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Luis Enrique has reinforced many areas of the team of Barcelona with Luis Suarez, Jeremy Mathieu, Claudio Bravo, Thomas Vermaelen being some of the more recognized and well known players that will be joining the Spanish team for the next season and all of the challenges that are waiting for them.
Barcelona had to spend around € 144 million in order to bring Vermaelen, Bravo, Suarez and Mathieu to Camp Nou which is a significantly higher amount of money compared to their eternal rivals Real Madrid but at least Luis Enrique has fortified many aspects of the squad in comparison to Madrid as they only upgraded their attacking options.
The majority of Barcelona supporters are happy and content with the signings that the club has made as it will surely increase the chances that the club has on not only fighting for the Spanish League but more importantly, the Champions League but the former player Barcelona Johan Cruyff is not so sure about all of the new arrivals and changes that the club is going through.
“Kroos was one of the best players at Bayern and at the World Cup. He sprays the ball around really well. James is also a terrific playmaker. Barca always used to sign lots of playmaker, but now Real have done so. Barca have gone in a new direction and we have to give them the benefit of the doubt’’
“They’ve spent a lot of money, which always brings a lot of scrutiny, and we’ll have to see how it goes. I’ve been impressed by new Barcelona coach Luis Enrique’s enthusiasm to get down to work and give his all in his new role, though. I don’t know if the team won’t end up unbalanced. You’d have to be on the inside to know exactly what the situation is. Hopefully Luis Enrique will be able to bring him into line so he does what he’s there to do’’
That was the statement of Cruyff said as he praised Real Madrid’s signings but remains uncertain about Barcelona’s newest arrivals and whether or not they can all work and play together in the pitch at the same time.
Some years ago Barcelona was starting to promote and showcase their youth players and they still are indeed promoting and focusing on having a new generation of players in their squad but this has recently been taking a turn and this can be evidenced by the amount of players being signed as well as the large sum of money that has been spent.
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Barcelona does not want to fall behind in this summer transfer window as they have completed their 3rd signing with the Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo being the latest addition to the team of Luis Enrique.
“I would like to thank FC Barcelona for putting their trust in me and my future abilities. I am proud to be here and be a part of this great project and this great club. I feel that it was time to put an end to an era at Real Sociedad, a club where I enjoyed a lot more success than I had hoped. Now I have to defend these colors to the best of my abilities. A thousand things are going through my head right now; you always hope that these types of things will happen to you and that you get this far.” Bravo said during a press conference as he expressed his satisfaction in joining a club with the caliber like Barcelona.
Ter Stegen and Rakitic are the other players that Barcelona has secured but there still is a player which is rumored to be joining Camp Nou as rumors involving Luis Suarez simply do not stop from flying around as each day passes.
The Uruguayan attacker Luis Suarez continues showing his world-class abilities as he not only pushed Liverpool to the top of the Premier League but has displayed impressive performances for his country, Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup.
Everything has not been great for the Liverpool player as he was recently sanctioned after another biting incident. Suarez bitted Giorgio Chiellini when Uruguay was battling against Italy and came out with the victory and his actions ultimately led to Luis Suarez being suspended for 9 matches and for 4 months from any football-related activity.
Even with all the history that Luis Suarez has and his aggressive and questionable decisions in and outside of the pitch, this has not stopped Barcelona on launching offers for the Uruguayan and it is even believed that the Spanish club is about to hire a sports psychologist that will help control Suarez when he joins Camp Nou.
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Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has tipped Lionel Messi and Argentina to go all the way and secure their long awaited third World Cup crown this summer in Brazil.
And the former Barcelona manager has also backed the likes of Germany, Italy and Spain to go far in the competition as well.
Brazil remain strong favorites to secure their sixth World Cup on home soil, but Cruyff believes it will be the Messi led Argentina that will be the team to beat at the biggest event of the beautiful game. The 67 year old believes Brazil has too much pressure riding on them as they look to vanquish the ghosts of 1950 and secure the coveted title.
