By - MatchThreadder
Places Barca are lacking and need to improve:
• Over reliance on backward passing and defenders holding the ball. Need to pay with courage, playing more through balls and breaking lines. [ For God's sake, use triangles to pass the ball into midfielders and let them do the same to reach forwards. ]
• Slow to react, aging players that need to be subbed off/on, never to play more than 40 mins.
• Chemistry between midfielders. Yes there are talented young midfielders who have been rotated and played due too injury, however they've never been given the time to develop an understanding with one another. So far we've played: Busq-De Jong-Pedri, Busq-Nico-Gavi, Busq-Pedri-Gavi, De Jong-Gavi-Nico, De Jong-Pedri-Nico in different roles/responsibilities for each (except Busq), that even they seem confused what, who should do. Stick to a fixed 3 (hopefully a younger combination) and have distinct roles for each, not adaptive/changing roles.
• A fixed tactic/style of play. Crossing into the box, playing from deep, counter attacking football, possession football, creative midfield with breaking lines. Decide which is your style and work on that until it's perfected, right now we're trying to throw everything and seeing what sticks to get the goal, this should not be the case.
I really hope Xavi is realizing these mistakes.
Muniain was class today
Its gonna be Trophyless year for us... unless we win the Europa League... :(
We're talking about trophies already!? I thought we wouldn't even be close for atleast 3 more years. Couldn't care less about trophies just want the lads to develop.
Forgive me cause I do not keep up with Barcelona too much but how did a team as storied as Barca find themselves in this situation?
Bartomeu + Covid
Don't mention Bartemou in the same line with Covid. It's like mentioning Bin Laden with your local thug.
Hey Steven is as much of a bad guy as Bin Laden! He's hardcore bro!
Bilbao was a class better today.
Nah lol. They were better but not like a class apart or anything, also playing at home against a very inexperienced attack. It's unimpressive on their part to even take this long to finish the game.
We don't have strikers, and we can't drop 55 millions to sign one like you do.
Now what!? You're gonna suck me off for that?
I stopped caring about the match after ansu got injured tbh, completely ruined my mood
We're soo unlucky. Ansu can't catch a break.
Muniain was a joy to watch as a neutral.
Pretty great game all in all
We are going trophyless, when are our delusional “fans” going to accept this.
Muniain you beautiful legend
Barca is literally nothing without Messi , such a shame.
That's such a casual thing to say.
Lol casual ? It be casual not saying it , barca have been playing garbage without him
You said "literally nothing* without Messi. While we have some of the most exciting youngsters in Spain if not the world and the one of the best Academies in the world if not **the best** not even close to nothing. This club will always be bigger than a player. Even if he's the greatest of all time.
Y’all can’t win tho ? So I stand by what I said , without Messi barca is nothing at the moment
LOL nice switch up by adding "at the moment".
I mean i thought it was pretty obvious when I made the statement till you said all that so I had to put that lol.
Messi wouldn’t have let barca go to Europa or lose this many games in la liga
Which in turn would fuck us right in the ass in the long term. What do you think will happen qualifying for the knockout stages? Same old, ass whooping crash exit. Same old one man carryjob. We needed a reality check and we got one cuz of Messi's exit. It hurts less to lose to Benfica 3-0 with an immature team than go all the way and lose 8-2 to Bayern.
We gotta get Messi back next season
With the way his played so far you don’t
He's just not getting goals in the league, unlucky too. Hit the wood 6 times or something. Still scoring goals in the champions league. Don't let twitter clowns fool you. He's still playing very well. Not to mention the position he's being forced to play in. I'd absolutely love to have him back.
Nah he is gonna play as his usual self here, that's for sure
Catalonia isn’t Paris lol.
Pride in defeat ♥
Only because you won
An exciting game to say the least
Iker Muniain was brilliant today
This was a classic.
MOTM Muniain. No discussion
deserved victory for Athletic
Wasted 2.5 hours of my life , not watching anymore, gonna just watch highlights. Better things to do w my time than watch a shit show
You know you gonna be watching the next game fully, don't you?
That’s the spirit!
That ending was comedy/tragedy, depending who you support. Shameless time-wasting and shithousery.
Have to give it this referee. What a cunt.
Yeah mate otherwise you lot were winning the match
Pride in defeat
well played athletic
Muniain with a Messi performance today
Barca pressing is so bad
Blowing the whistle before its over 🤣
Why have a timer when they wont even follow it
And how many times have the time gone over the injury time. Plenty of times. It goes both ways you just mad this season you're on the losing side.
Always crying about the ref
When someone needs to score against barca it goes at least 40 secs over
sure it does
Go watch previous games
Your comment history is fucking pathetic. Reads like a petulant child that can't accept his team losing
I cant accept when its unfair
You mean the ref didnt affect the game a single bit?
ofcourse he did. like in every game but to think it went more either way is classic victim complex
I can sense muniain's passion my god what a player
The shithouse is strong today
Réf is completely losing the game and giving it to Athletic, such a shame because he was so good the first 90 min
He's bad on both sides though, missed what looked like a stonewall penalty to me when Pique was too slow for Inaki.
After he gave what was not a penalty if you follow the rules
Muniain toying with barca
Someone please upload the Williams handball clip hahaha
Beefy Braithwaite looks so weird
Muniain, seriously what a game he played
Two minites of additional time. This is bullshit.
I swear Torres played half the game in the midfield/defence?
Has he played since his goal?
Alba is such a rat faced cunt
This has been gruelling.
2 mins lol
The most shameless I have ever seen hahaha
Not that I think it's warranted here, but isn't a deliberate handball red?
