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    • Blau-Grenade
      December 13, 2011

      Thanks for sharing the article… I was looking forward to it. Cesc is one of my all time favorite players because of his versatility.

    • Dani_el
      December 13, 2011

      Thanks for sharing this article, it was insightful and eye-opener. I read two quotes from Pep some time ago, one saying that sometimes you can see a player on tv and hear advice about him from other coaches, but when you do have him, then you can see if he can do what the coach wants in the field. Pep didn’t change the system to suit Ibrahimovic, but it seems that he did change it to suit not only Cesc, but his own idea of the game, playing with more midfielders, attacking more, bringing chaos to the game, and then I remember Cruyff quote saying that what matters the most, is that we scored one goal more than the adversary. Obviously Pep focuses on high pressing and better defending than Cruyff (something he learned from Sacchi on Athens I believe), but I seem to be going backwards on our style of game, I believe that Pep as a 4 played a lot of games with a 3-4-3 system, of course he’s improving it and keeps growing with the team.

  1. Jackieboy
    December 13, 2011

    Sorry for the OT, but does anyone know where I can find the list of CL all-time leading scorers for the knockout stage only? Been trying for the past hour to no avail 🙁

    • ooga aga
      December 13, 2011

      id be surprised if that was out there. its usually just total CL goals, not broken down by group vs knockout

    • Dani_el
      December 13, 2011

      EE fan: “it’s gonna be hell for Barça, we’re gonna score the 5 goals that they scored against us last year.”
      Roncero showing the newspaper AS cover, the arrogance in that guy, I actually saw Punto Pelota (I know I know, why do I do that to myself), but it was quite enjoyable seeing him quiter and humbler than usual.
      Canguelo LOL
      Oh and the french guy with his quote “end of cycle”, should have seen him on saturday night, he really ate his own words. And then saying that Pep shouldn’t put 3 on the back against Benzema,
      “Que n’aprenguin!”
      And xavi as Puss in Boots, legen…

      Thank you blitzen! 😀

      And the last part, little kid saying: “el madrid no vale un duro”. “Madrid isn’t worth a damn”.

      • BarcaGirl_Indo
        December 14, 2011

        youtube is blocked in my office. I’ll watch it later. thanks, Blitzen.

        but just by reading Dani_el translation make LOL 😆

        for BFB readers, if you guys here saw a funny/awesome video about El Clasico, post it here, por favor. 🙂

      • culegirl3
        December 14, 2011

        Roncero quieter? Um..he still seemed as loud mouth as usual to me lol.
        I found it quite entertaining that Roncero would complain about Rosell’s comments after the clasico about giving madrid “un baño” when he fully supports a coach who had said more insulting/in-bad taste things than anyone(like saying he’d be embarrassed to win this way, small teams let us win, etc, etc). one word for tomas roncero: hipócrita

      • K_legit in Oz
        December 14, 2011

        one word for Roncero- Douchebag

  2. The__K__Man
    December 13, 2011

    http://goo.gl/xIo0a Awesome piece by Jonathan Wilson on our ‘new’ formation.

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      December 14, 2011

      “I think Manchester United’s thrilling innovation of a 5-0-5 combination against Basel the other week was truly revolutionary.” 😀

      • BTTFCule
        December 14, 2011

        LOL..that was really funny. I think he/she is a Man UTD fan!

      • The__K__Man
        December 14, 2011

        “I’d like to see this formation tried out on a cold Tuesday night at the Britannia.”

        That was fun too. 😀

  3. ElJefe
    December 14, 2011

    CL Draw Friday – Got to say, I’m pretty happy with our options here.

    H: FC Barcelona (ESP, holders)
    Can play: Napoli, CSKA, Basel, Lyon, Leverkusen, Marseille, Zenit

    Napoli the team we least want to draw?

    • BTTFCule
      December 14, 2011

      I would prefer Leverkusen, Napoli and Marseille in that order! A strict NO to any of Russian teams considering our league position!

    • blitzen
      December 14, 2011

      I wouldn’t mind getting Napoli, we have already shown we can beat them. OK, it was only the Gamper, but that still gives us a psychological advantage.

      I would really like our team to NOT have to go to Moscow!

  4. The__K__Man
    December 14, 2011

    We still have to play Al-Saad but as someone who knows Arab football, I know we won’t face any problems unless we ‘want’ to.
    Just watched Santos vs Kashiwa Reysol. Santos won but their defense is just in shambles. The Japanese could have easily scored another 3 goals in addition to their 1 goal. We just need to make sure we don’t give them much space for shooting because Santos’ 3 goals were golazos from outside the penalty area, especially that Neymar goal.

  5. December 14, 2011

    New post is up. Second part of the Clasico review. This one focuses on tactics.

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