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Tiki-Taka

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And for the sentimental nice guy that is part of me. I am glad we get to go up against Barcelona's greatest fan, Tiki-Taka. In a big match like this. Think that is one of those bucket list things. haha
;)

It's been a while since our last meeting, and you've been through a lot in that period. Facing each other at this stage means you must be doing something right for a change. Hopefully these ties can happen more regularly from now on. :)
 

Tiki-Taka

Hall of Fame
Man City didn't deserve to go through, that was poor refereeing. Not surprised by the Englishmen to be honest.

Won't rule out the possibility of someone else still beating them, but it would have been such a great underdog ending to the FA Cup, since Manchester United were knocked out. Watford, Wolves and Brighton or Millwall will join Guardiola's men in the semifinal.

Regarding La Liga, Atletico Madrid have lost away to Athletic Bilbao today, 2-0 in the Basque Country. Barcelona will play tomorrow evening against Real Betis. A chance to avenge the 3-4 loss earlier this season at Camp Nou, but more importantly, an excellent opportunity to create a 10 point gap at the top with 10 games left, which would be immense for our title defense goal. Let's go, boys...
 

Feña14

Legend
Was the forum broken last night?

I woke up and put some coffee on, ready to read the usual 100+ posts we get after a Man Utd game only to find there were... zero posts :unsure:



 

TheAssassin

Legend
Had a rare evening out so couldn't catch the game. Not surprised, Wolves are a good team, might be the best after the top six and have had some good results against them as well. Would be great to see them win the FA Cup.

City are just pathetic. All the money in the world and they needed refs too to beat a Championship side. They've been getting cakewalk draws all season long as well. I hope they miss out on every competition they play in.
 
Had a rare evening out so couldn't catch the game. Not surprised, Wolves are a good team, might be the best after the top six and have had some good results against them as well. Would be great to see them win the FA Cup.

City are just pathetic. All the money in the world and they needed refs too to beat a Championship side. They've been getting cakewalk draws all season long as well. I hope they miss out on every competition they play in.
@Federer and Del Potro first he leaves you, now he is betraying the anti-Liverpool principles. :eek:

For the record I am pretty neutral about the title race myself. As long as we have it lasting all the way.
 

Feña14

Legend
@Federer and Del Potro first he leaves you, now he is betraying the anti-Liverpool principles. :eek:

For the record I am pretty neutral about the title race myself. As long as we have it lasting all the way.
I’m hoping City win all 4 trophies. Maybe when they’ve had the perfect season, they’ll let their foot off the gas and the rest can close the gap next season. Probably wishful thinking, but you never know!
 

Tiki-Taka

Hall of Fame
What a show tonight in Sevilla. 4-1 win over Real Betis at their stadium, with all four goals being beautiful a great bonus.

Real Betis tried to play like they always do, attacking and high pressing, which is something I really admire about them and Quique, their manager. That is the approach that rewarded them with a famous win at Camp Nou earlier this season, but the guys were better prepared this time and didn't allow another surprise. Now, 11 years have passed since the last time any team has achieved a double win over Barcelona in one La Liga season.

Messi opened the scoring with a quality free kick into the far corner and also doubled the lead in injury time after Suarez split the entire defense with a backheel flick to find him for a routine finish. Tonight's game summed up the recent case of the Uruguayan very well, as after he showed amazing creativity for that 2nd goal, he also missed two easy opportunities, but ended up scoring a great solo goal, making the entire Betis defense fall down with his fantastic ball control before placing the ball past Lopez.

Betis managed to pull one goal back as Alba basically assisted them in the penalty area with a non-existent clearance due to his slip, but the captain made sure he would deliver the final and the best fireworks for this evening, lobbing the goalkeeper from just inside the penalty area when it looked like there are no instant solutions whatsoever. The result of that was the entire Benito Villamarin applauding, a fitting response to Leo's magic. After today's performance, he has surpassed Xavi as Barcelona player with most victories, standing alone at 477. The pace at which Messi's goal tally is increasing is quite astonishing as well, as he is now close to 600 goals for FC Barcelona, just under two years since his #500, the famous last minute winner at the Bernabeu. Again I say, not bad at all for a guy who does a lot more than just delivering the end product.

