Preview: Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona

On Sunday the La Liga kicks off for FC Barcelona for matchday 13. This time it’s a trip to San Sebastián to face Real Sociedad at the Anoeta. Exactly the stadium Anoeta has for the last decade been a true curse for Barcelona when playing there. Barcelona has not been able to win there since 2007, meaning a total of 6 straight La Liga games without winning there. With the current standings in the La Liga table in mind and the Clasico next weekend, a win is necessary for the team this weekend.

It was a tough match against Malaga last week, but the team showed character in the midweek Champions League against Celtic. With Messi and Suarez back in the squad this weekend, the team looks to break the curse at Anoeta. It’s going to be interesting how Luis Enrique will approach the match, with the Clasico next weekend in mind. Nonetheless this match is a must win.

Real Sociedad comes with a nice streak of straight 4 wins. Most notably they beat Atletico 2-0, which just goes to prove how tough it is playing at Anoeta. Key players this season has been the two attackers Willian Jose and Carlos Vela, combining for a total of 10 goals so far.

 

Recent form

Barcelona last match:

Starting XI: ter Stegen – Alba (Digne 66′), Pique (Marlon 72′), Mascherano, Roberto – Rakitic, Busquets, Gomes – Neymar (Arda 77′), Suarez, Messi

Result: 2-0 win against Celtic, goals by Messi (24′, 55’)

Barcelona last 5 matches: W-D-W-L-W

Real Sociedad last match:

Starting XI: Rulli – Berchiche, Martinez, Navas, Martinez – Prieto, Illarramendi, Zurutuza – Vela, Willian Jose, Oyarzabal

Result: 3-1 win against Gijon

Real Sociedad last 5 matches: W-W-W-W-L

 

Team news

As players such as Pique, Arda Turan and Vidal missed the training on Friday, it will be interesting to see if they will feature in this match. Of these especially Pique will be missed as Mathieu and Umtiti are still injured. Iniesta returned to training, but it’s still insecure how much he’ll play this match with the Clasico coming next weekend.

Real Sociedad will miss Ruben Pardo and Bergara for this match.

Match Prediction

2-1 win for Barça.

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  • Kneowell Anyanwu

    Though some fans won’t expect a win on this cursed ground considering our form, I won’t blame anyone for that. But I have a good feeling about this one, despite our inconsistent run thus far this season.

    • Abdallah Wuntah

      Win win win

  • Eivind Niclasen

    Barca totally on the backfoot at the Anoeta. The midfield is typical of Lucho, i.e. no midfield presence whatsoever. The players can´t string two passes together.

    • Muhammad Shahab

      The entire team has been a non-existence. Why are the defenders hoofing the ball away from the slightest pressure? What is MSN doing?

    • Kneowell Anyanwu

      The whole team is playing poorly, not just the mid

      • Eivind Niclasen

        Of course they are playing poorly. A team is a reflection of its manager. If RM finally wins the league again, it will be thanks to Luis Enrique. The sooner we see the back of him, the better.

        • Kneowell Anyanwu

          The same words u said last season and the one before, if a team is a reflection of its manager, lucho’s surely got some good reflection in the last 2 seasons which you didn’t think we will win anything

          • Eivind Niclasen

            Lucho surprised his opponents by bypassing the midfield in his first season. However, 2014/15 is over. His time has gone, especially with him being a total tactical illiterate. He was supposed to strengthen the midfield this summer, so he signed André Gomes for an extortionate amount from Valencia. Instead of getting Iniesta´s heir, he got Alex Song 2.0.

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Go cry to your mum Elvind

          • Pius Kamau

            Hehe is this how you deal with every Lucho critic?…man I can’t wait for the season to end to also see the back of him hopefully.

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            You won’t see the back of me, elvind wasn’t even criticising Lucho, he was negative towards the whole team. I wouldn’t wish my team bad just because I want the manager to be sacked. Well guess what? His contract is valid for just this year so he can either choose to renew or resign, not sacked. That’s besides the point, whether lucho stays or leaves at the end of the season is inconsequential to me, what matters is what we make of the season while he’s here

          • Serkan Savas

            hahaha, still as delusional as ever i see. i just came here to watch the madness of your crush on Lucho.

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Sorry, the way I see it you who bask in the delusion of thinking every barca team should play like pep’s. That’s a long sore incurable wound for your body, keep licking it

          • serko10

            Though i could understand that you would say that, because by now i understand your condition, the issue is indeed with the way you see things, and i am not an optician or eye doctor so i can’t help you with that. It’s a mentality issue as well, the mentality that has nothing to do with how this club got big. With your mentality you could’ve just as easily be a madrid supporter or on the mourinho train. I have no idea other then winning trophies why someone like you would have to be specifically a barca supporter. and this is the guy telling me i am a plastic fan lol good God, yo!

