Imran Ashraf

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  • Tre Gulley posted 376 days ago

    Tre Gulley

    Hey, I posted this in response to a question you asked, but since the article is so old I can't be sure you saw it. I'd love to hear what you think about it, and if you'd counter with your own thoughts as well.

    The only thing Adriano has over Alba, offensively, is his ability to curl a shot in from outside the box. If he was particularly consistent with this or could at least replicate it several times a season that would be enough to warrant him getting Alba's spot, but as it is now, Alba is a far better dribbler, has superior speed, and his overlaps of Neymar and Iniesta provide far more danger in the box than Adriano, who simply acts as a second wide man in a similar fashion to Dani Alves on the right wing.

    We lose a tremendous amount of creativity, and, in some cases, a goal threat, when Alba isn't running along the flanks. His overlaps around Iniesta and whichever useless winger was on the left last season caused a ridiculous amount of trouble for opposing opposition and has earned us quite a few goals from him. I understand a lot of people hate him because he playacts a lot and isn't anything like Abidal, but he is instrumental to not only our directness, but our build up play as well. Adriano will never be on Alba's level when it comes to dribbling, beating his man, and even finishing opportunities. There's a reason we bought Alba in 2012 in Abidal's absence instead of just playing Adriano more regularly.

    Defensively, he is somewhat lacking, but then, so is our other fullback. At a certain point something has got to give and we're going to need a more solid defensive fullback, but Alba is 24, and Alves is 30. The decision on that one should be obvious. Having center backs who are able to hold strikers up and properly time their tackles (The way Bartra has been so far this season) would also greatly help our defense look less exposed as it would give our wingbacks time to get back and help defend, and Alba is much faster at getting back in such situations, being behind only Messi and possibly now Neymar in terms of raw pace.

  • Vijay Murali posted 1425 days ago

    Vijay Murali

    Hey, mate..

    I decided to do an intersting article on why Messi should emulate another legend in Tendulkar and even if you do not follow cricket, please take a look and air your views:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/527690-lionel-messi-should-learn-from-ronaldinhos-slump-and-emulate-sachin-tendulkar

  • Adi-Oula Sebastian posted 1425 days ago

    Adi-Oula Sebastian

    Umm I reject the notion that Bale is close to Ronaldo.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/527476-gareth-bale-close-to-real-madrids-cristiano-ronaldo-dream-on

    Check it out.

  • Arron Duckling posted 1426 days ago

    Arron Duckling

    Heres my new article. Take a look and tell me what you think:
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/527109-el-clasico-the-bleacher-report-communitys-predictions
    cheers

  • Adi-Oula Sebastian posted 1431 days ago

    Adi-Oula Sebastian

    Wassup? Check this out:

    http://www.barcablaugranes.com/2010/11/20/1825928/lionel-messi-vs-cristiano-ronaldo-a-rivalry-for-the-ages-part-ii

    Cheers!

  • Adi-Oula Sebastian posted 1448 days ago

    Adi-Oula Sebastian

    Wassup mate?

    Maybe you can check this out:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/508273-fc-barcelona-tiki-taka-or-quite-simply-the-beautiful-game

    Cheers

  • Adi-Oula Sebastian posted 1449 days ago

    Adi-Oula Sebastian

    Check this out!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/507730-top-10-all-time-barcelona-defenders-do-puyol-and-pique-make-the-list

    Cheers!

  • Adi-Oula Sebastian posted 1478 days ago

    Adi-Oula Sebastian

    Wassup? Hope you can check out my latest and if possible comment on it too.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/481607-the-messi-dependency-how-pep-gone-mad

    Cheers!