Talkin’ bout a crisis…

02 November 2014

  Three months ago there was all this optimism. With Luis Enrique as our new coach, those little bastards will run, run, run. Two months ago there was all this optimism. Messi’s back (back!) and we haven’t seen him play like this for years. One month ago there was all this optimism. We’re undefeated and […]

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Barça 0, Celta Vigo 1, aka “Hunting season is open”

01 November 2014

“This will be an interesting week. Hunting season is open,” said Luis Enrique, referring no doubt to the massive upheaval that is expected after two losses in a row, both in pretty much the same manner when you really think about it. — Opponents won challenges, got to loose balls, outfought Barça — Chances not […]

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Posted in Analysis, La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Tactics, Thoughts44 Comments

The ‘Illegal’ Pass Into Space.

01 November 2014

Since the beginning of this season, and definitely the seasons before, the ‘Xavi style’ of attack has minimized the risk Barcelona players take when approaching goal. There is hesitance in the style of play. There is a lack of confidence in the pass. I call it the Xavi style but Xavi is definitely not the […]

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Posted in Analysis, Barcelona, Tactics, Thoughts29 Comments

The return of the King (of Catalunya)

31 October 2014

This is a guest post by Isaiah, founder of The Offside Barcelona and who dragged me over to this enterprise with him. It’s wonderful to have his voice back in the space, albeit on a semi-quasi, one off, emeritus status and all that jazz. This was never supposed to be about Joan Laporta. Not really. […]

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Posted in Analysis, Elections, Team News, Thoughts11 Comments

10 post-Classic points, aka “It ain’t over, but many things should be over”

26 October 2014

So. Barça got its collective tails handed to it yesterday. What does it mean, and what are the implications, moving forward? Here are 10 thoughts about just that. 1. Exorcismus Guardiolus: Time to eradicate all things Guardiola. Cries for “What Guardiola brought us, blablabla,” are pointless. That team, that system existed in a moment in […]

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Posted in Analysis, El Clasico, La Liga, Thoughts182 Comments

Real Madrid 3, Barça 1, aka “Ownership”

25 October 2014

A big part of being a grownup is ownership, taking control of the moments in life when you so desperately wish you had done better, raising your hand and saying, “That’s on me.” Players raise their hand to acknowledge a loose pass, or a shot that shouldn’t have been taken, but who will raise their […]

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Posted in La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts49 Comments

A chat with the other side, aka “Bassam talks Classic”

24 October 2014

In advance of the Classic, we talked to Bassam Dgheim of Real Madrid Football Blog, about 10 things. Bassam, who many of you have interacted with in the comments space here, is good people, and a reminder that we fans are all human critters. It’s the teams and clubs we dislike. I have done my […]

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Posted in Analysis, El Clasico, La Liga, Thoughts103 Comments

A Classic preview, aka “Great men don’t always make history”

23 October 2014

If great men decide history, the effect of lesser men in steering history is often overlooked. Saturday’s Classic boasts two of the greatest footballers in history, facing off on opposite sides. As the notion of great men and their writing a script for an extraordinary event goes, you couldn’t ask for a better moment in […]

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Posted in El Clasico, La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Supposition, Thoughts17 Comments

Barça 3, Eibar 0, aka “Football’s constant lessons continue”

18 October 2014

Football is fun, mostly because it can teach us so much about things, like a crafty old veteran who hunkers down to explain everything that we missed about what we thought we had just watched. One of the things that football teaches us is that expectations are illogical. As people crowed about Messi popping off […]

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Posted in La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts104 Comments

The Good, the Bad and the Suarez

13 October 2014

This is the post I promised Valdemar II, the winner of the World Cup predictions thing who asked for: “A post about the possible starting elevens and alternate formations for [this] season” Well, the transfer window wasn’t closed at the time nor was the squad finalized so I thought it would be better to hold […]

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Posted in Analysis, Thoughts112 Comments

A personal standard, aka “Messi is better than Ronaldo is better than Messi”

11 October 2014

The Shrug. The last time that I saw a truly transcendent performance by an athlete was by Michael Jordan, in Game One of the 1992 NBA Finals. One of the benefits of being an old man is that you had the opportunity to see stuff like that, an athlete beyond compare, on the biggest stage […]

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Posted in La Liga, Messi, Supposition, Thoughts27 Comments

Rayo Vallecano 0, Barça 2, aka “Achieving a state of grace”

04 October 2014

Winning is kinda weird when you think about it, because it isn’t supposed to happen. Even if you consider what has to happen for a goal to be scored, never mind enough goals to win a match, the mind boggles at the amazing complexity of it all, the chain reaction of attackers doing the exact […]

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Posted in La Liga, Messi, Neymar, Thoughts110 Comments

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