Re: 2012-2013 Discussion Thread for La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, etc
Went to the gym, lifted some weights. Cleared my head. Feelsgoodandbadman.
After tonight I only have one question:
Do we even GOAT anymore?
Eliminated from two competitions in the course of a week. Yes, the CL is pretty much out of question, Milan WILL SCORE and the tie will be over (There is not clean sheet with this defence).
First off, congrats to Madrid. Can't complain about anything, they played clean and fair and were far better than Barca.
I can't help but wonder, where did the winning mentality go? What happened? Out there was a team of losers, a group of players who didn't give a shit about performing tonight. Where was the desire? the initiative? the leadership?. NOTHING.
The lunacy of Barca management to put that team out there was a disgrace. I mean half of those guys didn't deserve to start after the Milan game, yet they all get a starting place in the next big game not to mention using the same tactics? LOL. Dani was the ONLY player out there that actually deserved to wear a Barca shirt today. He gave 100% through the entire game, and deserves an applause. Iniesta was only good for the first half, then again I don't really blame Andres since he's te best fucking midfielder in the world and being used as a winger. What a joke.
But who was leadership? Xavi and Puyol should be the ones commanding the team if Tito isn't there. These guys have been here long enough to know how things should work, these guys are supposed to be the future coaches of Barca. Where was it tonight? Puyol can't carry this team at 35 years of age anymore, he is still a good player but we can't rely on him to. Xavi should be the most ashamed out of all players imo, no leadership in the midfield, no desire he's just been terrible and I cannot remember the last time he's had a good game. Horrid, absolutely horror show from Xavi. He doesn't deserve to start in the next weeks clasico. Thiago should get the green light over him.
And then there is the GOAT (who was WOAT today) Messi. I can't help but feel like he feels he's above the hierarchy of player selection, that he feels he can just do whatever he wants and automatically get a start. This is bullshit, Two terrible performances with both Milan and Madrid where he was invisible for the entire match. Truth is, any attacking player in the world would likely get benched if he performed like that in two back to back big games. Awful. This has been the worst I've ever seen Messi by far.
I really really feel bad for Villa and Tello. Now before you all jump at me and say how bad Villa was when he came on, realize that starting a player when the game is 0-0 is completely different than bringing him on when the team is down 2-0 and completely demoralized. Two players who could literally address every issue that exist in the Barca attack, rot on the bench while Pedro and Iniesta somehow get a call up. The media, every supporter around the world, the entire fucking Nou Camp was crying for Villa to start after the disaster that was Milan. Terrible, terrible, terrible management.
Killed on the counter, expected. That's what happens when you play 2 highly attacking fullbacks and two centerbacks who just don't click as well as they used to. Puyol because of age and Pique because the guy is just an idiot. Attack was non-existant, rely on Messi, that will work right? Every team in Europe knows how to overcome these one-dimensional tactics now.
This is by far the worst defeat in the past 5 years. Not just because we lost, but because we got fucking killed, smashed into oblivion by our main rivals at the Nou Camp. Next weeks Clasico doesn't even matter, it wont change anything big in the overall scheme of things. This is the one players should have turned up to. Disgusting.
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." -Einstein
This video sums up my thoughts on Barca these days.
Gentlemen, if you lose today you will continue to be the best in the world but if you win today you will be eternal.
Last edited by EGame; 02-26-2013 at 07:54 PM.