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  1. TITO
    May 19, 2018

    Great words about Iniesta, Kevin. Who knows if we will see another Iniesta in our lifetime, as a complete individual, in all aspects.

    However, i read that he informed the team that he will not continue with them just 24 hours before Rome away game. Bad timing.

  2. Gogah
    May 20, 2018

    I just logged in today after ages to come say Adieu to Iniesta.
    I have known him since I’ve known football. And Barcelona.
    Ever since those early days when I was still understanding the game for the first time in 2005, I was always intrigued by this sub would come on and immediately change the game. He was visibly WAY more mobile & lively than the others who seemed ‘stuck’ and unable to create anything. He was this sub, a kid who glowed of some other worldly radiance.
    My heart broke first when Puyol left. Xavi’s departure was understandable and even though he’s a personal favourite, sporting-wise, everybody could see that, the age factor included, Xavi’s game was lesser suited to where the team’s play was going.

    In that sense Iniesta is one of those players who can be included in any kind of a tactical set up. Because he really was the solutions man. A pure footballer much like Messi is, who can be trusted to always take the right decision. When the team was stuck, give it to iniesta, and he’d create something.. run at defenders, glide past them or pause and lay a pass that few in the game can see.

    This one really hurts. Because it really marks the end of a generation. He is a real one club man. A footballer loved by everyone who watches the game. A silky player who has more steel than many give him credit for. And what an example of how a human being should be – A true exemplar as has been rightly said in this article. Kevin, awesome to see you still keeping this place going. Truly remarkable effort.

    Andres Iniesta. Fuck.
    What. A. Player.

  3. squeen
    May 20, 2018

    Holy smokes Kxevin! Did you catch Ray Hudson quoting your blog during the BeIn Sports game commentary?

    • May 21, 2018

      I did. It was really cool, and I like that it brings more attention to the space and hopefully, even more family members to call me a knucklehead, which is also really cool

  4. They-said-thered-be-jetpacks
    May 22, 2018

    I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the idea that I will never be able to see this legend in the blaugrana again… No footballer has managed to shift my perspective on the game as much as Don Andres. It’s as hard to explain as he is to describe but the best I can do is to say that Don Andres and Messi are like two sides of the same coin. I can’t separate the two or think one is better than the other. If Messi is the carefully forged and sharpened edge of a katana blade (ha) then Don Andres is the well fortified and resilient back of the blade (mune), Both are equally as important.

  5. TITO
    May 26, 2018

    Not related to Iniesta whatsoever, but if Ramos doesnt fuck up your game plan, who will.

  6. G6O
    May 26, 2018

    History will forget all the lucky breaks and dirty plays and will only remember the 3 CLs in a row, the Balon d’Ors, etc…

  7. Víctor
    May 26, 2018

    Let’s not kid ourselves: the moment Salah went out injured we knew it was over for Liverpool. Of course, I, naively, thought of a miracle happening… it didn’t and Karious gave away two idiotic goals…

    It’s a shame, it seems that only Barcelona is capable of defeating Real Madrid at Champions League…

  8. TITO
    May 26, 2018

    Actually, its more likely for Messi now, since both Salah and Kiki didnt do much this game. But the WC will probably make a huge impact in the end.

  9. ugo nze
    May 26, 2018

    pls fire me valvade and his disciples…
    he cost us our ucl final telling me he’s the master of tactician…and fuck bamoteo and co.

    • Víctor
      May 26, 2018

      Valverde and his disciples have nothing to do with Real Madrid getting favoured by referees and silly opponents’ mistakes… I do not forget that Bayern’s GK also made a silly mistake in the semifinal…

      Seriously, how lucky can a team get?