Suarez's unfortunate slip very late in the game resulted in an injury which we don't know if it's serious or not, but it is a bit of a concern considering Dembele has already been sidelined for three to four weeks. Hopefully, for whatever amount of time they are away, the less active players like Malcom and Boateng, as well as struggling Coutinho, will take their opportunities. There are two more games before the clash with Atletico Madrid, and three before the quarterfinal tie with Manchester United.

The table standings going into the international break, as well as the final ten games of the season - Barcelona ahead of the 2nd best team by ten points.



Defending La Liga is now withing touching distance. Retain the double digit advantage until and after the game with Atletico, and I think we are there...
 

TheAssassin

Legend
That chip for the hat trick... :eek: He is not normal.

I hope he won't have a good game in the Champions League quarterfinal, because if he does... well... :oops:
 
I’m hoping City win all 4 trophies. Maybe when they’ve had the perfect season, they’ll let their foot off the gas and the rest can close the gap next season. Probably wishful thinking, but you never know!
I like your long term thinking, but that outcome would just be an insult to our treble winners, Arsenal invincibles and some other great sides... :p
 
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Noleberic123

G.O.A.T.
That chip for the hat trick... :eek: He is not normal.

I hope he won't have a good game in the Champions League quarterfinal, because if he does... well... :oops:
I still can't believe what I just saw. That goal has to be scientifically impossible to score. No sportsman brings me joy like Messi, not even Djokovic. I want Messi tested, he can't be human. If he is an alien, is that considered cheating?
 

TheAssassin

Legend
I still can't believe what I just saw. That goal has to be scientifically impossible to score. No sportsman brings me joy like Messi, not even Djokovic. I want Messi tested, he can't be human. If he is an alien, is that considered cheating?
Yeah, I already said once that having him in your team is like using a cheat code constantly. Barcelona need to make the most of the period they have left with him playing at this level.

Ole's at the wheel though. That one will be too much to handle. :whistle:
 

Feña14

Legend
This man doesn't hide. Hiding before the game and after the game doesn't mean hiding, it means busy

Still have to give my man Fena a like. I know his heart is with Wolves.
I was delighted for Wolves to be fair. Wolverhampton is going to be one crazy place in FA Cup final week, should they make it. When they got promoted last summer it was like a carnival, the hot weather, houses were flying flags for weeks, Nuno was on all the billboards etc.. I’m all for some more of that at the end of May :p
 

Feña14

Legend
I like your long term thinking, but that outcome would just be an insult to our treble winners, Arsenal invincibles and some other great sides... :p
That’s true! But when the Arsenal invincibles finally lost a game, it was the beginning of the end for them. The Man Utd and Chelsea era started soon after ;) so you never know, could happen again. Just not Chelsea this time, we’re pretty bad.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
I hope Ole got the hairdryer out. Sounded like he did in the press conference. Not throwing anybody under the bus. The whole team sucked. I like the ''it stays in the dressing room.'' Indeed.

I was delighted for Wolves to be fair. Wolverhampton is going to be one crazy place in FA Cup final week, should they make it. When they got promoted last summer it was like a carnival, the hot weather, houses were flying flags for weeks, Nuno was on all the billboards etc.. I’m all for some more of that at the end of May :p
Sounds awesome. I see Mr. Souness pulled out one of his favorite lines yesterday. He was saying that Chelsea played like a five a side team. Whatever that means. He loses me any time he says it. Luckily enough I just had to read about it this time.
 

Feña14

Legend
I hope Ole got the hairdryer out. Sounded like he did in the press conference. Not throwing anybody under the bus. The whole team sucked. I like the ''it stays in the dressing room.'' Indeed.