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            I wasn’t the one who called you a plastic fan, apparently you now mistake everyone who doesn’t share your opinion to be a kneowell. We can’t be the same serkan, your values are different from mine, what is say about my mentality I can also say same about yours, until you are able to disprove facts and criticise objectively we can’t have any discussions sorry.

  • Peter Tinkler

    It has been pretty dreadful, but on the positive side they have somehow gone in level. The other positive (potentially) is surely they cannot be as bad in the second half…surely!

  • Kneowell Anyanwu

    Last year it was an alba own goal that decided the game, now it’s a pique own goal, lack of concentration from the defence, mascherano should have fone more

    • Eivind Niclasen

      Mascherano carried the team on his own for the entire first 45 minutes. I refuse to blame him for anything tonight. The game is over and the league is over. Next weekend, we will trail RM by ten points. La Decima.

      • Peter Tinkler

        They could still win this game?

      • Kneowell Anyanwu

        Left to your acute negativity we wouldn’t have any trophy this last 2 seasons, you conclude league over at every goal we concede. You lose your fighting spirit as a mere fan and you expect the boys out there to quench their fire because they conceded, you probably pray we lose so we can all go home and sulk like you. Sorry we won’t, even if this game ends this way, my faith on this team won’t flinch. It isn’t over until it is over

  • Peter Tinkler

    Great equaliser!!! That’s more like it. Thank you Messi and Neymar.

  • Peter Tinkler

    Iniesta is badly missed in midfield. They lack control when he is absent. Also, he has a calm head under pressure…

  • Kneowell Anyanwu

    Luis suarez stop straying offside damn it! Watch your lines

    • Eivind Niclasen

      Even Rio Ferdinand has more pace than Suarez, so of course he will try and steal a yard or two when heading for the goal. He couldn´t outrun a drunk Per Mertesacker. On the other hand, the ball travels faster than any player, so timing is everything, but not something than comes naturally to a player as instinctive as Suarez.

  • Peter Tinkler

    Considering how dreadful they have played for most of the match, it is still 1-1, and there is 15 minutes left. Who knows, they might get lucky…

    • Kneowell Anyanwu

      Let’s hope

  • Peter Tinkler

    If it does finish 1-1 it will definitely be a point gained, not 2 lost..

    • Kneowell Anyanwu

      I do agree

  • Peter Tinkler

    Sociedad should have been given that goal, they were robbed. Terrible decision but that’s the luck I’m talking about…

    • Kneowell Anyanwu

      We were robbed 3 points last weekend, remember? The pique goal? What goes around comes around

      • Peter Tinkler

        True.

  • Kneowell Anyanwu

    Luis suarez has been even more dreadful than paco was against malaga

  • Peter Tinkler

    Barca have been ridiculously fortunate thus far…

  • Peter Tinkler

    I’d be delighted with a draw!

    • Kneowell Anyanwu

      Lol, a draw would be an icing on the cake of fortune we’ve had so far in this game

  • Peter Tinkler

    I have to say Sociedad have been brilliant tonight.

    • Kneowell Anyanwu

      Absolutely! Can’t take it away from them

  • Kneowell Anyanwu

    By far our worst performance this season

    • Peter Tinkler

      Yet it could still be a draw…

      • Kneowell Anyanwu

        A draw it is

  • Peter Tinkler

    I’ll take that…gladly!!

  • Peter Tinkler

    Well played Sociedad, very unlucky. A lucky point but one more on the board. Lets move on quickly and just remember the goal, which was a quality one.

  • Kneowell Anyanwu

    If umtiti and iniesta needs shots to make that classico, they should be given, we need them both in that game, whatever our medical crew has to do in one week to get them fit, their time starts now

  • Serkan Savas

    In Lucho we trust! 😉 cause yeah, trophies all that matter – jose mourinho

    • Kneowell Anyanwu

      Football ain’t nothing without trophies. Trophies are the only difference between a club like barca and Nottingham forest

      • Serkan Savas

        you’re so full of it lol. a club without a philosophy is what barca is not. if you throw away all your fundamentals you add nothing to the sport and there’s no “more than a club” it’s just another club like any other. our principles got us the trophies. not some horny lust for trophies alone. but seeing you don’t understand it i have no idea how you got to be a fan of this club other then a bandwagon succes supporter.

        • Kneowell Anyanwu

          Failure loving barca traditionalist, spare us the histrionics, there are lots of clubs out there with philosophy you can go support. For me? I stand right here both in good and bad times. You can come read out club values to me at the end of this campaign, not like you read it out back in 2012 or 2014. Call be a bandwagon for success? Why shouldn’t I be? But I’ve also stood with this club through the thick and thin of it

          • Serkan Savas

            really? ever been to the stadium? how long you been a supporter for? The stupidity of tribalistic fandom has always been something i try to steer clear of and you’re just making it worse lol my definition of failure is just different from yours, and so is that of many of the pilars of this club that brought it most of its succes. they’d find you laughable to say the least. the legends of this club. You’re not attempting to mock me, you’re indirectly spitting at the vallues of giants who made this club great. i call disgrace.

