(Original post by CB91)
Strange time to rotate indeed, especially when we have a weeks break then Almeria at home. Could have easily played a full strength team tonight.
If we could get Luiz or Hummels we'd be sorted tbh. Just please God no more small CB's, I still shudder thinking about when Puyol and Masch were at CB together.
Tata's decisions are really strange sometimes. At times he looks clueless, but then he comes up with unconventional line-ups for big games and gets them completely right. I like him, overall, but he sometimes seems as if he's not really familiar with la liga or the teams.
Yeah, some heigth is desperately needed... can't be that we concede after every corner or set piece. I've reached a point where I'm happy about anyone coming in, even if it's Luiz (although I don't rate him at all). Hummels would be great but getting him, this summer, is next to impossible.
(Original post by Surf)
Clearly I can see the logic in rotating the squad. But at the same time this is Barcelona, and they should be doing better. It's not like they put Barça B on the pitch - 3-1 is not an acceptable scoreline.
Some of it is due to the positioning of the players - they follow the ball like a magnet, when they should follow the player running into the box - don't turn your back on the forward! That is basic defending, so I have no idea what they are doing in training. You know, if I can see it they should be able to as well. I find it surprising that the whole defense makes the same errors over and over.... do they not review the matches and attempt to fix the problems?
TBH though I think Bartra is one of our best defenders, and they can no longer rely on Puyol. Pique looks distracted, and slow most of the time (although he did decent against City, as did Mascherano). So that would be my priority in the summer transfer window.
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The problem was in midfield today. Song and Busi don't work together. Tata didn't make the crucial changes until after they had scored 3 goals when it was too late and the players lost their concentration. That Song/Busi combo along with RB/WB rotated and the fact that the Anotea is an impossible ground to got to - that explains things tbf.
Yeah, as I said Piqué is a big game performer. Mascherano is dirty and makes a lot of mistakes but he too shows up in big games. A CB (along with ter Stegen) has to be the priority in summer, and I can't imagine they won't go for one - but then again nothing would surprise me with this board.
A few things might change if the board will be reelected in the summer though, which could happen now that the Neymar contract trouble continues.