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The 10 Questions ‘The Cules’ Are Asking Valverde



The over-dependence on Lionel Messi, Valverde’s poor tactical prowess and low spirit has turned against the team in recent times. With victories always looking impossible for the Catalan giants and conceding the goals like a Segunda team is really alarming.

The team style of play have changed over time in the last few years, from the regular tiki-taka to the recent unexplainable play-pattern and some would argue that the team has gone down the drain in terms of quality and consistency under Ernesto Valverde.

Ernesto Valverde, who is now responsible for all the evils of the team. There is no doubt that Txingurri has an important share of responsibility. However, the culé needs a deeper explanation of the situation.


What Pattern Does Barca Play?

Guardiola took the tiki-taka to new levels with Andres Iniesta and Xavi at the heart of the side. Pep instilled a defensive resilience to the team without having a completely elite backline – a mentality that says ‘if we keep the ball you can’t score’ – and his team carried out his plans to absolute perfection time and time again.

Unfortunately, the tiki-taka style of play that made Barcelona lovable worldwide has gone with the wind and fast becoming an archived history. It started from the day Tata Martino took charge of the team. Every Coach who has passed through the Camp Nou has pinned down philosophy until it has reached this point. Right now there is no difference between watching Barça or any other team play.

Why Don’t Messi And Griezmann Understand Each Other?

Both player’s rhythm on the pitch looks unmatched, disconnected and lacked communication, especially when it comes to scoring goals. There is no Messi-Griezmann connection and as much as from the club they repeat what “the good guys always understand each other”, right now it doesn’t seem possible. They don’t look for each other, they don’t see each other or they don’t want to see each other. Whatever it is, the problem is obvious. Against Slavia Prague it was obvious.

What’s the Essence Of Junior Firpo Signing?

The signing of Junior Firpo was announced as a plan for the future and present. The left-back, who had dazzled in Real Betis and in the lower categories of the Spanish team, presented himself as the natural heir of Jordi Alba. However, Ernesto Valverde does not seem to have trust in the new recruit when Alba got injured, he preferred to convert Semedo to the left side instead of using Firpo.

What has Rakitic done to be treated like this?

The case of the Croatian will have to be well explained when the time comes. Maybe when the coach leaves Barcelona. It is hardly understandable that a player who was indispensable in Valverde’s plans has become a habitual discard. It is not even one of the first options for Valverde when it decides to rotate in the center of the field. Arturo Vidal has started four times and Rakitic only once.

Why So Many Injuries And Relapses?

This year the Barcelona has been hit with series of injuries from the start of the season. Messi, Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba, Dembélé … The worst thing is that in some cases there have been relapses. The most recent, Luis Suárez and Jordi Alba.

Why Do They Concede So Many Goals?

Valverde’s sides are usually stable in defense, but Barcelona has struggled so far this season to keep a clean sheet.

Why Don’t They Run Much?

Running does not imply doing things better than the opponent, but it is a good fact about the physical deployment of the team. Something that should not be missing. This Barça does not run. In Champions, the data is devastating. It is the team that runs the least in group F. In four games it has run 66.4 kilometers less than the Slavia in Prague.

Why Is It So Hard To Score In The Champions League?

It will not be for lack of quality attack players, but Barcelona has a problem with the goal when the music of the Champions League plays. More than half of the teams that play this competition have more goals scored than the Catalan team. They have four goals in four games.

Why Can’t They hold On For A Full Match?

The players’ physical condition is worrying that of Sergio Busquets and Arthur Melo, in particular, both can’t play the whole 90 minutes.

 Is This Enough To Win The Champions League?

There are a few teams in Europe that play better than Barça. On this subject, Both Semedo and Gerard Pique have agreed openly that Barcelona can’t go all the way to win the Champions League trophy if they continue performing as they do at the moment.






Credits: Marca

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Muyiwa is an ardent follower of everything football. Fascinated by the beauty of the game, he takes pleasure in penning down his opinion about a sport that has more lovers than haters. PS: He loves Barcelona for making football look easier than it actually is.



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