          • Travis Morphy

            You are still living in the past everyday is not Friday you still want possession football but u forgot there is no a xavi or an abidal or puyol in the team no more and u don’t expect such players to be found in just 2 or 3 seasons.Get used to what we have available now and stop looking for mistakes to come here and put ur frustration here make you sound like child they took candy away from.The same garbage football u talking about is what has putting meals on table for us to be able to afford a certain messi wages and a certain suarez wages u dare talking about management what do you know about management? Plastics fan

          • serko10

            another complete moron. i dare? what’s so daring about that? it takes bravery? again you’re putting words into my mouth i didn’t put there. just because you cannot discuss things rationally and just want to be a cheerleader with your little pompoms and skirt kicking your legs up all sassy doesn’t mean we can’t have a normal criticism. but you go, girl!

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Serkan, we play gabbage football right now I admit, I don’t remember posting anywhere that we’ve played great this season thus far no I don’t remember ever having such discussion with you. But while I look forward to other games and hope we get out of the quagmire, you on the contrary chose to always exhume pep’s ghost from a mummified body in your illusions just to show us how we should play. Yes we played beautiful football under pep, yes we played possession football with a strong midfield, and yes messi bailed us out time without number under pep even with all the hallowed beautiful football. Yes we were in shit when Lucho came in, did have we been playing possesion football? Absolutely! (even in this quagmire that we are no can boast of a better average possession rate this season, we lost possesion yesterday for the first time in how many games? Remind me) Lucho’s team has never been about the midfield, his game plan from day one has always been for the team to hold forth behind and get the ball to the forwards as quickly as possible by passing the midfield. It has never been around triangulations, it has been about using the most free passing lane to get the ball forward. He is no pep and has chosen to play otherwise because he recognises he doesn’t have the midfield magicians anymore but has moved his magic upfront, why are you so bitter about it? We are in a bad shape now because iniesta is injured, if he wasn’t we wouldbr be starting rakitic and paco or Denis at same time, they were meant to understudy iniesta, integrate slowly by coming off the bench and all, iniesta was part of the big plan, but how many games has played? Maybe some buys haven’t also live up to what’s expected, is that a strange thing? Maybe lucho made bad calls with some buys, all hail the only manager in the game who makes such calls! But what does any of those matter now? All water under the bridge, Why whine about it? Why not look ahead, why not rally around the club and move on until we get the next opportunity to make things right? But no Serkan, you will never do that, you’ll rather stick your ass to 2008-2012 season refusing to leave the shadows of that beautiful era because you believe everything ahead is crap. Good for you, stick to your old guns and call us success bandwagooneers, but I assure you we’ll be right here until the next pep comes around. So long Serkan. I’m done with you

          • Pius Kamau

            …//…But while I look forward to other games and hope we get out of the quagmire,…//…..you have hope?…Christians have hope a fictional character will return someday. Einstein said that madness is doing something in a similar manner and expect different results. So you just HOPE that we will somehow magically improve our quality of football with the same coach who keeps on making the same mistakes……expecting or HOPING our quality of football improves by having the same person who made it deteriorate in the first place is just craziness!

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Pius I agree with your Eisten quote completely, did we win the last 2 seasons playing like this? That’s the question, if your answer to that is yes, then maybe we are completely mad, if your answer is No, then you should limit your criticism to this season alone and rightly so. yes I hope… I hope because I expect the players and coach to work something out and not on some miracles. Like I asserted before, we can win a needle playing like this. For instance you will agree with me that Neymar functions better with iniesta and alba all on the pitch, and that makes things easier for Messi and Suarez and takes away load of pressure from the defence and busquet. I was actually looking at things more from that angle, iniesta went injured too early in the season, if iniesta, rafinha and umtiti returns and are available it will be a different team. This is why I hope, if hoping for better days is a problem to you, I can’t help you

          • Pius Kamau

            This is my equation man.
            Lucho has fit and on form first 11 players (most of whom were part of Pep’s team) = trophies
            Lucho’s signings + Lucho’s tactics + missing stars = mediocre performances..??
            That’s a no brainer to me.
            When it was time for Lucho to start building his own team + his won methods from scratch and show us what he’s REALLY MADE OF AS A COACH..we get a whole half season of mediocrity….that’s a no brainer I repeat again.

