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Breaking News: They are having a baby!!!


While we all have been complaining about Pique's performance during last season and WC, he scored an other goal, but for his family.Yes, Shakira is pregnant with their second child.

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/shakira-pregnant-second-child-gerard-pique-2014288

http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/08/28/shakira-pregnant-gerard-pique-second-child/

Hope he can focus now where his all attention should be!

So Im really hoping that Bartra is officially the starting right CB along with Mathieu. I'm also curious as to what our midfield is going to look like. Iniesta and Rakitic in midfield definitely seem to be perfect. Rakitic especially because he plays defense really well and tracks back with speed. Then up top we also have a few questions. With the way Munir has been excelling do you guy's think he should start?

My starting line up right now would look like this.

-----------------------------Ter Stegen----------------------------

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

------------------------------Busquets-----------------------------

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

-----Munir-------------------Messi-----------------------Neymar----
''this year Suarez will be one who meets his crosses''

Finally Alves' crosses will find his team mates because Suarez will be sitting in the stands to receive them xD
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Im sorry I have to reply to myself, but this is to explain why I chose who I did.

Ter Stergen: Strong in the air, Agile, overall I rate him much higher than Bravo.

Dani: As much as people hate him I still believe Dani is one of the best CB's in the world and this year Suarez will be one who meets his crosses.

Bartra: I rate this kid higher than any other CB in the whole league in terms of intelligence. He is also great in the air, great in one on ones, very fast, and has amazing leadership skills.

Mathieu: Strong, fast, agile, great in the air, all around great defender even though he has his doubters.

Alba: Engine, speedster, hardworker.

Busquets: improved from last season although a rotation for competition between him and Mascherano would do the both of them good.

Rakitic: Very impressive player, and fit in much better than expected. Also a very hard worker. Creative, strong fast, hes perfect.

Iniesta: Magician and hopefully he picks up his form he's lacked for the past two seasons

Munir: He's definitely more talented than Pedro. This kid is so humble and loves to sprint after defenders out of his own desire to run.He also proved to be a creative threat.

Messi: Messi is Messi again! He's hungry lets keep him this way!

Neymar: Proved his worth once again in the World Cup and Im expecting a great year from him so playing time along Messi is vital.

I apologize for the excessive detail but I'd love to hear your line ups and why you chose who you chose. Although you don't need to do quite as much writing as I did haha.
Lmao @Maaza I think it's time to quit your job and look into comedy. No but on a more serious note lets be honest. When we had Henry and Eto'o Alves' crosses were the best in the world.

Now by logic did Alves really lose his ability to cross a ball after years of practicing to add on to his perfect cross or do we not have any players with the necessary height or heading skill to finish them off?

Alves' crosses are always around the penalty area or the 6 and near he hits all 3 targets which are front of the 6, penalty spot, and back of the 6. Messi doesn't always look for the header he likes the ball played to his feet.

Suarez however when he gets off the bench :p the man can snatch any ball out of the air and have it in the back of the net. I've seen Suarez score a header from the top of the 18....
You think bartra is the most intelligent cb in the league?

Btw i actually like bartra but i dont think hes there yet
Danny Im telling you I somehow enjoy watching him defend. Every time I watch Barcelona play I make sure to watch him off the ball. His movement and ability to read what will happen next is absolutely incredible. He's always at the right place at the right time.

He also rushes players and doesn't give them an inch of space like Puyol. For instance in the last game, when he came on and we had 10 men he literally killed off any build up play before it started. Him and Mathieu both but his ability to read what will happen next is even better than Mathieu.

It's very hard to describe but next time you watch a Barcelona game watch all his movements and how he predicts the future so well. Im telling you man there is something special about him!
I wouldnt say Bartra is the most intelligent yet, but he is definitely up there. I totally agree with you on how Bartra is joy to watch usually. I've believed he has been our best CB for a while now, so I'm wondering what it is that always turns our management away from him :(
HJK qualifies for the Europa League as the first Finnish team ever after beating Wien 5-4 on aggregate!
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Awesome news. Forgot to watch game. Damn!
torilla tavataan lol
Haha! Yeah, tortilla avatar!

I mean, wut?
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Anyway, congrats Finnish bros. Club Brugge made it to European football too, as well as 3 other Belgian teams. Hooray!
So what is the deal with Alex Song? Surplus at this point for you guys? How has he played the last two seasons for you? Just wondering cause there has been some rumors we were trying to get a loan deal for him.
He's always been between less than decent and good, but he just never fitted into the team. He's a deep-lying playmaker who loves going forward, a bit similar to Yaya Touré without the amazing runs with the ball. Song deserves much better than our bench. I think if Rodgers needs a type of player like him, he can be awesome for Liverpool.
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I agree with Jeroen and I'll put in my two cents:

Song, at no fault of his own, was initially played out of position (CB) and was quite poor. Once it became apparent that was not an option, he became strictly our backup DM. He has always been surplus during his time with us. If Busquets would have suffered a serious injury, Song would have played a ton more. We are fortunate that Busquets has been a machine, but it means Song hasn't really had many chances to show his worth.

