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Guillem Balague blogs on Barca's lack of leadership and the Copa del Rey Clasico

Guillem Balague blogs on Barca's lack of leadership and the Copa del Rey Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in the last five Clasicos at the Camp Nou in all competitions, and in six of the last seven at any venue.

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Omer Farooq (Barcelona fan) says...

To begin with, I think its rather difficult to compare the two. Zidane has proven himself like someone said earlier in three different leagues unlike Iniesta who's come up through the youth team and cemented his status as a Barca legend. Having said that few people would doubt Iniesta's ability to succeed in other leagues even if he ever did leave Barca. Both have been part of national sides that have been/are one of the strongest teams in the world at the time. Frankly lets just celebrate the privilege of being able to enjoy two football wizards exhibit their magic on the pitch. On a closing note, Diego Armando Maradona is the greatest I've seen in the game as for me 'greatness' is being able to turn ordinary sides like Argentina and Napoli into champions.

Posted 07:26 28th February 2013

Manu Manu (Arsenal fan) says...

Iniesta should be flattered and as a Spaniard I wish it was Iniesta. But Zidane for me has been the greatest of all times. Not the most effective, that is Messi (at least playing for Barca), or the most magical, that was Ronaldinho (for 2 years), or the plain best, that was Maradona/Pele. But definitely the most elegant and perhaps complete of all considering he was over 180 cm, could dribble, control the ball, had great vision, great shot and could score headers. Iniesta is a great player, don't get me wrong and right now together with Messi and Cristiano clearly the top three. Possibly the best Spanish player at least within the last 30 years. But not better than Zidane.

Posted 08:42 27th February 2013

Stevee Bloggs (Manchester United fan) says...

Scholes is better than both of them.

Posted 19:17 26th February 2013

Salihu Shu'aibu (Barcelona fan) says...

Barca all the way!!

Posted 18:12 26th February 2013

Buster Simpson (Liverpool fan) says...

as to the ZZ vs iniesta argument, i think they are both fantastic players who are similar in some respects but very different in many others. Sure iniesta's stats are amazing, so were barca's against milan, they didn't win.If both men were to play in a one off game at the peak of their powers, but surrounded by say 7/10 players& they were to play to their full potential & you had to bet your house, you very well know it would be on ZZ team. as you have stated barca may lack leadership, not only was ZZ the greatest midfeilder of any generation, he was a true leader of men.

Posted 17:34 26th February 2013

Dean B (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

This may be controversial but I disagree with both, Paul Scholes is regarded by Zidane as the greatest midfield playmaker and Iniesta's teammate Xavi agrees. I'm sure if asked Iniesta himself would say the same.

Posted 17:27 26th February 2013

Rob Palmer (Southampton fan) says...

Just in relation to the comments about Barcelona and the lack of leadership. I completely agree with the statement first and foremost. As brilliant as Messi is, he still needs someone to guide him in what to do during a game. Personally speaking, given Tito's illness i feel that he needs to go, he's a fantastic coach, dont get me wrong, but Barca need someone who they can rely on to lead the team from the touchline. The only problem is who they can get, they could promote from within again which clearly they are amazing at doing but is there someone ready to take over the first team in the lower ranks? Im not so sure. Roura clearly isnt up to it, he's tactically not there in my opinion. I would prefer them to get someone in as an interim coach, similar to Chelsea to the end of the season who will keep Barca playing in their typical brilliant way, but also is more tactically aware than Roura so they dont throw away games, regarding the milan game, and goals, like they have recently in La Liga. They probably have the league wrapped up at this stage, but its the champions league i fear for. I hope they figure something out soon, Leo and the rest of them need some leadership, i just want to see them back to their scintillating best again so i can say to my mates "Did you see the Barca game last night? They're mystifying" but right now, there doesnt seem to be any spark in them.

Posted 16:47 26th February 2013

David Warwick (Newcastle United fan) says...

I think the noticeable difference in Barcelona's performance since Tito has been absent really does show all the people who believe 'anybody can manage Barcelona' or that the 'the players can manage themselves' are wrong. Every team needs a figure of authority, a leader, no exceptions.

Posted 16:37 26th February 2013

Will Eves (Fulham fan) says...

"The Argentine wasn't great against AC Milan in the Champions League, but I think that's because at the moment there is a lack of leadership at Barcelona." - One bad game doesn't really justify that comment. League superiority, especially over the team of the player you speak so highly of in your subheading, speaks for itself.

Posted 16:30 26th February 2013

Ian Westhall (Liverpool fan) says...

Hi Guillem, I was reading an article earlier on about how Ronaldo and Messi could have been playing for Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. Apparently Sandro Rossell, when Laporta was in charge had a strong desire to replace Ronaldinho with Ronaldo. My question is how true is this statement, and where do you think Real would be today in comparison to Barcelona had Ronaldo not signed for them?

Posted 22:32 25th February 2013

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