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Hoping it will get better with the same person who lifted 7 trophies you mean? Lol. Sorry Pius, you can’t clean those trophies won under lucho, you can’t do anything about it even though I know you wish you could

          • Pius Kamau

            Travis, the fact that you think our footballing identity is just down to individual players just illustrates how mediocre your understanding of the game is…….let me me quote you…(..//…You are still living in the past everyday is not Friday you still want possession football but u forgot there is no a xavi or an abidal or puyol in the team no more and u don’t expect such players to be found in just 2 or 3 seasons….//..)
            Our footballing principles identity have DETERIORATED BADLY NOT because we don’t have the Xavis and Abidals but because we have a manager who isn’t capable of replicating or orchestrating the type of football we have been known for, NOT LACK OF THESE SPECIFIC PLAYERS you highlight.
            So Pep and Klopp can make average players massively improve from a tactical and technical perspective not to mention Tuchel and they don’t have players who are geniuses or players who have world class footballing intelligence but they’re still playing some good quality football huh?
            The players we have are good enough to play a dominant and industrious passing and positional football, they have the talent, Lucho just made them bad at it because he doe

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            The minute you realise that Lucho is not a fanatic of “our identity” and has chosen to play the game his way, and won’t replicate the way others play, the happier a person you’ll become. Cos all I see is sadness amongst you identity seekers

          • Pius Kamau

            ..//…The minute you realise that Lucho is not a fanatic of “our identity” and
            has chosen to play the game his way, and won’t replicate the way others
            play, the happier a person you’ll become. Cos all I see is sadness
            amongst you identity seekers….//…
            GOOD then let us wait for more mediocre results, we won’t even get the trophies you keep on yapping here about, so we play poorly and we go trophy less…happy?…or do you think we will get any major trophies playing like this?

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Ofcourse not Pius, we can’t win a pin playing like this, the last 7 trophies didn’t come playing like this did they? Except you trying to tell me we won those trophies playing this badly. You, serkan and Grega think I don’t criticize the coach and his decisions too? Though I’m no coach but Sometimes, like in the last article, I even provide tactical options or combinations he could try to resolve this ish (though I know he doesn’t read my post) would I be doing so if I thought he got everything right? That I don’t view him in the same hate light as you guys is a problem to you, but one problem you alone will have to deal with as I can’t help you with that. If It’s ok by you calls to call him tactically incompetent after 7 trophies in the shortest stint possible and say he was bailed by MSN and senior players, fair enough! But if we play badly suddenly the 11 players on the pitch are renamed Lucho, this is the boat I will never join you guys in sorry. Football is a team sport for me, while the coach may be the first person to call in a loss, the players shouldn’t get a tap on their backs for the loss either. I wish we had monday night football analysis in laliga like they do in EPL, you’ll would have seen where real critiques criticize both the players alike, frame by frame, every move and wrong decisions made on the pitch, then they go ahead to criticise the general strategy of the coach, that’s how to criticise football. This exact team played in celtic park and had a far better showing than this, how come they weren’t able to atleast produce the same level of performance against celtic just 4 days ago? These are questions that should be asked, not just saying it’s Lucho, how daft can that be?

          • Pius Kamau

            Man do you have the slightest idea that maybe players degrade in quality and performance because of a coach’s influence, training methods and tactical prowess (or lack of)?
            First off Barca beat Celtic and failed to beat Real Sociedad because Sociedad play higher quality football and we have a history of struggling there.
            World class teams don’t just magically become mediocre overnight, the coach takes the blame.

        • Kneowell Anyanwu

          But hey, not to talk anything away from our bizarre performance tonight. We were utterly disgraceful and was lucky to get a draw. It kinda baffles me this one because this is the same 11 that played well in celtic park midweek. I’ll defence and mid looked bereft of ideas and I would put that on Lucho who is supposed to create a way out of this thing we’ve come to face week in week out. Injuries, though vital, are no excuses, this one is on the coach. But if we ever get out of this mess and bag a trophy or two in the process, I will celebrate him for a success he helped achieve, unlike some of you MSN praise and worship band leaders who believes every other team players and the coach never mattered

      • Serkan Savas

        there’s truly no limit to how dense you want to remain about this is there? you throw so much money on the table you should expect alot better than this. and not only result wise but like i said before we fundamentally disagree so much about this it’s just a waste of energy to go back and forth, hence why i quit bothering for a year and i’ll go the same way again shortly because again, waste of time and energy. let’s just park the bus next week cause we’re just another club anyway, all we need is trophies. principles, philosophies, striving for perfection and to be better every week are all bs motivations anyway. when the manager of your b-team that you fired gives the manager of your a-team a lesson in how to play football with a squad with a net worth that’s not even 10% of ours some people might put some questionmarks on the table. not just based on the result, but based on the fact we got played off the pitch and only luck saved us.

        • Kneowell Anyanwu

          True, your statistics about the calibre of coach and players for sociedad. Last year it was Moyes with fringe players, and the year before, and 7 years before (with Rijkaard, pep, tito,tata…) you can say the same for those 7 years Lucho wasn’t in charge. And oh, lest I forget, this has been our best result here in 5 years, ofcourse that is even a stupid thing to say given our abysmal performance, but is it true? I leave the fact checks to you cos it’s the one thing you are good at.

