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Espanyol getting destroyed 0-3 by sociedad at home. I hope they get relegated so we don't have to play them again next season.
Now 0-4 @ 55 mins LOL
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Espanyol lost 0-5. Now they play at valencia next. Neville will get the chance to get a win. If he can't beat espanyol at home he might as well quit.
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I just watched City vs Leicester highlights. I know its a moot point to discuss defense in the premier league but city's defense is just atrocious. Mahrez and vardy were going through their defense like it wasn't even there. Last year Chelsea won the league with 32 goals allowed and mourinho had to use "negative" tactics to squeeze out results. Southampton conceded 33. The biggest challenge for pep is going to be able to teach city how to defend because scoring isn't exactly a problem for them.

During Pep's first season, we conceded 35 goals. He brought it down to under 30 the next two seasons. In his final season, we conceded 39 but it was the point where the team started to look like it was running out of steam. Bayern has only conceded 23 and 18 goals in his two seasons there. This season they've conceded only 9. Of course bayern was consistently conceding very few goals under juup as well but pep's big obsession is tight defense. I'm not sure how he's going to get city players to get disciplined without a complete overhaul. Only madrid IMO has been the only team which has been able to get result in europe playing average defense through sheer attacking force. Which is why madrid hasn't been able to win as many trophies. If you see all the past winners in the ucl in the last few years, each winning team has had solid defense whether it is barca, bayern, inter or even Chelsea. People think it'll be easy for pep but city's owners are looking for European glory. The way city plays right now, they're a long way away from competing with the best in europe.
City - Kompany = defense all over the place.
City + Kompany = best defense in England.

That's basically the jist of it. I don't even think Kompany is such a great defender; he's just a great leader that City can't miss.
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honestly, that'd be down to pelligrini, who prioritizes attack. it's one of the main reasons city are so poor in away games, they want to play an open game because they think they can outscore any opponent.

as you can see, with a posession style you will concede less, but i cant image city conceding less than 30-35 in a season. not in this league, and certainly not with their players.
"Good Defense" is a general term but its very Subjective because you have to take into account the playing style of the team. Generally i view a good defense if they are capable of performing their duties in such a way that the team is successful in the long run.

Whether a team plays possession based, or counter attacking or pressurized. Theoretically any style should work to win games and in theory trophies as well. If we look at Chelsea and Barca for example when they each won the UCL we saw completely different style of football with the same result. regardless of you thinking which is the more attractive football. Would you say Chelsea's defense is better than Barca's? Even when Madrid won the UCL they arguably had a good defese as well because they did their job in such a way that they won the most coveted trophy in Europe.

IMO Madrid's problems is the mentality of the players, affected by the president, changing coach, un-managed egos etc etc.

As per Pep i honestly see him dominating the BPL even if he might have a tougher time than at bayern. but Teams in the EPL have yet to have answer to our Possession style football the closest one I would say is Chelsea "park the bus" strategy which almost got us out in 09. but Not Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City have dealt with our style of football. if anything it might take time to implement pep's style but hes a perfectionist he will do what he was brought there to do.
City's defensive record in the league has been all over the place. They won the league in 2012 by conceding 29 goals. During other seasons where they kept their GA number low, they failed to score enough goals. United is the only team in recent years that has conceded 40 goals and still won the league handily. Chelsea in Mourinho's first year conceded only 27 but scored around 60. It seems like most teams have to make a trade off between attacking play and defense. Most epl teams can't seem to be able to maintain both ends well.

Typically the trend in premier league is that if you concede around 30-35 goals, half the work is done. You have to supplement that defensive record with around 80+ goals. Under pep, I'd think city can score 80 goals. The key will be to keep that defense at around 30. I think city's big problem is the DM area. There are rumors that pep wants to make a move for Busquets. If he indeed takes him to etihad, he will break barca's backbone and at the same time find a transition specialist from defense to attack for his new club.

Several years ago, gullit said that playing football is like driving a car and in the premier league you're always in overdrive. That is not pep's style. He will want to slow the game down. It'll be interesting to see how he manages to do it.
Andres: I don't want to use the word "lucky" but it's hard to describe Chelsea's ucl win. Yes, they did enough to win and that's all that matters in the end but all sports is accompanied by uncertainty. Chelsea were getting destroyed by both barca and bayern but still got out alive. Its an anomaly as far as predictable results are concerned.
it's down to the manager. mancini played negative football for the most part until they won that first trophy (FA cup) and then bought aguero. there were chants of boring, boring city.

pelligrini was hired in part because city administrators want attractive football, and a brand name at the head of the club (pelligrini was fresh from his stint at real madrid)

the league is changing all the time. the mid to bottom clubs are much much stronger now than 5 years ago, where united would be expected to paste teams 4,5-0 that were in the relegation zone. villa can still take a beating, but in genereal the relegation fodder score more goals and and try to attack you even when away from home. unheard of a few years ago. not sure pep will be able to replicated 30 goals a season conceded here.
Messi to undergo kidney surgery.
It's a minor operation , he is expected to join team back on Thursday , will miss CDR 2ND tie against Valencia.

I hope Samper , bartra , Sandro & Munir starts against Valencia , didn't saw Barca B recent matches but they're on mini winning run and apparently samper is killing it there.
Looks to me that Ronaldo will never be as good as he once was anymore. Today he was once again really poor when his team needed him to be good. He shines when Real would win anyway, but he hasn't made a difference in games where his contribution was actually needed in months.

