the flying pig wrote:
gazurtoids wrote:...I don't think Barcelona have been "found out"...
yeah, the overreaction to a very unlucky loss in a knock-out game has been absurd.
i'm fairly sure that, half-listening to the guardan podcast this AM, i heard someone suggest that teams had 'worked out' how to play messi. the bloke has scored 63 goals in 55 games this year, comfortably his best ever haul, & earlier this month the buzz was all about how he was a better player than maradona [IMO messi is just about in the same class but it's a big shout to say he's better] etc.
they have not been as good as last year overall. although still impressive their points total in la liga will end up being about 10 short of what they got last year. the worst offenders are probably iniesta - a few people were [plausibly] saying that he was the best player in the world this time three years ago but, although youngish, he's had some bad injuries & to me looks not as nippy as he did then. david villa wasn't a particularly amazing signing at the price they paid but his bad injury was a bit of a blow.
He is the most successful coach in Barca history, three Lia Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and a Copa del Rey (probabaly two) amongst a shitload of other trophies.
A narrow defeat against a fantastic Real Madrid team and a very unfortunate loss against Chelsea don't mean that he is a failure and that suddenly other teams have sussed the system out.
Everyone knows what the system is and has done for years, there are two ways of countering it:
1: Get everybody behind the ball and hope to fuck that they have an off day (Chelsea).
2: Have a shitload of world class players who work like fuck, and hope they have an off day (Madrid).
So long Pep and thatnks for the great football.