          • Serkan Savas

            you’re just acting like a smug c*nt now lol. like i said, results is all you care about. that’s perhaps why you’re a fan, the type of fan i really dislike most. Good choice of club though. The type of fans poisoning camp nou more and more lately would love to see you at the nice seats in camp nou.

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            I see you are pained Serkan. Lmao! Not a fault of mine, just as I can’t change your perspectives you can’t change mine either. You don’t give a fcuk about results, and I pay more attention to the result cos maybe I believe in the school of thought that says the end justifies the means. You lean towards perfection and criticise every pass that doesn’t go according to the text book, good for you, whatever makes you happy. I’m flexible enough to accept results whether they come good or not, it’s my personality. Will it come crashing down? Maybe, but even good things come to an end too. It came crashing in 2012 and 2014, as it did in 2008 and so many other seasons before, they all happened irrespective of our various opinions, this won’t be the first, it’s a cyclical thing for every big club.

            PS: it hasn’t crashed yet

          • serko10

            again with the hyperbole and gross exaggerations. you’re a clown, man, a clown. goodday, sir lol

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Thought I was done with you? Lol you still here?

          • serko10

            Didn’t i tell you i am a fan of the circus. Especially the clowns, i can’t stay away from it. It’s mesmerizing in a bizar way

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Oh well enjoy yourself mate

        • Kneowell Anyanwu

          The same sacked Eusebio is tipped to replace Lucho when he leaves next summer btw, just to mention that your wet dreams over kloop, sampaoli and your preferred world class managers ain’t gonna happen. Just get a wrap around the way barca board does it things Serkan, like it or not they’ll always favour their own over anyone else. These things you can’t control, why make yourself an unhappy man every weekend watching barca games when all you do is grudge at every victory because it didn’t come the “barca way” but jubilate at every loss or draw? (cos that’s the only time we see you here) because they assert your theories of dooms day? Pathetic really. Even if that dooms day comes now, I will gratefully accept it from this team and coach who has but disappointed your wish for failure for 2 seasons in a row

          • Serkan Savas

            i don’t actually watch the games every week anymore. i like good football, and good management, so i skip more and more games lately. I won’t skip every saturday night to go do something social to watch Barca when they don’t bring anything spectacular to the table and play depressing football more and more often as a unit and solely rely on individual quality of 2 or 3 players to cover up for the mediocrity of a lot of the other players. but thanks for the advise, Doctor Phil. Your advise pleasures me. Did i use the words “barca way” as you’re quoting it as if i used those exact words. That’s your reading of what i am getting at, which is more like a charicature and extreme oversimplification than what i actually believe to be true. I’ve been a supporter of this club for more than 20 years now, i am more than realistic enough to know this club is very capable of a lot of bad decisions, i’ve seen than happen alot of times over the past 20 years. Alot of them could’ve easily been avoided, but you know what, in the end i don’t care THAT much, but i can still have an opinion about it without you trying to shut me down with your overly positive bs. Many many many barca fans criticize other clubs and managers continiously, many of them for things we ourselves as a club are doing continiously and are just as, if not, even more guilty of. When you sell your club brand as something special then you put yourself out there for criticism. And when you throw so much money at your club, then even more so.. I am a proponent of football in the school of the pep’s the cruijffs of this world, that goes even above me being a barca fan, deal with it. I want the sport to go into a positive direction, as an artform, and that means the sport needs Barca to be something special, not just another club. I am not going to paint a pretty picture just so you feel better. Personally i couldn’t care less how you feel, really. but you seem to care an awful lot since you’re continiously on this site fighting out your dilusional battles lol. keep amusing me though

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Knock yourself out with your self motivation speech Serkan and see who cares. This club has made so many bad decisions, but hey look! We are the only club that makes awful calls in the world of football clubs right? Ofcourse we are, while you choose to whine about bad calls made all year and all season long, fans like is suck it all up and move on. We just have different ways of dealing with these things. Through the good and the bad decisions, I remain a faithful and I won’t remove myself from it all in a claim of self installed self righteousness that can’t move a pin from one place to the other when these decisions are being made. The stuff of champions and all success stories is making something out it all despite the bad decisions, and not in the absence of bad decisions cos if you are half the realist you claim to be you would have known that bad calls are inevitable in business. The cruyfs and peps you call are all decisions made by the same club, they didn’t bring themselves into barca, same also can be said of the the 2 or 3 players that you claim bail us out. Whether we care about the club or not changes nothing, we have reasons why we chose to stay loyal fans and if you feel the stick of reason has been burnt out? Join the next club that doesn’t make mistakes or bad calls and don’t care about trophies. I already recommended one for you

          • Grega Kavčič

            I more and more wathc Barca becouse of Messi. I dont think I could watch them without him anymore.

            Watching a team with so much talent and cash thrown in get relegatet is just not my thing. 😛

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            You expected same relaxation for the past 2 seasons, I’m surprised you haven’t called on your senior players to get give the team a pep talk and bail themselves out, after all you’ve always believed the team didn’t need a coach to win. Why ain’t they bailing themselves out now?

