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    My theory is that the three of them feel getting one really good CM and another RB is easier than getting two good CMs to replace Paulinho and possibly filling in Iniesta. We have Arthur but we really need another CM as well.

    They will use Roberto as the Paulinho replacement and getting much better CM to help fill the void Iniesta left to go along with Arthur.

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    sign another RB? who? there arent many decent options available. Meunier or Hysaj are okay but would cost a lot.. and then there's Tete, who is still young like Semedo.

    However, ive read that many Ajax fans rate his 1 vs 1 defending....
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    Maybe Madrid pulled the trigger on Odriozola to prevent us from taking him.

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    Doubt it. After having trouble at that position and carvajal heart problem they really need a backup RB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barcaman View Post
    Maybe Madrid pulled the trigger on Odriozola to prevent us from taking him.
    Odrizola doesn't match the profile that we need for RB.

    We are looking for a young, cheap player who can be Semedo's backup.

    Odrizola was gonna cost 35-40M, plus he would've wanted to start.

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    He is not going to start at real Madrid though.

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    I like this guy so much. He actually tried so hard just to be part of this team, and doesnt seem to moan at all about playing out of position. I'd like to see more of him in the iniesta role behind coutinho in 433 formation.preseason games at least.
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    Semedo pique umtiti alba
    Busi
    Rakitic roberto
    Dembouz messi coutinho

    I think its quite balanced and bob workrate and his ability to penetrate between the lines is something ev should try

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    Captain tonight?

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    How was he in midfield, he had a great pass for the first goal, but how was his overall game.

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    I didnt see the match, but Id love for him to be given a chance in midfield (not RM, RW, RB), but as a CM or DM. I still think its his best position.

    I dont believe he will be a starting XI player, but I think hed be a reliable rotation option with Busquets/Rakitic/Arthur.

    Busquets, Alena, Arthur, Rakitic, Roberto, Coutinho would be a great set of midfield options going into the season. If someone like De Jong came in, thatd just top it off. 7 players for 3 positions, with the likes of Roberto, Coutinho and De Jong able to operate in other areas of the pitch if needed as well.

    Id sell Gomes (wont happen), D Suarez & Rafinha if decent offers came in.

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    He played very well. That peach of a cross to Rafinha for the first goal was superb.

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    He ran the team yesterday, the manager on the field. Must play more midfield. Rotate Busquets, Rakitic and Roberto in the 4-4-2. Busquets and Rakitic will play better with more rest, especially late in the season.

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    Played well again
    Paolo Maldini - "In my opinion, Messi should win the Ballon D'Or each year. He's an unbelievable player."

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    Just sign a backup RB and move Roberto back to midfield. He has the stamina to be the work-horse we need to add balance.

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    Even though Arthur is a controller, yesterday it seemed that Roberto is our brain, our captain and that all actions are going through him.
    He was running like crazy, playing like some b2b cdm.
    No offense to Busi, but there is so much more pace and movement when Roberto is a Cdm.
    Maybe Busi and "slow down" style from 2009 are a part of our problem?
    With Busi, we play in a predictable way.
    With Roberto, we look like faster, more combative Barca.
    Not to mention how Roberto is better against fast counters than slow Busi.

    Without Busi, Messi, Suarez and older heavyweights, our team was flying all over the pitch.
    10 players played rondos and fast actions.
    Busi will slow us down.
    All balls will need to be be passed to Messi.
    Luis will ruin every first touch action.

    This is not a negative post.
    I have actually more hopes in our team post Messi and Busi, after these friendlies.
    They are bringing so much to our team, but to some extent, they are slowing down our play and when Messi is on the field, other players are less free to do whatever they want in attack.

    I am actually looking forward to more matches this season when we will play without 2 out of Busquets, Messi, Suarez on a field.

    I am open to see this faster team with fast Rb Semedo, Cdm Roberto, Malcom, Dembele etc.
    Way more pace and direct, efficient football.

    Maybe there is something about Real's pace and more directness in midfield in the last 5 years compared to: slow down the play whenever possible and wait until the opponent parks the bus?
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