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Zubizarreta is busy planning for the summer

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bl2bcUqCIAAqDxW.jpg:large

apparently messi vomited again before Bilbao match :/

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2037571-lionel-messi-sick-in-the-tunnel-before-barcelona-vs-athletic-bilbao
I think people misunderstood me when I was talking about Chelsea's tactics. I don't mind if a team plays defensive. But what shocked me was the amount of time wasting Chelsea was doing as if they were up 2-0. They started wasting time beginning of second half. With 4 different players trying to take one throw in. With players going on the ground pretending they are injured and with late substitution. A 'power house' like Chelsea was doing that. That's why I said there's a big gap between EPL and La Liga.
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They think they can win at home and they were being run over by Atletico so badly that they want to go home without conceding a goal. That is stupid though because the away goal advantage is in Atletico's favor since they didn't concede a goal. On top of that Atletico's defense is rock solid and they will kill any team on the counter.
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Am I the only one that thinks Barca PSG would have been a better game? I mean, objectively, both Chelsea and Atletico were piss poor yesterday...
Worst semifinal in a long time!
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19th century football...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-WDZikiXhQ
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Does it not click to Mou that IF Atletico Madrid score then Chelsea will need to score two goals? All is well playing a defensive game away but its also important to get that away goal. But tactic is tactic regardless of what style a team plays because people don't remember tactics they will remember who won.

Sorry Tanmay :D Final post
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True, but the way Mou is looking at it is to just win at home, and not be trailing from the start like against PSG
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Good tactic but the only flaw is the away goal. Mou should have pushed for an away goal just incase A Madrid manage to get one at Stamford Bridge.
Due all respect, isn't it asking too much for a team with their best player injured? Even Barcelona with Messi (best player in the world arguably) couldn't score (not trolling).
You sold your best player to Manchester United :P
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1-1 is way better than 0-0 on the away game! I think that this will bite you guys in the ass and you will wish that he went a tad more aggressive with his tactics in the first leg.
@Askepios of course 1-1 is way better. We are not denying that. So, from all the squad members, who do you think has the chance of scoring against A. Madrid (best defense in La Liga at the moment)? Torres? And to make a chance, we would have had to go forward with more guys to break down the defense at a risk of getting our defense exposed and conceded.

If Hazard was fit, things would have been different. I can tell you that. 0-0 is way better than 0-1.
Not giving atletico anything to defend is key in this tie, second leg is all about who scores first
We lost the chance of winning the Champions League, la Liga, Copa del rey in a period of one week because of our horrible defense. Yet we still blame Chelsea for defending well today. If we concentrated a little more on our defense rather than passing the ball around in our own half the whole time, we would've been playing against Chelsea right now. Some of us need to understand that defending plays an important role when it comes to winning games. I am not saying we should park the bus every time because it will win us games. No. We should defend when we NEED to defend. Chelsea defends away from home, BUT they attack when they play in their home ground which gives them the advantage to win the tie. This is exactly what Atletico did to us in order to advance to the semis. All I am trying to say is that we should look at ourselves first before talking s**t about other clubs which is very immature in my opinion. Most of you will hate me for this but this is my personal opinion...
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^well said buddy...
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I don't think anyone here has ever said that defending is not important...
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Not sure if we saw the same matches , we lost CDR & CL primarily because of poor attacking play rather then 'horrible defending ' , During first leg of CL tie we conceded a very luck goal which i don't think any defense in world would have stoped , sure we rod our luck (like Chelsea use to ride when playing against us ) but in the end we were unable to score .

I don’t know why people think we lost because of poor defending, fact is since Tata’s appointment his lack of faith (rightly though) in our defense has forced him to push our midfield and attacker to be more cautious, especially Xavi,thus being more defensive , the way xavi's pass penetrated two layers of Madrid defense in CDR final is prime example of what I’m saying, he still got it but the problem is with such fragile defense xavi is forced to play more defensively thus sacrificing attack for bit more protection at back .

With Xavi playing more defensive, cesc was suppose to pull string from midfield which never happened thus we end up creating very little chances .
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I don't think anybody said here we don't need to defend ,defending is much important in this sport .but we are complaining about defending without any intention to attack whether it's home or away .if you went back to history ,there are lot of great team built through solid defense n defensive games .but this is kind of tactics where mou uses about 500 million for his world class players and taught them how to put their asses in own half .that's just pathetic .

And i don't see they are attacking at home either ,they only doing pull a long ball n long throws to opposition half .it's yet to see hows that work against strong atleti defending .

They are anti football regardless whatever you say about tactics ..
Okay people you've all said your piece. Now please calm down and let's talk about something other than Chelsea.
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Yeah. On a different note, Chelsea were trash today. :P
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lol
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There is nothing wrong with using negative tactics to get a result. I just have a problem when people praise this as solid defense or great tactics. Imagine all managers just following mous lead. UCL would be so exciting to watch, no?
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How can the tactics be called negative when the result was positive?

There were many teams who tried the same tactics and failed miserably. But I have to agree with you that being defensive is also a strategically accepted modality in football.
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I'm sorry that we didn't score. Cuz we don't have Messi.
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The result was positive? There aren't too many teams that fail miserably with the same tactics. For God's sake, Di Matteo won the UCL parking the bus. Its not even about scoring goal. Chelsea didn't even try to score. Its acceptable as a strategy but stop this nonsense that others fail miserably at this. 11 world class players dedicated to guarding a goal doesn't require much football acumen.
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Guys u have to understand something, i am not a fan of mourinho but he is a very good, very good tactician. u shouldn't make ur comments only based of today game. Atheltico Madrid scored in all their matches in the CL, mourinho knew that by opening, Athletico would scored and park the bus in london. since they have the 2nd best defense in europe they could easily maintain a 1-0 lead. Moreover mourinho's best player of the season and his champions league scorer are both injured (Hazard,eto). Plus chelsea is playing liverpool this coming weekend for the title race which chelsea can still win mathematically. So saying mourinho was stupid or his strategy was stupid isn't smart. you guys will see a whole different game next week. i can bet everything. last 77 games at Stanford bridge chelsea loss once. it was a week or two weeks ago
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Nobody is saying Mou was stupid. Your forum has people calling him smart. a 12 year old can manage a multi million dollar team if they're told to stand around. Read what I actually wrote.
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Heading should be 99 too :/
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loooooooool


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94
4
4
25
33
3
62
22
37
59
8
8
18
34
4
59
18
47
65
9
8
17
34
5
54
7
51
58
10
9
15
34
6
52
12
40
52
12
7
15
34
7
45
0
47
47
13
9
12
34
8
41
-11
41
30
13
11
10
34
9
41
-6
44
38
15
8
11
34
10
41
-6
43
37
15
8
11
34
11
40
-29
71
42
18
4
12
34
12
40
-11
51
40
16
7
11
34
13
37
-20
50
30
19
4
11
34
14
35
-25
54
29
17
8
9
34
15
35
-19
46
27
15
11
8
34
16
32
-18
50
32
13
14
6
33
17
32
-22
51
29
18
8
8
34
18
30
-32
68
36
20
6
8
34
19
22
-40
69
29
22
7
5
34
20
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2
2
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