Sounds awesome. I see Mr. Souness pulled out one of his favorite lines yesterday. He was saying that Chelsea played like a five a side team. Whatever that means. He loses me any time he says it. Luckily enough I just had to read about it this time.
I like Solksjaer, he was one of my favourite non-Chelsea players growing up. The curly Afro, the fact he looked both 12 and 64 at the same time, everytime he came off the bench he scored etc.. still not sure what to make of him as a manager though. Whoever came in after Mourinho would be a breath of fresh air after all the doom and gloom (kind of like what Chelsea usually do when they get rid of Mourinho, happened at the start of this season after the negativity from Conte’s last season etc..).

When the initial happy vibes wear off, is he a good enough manager with a philosophy that’s relevant in today’s game? Who knows! I think he’s earnt the chance to prove it though.

As for Chelsea, yeah they just don’t look very good. I think the team has been overrated for years if I’m honest. You can only be bad for so long before starting to realise it might not actually be consecutive managers fault..

I like Rudiger and Kante is great. Kepa has had a decent first season whilst Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek (if his back holds up) are ready right now. That’s almost half a side right there. The rest I’m fine getting rid. Pedro is great but his legs have gone, he can play a combined 90 mins a week (start and play 70, 20 mins off the bench in another game). He can’t play 3 games a week anymore unfortunately.
 

DSH

Hall of Fame
What a show tonight in Sevilla. 4-1 win over Real Betis at their stadium, with all four goals being beautiful a great bonus.

Real Betis tried to play like they always do, attacking and high pressing, which is something I really admire about them and Quique, their manager. That is the approach that rewarded them with a famous win at Camp Nou earlier this season, but the guys were better prepared this time and didn't allow another surprise. Now, 11 years have passed since the last time any team has achieved a double win over Barcelona in one La Liga season.

Messi opened the scoring with a quality free kick into the far corner and also doubled the lead in injury time after Suarez split the entire defense with a backheel flick to find him for a routine finish. Tonight's game summed up the recent case of the Uruguayan very well, as after he showed amazing creativity for that 2nd goal, he also missed two easy opportunities, but ended up scoring a great solo goal, making the entire Betis defense fall down with his fantastic ball control before placing the ball past Lopez.

Betis managed to pull one goal back as Alba basically assisted them in the penalty area with a non-existent clearance due to his slip, but the captain made sure he would deliver the final and the best fireworks for this evening, lobbing the goalkeeper from just inside the penalty area when it looked like there are no instant solutions whatsoever. The result of that was the entire Benito Villamarin applauding, a fitting response to Leo's magic. After today's performance, he has surpassed Xavi as Barcelona player with most victories, standing alone at 477. The pace at which Messi's goal tally is increasing is quite astonishing as well, as he is now close to 600 goals for FC Barcelona, just under two years since his #500, the famous last minute winner at the Bernabeu. Again I say, not bad at all for a guy who does a lot more than just delivering the end product.

Suarez's unfortunate slip very late in the game resulted in an injury which we don't know if it's serious or not, but it is a bit of a concern considering Dembele has already been sidelined for three to four weeks. Hopefully, for whatever amount of time they are away, the less active players like Malcom and Boateng, as well as struggling Coutinho, will take their opportunities. There are two more games before the clash with Atletico Madrid, and three before the quarterfinal tie with Manchester United.

The table standings going into the international break, as well as the final ten games of the season - Barcelona ahead of the 2nd best team by ten points.



Defending La Liga is now withing touching distance. Retain the double digit advantage until and after the game with Atletico, and I think we are there...
boring la liga except for barca fans.
Your team is the favorite against Man utd, but the style of Barcelona is the perfect match up for Liverpool, if they face in the semifinals.
 

Tiki-Taka

Hall of Fame
boring la liga except for barca fans.
Your team is the favorite against Man utd, but the style of Barcelona is the perfect match up for Liverpool, if they face in the semifinals.
Shame for the neutrals that La Liga went in this direction as it was one of the tightest contests in the first half of the season. Not that Spain never had dramatic title races, far from it, but Sevilla were on top of the table after 13 games or so with Alaves and Espanyol also among the best ranked. Should be an exciting battle for the final Champions League spot at least, with Getafe and Alaves surprisingly being in contention alongside the usual faces Sevilla, Valencia and Betis and actually being above them at the moment.

