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Why did Pep leave Barca? To me it looks like he had a nice thing going there, so why leave?

As do you guys think he will ever take the Spain job when Del Bosque retires/quits?
Pray for Tito everyone......
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Tito Vilanova has been rushed to the hospital :(

I hope everything turns out well.
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:'(
I find it quite interesting that everywhere on the internet and on TV, there is talk of how heynckes is a better manager than pep and that his Bayern would have dismantled Madrid. There is an inherent assumption in these comments that Bayern would produce the exact same performance that they did last year under juup if he was still managing them.

Firstly, that assumption has no historical bearing since no team in the modern era of UCL has won the cup back to back years. Secondly, there is also the other factor that juups team was dealing with; the failure of losing to a rubbish Chelsea team managed by an interim manager which led to players like robben being derided in Germany for choking at the final stage. Motivation is a big factor in taking great teams to the next level. They won it all last year and statistically the odds of them repeating a treble are slim. If the best team on paper should win every game or cup then barca should have taken the UCL home every year between 2009 and 2012. But that's not how life or sport works.

Finally, this comparison between juup and pep. Juup was definitely one of the best in the business and had years and years of experience managing to clubs. He also quit at the top which is always the right moment to leave. But if you compare juup with pep, pep takes the top spot by a mile. Pep has won 15 trophies in his short career while juup has won 12 in his long career. Now all of a sudden, people talk about pep as if he's downgrading the team without considering any of the above factors. The silliest criticism is the one about possession football. Bayern played better than last year winning the league breaking last year's record. There is also a remarkable drop in form of this Bayern team since they clinched the league. They have also had injury issues especially with ribery not playing at the same level as he did before the surgery. Of course it's the managers job to get his players functioning at the top level but if one thinks teams perform at the exact same level every year, you probably started watching football only recently.
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My phone autocorrect changed some words in the post above. I'll fix them when footytube let's me edit the post.
I wouldn't been care if pep don't win any of titles this year because he isn't managing barca .but all the hate coming to him for no reason makes me to change my mind .i will cheer it if they win this tie in munich and it has every possibilities as well .
this guy must come back, and very soon....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cBIAwh4EjA
After world cup ...
Why didn't RM play a game during the week end?
RM didn't play because RFEF often lets Spanish teams rest before CL, moving matches to Saturday or Friday or in this case, postponing the match, probably because Real also had the CDR final last week. Just like our match against Athletic was originally postponed because of the possible CL semifinal.

And @ZizOzil get a life, it was just a question.
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@Maaza tnx.

@ZizOzil wow wtf? btw why have real madrid been the 2nd best club in Spain the last 6 years considering the s*!t load of money they spend on players?
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@zizozil ,you can't be more silly .its interesting to see those plastics coming high on us ..
ZizOzil,

I wouldn't really tease Liverpool fans too much about the CL considering that Pool has actually won it in the past decade, which is more than Real Madrid can say.
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Good one jraty. Now Madrid has a strong team so you'll see a lot of fans, most of them newer, talking trash.
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He just asked a question. God, why get so sensitive about it?
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Don't worry about zizozil. His comments are usually brain farts.
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Funny part about his comment is there are seven Madrid fans thinking he pulled a smartest comment here ..lol ..
The votes are misleading. JRaty is the clear winner lol.
any thoughts on this game, guys? predictions or thoughts on the next leg? any input on pep coaching this bayern side? just curious..
I think Bayern will win 2-1 and Madrid go on with Away goals.At least I hope the more distracted Real and Atleti are with CL, the slightly better chances we have at La Liga.
I was a bit surprised Pep went with a possession-oriented 4-3-3 to begin with. I thought for sure he would have watched Barca-Madrid CDR final and anticipated the possibility of Ancellotti using the same 4-4-2 counter-attack tactic.

It should be an interesting second leg, it is Madrid's to lose at this point.
To be honest, the goal Real scored came after a golden opportunity that Bayern missed, so it could've gone either way. Bayern is feeling the lack of Thiago in my opinion. He brought danger to the midfield where the current players bring solidity.
bayern midfielders are missing the pace down the center imo.they need to speed up their passing.Moreover, their build up is very slow which gives enough time for the opposition to get back on their positions.Opposition would just mark the robben and ribery and rest of their work is done by slow passing through the middle.
Arsenal,

Exactly, that's part of what I meant when I said that Bayern is hurting for Thiago. That and his ability to take on players in the midfield to push through as well.
Man I can't believe how much respect was given today. I can't wait until next week, the intensity is going to be kicked up 10 notches :P
Little late but congrats on getting your transfer ban lifted.
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Thank you
Pep can make any team play better football.. That's the kind of football I enjoy the most, pass n move pass n move pass n move.. Beautiful..
Also don't forget pass n move.

