The ONE and ONLY solution to Barcelona’s disastrous crisis

Barcelona were humiliated by Bayern Munich (2-8) in the Champions League on Friday. This historic battering has kickstarted a tsunami which is shaking the structure of the club at every level – and rightly so, and about time! Bayern Munich embarrassed Barcelona in every aspect of the game. The German champions demonstrated much more speed, intensity, […]

Are Bayern Munich THAT much better than Barcelona?

“Bayern Munich will destroy Barcelona”, “Lewandowski will show Messi who is boss”, “Barca will be humiliated 7-0 vs Bayern again” – Signed: Anonymous Internet trolls hiding behind a keyboard all around the world. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, shall we? Barcelona qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals by defeating Napoli (3-1 on the return […]

Why Setien should NOT be sacked ahead of the Champions League restart

Barcelona are only a days away from facing Napoli in the Champions League at the Camp Nou in the return leg of Round of 16. The 1-1 draw achieved in the away game in Italy gives the Blaugranes a slight edge, but the tie is certainly far from over. Setien has been at the heart […]

Why Setién tweaked Barça’s formation (again), squad exhaustion, and Champions League chances

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On episode 205, Dan and Francesc discuss Quique Setién’s multiple formations and tactics in Barça’s 1-0 win over Real Valladolid. They talk injuries, Barcelona B’s playoff, Champions League challenges, and much more! Running Order: Did Quique Setién tinker too much against Real Valladolid? How can the team manage squad exhaustion? What difficulties does Barcelona B face in […]

How Setien’s poor squad management is hurting Barcelona

Quique Setien joined Barcelona after years of many Culers around the world, myself included, being optimistic about what the Santander-born manager could add to the Blaugranes’ tactics and mechanisms. Setien had never managed a top-level club before and, out of his previous appointments, only Betis and Las Palmas (arguably) could be considered Primera-Division-calibre teams. However, […]

The 11 players that Setien should start for Barcelona against Espanyol

Barcelona will play Espanyol in Matchday 35 of La Liga on Wednesday. Following their refreshing 1-4 victory against Villarreal in their previous match, Culers around the world will be excited to see whether the Blaugranes can build on their recent improvements. Espanyol currently sit 20th in La Liga with 24 points having scored 27 goals […]

Why Barcelona are right to switch to the 4-4-2 rhombus formation

Quique Setien finally improved Barcelona by adopting a 4-4-2 formation (with a midfield rhombus) in the 1-4 thrashing on Villarreal on Sunday. The attacking trident of Luis Suarez and Griezmann (as the Catalans’ two more central strikers) in front of a ‘False Midfield 9’ version of Lionel Messi was clearly an improvement which made Barca’s […]