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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Lucifer on Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:29 pm

He is creative but I don't think he is what Barca needs, Iniesta's main role in our team is to link up our midfield with attack, more like what lallana does.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Glory on Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:38 am

@Lucifer wrote:+1 for GLS. How about Mata though?


May be. But if I were Barca, wouldnt take the risk. Mata's playing well recently in the hole role and in some games even as a 8 when we played 4-3-3 but he has always been more of an SS than a pure creator. But then again, in your team with all those quality around, may be he can adapt in a deeper role. His strength and holding the ball ability has really improved of late.
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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Myesyats on Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:09 am

Wheres Isco these days BTW???

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Art Morte on Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:16 pm

I don't know about being a Iniesta replacement, but Coutinho definitely has Barca DNA, as he's South American and a bit of a flair player, very skilled with the ball. Offensive minded. I don't think any Liverpool fan will be surprised if he one day moves to Barcelona. I don't think we'll be willing to sell in 2017, though. The earliest I can see him leaving is summer 2018. (his contract runs until 2020).
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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Doc on Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:33 pm

@Myesyats wrote:Wheres Isco these days BTW???

Either playing in some odd position in Madrid or on the bench.

Personally, he would have been ideal for Barcelona and while not a like for like replacement for Iniesta (no one in the known footballing world is at the moment), I think he'll suit the needs of Barcelona more than, let's say Coutinho.

Though it would incredible to see (the backlash of) Barcelona bid for a Madrid player in his prime and Madrid accepting the said bid particularly a Spaniard.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Myesyats on Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:19 pm

I'd love Isco. He's quality. I doubt that we would pursue a RM player though, unfortunately.

There's not much quality in that regard on the market I feel like. Mata would also be a great option though.

Always wanted to see David Silva at Barca but obviously he's too old now.

Gonna be interesting what moves the board is gonna do in that matter. New shirt deal means we are done with second tier scrubs hopefully...

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Lucifer on Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:26 pm

@Myesyats wrote:

Always wanted to see David Silva at Barca but obviously he's too old now.

Same here.
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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by guest7 on Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:35 pm

I've had this idea in my mind that a Barca with Özil would be unbeatable. Imagine the feed to the best trio in the world
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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by windkick on Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:28 am

Well just to be realistic

Silva is too old.
Isco, if he ever left Madrid he would probably get a clause in his new contract with his new club stating he could never be transferred to Barca.
Coutinho is is pretty awesome, but more of an attacking mid vs what Iniesta does, which is a more of a central mid that plays near the forwards. Difference being that Iniesta's first responsibility is to link up the midfield to the forwards while Coutinho will look to continue attacking himself if given the chance.
Ozil likely has the same type of thing in his contract as Di Maria and other past Madrid players. Wouldn't and can't ever play for Barca. Though I am a fan.
De Bryne would cost us an arm and a leg, given how much he cost City.

So that means either Denis Suarez has to step the fwk up or we have to find other alternatives that aren't the guys I just named.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by free_cat on Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:16 am

How is some people talkinga bout Mata? Ffs, he isn't good enough.

And Ozil is definitely not complete enough to play as a CM for us.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Valkyrja on Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:42 am

Christian Eriksen.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Hapless_Hans on Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:00 pm

Mario Götze

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Lucifer on Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:15 pm

@Hapless_Hans wrote:Mario Götze

I was leading that bandwagon for while but it seems the guy is not what I/we expected.
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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by rincon on Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:43 pm

@Valkyrja wrote:Christian Eriksen.


This is a good call. Maybe not as good as the other names, but a better fit in terms of Iniesta style.
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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Collblanc on Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:50 pm

we dont need to replace iniesta. just put messi in his role or the rakitic role and hold the leftback up a little bit more for a better defensive converage. we should be good with messi on the midifield around rakitic/turan with a CF and neymar in front of him. alba can cover his grounds behind him.
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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by free_cat on Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:38 am

@Collblanc wrote:we dont need to replace iniesta. just put messi in his role or the rakitic role and hold the leftback up a little bit more for a better defensive converage. we should be good with messi on the midifield around rakitic/turan with a CF and neymar in front of him. alba can cover his grounds behind him.


Then we should replace Messi at the right wing. Who'd play there? It should be a very good extremely hard working Right winger, to compensate Messi's lazyness in midfield.

Forget about Turan, he'll be off much before Iniesta is trully past it for us.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by danyjr on Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:29 pm

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by BarrileteCosmico on Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:19 pm

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by RealGunner on Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:01 pm

Let's be honest, it's 90% going to be a Spanish player if LE is still in charge. Probably Koke or someone lmao.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by windkick on Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:27 pm

You mean a player from La Liga, not a Spanish player right?

Interesting someone mentioned putting Messi in that role. Messi definitely has the vision and passing to play in the midfield but idk about having him stand around in the center of the pitch all day waiting to get the ball. Messi as a CAM only works if we get 2 hard working mids to play behind him and that pretty much starts shifting the alignment of everything. I would add that if that did happen, I would look at that right wing guy from Sassuolo to be our new RW. Dude is pretty impressive.

If we wait a while we could wait to see how Alena forms up as he matures more as a player. In that mean time we could continue to try out D. Suarez and Gomes in that role next to Rakitic and Rafinha.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by free_cat on Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:30 pm


I'm convinced Rafinha could be the man. He has improved a lot. 7 goals this season in 8 games?

https://www.fcbarcelona.es/futbol/primer-equipo/noticias/2016-2017/el-maravilloso-gol-de-rafinha-en-doha

And this guy is being benched by Andre Gomes... :facepalm:
I like Rakitic, but I think we could replace him with a better footballer mid-term. Wouldn't mind Pogba, Coutinho, James, Isco or Verratti in his stead.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by danyjr on Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:50 pm

You need to stop drooling over Pogba. None of those names you mentioned are good enough. James and Isco, the guys who spend on Madrid's bench? Coutinho, is a very good CAM hence in the 4-3-3 Barcelona set up he will not find his sweet spot. Verratti is the only name on that list that gives me a good feeling.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by jibers on Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:40 pm

This might not be popular but I think Hamsik would be a great Iniesta replacement.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Myesyats on Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:16 pm

I would be the happiest man if we landed Hamsik but it's not happening. We will end up with some La Liga scrub like Parejo or worse.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by BarrileteCosmico on Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:20 pm

Hamsik is decent but sooooo inconsistent. I think we could do better.

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Re: Iniesta replacement.

Post by Onyx on Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:45 pm

Banega for LCM, Verratti for RCM imo.

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