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La Liga - Week 8 Fixtures - 5th-7th October 2018


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On current form, I'm not confident that Barca are getting a result at Valencia. Even though Valencia are much lower down in the league than expected, it won't be easy for Barca with the way they're playing right now. 

Leganes vs Vallecano is already a relegation 6-pointer. 

I think Atletico Madrid vs Betis is the game of the weekend. Both in-form teams so should make for an entertaining game. If not that, then the Basque derby on Friday night. 

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19 minutes ago, Stan said:

On current form, I'm not confident that Barca are getting a result at Valencia. Even though Valencia are much lower down in the league than expected, it won't be easy for Barca with the way they're playing right now. 

Leganes vs Vallecano is already a relegation 6-pointer. 

I think Atletico Madrid vs Betis is the game of the weekend. Both in-form teams so should make for an entertaining game. If not that, then the Basque derby on Friday night. 

For me the Basque derby is the "big" game for all it signifies although I agree with you that the clash between Atleti and Betis looks very good indeed... A total clash of styles although it shouldn't be that way if you get my meaning.

Valencia are playing terribly but always raise their game for both Barça and Real Madrid... If Barcelona leave Mestalla with a draw right now, then they wouldn't be that unhappy.

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43 minutes ago, Smiley Culture said:

Just looked at the table, shocked Real are as high as they are. Seem to have lost/not won a few of late and I imagined they’d have been in 5th-9th place. 

Remember there's still 5 games to go for this week's fixtures and also that there's been slip-ups all over. The extra problem Real Madrid is having that has crisis written all over it is that they're finding it extremely difficult to score goals.

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Real dropping points again.

It was always coming though this season(even if Ronaldo stayed for me) as they were hardly great last year either and were running off fumes in their Champions league win, I also don't think Lopetegui is the man to take them forward after the departure of Zidane. Luckily for them, others are dropping points themselves which means they haven't fallen behind.

Massive win for Real Sociedad in the derby as well.

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Just now, The Rebel CRS said:

Real dropping points again.

It was always coming though this season(even if Ronaldo stayed for me) as they were hardly great last year either and were running off fumes, I also don't think Lopetegui is the man to take them forward after the departure of Zidane.

Massive win for Real Sociedad in the derby as well.

Yeah, I'm surprised at two factors with the way many are reading Real Madrid... One reason is what you've pointed out on in that last season they were absolutely abismal in the domestic scene and that included having Cristiano Ronaldo (who many are pointing out as the reasons for this season) and two, key sentences Zidane said in his departure press conference...

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"The feat I value the most of my time as Real coach is the La Liga title."

"I think I'm leaving at the right time, it's not easy to coach this club and I think more has been extracted than would've seemed possible."

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Correa scores against Betis.

Bad game by Atlético at the Metropolitano in any case.

Despite some chances, low possession and when in possession too much ball conduction.  It was refreshing to see some pure 9 moves by Kalinic before him getting subbed.

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4 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

Barcelona have a class side actually but in my opinion, Valverde is already burned out. This is literally Enrique 2.0 when he announced he was leaving.

Barcelona is the best job in football but it's also the most demanding. @SirBalon has already explained perfectly why. 

Agree with you on Real though, they were under par last season but had Ronaldo.

Never said they don't have a good side... just their worst in years. I think the last 2 seasons they were better and 2015 they were by a mile the best team in the world.

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I haven't seen Real a whole lot this season at least not compared to Barcelona, but I am having trouble in pinpointing their issues. You watch last season and you would think Ronaldo was just another man, because he didn't influence the general play a whole lot. However, he knew how to score and I can't stress how important that is. To be a top side, you need to have at least 2 or 3 players in the squad that knows how to get it in the back of the net. You could have a squad full of world class players but if they don't know how to score, that is your problem. I've rightly criticized Ronaldo this past year and I kind of stand by that, but he can score goals. Real Madrid have too many supporting players at the moment unfortunately. 

I think that this Madrid team is almost perfect on paper, but they are missing a quality goalscorer. He doesn't even need to be very good, just as long as he knows how to finish. At Real Madrid, you don't really need a complete forward with all the chances you are going to get.

