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With regard to growing rumors of Griezmann to Barca....

Bartomeu, "We know we have made mistakes."
Now we will make bigger ones and play with 5 defenders and 5 attackers. Screw the midfield. ;)

Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, Griezmann, Dembele….Five Attackers
Pique, Umtiti, Semedo, Alba, Busquets….Five Defenders
Ter Stegen

All hail lord Barto! :D
Coutinho is an attacking midfielder though, as is Messi these days. Busi is a DM and don't forget Roberto for the midfield, with possibly Denis getting more play time too. And Griezmann isn't a centre forward by nature, but more of a 'shadow striker', playing behind the CF. He puts in a real shift when it comes to defending too.

I agree we need to reinforce the midfield more, but the fact we've bought Demb, Semedo and Couts is a clear sign the club IS doing a good job. You can't expect the board to do much better than this transfer-wise. A top midfielder would've been Verratti, but PSG would never sell him unless we forked out Coutinho money on him.
Get Griezmann just to piss off Jose and United :P
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Sergi Roberto renewed his contract until 2022!
Best news of the week :)
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His release clause is set to 500m. We are not selling hkm
This Coutinho's winter transfer has send ripples across Europe. Never ever before high-profile transfers happening during winters.

So, UEFA should not put players as cup-tied following these high-profile transfers.

What do you guys think about it?
Sure why not, they even changed the penalty shootout for no apparent reason
The rule is in place to prevent players from participating in the same cup competition twice, which is as it should be. Otherwise players can leave teams who are out of a competition and join one which is still there, which would not be fair.
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These rules are rubbish imo. The transfer windows rules for example, are the reason why prices of players are going through the roof. Similarly, if a player is sidelined for whatever reason and frozen out of the team then he has the option to still play for another team that can use his talents. Bigger teams stockpile players and keep them around "just in case" because they can't just sell and buy players during the season. It also didn't make sense because you can't be "cup tied" for league play.

It's a stupid rule which also goes against the general EU principal of allowing free movement of labor. I'm nou just saying it because Barca has bought coutinho. We have a ton of players on our roster who were sitting around because we want to make sure we bought coutinho first before releasing them.
Guys,wanna know your opinion. what is that little something that messi still didnt get about taking a penalty kick?

not that his penalties are bad, but there's something he didnt get yet. Messi simply can no longer afford to miss penalties for both club and country, yeah even Legends missed penalties but messi's numbers are worrying for me.
To be fair. It was a great save as oppose to a poor penalty.
Not sure where I saw it, but his numbers are above-average I believe. It's just that the high-profile misses will haunt you (Copa America, Chelsea). No one gives a s**t how good Baggio was at taking penalties, that miss makes him seem like a big time choker.
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Well, we'll revenge them at Camp Nou.
I think Messi's pk conversion rate is at around 80%. It's not bad for an average player but it's still quite bad for Messi while considering his goat status.

Matt le Tissier is considered the greatest pk taker with only one miss in around 50 attempts. I saw him on a program on TV discussing penalties. He said a lot of players overthink it while taking penalties. His suggestion was to hit the ball as far in the corner as possible and as hard as one could without disrupting accuracy. It's easier said than done but it is something that Messi isn't good at. He's human after all.
Messi conversion rate is 76% I read; Ronaldo's is 78% and people think he's a great PK taker.

The average rate is something like 65%, so Messi is still 'good' at taking penalties, just not great like he is in everything else that has to do with the attacking part of football.
the problem with messi is, he is messi and we all know what the world of football expect from him.
His football is on MESSI level, but his approach for PK is just above average level. or lets say very good. still "very good" isnt what messi is measured with. agree? after all PK is more of a mind game than football game itself.
So being good at football doesnt make you good at PK as well, but being good in mind games will.


messi's approach for PK is to aim for corners (which he does quite great) regardless of the GK. now factors that can affect the the percentage of error:
intensity of the game hence nervousness.
Fatigue
If the GK guesses the direction correct.
all of these will lower the rate of success. interestingly most of messi's PK misses were saved by GK, very few were outside the goal or hit the cross bar.

the other approach w/c i wish messi start using is the mind game part, wait for GK to dive then he go for an easy slow but sure shot to opposite direction.
and if the GK decides not to dive first and actually see the ball direction and react, then messi can simply aim for any corner even not so near the post and not so powerful, knowing the GK will have a low chance of saving it by just relying of his reflex. the goal is 7 meters wide.


Who was covering the space in front of defenders ?
Busi ? Rakitic? No one!!
Ronaldinho officially retires for football :'(
one of the most entertaining footballers of all time
How is Lionel Messi 30 years old when Wikipedia says the average lifespan of a goat is 15-18 years? 🐐
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He's a special GOAT :)
It just baffles my mind that Messi release clause is lower than Lord Ronaldo and Lord Benzema. Just look at other Barca players' clause as well. Too low. Why Barca board why?
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Release clauses do not mean much when a player is loyal or doesn't want to leave, for Messi, I think that clause can be set at $1 and he'd still be at Barca. Obviously other players differ.
Neymar? We could have asked for more if not for that release clause, QSG would pay for it.
News: PSG wants Busi, our Busi. Thoughts? ;) They will have to sell their entire midfield to get his left leg.
What's Busquets release clause? That's the only question that really matters doesn't it?
It is €200m. I know QSG can pay; I mean a nation, that is filthy rich, can buy him. But FFP and will Busi want to go as well? I do not think he is greedy as Neymar.
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PSG have to pay 160m for Mbappe right next year? I dont think they will spend big on others unless they sell many players.
Well, technically, they can pay Mbappe's price this upcoming summer, while also loaning in Busi to pay his price after a year. However, Busi will not want to trade himself to a lower club at no price. Plus he is a La Masia grad. Cheers.
Well, they need to sell their five oil refineries for two months loaning busi.
His release clause is 160m pounds. I don't think anybody will pay that much for a 30 year old DM. And Barca isn't going to negotiate for Busquets. If the pay that much for him and he wants to leave, then I guess there isn't much we can do about it.
Dembélé out for 4 weeks???? Wow
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:(
He really needs to understand his body else Bale 2.0 is imminent.
Bale 2?? Our medical team are the best time in the business, he has more emotional and mental issues than physical issues, one it sorted out, everything will he fine.


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