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Thread: Champions League: FC Barcelona - APOEL Nicosia 1-0

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    None of the fans here noticed that Barca wasn't playing standard 4-3-4. Lucho was trying new things and the agenda was not play flashy games. Crashing APOEL wouldn't impress anyone and 1-0 is equally good as 6-0. I don't believe we will lead the group only on goal difference. I know we are going to see games like this going forward. That's typical LE style. Both Roma and Celta started slow in the first half of season. We need to be patient. Time to get worried will be around March of 2015 if things are not going right. Great game for Samper. MATS was impressive, plays with intelligence. The game looked like a friendly but obviously it had a specific purpose for LE.

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    Was happy to see plenty of youngsters before the game started, so don't blame Lucho for the lineup. I think this is the first game I'm seeing in AGES where Messi was poor (not compared to his own standard, but poor in general). But that should hardly matter, that's the least of my concern. I'm still on the fence with some of the youngsters though, main one being Roberto. Xavi continued in the same vein as last season, making lateral passes most of the time and not adding much to midfield at all. Combining that with Roberto, who doesn't really seem to do much going forward either, and you have a snoozefest, especially when Messi is having a bad game.

    I'm still not sure Munir is all that what people are making him out to be, he has been decent so far, but I'm not sure what he has done really for people to go all 'the next gem from Masia' about him.. Samper looked good, and IMO, Sandro has actually been the youngsters who has stood out for me so far. He looks like a different breed, pretty tall and strong, direct approach, I just like the energy and goal focus he brings.

    Again, I'm a bit disappointed with the performance, expect a bit more from our youngsters (Roberto has been playing with us for a while now), but DEFINITELY do not subscribe to the opinion we should rotate less. I am completely in agreement with the experimental lineup chosen, If I could go back, I would choose this kind of line up again. If we can't beat Apoel with our backup, then we have issues with our squad.
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    Just home from my trip to the game.

    Will post later on. Bed time.