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Lawl . Just wait for MOU complaining about 19th century football , Chelsea are struggling to have a clear shoot against Southampton's minibus
They should thank us for Cesc and thank Eden for being Eden! I finally watch another Chelsea game in full, and what a disappointing game it was for them. Only one shot on target, unsurprisingly set up by their only two brilliant players. Hazard even set up a tap-in for Drogba but he didn't even manage to hit the ball there.
that wasn't terrible game at all, both teams went for it, we lacked final touch but Southampton were pretty good
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he complained against Referee and he was correct what he said about Cesc getting a booking
Well, I did think it was a rather terrible game. Take out Hazard and it was a snoozefest. And Mourinho complained about a referee? You don't say? :P
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It was not a great game, but there was only 1 day rest for both teams. Cesc and Hazard are brilliant though, you're correct in that assessment, almost all our goals start with either of the 2.
Honestly, every season we play at Sociedad, we deteriorate worse and worse.

In their first season back(11-12), we had a 2-0 lead on em and dropped it 2-2. The next season, they broke our UNBEATEN RECORD! Once again coming down from 2-0 to beat us 3-2 instead. Then the season after that, we lost even worse and got dispatched 3-1. Every season the score getting worse. I'm not making a 3-0 loss prediction but do you guys think we have it this time or will the sociedad curse continue? I'm conflicted as to say wether it's time or not, because we are fairly inconsistent, and in 12-13 we were literally flawless before facing them, so even if our team is strong as of late I won't get ahead of myself.

Thoughts? predictions?
Its one of the fixture over which we always struggle :/ though this season Sociedad have been very poor yet they still manage to beat both Madrid clubs at Anoeta , even after managerial change they have recored couple of wins , i think this year will be our best chance to break this curse and i hope Enrique manages to out smart Lord moyes :P
Dont forget boys....They have the mighty Moyes now

Seriously my prediction is 2-0 one messi one suarez
Their first season back was 10-11 actually, we lost 2-1
Let's think positive and change the negative cycle of this world.

we win 0-5 Messi 2, Suarez 1, Neymar 1, Rakitic 1.
El pibe to score a hat trick in a five one drubbing
Yeah I will be happy with 1-0 win haha
Watching boxing day replays for the EPL giving me some form of a fix... but I need the real thing! Every time Barca light up my screen everything else dims and I am left in a world of futbol bliss.

Happy Holidays everyone :D
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Love it!
By watching Alexis play for us this season, it sure looks as if his style of play was greatly stifled by your team's fixed formation system. He definitely looks like a completely different player imo. So here's the question. Is Neymar/Pedro also not living up to their full potentials due to the rigidity of your system? It seems to inhibit their freedom to move forward freely by keeping them in certain fixed positions on the field.

P.S. I'm not saying our system is better, yours is definitely better based on the results. But the question is in relation to maximising the full potential of all your players, that's all.
I think Neymar is not too stifled by the system, since he gets a lot more freedom than Alexis ever did. But Pedro certainly. Like Alexis, he sacrifices a lot for the good of the team.
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@lgw,arsenal system works for alexis,he is the main man there,that's the main reason he is enjoying his success there.But there are still lot of players fails to adapt at arsenal,vela,gervinho etc and ozil has been so poor so far whenever he played out wide.

Imo Alexis and Pedro cases are different,Alexis is a free spirit,that's why he could only be a moderate success here,while Pedro is a excellent team player who would do exactly what team asking from him.The problem with Pedro is he has been out of touch for the past few season,a on song Pedro still would be an integral part of our system,dare to say,he is good enough to replace neymar from starting line up.
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I couldn't agree with you less LGW. Alexis was one of our best players and should not have been sold for Suarez to have room on our team. Alexis was always creating space, chances, assisting and scoring.
Because he didn't have as much freedom as he does at Arsenal (I agree with you there) does not mean 'he is a completely different player'. Yes he has no Messi to feed, yes he has a more open role and freedom to take on defenders... but he still plays the same track back defensively to get the ball. He still plays the full 90 minutes as if he is the man of steel. He still plays possession football. He gets more attention but he is still the same amazing player and the same style of player he has always been for club and country.

I remember him playing for my favorite team in Chile (Colo-Colo) and he scored very few goals, but his talent was undeniable. He was always the puppeteer orchestrating not only the flow but also the style of play. He brought CLASS out of players.

I think Neymar is still adjusting to not being the star, but I am not worried about his progress because he can learn so much from Messi. We must be patient with him to see the full transformation of the player we all wish end his career as the legend he is capable of becoming.

Pedro is a little different. His role at the club no matter what has always been a bit secondary. He is Barca through and through so don't get me wrong, he has helped us achieve everything a club can achieve. He is a trusted player who has finally found his run of form and has filled Neymars and Alexis shoes incredibly with both of them gone.
If the transfer ban upholds then I don't see why we would get rid of him. He has shown no desire to leave and he is completely content with fighting for that top spot along side some of the greatest in futbol. I hope he continues to perform so that he can regain the confidence entrusted in him in previous years.
I've said this before and I'll say this again, Alexis is an English league player. What I say beyond this point is my opinion on the English league.

The English league is a league that is not very tactical nor is it technical concerning a majority of the teams. The pace of the game is much faster than in a lot of the other leagues in Europe because the mentality seems to be to get the ball in the box as quickly as possible. This type of football tends to create a lot of open space and a lot of attacks with the momentum in shift of strikers. I feel like skilled/quick forwards like Sanchez have a much easier time playing in the English league because a majority of players are less technical and tactical. Every time I watch the English League teams are made up of players transferred from other countries some mainly for sheer power and speed..


