Re: 2012-2013 Discussion Thread for La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, etc
it's not about replacing guys like alves and alba. it's about challenging them. alba's only real competitor is injured and doesn't have long left in his career, and the other is adriano, who will never really be used more than the occasional game to rest alba. even worse with alves. i like montoya, but messi loves alves and the delivery he gives, but there needs to be someone there to challenge him. it's largely been a very similar barca squad the entire time, so it's only natural for some complacency to creep in. how do you get the team that has won everything to keep winning? bring in guys that haven't won everything.
i haven't seen anyone call for tito's head though, and anyone who does is amazingly stupid. it is a combination of all those factors, like i said while i was watching this cup game and the milan game, there's a lot of mental exhaustion. it's been rough for them, one of the most liked played going through a liver transplant, a favourite son to many of the players bidding farewell, and then his replacement, who many are close to too, having a relapse, that would fucking cut deep. it's a very volatile time at barca, they're crying out for some stability and guidance and i think a few of the senior players need to step up and almost manage the team, because with all due respect to roura, he is, indeed a scout.