  10. Víctor
    May 26, 2018

    Tonight and the days after this (and perhaps through his remaining career) it’s gonna be quite tough for Karius. However, let’s not forget that Liverpool was playing quite well until Salah got out… after that it was downhill for them… even if Karius didn’t make those mistakes I doubt they could have pulled it off…

    • mvarfi
      May 26, 2018

      P.S. I’m glad the season is finally over! I could watch Barca’s last two matches only postmortem. Vacationing got in the way, badly. The Messi-less comeback from 5-1 down WHILE away from home bodes well. Coming this close to going unbeaten is frustrating, but also priceless. No other La Liga team can claim such an experience. It’ll give Barca an edge on all fronts next season.

  11. ugo nze
    May 26, 2018

    since we are now a club that buys…so Now They must spend. so buy me grizman, and sala and with a good world class midfielder and sell Suarez. then Next season buy me mane. because I now have this feeling that messi won’t last..

    he more likely to follow the part of puyol xavi, iniesta,. so We might still enjoy him for 3 more season before he leave. so We must build for the future. because it’s too late to rebuild lamasia. maybe later we might think of rebuilding it, but For now lets think and focus now and the future..

    but We might get fuck hopping for the rebuilt on lamacia because it’s dead now for a long time…

    my Barcelona has been destroyed for a long time now including lamasia..

    yea since batomeo now believe in spending so let’s fuck that money up.. by sala nd grizman then mane.and some other world class players..
    because am fuking tired of hearing that bacelona always top the chat yearly for money making and invests……so Now, if you argue we can’t sala for €300m then were is our money going to. where is the investment you are making..ooh sorry corruption…

  12. ugo nze
    May 26, 2018

    victor..
    after loosing our two most needed game
    stupidly. against roma, and levente…WTF…3-0 and 5-4 Jesus…. can that ever happene to even celtic…

    • Víctor
      May 26, 2018

      The 5-4 loss didn’t give anything to RM… just banter for their fans… the 3-0 was shameful… just like the 3-0 against Juve last year… but that doesn’t change that RM has been quite lucky at UCL…

  13. Víctor
    May 26, 2018

    Seriously, I get being mad at Valverde for those losses, but firing him is not the answer… he managed to get a double… he deserves, at least, one more season… we’ll see and judge after that…

  14. ugo nze
    May 26, 2018

    yea it didn’t, but Damage our unbeaten run…
    maybe we will see that type of chance when Christ will be back on earth….

    infact howcan levente 15th on the log win the all mighty team called best in the world.. 5 goals to 4.
    no that’s rubbish… everyone said earlier that if we win he league unbeaten. then we can forgive him.. but Booooom 5 to 4 wtf.. are you even telling the players an the coaches doesn’t need that unbeaten strick.. wow it seen you’re protecting and supporting the coach, that’s not fair..

    • Víctor
      May 26, 2018

      I do side with the coach… even with those shameful losses… Roma defeating Barcelona 3-0 was really surprising and astounding… but so was Barcelona defeating them 4-1 at Camp Nou… Roma deserved better in the first leg… hell, I even wrote in here that Chelsea deserved to win 1-0 against Barcelona back in February… football was unfair with them on that game… a silly mistake and you could see on their faces that their defensive mistake meant losing the tie for them…

      Why do I not blame Valverde, at all, after those games? After that shameful defeat at Roma and that bad performance at Chelsea that should have been a loss instead of a tie? Because it seems clear to me that this is not only on the coach, or at least not something exclusive of Valverde. In 2017 Barcelona had two shameful away performances at UCL Knockout stages as well… and they were even worse. A 4-0 against PSG and a 3-0 against Juventus. In both games the team looked quite slow, clumsy and quite honestly, it seemed to me that they started those games being sleepy and never woke up… even when back then we had a “gutsy” and brave coach in Luis Enrique. So, it’s something that didn’t start with Valverde. Yes, the PSG miracle was marvelous and joyful to watch… but it was a one-time thing… the symptoms of a team that somehow loses their “winning chip and mentality” at away KO UCL stages were there and are still here. Now, it’s up to Valverde and the staff to fix away that. Barcelona getting a tie at Stamford Bridge masked that issue… Roma defeating us at the Stadio Olimpico just went to show us that the issue never went away… so, given that Barcelona still managed to win CdR and win La Liga with quite a great marging I’ll give Valverde the benefit of doubt for next season… if those “bad away performances” issue at UCL doesn’t get sorted out for next season then I’ll agree to sack him.

