Our century anniversary combination, nice.You'll be pleased to know we had our summer this week, of course I broke out my old Barcelona shorts from '99 for the occasion.
Sounds like wearing them didn't bring Barca much luck though, fortunately the rain has returned so maybe things will turn around for you now.
Nice indeed! Although it's a little concerning that shorts that fit my 10 year old self still do the job at 31Our century anniversary combination, nice.
No superstition is going to help this team. At this point I mostly hope Laporta returns as president next year, plus Leo extending the contract obviously. It was raining in Spain today as well so, unlike in England where that's common occurrence , it might be another bad sign.
I like Pjanic too, but I did think it sounded strange when I first heard the rumours of the trade a few weeks back. Juventus tried to swap Pjanic for Jorginho too, crazy to think they got a much better player than Jorginho for him in the end.It's official. Miralem Pjanic will join Barcelona next season. Arthur will go in other direction and move to Juventus.
I have no idea what the board are thinking. Leo went as far to say in a rare interview that Arthur impressed him the most of the more recent signings and how he resembles the great Xavi. Someone who could have provided long term solution in midfield alongside De Jong, one of the rare young guys in our aging squad was sold. Other than the questionable attitude Brazilians can have, I can't see why this is a good deal. And for the record I rate Pjanic highly but it feels like Juve are the "winners" of this deal. We'll see...
Hosting in form Atletico Madrid tomorrow evening in a must win game as Real Madrid have a two point lead at the top of the table and breathing space since they can afford one draw. Doubt Barcelona will beat Simeone's team looking at respective forms, which would make the title race pretty much over, but you never know...
Maybe there is a dartboard covered with pictures of footballer players which the guys in the Barcelona board target then go out and buy whoever they hit.I like Pjanic too, but I did think it sounded strange when I first heard the rumours of the trade a few weeks back. Juventus tried to swap Pjanic for Jorginho too, crazy to think they got a much better player than Jorginho for him in the end.
Sounds like the muddled thinking you get at a club when things are out of sync and rotten in a sense. Chelsea and Man Utd have been the same over the last however many years. There's this move, Boateng, Braithwaite etc.. What's going on?
I agree that being 30 isn't a death sentence.Antonio Rüdiger, Marcos Alonso, Tammy Abraham, I never want to see these 3 in a Chelsea shirt ever again. Never ****ing again. Frauds, absolute frauds.
Rüdiger has been bang average/poor the minute he’s arrived, he’s a liability. Gets by every time only cuz he points to the badge and has “pashun”, he’s NOT GOOD ENOUGH. It’s worse than Arsenal fans gassing Lacauselesszette. Being passionate for the club means nothing if you can’t perform. Look at the ruthlessness Mourinho employs. Look at teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona, tossing out Ceballos and whatnot. No second thoughts. Out the door, passion or no passion, if you’re not good enough, get out.
Same with Abraham. I’m tired of listening to the ****ing hype train surrounding this absolute fraud of a striker. He makes me miss Morata ffs. He spins around 95% of the time, trudges down the pitch, can’t do anything off set pieces, NOTHING. He sits there and complains about “not getting service” but he’s just NOT GOOD ENOUGH. He’s holding this club to ransom, just because he’s an academy graduate and did good in the championship. He had one hot steak and has been dining out on it for ages now. Get him out the club immediately, I’ve had enough of it. Stick your xG calculus equations that make him look good up your ass. Look on the pitch with your eyes.
Marcos Alonso I genuinely can’t stand. I’m serious. He’s ****ing Bambi on ice. He occasionally does well going forward but offers nothing defensively. We’re not playing you at wing back you ****ing clown, you HAVE TO DEFEND THE BALL. He’s useless, can’t man-mark, poor against everyone, weak as anything. It’s NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I can’t stand him anymore, I’d rather Emerson or a kid play there, because I genuinely cannot handle Bambi’s constant mistakes and errors for 3 YEARS NOW. I cannot do it, get him out immediately.
