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  1. Catalonian Devil

    Real Madrid (old thread)

    I didn't watch the Valencia game but what you're saying pretty much confirms what I've said above. Lass is better utilized against lesser teams who clog the midfield, against teams like Valencia Sami's vertical play is more useful than Lass's defensive approach. I would've preferred to start...
  2. Catalonian Devil

    Real Madrid (old thread)

    Alright, you've forced me to put my tactical hat on. Lets take a closer look here... Its not really Jose playing him in crucial games, its more about those games involving teams whose playing style is one where Sami's attributes are most useful. This means teams such as Valencia and most of...
  3. Catalonian Devil

    Real Madrid (old thread)

    I understand that Mou prefers a more tactically disciplined player in Sami but I guess outside of being 'disciplined' I just don't see the quality that qualifies him as a starting midfielder for Real Madrid. Guess we'll have to wait and see on Essien, I'm just not buying into this resurrection...
  4. Catalonian Devil

    Real Madrid (old thread)

    If you were Jose who would you start in a decisive game, Lass or Sami?
  5. Catalonian Devil

    Real Madrid (old thread)

    I don't rate Sami at all and don't even put him on the same level as Lass. People seem to only remember the shadow of Essien, I was a HUGE fan of this dude and at one point would take him over any midfielder in the world, however since then he has regressed tremendously. I refused to believe it...
  6. Catalonian Devil

    Real Madrid (old thread)

    I have a feeling losing Lass will hurt Madrid more than a lot of fans seem to think Essien will add...
  7. Catalonian Devil

    Andrés Iniesta chosen the Best Player in Europe!

    Wow, didn't expect this. So happy for Andres, finally gets the recognition he deserves.
  8. Catalonian Devil

    Pep Guardiola

    Any luck so far?
  9. Catalonian Devil

    Ronaldinho Gaucho

    Looking pretty slim...
  10. Catalonian Devil

    Fabio Coentrao

  11. Catalonian Devil

    Cristian Tello

    As talented as this kid he seems to often crumble under pressure.
  12. Catalonian Devil

    Francesc "Tito" Vilanova

    Badass and prefers his 4-3-3 's I declare myself a Tito fanboy
  13. Catalonian Devil

    10 - Lionel Messi - v1

    Simply Legendary.
  14. Catalonian Devil

    Pedro Rodriguez

    The Pedro of old...
  15. Catalonian Devil

    Gareth Bale

    You bring up some good points especially about him not being especially skilled at creating his own space. That is precisely why I don't like him at Barca, a counter-attacking team is the perfect fit for him. As you pointed out he needs space, and counter-attacking teams can create that...
  16. Catalonian Devil

    10 - Lionel Messi - v1

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    Gareth Bale

    Not really, can't really blame Harry for Bale being a completely inept LB at top flight level football. Don't get me wrong I love the kid and have always been a fan since his early days, but the fact that he hasn't played as a LB for 2 years now has nothing to do with coaching. Bale's offensive...
  18. Catalonian Devil

    Gareth Bale

    Except Abidal was an actual defender...
  19. Catalonian Devil

    2011-2012 CL Final: Bayern - Chelsea

    I actually always felt that people tend to sympathize with the underdog and hate on the favorites...
  20. Catalonian Devil

    2011-2012 CL Final: Bayern - Chelsea

    Delusional Lescott is delusional

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