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📰De Jong, De Ligt and Griezmann are three stars that will arrive at Barcelona next season. The players are hungry for titles and will improve the competitiveness in the squad. [Sport] -------------------------------------------------------------------------- #messi  #Messi10  #lionelmessi  #barca  #barcelona #fcbarcelona  #barça  #terstegen  #Busquets #jordialba  #Roberto  #viscaelbarça  #pique  #rakitic  #Vidal #suarez  #dembele  #Neymar  #neymarjr  #coutinho #catalunya  #viscabarca  #pogba  #ronaldo  #laliga #Iniesta  #xavi  #maradona  #pele  #football

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Two games, two horrible defeats. I think its safe to say Lopetegui won't be looking forward to his next fixture against Barça :)

Messi, Suarez and Griezmann shared the stage in our 3-0 win over Eibar as the attacking trio got their names on the scoresheet in the same game for the very first time this season. The trio has finally started making a name for itself in Europe, but what can we expect from our new attack this season? This is Griezmann first season with us and despite huge expectations from fans, I'm certain he'll have a very conventional role. The Frenchman was providing numerous key passes in attack and although he's not the type of guy to bombard the opposition defense like Dembele, he'll contribute in various other sectors. Dropping deep, drifting in the center and flying in crosses will be a major task for him at LW. His partners in crime on the other hand will need this constant movement from him on the field. Suarez has lost the ability to press oppositions and he doesn't have the legs anymore to cover large distances. This is where Griezmann steps in. We all know life as a winger isn't easy for Griezmann, but he's adapting and what makes his role so special is that he's taking large amounts of burden off players like Leo and Suarez. His improved communication with Alba is proving to be vital and hopefully now Suarez and Messi start reading his movements even more. Leo's combinations with Griezmann have already been a treat to watch. Griezmann's a player that is allowing his partners to express themselves more freely. Unfortunately, we might not get to see the best version of him out wide, but considering his intelligence as a player, he's going to be a key member of our squad. MSG has the potential to wreak havoc and Grizzy is going to have a huge role to play even if he might not always be making the headlines.

We're back in La Liga as we await Real Valladolid at the Camp Nou. Currently 9th on the table, Valladolid won't be the easiest of oppositions, however, we must ensure that many of our key players get rest. Not only that, but players who have been waiting in line and deserve a chance get their desired opportunity today. ATTACK: Suarez must be rested. After that mediocre performance against Slavia Prague, the Uruguayan should face some consequences. Griezmann excels in the center and there's no better opportunity than to start him today. On the LW we have Carles Perez and Ansu Fati competing for a spot and although I wouldn't mind Perez being a starter tonight, I think it'd be best if Valverde placed faith in Ansu. MIDFIELD: With Arthur being on the sidelines today, Aleñá deserves a chance in midfield. Along with him I'd like to see Vidal and Frenkie start as they've also earned their spot and have been in good form. Its best if Busquets gets some rest today and is ready for the game against Slavia. DEFENSE: Umtiti, Firpo and Wague weren't named in our squad list. Therefore, we're not really left with too many options. However, today I'd rather start Todibo over Pique. Pique didn't look at his best in our previous game and Todibo certainly deserves a chance to showcase his skill and talent.

Now that we don't have to worry about any new signings, our 2019/2020 squad is officially complete. Here is my preferred lineup for next season: 𝐀𝐓𝐓𝐀𝐂𝐊: Of course we haven't yet seen Leo feature in the starting XI due to his injury, but once he's back his spot would be undeniably guaranteed. However the tricky question we're left with is, who should he be partnering up with? Although Suarez is still a goalscoring machine, Griezmann has to be played in that striker position. Its the only role that suits him and the last 3 games have been a clear example. In that LW position we have a lethal but injury prone Dembele and our rising star, Carles Perez competing for a spot. For now Perez should be starting since he's proved his exceptional worth, however, if Dembele can maintain discipline and consistency, he would obviously be the one leading the left flank. An in form Dembele is simply brutal in attack. 𝐌𝐈𝐃𝐅𝐈𝐄𝐋𝐃: Our midfield is stacked with options and talent, but I hope Valverde doesn't go with one setup throughout the season. Nonetheless, the ideal midfield trio at this very moment seems to be, De Jong-Busquets-Arthur. De Jong is having a tough time adapting to his new advanced role, but he'd do well if Arthur starts alongside him consistently. Busi's importance is also something we can't deny, but resting the veteran in meaningless games has to be a priority. 𝐃𝐄𝐅𝐄𝐍𝐒𝐄: Alba, Pique, Lenglet and Semedo seem to be the first choice defenders at the moment and since Valverde stated that he'd now move Roberto in midfield, Semedo's spot should be guaranteed. However, Wague should be handed chances here and there so he can also give the Portuguese some tough competition. We have a really promising backline and players like Umtiti and Firpo being second choice defenders says a lot. Umtiti is the only main candidate to become a proper starter in the future, but as of now, Lenglet is our main man. Considering we have a lot of depth in our squad this season, even the main starters are bound to feel pressure and may be replaced as the season progresses, however, as of now this lineup seems to be our best XI for the upcoming games. Thoughts?