So beautiful :)
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It wasn't beautiful... bayern were less than average tonight
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No Tech, you have no idea what you talking about. Bayern was passing and moving and that's beautiful.
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passing is good but you are also required to do that so called beautiful passing in the final third lol
Just one game lost ,then thousands of haters started to mocking him ..lol .
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So how was Bayern average when they played Real Madrid, at home, and lost by one goal? Who do you guys think Bayern is? Especially seeing as that goal came from a counter after Bayern wasted a really good opportunity. The one thing that separated the two teams yesterday is that Real took their opportunity while Bayern didn't. Who here was expecting Bayern to steamroll Real Madrid at home?
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Got to be honest, Pep's football is effective, but hardly beautiful. Rijkaard's though, is absolutely beautiful but less effective. Holland 2000, Barca 04/05.
LastGrasp,

The problem with Peps football is that it tends to lead to the other team playing on the counter. And when one team is closing down the pitch, neither team is likely to play pretty football. Hence there are plenty of boring matches. When both teams play open football, Peps style is pretty. But Peps a pragmatist just like pretty much any other successful trainer, so if the other team is playing on the counter, Pep will play safe possession as no to give it to them. Focusing on playing pretty against a good counter attacking team will leave you dead, just ask Wenger.
^Perhaps, but it is a little slow tbh. I have always loved Rijkaard's style though. I don't think he's very popular here, but I thought he did quite well with you guys. His Holland team was just the best team I've ever watched in my life tbh. It had everything, but unfortunately did not win anything.

Now recall what Pep said about tika taka, its a defensive formula, not an attacking one. Meanwhile, Rijkaard's version of total football isn't based on possession, but a complete attack. Also, Rijkaard's formula is one of the quickest styles I've ever seen.

Tbh, I really would want Rijkaard at Arsenal when Wenger eventually retires. That is how highly I rate the man. To me, Pep brings success, with a style that is perhaps an acquired taste. But Rijkaard's style is pleasing to the eye, albeit less successful.
Last,

You're right, it can be slow when there isn't enough space on the field. Pep really emphasizes possession, which makes uncertain passes outside of the opponents 3rd a big no-no. This naturally leads to more sideways and backwards passing, slowing the game down. If there's space on the pitch however, the game can be really, really entertaining. Then the high-energy, high passing game also becomes high-speed.

Big matches will always be cagey, and I would say that I much prefer how Peps teams handle big matches to how for instance Mourinho or Sirmione does.
" As with Real Madrid (in fact, even more so than with Real Madrid), I'd have crawled to Barcelona on all fours. At that time, they were the best team in the world – what more needs to be said? Their brand of football hadn't been seen in a long time; all little first-time passes and an almost insane ability to maintain possession. Theirs was a basic philosophy – "the ball's ours, and we're going to keep it" – mixed with intuitive understanding and movement so impressive that it seemed orchestrated by God himself. A Rolex with Swatch batteries. Utterly refined, extremely long lasting.". Pirlo

great players like Pirlo admiring though ..
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^great players, managers, coaches, football experts all admire tiki taka. It's the armchair coaches on the internet who think its boring. I mean who doesn't love a ball bouncing around aimlessly right? The other thing that I always pint to my friends especially the ones who order premier league, that it is always up to barca or Bayern to crack open a defense. Barbarity, teams decide that they will test how good Bayern are and whether they can break a defense or not. The burden is always on Bayern or barca. They willingly take on the challenge and there are times when the brave falter. Then people get to create theories about tiki taka until pep wins another trophy.
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^For someone who is deeply ingrained with Rijkaards style, tika taka definitely isn't interesting. Heck almost every other style is inferior to me. It's just my personal opinion, but Rijkaard's Netherlands were so perfect that no other style comes remotely close to it. Like I said, Tika taka is effective. But to enjoy it, it's an acquired taste. Problem is, the 2000 Dutch team were so perfect that I'm not about to give up that style. It has the same intensity as a counter attack, except that it isn't a counter attack, it's a full fledged attack. Look, I'm not saying that counter attacks are better, but at least counter attacks are quick. Problem is, counter attacks also come no where close to the 2000 Dutch team.

And as for professionals hailing tika taka, of course they would, it is the most effective tactic. But visually, none comes remotely close to Rijkaard in 2000.


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