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    Quote Originally Posted by Horatio View Post
    I agree he did. But we have to consider the context. Pre-seaon Girona. Even Roberto looked much better than usual.
    I am not opposed to Pjanic staying though. He had a hair transplant so he might feel more comfortable coming season.
    Of course, its pre season, Pjanic didnt play in Euro, sparing teams are not on Barcas level...Is Pjanic good for starting 11? No he is not...but he most certainly is for Bench and he is better than some players that Koeman keeps giving chance.

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    This was Pjanic game:

    So 1/5 throughballs succeeded, one bad pass in the middle of the pitch, 30 "layoffs" on one touch, and a couple of pretty nice passes.

    Here is Puig vs Girona:
    Not a great game, but those who understand see his class. The pass before 2-0 was very nice.

    And here is Gavi vs Girona:
    Very nice 30m from Gavi

    I can't find a video with Nico unfortunately. Yesterday, Frenkie looked like the best Barcelona midfielder I must say.

    Here is Depays game:
    OO-OO-oo OO-OO-oo kveck-kveck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobo32 View Post
    Not a great game, but those who understand see his class. The pass before 2-0 was very nice.
    F*** off. This is the shit that makes you come across as arrogant, pretentious and unlikable. Really hard to read your posts (which is why I am skipping them usually, just like the ones from the other dude starting with B).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SABANS View Post
    For some reason you are disliking Pjanic, and you are not being objective....he played better than Puig...and he played decent game...
    His highlight was a fk that hit the bar, sitting deep and recycling possession against Girona who ultimately sat back to defend in numbers meant he was rarely pressured. In other words, little to do
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    Every goal and assist this preseason minus penalties has come from Barca B players, I'm pretty sure. 2/3 pens were won by B players too. Makes you think, is it better to play a hungry young player or guys who sit around collecting cheques?

    For players like Pjanic or Frenkie it is not hard to recycle the ball and backpass against Girona, they are not of the same level as Girona. Which is why the fact the backline looked shaky with almost no pressure on them should be extremely alarming. Overall, not a great game, but okay

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    Yeah I think in the current situation, instead of bullying club legends to reduce their wage in half, the club should've wondered if someone like Manaj couldn't be a decent enough 6th option attacker instead of Aguero?

    Aguero is certainly better technically and tactically, but physically and mentally I wonder if he even is the better option in 2021 - so how can it be justified to give him what 10 times the wage of what Manaj would've demanded? All the while asking other players to be charitable with perhaps their last professional contracts...
    OO-OO-oo OO-OO-oo kveck-kveck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobo32 View Post
    Yeah I think in the current situation, instead of bullying club legends to reduce their wage in half, the club should've wondered if someone like Manaj couldn't be a decent enough 6th option attacker instead of Aguero?

    Aguero is certainly better technically and tactically, but physically and mentally I wonder if he even is the better option in 2021 - so how can it be justified to give him what 10 times the wage of what Manaj would've demanded? All the while asking other players to be charitable with perhaps their last professional contracts...
    I would add that a lot of the time when strikers go up in level to play with talented teams their return often improves a lot as a result of better service. To play the midweek fixtures and Copa fixtures we did not need someone like Aguero. God forbid we are planning to start him as a 9, 34 with his injury records, I think we will have Depay there, but still he is not a pure 9.

    Also can be seen in Koeman's protectiveness over Neto, when you have a young hungry keeper like Inaki Pena waiting in the wings you don't want to get Neto's 150k a week off the wage bill, collect a few million and then have a growing talent at Ter Stegen backup, who says no?

    These players may not have a good reputation or be 100% Barca's level but when you are in our financial situation you should be pragmatic and look at what we already have, and if they have a bit of upside that's better. It's not like Braithwaite and co are either.

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    Oh, they're back. It's the end of fun preseason games for me...


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    Oh no...

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    Dest, Piqu?, Araujo, Pjanić, Riqui Puig, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Collado and Rey Manaj were brought back for an extra session at the Ciutat today