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SadmanHossain

My analysis: 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.


eddiengambino

Muniain was class today


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Its gonna be Trophyless year for us... unless we win the Europa League... :(


satwickkv

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.


I_MILK_KITTENS_MILK

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?


er_primo_der_rafa

Bartomeu + Covid


satwickkv

Don't mention Bartemou in the same line with Covid. It's like mentioning Bin Laden with your local thug.


Hero_Select

Hey Steven is as much of a bad guy as Bin Laden! He's hardcore bro!


NieThePiet

Bilbao was a class better today.


satwickkv

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.


Kosarev

We don't have strikers, and we can't drop 55 millions to sign one like you do.


satwickkv

Now what!? You're gonna suck me off for that?


Ok_Tell_4286

I stopped caring about the match after ansu got injured tbh, completely ruined my mood


satwickkv

We're soo unlucky. Ansu can't catch a break.


Mike_Ashley_Out

Muniain was a joy to watch as a neutral.


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Pretty great game all in all


[deleted]

We are going trophyless, when are our delusional “fans” going to accept this.


Salmabutnotsalma

Muniain you beautiful legend


Zeke1216

Barca is literally nothing without Messi , such a shame.


satwickkv

That's such a casual thing to say.


Zeke1216

Lol casual ? It be casual not saying it , barca have been playing garbage without him


satwickkv

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.


WawawaMan

Doubt.


Zeke1216

Y’all can’t win tho ? So I stand by what I said , without Messi barca is nothing at the moment


satwickkv

LOL nice switch up by adding "at the moment".


Zeke1216

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.


Ark_Legend

Messi wouldn’t have let barca go to Europa or lose this many games in la liga


satwickkv

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.


Ok_Tell_4286

We gotta get Messi back next season


jcald60

With the way his played so far you don’t


satwickkv

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.


Ok_Tell_4286

Nah he is gonna play as his usual self here, that's for sure


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Catalonia isn’t Paris lol.


Hero_Select

Pride in defeat ♥


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ColaKnut

Only because you won


HeIIbIazer23

An exciting game to say the least


LampseederBroDude51

Iker Muniain was brilliant today


arroiuqlu

This was a classic.


kuldeep7777

great night


celigodtko

MOTM Muniain. No discussion


eddiengambino

deserved victory for Athletic


_bagonme_

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


LzyroJoestar007

You know you gonna be watching the next game fully, don't you?


_bagonme_

Unfortunately yes


daydreamurr

That’s the spirit!


HeIIbIazer23

That ending was comedy/tragedy, depending who you support. Shameless time-wasting and shithousery.


prateek_tandon

Have to give it this referee. What a cunt.


thomasfoookingshelby

Yeah mate otherwise you lot were winning the match


Ark_Legend

Nice username


Level-Ad7017

Pride in defeat


tweazz

well played athletic


InsignMertenCallejon

Muniain with a Messi performance today


LionelBenzema

Muniain😭😭😭


FrancescoliBestUruEv

Barca pressing is so bad


ColaKnut

Blowing the whistle before its over 🤣


waitforiiiit

Found pique.


ColaKnut

Why have a timer when they wont even follow it


waitforiiiit

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.


Esketit12476

Always crying about the ref


ColaKnut

When someone needs to score against barca it goes at least 40 secs over


Esketit12476

sure it does


ColaKnut

Go watch previous games


Esketit12476

Your comment history is fucking pathetic. Reads like a petulant child that can't accept his team losing


ColaKnut

I cant accept when its unfair


Esketit12476

"unfair" 🤣


ColaKnut

You mean the ref didnt affect the game a single bit?


Esketit12476

ofcourse he did. like in every game but to think it went more either way is classic victim complex


Kixot123

I can sense muniain's passion my god what a player


RjHospe

Pride in........


Level-Ad7017

defeat


PegaponyPrince

The shithouse is strong today


Grey-licoptere

Réf is completely losing the game and giving it to Athletic, such a shame because he was so good the first 90 min


RN2FL9

He's bad on both sides though, missed what looked like a stonewall penalty to me when Pique was too slow for Inaki.


Grey-licoptere

After he gave what was not a penalty if you follow the rules


FrancescoliBestUruEv

Muniain toying with barca


adamjamal2AD

Someone please upload the Williams handball clip hahaha


huzzaahh

Beefy Braithwaite looks so weird


financeguy17

Muniain, seriously what a game he played


Emashes159

Two minites of additional time. This is bullshit.


Velocito

I swear Torres played half the game in the midfield/defence?


ollster3000

Has he played since his goal?


Harudera

Alba is such a rat faced cunt


neandertales

This has been gruelling.


Made4win

amazing


DoubleYou89

2 mins lol


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The most shameless I have ever seen hahaha


Level-Ad7017

good show


LionelBenzema

Hahahahhahalmao


Averdian

Not that I think it's warranted here, but isn't a deliberate handball red?


er_primo_der_rafa

No?


Averdian

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


er_primo_der_rafa

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.


