Can Suarez Succeed Where Cesc Failed?

If Cesc Fabregas can struggle in a side he was supposedly born to play for, anybody can struggle at Barcelona. Luis Suarez will have to adapt and adapt quick...

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jimbobbarker (Torquay United) says...

I'd love to see a new kind of full on attack Barca team to replace the tikki-takka mentality, the starting eleven would consist of: first three Messi, Neymar, Suazez then midfield of Ronaldo, Rooney, Rodriguez and then a defence of RVP, Sturridge, Muller and Aguero with Ibrahimovic in goal. It would be called rush football where the goalkeeper scores tap-ins.

Posted 4:20pm 9th July 2014

bigm1982 (Liverpool) says...

Neymar, Messi & Suarez up top. Utterly ridiculous

Posted 2:16pm 8th July 2014

wodabok (Liverpool) says...

Barca maintains its tradition of home grown players and coaches to the extent that players coming from other teams ( rivals as refered to by their president) are not welcome all heartedly. Eto, the Kungu Master, Henry, Ronaldinho,their very own Fabrigas,now Sanchez all got difficulty playing for Barca. So long as Messi is in Barca and the mid fielders remain in the names of Xavi, Iniester, Busquests,Pedro and the like another forward is looked at just as a second option after Messi. Therefore Suarez on top of the already existing Neymer will not have the ball channel as he did at Liverpool. If Suarez really wanted to leave Pool for spain, he should have gone to Atletico Madrid who has the departing Diego Costa. He can't even fit in Madrid because of Ronaldo.

Posted 1:33pm 8th July 2014

isaacemmerson says...

'Much in the way Claude Makelele's exit came to symbolise the demise of Real Madrid's Galacticos project, it was the presence of less celebrated figures such as Pedro that brought balance at Barca'- this statement is surely a contradiction

Posted 8:49am 8th July 2014

pudsyryan says...

@bungle1976 - I'm not sure that making "Messi the undisputed king of the show" has worked out too badly for them - it's the failure to replace the older players (like Spain) and the regal disdain for defending which has caused their dip in the last couple of years. As for "if Cesc can struggle..." - is it possible that good though he is, Cesc (like Gerrard) was never quite the player people built him up to be?

Posted 3:53pm 7th July 2014

MCFC87 (Manchester City) says...

This transfer just makes it harder to choose between Barca and Real Madrid on FIFA now. You bastards Barca, I was always choosing Real Madrid when I had to do the El Classico.

Posted 12:48pm 7th July 2014

bungle1976 (Manchester United) says...

This article sort of highlights one of the sad things about Barca for me, as a football fan. Seeing the prodigious talents of the likes of Neymar, Sanchez, Ibra, Fabregas and now Suarez all troop a familiar path to the Barca party, only to get there and have to fit into what is quite a rigid tactical system, with Messi the undisputed king of the show. It's like buying a ferrari and then only using it to drive to church on a Sunday. When let lose and allowed to play their natural games, you can see the talent that Neymar & Sanchez (at the world cup) and Ibra (at PSG) truly have, and too see that limited and attenuated so that Messi can do his thing is quite sad. I'm not sure how Suarez will fit into the Barca team.

Posted 12:20pm 7th July 2014

lfcfan80 (Liverpool) says...

@Harry, you forgot to mention how he is also a physical danger to them as well. If I were a La Liga defender I'd make sure Barca fed him sufficiently and often.

Posted 4:54am 7th July 2014

efx123 (Arsenal) says...

@ chelsea poo. neymar is already playing second fiddle.suarez will also create chances and score goals. His dribbles, runs and movement will make messi not only the goal scoring threat

Posted 2:16pm 6th July 2014

josh365 (Arsenal) says...

HarryBoulton said it best. The only risk with Suarez is him losing his enthusiasm. Which he doesn't seem to. It's not about him fitting in. When the attack was Messi, Ronaldinho and Eto'o; any one of the three could break from the patterns previously established and do something off script which usually led to goals. They didn't have that with Fabregas, as much as I love the lad, if you have even a decent defensive midfielder employed against him these days, he seems to shrink back into his shell. He ends up playing basic passes. Which isn't what Barcelona needed when their star man and wingers are now being heavily pressed. Which is why I understand the Rakitic signing, they need a more aggressive midfield. Which is also why I understand why they'd want Suarez. They need someone who isn't so predictable.

Posted 2:07pm 5th July 2014

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