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19 minutes ago, Blue said:

I haven't seen Real a whole lot this season at least not compared to Barcelona, but I am having trouble in pinpointing their issues. You watch last season and you would think Ronaldo was just another man, because he didn't influence the general play a whole lot. However, he knew how to score and I can't stress how important that is. To be a top side, you need to have at least 2 or 3 players in the squad that knows how to get it in the back of the net. You could have a squad full of world class players but if they don't know how to score, that is your problem. I've rightly criticized Ronaldo this past year and I kind of stand by that, but he can score goals. Real Madrid have too many supporting players at the moment unfortunately. 

I think that this Madrid team is almost perfect on paper, but they are missing a quality goalscorer. He doesn't even need to be very good, just as long as he knows how to finish. At Real Madrid, you don't really need a complete forward with all the chances you are going to get.

This.

Additionally Lopetegui is probably too much of a dogmatic coach. That his "aura" doesn't command the same respect as Zidane's doesn't help him either.

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25 minutes ago, Blue said:

Never said they don't have a good side... just their worst in years. I think the last 2 seasons they were better and 2015 they were by a mile the best team in the world.

 

32 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

Barcelona have a class side actually but in my opinion, Valverde is already burned out. This is literally Enrique 2.0 when he announced he was leaving.

Barcelona is the best job in football but it's also the most demanding. @SirBalon has already explained perfectly why. 

Agree with you on Real though, they were under par last season but had Ronaldo.

Yep... Barcelona have a brilliant side, amongst the best in Europe if not the best on paper... Remember that the best player in the world is in amongst those out there and that counts.  But people are used to blasting sides apart and that doesn't always happen in football. Infact playing Valencia is always a hard task especially away.  Look at Guardiola's record or any Barça coach's record at Mestalla and then a mediation on opinions should be able to be executed without thinking too much.

What we have is that this is a side full of new players and a new way of playing plus the fact that other sides have caught up.

Nobody cares whether or not someone slips odd week in the Premier League and this should be the same sentiment here... It's healthy!  It's not Serie 'A'.

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5 minutes ago, Kowabunga said:

This.

Additionally Lopetegui is probably too much of a dogmatic coach. That his "aura" doesn't command the same respect as Zidane's doesn't help him either.

Zidane was a marionette coach with almost no understanding of tactical nouse.  Infact the only thing going for him is what you've just pinpointed.

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34 minutes ago, SirBalon said:

Zidane was a marionette coach with almost no understanding of tactical nouse.  Infact the only thing going for him is what you've just pinpointed.

Just the 3 champions leagues in a row for a man with no tactical nouse xD:tf: 

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I agree with @SirBalon. Winning 3 UCL's in a row doesn't automatically give you tactical knowledge. 

Zidane is a good manager who rightfully succeeded at Real Madrid, but tactics is his weakness.

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Some people know and some people don't know about football. There's no inbetween but there is one thing in common which is that football fans don't have to be intelligent, just follow their side.  Some people exist because they see the rest of us existing.

Anyhow, back to reality.

VALENCIA CF 1-1 FC BARCELONA (FT)

A very sterile performance from Barça considering how bad Valencia have been at home this season so far.  All the same, this as in the away fixture at Anoeta (Real Sociedad) is a game that is always extremely complicated for Barcelona and again this was proved today.  But in truth there was very little about Barça and Valencia didn't really have to do too much to gain this draw but they should also look to themselves and think that better Barça sides have lost at Mestalla not too long ago.

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Just saw this xD

Translated:

Does anyone know how to configure their smartphone to recieve goal alerts for Real Madrid?  The thing is I haven’t received an alert in over 10 days. I activated them then and nothing, I don’t recieve a thing!

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47 minutes ago, Teso dos Bichos said:

Whoever wants to discredit Zidane's record setting career with RM is a straight up hater or in this thread(blue) a sorry ass punk whose life revolves around forums and social media and it's only jumping on the band wagon for likes.  

I don't know who you are talking about, but even if that were true, I'd rather be that than someone full of agendas whose only purpose on here is to derail discussion and dilute the quality of the forum. Really your post has just hurt you more than it hurt me.

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