No? Keepers usually get straight reds when handling the ball deliberately outside the box. And there's cases with players making goal line saves with their hands, that's red too. Obviously very different impacts on the game, but I'm not aware of a rule that changes the punishment depending on where on the pitch it happens. Do enlighten me if I'm wrong though
Don't know if it means a red in all the possible scenarios for a keeper, but usually a handball by them means that they have stopped the rival from beating them, meaning that they have ended an important chance.
So is the rule then that a deliberate handball is only a red if it prevents an important chance? Cause I'm not aware of that. I think it's technically a red no matter where it happens? Maybe it's just for keepers, in which case you're right that it's almost always a very drastic measure taken by them to prevent a huge chance.
Every single defender not named araujo and Alves needs to go in the summer
Beautiful control by Muniain
That bit of time wasting is just icing on the cake.
Haha wtf was that Iñaki
Some people are really angry, and I'm really happy. I hope I don't have to eat my words
This scoreline remains same as our lmatch against them in SuperCopa 2021... That match ended with Messi getting Red card... Lets see how this ends..
Not a red?
Some great shithousery for the end
Muniain so good
If this ends like this, Muniain MOTM
Absolute bullshit, motherfucker just decided to lay his ass on the ball ...
Muniain going crazy
Inaki locking the ball which is against the rules, and gets a free kick for it
Should have a second yellow at this point
muniain is just too good
Barca playing with pride...
Barcelona se fudendo é muito bom kkaskktmfkenfmdm
So many headless chickens lmao
Muniain is a legend
What a dribble lol
I'll never understand what goes inside Iñaki's brain
"gotta go fast"
With all the slipping I wonder if we'll get a Xavi comment about the grass
One can only hope
Seems like only Striker Araujo today
Holy shit Araujo lol
What are you doing there putting in a better cross than Jordi, you should be at the end of that. Araujo to Araujo
Calm down grandpa
Watch him smack on 3 minutes of extra time after 12 minutes of cramps and shit ...
Also barca needs to rethink ter stegen as their main keeper.
this barca side might actually be worse than december chelsea
Chelsea lost once all of December lmao of course they’d be worse
drawing to crisis everton is basically a loss tbf
but yeah i was mostly thinking of the "ostensibly top class players playing like putrid unwatchable garbage" line of similarity
not to mention the awful wingback/fullback play (for different reasons)
De Jong has been horrible, when I was watching the match
He's had a shit season, in all honesty. Basically the exact opposite of what he was last season. Can't even blame it on him being tired, because he hasn't played *that* much this year. He's just been bad.
de jong is always horrible
You guys just don’t know how to use him, 85 mil in the bin
we used him right on the bench tonight but they will made him play and it ruined us
Just sell him
How does 38 year old Alves not get injured playing the full game while 2 young players get injured after playing each few minutes. Life's not fair 😭
he's just built differently
The game of marginal offsides
only bald coaches get trophies he should've have known coming into this match
Barcelona used to look like they knew what they were doing on a pitch
I'm gonna stop watching Barca games from now on.
I swear to God, the only games I've managed to catch this season are the ones they don't win.
Whenever I have to go to a birthday party or something, that's when they win.
I can relate
Braithwaite's hair transplant looks like he shaved his pubes, took an Uhu glue stick and glued them onto his head
Lmao who is he kidding w that?
Where's Striker Pique? yet..
Alba is such a fucking bum now lmao that mentally weak rat has one job and can’t even send a decent cross in anymore
Always hit an opponent when trying to cross
lmao ter stegen what was that
After the atrocity of a performance from Jordi Alba today. another player that needs his contract terminated is him
Catalan tax will protect him
Barca dont have anyone else
That hair on Braithwaite wtf
I get it guys, you all hate Barça, but that's never a pen
Striker Pique come on
this might be the worst football i've seen Barcelona play, no midfield
Theres no midfield in Bilbao.. like, ever.
How pique is still on the pitch is beyond me
Let's wait til they actually lose
I genuinely hate watching Alba
Munian with a 9.5 or 10/10 today
Barca gives so much space, every team will walk in the Park in the Middle of the field
Could you imagine a player of the calibre of Braithwaite playing for Barca 10 years ago?
Ur beating a dead horse, this has been commented for 3 years at this point
Nicos been great
Williams lol, forgot you guys got one as well
Ig he meant both of them
How is that not a pen but Alba's handball is?
What the fuck is wrong with Spanish refs today? Purposefully sabotaging matches so they get paid more or something, absolutely insane
Turns out it was just Messi ready Jordi's mind this whole time! Who knew?! I sure as fuck haven't seen any good combos since and he's mostly just looking lost or passing the opponent.
How on earth is that not a penalty what the hell
I fucking hate Jordi. A bunch of that run was made and he passes it backwards to Araujo, another similar one is made later and he still fails to read it and misspasses. It’s like he doesn’t give a shit. Pass it ahead in open space you clown
How in the world would that ever be a pen, are you kidding?
Man can barely walk.
Ref was friend there
Its penalty, pique is finished for 3 years Xavi...
Penalti! Fuck Barça, bunch of cheaters
He runs into piques foot..
Was he running backwards? Because Pique hits him on the back of his foot..
He steps on Pique
How was that not a pen? Looked stone wall
That's a penalty lol more of a foul than what Marcelo got sent off for
Fati injured again how....the kid is made of glass like Dembele
He’s been rushed every single time. Barca is desperate to have him back and is going to ruin that kid’s career by rushing his recovery each time.
He wasn’t rushed this time at all. They were deliberately taking their time.