The group of death won't be looking so deadly tonight with Slavia Praha as our opponents, but underestimating any side in this tournament can prove to be suicidal. Here is my preferred lineup for today's exciting fixture: ATTACK: Dembele will be available for us tonight since he doesn't have to serve a suspension in the UCL, but its hard to find a place for him when MSG is finally starting to click at the right moment. Although I'm highly opposed to Griezmann's role as a winger, I still would like Suarez to start as this is a good opportunity for him to end his away goal drought. On the other hand Griezmann was exceptional against Eibar, despite playing as a LW. Therefore, MSG is what I hope Valverde will be going for today. MIDFIELD: A debate can be sparked here regarding Busquets' position, but I personally feel like its best if we go a bit more attack minded today since our defensive crisis seems to have finally ended and Busi's stability in defense isn't much needed. Hence, Vidal would be the obvious choice as Frenkie drops back to the CDM role, where he has obviously excelled. Vidal performed really well whenever he was given the chance and should surely provide us with a lot of intensity and flare in midfield tonight. DEFENSE: Umtiti sadly sustained another minor injury and won't be featuring so it's already kind of obvious what backline we should be going with. Alba, Pique, Lenglet and Semedo should be able to support us at the back.

Suarez is injured, Dembele is injured, Coutinho was recently loaned to Bayern and Malcom got sold to Zenit. Our stacked attack has almost entirely fallen apart as Griezmann and Messi are the only two star strikers we have left. Hate to say it, but we might be needing Neymar more than ever now. Dembele's recurring injuries also make me feel highly doubtful about the players progress. Neymar, you're one lucky bastard but all your sins are forgiven if you can help Messi hide Valverde's bullshit. However, only time will tell if the Brazilian truly does end up wearing the Barça shirt by the end of this summer.

In these last couple of seasons we've been destroying Real Madrid brutally. Last season we came out victorious against them 3 times and had one draw only out of the 4 games we played. We beat them 5-1 in the very first Clasico of the season and ever since that triumphant win, we never really seemed to show them any mercy in the upcoming fixtures. The one sidedness of this massive battle made the competition between the two sides quite boring however, with the players Real Madrid have signed I don't think next season's El Clasicos will be a walk in the park for us. Both clubs have bought some quality players and with their arrival there will definitely be some extra spice and excitement added to this huge encounter. The first Clasico will be played at the Camp Nou and the second Clasico will take place at the Santiago Bernaleo. Can't wait! 🔥

A grizzly Griezmann ran the show against Eibar at the Ipurua stadium yesterday as he bagged himself a goal, an assist and was involved in almost all our attacking build ups. The Frenchman started as a winger, a position he has felt uncomfortable in ever since he arrived here, but what separates Griezmann from the average player is his will to succeed. As a young boy he defied all odds and went on to create history. I have a feeling we may not get to see the best version of Griezmann this season, but he's managing to contribute in various different aspects and as always, succeeding in proving the doubters wrong. With Messi and Suarez ageing, Griezmann's vibrant and hard working performances on the pitch surely give us an edge up front. Obviously Griezmann was a major asset for us in attack, but what made the 28 year old's performance so lovely to watch was his constant tracking back. He helped the team counter the Eibar press and also found players in wonderful scoring positions. There will ALWAYS be a lot of noise surrounding Griezmann but he never lets the noise get to him as he silently gets the job done and rewards the team with his incredible skill and talent. Need more of this,@antogriezmann

OFFICIAL LINEUP! Not bad, but expected better. Griezmann as a winger, what could possibly go wrong😑? With Ansu Fati and Perez being much better options, Griezmann's position as a winger makes no sense. He's here to compete with Suarez, thats it. In midfield we have the dream trio as Arthur, Frenkie and Busi will hopefully grace the Ipuruna today and give us a show. We need lots of creativity from them and certainly not fear the loss of possession. At the back Semedo has been dropped for Alba as Roberto retains his position. I would have personally started Semedo considering he had such a good game, but Roberto will hopefully give us a dominant attacking presence. In the centre Pique won't be featuring due to his suspension and therefore, Umtiti comes in his place. The last time Lenglet and Umtiti partnered up, things didn't end so well as the defensive duo was all over the place. Hoping for a victory now! I've missed you, football! Can't waitttt.

