(Original post by jam277)
I've heard you talk about midfield roles a few times. What exactly do you mean by midfield roles and what about it needs to be changed/has there been any sort of change since the start of Enrique's tenure?
I was referring to the developments exclusively this season. In 2014/15 the tactics tended to be very direct, the creative duty and focal point lying mostly on the front three with the midfield acting more as support, something which, inevitably, resulted in Rakitic thriving and Iniesta struggling. This season, some players have shown significant improvements in areas that allow for a more creative midfield again, & others have joined that tick that box.
Firstly, Neymar has said goodbye to his tendency to slow down the play by holding too long onto the ball; he tends to combine more and opts less for the unnecessary show-off solo. This automatically involves the CM on the left side more and more creatively. As a result, Iniesta has been thriving and become one of the key players again (and similarly, it took Rakitic almost half of the season to find back to his old form).
At the same time, a couple of very technical, creative midfielders are (re-)emerging, e.g. Roberto and Arda. Rafinha too, should he find back to his pre-injury form. And rumours point to a possible return of Denis Suárez. That means the starters are far from being as obvious as was suggested. For example, for several months, you could have argued Rakitic should've been dropped for Roberto, but now, he's beasting it again, so can't really do that.
So essentially, there's suddenly more depth and different options in midfield for different occasions/tactics. If we really want to start (unnecessary) discussions about possible changes in starting positions, then this would be a better one than Vidal/Alves.
(Original post by jam277)
I guess the GK situation already has been decided(league bravo cups ter stegen) but surely at some point Ter Stegen will most likely take the no.1 spot(unlikely to be this season though).
Yes, but this "decision" is a provisorium that needs addressing. "At some point" is well and good but Ter Stegen is at an age where he possibly can't or doesn't want to afford waiting for that. If we wants to fulfill his (really amazing) potential, then it is, thanks to his age, becoming more and more urgent to get the chance to work on that *now*. IMO he could be one of the best few GKs in the world, but he won't with such sporadic game time and high pressure every game. To improve, he needs the routine of playing week in week out and also the confidence of a small easy clean-sheet-run, something which is impossible in the format of CL and copa. If, going into the next season, he's still not playing the league, he should go, and imo, he will. Otherwise, his development will be stalled and his potential partly wasted.
So do Barça want to keep playing Bravo based on the fact that he's currently the more reliable, experienced and routined option and on his excellent form, and risk losing ter Stegen with the prospect of having to cash in on another young gk in the next few years, someone who will probably not have the same 100% "Barça-style" profile and not the same potential as him? (And potentially also risking Bravo to return to his Sociedad form without the competition.)
But on the other hand, wouldn't it be mental to drop a keeper like Bravo to nurture a young talent for the future?
There's no easy answer on that and you can argue for both positions. IMO this is the most interesting personnel debate wrt Barcelona.
(Original post by Mackay)
Barcelona would surely be better off with Nolito, Deleufeu and Tello as their second choices in the attack, rather than Munir and Sandro.
What has Tello ever shown to suggest he is good enough and even fits in at Barcelona, and what has he shown since leaving that indicates he's now a better fit and would now do better than back when he was still at the club though? IMO it's safe to say his departure was one of the most logical ones.
Deulofeu is showing good promise, but had he returned to Barcelona in the summer, when he was still deemed as not ready both by Emery and Lucho, there is a very good chance he would not have shown this improvement, just like Munir and Sandro weren't able to (or Munir until recently, he's improved much).