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    What Do Now??: Barcelona 2021-2022

    While I think Xavi is a much better coach and fit for this roster than Koeman, I think the game today showed how much the players on the field impact the game regardless of the coach. Much like Real without Benzema, Barca without Pedri and Gavi looked lost on attack unless it was just a straight...
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    What Do Now??: Barcelona 2021-2022

    I caught the game and the team seemed to be struggling with the field in the first half. I couldn't really tell if the field was just bad or the weather had affected it, but players seemed to be having trouble controlling the ball. Pique got injured while slipping on what looked like a bad patch...
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    What Do Now??: Barcelona 2021-2022

    Barca are good again, but I'm not sure they are this good. Real's game plan was kind of terrible and completely destroyed their midfield defense, which let Barca pick out passes and make runs all game. In general, Barca have been playing a lot better with Auba, Torres and Adama/Dembele as the...
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    What Do Now??: Barcelona 2021-2022

    That was a pretty encouraging week from Barca. The defense looked a lot better the last few games, and I'm especially happy to see Dest fitting in since essentially no other young fullbacks have been on the team this season due to Balde constantly being injured (I don't think Mingueza is a real...
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    What Do Now??: Barcelona 2021-2022

    Barca didn't look terrible, but they also didn't look as good as you would hope given their recent form and that they were playing against a mid table team. The offense did a decent job of keeping the ball in the attacking third, but there weren't many good chances generated. Gavi had a nice...
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    What Do Now??: Barcelona 2021-2022

    Nice write up. I usually go to sofa score for heat maps. You have to click on each player to bring up their heat map. Here's the link for the atelti game: https://www.sofascore.com/atletico-madrid-barcelona/rgbsLgb
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    What Do Now??: Barcelona 2021-2022

    Barca looked really good yesterday on attack, but still had a couple lapses in defense once the ball got past the midfield press. I haven't seen the heat maps from the game, but it seemed like Xavi wanted Adama and Alba to handle the wings with Alves and Gavi drifting inside to overwhelm the...
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    What Do Now??: Barcelona 2021-2022

    Barca also freed up cap space by getting Umtiti to sign an extension. He actually helped the team a lot by getting the salary he was supposed to get over the next 18 months spread out over the next 3 1/2 years. With Auba, the rumor is that he's cancelling his Arsenal contract and signing a...
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    Bosmania? The 2022 Winter Transfer Window Thread

    Being a fan of Barcelona this season has basically required becoming a semi-expert in La Liga rules. About 3 weeks ago, Barca had 17 to 18 players out for a couple games and the first team registration thing became an issue because there were only 8 healthy first team players including 2 GKs...
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    Bosmania? The 2022 Winter Transfer Window Thread

    It's just an administrative issue. They are all registered as B team players in the academy, so they are allowed to play for the first team but aren't considered first team players. They need to sign new first team contracts or play a certain amount of games to activate a clause that turns the...
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    Bosmania? The 2022 Winter Transfer Window Thread

    From what I understand of the situation, once a contract is registered with the team it cannot be removed from the cap hit. The benefit to Umtiti being unregistered is that it opens up a first team spot for Gavi, Jutgla, Abde, Balde or whoever else comes through La Masia next to take. So the...
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    What Do Now??: Barcelona 2021-2022

    I was really encouraged by the game. I think the team looked really dangerous and cohesive when Pedri was in the game. The defense continues to make plays that make me wonder if the players are bad, make bad decisions or are just being put in bad situations, but there's still improvement there...
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    What Do Now??: Barcelona 2021-2022

    Barca looked pretty good against Sevilla considering where both teams are in the standings. Barca was the better team for most of the game, even before Sevilla went down to 10 men. Ferran Torres is rumored to be a done deal for January, and Dembele has supposedly agreed to terms on an...
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    2021/2022 Champions League: Not the Super League

    The difference in talent on attack considering the players missing on both sides really illustrates the difference in the management of these teams over the past 5 years. Bayern is missing Goretzka, Kimmich and Gnabry, but can still put out Lewa, Muller, Coman, Sane and Musiala. Barca is...
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    What Do Now??: Barcelona 2021-2022

    I think I am in the same boat as most fans in feeling like this is an exciting development for the team, but I'm still doubtful that there will be any significant impact this season. In the Celta game, the difference in quality between when Barca did and did not have Fati on the field was...