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closed Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea

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Man of the Match   21 members have voted

  1. 1. Who is your Man of the Match?

    • Courtois
      2
    • Moses
      0
    • Azpilicueta
      0
    • Christensen
      1
    • Rudiger
      0
    • Alonso
      0
    • Kante
      12
    • Fabregas
      0
    • Willian
      6
    • Hazard
      0
    • Giroud
      0
    • Zappacosta (sub)
      0
    • Morata (sub)
      0
    • Pedro (sub)
      0

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6 minutes ago, Alan Partridge said:

Average squad. 

Wouldnt have gone any further even if we had managed to pull it off 

That's it. And with our luck it'd been to Liverpool for ole time sakes.. 

 

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45 minutes ago, Jason said:

By the way, this is our third consecutive Champions League exit in the round of 16. We're becoming Arsenal...

Our Champions League record since 08/09 season:

2009/10 - Last 16

2010/11 - Quarter-Final

2011/12 - WINNER

2012/13 - Group Stage

2013/14 - Semi-Final

2014/15 - Last 16

2015/16 - Last 16

2017/18 - Last 16

Only TWO semi-final appearances. FOUR defeats in round of 16. Very Arsenal that.

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42 minutes ago, Jason said:

By the way, this is our third consecutive Champions League exit in the round of 16. We're becoming Arsenal...

 

At least we actually had a proper time of it in Europe this season. We've played Atletico, Roma, and Barcelona, whilst also having Qarabag in there as a throwback to the days when European competition was a chance to venture into (and against) the unknown. Compare this run to the others we've had when we've exited at this stage in previous seasons.

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46 minutes ago, Jason said:

Our Champions League record since 08/09 season:

2009/10 - Last 16

2010/11 - Quarter-Final

2011/12 - WINNER

2012/13 - Group Stage

2013/14 - Semi-Final

2014/15 - Last 16

2015/16 - Last 16

2017/18 - Last 16

Only TWO semi-final appearances. FOUR defeats in round of 16. Very Arsenal that.

Excuse me, are you trying to rub it in or something?

Very Arsenal? Arsenal would KILL to be named Champions Legue winners.

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Even comparing to last season, our squad look average. And last season we didn't have Europe.

Conte (or the board, depends who you want to believe in this soap opera) bought players in the summer and none of them played in our most important match this season.

The worst about this season is not that we didn't spend money, we DID spend, but we did it so wrong.

I am sure that most of the people here would sell out 6-7 out of the 9 new players/

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16 minutes ago, turgi said:

Even comparing to last season, our squad look average. And last season we didn't have Europe.

Conte (or the board, depends who you want to believe in this soap opera) bought players in the summer and none of them played in our most important match this season.

The worst about this season is not that we didn't spend money, we DID spend, but we did it so wrong.

I am sure that most of the people here would sell out 6-7 out of the 9 new players/

United, the big spenders, went out unceremoniously to Sevilla.
Spurs to la Juve, whom we respect and City we shall see re. Europe.
Our worst performance was against Roma, in Rome.

But can things be put right ?
If the board let the seasons go by then we start with a good but ageing team, we end up with a second division team and we have to buy the world to rebuild.

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Thought we played well. Barcelona hit us on the counter and played the right way. 

I don't know how Morata is getting the blame from some of you after coming on so late lol... Ridiculous. 

Can't blame Conte either. Came out and set us up to attack and I thought we played some nice looking football. Thought we were the better team over the two games, but just didn't go through. Happened to Tottenham too. It is what it is. 

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3 minutes ago, Thor said:

Thought we played well. Barcelona hit us on the counter and played the right way. 

I don't know how Morata is getting the blame from some of you after coming on so late lol... Ridiculous. 

Can't blame Conte either. Came out and set us up to attack and I thought we played some nice looking football. Thought we were the better team over the two games, but just didn't go through. Happened to Tottenham too. It is what it is. 

Conte wanted to attack cautiously but he also went down in the first min !
Their second was a good counter, after Cesc lost the ball I think.
Their first was a joke of a goal.
Their third was again a good counter -against the run of play- but that too was ridiculous for a keeper of Tibot's (supposed) class.

Stiill Barcelona having scored twice in the first half were happy. If they did n't score I guess they could still hit us and score some better goals.
We were definitely better in the first game, yesterday you can't say.
But there are some sour grapes because this was a tie in which we were ultimately betrayed by silly defensive errors.

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1 minute ago, cosmicway said:

Conte wanted to attack cautiously but he also went down in the first min !
Their second was a good counter, after Cesc lost the ball I think.
Their first was a joke of a goal.
Their third was again a good counter -against the run of play- but that too was ridiculous for a keeper of Tibot's (supposed) class.

Stiill Barcelona having scored twice in the first half were happy. If they did n't score I guess they could still hit us and score some better goals.
We were definitely better in the first game, yesterday you can't say.
But there are some sour grapes because this was a tie in which we were ultimately betrayed by silly defensive errors.

