What would this Clasico mean for Xavi?

For Xavi and Barcelona, this weekend serves as validation and confirmation of all the things that you think you’ve been doing. This puts you at a different level in terms of achievement because of what it means on the field but because of what it means for the growth of your team.  

The Spanish Super Cup semi-final was a moral victory, now to go into the Bernabeu and win is an actual victory it’s no longer the “we’re OK with playing well” no, now the philosophy is we’re playing well and we’re winning. Barcelona played against Osasuna knowing full well that you had to go to Galatasaray and advance in the Europa League and knowing full well that you had a Clasico at the end of the week, Barcelona was able to go through those three games having won all three, I think it proves a lot to Xavi and the group of players more importantly to those group of players inside that locker room, that this team is different now.

The league title is not really on the line, Madrid has a 10-point lead at the top of the table it’s 15 points over Barcelona and Xavi Hernandez said last week that it would be difficult, almost impossible now. Even if Barcelona were to win the Clasico you’d need Real Madrid to drop points three or four times that just hasn’t happened all season so it’s not about to happen now. So, League wises it isn’t big, but this is about validation, validation for Barcelona. After the Super Cup, Pique said “we lost but we’re getting closer to winning now” it was really interesting to see the fallout to that game because after that game you had this idea that Barcelona felt like we were getting there and one of the first lines in one of the Catalan newspapers was “Barcelona are not back yet but nearly they’re getting there.”

I think it did set up if you like the beginning of this process where it felt like Barcelona is starting to get things right now. In the very next game, Barcelona lost three to athletic 3-2 to Athletic Club and got knocked out of the Copa del Rey, but since then it’s twelve matches and no defeats. There’s a very clear sense of this team developing finding its feet finding an identity being the kind of team that Xavi wanted to be. In the last 10 games, they’ve scored four goals five times. So, I think all this run is fine, but it’s the Clasico the culmination and proof that says this team is for real?

If they were to win, it makes very little difference in terms of winning the league because they know they’re not going to, but it’s quite significant in terms of them being in a Champions League place at the end of the season, I think Xavi is thinking about the validation of what it is they’re trying to do, rather than the game itself.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona the Last Clasico

It’s time to look ahead to the Clasico, and it’s so different from the previous one this year when these two teams were earlier in the season. Real Madrid is coming with the momentum after an extraordinary comeback against PSG. Barcelona has come together beautifully over the last few weeks, so this has the makings of a brilliant game.

Nothing like we saw in the first leg where Barcelona was depressed, they were still recovering from the Lionel Messi, traumatic departure, they didn’t have any money, and had a bunch of talented young players without any experience.

They did some good signings in the winter transfer market, and now they have an 11 games unbeaten streak. Real Madrid on the other hand will be at their best as well. After the amazing comeback against PSG which gave them a lot of energy, now all their key players are 100%, Courtois is having an amazing year and Karim Benzema is having the best season of his career.

Since Xavi arrived at Barcelona, he has gotten this team to play well, giving them an identity. Then in the transfer window in January, so many of those new signings had a real impact and now they have the team trending in the right direction. Real Madrid with almost La Liga title in hand, their mindset is in the champions league draw against Chelsea, and after the PSG match, there will be a little bit of a hangover.

But the Clasico regardless of the form in which the teams come in is always a fair and even match. For Barcelona is one of their biggest matches of the year, and for Real Madrid, is another opportunity to humiliate their arch-rivals. It will be a game to watch. Who will come out victorious? Sunday will have the answer.

Baseball is back for the Miami Marlins

Spring Training is now on the way for the Miami Marlins. Just two weeks ago, the commissioner of baseball Rob Manfred was discussing the fact that the baseball lockout would cancel games to start the season, but now here we are, ready to start spring training.

There’s a lot of hope and excitement for the Marlins this season, even though last year they struggled with a 67 and 95 record but that isn’t the past. Don Mattingly said, “now it’s time to look to the future, we have to move forward now with this ballclub”.

But to move forward without Derek Jeter is a little different. Jeter is not here for the first time in five years after stepping down from the team, he said it was because his vision was different than when he arrived, we don’t know if that vision maybe was about spending money or not being able to spend money.

Marlins principal owner Bruce Sherman was asked directly about Jeter’s situation he said “I have nothing but respect for Jeter, but nothing has changed for this team we expect to win, and we will spend to do so. We will be trading potentially players, more importantly, we will be trying to sign free agents we have money, and we will spend it how we spend it is up to Kim”

Kim Ng the general manager for the Marlins spoke saying she understands his team needs another bat, they need to make some improvements and they look to do it from now to the start of the season.

I find this very hard to believe since we have less than a month till the start of the season.  Spring games at Jupiter will begin on Friday so it is kind of a quick Sprint to the start of the season after this lockout, but it is great to see baseball back.  Will the Marlins have a great Year? Will see.

Will Dembele play again for FC Barcelona?