OFFICIAL LINEUP: Barça vs Getafe. Griezmann on the left and Suarez in the middle, what could possibly go wrong 😑? However, there is something to be glad about and that is Carles Perez's inclusion on the right hand side. After extending his contract with Barça, he now hopefully will be on his way to getting that first team promotion. His presence should help us massively today. In midfield Valverde goes with our special trio of Arthur-Busquets and De Jong. These 3 have been in great form recently, especially the dynamic duo of Arthur and De Jong so hopefully today they are able to end this miserable away form of ours. In defense Firpo starts again, but the major change comes at the right hand side where Semedo has been dropped for Roberto. It's safe to say that Semedo hasn't been in great form this season and even though Roberto isn't really rock solid at the back, he had the right to replace him today. LETS GET THOSE 3 POINTS! Vamos. *btw Dembele has been injured again....

Another away UCL night, another Suarez disasterclass. He was in really good form leading up to the game against Praha and it seemed like Luisto would finally end his miserable away record, but sadly the record that has been haunting El Pistolero for the last 4 years went nowhere. Suarez let us down massively and gave a very poor performance against Praha where he was lethargic and slow on the ball. Added to that, he missed some easy chances as well. Suarez is considered by many as the greatest number 9 of this generation and some even believe he is the greatest number 9 to grace the beautiful game. However, it is absolutely embarrassing for one of the best strikers ever to not score in a single UCL away game in over 4 years. If Barça intend on winning the UCL then Suarez needs to step up in these away games otherwise we will have huge trouble just like we have had in the past few seasons. Valverde must gather enough confidence to bench him and start Griezmann in the centre because we clearly signed the Frenchman for a reason! In Suarez's defense, it was his shot that was deflected and went in for the second goal, but his away record in UCL is simply unacceptable. Our coach needs to take decisive action and if we are to improve our away record, a striker that hasn't scored in over 4 years simply can't start.

Can't believe an incredible season had to be ruined just because of 3 damn games...Leo did his best and performed really well on all 3 occasions yet his teams never took advantage of the efforts he was making. He's been through too much in these last few years 😭.

Official lineup! In attack Griezmann has been dropped for Dembele as the 22 year old made a significant impact for the team after coming on from the bench. Griezmann who has been atrocious as a winger deserved to be benched, but its honestly not his fault. It should either be Suarez in the middle or Griezmann. There's no point in wasting him out wide. In midfield Vidal comes in for Busquets. The Chilean had a great performance against Inter and imo, deserved this opportunity. Busquets may be vital in pressing up high, but Vidal has been quite successful in giving us the intensity and flare required . Busquets has been slow and weary at times, whereas Vidal looks to be full of energy. In defense Todibo comes in for Lenglet as he received a yellow card in his previous game. Todibo has shown his quality time and time again last season so hopefully today he creates a formidable partnership with Pique. Not a bad lineup at all. Lets go get those 3 points now! Vamosss.

Official squad list: Barça vs Real Valladolid. Barça have announced their 18 man squad list for our game against Valladolid at the Camp Nou. In attack Dembele won't be featuring after receiving a harsh red card from Lahoz against Sevilla. He is still serving suspension, but will finally be available for us against Levante. In midfield Arthur has been dropped as Valverde seems to be giving the Brazilian some well deserved rest. Its great to see Aleñá be a part of the squad... Hopefully he gets an opportunity in the starting XI tomorrow and proves his worth. At the back Umtiti has still not earned the medical green light and Firpo has also been discarded. Its a pity to see Wague not being included in our squad lists. He has barely gotten any play time ever since he got promoted to the first team and honestly he could easily give some serious competition to Semedo if he'd have been given chances. Expecting some rotations tomorrow. A win is obviously what we're looking for, but we must not underestimate Real Valladolid. Hoping for the best, VAMOS!

