- May 25, 2018
Have you watched Barca this season? Their defense is more shambolic than normal, they drop points in pretty much every second away game, their attack is down to an out of form Messi (by his standards), a Griezmann who can't score and Ansu Fati. This is probably the worst Barcelona in years and there is absolutely no chance they win the CL and it's pretty unlikely they'll win Liga either unless they can fix their away performances.Its amazing how many people continue to write off Barca .
Still favourites for the title for me, due the Messi factor solely, wouldn't surprise me either if they won the CL too. They're still a world class outfit despite all the whinging and moaning.
For sure, but today Barca were actually fun to watch, played well for the most part (defense sucks still) and Sieten has this team moving in the right direction.Confirmation bias is a thing. You can spin this as a good-ish comeback or you can spin it as Messi individually bailing Barca out with 3 assists and major luck playing its part with Busquets and Lenglet scoring in the same game (what are the odds) and the Betis GK slipping + Betis tiring in the second half after they ran Barca over in the first.
As far as I'm concerned, Barca are already where Man United are right now if Messi wasn't there. There is ter Stegen (United have DDG), there is De Jong (United have Pogba) and then there is not much else. Barca are slightly better off with Griezmann (who doesn't fit alongside Messi but is still a world class forward in the right system). But honestly, same squad in the Premier League sans Messi and Suarez (who might be completely done at his age after knee operation) and they are finishing somewhere around 5th.
It's a testament to his ability that whilst struggling with a thigh injury since September he can still be the influential factor in every game.I cant see Messi declining that much over the next 5 years. I reckon he is capable of playing into almost 40 with the intelligence he has and the way he can move his body without using so much energy. He is simply extraordinary.
Our defense is appalling but at least Setien has helped make our football much more enjoyable to watch.Another win then for supposedly "in crisis" Barcelona.