We'll see. I am pleased that the team managed to impose its own game in some harder away games this season, even in the Champions League, but also showed the ability to adapt to the opponent, like they did against high pressing Betis last night and in most recent El Clasico wins over Real Madrid. No guarantees against Manchester United or Liverpool if the semifinal clash happens, but I think these things alongside a more composed defense compared to the first few months of the season are good signs at the moment.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
There was a time I was a bit uneasy about Ronaldo at United. Of course, all was forgiven. All because of Ravishing Ruud. I blamed Ronaldo's growing influence for him being allowed to join Real for that ridiculously low fee. Or just joining Real, joining anybody really. You hear things about them not getting along.

Just a random thought. Some Ruud videos came on my page there and nostalgia kicked in.

The Ruud chant is on the list. (y):love::happydevil:
 
International friendlies, Serbia earned a 1-1 draw against Germany in Wolfsburg. The rising youngster Jovic, who is joint 2nd best goalscorer in the Bundesliga this season, has scored on his first international start.

Obviously it's not the good old Germany who are rebuilding their squad, but we missed some notable players too - Matic, Tadic, Kolarov and Mitrovic, so that was a decent result. The bigger game is coming up next weekend as Euro qualifiers begin. First game is the toughest one in our group - away to reigning champions Portugal. Interested to see how the guys cope, I think Ronaldo is expected to feature.
 

Tiki-Taka

Hall of Fame
2-1 victory over Norway thanks to Rodrigo's first half goal and Ramos' panenka penalty. Playing Malta away on Tuesday.

Definitely preferred the newly founded Nations League over this usual qualifying process. With all respect to all national teams, I don't think there will be much suspense and upsets in most of the qualifying groups now.

Some club news, Marca have said that Barcelona are willing to listen to summer offers for Coutinho, who is linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain. I had such high hopes for our most expensive signing and would be really disappointed if departure happened just over a year after he arrived.

Injury updates, right now the entire attacking trio is out injured. Dembele had a muscle rupture in his leg during the Champions League tie with Lyon, Suarez strained his ankle last weekend, while Messi had groin pain during the Argentina friendly. He won't be playing in the other friendly as he has returned to Barcelona, and is expected to be available for next week's derby against Espanyol, while all three of them should be able to recover in time for the quarterfinal with Manchester United. Good thing for the club that all these little misfortunes happened during the international break, and also final chances for Coutinho, as well as rarely featured Malcom and Boateng to show some good football. With a bit of breathing space in La Liga, they should be presented with some opportunities now.
 
International friendlies, Serbia earned a 1-1 draw against Germany in Wolfsburg. The rising youngster Jovic, who is joint 2nd best goalscorer in the Bundesliga this season, has scored on his first international start.

Obviously it's not the good old Germany who are rebuilding their squad, but we missed some notable players too - Matic, Tadic, Kolarov and Mitrovic, so that was a decent result. The bigger game is coming up next weekend as Euro qualifiers begin. First game is the toughest one in our group - away to reigning champions Portugal. Interested to see how the guys cope, I think Ronaldo is expected to feature.
And we got a 1-1 draw in Portugal as well. Pretty satisfied with that, even though their equalizing goal could have easily been prevented. Now got to make sure we gain the upper hand against other national teams in the group - Ukraine, Lithuania and Luxembourg. I would love to see us make it to the Euro, haven't done that since I started following football...
 

Feña14

Legend
Sterling gets my vote for player of the season. No question about it.
He’s got my vote too.

Some great performances from England over the last 4 days, especially from Sterling and CHO last night, considering the abuse they got. Rice looked good too and Barkley was insane. Was it 4 goals he either scored or played a part in? Crazy.
 

