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Isn't it funny that same fan that said Tiki taka or total football is boring and dead but now they're relishing this goal .

https://vine.co/v/ObnIBli5E7F
+5
Oh I see.. Mou taking tips from Pep the great.!
+1
Mou doesn't design such plays. He has Oscar, cesc, hazard who are capable of doing it themselves. The only thing he is good at designing is counterattacks.
+1
moves like that are "beautiful" and every fan can appreciate that. it's the sideways passing as defending that makes people fall asleep. direct play doesn't just mean crosses and long balls. attacking the goal is what people want to watch, that's the bottom line. sometimes the patient buildup is boring but teams that can constantly probe defenses are always going to be more watchable than teams that pass for the sake of passing.
SIF: teams that constantly probe defenses...

In case you didn't realize it, barca does that non stop. There are two aspects to the way barca played under pep:

1) Under no circumstance should the opponent have the ball. Its impossible to do that but the high press and constant charging was designed to get the ball back. This was PEPs defensive side. He explained his idea in a simple way: When the opponent has the ball the field should become smaller while when you own the ball the field gets bigger.

2) Constantly trying to find an opening to score. This requires nonstop movement of the ball where they move up on the wing and try to find a way in and if the opponent close it down, turn the ball around and move to the center or the opposite side. The idea is to overload on one side and then swiftly move to the other side which Messi does with quick passes with iniesta or xavi or just dribbles past waves of defenders sideways.

Patient build up is boring for the opponent. People in bpl are used to ping pong style football where the ball is tossed in to the box regardless of whether there's anybody to receive the ball or not. That's direct play in English football. Then the ball bounces around haphazardly until... GOALLLLL!!

Barca's ball movement started suffering since 2012 primarily because xavi slowed down. Plus the opponents started parking the bus every game.
@SoccerisFootbal,

You really think our team prefers slow buildup and sideways passing if we have the choice between that and a direct attack on goal? The only time we ever resort to slow buildup and sideways passing is when the opposition parks 10 players in the penalty area with no desire to move.
i think pep himself said that his barca team did not play tiki taka. pep hates the word too.

pep played the dutch game of pass and move with his own idea added.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2237826-did-barcelonas-lionel-messi-refuse-to-be-subbed-off-against-eibar

Guys, I cant stop laughing, haha.. What they create out of nothing!! XD just enjoy.
http://www.marca.com/en/2014/10/19/en/football/barcelona/1413745030.html

Marca started this bullshit , but what do you expect from a newspaper that put this sort of headline for a player that was probably most influential in the La decima .

http://www.marca.com/en/2014/10/19/en/football/real_madrid/1413703300.html

' Angel who? James shines again '

Are you freaking kidding me ?

I wont be surprised if marca post this after messi scores at bernabeu

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0VygFBCAAEc8th.jpg:large

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B0U6tZTCEAAcuw9.jpg:large
+1
I swear, I dont know what the F they are upto.. I mean people read this?
The news isn't even logical, just wtf.
Lol it's a funny video. What do you guys think was really going on?
+1
"I felt I had ruined my career," Suarez told TV3.

"At first, I did not want anyone to know anything. I locked myself away with my family, but then I reflected on what I had done, I apologised and felt liberated.

"By then discussions with Barca had begun, and when Pere [Guardiola, his agent] called me to tell me it was done, I began to cry, because of the situation I was living and the support that the club was offering me.

"I felt happy about the commitment the club had shown me.

He is such a fan boy of this club,I remembered him saying he used to come here to watch barca game.neither he is a high maintenance guy nor horrible person as majority thinks,I hope he will keep his cool throughout his career here.He destined to be a future club legend..
+3
The last time Lucho faced Real Madrid he won 2-0 with Celta de Vigo
+3
he is also hated by madrid fans
He loves hate.
LOL I just noticed that Hellas Verona are fielding a pretty kick ass centre back pairing right now: Rafael Marquez + Rafael Marques!
+5
MARQCEPTION!
+1
I'm pretty sure you could find 11 Marquez/Marques to make a whole team. That'd be neat.
First one got sent off, the other one scored an own goal...haha
+5
What a team!
With the way Mascerano is playing, wont be suprised to see this formation against Real Madrid.

Dani---- Batra --- Pique --- Matheiu

Masc --- Busquets

Rakitic Iniesta

Messi --- Neymar

Subs (depnding on the situation): Suarez(F) Xavi(M) Montoya(D) Alba(D)
*Edit:

Dani---- Batra --- Pique --- Matheiu

---------Masc --- Busquets----------

Rakitic -------------------- Iniesta

---------Messi --- Neymar ----------
------------------------------Bravo-----------------------------

----Dani-----------Bartra-------------Mathieu------------Alba---

------------------------------Busi-------------------------------

--------------Rakitic-------------------Iniesta------------------

------Messi------------------Suarez--------------------Neymar------



Although I would love a Bartra, Pique, Mahtieu paring in the back line I believe speed is more necessary than solid defending. Madrid's counters are really fast and Alba is good to keep on Bale. Mathieu is solid to muscle Benzema off the ball. Bartra is also very pacy for a CB which may help with counters. Dani on Cristiano has been a rivalry for many years.. I just wish Dani was a few years younger lol.

