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Suarez out for a month. If we don't sign Coutinho and Dembele this week, we will be screwed.
Dembele is a must for Barca. The kid plays like he has ice running through his viens. I honestly don't think it will take him long to adjust at all. Coutinho might need time and its hard to say what is to come of Paulinho. Although Coutinho and Paulinho have played together for Brazil, already know each other very well and their is no deny you guys need fresh players in MF. Rakatic looks like his out of ideas, I feel for Iniesta, he has this season and maybe one more left in him for Barca. As for Gomes, nothing needs to be said. His average.

Although Valverde has a big job on his hands. Barca are transitioning. The way they approach this season in terms of tactics and style in certain games will be vital. At times Barca might need to throw out their old play book and forget about imposing themselves in MF, try to grind out the wins using another approach. Until the team finds the right players to play their style, Barca needs something new. Will Valverde have the balls to something else to help the team or sit back and be a spectator? If he does nothing, he won't last long on the job.
It is not just the players fault but also the coach with his tactics and player selction.
Why did Valverde play Gomes over D.Suarez when he has not played a single game in the pre season. D.Suarez played well when he came on yesterday. And why is he not testing Semedo where he did more in 15 mins than Vidal did in 90 mins of last game.

Rakatic( i used to like him alot) and Andres Gomes are the slowest and most uncreative midfielders ever. Now imagine putting them in the same line up.This game felt like I was watching Bilbao vs Madrid. I have no hate against Valverde but I dont think he is the right guy for this team. But then again, Barcelona's board is looking for a puppet in the front who does not have any voice; therefore, they have to go for a coach who would do as they wish...

We are falling behind off Madrid way too quickly and we need to act now to shrink this massive gap. I believe We need minimum of 3 players. Coutinho, Dembele, and Dybala in best case scenario.
"But then again, Barcelona's board is looking for a puppet in the front who does not have any voice; therefore, they have to go for a coach who would do as they wish...".

This. The only reason they hired Valverde was because he would be a yes man. Not going to write him off yet, but he needs to demand signings and act strong. If not, it will be a battle to finish 2nd in the league vs Atletico Madrid.
Gomes was strolling around like it was park...Not Barca level player by some distance
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First, let's look at the reality of things. We went from an all powerful midfield to the best front line which made life easier for the coach. Now we're trying to figure out how to make a team that was designed to just feed the front 3 to function on its own.

1) Rakitic : I like the guy but he's done. I don't know if Paulinho is the answer but he's not controlling s**t in the midfield.

2) Neymar replacement : we don't play 4-4-2 because we don't have a strong midfield and great wingers nor do we have tall fwds. We need to stick with 4-3-3.
3) Defense : In lucho's first year we solved the defensive problem. We played only one wing back up the wing each time. It was either alba or alves. Never both. In the first leg, both goals were conceded because our wings were exposed.


Learn from madrid. When Zidane took over he was very conservative. He still isn't a very flamboyant coach and last year they scored the least number of goals in he last 7 years in the league and yet they won. Whenever you're rebuilding a team your defense needs to be shored up before you start figuring out the attack. I think we need to skip the style and focus on playing defense. We gave up 2 goals in the first leg because we were assuming we could impose our will on the game. NO! Our opponents know we're exposed so plug those gaps first. Then figure out your new philosophy.
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Frankly speaking, I think the magic MSN trio brought to the team covered the huge deficiencies in midfield , defense and in the net. With Iniesta , Busquets and Mascherano aging, and after Neymar left, we are going to be badly exposed. we will struggle to field a complete 11 team, let alone have a bench. I'm afraid, Even if we sign both Dembele and Coutinho, we are still going to struggle as there is no improvement on many other lines. As for the coach, it is really not good to bring a new coach when your personal is also declining, not a good recipe for stabilization. I personally liked the fact that he didn't play Semedo in the first Classico and only introduced him when the tie was over, there is no benefit to put too much pressure on the kid in his first appearance in a Classico game.
I honestly think our season is over already, as much as I hate to be negative, what do we have to go off to think any different?

We lost Enrique and his replacement doesn't seem to be of Barcelona standards. We lost Neymar the flair and energy to our attacking trio which has covered for our terrible midfield (exception of Busquests, Rakitic and Iniesta). We signed Paulinho....

The only positive I can see is Semedo. I honestly thought we should wait a year before signing Demeble but with Neymar gone maybe its time. Being a Liverpool fan I would be crushed if Coutinho left but we need a player of his standards in the midfield and we need to start trusting in our academy again. Thiago would be ideal right now..
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Only positive note from this game is Semedo: This kid is exceptional. Get rid of ratomeou, gomes, turan, doulas, paco, rafinha and start looking into the academy. I know it's too early but so far, this coach is nothing special.
I know it's too early to judge but I don't see anything special in this coach. Looks like a spectator to me...
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damn last season the problem was that midfield didn't have any creativity but today they couldn't even complete the most simple passes.
Where's Paulinho when we need him?
+1
Man I feel bad for Messi, he went from playing with Xavi and Iniesta to Gomes and Paulinho.
+1
I feel bad for the best player ever to grace the pitch, what a shame
+1
He would actually be an upgrade to Rakitic. 😂
you guys are wasting his prime years, send him to us
+4
The difference in quality between the two teams is staggering. They are Miles ahead of us.
+3
It's like we are playing with 5 less players.
every one on our side looks like he aged 5 years
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