Although Eibar barely posed a threat yesterday, there are definitely some positives we can take from this match. Here are three major achievements from our game at the Ipuruna: 𝐃𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠: We have not conceded any goals in our last 3 league games. Pique and Lenglet have finally developed a better understanding and although Pique was absent in yesterday's game, Umtiti made a solid comeback and was determined to make an impact. However, major credit goes to Lenglet as well for stepping it up recently and creating an insane presence at the back. 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐦𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠: Ever since that embarrassing defeat to Granada at the Los Caramenes, we have won our two away games played. Our first win came against Getafe and now against Eibar. The mentality the team plays with when we are away from home has improved significantly, but the real threat still awaits us so lets not get too ahead of ourselves. 𝐌𝐒𝐆 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐚: Messi, Suarez and Griezmann have finally all scored in the same game. Although Griezmann's role as a winger still seems stupid, its incredible to see the attacking trio combine so well. Messi and Griezmann's combinations in particular have been a sight for sore eyes. They still have a long way to go, but if these 3 can truly understand each other's positioning, we're destined to achieve great milestones. 𝐃𝐞 𝐉𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐦𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐧𝐨 𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬: He once again ran the show in midfield with his mind blowing work ethic and creativity on the ball. Him adapting to this attacking role was surely going to take some time, but we're already starting to see the benefits. With Arthur looking a bit lackluster on the ball, we needed this performance from Frenkie.

106 days, thats how long it's been since our ears have been blessed with the glorious Champions League anthem. After finally patching our wounds up and healing ourselves mentally, we begin our 2019/2020 UCL campaign tomorrow! We've had our ups and downs in this tournament, but whether we win, lose or tie, we always feel something special when that 8 starred logo is represented on the players sleeves. Last season we witnessed some incredible moments during this campaign. Messi's brace against United, the Lyon thrashing, the Spurs goal fest and Messi's insane free kick against Liverpool are always at the top of my mind. However, there's one loss that we all know about, the loss that broke us apart, tore us into shreds and butchered our souls brutally. It was the Liverpool massacre which still gives us nightmares... However, a lot has changed since then. We have a new squad capable of achieving any task possible. Nonetheless, all eyes would be on Valverde. Will he once again choke under pressure? Only time shall tell. For now all we can hope is that we not only see a change in the team's style of play, but the coach's mentality as well. Dortmund awaits us at the Signal Iduna Park where we shall start our UCL campaign. It won't be an easy fixture and most importantly, it's an away game so a win right now would really be crucial for our success. To make things even more interesting, we've been placed in the "group of death". If we want a successful journey, a positive start is highly important. I have belief in this team and although our past few years haven't been entirely successful in this competition, nothing makes me happier than staying up late just to see our team take part in this magnificent tournament! Visça El Barça.

Official squad list for our game against Eibar is out! After a dull and gloomy international break, we finally head into La Liga as Eibar will be our opponents away from home. In attack Dembele won't be featuring after receiving a suspension for his red card against Sevilla. Pique has also not been named in the 18 man squad list as he was, along with Dembele, a victim of Lahoz' poor refereeing. Nonetheless, its great to see Alba, Firpo and Umtiti back in the squad. Alba has been on the sidelines for quite some time now and it would be amazing to have him start for us again. Firpo and Umtiti are yet to be medically cleared, but will be travelling with the squad. Our La Masia gem, Arnau has received his first ever call up as he comes in place for Peña. Proud moment for him and the fans! These last couple of weeks have been a nightmare without Barça, but we're finally back in action! Lets get going with a solid start 💪.

FT: Slavia Praha 1-2 Barça. Another day, another underwhelming performance away from home in the UCL. Barça started of well, pressuring the Slavia players and constantly winning back possession which then led to Messi scoring early on. However, a few minutes after the goal Barça started to lose control of the game. We gradually lost all our intensity and motivation to score as the players seemingly started to take this game as a walk in the park. This clearly wasn't the case as Slavia consequently began to dominate possession. Thankfully they missed out on a lot of opportunities to score, but major credit goes to MATS for being an absolute wall in goal. As soon as the second half began, Slavia started off from where they left off which finally resulted in Barça conceding a well worked goal. Barça kind of woke up and a few minutes later luckily found the back of the net thx to an own goal by Olayinka. The team created a few easy opportunities which they missed out on, but the Slavia players worked so hard and well under pressure to keep the ball and create chances. Fortuanetely for us, the ball just did not go in the back of the net for them. If Barça wants to win the UCL, they will need to go through tougher teams. There is a need for them to sort out their away games problem and play their own game. We must not be affected by the noisy crowds, the different atmospheres and circumstances. We can't always be in our comfort zone. Barça luckily took the 3 points tonight as Slavia were unclincinal and missed a lot of opportunities, better teams will pounce on these opportunities though! Unconvincing performance, but the 3 points were our for the taking.

