Hugh wrote:I don't even need to know how barca have been playing to know that they're going to be ineffectual against Chelsea.
its true, i didnt even need to know how well liverpool has been finally doing in the league to know rafa was going to get trumped by Hiddink anyway.
So who knows? That hiddink fellow scares me more than the whole chelsea team and their noisy fans combined
shahensha wrote:Nah out of the wingbacks, only Alves bombs up the field to attack. Abidal likes to stay back and only moves up to aid in spreading or recovering possession.
Then again Dani Alves is literally the energizer bunny so dont expect the left wing to be free open space to attack.........cause he will hustle back to strip the ball off you...........his speed and never dieing stamina makes him all the more dangerous.
When Barcelona attacks, it leaves 4 players behind for defending and those 4 are Abidal, Puyol and Pique/Marquez with Toure in front of them providing cover.
I imagined the players had this conversation at the beginning of the season
Defenders: "Yeah go ahead. We are Barca. We are all attack. We allow all 6 of you (forwards and midfielders) to attack. We are fine with just 4 staying back to defend."
Ofcourse the Attackers replied: "Why thank you! How about this? Give us that speedy brazillian of yours and we will give you this tough looking african dude.............also since you guys are giving us so many attackers we will help you out by collectively applying tons of pressure when the ball is lost so that you dont have to do all the work.........ofcourse there is a catch, you gotta build up the attack from your end with a calm approach, dont just hoof it forward hoping for a lucky bounce....
Defenders: No worries dude, its a deal then.
Barcelona's primary objective is to control possession. If it is lost, the attackers who are supposed to control possession apply quick pressure to win it back before the opponents proceed further down the field. Expect Henry, Messi and especially Eto'o to pressure defenders and goalie to panic and hoof the ball forward
If the opponents can withstand the collective pressure from the attackers, then they have to face Yaya ( heavily underrated holding midfielder) and then the defenders.
Puyol is good when dealing with aerial threats and Pique after getting some experience in the English league with Manchester is also quite decent when it comes to dealing with crosses.
Lets not forget, there is the Yaya, who ensures midfield control and dominance
Yes man, thats all good until another team comes along and starts disrupting your game plan... like do you honestly think chelsa are gonna sit with 4 in defence waiting for to counter attack, then when you have 4 exposed they won't counter attack?
And Barca don't seem to be a great defending team, they win the game via offence, but Chelsa do defend well (excluding the last two weeks
) and their attackers can punish you if your complacent enough to leave to few players back
It will be a great game to watch regardless
Nah I was just explaining to tevezaholic how the team defends.
Considering our defence, it is essential that we hog possession and control the midfield. That is our game-plan.
If we lose the ball, there is such greed for it that about three players will pressure the opponent for the ball.......not allowing any opponent to play with it. One cuts of the opponents' movement and the other two cut off the passing angles. The opponent will have no choice but to lose it or play a safe pass back.
If Chelsea do not allow us to play with the ball like we always do, let alone enter their half..........then our strategy will be checkmated and we wont know what to do.
There is no way I want anyone to think I am saying the game is in the bag.......even myself.............a tie, a loss (damn you espanyol), another loss, a tie..........yeah thats what happened to my beloved last february when for once I gloated "its game over man, Barcelona is unstopable!!" the night before....trust me, the one time I gloat...that happens. I am positive its God's way of keeping me humble.
Regardless, it should be an exciting fixture. Hiddink is a mastermind considering how he took minnows like Russia, Korea and Austrailia far in the world stage. He is working with world class players right now so its even easier for him and trickier for us.
What I know for sure that Barcelona will hog the ball as much as possible and all players will apply intense pressure to prevent the opponents from getting a proper sniff of the ball. Basically our gameplan is to not let you play with the ball at all.
If Chelsea attack and play football, then the score-line will be high
If Chelsea defends then the score-line will be low
Apart from that the tie is poised to go either way, but you all know where my support lies.