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La Liga 2019/20 - Week 1 Fixtures - 16th-19th August 2019

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Dates and times yet to be confirmed as both the LFP and the RFEF are at war with eachother over this issue all summer.

 

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It seems Monday night football is going to be officially cancelled for this season by the RFEF but the new dates and times still haven’t been released for the first games of the season. It’s expected it will happen today at some time. The LFP and the RFEF are still at war.

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It was touch and go but Messi hasn't made the squad for Barça's visit to San Mamés tonight. The coaching staff don't want to risk him aggravating his calf injury even though he felt he was ready. Other players that have been dropped and don't travel are Arthur and Vidal with curiously enough Philippe Coutinho actually making the squad selection for the game against Athletic Bilbao.

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Why has Arthur been dropped? If it's not because of a knock, then that is strange as he's one of the players who should be playing at every opportunity.

I'm guessing the midfield will be Rakitic, Busquets and de Jong with the front 3 being Suarez, Dembele and Griezmann. The defence will be interesting. Pique and Alba will start, but it's all to be revealed in who will start out of Sergi Roberto or Semedo and Lenglet or Umtiti. I'd personally go for Semedo and Lenglet.

 

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4 minutes ago, The Rebel CRS said:

Why has Arthur been dropped? If it's not because of a knock, then that is strange as he's one of the players who should be playing at every opportunity.

I'm guessing the midfield will be Rakitic, Busquets and de Jong with the front 3 being Suarez, Dembele and Griezmann. The defence will be interesting. Pique and Alba will start, but it's all to be revealed in who will start out of Sergi Roberto or Semedo and Lenglet or Umtiti. I'd personally go for Semedo and Lenglet.

 

There's been stories coming from the Barcelona based media that he's out of shape and has put on weight mate. Don't know how true it is but towards the end of last season he did lose his physical shape and was punsihed by being dropped.

Who has changed his tune completely is Dembélé who since the arrival of Griezmann everyone is saying he's completely changed.

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1 minute ago, SirBalon said:

There's been stories coming from the Barcelona based media that he's out of shape and has put on weight mate. Don't know how true it is but towards the end of last season he did lose his physical shape and was punsihed by being dropped.

Who has changed his tune completely is Dembélé who since the arrival of Griezmann everyone is saying he's completely changed.

 

Griezmann is a big mate of his and sometimes that's what a person needs to truly settle in a new country.

His goal against Spurs is proper underrated for the record.

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1 minute ago, The Rebel CRS said:

 

Griezmann is a big mate of his and sometimes that's what a person needs to truly settle in a new country.

His goal against Spurs is proper underrated for the record.

That's great because Griezmann is well known for joining in with all the groups in a sqaud. He's got a very very open personality.

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5 minutes ago, The Rebel CRS said:

@SirBalon Aleñá with a start.

In fact, it's an interesting midfield:-

Roberto -- de Jong -- Aleñá

 

The defence and front 3 are as predicted though.

Well de Jong played in Bisquets’ position in the 4-0 victory against Napoli the other day and they were raving about it. It’ll be interesting to see in competition.

As for Aleñá... I’ve been wanting to see him start for a while.

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Been a decent game this.. Barca hitting the woodwork twice and both keepers pulling off a couple of quality saves to keep the clean sheets.. 

DinoSuarez had to come off which was just awful, felt for him I really did

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What a time to score... straight off the bench as well.. 1-0 Athletic 

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1 minute ago, Teso dos Bichos said:

Messi not playing is not excuse..

 

 

ONLY ONE SHOT FOR THE TEAM THAT SPENT ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN TRANSFERS OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS.

Truly fucking embarrassing from them, so much for the galactico team Barto tried to assemble, he still has a lot to go before he can even be mention in the same category as Don MF Perez. Forget Neymar, the need to get rid of Barto as soon as the ref blows the whistle...

Let’s play a game. 

Lets compare Barca’s and United’s spending these past 5 years, and also compared trophies won. 

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I´d love to see the difference in Barcelona´s record with and without Messi under Valverde. 

