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Now this is footie! :drool:

What a breath of fresh air after a rash of the Queen's footie games. :D

Location: King Abdullah Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Goal! Koke.

51' Goal! Messi....!

Messi's 2nd goal disallowed for a "fake" hand ball.

62' Goal! Griezman!

Barca running rampant in the game now.

80' Goooaal...! Morata penalty.

I should mention that Ghanaian Thomas Partey is having a good game.

Atletico are exposing Barca's defense.
Pique handball! No Pena?!?

Goal! Correa...
Umtiti gave away the ball for an Atletico counter and goal.
Can Barca take it to extra time?

Llorente almost scored. Barca's defense is nonexistent right now. Neto has stepped up to the plate.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:54 pm 
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Hard to believe how poor Barca are under Valverde.

Unbelievable!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:55 pm 
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Athletico win 3-2

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:59 pm 
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txj wrote:
Hard to believe how poor Barca are under Valverde.

Unbelievable!

They had a poor pre-season.
Injuries didn't help.

Umtiti is not match fit at all.
Griezman is just starting to settle down.

Busquets was piss poor in this game.

That defense needs a lot of work!

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Football Money Madness

Games played in Saudi Arabia by teams that did not win a trophy last season.

What a shame.

The Barca coach should have made good on his initial statement not to go to such a dubious tournament.


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Games played in Saudi Arabia by teams that did not win a trophy last season.

What a shame.

The Barca coach should have made good on his initial statement not to go to such a dubious tournament.


January 8, 2020 By Oscar Rojas
TOPICS: SUPERCOPA DE ESPAÑA, BARCELONA, ATLÉTICO MADRID, ERNESTO VALVERDE
The Spanish coach had an interesting meeting with the press after the bus that took the team to the training ground got lost in the way.
Making the trip to Saudi Arabia, getting lost in the way to the training complex and having to add one more game to an already tight schedule seem to be enough reasons for Ernesto Valverde to question the Spanish Federation's decision to change the format of this competition.
Speaking in a press conference that was delayed after Barcelona's driver got lost in the way to the training ground, coach Valverde admitted that he liked the Spanish Super Cup back when it was played in Spain, and furthermore, he questioned the need to have more teams invited to the competition.
"I always thought about this tournament as the first of the season between the league and cup champions. I think it was fine back then. We'll have a say on the format once the tournament is over," Valverde said.
Then, the coach aimed a dig at the two teams that were added to complete the Final Four format established by the Spanish Football Federation.
"From a sports perspective, we all know there can only be one league champion and there will only be one cup champion each season. It's weird to have to play this tournament with two invited teams," Valverde added.
The former Athletic Club boss looked back at his previous Super Cup experiences in an effort to play down the need of fighting for this title at home.
"Let me give you a statistic. This is my fifth Super Cup trip. In the first three, I had to play for the title away from home. Then, when I won the league, we had to play for this tournament away from home. It's quite odd. We'll see what happens, because there could be one more game for us if we win tomorrow...or not," Valverde concluded.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:13 pm 
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...money/football cheaters outplayed. Good!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:32 am 
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Real Madrid and Barca got paid 5 million Euros each to participate, Valencia got 2 million i think

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:23 pm 
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How was the Ghana player?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:04 pm 
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txj wrote:
Hard to believe how poor Barca are under Valverde.

Unbelievable!


I get your point though they were a bit unfortunate with the two disallowed goals ruled out by VAR - correct calls but those fine margins are the difference between being poor and being winners :mrgreen:


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VAR didn't seem to view Messi's goal from the front.

From the back it looked like a handball but it looked "iffy" from the front.
It didn't help that he moved his hand.

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