It’s February 7th and Ousmane Dembele is still at Barcelona, ​​when we all thought that he wouldn’t be at the club anymore, we all wondered, will he play again? Let’s see.

Club Opinion

The club was trying as much as possible to get rid of the player since he did not want to renew with the club. Things did not go as they wanted, and the player could not be sold, nor did he renew his contract. In this case, it seems to me that the club does not want the player to play, much less at Camp Nou.

Opinion of Xavi Hernandez

The coach of Fc Barcelona, ​​Xavi Hernández, if he wants the player to play because he knows that he needs him to achieve the club’s objectives. Although it seems to me that he would use it away from home so that the player feels more comfortable. If Dembele plays in a way that makes a difference, then I do think Xavi will use him more and more, especially in the Europa League.

The Fans

The fans are very divided, I would say that they are more against than for the player playing, they feel betrayed by Dembele, after years without showing much for the club, being injured most of the time, who has been in Barcelona.

Should I play Dembele again? Share your opinion in the comments.

Best New Starting 11 for Fc Barcelona!


I wrote about this a week ago, and things have changed so much since then, so let’s see what changes have been made to my new best starting 11 for FC Barcelona. Let’s see.

In Goal
Last week- Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Marc-André ter Stegen – Although he is not in the best shape, in this squad we don’t have a substitute for goalkeeping, so the best option is still ter Stegen.

In Defense
Last week- Alba Pique Araujo Alves

Alba Pique Araujo Alves – In defense it seems to me that these four at this moment are the best, to be able to get the results. In Jordi Alba’s position, the second would be Balde, and it seems to me that he’s not fit to be a starter. The same thing happens with Araujo and Pique, behind them are Eric García, Lenglet, and Umtiti, perhaps of these three Eric García could be rotated with Pique, even so, Pique should be the starter. In the case of the right-back, Dani Alves, even at 38 years old, gives more confidence than Dest or even Mingueza, although Alves is not here to play every game.

In Midfield
Last week- Nico Pedri Frankie de Jong

Busquets Pedri Frankie de Jong– These three would fulfill the best function, Busquets as containment and de Jong more as a free man, with Pedri plating more as a creative, and then we would have Nico and Gavi as replacements. Something that I would like would be to see is Busquets playing in the most important games; it seems to me that he is not ready to play so many games in a row.


In Attack
Last week- Depay Luuk de Jong Ferran Torres


Dembele Ferran Torres Adama Traore – Due to the injuries, these would be the best three in the attack. Dembele and Adama can give that imbalance on the wings, and Depay doesn’t have to be in charge of scoring goals, as he was at the beginning of the season. You may be wondering, why not Memphis Depay? Well, I think he would be great coming from the bench with Aubameyang with youngsters like Jutgla and Abde who can serve as a catalyst, they can put more pressure on these three who have more experience to deliver results.

In conclusion, this seems to me the most ideal 11 to face the rest of the season and reach those Champions League places that we want.

Can Barcelona finish in Champions League position?

FC Barcelona has 17 games left to play this year in the Spanish league, will it be able to win enough games to finish in a Champions League position? Let’s see.
Barcelona is fifth with one point less than Atlético Madrid, this is important since the first game will be between them, so this match can define the competition for them.
After that, they have three difficult games against Espanyol, who always plays well against Barcelona, after is Valencia, a rival that can hurt us, and finally Athletic Bilbao, who beat us in the last game.

On the 29th match of the year, they will face Real Madrid in the second classic of the season, and the week after against Sevilla, which would be another direct rival for the Champions League positions. After these two games, Barcelona will have four games that will be considered “easy” compared to others.
Levante, Cádiz, Real Sociedad, Mallorca, among which Real Sociedad is the most difficult.
On matchday 35, another fundamental match will come against Real Betis, which is in 3rd place now, then it will end with a match against Celta Vigo, Getafe, and finally Villareal.
My opinion in this regard, of 51 points in dispute, Barca will add about 24. Will this be enough to reach the Champions League positions? Well, see.

Why everyone loves FC Barcelona.

Have you ever been in love with a team? Perhaps the team of your city, or the team of your favorite player, or whatever, do you remember what you felt when you saw them play? I also fell in love with a team, Fútbol Club Barcelona.

It was the year 2009 and one afternoon I inadvertently started watching a football game that was being shown on television, Fútbol Club Barcelona, ​​it was an instant crush. The way they moved the ball from one sector to another, as if without effort, immediately caught my attention. I remember seeing players like Henry, Xavi, Puyol, and Leo Messi, it was wonderful.

Each game was a guarantee of a show, and above all winning. It doesn’t matter who started or what team we were playing against, Barcelona was vastly superior, in every way. Although their stars changed every year, those who arrived were also football stars, such as Ibrahimovic, Villa, Fabregas, they all continued to contribute to the great show that was Barcelona.

Because I fell in love? It’s easy; FC Barcelona was the perfect girlfriend.

What’s going on with the Miami Heat?