And the Dutchman thinks this pressure could force Brazil to succumb and that is where Argentina could capitalize on their great rivals’ fall and secure the title for their own.
Speaking on his column in a Dutch newspaper, Johan Cruyff added that the pressure on the squad is huge; there is too much riding on them. But they will have to look out for Argentina, which has arguably the most talented team in the World Cup by a margin.
He went on to mention that Spain will pose a strong challenge, as well as Italy and Germany who have a habit of growing into the tournament.
Johan Cruyff also rued the several injury absentees from the World Cup with top class players like Marco Reus, Radamel Falcao, Frank Ribery and several others missing due to injuries.
Several others including Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard, Neymar and Arturo Vidal are all struggling with injuries and Cruyff hopes these players get fit in time. He mentioned that this is a month long event and he is not happy that injured players have already been dropped from the squads.
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According to several reports, Barcelona are set to offer super star Lionel Messi another new contract. This news comes as a major surprise considering that he signed a new deal only 12 months ago. Messi, who is about to turn 27 in June, has already signed seven contract renewals in the last 11 seasons. The new deal is expected to make him the player with the highest salary of around £ 15.5 million per year. The deal, though, is expected to significantly reward Barcelona because they will be now receiving a large portion of his image rights.
This will mean that Messi will be suffering a drop in overall income when compared with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, as Barcelona will not be pocketing his image rights. The new contract, though, has come under criticism from Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff, who thinks that the contract extension is unwarranted. Cruyff has been highly critical of the club in recent months. Gerardo Martino especially has come under fire from the legend, who famously formed the philosophy of the club. After having witnessed it come under distraction from the new manager, he says that the club should rethink their philosophy once again.
Cruyff was an advisor Barcelona for a few years before leaving his post.
“I never speak of who does or doesn’t deserve it, but I think that Barcelona have played quite well this season and they still have the chance to win the league, and therefore they also deserve it. The renewal of Messi’s contract is just a quick fix because all eyes were on him after the Neymar situation. But what about other players like Xavi who have also given everything to Barça? It’s not Neymar’s fault: he’s the victim; I don’t want to discredit him. His agent didn’t do things properly,” said the Dutchman.
Jose Mourinho is a coach that has made a number of controversial decisions and actions which is one of the reasons on why some players and coaches consider the Portuguese coach to be one of the best of his generation while others contemplate him as a negative coach who always blames his players when things go wrong.
The Dutch legend Johan Cruyff claims that Jose Mourinho only thinks about the result above everything and the star of Barcelona is even predicting that Mourinho will lose control of the Chelsea dressing room just as what happened in Spain with Real Madrid.
It’s always the same with him. When things are going well, it’s the result of his good work, but the players are to blame when things are going badly. He already lost the dressing room at Real Madrid because of that and I can see the same happen at Chelsea. “The problem is simply that Mourinho always focuses squarely on the result. Everything else is secondary, even all the top players he has running around for him.”Cruyff revealed.
Cruyff coached Barcelona during 1988-1996 where he managed to secure 11 trophies and his contributions for the Spanish club have not gone unnoticed as he was named as a honorary president of Barcelona in March of 2010 but a few months later Sandro Rossell stripped the Dutchman of that role and Cruyff cut all of his relations he had with Barcelona.
According to the new president of Barcelona FC, Josep Bartomeu he has been contacting Cruyff who he considers to be a very important player for the club.
“We have been in contact with people close to Cruyff. We will keep talking. He is a very important person for us and for this club. Little by little, things will return to normal.” Bartomeu said.
He also stated that his recent call ups with Cruyff are a way to reward him for all the work he has done for Barcelona. Barcelona’s infamous tiki-taka style of playing is generally credited to Johan Cruyff as it was during his time in charge of the Spanish club that it was starting being created and developed.
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