HT: Barça 1-0 Eibar. We've ended the half with the one goal lead, however, if we had been a bit more clinical infront of goal, this scoreline could have certainly looked a lot more pleasing. Nonetheless, Eibar have never seemed to take any control over the game and despite finding some solid opportunities, we've kept our calm which is good to see. Eibar at the start of the half were brimming with confidence as they were seen opening our defense on a couple of occasions, but their finishing was also quite poor. After a fairly even matched first 10 minutes, Lenglet sent Griezmann an absolutely stunning ball from the back and thankfully the French connection paid off as Antoine put the ball past the goalkeeper and brought us 1-0 up. Barça has looked a bit rusty today, this is obviously natural though, because you can expect such a performance after the international break. However, Eibar can easily catch us on the counter if we lose focus. Umtiti and Lenglet's partnership at the back seems to be developing, but they still have a long way to go. Our midfield has been calm and composed as they've been providing our attack with chances, but its time to actually make use of those chances. Expecting a better second half, VAMOS. We should have been exploiting Eibar's high line a lot more, but hopefully the next 45 minutes are much better.

We were successful in achieving the 3 points against Slavia last night, but our players displayed a very mediocre performance and we could have easily suffered an embarrassing defeat. Here are my player ratings from yesterday's game. Feel free to make any changes in the comments below 👇.

OFFICIAL LINEUP!!! MESSI IS BACK ❤️❤️❤️. This might be a very risky move considering he just came back from injury, but my eyes have been craving for some Messi magic and we simply simply need Leo to feature in such a high intensity fixture! Its been far too long since we've seen him tear European sides apart and Inter are going to be a very tough opposition tonight. Other than that the lineup looks perfect! The only major change is Semedo introduction at LB. Sadly, Firpo sustained an injury today and both our main LBs were out of action so the obvious decision was to play Semedo. We all know Griezmann has been suffering as a winger and hasn't had many exceptional performances in that role, but lets all hope he can create a massive impact in attack for us. I'M NERVOUS BUT EXCITED AT THE SAME TIME! LETS DO THIS BARÇA, VAMOS.

MATCHDAY! Barça will be playing Vissel Kobe today in their second pre season fixture. Its going to be a match filled with emotions for Iniesta, Villa and Samper as they'll be up against their former clubs, something they probably hadn't expected after moving to the Japanese side. These 3 have had a special bonding with the fans too so there's no question that seeing them in the opposition team would feel very odd. In our previous game against Chelsea we suffered a 2-1 defeat as we conceded two silly goals but thankfully, a Rakitic stunner in the closing minutes of the game denied Chelsea from keeping the clean sheet. Despite the loss there were some significant positives we could take from the match such as Riqui's class performance or De Jong's promising debut. After finally having some rhythm now, I'm expecting a much better game from our side today. Once again, the end result wouldn't matter as long as we get to see our boys perform well but even then, nobody likes going out with a defeat and a win is always what we need to be looking for. Vissel Kobe may not be the toughest of opponents but this is a good opportunity for our youngsters to show the world what they've got. VAMOS!

OFFICIAL LINEUP! Great to see Perez and Rafinha get a chance with Ousmane and Suarez out injured. Rafinha after producing a MOTM performance against Bilbao deserved this opportunity. Perez was also promising in the pre season and will hopefully impress us tonight. In midfield I'm surprised to see Valverde still have faith in Roberto because he had quite an underwhelming performance against Athletic. Nonetheless, its great to see De Jong in a more advanced role and Busquets also make a comeback in this side. Frenkie in this new position should be fun to watch! In defense we have the typical faces with Alba, Pique, Lenglet and Semedo...No surprises there! Hoping for a great game tonight. Vamos.

OFFICIAL LINEUP: Barça vs Real Valladolid. Utterly disappointed to see Griezmann start on the bench. Its sad how we're just not allowing Griezmann to flourish in the centre. Suarez did nothing against Slavia to earn himself a position in the starting XI today. HOWEVER, Fati is back and I can't wait to see this young boy tear another Spanish side apart. Glad to have you back, little magician! In midfield Busquets doesn't get any rest, but Vidal gets a well deserved call up. Frenkie will be starting in a more advanced role as he'll be partnering up with the Chilean. Arthur who was given some rest will not be a part of the squad for tonight's game. Hopefully we get to see Aleñá get some play time in the second half. At the back we have the usuals and although I had wanted Todibo to get some play time, it's no surprise that Valverde went with the typical back 4. Lets get a dominant victory now and retain our spot at the top! VAMOSSSSS.

OFFICIAL LINEUP 🔥 Fati will be starting alongside Suarez and Griezmann in attack as Perez has been dropped for this game. Personally I would have liked to see Perez start over Fati, but its hard to complain when he's in such terrific form. In midfield Valverde goes with the dream trio as Frenkie, Busi and Arthur make an appearance. At the back we have the usuals starting so no surprises there. Messi will be starting on the bench, but HOPEFULLY he is able to play atleast 30 minutes and also gets his name on the scoresheet! I can't wait any longer, VAMOSSSS. *Oh and Barça will also be debuting their 3rd kit tonight so hoping that brings us some luck too :)

According to numerous reports, Neymar and Dani Alves might be returning back to Barcelona this summer. I doubt that these rumours will come true but I'm also interested see how long they last. Dani has already announced that he'll be leaving PSG and Neymar is also on the verge of departing. Only time will tell if a move to Barça can be possible for the two players.

