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Re: 2012-2013 Discussion Thread for La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, etc
From where I stand, I see two issues with Barca:
It's shocking that a team as good as Barca can lose 2-0 to an inferior Milan side and top it by losing 1-3 to their arch rivals at home of all places. It's a management thing. As much as Barca boys admire Pep, he fucked off when the going started getting tough, and Tito doesn't bring anything different to the table. It's a continuation basically. Barcelona need a top-class manager.
2. Over-reliance on Messi
It's not rocket science. Messi had two poor games and Barca can't seem to move an inch. They rely so much on Messi, when he doesn't perform--they don't perform. Whilst there is nothing you can do here, but Barca could, at least, rest Messi every once in a while because he is overplaying at this rate. Ronaldo gets his rests every now and then, but Messi doesn't and that's because nobody at Barca have a clue of what to do without Lionel.
If Barcelona planned on not playing Villa as much this season, I cannot understand why they didn't move for van Persie. van Persie would have provided them with that extra edge and technique up front. It's just bizarre...
Essentially, Barcelona need a new Manager. I'm not saying Tito is bad, but he's not a top-class manager and he won't be able to modify tactics to suit games. What Barca is doing is all based on their training and potential. They need a tactical manager.
As for Cesc, he is world class, but it serves him right. He's been all over the place at Barcelona. Considering he was the best midfield player in English Football when he was here, it's a travesty, but a self-inflicted one. There was a time when people actually compared him to Xavi and Iniesta. Shocking! And, I'm not big on Xavi and Iniesta these days either. They don't seem to be able to do anything substantial for Barca. I think it's due to the staleness of strategies though. A new approach would spice them up.
Last edited by Razor King; 02-26-2013 at 11:36 PM.