Ernesto Valverde

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Specially after Roma the year before. Twice the same exit in the same fashion
Down to the lucky and undeserved result in the home leg

The truth is barring a few games here and there, barcelona haven't been a top top side since February 2016

And Valverde looks out of his depths here
 

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Sure I've posted in here before and the same applys. Out of his depth and should been sacked long ago.
 

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Down to the lucky and undeserved result in the home leg

The truth is barring a few games here and there, barcelona haven't been a top top side since February 2016

And Valverde looks out of his depths here
They've been basically been burning money, buying the wrong players over and over again. Investing crazy money in attacking areas when they have zero credible back ups for the backline (CB and LB specially).
 

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Don't want to be the "going against the grain for the sake of it" guy but Barca's issues run deeper than him and the next coach won't do better, I'm sure of that. The entire team is finished bar few players: Suarez, Pique, Busquets, Rakitic, Alba all over 30. Semedo and Roberto decent squad players but nothing more. You could bin everyone bar Messi, Arthur, De Jong, ter Stegen at this point.

If Dembélé miraculously stays healthy from now on, Griezmann is put into the middle alongside a more match fit Messi with De Jong and Arthur behind them then Barca could click later on in the season but even that is a big if. Griezmann is not a striker who fits playing alongside Messi IMO and Dembélé would have to step up big time.

Early into the season of course but forget Real and Barca in the CL this season IMO. Would be surprised if one of City/Liverpool don't win it (again).
Their recruitment for the last 4-5 has been nothing short of abysmal. There's about 5 hits in this list of 21 signings...

 

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Lackluster performances have been common this season. It's his job to fix that or else he'll be sacked... surely.
 

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Their recruitment for the last 4-5 has been nothing short of abysmal. There's about 5 hits in this list of 21 signings...

Semedo is average, not a desaster but also not a Barca level fullback. Wouldn't classify him a hit.

Vidal is okay as a squad player but irrelevant overall.

Dembélé has everything to prove yet. Think he will be gone in exchange for Neymar next summer.

Only Arthur and Lenglet can be described as hits. Umtiti as well prior to injuries which have destroyed his career.
 

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They’re in a deep crisis and they stand 3 points behind Atlético who haven’t won in 3 games and a Madrid team that just got spanked by PSG without Neymar and Mbappe.

They’ll comfortably win the league with Valverde, just like they did for the past 2 years. Not because they’re great but because the level of the competition has declined. Barca drop silly points away. Madrid and Atlético do it home and away...
 

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Specially after Roma the year before. Twice the same exit in the same fashion
The Roma game was a sackable offense, for a supposed tactician he did the one thing that he wasn't supposed to do, a 442 with slow players wide. Barcelona were logically outnumbered and out paced in midfield. His chronical cowardice killed that team and maybe the club because nowadays Barcelona rarely play on the front foot with genuine confidence when all their talent is in the offensive area.
 

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Semedo is average, not a desaster but also not a Barca level fullback. Wouldn't classify him a hit.

Vidal is okay as a squad player but irrelevant overall.

Dembélé has everything to prove yet. Think he will be gone in exchange for Neymar next summer.

Only Arthur and Lenglet can be described as hits. Umtiti as well prior to injuries which have destroyed his career.
The guy who made this tweet put the green checkmark next to players who are still at the club and not based on whether they were a decent transfer or not.

Cillessen was certainly a success as a backup keeper, Paulinho did alright for his role and Barca got their money back.

Agree with your evaluation otherwise.
 

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The Roma game was a sackable offense, for a supposed tactician he did the one thing that he wasn't supposed to do, a 442 with slow players wide. Barcelona were logically outnumbered and out paced in midfield. His chronical cowardice killed that team and maybe the club because nowadays Barcelona rarely play on the front foot with genuine confidence when all their talent is in the offensive area.
Meh. When you get outworked and outrun to that extent it's hard to pin the blame on tactics or formations. Intensity, energy and focus aren't subordinate or consequential to tactics or formations

Barcelona were going through a patch of looking shaky and pulling off results on individual talent and luck. In the first leg they had 2 own goals, a stonewall penalty denied to roma and the best description of the game is that barcelona won 4-1 and the best player on the pitch was Ter Stegen

Simply put, as much as valverde and the team deserves blame for pissing away a big lead, the fact of the matter was their opponents were just plain better than them. Yes that includes Roma
 

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Should have been sacked after Roma. Should have been sacked after Liverpool. Never should have been hired.

The personality of the coach translates onto the team as a functioning organism that has to react on the pitch. Valverde cannot inspire a team to save his life. He’s a coach that plays boring, pragmatic football, but more than that, he lacks personality that you need to lead a team in the Champions League. The team cannot coach itself, and if all you have to offer as a Barça coach are some defensive tactics because anything other than that is out of your reach, then...
 

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His subs were poor yesterday. Dembele was having the best game he's had in a while and was one of the few players actually looking to get in behind Slavia Prague's high-line but he takes him off for Fati, who although is great on the ball, prefers to get it in front of the backline - made Barcelona far more predictable. Also, brought on Rakitic who was absolutely shocking.
 

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His subs were poor yesterday. Dembele was having the best game he's had in a while and was one of the few players actually looking to get in behind Slavia Prague's high-line but he takes him off for Fati, who although is great on the ball, prefers to get it in front of the backline - made Barcelona far more predictable. Also, brought on Rakitic who was absolutely shocking.
That's how he wasted Malcom in the squad, 99% of the times we faced a team that wanted to pressure us and leave gaps behind the defenders he fielded Coutinho, and when they dropped back to defend in the area he'd sub Malcom on.

As long as he's here Dembele won't reach his potential, Arthur will be unable to get a good streak of games going and De Jong/Griezmann will remain being mismanaged. It took Alba being injured twice and him losing faith in Firpo in just one game for him to see that Semedo is actually a better fullback than Sergi Roberto.