I like that Valverde has been strict regarding Rakitic and Vidal's play time, but one man that is needlessly suffering and isn't getting the opportunities he deserves is the 21 year old La Masia product, Carles Aleñá. Last season, I was glad to see the youngster get play time here and there despite having some serious competition infront of him. However, this season he isn't even being named in our squad lists. Whats going wrong with our rising star? In our very first game of the season we played Athletic Bilbao away from home and unfortunately, we witnessed an agonizing defeat. In midfield Aleñá partnered up with Roberto and De Jong. Carles after having a disappointing first half was subbed off, whereas Roberto, who was in my eyes, much worse, but still allowed to continue playing. I agree that our midfield in general showed lack of desire in that particular game, but why is it that only Aleñá is suffering? After coming back from a demanding pre season, the least one can do is just provide some rest, but this unfair treatment towards the Spaniard is simply unacceptable. People who fail to recognize the technical ability in Aleñá need to open their eyes. He's not a difference maker yet and he probably still needs time in dictating the tempo in midfield, but he's already showed his class and quality numerous times with the first team. We've seen the potential in him, but why is he being ignored all of a sudden? Valverde's favouritism towards Roberto needs to end and Aleñá must be handed more opportunities in the first team. He's no dead weight, he's our future!

FT: Eibar 0-3 Barça! 3 more points away from home and as of now we are top of the league. Not a mouth watering performance, but certainly not worthy of unnecessary critisism as well since we were able to find the back of the net 3 times and along with that we were successful in maintaining the cleansheet. Our midfield looked dominant in keeping possession throughout the 90 minutes and although our transitions were quite slow at times, it was enough to secure us the hard fought win. After a mediocre first half, where Barça did get a goal, they were much better in the 2nd half and took the game away from Eibar. De Jong opened the defense up by passing the ball to Suarez who then passed it to Griezmann. The Frenchman left the ball for Messi and provided him an assist to make it 2-0 in our favour. Then, a few minutes later, Griezmann found a brilliant pass to Messi to create a 1 on 1 with the keeper, but Messi being the selfless man he is, passed it to Suarez who was right beside him. The Uruguayan found the back of the net with ease and brought us 3-0 up. Griezmann, De Jong, Messi and Lenglet were our standout players tonight, helping us secure the win. Now we go to Prague. VISÇA EL BARÇA!!!

OFFICIAL LINEUP. No use of complaining when even a half decent side is able to salvage a point at the Camp Nou atleast. However, the only thing that worries is me the style of play in tonight's match and how we'll achieve the 3 points because attack looks absolutely disgusting. Valverde, you never learn, do you? Suarez receives no punishments as Griezmann start out as a winger...Ladies and gentlemen, Coutinho 2.0 is upon us. Only positive is that Messi's back 💙. In midfield Arthur finally makes an appearance, but there's no Frenkie or Aleñá which is disappointing to see. Nonetheless, Frenkie gets some deserved rest and one must admit that this midfield trio of Busquets, Arthur and Roberto is still much better than the previous game. In defense I'm glad Firpo starts again, this is a chance for him to prove himself. Hopefully we're able to seal the win now and also make up for that atrocious performance against Granada.

Frenkie De Jong, an angel sent from the skies, here to bless our eyes. His wings may remain in disguise, but you'll always get a glimpse of them when its his time to harmonize. Every move of his has meaning, every turn contains beauty, every pass has an artistic flavour attatched that simply puts the audience lost in a palette of colours. De Jong is changing the sport we all love into a gallery of art. Exhibiting colors of indescribable happiness, he just makes moving a football around so elegant and pleasing to watch. Trespassers and hurdles in his way don't stop his flow, instead they extract an even more creative side out of him. FC Barcelona is a club that has possessed players of different backgrounds, attributes and skills, but players like Frenkie come once in a blue moon. He's so young, has so much to learn and so much to achieve, but the boy has already won our hearts. Against Eibar he once again proved why even 75M feels like a bargain.

Player ratings: Barça VS Eibar. A great game which involved some superb individual performances. Although Eibar may have been a relatively weak side, this win will certainly boost the confidence of several players. Feel free to make any changes in the comments below 👇.