      • Pius Kamau

        ….//…Trophies are the only difference between a club like barca and Nottingham forest…//…
        Eeer wrong buddy, we have many differences eg;
        – Strong youth system
        – Strong footballing identity (Johan Cryuff’s dutch total football model)
        – Tradition of having technically gifted players.
        – Tradition of playing and winning with dominant high-level football
        ….etc….
        These are the things that ACTUALLY DISTINGUISH BARCA and most (if not all) other clubs, especially big ones.
        You have been using the trophy argument so so much to justify Lucho’s coaching and tactical failures now that Grega actually sarcastically referred to you as “lucholovestruck kneowell”…..well buddy let’s wait and see what “rabbits” you pull from your hat when we actually go trophyless this season, I’d actually bet on us going trophy-less!!

        • Kneowell Anyanwu

          And I ask you a simple question, if cruyf model yield a system that brought trophies at the end of the day. Do you think it will be widely acclaimed the way it is today? Or you thing Nottingham forest doesn’t have a football academy? Hahahaha, muse yourself pius. The whole essense of the cruyf system is to play beautifully and win, not play beautifully and lose. If success didn’t come with it, you won’t be hailing it, tell me how else you measure success in footballing terms without trophies? Tell me pius I’m listening

          • Pius Kamau

            Man ooh man….okay this statement right here….//….The whole essense of the cruyf system is to play beautifully and win,
            not play beautifully and lose. If success didn’t come with it, you won’t
            be hailing it, tell me how else you measure success in footballing
            terms without trophies? Tell me pius I’m listening….//…..
            First the system is meant to be an identity which is believed and proven to be a good or as Pep would say “best way to win” if we lose then fine, we access the mistakes and correct the flaws.
            Barca has been winning primarily because of THE SYSTEM…it’s the BEST way the club knows how to win and it’s given us an identity and a certain footballing class all across the world.
            First I don’t even get what’s your argument here because we are not losing while playing beautiful football, we are losing as a result of being outplayed, outclassed technically and tactically so it renders your whole point mute.

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Don’t divert the argument Pius, this isn’t about winning or losing a couple of games. This is about the trophies, not like pep didn’t lose games even after he outclassed opponents, we saw that happen, pep left because the wins became more difficult, do you know why? Because teams will always find out out anyways, that’s what they do. Let’s come back with where we were, will you hail cruyff’s system if trophies didn’t ultimately come with it? It’s a simple yes or no question Pius it doesn’t demand an essay for an answer. If the answer is No as I suspect it to be, what difference then would you be from a Nottingham forest who could also boast of an academy with nothing to show for it in terms of trophies?

          • serko10

            f.ck you’re stubborn in your stupidity lol

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            We could do without ht insults serkan, not like I can’t call you a million fowl names, respect yourself enough not to be called stuff tho, that would be highly appreciated

          • serko10

            taking a bit of distance from the situation where you’re constantly arguing would probably do you good. you can reflect on all the madness .

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            I don’t see a situation here, just an argument that should not degenerate to something else, this isn’t the first season we have differences in opinion is it now Serkan?

          • Pius Kamau

            If trophies didn’t come?…I’ll still support the system, and I’d be patient with it so long as I see some positive developments.
            So what happens when we play bad football and still go tryphyless which I think is what will happen, then what excuse will you unleash this time……?
            You seem to be ALL ABOUT TROPHIES while you miss the simple non-rocket science fact that Barca will go trophyless if we continue playing bad football.

        • Kneowell Anyanwu

          Just like I didn’t have an excuse when pep played beautifully and didn’t win more than a copa back in 2012, I suppose I shouldn’t have any excuse for lucho. Besides, Grega has been waiting for same rabbit for 2 seasons now, guess who disappointed him, not me, but the same Lucho. Hahaha

          • Grega Kavčič

            The best football under Lucho was played when he had a fight with Messi and the whole team shunned him!

            That’s why Lucho did not dissapont me as I wrote many times. He can be the manager as long as he does as litte as talking to the press.

            Right now barca do need a coach with a tactical gameplan we cannot waste talent and monney with this puppet. He can go back to Roma….oh… they would not take him if he payed for the job. 😛

            It’s so sad to see Messi on top of his game beeing wasted with shit managers. I could take Argentina but not barca…

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Yeah, that apologetic story about messi and fight with manager, that’s your new season cliché Grega, thank the press for bringing that to your knowledge, but if you didn’t know, pep had a quarel with messi twice, one over playing position and one over permission to feature in argentina’s game. I read that from pep’s autobiography, not from a media source who overbloat such stories anyways. You may sit here and tell me how messi quarelled lucho all season long, did that also happen last season? Even if it did, people disagree to agree. At my place of work we do have disagreements when things don’t go as planned, maybe even a quarel here and there but we still go about our normal work correcting mistakes made and winning collectively. I’m surprised you even could say this team played good football at any stage, cos the only games you’ve admitted to be good since Lucho took over is one over atletico and one over villareal, that’s just 2 in about 150 games. Your hatred for lucho is personal and knows no bound. I don’t like everything he does, but i’ll never take it so personal to the extent of tossing objectivity to the abyss

    • Kneowell Anyanwu

      If you want sweet football without trophies, I strongly recommend arsenal football club for you, they meet your football needs, trust me

      • Pius Kamau

        Nobody said here they want sweet football with no trophies….besides that ‘sweet’ football you talk about would gradually gift us trophies because we actually have talent….when did Barca ever win trophies without playing what you call ‘sweet’ football?…I’m listening.

