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History and people's memories are written by the victors....My middle name is "Victor".

Victor is an ugly name. Matches your face.

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I live in England! Everyone here supporting Olympiakos too!

if you saw the Spanish forums...

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Remember when Barca were in "meltdown" and Luis Enrique was going to get sacked and Messi wanted to leave back in Jan? :lol:

Lmao i mentioned that too my mate aswell.

I think it was his player-management and lack of "Appeal" (almost like the Moyes vs LVG when they were both on similar points for large parts of the season.) that made his first few months so difficult.

Luis Enrique did make some horrible decisions tho, like benching Messi & Neymar against Sociedad.. But those people arguing against his tactics just didnt want to accept the fact they were no longer going to play that tiki-taka bullshit. It was clear Enrique wanted them to be more decisive in their passing and even play on the counter so their front 3 could play in space. And the fans couldn't stomach seeing this change.

But i 'like' this Barca, their not a bore to watch. (Still hate them tho)

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Barca's midfield has been excellent. Rakitic is everywhere, strong on both ends, and more than astute in his distribution. Great player. Iniesta keeps growing centre midfield role and is starting to own it. His defensive abilities have always been underrated. He's definitely lost a step though, but that's alright. And Busquets is in top form. His positioning is amazing and he breaks up so much play.

Brilliant, brilliant top by Ter Stegen for the Lewandowski shot btw.

Bayern's finishing has been poor. Barca's super trio doing the usual. Very, very poor defending for the second goal though. What was Benatia thinking leaving Suarez unmarked?

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Lmao i mentioned that too my mate aswell.

I think it was his player-management and lack of "Appeal" (almost like the Moyes vs LVG when they were both on similar points for large parts of the season.) that made his first few months so difficult.

Luis Enrique did make some horrible decisions tho, like benching Messi & Neymar against Sociedad.. But those people arguing against his tactics just didnt want to accept the fact they were no longer going to play that tiki-taka bullshit. It was clear Enrique wanted them to be more decisive in their passing and even play on the counter so their front 3 could play in space. And the fans couldn't stomach seeing this change.

But i 'like' this Barca, their not a bore to watch. (Still hate them tho)

The man has done wonders for a team that looked like it was well on the decline. The work he's done with them on set-pieces is something of a miracle!

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Suárez is so good and yet so unselfish. Holy shit, what a player. It's not by chance that he almost carried Liverpool to the title.

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For me Barcelona is better with Luis Enrique than with Guardiola.

With Guardiola Barcelona just played Tiki Taka and Rondo, as a kind of offensive Catenaccio, boring and frustrating at times.

In contrast with Luis Enrique they play spectacular football which mixes Tiki Taka with vertical clearance and counterattack.

Guardiola was just big with Messi. Despite winning two Bundesliga, I think Guardiola has failed with Bayern.

Luis Enrique is a courageous coach ...

Regards.

They need a champions League trophy first before they can be considered a great team. Then they need to be dominant for 2 straight seasons to be compared to pep's Barcelona.
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Suárez is so good and yet so unselfish. Holy shit, what a player. It's not by chance that he almost carried Liverpool to the title.

Suarez is a fantastic player. Barcelona without his constant costa like movement have now looked ordinary in attack this 2nd half.

Anyone who gets 30 goals and 14 assistsin the epl is no joke. I had to remind people in the hazard thread who the 3rd best player in the world is.

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Suárez is so good and yet so unselfish. Holy shit, what a player. It's not by chance that he almost carried Liverpool to the title.

If you told me Suarez would become a world-class centre forward and key player for Barcelona 5 years ago, I would've slapped you silly. I still don't believe it. The progress he's booked since Ajax is unreal.

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3-2 would have been a horrible result, even if this would have been the first leg. And Bayern only won because BArca switched off and went 2 gears down.

Even with Ribery, Robben, Alaba et al this Barca would have easily thrown them out of the competiiton.

MOst impressive about them besides their passing is their forward movement in a quick break. When they win the ball in midfield, the 3 currently most forward players always start great runs into space. Must be fun for Rakitic and Iniesta to pick them up with those diagonals.

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They need a champions League trophy first before they can be considered a great team. Then they need to be dominant for 2 straight seasons to be compared to pep's Barcelona.

True, but within 30 days they will have won their fourth Champions League since 2006.

The success of Barcelona is not only Guardiola, also is Frank Rijkaard, Carles Puyol and Xavi. Barcelona is a model that works well for a long time, not only since from Guardiola.

But Luis Enrique's Barcelona is very close to winning three trophies (La Liga, Cup and Champions League) without stealing anyone, not like Guardiola (Ovrebo or the scandal of Bernabeu).

Regards.

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