La liga players prove to be the best players in the English league every year of transfers. A lot of average players in la liga end up becoming huge stars and are loved by the English as well.

This is the exact reason I feel like Messi would dominate every record in the BPL. Imagine Messi with 10 opportunities a game including facing either one defender or being on a breakaway completely in on goal. In all honesty I feel like Messi could average a hattrick a game. He already scores plenty of goals in La Liga, which consists in a majority of players who were professionally trained since the age of 5 to become future players. Messi is realistically defended by 4 defenders every match and still manages to score braces and hattricks on an incredible basis. Nobody can name any other player in the world that has 4 men strictly defending him anywhere on the pitch. Imagine if he had 1 defender who is not technically skilled nor tactically gifted in front of him? He'd beat that defender 12/10..
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Neymar looked totally out of place last season, but this season he has found his feet. Pedro is also finding form again.
Nah, I didn't mean you guys would be selling Neymar, nor did I mean Alexis became better after leaving Barca, I'm just wondering if the fixed system does restrict your stars to a single position, well, basically limiting their creativity. I mean, all your players are insanely talented, but they actually look normal due to their roles in the team. I mean, is it slightly too rigid in that sense? I'm pretty sure Neymar has way more to offer than he is atm, but it is perhaps the system itself that inhibits his creativity? Pretty sure, Iniesta with a little more freedom could do wonders as well.

Perhaps, it can be argued that your full backs are the ones with more freedom than their midfield counterparts? I mean, Alves and Alba thunder forward pretty often, but your midfielders though are a little restricted. Perhaps the key to unlocking Barca's full potential then, could be to allow slightly more freedom to the midfielders, and to restrict the freedom of the full backs a little? Just a thought.
http://www.insidespanishfootball.com/141949/stoke-city-interested-in-taking-barcelonas-sergi-roberto-on-loan/
Seems a good deal,he find hard to play regularly for us,it would help him to gain some confidence.

In other news,Everton looking for traore,his physicality could be real asset at Epl.
He hasn't shown anything special for us here, but he is talented enough to star in an average team I bet. Probably our best option considering he already has some connections at Stoke
Stoke City of all teams... I'd worry about his abilities suffering a major dip. He might as well join a La Liga club, maybe Sevilla or Bilbao where the level is way higher. If he must go to an English club, Everton or Newcastle maybe. Stoke is just too great a step down, where they still play 17th Century football.
Bojan is inviting his old buddies over there it seems, and I love it! Stoke is seen as the polar opposite of Barça, but Bojan has been their best player this season. Muniesa is there too, and I'd really like to see Roberto there as well. I for one would be delighted if the 'orcs' of Stoke learned the proper way of playing football.

It would be a small step for Roberto, but a great leap for footballing mankind!
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Honestly I don't see why its a bad thing to let some of these kids go off on loan when there isn't room for their development at the club just yet. We have given him a handful of chances and he has yet to really set off any fireworks as an individual player, although I will grant him that he has performed very well as a team player.

IF he were to go out on loan, and I hope he doesn't and decides to kick it up a notch with us, I would prefer he stays in a La Liga team to not lose his spanish flavor. The EPL is a much more..."direct" league (to keep it civilized) and he wouldn't learn the possession futbol style. But perhaps he would finally have the freedom to explore his personal traits.
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I agree with you everything you said Che.
But I also feel the Roberto tends to play it a little too safe for us when he gets his minutes on the pitch, with a lot of possession based passing but little penetrative passing. In a league and team that plays more direct there is a possibility it could help him build the penetrative aspect of his game up, and be a good confidence boost too.
I might be late, but I totally forgot about the Copa R16.

HOLY s**t! Talk about wiping out the big 3 early, 2 of the 3 of em will be gone by the QF's (most likely). If we get past Elche, we play the winner, holy s**t.

The other matches to see would have to be Valencia and Espanyol, and Sociedad vs Villareal.
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In fact your early! We don't start the CdR until after the break... :P
I meant just mentioning the pairings for the next round.
Im just messing with you :D
Insane STREET Football Skills - Panna London Pt2 …: http://youtu.be/yxQHgVhxfMc

He just needs to work on his finishing skills and hello Ballon D'or!
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I'm gonna try nutmeg random people on the streets from next time :P
David Villa: "Messi is the best player in the world, I've been saying it for a long time. He's unique. I think he's the best ever" [via efe]

Oh what is this villa ? i always thought messi was a dictator that forced other strikers to be his slave and that all other strikers that played with him hated him 0_o
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I think we can all laugh on what orcs saying about us or Messi:-)

To sum up few months dark side forum is hilarious,

Call anyone idiots,clowns or arrogant if they think ronaldo doesn't deserve ballon d or,they don't even spare their legend xabi,lol.
And call class,humble,legend if anyone say ronaldo deserves ballon d or.

I think ronaldo and his fans are same,always says they don't care about award,yet always thinking and dreaming 24 hours in a day about it.
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I don't remember Villa saying that, truth or media bullshit?
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Merry Christmas to all :D Blessing to all your families, and teams! Goodluck to all in the new year! Hugs to all :)
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Merry X-mas footyfriends! Hope you have a great time with friends and family :-)
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16
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22
17
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17
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10
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7
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11
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0
0
0
0
0
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3
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4
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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
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0
0
0
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14
0
0
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0
0
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15
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16
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17
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18
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0
19
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0
0
20
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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21
0
0
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UEFA Champions League Table

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10
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15
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13
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7
10
1
1
4
6
2
5
-2
10
8
3
2
1
6
3
1
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12
1
5
1
0
6
4

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