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Bobby McMahon

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Why Barcelona’s Annus Horribilis May Yet Turn Into Something Very Different

Written by on April 5, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Posted in Barcelona

Barcelona’s slogan is “more than a club,but over the last few months it might have been more appropriately “a bit of a train wreck.”

By virtue of the fan base and history Barcelona is always going be in the headlines but never before has the club had to contend with so many stories that cast the club in such negative light in such a short space of time.

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4 responses to “Why Barcelona’s Annus Horribilis May Yet Turn Into Something Very Different”

  1. Rob says:

    Well it got a little worse yesterday for Barca and they were fortunate that the score-line wasn’t worse.

    As for the other game, I really liked the fluidity of Bayern’s system albeit it took them a while to break United down. When Bayern had the ball, it was something of a 2-5-3 and when United had the ball you saw Lahm and Alaba drop deeper to full back positions to make it a 4-3-3. Just interesting to see because so many times managers try to keep a rigid shape which is almost a detriment to the team, at times.

  2. Astronomer says:

    Philipp Lahm is neither the most physically dominant nor the most technically talented player amongst the world’s great defenders or defensive midfielders, but he makes up for those deficits with hard work and discipline (especially, in terms of knowing when to move up the field and when to drop back with uncanny accuracy).

    Regarding this sense of positional discipline, I think Lahm is someone that people like Sergio Ramos, (the current) Patrice Evra and even Vincent Kompany can learn from.

  3. Rob says:

    Astronomer- I gotta be honest, I think Lahm is very good technically. In fact someone passed on an article I was reading, I would say late November-ish, where they had Pep saying had talented and how smart Lahm is. In fact, I believe Pep said he was the smartest footballer he’s ever coached.

  4. Ed Gomes says:

    Barca’s, or for that matter any clubs possession game is a wonder to watch if they’re on the attack. Unfortunately Barca has used it more and more as a defensive measure to counter their poor back line. It’s not the beautiful game.

    If imposed, Barca will delay any action with appeals until after the summer transfer season. Still a big hit, due to age (tired legs) of squad.

    On a side note Barca’s Youth team defeated Schalke, 1-0, in the Youth (-19) Champions League semis. They will now face Benfica, which disposed of Real 4-0.

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