Yes, Messi is the best player in the world and any team would miss him, but it´s quite bizarre the contrast when Messi is not playing, they still have a great squad and great players. 

I think Barcelona´s board has been too forgiving of Valverde.

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Barca remind me of Van Gaal's United a lot. 

Though Van Gaal's team had a toughness and resilience about them that you don't see with Barca. 

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Barca are dross to watch these days, no sort of idea or identity about them.

Bilbao let Barca attack them for too long of a period in that second half, I think if Messi had been playing they might have been punished. They started to push and press high about 5 minutes towards the end and were rewarded for it, with a great moment for Aduriz.

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Still stand by it. Shoulda sacked him after the Copa del Rey final

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Atletico will win the league.

Barcelona are the new Real Madrid. They can't fix things simply by signing all the top players. They looked so rough tonight. The new signings aren't adapted yet and won't be with such a limited manager.

I thought Rafinha was good.

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1 hour ago, Cicero said:

Aduriz is still playing?? xD

Good job he is. 

All I can say is...haha.

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Flippin eck! One defeat and this? Gloom and doom! O.oxD

I remember two or three seasons back, actually, no. It was the summer before Luis Enrique's "Triplete" where many on TFF were bellowing gloom and doom with an end to an era, the finale of the cycle and BAM! Another season winning everything. It got even worse after the defeat away to Real Sociedad that season and actually sent the club into a mini crisis where even the Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta resigned. And BAM! They done what Real Madrid haven't ever been able to do even in their retaining seasons of the Champions Leagu... Win everything!

Relax lads... Let it get going, it's only just started.

What I will say though... If you're gonna lose, then losing to a goal like athe one Aduriz scored makes one feel better.

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Unbelievable from Aduriz! Sounded like they did well against de jong, still shows how fundamental Messi is 

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Barcelona were toss. Probably didn't deserve to lose it but that goal was incredible. Amazing for a 38 year old to come on and do that. I agree with Luke there's just so little identity in that side without Messi and it's not like they have poor players.

Edit - I did only see the second half.

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Good result for Real in Balaídos against Celta... I was expecting them to lose but Celta weren't really all that good and still look in pre-season mode. All the same it's 3 away point to a side they often fail to do this to.

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18 hours ago, cb_96 said:

Unbelievable from Aduriz! Sounded like they did well against de jong, still shows how fundamental Messi is 

To be honest though, you can't keep relying on one man however good they are, especially when you have such a talented team.

It's all about Valverde's approach as far as I'm concerned, then he gets fortunate when Messi, or sometimes Suarez, turns it on and wins the game for him. I've never known such a dull Barcelona team and I doubt things will change from last year while Valverde is still at the club. The only difference last year is that the results were often positive ones, until the Liverpool away game, but many of these results weren't achieved in a convincing manner and there were a lot of underperforming players who you felt were being held back due to the system, or lack of system. You could see fragilities in the side and I also remember a few members such as @El Profesor and @carefreeluke touching on this. They were correct in the end and I had a feeling they would be as well.

This is actually a quality squad and depth wise, I can't think of a stronger Barcelona one(there have obviously been better starting 11s) so with a better manager, this team could continue succeeding, although Valverde just isn't the man to do it I'm afraid. He's a sound fella, never gets involved in nonsense and is a true professional but he doesn't have the tactical intelligence or man management skills to coach such a club.

Bartomeu is barking up the wrong tree also. Bringing in more  attacking players such as Neymar doesn't solve the problems as they lie mainly with the coach I'm afraid. I like Valverde, but he's not the man for the job at all. It sounds a bit harsh when you consider how he won La Liga last season and a double the season before, but I can only see him getting worse before better and the manner in which he sets out his team goes completely against what Barcelona are truly about. The type of players at the club don't suit the type of system he employs at all.

When you look at this squad and compare it to City or Liverpool, it's not an inferior squad and is atleast as good as those squads(with the added bonus of Messi), but as it stands, I would see both sides ripping this Barcelona team apart and what it comes down to isn't personnel but the difference in managers/coaches. Valverde is nowhere near the level of your Peps and Klopps.

 

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