Tomorrow we find ourselves going up against a tough opposition as Villarreal will be our opponents, but before the #valverdeout comments, let me inform you that this game is at the Camp Nou so for now please try to take it easy 😂. Nonetheless, if he loses even at home, you're welcome to go berserk again with your agendas. Anyways tomorrow I believe we'll need to go with this lineup or something similar atleast if we want to secure the 3 points and regain our dominance in La Liga: ATTACK: No Suarez, please 🙏. Love him or hate him, that man's a finished player and there's no point in starting him when there's another player suffering alongside him. Griezmann H A S to play as a striker, if we start him in an unnatural role again, our attack is doomed to fail. Leo on the RW seems pretty much confirmed and Fati on the left should also be guaranteed since Perez is out of the squad. Dembele also just came back from an injury so his chances of him starting seem slim. Nevertheless, I'd be delighted to see Dembouz make an impact in the second half. MIDFIELD: The department where we struggled the most in our last game needs to be strengthened tomorrow and it can be if we start the fierce trio of Aleñâ, Frenkie and Arthur. Aleñá deserves a role in the starting XI and Arthur MUST play. Without Arthur we suffered an agonizing defeat against Granada and if we pair him up with someone like Aleñá, the goals will start pouring in. Frenkie in an advanced role should be fun to watch as well, but he's been doing well as a CDM and Aleñá really deserves a spot. DEFENSE: Firpo has to start. Despite a poor first game, the boy needs to be allowed to start and regain his confidence. Its true that Alba's absence is proving to be a huge blow, but we paid Firpo's sum knowing he will need time to develop. I would have liked Wague tomorrow, but unfortunately he's not even in the squad. In the centre Pique could be dropped for Todibo and honestly I'd like that to happen, but maybe its better if we don't take too many risks right now. Thoughts?

Today I'm expecting to see some rotations from Valverde and I think it its essential for us to do that since we have a tight schedule. This would be my lineup for today's game: ATTACK: Suarez was one of the worst players against Dortmund and he clearly doesn't deserve a spot in the starting XI. There's no harm in starting him today against a fairly weaker opposition, but this will only disturb Griezmann. With Messi on the right, I'd like to see Griezmann start in the middle and Perez on the left as Fati features on the bench. Perez's services will be much needed today, especially with Alba out injured. MIDFIELD: Arthur and De Jong's partnership has been a sight for soar eyes in these last couple of weeks, but I think it's important to give some rest to Busquets so instead of him I'd prefer Rakitic in an advanced role as Frenkie drops deep. Frenkie is finally starting to feel more comfortable in his advanced role so changing his position may be a risk, however, he's the perfect replacement to Busquets at the moment. Nonetheless, if Rakitic drops deep and Frenkie starts as a CM, I wouldn't complain much. A really key figure in midfield would have been Aleñá, but Valverde hasn't even placed him in the squad list so thats a bummer. DEFENSE: Alba's absence is going to be a huge blow, but this is Firpo's time to shine and hopefully he adapts well. In the center its the usual suspects and on the right hand side I believe its best to show more faith in Semedo and start him. I would have preferred Wague to be in the XI, but unfortunately he wasn't even in the squad.

Official squad list for our game against Inter is out! Messi and Dembele are back in the squad as they recently received the medical greenlight! Although chances of them starting are still quite low, I'm pretty sure we'll get to see them on the pitch in the second half. Nonetheless our attack is surely going to look scary with Griezmann, Suarez and Perez up front. My only wish is to see Suarez in form tomorrow and hopefully Griezmann can create an impact as a winger as well. It may be a lot to ask for but sadly with Ansu out and Leo and Dembele just coming back from injuries, Griezmann starting as a winger seems way too likely. We have a huge game on our hands, but hopefully we'll be able to tear Conte's Inter apart. *sorry for the lack of posts recently, been busy with school and work.

According to Gazzeta Dello sport, Vidal is on Conte's transfer wishlist as Inter may try to sign the Chilean warrior this summer. Apparently Nainggolan is off to the Chinese league this summer and Vidal might be their possible replacement. Vidal for me, has had a great season. He's the type of guy who just loves proving haters wrong and he did exactly that with half of the fan base because lets face it, did we ever want the club to sign him? Not really. He's obviously not the type of midfielder Barça requires as he's simply not that technical but I think what he brings to our midfield is versatility. He was never a Paulinho upgrade and was more than just a physical player for us. However, what brothered me most this season was his partnership with Rakitic. It worked a few times but mostly it was a disaster because of the lack of innovation we had in midfield. Valverde could have used Vidal better in my opinion. As the season went by Vidal started to get his opportunities but he could have been far more enjoyable to watch if he was there to replace Rakitic just so the Croatian could get rest on a more consistent basis. Nonetheless, Vidal's fighting mentality, experience and determination helped him succeed. Now, the real question is do we want him to stay next season? I doubt Valverde will get rid of every bit of muscle he has in midfield and will probably want to retain Vidal but I think it would be better if we just sell Rakitic instead. Obviously he's the better player and had a better season but he demands too much play time and isn't the same anymore. Vidal isn't supposed to be used in every game we play and shouldn't mind being a little cozy on the bench. I'd rather get rid of Rakitic this summer but if he ends up staying, Vidal has to go. To be honest, it also depends on how much Inter are willing to pay for Vidal because if the sum is attractive we should definitely consider selling him too.

