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  1. OilCanMDS

    The Special Ones (manager talk)

    Jumping in a few days late on the Xavi stuff, I agree that he was inadequate at times as a manager but I think he was really hurt by the roster construction. Last season, the team looked much better with a true CDM and I would say the best setup he had was Dembele at RW taking guys off the...
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    22/23 Barcelona: Pull the Lever(s)

    Yeah, Gundogan would be great and I thought he was going to Barca a month ago. It seems like all of the news lately regarding his transfer have him leaning towards Arsenal or City. He would also be great to play CDM as well as give Pedri and Gavi more time off at CM because I think both have...
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    22/23 Barcelona: Pull the Lever(s)

    The team needs a wing/cam/second striker that can consistently help Lewa with the scoring, and I was really hoping Messi would fill that role. The goal scoring numbers for Raphinha and Fati ended up not being terrible for the season, but I think anybody that watched the games knew that those two...
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    22/23 Barcelona: Pull the Lever(s)

    The second leg of Man U showed how much a team not having its best players impacts the entire squad. In my opinion, Pedri and Gavi have been the two best players in the team for about 3 months, and watching the backup midfield struggle to deal with Man U's press or get the ball to Lewandowski...
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    Do you think that Chaim Bloom came to Boston with a bad rap?

    I went with the first option, but I don't think it was a perfect fit for my view on Bloom coming in. I don't remember any sort of completely negative press on him when he got hired, but I do remember there were rumors that other teams had passed on interviewing him or offering the GM or...
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    Poll: Rate Your Faith in the Red Sox Front Office

    To preface, I haven't followed the Sox as much as I used to and part of that has been because of the apparent lack of vision for the team since the Betts trade. I went with 20%, but I was tempted to go with 0%. I don't have an issue with the team trading Betts or to a certain extent not winning...
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    22/23 Barcelona: Pull the Lever(s)

    Yeah, I wouldn't suggest playing Frenkie at CB if 2 players were healthy from the group of Araujo, Kounde, Christensen and Garcia, but only Garcia is supposed to be available for the Inter match. Frenkie played CB during the preseason, played CB in champions league against PSG when Barca ran the...
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    22/23 Barcelona: Pull the Lever(s)

    For the third take, I would actually be in favor of something even spicier - start FDJ at CB with Eric Garcia. FDJ is pretty poor at finishing or putting in the final pass to create a chance in the box. Gavi already seems better in those aspects of the game, so keep him at MF and let him play...
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    22/23 Barcelona: Pull the Lever(s)

    I came away from the champions league match pretty angry at the way everything played out (enough so that I didn't watch any matches on Wednesday). Barca's gameplan was clearly lacking, but the team still deserved a draw. I'm not sure if there's a clear answer on whether Pedri's goal should have...
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    22/23 Barcelona: Pull the Lever(s)

    Good game against Elche because that's the type of team we should be dominating, but sometimes don't (like Rayo). I wasn't able to watch the whole game because I had some stuff to do during the game, so I was catching 10-15 minutes chunks a few times throughout the game. The FDJ-Gavi-Pedri...
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    22/23 Barcelona: Pull the Lever(s)

    I had mixed feelings about the game. I was encouraged by the attack and the amount of chances that were created, but obviously I was disappointed with the team's finishing overall. Neuer made some good saves, but it also felt like the team rushed their best chances. It seemed like players were...
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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...