Azpilicueta, not good enough. Great servant but you’re not good enough anymore, ship him off to Spain or to a nursing home cuz he’s slow and useless. I’ve said it 1000000 times that Willian is useless and I still stick by that. Says a lot that he’s the only one saving us from these **** situations. Christensen, I love him but he’s poor, Frank ****ing hates Zouma for some reason. And Giroud, he needs to start over Abraham for the rest of the season, end of. I don’t care about your stupid personal “Arsenal agenda”, Tammy is a mid-table/relegation scrap striker at BEST.
And finally on to Frank. Can’t blame him for everything but if he can’t perform next season with Werner/Ziyech/Havertz then he’s gone too. Don’t care about your sentimental value, I don’t care if he’s a club legend. If he can’t perform with the world class talent Abramovich is handing to him on a silver platter this summer, then out the door. We need a CB desperately. We’ve somehow made immense bargains for Ziyech and Werner, we have money. Splash the rest on Soyuncu, or better yet Koulibaly. People saying he’s finished are FIFA merchants, making people think a players dusted the minute he hits 30. Get a CB and fix the team. Priority is Top 4. **** the cup, play the ****ing kids there all you want. Get Top 4 and move forward.
VAR got it spot on. James Collins there in the studio all "bUt kEpa cOuLd SeE tHe BaLl"What a great night for United. VAR couldn't even stop the Moyes juggernaut.
Abraham is done anyways. Werner’s coming in and that’s that. He’s going to be Batshuayi. As much as I love the occasional Batsman goal he’s not really much of a top level striker. I love the new signings but there’s still talk about Havertz and Chillwell and whatnot. I don’t think Telles would be bad. But we need a CB, desperately. AC gets by from criticism because he passes the ball nice, he’s got no pride in defending. Rüdiger is just a clown anyways. Zouma played great vs Leicester and kept a clean sheet and Frank tosses him to the scrap heap for no reason. Zouma-Tomori till the end of the season for me. AC and Alonso represent what’s wrong with modern defenders, they take no pride in their main job priority. Their defending is suspect to borderline reeking yet they still play. I understand “play the team you got” but we have Emerson, we’ve got Tomori, Zouma, etc.. just play them. Zouma may be a massive liability on the ball but he throws his body on the line and takes pride in his defending. It’s not just Chelsea though, look at AWB at Man Utd. Loves going forward, can’t defend. Bellerin from Arsenal, all these flicks and tricks yet gets brushed off by pacey wingers who are almost always stronger than him. It’s like your job is a pilot. And you’re really good at taking off and flying the plane, but when it comes to landing, you can’t do it. But in that profession if you’re good at one thing and bad at another, lives are at risk. These muppets are flashy and okay going forward but can’t defend. Jesus.VAR got it spot on. James Collins there in the studio all "bUt kEpa cOuLd SeE tHe BaLl"
That might well of been true, ginger James, but every keeper is charging in that instance, making themselves as big as possible, closing down all the angles etc.. If there's a player in an offside position who's interfering with you doing your job? It's offside, lad. This ain't Ice Hockey.
I still think the offside rule needs changing if VAR is going to work, at the moment the two things aren't compatible. The offside rule was introduced to stop "goal hanging" (which is what Antonio, unintentionally, was guilty of yesterday). It shouldn't cancel out beautiful goals because a toe was offside 30 yards from goal 4 phases before the goal was scored imo.
West Ham played well though, Rice had a great game and Antonio was a beast. Fair play to them, that's the kind of performance and result you get at this time of the season. I'm sure there will be more games like that throughout the league over the coming weeks.
As for Chelsea and the assessment of @Fabresque, I agree with all (especially regarding the defence) with the exception of Abraham. He's had no service all year (which is why I wanted Ziyech and his wand of a left foot). I've no idea how good Abraham can be as he hasn't been given the opportunity, maybe he really does suck, or maybe the service asking difficult questions of the opposition will be the making of him. We'll find out pretty quickly next season which one it is, i'd imagine.
It's great to have an actual right back being there for years to come, instead of imposter right back. AWB not being able to defend is a myth. I love him.AWB can't defend? If anything that's his main trait lol. Man United have that right back position covered for years to come.
