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So Ozil won German player of the year again...for what? For scoring a hattrick against some unknown team in CL?

Kroos who won the Champions League and is probably the best CM in the world right now doesn't win it but a player who disappears against big teams but reappears against small teams does. What a joke.
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Kroos is criminally underrated. Hilarious how ozil has won 5 out of the last 6 German player of the year awards. German FA must have something against kroos.
can you guys take other team's star players please? i hear united have some good players? city? chelsea? :D
Well, last I saw an article about Neymar wanting Coutinho to join Barca...
http://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/millions-of-dollars-in-lionel-messi-branded-cocaine-were-found-in-peru-drug-bust/
Watching Brazil's game, we are definitely missing Alves at our right side. Imagine if we had Alves, and Sergie's mobility at the middle of the field. What a bummer.
Rumor has it, Barca is telling Isco to not renew his contract with Madrid. They're offering him 20m signing bonus if he joins Barca next year as a free agent. Not happening but its a nice concept!
Would love to have Isco in the fold, he could excel here, but as you said, this is very unlikely to happen :-(
Pretty sure he will extend the contract at Madrid
He's been a Barça fan his entire life. And Real still owe us a world class AM for Figo :P

I can definitely see it happen.
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Will we see pig heads again?
Ceferin (Uefa president): "We will not suspend the referee (who officiated PSG's 6-1 defeat to Barca), referees are not suspended."

But how can this be :(? Marca reported it and the Globe and Daily mail used Marca as their reference. This can't be true. I know they suspended the ref cause a Madrid based newspaper said so. This is a tragedy. How can the news outlets be false...
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And ALL newspapers are "reporting" it on their after their own fact finding mission...LOL SMH!
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Ah Marca... Inventors of False News.
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So Marca is as "Credible" as CNN nowadays?Imagine my shock...LOL
Can't believe I actually wasted my time explaining that guy on how news reporting works.
During Lucho first two seasons we drastically improved in our defending of set pieces, unzue was and still is in charge of that department and he gathered lots of praise for our improvement.

This season though is a different story and especially as of late every set peices feels like a penalty, Unzue needs to go back to drawing board and he must show the improvements before he is offered the main job.
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Looks like Unzue will be taking over as the coach next season. He was the one giving tactical instructions during the game yesterday. I'd rather have him than f*****g Valverde
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Before the Deportivo game, we had only conceded 1 goal from corners all season.
^ it's not just about the corners, we have conceded some sloppy goal through set pieces, including the equalizer in clasico.

We also conceded some poor goals from free kicks due to lack of focus, for eg the one against PSG which almost killed the comeback, we also conceded similar goal against Atleti this season.
Did you guys notice that our whole team has been exploited more through counter attacks than from set pieces? Our defenders seem to lose the point when 2 or 3 opposition players start a fast counter attack.
Getting hit on counterattacks is normal for any Barca team. When you play a high line it happens. Our wingbacks operate like wingers so the two CB's have to cover a lot of ground unless the DM or CM drops in the middle to provide coverage. What's not good is that during Lucho's first our problem dealing with aerial attacks was pretty much taken care of and now that problem is back. Except for the PSG 2nd leg game, we are super lazy when it comes to dealing with aerial ball. Even tall players like Busquets, Pique and Umtiti are rubbish. A team like Madrid can easily exploit it without even having a decent strategy to win.
I know it was 100% a penalty and a red card for Mangala. But I just wish Suarez would stop his antics of over exaggerating the contact or dropping so easily as he gets touched. I understand it's how he plays even before in Liverpool and even Ajax but it's a trait that's really hard to support.

One of the things I love the most from Messi's game is how he doesn't stop playing. how many penalties would we have if Messi would also fall every time he felt the slightest touch in the box but he is like a child playing football for the first time he just wants to keep playing the ball every time...
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I kind of disagree on that specific play, when I see it , I see he was trying to go for the ball and score as opposed to fall easily, but then the ball was already away at Alves feet, so he didn't have any chance of making the play. He did absolutely the right thing, Mangala was holding his shirt and he should face the consequences. In my opinion, defenders get away with tons of grabbing and fouling in the box, without getting reprimanded for it, and that does two things, frustrates forwards to the point where they want to dive for any slight contact and takes away from the beauty of the game, this is becoming more like hockey grabbing and tripping style.
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I think the biggest problem is the referee applying rules to control the tempo of the game. Every ref does his own thing and this problem is only in football. In bball you get 5 fouls before you're ejected. If you use up all your fouls in the 1st period you can f**k off. It makes players aware that they can't just flout the rules to stop talented players.

My outlook on this is - players like messi Suarez etc are naturally superior to the rear of us at football. But there's a catch- they're only superior within the parameters of football rules. If there were no rules, even I could stop messi. And that's where the problem lies. When refs allow defenders to get away with fouls, the talented players' edge is gone. It's unfair and this leads to them justifying cheating in their minds because their markers are getting away with cheating.

The refs should punish diving and shirt pulling, tugging etc. If rules are applied strictly both diving and cunning fouls will disappear over night.
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Totally agree Franky
It brings a good topic about.