        • Kneowell Anyanwu

          Arsenal play sweet football, it’s yet to give them trophies and oh what a load of talent they have!!!

          • Pius Kamau

            So you think we can play poorly and still win trophies????

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            Isn’t that what you all have been suggesting? That the trophies are down to the MSN alone? And other members of the team are crap? Serkan said he didn’t care about trophies so long as barca plays the barca way, and I had to refer him to arsenal who plays sweet football who no trophies to show

        • Kneowell Anyanwu

          And yes Serkan actually said he didn’t care much about trophies. Thank God you also just confessed that barca didn’t win any trophy without playing sweet football, that bails Lucho out for the last 2 seasons atleast

    • Grega Kavčič

      This was a perfect place for Lucho to shut us up for a long time. As expected he has no tactical plan whatsoever.

      Let’s just hope the other shitty but very lucky manager has a stinker next week.

      • Kneowell Anyanwu

        If Lucho could shut you up with trophies after hundreds of games with opponents around the world, will a win at anoeta suddenly wipe away all his sins in your books? Nothing’s ever going to shut you up Grega, nothing until he’s sacked, even then I doubt if you’ll shut up, you’ll simply latch unto the next available victim like a leech, you hated pep for leaving, you held unto that until Lucho came, and even till now you still hate pep for leaving. Now the reverse is the case, you hate Lucho for staying, if he leaves at the end of this season, you still gonna hate him for ever coaching barca, who knows the fate of the next coach with you? Where does the hate end Grega? Where does it end?

        • Grega Kavčič

          You putting words in someone’s mouth are really pathetic. It was time for Pep to leave I had no issues with that. He will not get sakced @barca, but will “leave” at the end of the season as I wrote a long time ago. He does not have the support of the players and he has no tactical plan so he cannot motivate them with his skills.

          I will be very happy when he leaves, right now a chimp would be a positive change in management.

          And again with the hate… I don’t hate Lucho I don’t hate you… I don’t HATE people I don’t know! I wrote this to you already. Maybe me and Lucho would get along great, but I would tell him to leave barca alone. 🙂

          I HATE the FACT that Messi is let down with Argentina and with Barca too, and he looses recognition for beeing by far the best player ever becouse of wannabe coaches like Lucho, Maradona, Tata…

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            I’m not putting words into your mouth Greg, some posts ago you alone mentioned you hated pep for leaving too soon. You don’t know he doesn’t have the support of the players, though his tactics does have question marks around them, I have never paraded him as a tactical genius but he sure does impose the attitude of hard work on the talents he has and maybe that’s the only rabbit up his hat. Talent plus the hardwork is most of what’s got the team going, tactics comes third in Lucho’s books cos he isn’t great at it.
            I understand your sentiments towards messi and believe me I want him to win every personal accolade out there, but I wouldn’t say he has failed messi these few seasons tho, messi has made a name for himself especially in the last 2 seasons when he’s shouldered more. He’s won an extra balon d’or in the process and frankly we don’t need any coach to show us messi is the GOAT. He probably may not win the balon d’or this yeah because in the book of the law he’s an convicted felon and no reputable organisation will want to hand awards to him. They already made a caricature of messi when they omitted him from Europe’s best when he’s by far better than all the players they picked. Amidst all of this, he’s still the most dreaded player ever liveth

          • Pius Kamau

            …//…. have never paraded him as a tactical genius but he sure does impose the attitude of hard work on the talents he has and maybe that’s the only rabbit up his hat. Talent plus the hardwork is most of what’s got the team going, tactics comes third in Lucho’s books cos he isn’t great at it. …//….
            Knoewell you just admitted what we’ve been saying with this statement.
            This depictions of Lucho make him no better than Mourinho. A coach who depends on talent/individual brilliance and hard work alone is not a top coach eg ( Di Mateo, Mourinho, Scholari, Dunga…etc)
            Barca is a prestigious club with gulfs of footballing class, we’ve made a reputation for ourselves, we should have a TOP COACH – TOP TACTICIAN!