I would also love for Masch to play due to Busi's speed problems, but Mascherano can be risky with fouls and Busquets is better at keeping possession.

Xavi is great, but Rakitic and Iniesta seem to play really well against Madrid. I would like to see the two of them start then perhaps Xavi on later in the match.

Suarez was a hard decision to make, but the man is the purest #9 in the world. I can only imagine those months spent training he built some chemistry with Messi and Neymar. His hunger (for goal) must be more than ever.
+1
I'd pick Dani anytime, just to see him nutmeg Ronaldo once more. :P
+3
I would still pick Pique over Bartra because of experience. We don't need to worry about Bale because he was a no show for most of the big games last year. Except for that one moment where an injured Bartra couldn't keep up with his pace, Bale hasn't really done much vs Barca or Atletico. It could change but with his injury it might be difficult for him to perform. Isco might be a bigger threat than Bale. Last year's game at Bernabeu was the Di Maria show with CR7 only making his major contribution by scoring that rubbish penalty. If our full backs coordinate with each other where one pulls back while the other is up, we shouldn't be too exposed at the back. I'd prefer Alba to stay back a lot more because let's be honest, Alves doesn't defend even when he's back in defense. Not sure if Varane will play but would be quite happy that Sanchez is not around anymore. I heard he needed therapy after the game at Camp Nou because he saw floating balls in the air every time he looked up at the sky.

I think the most important space will be again in the midfield. They have a lot of creativity with James/Isco, Kroos and Modric but that's also their Achilles heel. Mou was successful vs Barca only when he plugged the gap between DM and CB lines. At the moment, I don't see anybody at Madrid who will do what Pepe/Alonso were doing during Mourinho days unless Ancelotti installs Pepe as the enforcer yet again.

Suarez hasn't played with the first team yet so it will be very difficult for them to predict his movement within our current set up which might help us but I don't see him starting the game.

Bravo, Alves, Pique, Mathieu, Alba, Busi, Rakitic, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Neymar.

I expect a couple of penalties in the game.
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What to expect: Fast counter-attacks and lots of crossing (much like the tactics Ancelotti used against Bayern in the CL)

How to combat it: Fast defenders (or a defensive line less concerned about offsides trap) AND height to defend aerial threats.

I would start:
Alves, Bartra, Pique, Mathieu
Busquets (only because he has fresh legs; otherwise, Masch)
I would also tell our defense to be extremely careful with the defensive line so as to not give C.R. or G.B. too much space to run into.
What u guys think about Masch as CDM in Classico?
I would like that. Quite a lot actually; he'd be perfect to counter Modric, their engine.
+3
Plus it will be a great wake up call to busi to up his game and compete for his spot.
His speed would be awesome, but Busquets has actually been playing well this season. Busquets is also better at keeping possession and transitioning.
we are lucky we have two of the best CDM in the world!
I think Busquets has been playing below his level. There were at least 3 games this season where he has given up the ball near the box. Luckily for us, those weren't converted into goals. Busi is possibly the best DM out there and without him we are a bit short on creativity but with masch we get a lot more energy, leadership and someone who will fight it out with the opponents when the tackling gets tougher. I'm not in favor of using both masch and busi together but healthy competition between the two will help them both get better.
Cant wait till Messi Breaks the record in the Capital!
+4
I don't know... Messi has only scored 21 goals against Real Madrid in about as many clásicos. Odds are only about 95% he'll score :P
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LFP confirm that 30-year-old referee [youngest in La Primera] Gil Manzano will officiate El Clásico.

Not sure if its good idea to have 30 year old ref to officiate one of the biggest match of season , i just hope he don't get intimated in capital .
+1
neymar had 9 goals in 26 games last season
he has 8 goals in 7 games this season
+3
Overrated Brazilian talent! The next Robinho!
+3
He was assisting more last year and I'm glad he has taken up the challenge.

One of the things I've noticed is neymar tries to make runs from the left wing demanding a long ball from our midfield which doesn't come that often. I think it would be prudent for us to try releasing him quickly when the opponent is parking the bus. He's used to that type of service from his Brazilian teammates. It will give us an extra dimension.


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Primera División Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
22
22
0
22
0
1
7
8
1
19
7
8
15
1
1
6
8
2
18
21
9
30
2
0
6
8
3
17
10
7
17
1
2
5
8
4
17
7
7
14
1
2
5
8
5
14
5
7
12
2
2
4
8
6
13
2
11
13
1
4
3
8
7
12
-1
8
7
2
3
3
8
8
11
-1
12
11
3
2
3
8
9
9
-1
10
9
3
3
2
8
10
9
-2
10
8
3
3
2
8
11
9
-2
9
7
3
3
2
8
12
8
-7
12
5
4
2
2
8
13
7
-7
11
4
4
1
2
7
14
7
-8
19
11
5
1
2
8
15
5
-3
11
8
4
2
1
7
16
5
-7
12
5
5
2
1
8
17
5
-11
18
7
5
2
1
8
18
5
-16
20
4
5
2
1
8
19
4
-8
13
5
4
4
0
8
20
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UEFA Champions League Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
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
0
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

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
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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