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Wednesday, March 07, 2007


It is mostly black now. Not because of the result yesterday, it has been coming for a long long time.
Since Paris. Since the hangover of the double.

This year a lot of things have been made wrongly.

It has not only been a year with a World Cup for Barcelona. To my knowledge Liverpool, Manchester and other teams had if not more international players.

Yesterday the team was lucky not to go into the second half with a 4-0, it was something like 11 shots against 1. I thought we were supposed to score goals.
I had the feeling that apart from the first 20 minutes in the first leg, Liverpool controlled the game, but all aspects of it.
They might not play "beautiful" football, but has Barcelona played beautfully?
I am sorry, but history accounts for nothing. It was last year Barcelona played well.
Not this year. Some players have entered into a vicious circle, that I am not sure is reversible.
Could it be that the club misses that much Henk Ten Cate?
What does Neeskens do?
I never even see him communicating with anyone.
Is he there on a work placement?

At no times did the team show any team solidarity, mental strength, it was neither that el cracks appeared to make the difference, nor team work that made it.
It is true that Liverpool scored both goals due to our mistake, but that is what they do well.

I don't think it is needed for a total renovation, like at Madrid, but some crack needs to go. The other cracks need a rocket from below.

I would say it is over for:
Belleti, Gio, Sylvinho, Edmilson, Motta, Deco, Giuly, Ezquerro and Saviola.
Ronaldinho has one year left as a margin, for the years of service.


Anonymous Edwin said...

How important was Ten Cate?

5:19 PM  
Blogger Yrsa Roca Fannberg said...

I think he was very important, both tactically, but he also exercised as the "bad guy", leaving Rijkaard to be the "good guy". Or at the moment Rijkaard has to be both. The rumours said that Rijkaard was just the PA, while Ten Cate was the tactical master.
I believe that is exagerrated, but I don't doubt he is having it difficult telling the stars what to do, due to his laid back attitude. Ten Cate even if he was the "bad guy" was very popular amongst players, he seemed to be able to shout at them and in the same instance hug them. Does that help?

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Edwin said...

Thanks for filling me in, its a nice summary.

Well even if part of the rumors are true then Rijkaard's must be so much harder now.

I'm not sure how prominent Ten Cate was to the Barca public, but Steve Clarke for Chelsea has a fairly prominent one. So much more recently as Mourinho stated he would quit if Clarke was replaced.

Clarke also gives about 10-15% of post match interviews over a season.

The difference is, Mourinho is seen as 'bad guy' and 'good guy' in the press and Clarke even with his rising profile, the 'smaller guy'.

I find the relationship of backroom staff quite interesting.

6:43 PM  
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