Not Conte's fault we went down in the opening minutes.

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Just now, Thor said:

Not Conte's fault we went down in the opening minutes.

It was n't his fault but he had to change the formation.
I expected a replay of the first match, with Barca enjoying possession but stifled up front. Then the lucky man was going to win.
But we had to play the way we did out of necessity.

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3 hours ago, Jason said:

Our Champions League record since 08/09 season:

2009/10 - Last 16

2010/11 - Quarter-Final

2011/12 - WINNER

2012/13 - Group Stage

2013/14 - Semi-Final

2014/15 - Last 16

2015/16 - Last 16

2017/18 - Last 16

Only TWO semi-final appearances. FOUR defeats in round of 16. Very Arsenal that.

Well. Bit much no?

When were Arsenal even near the semifinals?

09/10 - Lost to a strong Inter side

10/11 - Fergie's United

12/13 - Well..

14/15 - PSG

15/16 - Shit had hit the fan by this time

17/18 - Barca

It took good teams to beat Chelsea.

and there were two good runs in there as well. Not all doom and gloom

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5 hours ago, LAM09 said:

Have to hope Giroud only has a knock.

Morata shouldn't see the like of day otherwise.

The 'light' of day.

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One thing has to be accepted.

 

Some people might call this Barca team  'inferior' to Pep's but they are a lot more crafty and unpredictable.

They let us have so much possession after going up in this game, and essentially hit us on counters. Different story from Pep's Barca which would just mechanically keep coming back for more even after going up. 

Not creating an excuse for us, but we would have had a tough time anyway regardless of the tactic we used. The first leg result ruined us. 

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58 minutes ago, Strike said:

What is the point of 'We gave a good account of ourselves?'

Criminal defending and goalkeeping

Goalkeeping today was the worst.

 

We are a far cry from the winning team we used to be with Cech and JT at the back.

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5 hours ago, WNDS said:

Decent display over the two legs; we were better than the aggregate scoreline would suggest at any rate (and better than quite a few of the other teams that were knocked-out alongside us). But this Barcelona side are just so clinical. Given that both Real Madrid AND Juventus have gone to the Camp Nou this season and lost in similar fashion, I don't think that there's any shame in going out this way.

It's pretty obvious that our problems lie primarily with Fabregas' complete lack of mobility (Bakayoko's sheer rawness compounds this issue in a big way), and the lack of a pacy, world-class wing-back. If we can sort these issues out, then I'll be pretty optimistic going into next season. It's also worth considering an upgrade at centre-forward if Morata doesn't start to show signs of becoming the player we thought we'd signed. As for Courtois....., I just don't know..... He's a better keeper than he's been showing himself to be at times this season, but I don't think that he wants to be here and I'm not sure he ever wanted to be.

This. Priority last summer was at least one world class wb. Instead, we signed Zappacosta and Emerson. How many times did you see today and pretty much all of our game, the amount of space that Moses and Alonso got that they fail to capitalize. 

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3 hours ago, Azpinator said:

Excuse me, are you trying to rub it in or something?

Very Arsenal? Arsenal would KILL to be named Champions Legue winners.

 

1 hour ago, Strike said:

Well. Bit much no?

When were Arsenal even near the semifinals?

09/10 - Lost to a strong Inter side

10/11 - Fergie's United

12/13 - Well..

14/15 - PSG

15/16 - Shit had hit the fan by this time

17/18 - Barca

It took good teams to beat Chelsea.

and there were two good runs in there as well. Not all doom and gloom

You fellas took the Arsenal reference a tad too seriously. That said, the similarities are definitely there. I mean sure, we made it to the semi finals twice and won the whole thing once within the last 8 years - something that Arsenal can't boast about. But I guess my point is, on the whole, we have not been good enough in the last 8 years, have we? Between 2004-2009, we were one of the best sides in Europe, consistently reaching the latter stages of the competition and capable of beating anyone at any stage. Since then, we have been steadily going downhill. 2011/12 aside, every single defeat have been bad, bad in the performances and the manner of how we approached the games. Lost to one the worst United sides in history, parked the bus against Atletico and got overrun, didn't qualify from the group stage, parked the bus and f***ed up against 10 men etc. In fact, if we include 2011/12, we had bad performances during that season as well and the victory owed much to the desire, determination more than anything else. You can say that we lost to good teams recently, which the likes of PSG and Barcelona are, but the team that we had around 10 years ago would have stood up and beaten these lots today. Would they have folded so easily? These days, we're almost just hoping for the best and pray that we somehow get past the big teams. We're almost always afraid of drawing those big sides. Was this the case 10 years ago? The fact that we almost had no expectation going into the Barcelona tie - even before the first leg - says a lot about our current predicament when it comes to competing with the best in Europe.

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