Kind of sad. The end of the Messi-Ronaldo era begins.
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The start of the Neymar era begins tho
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Here is some empirical evidence supporting what you are saying:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/gametheory/2015/03/statistical-analysis-football?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/onceandfutureking

I have always noticed that Ronaldo looks hungrier when Madrid are a few goals up and he senses he can get a cheap goal against the demoralised opposition. When Madrid are down, he looks disinterested. There is no doubt in my mind that he values scoring goals more than winning.
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Two reasons for it. Age and the fact that madrid has decided to not run plays around him. There is a distinct change in attitude of players. Earlier it was obvious they were constantly looking for him as if they had clear instructions to pass to him before the finish. Now if there's a chance to shoot they go for it.
that being said .....don,t you think that the attacking potential of the team was greater when it was built up around him ... than now ?...also same can be said about messi which will also account for his less amount of goals , aside from injury of course
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^^ it's actually the complete opposite. When the team was built around Messi, all they had to was shut him down and our attack would become useless. Now we have Neymar and Suarez who can share the burden.
yeah that's what we were saying about rooney. physically, he may be past his peak or not at peak presently, but the technique never fades. it would be wrong to underestimate him.

beside i think the aging process will be more apparent for ronaldo as he is 1 older, 2 relies more on his physical ability than pure technique (compared with messi), and 3 doesnt have a suarez or neymar at his side, some to score 40-50 plus goals when he is not in form.

it's possible he just needs to have more rest and cant play 60 games a season at a super level anymore. that, and bbc is turning into a poor man's msn
Ronaldo needs to accept that he can't run past players anymore that easily. Ronaldo can be a brilliant playmaker if he wants to do it. However he will never accept playing for someone. The thing about messi is he is more than willing to create and score when its necessary. He gives the coach options whereas ronaldo demands a system fit for his approach. Bbc can't be as good as msn but if they develop teamwork then they can surely compete with them.
Lads you have Messi, Suarez and Neymar. It's only fair you let us have 3-0 lead at the emirates before you annihilate us at Camp Nou.
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I wish it was that easy. I expect it to be very tough and I just hope it's an entertaining 2 legs. Barcelona are the clear favorites but Arsenal have shown more than enough times that they can win as the under dogs.
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Before the first leg is played they chances are 50-50. "Favorite" is just a tag. Each game have is own reality. At this level it's really hard to predict a result as ANYTHING can happen especially in a CL game.
I'm really excited and equally nervous. I'm expecting a 1-1 draw at the Emirates stadium. That would be a good result for us. Anything that forces Arsenal to score goals at Camp Nou would be great.
Obviously the favourites are going to play down the fact that they are the obvious favourites going into the game. ;)
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very true & honest remark hik: i for instance would not expect anything less than a 2-0 score line ... our weakest trait i would say is our finishing ........& that says a lot seeing that it is highly assumed & boasted that we have the three best strikers in the world , i would like to see better efficiency in our finishing & might i say one or two more last touches would help... after all tiki taka is barca,s ultimate weapon :)
Wow this was Lucho 100th match as manager of barca, he have win ratio of 80% with 5 titles , an average of a title ever 20 match.
Who keeps programming our games at these ungodly times?? I was enjoying lunch with my family and apparently the game was on.

Looks like I didn't miss too much though.
At least it was lunchtime for you, J. The match started at 3am here :/
Started at 6AM, so it was too late for me to stay up, and too early for me to wake up. Especially on a weekend :/
Yeah it was early. It was at 3pm here. Luckily there's a bar across from my office. I watched the second half with clients calling me every min.
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It was 5 am here. I was out till 3 am. Slept till 5 and watched the game. No way in hell I can miss a Barca game due to sleep.
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My office time is 7-3 pm,I left office an hour early to watch the match:)
As brag about many time by me , gulf is 2ND best place to follow European matches (after Europe), this crazy time was at 2:00 pm here , manage to watch it in office ;)
I used to have no problems getting up in the middle of the night for football games either. In fact, it was quite a special feeling. But nowadays I'm a working man who just wants to spend a Sunday lunch with the family (and THEN watch the game :P).

I feel old now.
Expert analysis: "Barcelona won the game just because navarro scored an own goal and Suarez scored".Michel Owen;)
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Barcelona kept a clean sheet because Levante didn't score
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The game ended when the ref blew the whistle
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Barcelona struggled because the grass was too long and not watered enough. Or was it too wet?
Barcelona players lose their attacking powers when the sun is out.
This is sad. Alves is embarrassing, def hung over from Neymar's bday party.
It's just nothing,we struggle when busi out on the pitch just like today or Malaga game or if he is having bad game,the momentum had changed to our favor once he went on to the pitch .

You can argue it,but for me he is the best mid fielder in the world.
Even when he came on, we were playing like s**t. And he had over 30 minutes to make an impact. Fact is we were just garbage today and got lucky to come away with 3 points.

But games like this is how you win championships.
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You didn't watch the game properly IMHO,levente pressure lowered once he came and we started finding feet in mid field.we been poor this game,but atleast his presence made us feel secure.
To be honest this is normal for a midfield without a proper DM. Sergi Roberto is very good but his abilities are more suitable for attack than defense in the midfield. Rakitic runs up a bit too much to cover the midfield defensively and Iniesta isn't defensive at all. Busi's absence does make a difference although the entire team was sluggish today. Besides Levante always plays total defense against Barca so it wasn't unexpected.
Nothing new , we don't like playing under the sun
You have to take into account that we've had a packed schedule these last two months, plus the CWC, this is the time when we need to grind out results, the better performances will come once the schedule eases up a bit.
^ Yeah like when we play Arsenal LOL
Another match another legit goal not given.

LALIGALONA !!!!


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Minute-by-minute report: Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored hat-tricks on a miserable night for Gary Neville’s Valencia, while Newcastle stayed in the bottom three after defeat at Goodison Park
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