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            “A coach who depends on talent/individual brilliance and hard work alone is not a top coach, top coaches are defined by their ability to orchestrate or craft distinct game plans and tactical approaches which give results and produce good football in the process while making the most out of the talents or abilities at his disposal, at least that’s what a team like Barca should get from a coach”….in barca there are games that doesn’t actually require very distinct tactical plans, majority of the games infact demand hardwork and positional awareness, the right runs and attitude to win. Did lucho have distinct game plans in his first 2 seasons? When it comes to the very difficult games I would say YES, remember how we conquered atletico those last 2 seasons, those games weren’t won the conventional way but with as you describe – distinct tactical plans that albeit, rely on talents to execute, he knew the players he had and he crafted a game plan around them which yielded results upon results against atletico which at the time was the most difficult club in the world for barca to beat. We beat atletico 6 good times out of 8, the only one time they beat us we lost a trophy as a result, which makes it safe to say if Lucho’s distinct plan against atletico didn’t beat them every single time, he probably would have no single trophy as a manager as atletico was on our way in all competitions. Did Lucho change the way we are used to playing? Oh we can say that to a very good extent. You may choose to cowardly turn a blind eye to such landmark victories because they are in the past and we are having a poor run of form which can clearly be attributed to injury to key players and adaptation issues of new players. But You still cannot deny or erase the results Lucho has so far even with his so called tactical deficiency. call him bailed by messi? And I ask you which barca coach in recent times wasn’t bailed by messi? Pep even looks like he’s the one who was bailed the most. But I won’t call it that, cos messi didn’t play all the positions on the field, he only brilliantly did his job upfront which is why he earns atleast 3 times more than Lucho (and pep while he was in barca). Most of we fans simply just forget those little achievements and how they weren’t easy to come by. Lucho didn’t win these two seasons playing poorly, no one can say that and for that I am more than willing to endure this poor run of form, while it is easy to join the “kill Lucho” train, but I won’t join that train just yet until key players like iniesta, umtiti, rafinha are back from injury and the new ones adapt more.

      • serko10

        wether we win or lose, he has no advanced tactical or technical plan. i see much better team dynamic from eredivisie teams, the only difference is those teams don’t have MSN or iniesta or pique and such. that’s how you can compare a manager’s quality, put in perspective with others who do it with much lesser means and how their team dynamic works. but nah man, results is all that matters, the mourinho attitude. This is the friggin most expensive barcelona team ever, you’d think we’d be okay to expect a bit more. but you know they’ll throw a strawman bullshit argument like “you expect pep level, go lick your wounds” haha. I;d argue our current squad has more potential than any of Pep’s squads ever had. Potential only a world class manager could tap out of especially the 2nd choice players and young ones.

  • Tarra

    Utter rubbish performance by the team — not that it wasn’t expected anyway. Good things are this is still Nov and we can still close down the 6-point gap by winning both Clasicos.

    P.S.
    Has this blog been revived yet?

    • Kneowell Anyanwu

      Utter rubbish truly, we should be debitted by 6 points for such poor showing, it’s a miracle we are only 6 points behind, but we can do far much better.

      The site? I think totalBarca is doing great thus far, but still not at the level it used to be

      • Tarra

        We’ll need more than miracles to beat ZZ’s luck though. Crossing FC’s luck is otherworldly this season.

      • Grega Kavčič

        What…what??? Are you not the 100% positive one and supportive one?

        Pray the team had a meeting afterwards like Anoeta 2014 and shunned Lucho again. 😛

        • Kneowell Anyanwu

          Oh I’m still 100% positive, negative vibes can’t do me no good. Lol keep kidding yourself with the team having a meeting and shunning Lucho, what meeting would they have now? He didn’t bench messi this time did he?
          Did you notice the frustration on messi’s face when he passed te ball to roberto who he expected to continue his overlapping run but didnt? I know lucho is supposed to enter the pitch and overlap himself, ofcourse it can’t be roberto’s fault he didn’t continue the run.
          It’s a poor team showing Grega and I say it as it is, but I will remain positive, and you never will be positive, you’ve perpetually been this way for as long as I rmember

    • Grega Kavčič

      Revived? Well if you wanna read bullshit from lucholovestruck kneowell, that it is the place to be! 😀

      • Tarra

        LOL, kinda miss the old TB though. Now there’re only few people here.

      • Kneowell Anyanwu

        Grega why I’m I surprised you enjoy my bullshit, you never fail to read it do you?

        • Grega Kavčič

          I catually don’t read your long bullshit which is now most of the time. 😛

          After last nights game where it was a perect chance for Lucho to show something that could be credited to him… yeah, I will glady read your posts. 😛

          • Kneowell Anyanwu

            For the records, I’m not looking for your approval of anything I write, I can’t control what your opinion about the things I say. I may agree with you on some grounds, but I will wholeheartedly disagree if it doesn’t sit well with me. No apologies given or required

  • Kneowell Anyanwu

    Wow! It’s been a while I’ve had some fun around here! Jeez. Maybe we should lose or draw more often. I have missed me some Lucho sharks. Lmao