to be cute when two PSG players are pressing him. He lost possession so many times in dangerous areas. Maybe it's time to give masch a go at CDM position.
Its crazy because alba and busi and all the player who were very average today have been amazing so far. I know everyplayer is human and sometimes they have days off but today we definetly payed for that and got exposed with a very organized psg side
They needed to up the passing tempo. I will concede that some of their tackles were not called but once you realize that the ref isn't giving fouls for certain type of holding fouls, then you stop attempting to do the same thing again. Busi was guilty of expecting a foul when it wasn't coming. And Lucho needs to come up with some drills for when opponents are pressing high up the field. We are playing the ball in a triangle in defense but a fourth option wasn't popping up at all in the first half to release the ball. This was basic stuff during Pep's days.
Busi has done this before and he has been unusual for him to lose possession like he did. He is in some sense a heart of our team if he plays average the while team plays average.

F4f he was trying to get fouls which the ref wasnt giving but as a professional world cup qinning player he should know after 10 min whatbthe ref is gonna call and what he isnt. Like I said every player has some days off I hope we learn from these mistakes today


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17
0
17
0
1
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6
1
14
11
3
14
0
2
4
6
2
14
7
4
11
0
2
4
6
3
13
2
7
9
1
1
4
6
4
12
11
9
20
2
0
4
6
5
12
4
7
11
0
3
3
6
6
8
1
6
7
2
2
2
6
7
8
1
4
5
2
2
2
6
8
8
0
10
10
2
2
2
6
9
8
0
5
5
2
2
2
6
10
8
-5
9
4
2
2
2
6
11
6
-1
8
7
2
3
1
6
12
6
-3
6
3
2
3
1
6
13
6
-7
10
3
4
0
2
6
14
5
-1
9
8
3
2
1
6
15
4
-2
6
4
4
1
1
6
16
4
-8
15
7
4
1
1
6
17
4
-9
14
5
4
1
1
6
18
4
-11
12
1
4
1
1
6
19
3
-7
10
3
3
3
0
6
20
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UEFA Champions League Table

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0
0
0
0
0
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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
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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

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4
1
3
4
0
1
1
2
1
3
0
3
3
1
0
1
2
2
2
0
2
2
0
2
0
2
3
1
-1
2
1
1
1
0
2
4

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