Alaves 1, Barça 1, aka “Don’t even start with the hashtags.”

This is shaping up to be one of those seasons for Barça, with another crazy match in the books against Alaves, defined by a moment that defines how messy this team is right now, tactically and psychologically. Alaves scored their goal off a contraption of errors, as Lenglet bats it to Pique who bats it… Continue reading Alaves 1, Barça 1, aka “Don’t even start with the hashtags.”

Juventus 0, Barça 2, aka “An exorcism”

Kids don’t care. We see kids doing all kinds of stuff, bombing down steep roads on skateboards, doing things without regard for consequences. Winter? Snowing? Why is that kid in shorts? Because they’re kids, and kids don’t care. Grownups call what talents such as Fati and Pedri do fancy words like “precocious.” Nah. They don’t… Continue reading Juventus 0, Barça 2, aka “An exorcism”

Barça 1, Real Madrid 3, aka “The problems to be fixed aren’t on the field”

On my Twitter timeline the other day, there was a rousing discussion about Puyol, being a captain vs a leader, and what might or might not have happened had he been present at pivotal Barça moments in recent seasons. Some suggested that Barça has captains, but not leaders. Back and forth it went, with no… Continue reading Barça 1, Real Madrid 3, aka “The problems to be fixed aren’t on the field”

Dembele, Barça and the idea of “football IQ”

Thinking back to the days of Alex Song, the most often-heard negative comment about him usually featured the word “positioning,” a nebulous concept that often presumed the person using it knew what was being asked of him. “He’s terrible with positioning. Waste of money.” We see other phrases and terms such as that used about… Continue reading Dembele, Barça and the idea of “football IQ”

Roundup: Nyom, Dembele, Griezmann, FC Punkalona

You longtime fans of American basketball will probably remember a Detroit Pistons player named Bill Laimbeer. As a Chicago Bulls supporter, I HATED Laimbeer. Everyone whose team played the Pistons hated Laimbeer. Why? He was a wind-up artist who played with a perpetual sneer on his face. He fouled, talked crap, fouled some more. He… Continue reading Roundup: Nyom, Dembele, Griezmann, FC Punkalona

Is Antoine Griezmann the world’s most expensive head of lettuce?

Maybe it’s because I’m a glutton, but every analogy that I can come up with for Antoine Griezmann involves food. — He’s like lettuce in that he’s everywhere, goes with everything, but doesn’t really DO anything. — He’s like tiramisu because you hear a lot about it, finally try it and are like, “Uh, this… Continue reading Is Antoine Griezmann the world’s most expensive head of lettuce?

The window is closed, the squad is complete, things kinda don’t suck

In the wake of a transfer window with a lot of noise but not a lot of action on deadline day, we’re left with a squad that is rather good. We’re also left with some bile. Let’s deal with that first. So much of the potential business the club did, could and couldn’t do was… Continue reading The window is closed, the squad is complete, things kinda don’t suck

One preseason, two matches and what do we know about Koeman?

When Ernesto Valverde came to FC Barcelona, his mission was clear. Work to maximize the veterans, help the team win some more for and with Messi. One of the sharpest observations about his first season came from Levon, a mod here and @barsalev on Twitter. He said that Valverde did his job so well that… Continue reading One preseason, two matches and what do we know about Koeman?

Benvingut, Serginho Dest, now for the hard part

Dest is here! After one of the longest airplane trips in history and sending 21 million the way of Ajax in a series of payments, Sergino Dest, capped USMNT footballer, fullback(ish) and newest salvation, has arrived in Barcelona. And only the churlish minds recall the scene in the film “The Right Stuff,” when Gordo Cooper… Continue reading Benvingut, Serginho Dest, now for the hard part