He kind of reminds me of a poor man's Xabi Alonso. Not fast enough or defensive enough to play as DM alone, but not good enough of an attacking mid to justify dropping a more talented player either. He has pretty decent passing skills and has shown potential for creativity in distribution. I think in the right system with the right players around him he could be an asset, but he's not exactly the type of player you want to build a squad around.
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I'm not sure why barca bought him. I mean, we know why they bought him. It was part of our obsession with buying players who can play in more than one position. Song was bought as busi's back up and an optional cb. The funny thing is Wenger had trouble using him at DM because he likes to move forward and is awful at tracking back which is the only requirement for a DM. He is awful in the air for a big black guy. Basically he is bad at everything we got him for. It's not really his fault that he's not barca material.
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He was always surplus and has never really played well, just decent if not badly. He obviously isn't a single pivot DM, and he should NEVER play as a CB. One of the worst decisions we've made to was sign him, as his signing got in the way of getting an actual CB. Right now it doesn't looks like Barca want him anymore...but it seems nobody else does either, unless they are willing to pay his wages. His garbage WC didn't help him much
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Still cant believe we got 15 mill out of hum tbh
Most even group: Group C (Benfica, Leverkusen, Zenit, Monaco.) and Group H (Porto, Shaktar, Bilbao, Bate Borisov.)

Most screwed team: CSKA
second most screwed: Ludogrets
Easiest draw: Chelsea (Schalke, Lisbon, Maribor) group G

Nearly Guaranteed two horse races : (Liverpool vs Real Madrid) (Barca vs PSG) (Atleti vs Juventus)

Deadliest group : Group E (CSKA, ROMA, CITY, BAYERN)

this is my opinion, surprises are still very possible. this is football.
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Ludogrets to top their group, calling it right now.
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The Ludogorets defender/goalkeeper will win the Ballon d'Or, calling it now.
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Ludogorets to win the CL, calling it
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Buying their cb next season, calling it right now
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So Bayern, City, Roma and CSKA are the group of death?
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honestly... the toughest group to get out of for me is group H

Shakhtar
BATE
Porto
Bilbao

its so equally balanced...
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yes.
Clearly, that is the group of death. CSKA is stronger than most people will think, Roma is a team that belongs in pot 2 and Bayern and City are both pot 1 teams (though City's European record is pretty bad). So, the most quality is in that group IMHO.
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There is no group of death this year. People are really trying to make something out of nothing lol.

I don't think the group stages will be as fun this year, but I cant wait until the second round.
Arsenal, Dortmund, Gala and Anderlecht are a tough group because all teams are relatively strong
Lol, no it's not a tough group. Anderlecht will get smited 6 times, trust me. Maybe (just maybe), they'll manage not to lose once or twice. Dortmund and Arsenal are the clear favourites.

I love the fact Anderlecht plays Arsenal and Dortmund though! I'll definitely be looking to book tickets for the Dortmund game, and I'll be the only Belgian in the stadium supporting Dortmund :D
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But two of the teams clearly SHOULD be stronger
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out of 5 games against psg. barca have only won once.
out of 2 games against ajax. barca have lost and won once
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Thanks for reminding us.
I don't want to banter so early and jinx everything so good luck.
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Has Barcelona ever placed below either in the group stage?
what i am trying to say is that. its a very tough group. APOEL were in finals just a few years ago.
No denying that its a damn tough group!
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So for us Barca, PSG, Ajax, APOEL. In all honesty, its almost garenteed Barca and PSG will make it threw. Just the question who finishes first in the group. I think the best group will be with Man City, Bayern, Roma, and CSKA. I cant wait for the UCL group stage to kick off :D
Barcelona and PSG same group so far!

And poor City get Bayern again.

Dortmund and Arsenal.

And Madrid get....FC BASEL!
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At least Real got Liverpool
Can't wait to see our forwards playing against David Luiz!!
+1
my prediction Madrid-Basel-Sporting-Maribor
i got only sporting wrong
Barcas got a good draw as well, almost ensured to go through.
Liverpool go against Madrid.

What's with Barca and Ajax? Not a bad group. PSG and APOEL
@Drog

by that, I meant that City haven't gotten a 'break' since getting in CL. Though they beat Bayern once, the chances of them topping the group are not as strong as Bayern's.
St1or
what do you mean poor City vs Bayern, thats one fair match both teams beat each other
Not exactly them being unlucky, st1or, more a case of them not featuring in the CL before (this is only their 3rd qualification), and having to work up in the pot ranking.
The only weaker teams they could've gotten were Porto/Benfica. The rest are the football Giants like Barca, Real, Bayern, etc.
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In the group E pairing, CSKA will rue there luck and Roma are also unlucky to be drawn in a group like that after a 3 year absence.

But Roma City and Bayern will relish the challenge.
Porto/benefica ,nowhere near weaker teams.they have a great history and still unearthing unknown talents from all over the world.playing against especially benefica still one of the hardest thing.t imo city still have a long way to go.


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