I am a software engineer (Data Warehousing) and am an avid football and music addict.
I love to watch good football matches be it EPL or La Liga not mentioning UCL and other tourneys as they aren't supposed to be missed :D
Even though I enjoy variety of football since the past 6 years my allegiance lies towards FC Barcelona...
I have enjoyed watching Messi grow as a player so for a player my allegiance is towards him...
Despite the above mentioned fact I don't like to debate on Messi vs C.Ronaldo topics as they are 2 excellent players who have different playing styles and can't be compared to each other...
Cheers, Mahesh. It definitely takes its toll, especially since I have another career now. I appreciate the very kind words, though. :-)
The piece is up if you're interested: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1650308-lionel-messi-real-madrid-and-la-liga-end-of-season-awards
Hi there, Mahesh! Nice to hear from you.
I've actually completely left writing for a while. I don't regularly write for anyone at the moment. I'm actually posting an article reviewing the La Liga season tomorrow (Monday). I hope you'll check that out.
Thanks for becoming a fan, Mahesh!
Hey Mahesh, thanks for reading!
Hi Mahesh! No problem at all, feel free to post on my message board any time. No need to apologize.
To be honest with you, I've spoken about Barca's frail defense, over-dependency on Messi and poor play from Sanchez SO much that to write another piece would not only be difficult, it would be a straight repeat of things I've already said. In the case of the defense and Messi, I'd just be writing the same criticisms and observations I've written for over a year now.
As for beating teams that park the bus, that's more difficult. I mean, what can they do with the squad they have? No other team in Europe faces that sort of opposition as often as Barcelona does. There are teams that close up and play counter-attacking football, but not many go SO defensively against other teams. My point there is that very few teams would be any more successful against that type of defense. I;m not sure what they can really do besides execute better and prevent goals at all cost.
But I agree that this is just not the same team from years past. Now they have to overcome that and win anyway.
Thanks again for the comment. Feel free to reach out any time.