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We've scored one goal in our last three games and lost them all. The way Athletic are going, it's not unlikely we'll fail to score or even lose again. They have only lost once in their past 9 games, and that was against the future La Liga champions. They've only conceded 5 goals in all those games too.

Good times.
@barcastuff
"Barcelona will next week hold meetings to discuss the possible successor of Tata Martino, who has decided to leave this summer." [md]
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source please?
So, Tata himself decided to leave this summer?
I prefer this one:
"Barcelona will next week hold elections to replace the current corrupt incompetent board"
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While Tata has a warm place in my heart, I think he was either not good enough a manager for being unable to keep the players motivated and come up with innovative tactics to surprise teams a whole season long, or he was purposely sabotaged by the club. I'd really like to know if he was forced to play certain players.
Sharing this video....at least some players no matter what fights for their team :P haha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFBid_S6LyU
So...atletico if atletico ties and all comes down to the last game of the season...would we be gifting the league to Madrid if we beat them?
yes u would... even if u tie with them and we win all our matches, we win the league by a point... the question is... would barca players purposely lose at home so that madrid wouldnt win the league?
Here is a video that I think speaks volumes about the current Barca mentality:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdxoKy9GPpI

We applaud Xavi for his masterful ability to control the ball and hold off 4 different Madrid players. When we are up by a goal or two, I think this kind of possession is warranted and probably our best mode of defense.

However, when we are down a goal and playing against two banks of 4 defenders, why are we applauding a move than only corrals Xavi backward, further from the opposition's goal? Not only is he further away, he has more defenders in front of him by the end of the play than he did when he first received the ball. This kind of mentality needs to change. If we consistently allow the two banks of 4 to get between us and the goal, we're doing it wrong!
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Can you please say that again? I didn't understand..
If anybody actually believes Bartra going harder for the tactical foul would have been a wiser choice, check this out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mNjGlEdVI8

Ouch :P
Oh please. If Bartra wanted to, he could have simply grabbed Bale and pulled him down Xabio Alonso style:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-k8NNeb3Kk#t=248

Personally, I think he should have tactically fouled him, it's not like he already had a yellow card.
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R. Madrid is best in tactical fouls and whining.. So, no need to tell us.
Well you missed my point there, players like bale can be immune to tactical fouls(like in the iceland goal i showed). especially when the defender is weaker physically

And The physiques of Bartra and Bale are well.. ridiculously uncomparable frankly.
How are they 'ridiculously incomparable'? Bartra is fast and strong too. You think Bale is superman? If Bartra pulls him down instead of trying to politely shove him to stop him, not even Bale can run on. But, the fact we're discussing committing a foul like that makes me a bit sick to be honest. I hate 'professional fouls'. They are an abuse of the rules, because by the book those fouls, executed correctly, are only a yellow when they almost always stop a great chance.

For those fouls I'd like an orange card to be invented: a card that automatically becomes a red if you commit one more foul.
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"players like bale can be immune to tactical fouls?"
bahahahahaha! Is this kid for real?

We are talking about this same Bale right?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI_TqY5Tj5o
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kVbCihUiKo

If a gnat can knock him over...
@Jeroen Trust me, every football spectator hates to see violence on the field as much as you do.. even the most biasdly blatant ones. i do like your orange card concept though, 2 clever votes for that

@Alfrodo both clips you provided involved no tactical fouls whatsoever. Both were horribly executed dives, the dude just lacks talent when it comes to cheating. Unlike Neymar and Ronaldo
"In January, I pictured one such long-term scenario, in which Martino’s verticalidad would help usher in a fresh, younger Barça, with a run-and-gun midfield, some of the best attackers on the planet, and a more counter attacking style. "

"If it continues to behave like a spoiled child, demanding success without being willing to pay the price of transition, then no board or manager on earth will be able to pick a team out from the rubble."

A beautiful piece very well written for anyone who has time. Pretty much based on Tata and how a team that was winning 20 games in a row is now losing. A team that was based on substitutions and rotations that clearly was working so well to a team thats just put on the field to make someone happy? But who, the board? the players? The fans?

Against Rayo we had the worst possession but we won 4-0 yet the media hounded Tata about not winning but why we had no possession? If you are a fan who is currently blaming Tata and thinking why we are facing such a slump this will be a great read. Also, anyone see a remarkable resemble to Rouras team last year and the motivation?

So maybe it's not Tata, maybe the board want Cesc to play to Xavi and Iniesta and pairing Messi with Neymar. So what choices is Tata left with when you cant even win a game by a big margin and still get crap for having no possession?

http://www.totalbarca.com/2014/opinion-pieces/one-step-forward-two-steps-back-barcelonas-failed-transition/
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Good read, and I've had similar thoughts recently too. The fact we're complaining about the pitches when they're clearly not horrible (apparently Xavi did after the Atlético loss, though the media constantly fabricates lies about him) or refuse to admit we were outplayed is really annoying. Just like the writer says: some of our players and fans are starting to whine like spoilt children who refuse to accept change is needed.

