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Discussion in 'Soccer Board' started by andres, May 16, 2010.
Would be overkill with Lenglet and Umtiti
Pretty nervous about today. If Coutinho starts I'm going to scream.
Mother. Fucker. Coutinho is starting.
forgive me I know nothing of your squad, who would you prefer to start?
Dembélé but he’s not fully fit
Was hoping Valverde would go balls out and send Malcom out there since Dembele can't go.
Great start. Was worried about Messi taking the penalty but such a sweet finish
This is absurd. Goalie didn't get touched anywhere near the head.
Please for the love of god can we get this Suárez for the rest of the champions league.
Suarez busted out of his slump and is now trying to help Coutinho out of his.
Also, that Arthur pass
God damn. Suarez looking like a young buck out there right now.
How is that not a foul on Lenglet? Dude literally was all over his back.
Bring on Vidal
Haaaa fucking Pique you beautiful bastard.
Thank you Messi because my asshole was all the way puckered at 2-1
Mind the gap
Dembele out 3-4 weeks. Jesus fuck this kid is fragile.
That’s also a disasterclass from Valverde for bringing him on if he wasn’t fit. There is also no reason Valverde should be freezing Malcolm out of the team like this.
Every time Malcom has played he’s looked good. No idea what’s up with that.
Yikes if this is true. No Manchester City please
Edit: Besides the obvious that it would be a fixed draw
Happy with the ManU draw. Really happy that we duck City until the final. United, Liverpool, City to win it all is a tough road, but totally doable.
barça is flair, griezmann is liz
Jesus Christ. Vidal up front while Malcom sits on the bench.
Gat damn Messi. Hopefully we can settle down a bit now.
wanted an extra midfield body since they betis worked them over so severely there last game
and leo just wanted to embarrass lopez again
What a pass and what a finish!
Quite the game so far.
Suarez! Damn. Two big misses
Bartra got sniped
And the third time's the charm!
Even Betis fans have to applaud him
conspiracy joey thinks the luis and dembele injuries are being played up so they don't have to go on the international break
Suarez out for two weeks.
I love down on their spirits Madrid media.
LaLiga Santander no longer matters because of Barcelona
It's curious to see how the league championship in Spain has lost significance for certain sectors of the football world in recent times. The only thing that is worth anything now, apparently, is to win the Champions League. It's understandable that this current thought has gained strength because LaLiga Santander has become a private land owned by Barcelona.
Seven of the last 10 championships belong to the Blaugrana, with that soon to be eight of the last 11. It's a run of dominance so overwhelming that it has only served to diminish interest in the competition, or at least that's what those who lose it say.
Last season, Ernesto Valverde's players were one step away from winning the title without losing a single match. This year the championship has all but been decided by March. Their superiority is clear. As much as the Champions League is hugely important, something which nobody doubts, Pep Guardiola described it best when he said league titles demand a team to be good for 10 months of the year. Domestic championships reward consistency. The team that has been the best for the longest period wins the league. It's as simple as that.
That consistency is made up of several factors: having the ability to overcome difficult moments during the season, win at difficult stadiums, overcoming complacency in home matches, not letting injury problems derail your campaign and withstanding pressure when the rivals are closing in on you.
It is in these areas where Barcelona are the best. They have been for the last decade and their winning record shows as much. LaLiga Santander has lost value because Barcelona have turned their triumphs into an almost annual event, and that is tremendously difficult for others to take.