Another loss due to Barça not being able to defend the counter-attack.
Fool me once: shame on you.
Fool me twice: shame on me.
Fool all Culés over and over again, Barça defense: shame on all of you footballers!
How many times can we keep letting the counterattack hurt us before we do something about it?
I've had enough!
Gerard Pique clearly fouled Cristiano Ronaldo in the 13th minute. Pique made a huge mistake, but a mistake that could have been prevented if Jordi Alba was back to help him.
I'm not saying it's all on Alba, but if he would have been at the back line helping defend instead of trying to attack, perhaps Ronaldo gets the ball taken away from him.
Some fans are asking if Dani Alves should be sold this summer, because he is, at times, too far forward and not defending enough.
Dani did a solid job against Ronaldo in this game, so it's tough for me to say. Martin Montoya is ready to be a starter, but I don't think Barça will sell Alves this summer.
But next summer, Dani will be sold.
Carles Puyol is still a warrior, but as we saw in the second Madrid goal, he lacks the speed needed for games like this. It's not his fault. Age catches up to all of us.
Puyol has the physical strength, but Carles is no longer the best option at CB in games with speedy forwards. He needs to be benched in those games. This Barça team needs speed and strength in the middle of the defense.
I'd prefer to see Marc Bartra get in some of these games, but it doesn't seem like that is going to happen anytime soon.
So once again, I'll say that Barcelona need to make signing Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels their No. 1 priority this summer—even before Sandro Rosell makes a move for Neymar.
I can't believe I have to repeat myself again, but here is what I said just last week about the need to bring in Hummels.
As I mentioned in a recent article, Hummels is the best choice to bring in this summer. At 6'4", Hummels and his long legs are able to slow down speedy forwards. Hummels would help Barcelona defend set pieces, as well as corner kicks—two big areas of weakness in the Barça defense.
And of course, Mats Hummels would help defend against the counter attack.
Unlike Gerard Pique, Hummels does not tend to move up forward to attack. Mats stays in at the back line like Carles Puyol. With Carles not as fast as before due to age, Hummels would come in and give Barcelona the speed, height and strength to help stop the counterattack.
I hope Sandro Rosell and the other Barça club officials realize that it's time to do something about this weak back line.
This team doesn't need another winger. This team needs to stop the counterattack now!