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Post by Donuts on Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:44 pm

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Date: Sunday, the 20th of September
Stadium: Ciudad de Valencia
City: Valencia
Competition: League - La Liga Round 4
Referee: González González, José Luis


Levante are currently in the bottom of the league 0 victories, 5 conceded, 0 goals scored
Barcelona currently top of the league 3 victories, 0 goals, conceded 6 scored.

Levante have usually given us trouble away from home but after losing Navas and many other players they are not the same threat anymore.

What makes this match very trick is that it's the first of 4 matches we will be playing WITHIN just 10 days our fourth match being against PSG away.. so would we rest more players? sub out early? or will enrique have the balls to rest Messi??

MY predicted lineup :
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--------------Bravo
Douglas---Pique---Mathieu---Alba
--------------Buscuit
--------Rakitic-------Iniesta
---------------Messi
--------Pedro-------Neymar

I predict a simple 2-0 win

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Re: Levante vs FC Barcelona

Post by The Franchise on Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:27 pm

I imagine Pedro starts this one and I imagine we see basically what you have there.

Still dont think Douglas will start a game though.

I know Levante arent going well but their pitch IRRC is small and the grass very bad. I can picture some struggles if we dont show them respect.

I would like the see an aerially strong line up to deal with the long balls Levante will throw at us. I would actually like to see Pique, Bartra and Mathieu with I guess Adriano, or Montoya at rightback.
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Post by futbol on Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:33 pm

Pitch conditions and the mega bus Levante will be parking will make this a nerv-wrecking game for sure. I expect something like the APOEL game.

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Re: Levante vs FC Barcelona

Post by Bankz on Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:05 pm

Lucho should please field an experienced line-up..munir should be dropped for pedro, i reckon alba should also be replaced by adriano..is it just me or has the copa final last season ruined the way people now percieve bartra as a defender? Maybe even lucho?
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Post by Donuts on Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:15 pm

Adriano wont play as he played midweek and Alba has gotten one week of rest.

one injury could ruin us as i've said we play 4 games in a matter of just 10 days, 3 being la liga's and one being against PSG away from home.
we should maintain fitness to the highest possibility
i can see adriano and alves being rested for the malaga game wednesday
and early substitutes for neymar / iniesta / possibly messi

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Re: Levante vs FC Barcelona

Post by futbol on Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:50 am

Bartra not in the squad yet again. And Vermaelen isn't even fit yet. Laughing

I don't see how he'll get playing time. Lucho has fooled us with the "Mascherano in midfield" stuff. He ain't benching Busi, Rakitic or Iniesta for a starting spot and as a sub for Busquets in easier games we'll most likely see Samper rather than Masche. He remains a CB under Lucho which means Bartra is now 5th choice CB with 4 senior defenders ahead of him. General Lucho not buying the Fartra hype train. Proud

Rafinha not included because of tigh discomfort by the way.

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Post by Harmonica on Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:07 am

Our midfield starters were rested against APOEL so I expect to see us dominate Levante.

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Post by The Franchise on Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:38 am

Fußball wrote:Bartra not in the squad yet again. And Vermaelen isn't even fit yet. Laughing

I don't see how he'll get playing time. Lucho has fooled us with the "Mascherano in midfield" stuff. He ain't benching Busi, Rakitic or Iniesta for a starting spot and as a sub for Busquets in easier games we'll most likely see Samper rather than Masche. He remains a CB under Lucho which means Bartra is now 5th choice CB with 4 senior defenders ahead of him. General Lucho not buying the Fartra hype train. Proud

Rafinha not included because of tigh discomfort by the way.

Well to be fair to him, I never heard him say he would use Mascherano as a midfielder. I think I heard him say he can play there. Slightly different.

What Bartra hype train though? Only the obvious fact he is better than Mascherano?
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Re: Levante vs FC Barcelona

Post by danyjr on Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:23 pm

Line up: Bravo, Alves, Mascherano, Mathieu, Alba, Busquets, Rakitić, Iniesta, Neymar, Pedro and Messi

Douglas misses out on the bench.

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Re: Levante vs FC Barcelona

Post by Bankz on Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:35 pm

This barca! There's a strange feeling bout them.
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Re: Levante vs FC Barcelona

Post by Harmonica on Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:48 pm

Rakitic showing why he's there, with Xavi it would probably be 1-1 now.
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Re: Levante vs FC Barcelona

Post by futbol on Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:48 pm

Playing like chit. But I blame the pitch. :coffee:

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Post by eelir on Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:50 pm

Missi with a peno miss lol
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Post by futbol on Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:51 pm

Also Nerman is the only one upfront who provides any kind of movement without the ball. Makes really nice runs. Can't wait for Suarez to do the same instead of Pedro being his usual invisible self.

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Re: Levante vs FC Barcelona

Post by danyjr on Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:52 pm

Playing Pedro and Dani Alves on that right hand side pretty much paralyses that side of the pitch for Barcelona.

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Post by Harmonica on Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:54 pm

Oh yeah, Alves having a horror show.

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Re: Levante vs FC Barcelona

Post by Bankz on Sun Sep 21, 2014 1:55 pm

Neymar seems to be in god mode this season, really impressed along with Rak..barca playing like shit tho!
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Post by eelir on Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:00 pm

Barca playing diffwrently, but can't call that a shit considering they were usually suffering in this pitch past several seasons.
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Post by billy_gr on Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:23 pm

why was neymar subed?
just tuned into the game
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Post by danyjr on Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:25 pm

It was a caution. He fell on his back where he injured in the World Cup.

Kalinixta :coffee:

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Post by eelir on Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:26 pm

Mathieu really shaky. Hope he ups his game against tougher opposition.
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Post by billy_gr on Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:26 pm

Eucharisto Wink
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Post by danyjr on Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:40 pm

Still can't understand the combined CB signing for €40 millions. One of them a want-away player still injured from last season and the other one a declining converted LB who makes Mascherano look like Beckenbauer on god mode.

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Post by Harmonica on Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:49 pm

0 goals conceded, neither can I.

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Post by Hapless_Hans on Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:51 pm

lol. reading the comments here. 'playing like shit', 'Alves having a horrorshow', but I see the scoreline is 5:0.

La Liga isn't that good is it. Would be interested to read stats about how many seconds on the ball Barca players get from Levante until they are closed down and challenged (I'm going to say... infinite), as opposed to how many seconds Bayern players get on the ball against Hamburg (maybe half a second?).

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