La Liga 2019-2020: Barca's title to lose?

bosox4283

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We have only two team-specific La Liga thread -- Barcelona and Atletico -- and since I refuse to start a Real Madrid thread, I thought I'd lump together the rest of the La Liga news.

Real Madrid is in a jam: Asensio is out for the season, Bale wants out, Zidane doesn't want James, and Zidane wants Podga but he's still at ManU. Atletico just thrashed Real Madrid in a friendly, 7-3, sending Madrid into bit of a tailspin. What's more is that Atletico acquired one current (Marcos Llorente) and one former (Mario Hermoso) Real Madrid players in this transfer window, in a sense rubbing it in their faces.

I honestly don't know what to expect from Real Madrid, whether Zidane will be able to work his magic or if the team is a step or two behind Barca and Atletico. Real Madrid has finished third in the last two league campaigns, so there is clearly the room -- and the need -- to improve.

Valencia is on the verge of disaster before the season even begins. Yikes. David Cartlidge reports the following:

"In short for those unaware: Lim (owner) and Alemany (transfer guru) have been at each others throats for some time and it has culminated in one big fall out. Lim wants more power over transfers so Alemany is walking. Marcelino finds out what has been going on and also wants out."
 

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Real Madrid loses again today, this time with a lackluster performance against the Spurs.

Will Pogba really change this team's potential?
 
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Real Madrid loses again today, this time with a lackluster performance against the Spurs.

Will Pogba really change this team's potential?
Looking at Madrid's squad, I'd say Pogba is just what the doctor ordered. The defense should be fine with another season of Varane and Ramos at CB, Carvajal at RB, and Mendy at LB. Presumably Nacho is the 3rd CB and Militao may get some run. Will Marcelo continue to wither and will Odriozola get enough PT to be happy?

In attack, Jovic and Hazard are shiny new toys to pair with Benz, Vinicius, Isco, and others. Lucas Vazquez, James, and Bale are still on this squad FFS. Needless to say, I think they have enough tools in attack to score lots.

However, in the MF, Casemiro is still solid as a pivot but Kroos and Modric are a year older. No one else is a Madrid-caliber MF. So yeah, put Pogba into the mix and I think Real becomes a helluva more threatening.
 

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In attack, Jovic and Hazard are shiny new toys to pair with Benz, Vinicius, Isco, and others. Lucas Vazquez, James, and Bale are still on this squad FFS. Needless to say, I think they have enough tools in attack to score lots.

However, in the MF, Casemiro is still solid as a pivot but Kroos and Modric are a year older. No one else is a Madrid-caliber MF. So yeah, put Pogba into the mix and I think Real becomes a helluva more threatening.
It seems that Zidane has little interest in having James and Bale on the squad, though Zidane does seem to be relenting a bit on Bale.

At this point, while Kroos and Modrid still have the ability to perform at a high level, there seem to be too many defense holes. I agree with with @Zososoxfan: Real Madrid really needs -- needed? -- Pogba on this squad to improve performance.

As constructed, I have a hard time seeing how the team leaps ahead of Barca and Atletico.
 

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so it sounds like Barca offered Coutinho, Racitic and $80M EU for Neymar. PSG doesn't want Rac but the RB instead (forget his name...)
 

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Real’s been tinkering with running a 5-3-2 with Carvajal and Marcelo playing more like wingers and Militao playing the third CB.

I think it helps their midfield quite a bit, relieving some of the defensive pressure on the midfield and letting Marcelo and Carvajal more freely attack.

The problem is you essentially need to move Hazard to a striker role and Jovic and Vinicius/Bale move to the bench.

I still think their best 11 include Vinicius and Jovic, but their midfield and defense isn’t strong enough to play a 4-1-3-2 or a 4-4-2.