      As for the 5-4 loss… I’ll just say… what the heck happened there? Seems to me that the team didn’t give a shit about the unbeaten season and decided to play a friendly before the season was over… who made that call? It was just stupid…

  15. ugo nze
    May 26, 2018

    victor.. if he stays, then we will still play the same shitty boring football…..and mind you, i will get a double at Barcelona….. i not 3ple

  16. christembassykapo
    May 26, 2018

    For me personally, zizu was a great player and is a fantastic coach. Real Madrid did well. If this same Liverpool meet barca without salad, there is a good chance they’d still beat us.
    How did zizu know bale would have that kind of impact, valverde instead of adding extra attack might bring on gomez a demoralised player to defend and secure the lead.
    With our without salad Madrid would have won, because they’ve got the team and the coach, truth be told we only have Messi. Iniesta is magical but only a tactician can help us see that sparkle as we should.
    Everyone is clamoring for salah but hello he was practically a waste at Chelsea, and now his the in thing.
    Let’s be truthful valverde is poor tactically, has poor man management and is no where near the coach we need.
    Destroyed our style of play made us defensive worms, infact we weren’t defensive, it was just the Messi effect, because the one match he didn’t play, goals were dropping water on av rainy day.
    How do you have a prodigy like dembele and you’re still weak when attacking, I expected the lad to have more times playing beside Messi so he can be mentored, how about Denis, even if Luis is having the worst game valverde can’t see that and come out with a plan.
    Take away Messi and you would know valverde is a very weak coach.
    Look at the matches Messi started from the bench, the one he didn’t play. It’s been Messi all along. If you want to know how weak he is let Messi return with a 2 month injury, we would be in the relegation zone

  17. luisthebeast
    May 26, 2018

    Zidane is nt a great tactician.
    He is good at man management and have the power to have a player like Bale at bench without whining.
    When things are difficult he have quality players like Marcelo Bale Ronaldo Benzema e.t.c to make something and score.
    Barca doesnt have that,if all the team doesnt perform perfect then the system cant work.
    Alba cant do what Marcelo,Pique is great but not fast and aggresive like Ramos.
    Ramos would had eat Djeko for breakfast.
    Dembele is nt yet a top class like Bale.
    General Barca all last years builded around Leo and thats great but when you buy luxury you must give them freedom and not always to make them adapt in a system.
    Madrid give freedom to the talent of the players Barca dont.
    Suarez must play there,Coutinho must do that,Neymar must do that and blah blah.

  18. luisthebeast
    May 26, 2018

    And i saw Modric again gave it all on field and then remember our slow and soft MFs at Rome.
    Should a 34 y old Iniesta or Roberto be starters at a top club in CL?No.
    Should we had a DM more faster and stronger than Busquets?Yes.
    Should we had a LB with more technique?Yes.
    So many things to change if we want a new great era.

  19. luisthebeast
    May 26, 2018

    And people want Valverde out?
    Really?
    Madrid have a better squad,it s clear and yet we won La Liga easily.
    If anything that was a great job by the coach.

  20. ugo nze
    May 27, 2018

    Luis..
    you’re making a very godam error, crediting the coach without doing so To messi.. messi deserve the laliga credit.. because it’s all messi….fuck the coach. vlvade OUT… Bring on pep or klop or any better coach. not going around looking for an unknown team and bring coaches from there…because you want to fraud and pay low… i say it again, i will win double in Barcelona. just give me sala, mane, grizman and verati..i will win you treble……

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