Originally posted by 49erha:
Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
lol @ 49ers fans for saying not having the coach is an excuse or not the reason for their teams failures. Then, in the same post hailing Bayern as the next big thing bc they have hired Pep. C'mon guys - lets not go all Niner Talk in here. I agree with one thing - Puyol is done. Barca will sign the best CB they can in summer.
I didn't mean to say that this coach has no effect on the team, but I think we all agree( I have been saying this all over this thread) that Barcelona's run of dominance is over. Are they still a great team? Ofcourse but they are not the same as they were a few years ago when nobody could touch them. There still a top team but that's it a top team they use to be possibly the greatest team of all time. I don't think anyone would deny this.
And as far as bayern they are IMO the top team in Europe because of how complete they are. They have it all dangerous playmakers. Solid D. Great GK. and Tony Kroos is an absolute beast at 22 years old.
Barca was having one of their best seasons this year...so I don't agree that they are done as the most dominant team. Are they still as great as they were 3 years back...maybe...maybe not. One season is not going to determine that.
1. Almost all the players have won everything they can at Barca...and have done it more than once. Pep got bored with that...and I'm sure some players are too. Not to mention, they have been so far ahead in La Liga - they lost their edge a little bit. I have always believed - competition makes you better. New players will come in and trust me when I say this - there are some future stars in their youth system.
2. They lost Pep in summer, and now Tito for almost half a year. Now, they can overcome their missing manager battling cancer when they play inferior teams but it's tough against good teams. I'd love to see ManU play without having Fergie to gameplan and then not be there on the sidelines for several weeks in EPL and then try to break the defense of an Italian team in Champions League. Real Madrid (the most talented team in the World) has trouble winning anything when Jose is out. Coach matters BIG time! Minimizing that is crazy. Calling it an excuse is ridiculous.
A team can be without it's best player for weeks and still win. I've yet to see a team win for a long stretches without their head coach.
3. Team speed and finding the right guys for their system. Pique and Puyol are slow and can't defend against speedsters. Puyol must move to 2nd team, and Barca needs to sign a top CB. Sanchez doesn't fit Barca's style, Fabgregas doesn't get enough chances, and Villa is playing out of position. As great as Pep was - and I love him - he was terrible in the transfer window. I can't remember one transfer who exceeded expectations. Pique might be the only exception, but he played in Barca's youth system for years. Those were all his signings, and so was Ibra. No team is going to over-come that many key failed signings...I'm actually surprised Barca did for so many years.
Barca will be fine. They will win the la liga and make a splash or two in the summer. Neymar will be the key signing for Barca. Him and Messi will be perfect with each other. I'm hoping for that this summer.
[ Edited by 49ersMyLife on Mar 3, 2013 at 2:47 AM ]