M A T C H D A Y Today's a special day for fans across the globe because matches like these don't come often. After enduring all sorts of pain and misery, we now set our objectives for a new season, a season that will hopefully be full of silverware and trophies. Tonight Borussia Dortmund shall host FC Barcelona at the famous Signal Iduna Park. This stadium is known for its electric atmosphere and to spice things up, playing away from home has unfortunately, not been a piece of cake for us recently. Therefore, tonight our players need have a point to prove, they must show the world that they are warriors who strive under pressure. Champions League games have always had significant meaning for this fanbase and being placed in the group of death just raises the excitement level amongst us. However, our journey in this prestigious tournament always ends abruptly. Tonight we need to play the best football possible and simply set the tempo for all the upcoming matches because the margin of error in such a tournament is very less. Dortmund are a side full of quality. They have been dominating Germany alongside Bayern for about a decade now and their star players are in terrific form as well. Their attack is what is bound to cause us problems as Reus, Paco and Sancho have been tearing European sides apart. On top of that, our defense is going through a bad phase as well so if we do intend to salvage the 3 points, all our departments NEED to be in top form. This is going to be a massive test for Valverde and his squad. Dortmund are a competitive side who know how to cause big clubs problems, thus, achieving the win won't be easy at all. Nonetheless, we mustn't forget that if its our day, there's simply no stopping us! Time to wreak havoc...Yellow wall, here we come! VAMOS.

Official lineup is out! Today we'll be debuting our away kit against Vissel Kobe. Up front we have a formidable trio of Griezmann, Rafinha and Collado. In midfield Rakitic partners up with Busquets and Riqui. In defense, Alba and Semedo start as our full backs as Araujo and Lenglet will be our CB pair. Lastly, Ter Stegen will be in charge of goal. I'm certain players like Aleñá and Todibo will get their fair share of minutes in this game so I'm not too upset with the lineup. Anyways, should be a good game to watch! Can't wait for our boys to shine once again 🔥.

Silent yet effective, Arthur's 2019/2020 season is already in full flow as the Brazilian is proving to be the heart and soul of our midfield this season. I could write about Arthur everyday and still not get tired. Last season Arthur was amazing in almost every game he played and despite his first season at Barça, he seemed to be a prospect who had played football his whole life at La Masia. However, this season the tag of a "rising star" is slow being removed as the player we once saw with unlimited potential is now becoming a finished product, the star that gave us glimpses of brilliance is now shining bright even in this gloomy period of ours. Arthur's confidence as a player has risen significantly. The 23 year old's creativity, work rate and ability to act under pressure so elegantly is simply giving the team an extra boost. Last night against Villarreal, Arthur once again ran the show in midfield. Although we weren't blessed with too many chances in front of the opposition goal, Arthur was key in maintaining possession and luring the Villarreal players in. The highlight of his performance was that absolute stunner from outside of the box which brought us 2-0 up. He had the confidence to take the shot and thankfully the ability to guide it past the goalkeeper as well. An impressive performance once again, but hopefully Valverde doesn't waste his talent on the bench now.

OFFICIAL LINEUP! No changes from the Betis game as the 5-2 win was enough to convince Valverde that this was a strong lineup, capable of getting the job done in the absence of Leo. I'm quite surprised to see Rakitic still not be a part of the starting XI, but I'm not going to complain one bit. Arthur, however, deserves to be over Roberto and I really expected him to start today. Hopefully he comes on from the bench and makes a significant impact. Nevertheless, Roberto did deserve a start after a promising game against Betis. We should easily seal the 3 points with this XI and I HOPE Valverde can maintain consistency as we get to see some beautiful football once again! Vamosss.

Official lineup to face Arsenal! Glad to see Perez get a chance after that wonderful performance against Vissel Kobe. In midfield De Jong gets his first ever start and will hopefully put up a show for everyone at the Camp Nou. In defense Valverde went strong as Pique, Umtiti, Alba and Semedo will be making an appearance. Its also good to see Neto in goal. Hoping for a dominant display of football now! Vamos.