Right before the Atlético game, I said the key to winning is constant evolution. We are not even stagnating, we are plummeting. The drive is gone, the speed in the game is gone too. We'd get thrashed 5-0 against the 2009-2011 Barça now. I don't know how much Tata is responsible for this either, because just like in the article, I kind of fear he's forced to play Neymar, Alves, Messi and Cesc at all times, because they're big names. To me it's clear we should have benched them all several games ago or subbed them off as a clear pointing finger that they are playing far below their own standards.

Lately I haven't been very disappointed with our crucial losses and I wondered why. I know now: it's because I am no longer proud of this team. Even the whole club is being dragged through the mud by the board. As a fan, I want changes. Big changes.
Loved the article ,but i disagree about many things .when i came to know the appointment of tata here ,was really thought and hope for the success of him though was little skeptical because his experience in league is only in argentine league which is running vastly different from European league .itis consisting two legs ,in which one is ending in December n second one starting from February .that league only need short term tactics and he was highly successful with his intense pressing approach .

As expected ,we started very comfortable and highly dominated in every aspect of the game until first half of the season .i was really thought ,he is revolutionize tiki taka with his counter attacking experiment .then its started ,down fall .tired aged players ,trying endless crosses with player like dani alves and most importantly ,reluctant to change same line up in big matches which makes we are very predictable etc .papers like marca reported that he has lost his dressing room already n eventhough players like him very much ,they still thinks he is not good enough to succeed here .anyway a project once we highly hoped to succeed is went to its downfall and ruined .

Now as jeroene said ,i also need big changes but with keeping our usual self .i don't think predictable tiki taka is the reason for our downfall ,i believe not implementing perfect tiki taka n less committed players is thethe reason for that .first step should be throwing out bad apples from the team .
What a brilliant article! Thank you for sharing

"A trophyless season is not a tragedy. The utter lack of progress in any department that Barcelona has made since the 7-0 defeat to Bayern Munich is."

And the few glimpses of progress we do make, the "entorno" gets riled up that we had less possession than the other team. I really feel for Tata. I think he had us on the right track to evolve but was met with criticism and hate. I bet he can't wait to get out of the political, petulant entorno that surrounds him. I wonder if he will stay another season with the hope that big changes happen and he is given back the freedom he deserves. If he decides to leave, I will not hold any grudge against him.

Oh how I would love to overhear what is going on in the dressing room! Is there contention between players? Is there an identity crisis? Lack of motivation? Jealousy, rivalry? Too bad most of this won't be revealed for months or years...

There are rumors that Sanchez was pissed that he didn't play more in the CDR final. Evidence? He did not accept his medal during the ceremony:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwvOPayUFic

There are rumors he will leave to Juve in the summer. With all the hate he has endured, I can't say I really blame him. His boyhood dream of playing for Barca has been nothing short of a nightmare. But I love the guy and hope he fights through it. I think contention and proper expression of dissatisfaction with the way things are going are good signs actually. Things are not peachy and we should stop pretending they are.
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Alexis hasn't started any of the last 5 games that we have lost. Now I know that Tata prefers Cesc on the field but why leave out someone who is having his best season so far? He's not known to be a trouble maker either. It will be a shame for him to leave in this manner.

Although Tata compromised possession it was working I mean just look at the goal difference. Alexis, pedro and tello were all getting hattricks, players were so unselfish. I honestly feel as if Tata has given up slowly because hes an outsider and he can't make the team how he wants because thats not the "barca way".
Someone was asking about Google Glasses the other day.
Looks like Atletico's assistant coach is using them

http://en.clubatleticodemadrid.com/noticias/german-burgos-received-the-fixtures-statistics-live-on-his-google-glass

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Pinto, sucks maan. He is not even a good back up. I would have saved those two goals.
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As valdez mention in one of his interviews, a goal keeper can save 5 shots and conceed one and everyone goes nuts. A striker can miss 5 and score one and everyone praise him.. what am trying to say is yes pinto sucks at times but still he manages to protect the goal when it needs to b.. i sort of agreeing with, barcelona second keep should be a better quality than pinto
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Lets give credit to Bale for his wonderful effort on that second goal. First goal was Dani Alves's fault and then whole defence. We need motivation, one full back to replace Alves(taller, faster) and one tall worldclass center back. If we have motivation and feeling of security on defence, our attackers can do wonders. But they need to have motivation at first place to even try anything.
Not sure what you make out of this, but I see sportsmanship. Something Barca-Real fans need to learn. No matter how big the rivalry be, love for the beautiful game should be even bigger

http://www.marca.com/2014/04/17/futbol/copa_rey/madrid-barcelona/1397690884.html
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wait why is messi touching his ....
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I think both players have mutual respect, I mean, lets face it, neither player would be as good as they are without the other. There probably wouldn't be any need for either of them to step up their game the way they did. Maybe Bale and Neymar will be the next such generation, pushing the other to ridiculous heights.
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33
11
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7
10
33
12
37
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46
30
18
4
11
33
13
37
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70
39
18
4
11
33
14
35
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27
15
11
8
34
15
34
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53
28
17
7
9
33
16
32
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50
32
13
14
6
33
17
31
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51
29
18
7
8
33
18
30
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34
19
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19
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