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    Someone kidnap Valverde and force him to rest our starters in the Copa del Rey next month.

    Messi, Suarez, Busquets, Rakitic, Alba and arguably Dembele and Coutinho too should NOT play in the CDR until the final this season.

    I don't care if it makes our chances of getting there lower.


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    I want to say this is a too good to fuck up draw but with EV you never know
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    Lyon could've been a legit a dark horse if they had a competent coach.

    Imagine getting 4 points off Manchester City only to finish second and eke out a qualification in the last 30 minutes of the last game.

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    We are never safe with Valverde. He will run the team to the ground before CL games and we will once again go out in a miserable way. Barca way.

    Lyon had great results vs ManC, thats scary. City is like us, but way faster and quicker.

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    UEFAjax getting the easiest draw.

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    Many severely underestimating OL who managed 4/6 pts vs Pep's City. This will not be an easy tie, at all
    Paolo Maldini - "In my opinion, Messi should win the Ballon D'Or each year. He's an unbelievable player."

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    Lyon gave city 2 good games so I don't think it will be easy, especially with that talented midfield they have. But let's hope we can win.

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    Two hard teams are out after first KO round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barcaman View Post
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    I think Juve is going out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FCBarca View Post
    Many severely underestimating OL who managed 4/6 pts vs Pep's City. This will not be an easy tie, at all
    Exactly. It's a big concern. ManC plays like faster, younger and hungrier Barca. It's not going to be easy by any means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FinBarcelonafan View Post
    I think Juve is going out.
    Should be old school tie. Tight defences and one goal to decide.

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    There are no easy matches in CL, and even less in the final round: in 180 minutes there are no favorites, anything can happen
    But a basic thing is common to all if you want to win, even before the tactics and technique: running and bleeding and fighting like gladiators
    “I would love to have played at this club. I am envious of how well Guardiola's men can play. They are like a group of kids who play football in the street without rules. That is the best football, the most authentic, unfettered by tactics or schemes. Guardiola’s philosophy is helping to change the mindset of many tacticians and that is priceless.” Marco Van Basten

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    I made a mistake with the previous schedule (Google didn't update the schedule) Copa= red, CL= blue

    Copa QF 1st leg
    Girona vs Barca away
    Copa QF 2nd leg
    Barca vs Valencia home
    Copa Semis 1st leg
    Athletic Bilbao vs Barca away

    One week rest

    Barca Vs Valladolid home
    Lyon vs Barca away
    Sevilla vs Barca
    Copa Semis 2nd leg
    Real Madrid vs Barca away

    One week rest

    Barca Vs Vallecano
    Barca vs Lyon home
    Betis vs Barca

    International Break

    Thoughts:
    I'm happy that we got the second CL dates of 2/19 & 3/13 as we have a more balanced schedule of possibility of rest and hard games. There are 2 run of difficult games:
    1) Valencia home, Copa Semi 1st leg (if we get there), Athletic away
    2) Lyon away, Sevilla away, Copa Semi 2nd leg and Real Madrid away.
    3) if we get ATM or RM in the Copa Quaters (if we get there).

    If we get to the Copa Semi, I am so hoping that we get a huge goal difference in the Copa Semi 1st leg so that we can rest some players for the 2nd leg before we face Real Madrid.
    Also, we have the opportunity to rest the veterans before the Lyon games in our home La Liga games, which couldn't have been possible if we had the first CL dates.
    Hopefully, we play players who didn't have a lot of game time in the Copa games and rest the veterans in that competition.
    The schedule and games could have been a lot harder so hopefully EV has some sense of resting the right players in the right games
    Last edited by soul24rage; 17th December 2018 at 02:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soul24rage View Post
    I made a mistake with the previous schedule (Google didn't update the schedule) Copa= red, CL= blue

    Copa QF 1st leg
    Girona vs Barca away
    Copa QF 2nd leg
    Barca vs Valencia home
    Copa Semis 1st leg
    Athletic Bilbao vs Barca away

    One week rest

    Barca Vs Valladolid home
    Lyon vs Barca away
    Sevilla vs Barca
    Copa Semis 2nd leg
    Real Madrid vs Barca away

    One week rest

    Barca Vs Vallecano
    Barca vs Lyon home
    Betis vs Barca

    International Break

    Thoughts:
    I'm happy that we got the second CL dates of 2/19 & 3/13 as we have a more balanced schedule of possibility of rest and hard games. There are 2 run of difficult games:
    1) Valencia home, Copa Semi 1st leg (if we get there), Athletic away
    2) Lyon away, Sevilla away, Copa Semi 2nd leg and Real Madrid away.
    3) if we get ATM or RM in the Copa Quaters (if we get there).

    If we get to the Copa Semi, I am so hoping that we get a huge goal difference in the Copa Semi 1st leg so that we can rest some players for the 2nd leg before we face Real Madrid.
    Also, we have the opportunity to rest the veterans before the Lyon games in our home La Liga games, which couldn't have been possible if we had the first CL dates.
    Hopefully, we play players who didn't have a lot of game time in the Copa games and rest the veterans in that competition.
    The schedule and games could have been a lot harder so hopefully EV has some sense of resting the right players in the right games
    This is about as manageable of a schedule as you could possible hope for.

    That is unless the manager decides to field the first team in those Copa ties.
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