Tiki-Taka

Hall of Fame
Looks like there have been several entertaining games tonight. Bosnia and Greece finishing 2-2, while both Norway vs Sweden and Switzerland vs Denmark finished 3-3. Unfortunately I just watched a routine but not very fun match from Spain. 2-0 win away to Malta, Morata scoring a brace.

However last evening was great. Was in Girona watching our very own Catalunya playing a friendly against Venezuela. They may have beaten Argentina in Madrid a few days ago, but found us to be much tougher. :p Forgotten man Krkic opened the scoring after a simple move that fooled the entire defense and an assist from Montoya, while Puado came off the bench and scored a late winning goal after finding himself alone in the penalty area. Pique, who retired from the Spanish national team after the World Cup, featured in the first half and had his free kick attempt denied by the crossbar, while Cucurella, Barca's academy product on loan to Eibar, played in the second half. Very eventful night I must say, both on and off the pitch, I am very pleased with the things that happened.

Club football is coming back on the weekend, and Barcelona will have a city derby on Saturday, hosting Espanyol at Camp Nou. Hoping for a win there, not just because it is against the rivals, but to keep this good La Liga momentum going, while none of our attacking trio trained with the squad yet. Leo is the only one still likely to be available for selection, but he shouldn't be rushed as far more important games are approaching in the final part of the season...
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Check it out ladies and gentlemen. I'd say this team would be a bit hard to beat.

And they say the best advanced playmaker in the game is Joao Felix. Yes, he is exceptional, but they obviously haven't used Sir Bobby. o_O Having much fun in this classic database.



Here is a look at the Barcelona team.



Messi is still in their younger squad. Older legends, younger legends etc. I see little Iniesta has been loaned out. Kubala currently leads the way with some insane stats. Ronaldinho looking good, will win something.
 

Tiki-Taka

Hall of Fame
The derby finished in Barcelona's favor. 2-0 win over Espanyol at Camp Nou.

Great turnout for the game, I was really pleased with that. Unfortunately, the team didn't play as great as they are capable of, and the star players weren't rested either. Messi and Suarez, who were both questionable for today, played a full game. Busquets and Rakitic did as well. Some resting should really be considered for the midweek game on Tuesday, especially since after that we have a game against Atletico Madrid that could end their title challenge, while the big trip to Manchester follows.

Espanyol were well organized and frustrated our players as the game passed. Most of the time the attempts went wide, and Lopez did well to deny an own goal when he was tested. Our rivals had some opportunities themselves but Lenglet intercepted very well whenever it looked like they will have a simple finish from low crosses.

Over 70 minutes passed and there were still no goals. Fortunately the captain stepped up again. A free kick on the edge of the penalty area, he effortlessly sent the ball over the wall, and while their defender Sanchez anticipated it and went to the goal line to try and block it, he only changed the ball's direction and prevented what might have actually been a save from Lopez. We will never know, but that was a pretty comical situation.

Malcom made a positive impact when he came on for Arthur, threatening several times on the left wing, and he provided an assist for the second goal. Counter attack was started by Ter Stegen, then Rakitic found Malcom, who waited for Messi's run and timed the pass perfectly to set him up for his second goal of the game. With that, Leo has now scored at least 40 goals for Barcelona in each of the last 10 seasons, an immense contribution.

Atletico have won convincingly away against Alaves, so the gap remains 10 points. Both of the top 2 in Spain will be back in action on Tuesday. Barcelona have an away game against Villarreal, who are in relegation trouble again. They played a relegation six pointer away to Celta de Vigo today and led by two goals, which would have placed them in a far more comfortable position, but Celta came back to win 3-2 and dragged the Yellow Submarine back into the mess at the bottom, only one point difference now. As much as I would like them to remain in La Liga, I hope our guys pick up a win against them. At the same time also hoping that our Catalan neighbors Girona can get a result on the same day, as they are travelling to Madrid to face Atletico.

This season has been really fast for me. Only nine matchdays remaining in La Liga, and we are getting closer and closer to retaining it...
 
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