3rd to 6th is anybody's guess at this point. Impressive that Wolves are still going strong while Man United have also been strong lately, no loss in the last 15 games.
I see City are running riot when it's too late.
The last few years we've had Willian and Hazard (now Pulisic), their strengths are running with the ball, cutting inside etc.. They are poor crossers of a ball and cutting inside means there's no width and everything is cramped in the box. Throw in teams sitting deep? There's no space and no service for Abraham. That's why i'm curious to see how Abraham does with Ziyech, we'll get a better idea of what he can do then, I think.Seems like Abraham has been going through a rough time after a good start , He was being hyped , but he also suffered an injury. I don’t know if Chelsea are seriously going after Havertz , But i’m curious to see how are they going to reinforce their defense. Crazy to think Kepa is the most expensive keeper
Just lol at Spurs , I don’t think they will even get Europe next season. Mourinho has now lost more PL matches at Tottenham than I’m his first 2 seasons at Chelsea.
Top 4 looks very tight. I honestly don’t know which teams are going to end finish there , Many possibilities , I’m gonna throw a “crazy” one and say Wolves and Leicester
I like the kid very much. Makes quite risky ambitious decisions for his age, it obviously won't work all the time but it's a big positive. Him and midfielder Puig have clear potential, I said it after our recent game against Bilbao when they came on for our established legends and noticeably improved our performance on the pitch. We have to nurture them the best way possible.What do you think about Fati?
Wow! I didn't know Suarez had been there for 6 years. Time really does fly.Nice performance for a change in a 4-1 away win over Villarreal, early own goal from their defender Torres, a nice first time finish from Suarez after Leo escaped several players, a beautiful lob outside the area from Griezmann, and Fati scoring late after coming off the bench. But we all know it's too late.
So just some individual pieces of info. Today there is a change on Barcelona's all time top goalscorers podium. Cesar Rodriguez, who played for the club from 1939 to 1955, was our number one with 232 goals for 57 years. Then in 2012 Lionel Messi at only 24 years of age broke that record and has been raising the bar ever since, now standing at unreal 630. And tonight, Luis Suarez has officially become the 3rd best goalscorer in the rich history of FC Barcelona, tying our 50s Hungarian striker Laszlo Kubala at 194 goals. It took him less than six years to get there.
He's been called up for the national team a few times recently, making one appearance so far. I'd say he is decent at most things, and will feature on a more regular basis when Ramos retires, but I am more and more reluctant to rate defenders these days because the standard in that part of the pitch has gone down. A lot of teams used to be blessed with quality commanders of the back line, nowadays it's a different story...Wow! I didn't know Suarez had been there for 6 years. Time really does fly.
I'll follow up on the theme from @Poisoned Slice. What's your opinion on Pau Torres? I see he scored an own goal and got booked tonight, but i've seen him linked with Man Utd, Chelsea and Barcelona.. some have described his as "the next Pique", sounds like he has a good agent
Completely agree, the standard has dropped quite a bit, but the prices have gone up considerably. VVD was worth every penny, but he seems to be the exception.He's been called up for the national team a few times recently, making one appearance so far. I'd say he is decent at most things, and will feature on a more regular basis when Ramos retires, but I am more and more reluctant to rate defenders these days because the standard in that part of the pitch has gone down. A lot of teams used to be blessed with quality commanders of the back line, nowadays it's a different story...
I think Maguire is decent, by todays standards. It's the £80 Million price tag that will get him criticism. If he cost £20 Million or came up through the ranks? I think he would be appreciated more and not be compared to VVD (who cost a bit less the year before).yeah, I can't really argue against VVD being worth every penny. Maguire will be judged in time. I am a fan, of course, but you do see the odd error that you wouldn't see at the very top. Most of the people talking now are saying a CB is still needed. I'm just not sure who that could be. Any time a keeper gets beat at his near post the near post army come out to get ya. haha Looking great going forward once more and that has been a joy to see. It's not like it is a disaster at the back. I think as an overall unit, the defense is strong. Room for improvement.
No slip up against Villa please.