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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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After the embarrassment of not having a SINGLE la masia product for the u21 spain tournament this past summer (the last two players cut were la masia products including aleña) but that was expected since in the last 12 months, only Aleña has been selected and he has played 21 fucking minutes... went from being the team with the most players in the starting lineup to that, to the point where there was a big protest from the cules.... they are starting aleña to hush those concerns not cause they really want to. 

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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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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...

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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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20 minutes ago, Cicero said:

Let’s play a game. 

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

Apples to oranges my friend. One team had/has deadwood and although some good players have come like Martial and pogba, most of the transfer money spent has been questionable. 

Barcelona had Busquets,pique, Alba, and messi... they spent a fucking billion adding to that, with the benefit of getting any player they want as oppose to man utd. 

 

@SirBalon @The Rebel CRS

I know I will have to go to a real barcelona forum to see the concerns cause fans like yall are too interested about the "rm crisis" 1 fucking billion but ZERO identity. Starting alena was a start but a little to late, compare his age to the age of Busquets, iniesta, and xavi when they got the chance. 

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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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11 minutes ago, Machado said:

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.

TF365's Nostradamus has been repeating this. My greatness gets proven again but I saw that coming too so I'm not surprised at all. 

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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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