Injuries are one thing. An injured Lionel Messi is quite another thing. Use all the biometric feedback systems you want, randomness is always there to throw your preparation and plans out the window. The club officially communicated that a tear in a knee ligament will keep Messi out of action for around two months. The team is still loaded with wordclass talent but Messi is otherworldly and his absence significantly impacts schemes and strategy. Nevertheless, Barça should manage without Messi well enough during his time away.
Lionel Messi suffers a knee injury
FC Barcelona’s victory against La Liga minnow Las Palmas was marred by a nasty-looking knock to the knee suffered by the blaugrana’s mercurial number 10.
The official Twitter indicates that Lionel Messi – who was taken to a hospital immediately after being replaced by Munir El Haddadi – suffered a tear in the internal collateral ligament in his left knee and will be out for seven to eight weeks.
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“Football often comes down to one vs. ones,” Luis Enrique pointed out in his post-match press conference. And the thing is, nine times out of ten, Barcelona will win those individual duels decisively and convincingly. By a long shot. If the modern game is all about the individual, no team represents the globalized super club better than the blaugranes. After all, this overwhelming individual quality, more so than any defined system, is what led to the treble last season, and the open style of play on display on Wednesday should have favored Barça.
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WANTING TO SCORE
Barça, ready to react and the trident, to make the difference
More hassle with Arda
FIFA recommends not incorporating Arda
CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST BLATTER
The police went in his office and accused him of misappropriation and a fraudulent payment to Platini of 1.8 million
Investigation of the president of FIFA for fraudulent management and misappropriation
Platini is marked for receiving 2 million euros in 2011
UEFA’s president says that it was payment for his work for FIFA from 1999 to 2002
FIFA recommends that Barça not enlist Arda
The azulgrana club demands that they answer in writing whether or not Arda can play before January
In defense of MAtS
Our young German goalkeeper has been having a lot of unfair criticism being leveled at him, so it is great that Luis Enrique has openly come out with some sort of support for the ex-Mochengladbach stopper. He basically stated that Marc-André ter Stegen is not responsible for every goal that goes in, and the cheap goals that have recently been conceded have been down to somewhat of a team effort. He also added that dealing with such criticism is part of a player’s psyche and MaTS will be more than fine, Here’s what Lucho had to say:
“I don’t know what’s been said about him, although [dealing with] criticism is part of a player’s DNA,” he said on Friday as he previewed Saturday’s clash with Las Palmas.
“The goalkeeper is a unique position, I know that because Unzue tells me constantly, where you can see if a player has been successful or not, but each goal is not conceded by the goalkeeper, by Ter Stegen of by Claudio Bravo, but by Barça. That’s not a cliche, Barça is formed by all the players in the squad.”
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Treble winners having doubts? They should be. FC Barcelona are nursing their wounds after conceding four goals in a single match for the third time in less than two months. Barça’s defeat against Celta was the team’s first in La Liga, and one simply can’t go without highlighting the fact that this defeat came with Marc-André ter Stegen between the sticks.
The young German has been handed the chance to become Barça’s full-time goalkeeper courtesy of Claudio Bravo’s muscle injury, but what we have seen from him since he took over is shaky play. The question now is whether Barcelona should go hard on the former Gladbach shot-stopper.