The Miami Heat is 32-20 having lost the last 3 matches against one against the Celtics where we lost by more than 20 points and two losses against the Raptors, one being by triple overtime. We went from being first in the east to third place. So, what’s going on with the heat? Why the sudden “collapse”? Let’s see.

Kyle Lowry – Lowry has missed all three games due to personal reasons. When he’s not on the floor we miss that floor generator, leaving Jimmy and Tyler to do point guard duties.

Robinson Struggles – Duncan Robinson has been struggling greatly in the last games, Duncan is averaging 5 points per game with a total of 16 points in the last 3 games. When Duncan is not finding his shot, the heat struggles greatly, since Duncan is only good at shooting nothing else, he becomes a liability on the floor, if his shots are not falling.

Back-to-Back Road games– The last two games have been back-to-back and both on the road. At the Celtics game at the TD Garden, three of our four best defenders were out, Lowry, Butler, and PJ Tucker. This marks the tempo for the game, when you have Duncan Robinson, Max Strus, and Tyler Herro defending the likes of Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum is always going to turn bad for us. Those games being back-to-back can be strenuous on players.

What do you think is going on with the Miami Heat? Comment Below.

Can the Heat go all the way this year?

The Miami Heat are in first place in the Eastern Conference, with a 32-17 record, but how successful would they be in the playoffs? Can this team make more noise than anticipated? In my humble opinion, I don’t think they have enough to win. A team that has two stars in its ranks, of a medium level such as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, and then the rest are complementary players. The problem to me doesn’t seem to be the players that complement the team like, Tyler Herro, who at this moment would be winning the Sixth Man of the Year in the league, or PJ Tucker who has the best average 3-point average in the league, or even Duncan Robinson along with Max Struss who I think are excellent pieces for this team, the problem for me relies on their two stars.

Jimmy Butler averages 21 points 6 assists and 6 rebounds per game, although that average is not bad at all, he doesn’t seem like enough of a star to me, to be the best player on a team with aspirations to win it all. Once again, he seems to be an excellent player, for me one of the best investments the team has made in its history, but unfortunately, he is not a top player, he is not a Kevin Durant, a Steph Curry, or a Lebron James, he is not even among the best ten basketball players in the NBA. He is not a reliable player with his shot, but rather a contact first player, and to win, I think you need a star who can grab points whenever he wants.

In a similar situation is, Bam Adebayo, it seems to me that in a few years Bam will be among the best ten players in the world but in a few years. Right now, I see him as the third-best player on a team with championship aspirations. Like Butler, he is not a player who can score when he pleases, he is an excellent rebounder, defender, a player who has good speed for his size, as I said before in a few years, if he continues to improve, he will be among the best, but right now he’s not.

Although, and here comes the most interesting part, if somehow, we were to get another star of the stature of these two, we would surely be the favorites in my opinion to win it all, but so far, I see that as difficult. Can the Miami Heat, led by the best NBA coach Erick Spoelstra win the championship this year? I doubt it. Could it happen? Yes, but it would be a surprise for everyone, but even more so for me.

Best Starting 11 for FC Barcelona?

It’s not news that Barcelona Football Club is in total decline, from becoming one of the best clubs in the world that exercised its hegemony, to now competing to be in the Champions League. The question arises, what should be the starting eleven for this team for the remainder of the season? My Opinion

In Goal

Marc-André ter Stegen – Although he is not in the best shape, in this squad we don’t have a substitute for goalkeeping, so the best option is still ter Stegen.

In Defense

Alba Pique Araujo Alves – In defense it seems to me that these four at this moment are the best, to be able to get the results. In Jordi Alba’s position, the second would be Balde, and it seems to me that he’s not fit to be a starter. The same thing happens with Araujo and Pique, behind them are Eric García, Lenglet, and Umtiti, perhaps of these three Eric García could be rotated with Pique, even so, Pique should be the starter. In the case of the right-back, Dani Alves, even at 38 years old, gives more confidence than Dest or even Mingueza, although Alves is not here to play every game.

In Midfield

Nico Pedri Frankie de Jong– These three would fulfill the best function, Nico as containment with de Jong and Pedri as creatives, then we would have Busquets and Gavi as replacements. Something that I would like would be to see is Busquets playing in the most important games, it seems to me that he is not ready to play so many games in a row.

In Attack

Depay Luuk de Jong Ferran Torres – Due to the injuries, and other situations like Dembele’s, these would be the best three in the attack. Depay and Ferran can give that imbalance on the wings, and Depay doesn’t have to be in charge of scoring goals, as he was at the beginning of the season. You may be wondering, but Luuk de Jong? Well, among what we have, it would be the best, he can exercise his height, and he’s more veteran than the others. With youngsters like Jutgla and Abde who can serve as a catalyst, they can put more pressure on these three who have more experience to deliver results.

In conclusion, this seems to me the most ideal 11 to face the rest of the season and reach those Champions League places that we want.