Averdian

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.


william_wites

Every single defender not named araujo and Alves needs to go in the summer


PegaponyPrince

Beautiful control by Muniain


CoralMarc

That bit of time wasting is just icing on the cake.


radmav

Haha wtf was that Iñaki


Velocito

lmao williams


holdenmyrocinante

Some people are really angry, and I'm really happy. I hope I don't have to eat my words


[deleted]

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..


ColaKnut

Not a red?


HeIIbIazer23

Some great shithousery for the end


FrancescoliBestUruEv

Muniain so good


LionelBenzema

Fucccck williams


financeguy17

If this ends like this, Muniain MOTM


Pek-Man

Absolute bullshit, motherfucker just decided to lay his ass on the ball ...


ollster3000

Muniain!


adamjamal2AD

Muniain going crazy


ColaKnut

Inaki locking the ball which is against the rules, and gets a free kick for it


itwastimeforarefresh

Should have a second yellow at this point


tweazz

muniain is just too good


RjHospe

Barca playing with pride...


LzyroJoestar007

Barcelona se fudendo é muito bom kkaskktmfkenfmdm


celigodtko

omg Muniain.


Made4win

So many headless chickens lmao


Stareid

Muniain is a legend


AlphaStryk3r

What a dribble lol


Salmabutnotsalma

I'll never understand what goes inside Iñaki's brain


quetzalnavarrense

"gotta go fast"


RjHospe

With all the slipping I wonder if we'll get a Xavi comment about the grass


holdenmyrocinante

One can only hope


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Seems like only Striker Araujo today


DinglieDanglieDoodle

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


holdenmyrocinante

Calm down grandpa


Pek-Man

Watch him smack on 3 minutes of extra time after 12 minutes of cramps and shit ...


jcald60

Also barca needs to rethink ter stegen as their main keeper.


quetzalnavarrense

this barca side might actually be worse than december chelsea


my_aed_is_shit

Chelsea lost once all of December lmao of course they’d be worse


quetzalnavarrense

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)


er_primo_der_rafa

De Jong has been horrible, when I was watching the match


Pek-Man

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.


anusFati

de jong is always horrible


Dizzy_Iron_6756

You guys just don’t know how to use him, 85 mil in the bin


anusFati

we used him right on the bench tonight but they will made him play and it ruined us


Dizzy_Iron_6756

Just sell him


NightKnuckles

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 😭


Made4win

he's just built differently


HeIIbIazer23

The game of marginal offsides


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Level-Ad7017

only bald coaches get trophies he should've have known coming into this match


CoralMarc

Barcelona used to look like they knew what they were doing on a pitch


Harudera

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.


ColaKnut

I can relate


IcefoxX5

Braithwaite's hair transplant looks like he shaved his pubes, took an Uhu glue stick and glued them onto his head


Madridista17

Lmao who is he kidding w that?


anusFati

totally


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Where's Striker Pique? yet..


theadmin209

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


ColaKnut

Always hit an opponent when trying to cross


JElias2712

lmao ter stegen what was that


jcald60

After the atrocity of a performance from Jordi Alba today. another player that needs his contract terminated is him


L34hhhh

Catalan tax will protect him


ColaKnut

Barca dont have anyone else


9248-

That hair on Braithwaite wtf


Daramangarasu

I get it guys, you all hate Barça, but that's never a pen


9248-

Striker Pique come on


anusFati

this might be the worst football i've seen Barcelona play, no midfield


neandertales

Theres no midfield in Bilbao.. like, ever.


thomasfoookingshelby

How pique is still on the pitch is beyond me


Zahalapapaya

Pride in defeat


holdenmyrocinante

Let's wait til they actually lose


_bagonme_

I genuinely hate watching Alba


holdenmyrocinante

Munian with a 9.5 or 10/10 today


FrancescoliBestUruEv

Barca gives so much space, every team will walk in the Park in the Middle of the field


Insanel0l

Could you imagine a player of the calibre of Braithwaite playing for Barca 10 years ago?


_bagonme_

Ur beating a dead horse, this has been commented for 3 years at this point


ollster3000

Nicos been great


anusFati

which one


ollster3000

Williams lol, forgot you guys got one as well


ahmedhaque91

Ig he meant both of them


IcefoxX5

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


ReptheNaysh

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.


doge_IV

How on earth is that not a penalty what the hell


ZedLyfe51

hat happened?


DinglieDanglieDoodle

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


itwastimeforarefresh

How in the world would that ever be a pen, are you kidding?


neandertales

Man can barely walk.


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neandertales

Nico


FrancescoliBestUruEv

Ref was friend there


FrancescoliBestUruEv

Its penalty, pique is finished for 3 years Xavi...


Traditional-Area-277

Penalti! Fuck Barça, bunch of cheaters


ColaKnut

He runs into piques foot..


RN2FL9

Was he running backwards? Because Pique hits him on the back of his foot..


bass1879

He steps on Pique


mansholeman11

How was that not a pen? Looked stone wall


RjHospe

That's a penalty lol more of a foul than what Marcelo got sent off for


FrancescoliBestUruEv

Fati injured again how....the kid is made of glass like Dembele


jcald60

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.


festeziooo

He wasn’t rushed this time at all. They were deliberately taking their time.