What if the refs were 100% accurate?. Me and some mates were talking about refs and the problem is that the fact that refs are human. We always make mistakes it's in our nature. So if refs were to be have a chance to be 100% then they can't be human logically.

Robot refs. Sounds ridiculous I know but then if we trust now sensors and wrist watches to tell us the ball went over the line for a goal then is it really that Farfetched to think that in the future everything could be controlled by technology?

Imagine what impact that would have on the game. Would players still dive knowing the ref will not fall for it. Would defenders commit on the box or throw a cheeky elbow or argue?

By your statement Franky one could interpret in that if it wasn't for refs then the footballing world would just be dominated by the specially talented and refs are basically mediators to bring the level of the star players down to the level of the others. Since it is the refs who allowed the fouls and allows the plays illegally​ to be made to stop the most talented.
Technology to check if a player is offside or if the ball went in is one thing, but to have a robot know what's a foul and when someone's diving is far-fetched.

Referees themselves differ on what exactly is a foul at time, when someone gets a card, or if there really was enough contact to go down. Most of these cases are not black and white which is why you need humans to decide. However, they should introduce replays so referees can get a better second look with a team of people.

I don't think referees are in any way trying to level the playing field and are limiting the dominance of star players. It is often the smaller teams and lesser known players who have decisions go against them, whereas a team like Barca or Madrid will get the calls that much more often. Not that it is deliberate, it's a subconscious decision to benefit the more known and better teams.
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Generally speaking, refs will not give out yellow cards in the first a few minutes of the game unless you make really bad tackles. 2 exact same fouls - one in the 15th min and the other in the 60th min will receive different punishment from refs. It could be your first foul but refs start handing out yellows usually in the 2nd half.

Imagine if someone broke into your home and the police just ignored it. You'll try to get the police to take action but after some time you will take matters into your own hands. I think diving is a result of that. Also, if you're fouled softly outside the box nobody bats an eyelid. The same foul inside the box suddenly is required to be much harder for the ref to give a penalty. Why? Who decides that? That's where I think refs artificially try to control the tempo of the game.

Mistakes can be corrected with technology but refs ignoring certain acts while punishing similar ones is what makes it all so ambiguous.
Hikmat: Smaller teams don't have decisions go against them. I read an analysis of premier league teams and it had smaller teams occupying the top 10 list of teams receiving favorable decisions. Most people watch games played by big teams so you notice bad decisions. Even when you watch small team games, you're generally indifferent to either teams. So even if you see a bad decision you don't remember it whereas you will connect a big team's win or loss to a bad decision immediately. It's all psychological because stats do not necessarily show that big teams are favored.
Franky, is diving really like taking things into your own hand though? I think you mean exaggerating contact. Diving would mean you are trying to buy a foul when there isn't one.

It's not like referees decided to stop giving players decisions all of a sudden, the game was much more physical back in the day too. Diving is much more prevalent today than in the past and that is because of the attitudes players have, referees have actually gotten softer and started protecting players much more.
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I'm saying people who dive justify it in their head as payback for decisions that they don't get. There is no more diving now than before. Now we have more cameras and analysis so people can see each and every detail of the play more closely. FIFA has changed rules to make the game more safe and attack minded. Forwards get a lot more protection now than before. That's a good thing because back in the day defending was all about taking the player out. How many players have had their careers shortened or destroyed because of asshole defenders?

I remember when I was 15, I used to play at a junior club as a fwd. My coach, who was big on defense and running, used to tell our defenders, "Your job is to either kick the ball out of the park or your opponent". As a fwd, it was really disconcerting to me because I'd imagine my opposing coach is telling his defenders to kick my ass on the field. Refs ignore so many tackles which are textbook fouls because their either miss it or think its okay in order to keep the flow of the game going. It happens much more than the fouls that refs give.
Not sure what to say about Neymar. Sometimes he looks like the best player on the team but misses open chances. He has scored 14 this season. He should be at 25 at least.

The kind of passes both Suarez and Neymar got from Messi, we should have scored 8. We played 3 at the back so it was obvious we were going to be open in the back but even with Sergi coming in, the defense was wide open. We have serious problems to fix at the back if we want to win any trophy this season.
Say only good things about Neymar. He created 2 goals.
Franky, I hear you , but you need to remember that it is extremely hard to dribble multiple players and finish the play at the same time, Neymar spends tons of energy and creativity making plays in the wing, by the time , he gets to the box, he is either out of energy or options to take a good shot.
Just look at the forth goal, he had to bring the ball al the way from half field, and go two defenders, by the time he got to the box, a third was closing him down, so he made a nice pass to Gomes, and the goal was possible. Frankly speaking, Neymar is the one who creates tons of space in our team , his contributions are undervalued most of the time, because he fails to score.
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I'm not saying his job is easy but messi has been serving goals on a platter to him. He's neymar for God's sake and gets paid accordingly. If messi provides you with multiple one on one opportunities, you are expected to convert one of them.

I'm sorry but if I paid someone €300,000 per week, I at least expect him to convert easy tap ins.
Finally Gomes scores for barca.


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11
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28
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26
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22
14
8
6
28
17
21
-26
57
31
17
6
5
28
18
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