Spanish Super Cup Second Leg Liveblog

After a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu, Barcelona is looking to lift their first silver of the season at the Camp Nou. Pep has left Cesc and Sanchez on the bench, and is playing our strongest lineup from last season.


Barcelona Starting XI

Valdes Alves Pique Mascherano Abidal Xavi Busquets Iniesta Pedro Messi Villa

Bench: Pinto, Fontas, Adriano, Keita, Fabreagas, Thiago, Sanchez


Kickoff is a 5 PM EST. I’ll start the liveblog 10-15 minutes before the match. Come get your groove on!

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  1. August 17, 2011

    OH MAH GOODNESS. Xavi and Busi are back! YES! Pique and Pedro! are in too. Let’s do this!

    Visca el Barca

  2. Calvin
    August 17, 2011

    I’m a little rusty with this liveblog business, so be patient with me.

    Or else.

  3. Nav
    August 17, 2011

    Ahsan, nice article (linked in previous post).

  4. blitzen
    August 17, 2011

    Leaving work soon, hope to join you all in the loveblob by halftime.

    XAVI!!!!!! BUSI!!!!! PEDRO!!!!!

    I’m tipping Pedro to score, just to show Alexis who is the real starter around here. 😉

  5. August 17, 2011

    Barcelona line-up (official): Valdes – Alves Mascherano Pique Abidal – Xavi Busquets Iniesta – Pedro Messi Villa

    Real Madrid starting lineup: Casillas, Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Coentrão, Khedira, Alonso, Di María, Özil, Cristiano, Benzema

    • August 17, 2011

      oh wait, its not about Madrid, it’s about us winning! we will kick their butt until we see blood!

    • blitzen
      August 17, 2011

      Higuain does still play for RM, doesn’t he? or is he injured again?

    • August 17, 2011

      not match fit i guess. he did play on Sunday for some time, but total suckage.

  6. August 17, 2011

    Unbelievably nervous! much more than in the first leg…! Lets do this people! Lets win the Supercopa for the first time against m*drid!

  7. Colby
    August 17, 2011

    This is the line-up we used in the final last May!!!

    (And now we get to bring Sanchez and Fabregas off the bench!!!)

  8. mom4
    August 17, 2011

    Loveblob well my friends.. Be descriptive. I’m at a kids soccer practice trying to follow things on a droid.. Typing on this thing is torturous. Best available XI, so psyched! Hugs to my fellow cules!

    • August 17, 2011

      your kids did wear blaugrana under their team jerseys right? 😀


  9. August 17, 2011

    Our bench is deeper than the sea now. Alexis + Cesc + *Pinto*, how are we not going to win?

  10. August 17, 2011

    Don’t forget the scenarios: 1-0 or 1-1 and we win. 2-2 and we to extra time, possibly penalties. Any wrong-way lopsidedness and they’re celebrating on our pitch.

  11. Triplo Volanti (formerly Cesc Pistol)
    August 17, 2011

    The bench looks kickass compared to the CL Final! Though how fit are the starters? That worries me. Pep is taking this mental and bragging contest seriously, so it’s now important to win this. My net is giving me problems. I hate not being home.

  12. blitzen
    August 17, 2011

    I need to see footage of Rosell and Fifi in the stands. 😆

  13. Vj
    August 17, 2011


  14. August 17, 2011

    This team is incomparable. Just breathtaking what they are capable against the most difficult of circumstance.

    To cule – for right now – just let it go. Let the anger go.

    Now is not the time. Don’t let their poison ruin this moment. There will be ample time to discuss that later.

    Right now – this team – this moment – it’s about the joy created not about the hate that is determined to destroy it.

  15. August 17, 2011

    And obviously the Spanish federation is not going to do anything to Mou or his thugs. Okay if you want to play rough and dirty, you play that way, but at least they should be punished. Right now they do the crime but not the time, and that really pisses me off.

  16. jordi™
    August 17, 2011

    Marcelo could have broken Cesc’s leg.No doubt Madridistas will call him some form of a feline but that was a shocking tackle and even if he didn’t get a red he was on a yellow.

    Cant the earth swallow them up so we never have to ‘play’ them?

  17. blitzen
    August 17, 2011

    I cannot believe Mourinho actually assaulted Tito. That is just…WOW.

  18. Whatever
    August 17, 2011

    What an entertaining game. Thrilling.

    Pepe, Marcelo and Mourinho showed that they shouldn’t be in the world of football.

  19. Olufestus
    August 17, 2011

    Pique to mourinho—you are responsible for this mess…for Gods sake,this is not a wrestling match!!!!! Marcelo,pepe!!

  20. mom4
    August 17, 2011

    Looking at the happy faces of my team… not enough to erase my hatred yet.

  21. August 17, 2011

    Look at how happy the team is.

    So happy for them. They deserve this.

    They still aren’t close to full form and fitness and they still overcame a Madrid squad that had made winning this pre-season cup a huge priority for itself all summer.

    What unbelievable heart.

  22. mom4
    August 17, 2011

    I blame the refs as much as Mou. If they find they can get away with stuff, they will. Someone will get hurt next time.

  23. mom4
    August 17, 2011

    Do these cards carry over into the season, the red ones at least?

  24. Manish
    August 17, 2011

    ha ha “Rise of the Mou Mou Cow” got stuck.. great work barca.. and stupid refs…

  25. August 17, 2011

    I hate them so so much. Can’t even enjoy this win properly.

    • August 17, 2011

      That’s the thing – you cannot let them take that away.

      That’s part of what they want.

    • Triplo Volanti (formerly Cesc Pistol)
      August 17, 2011

      The morbo makes it all the better! Piss on the corpse of their preseason form and laugh.

      • Triplo Volanti (formerly Cesc Pistol)
        August 17, 2011

        I apologise for the outburst.

  26. August 17, 2011

    Barca gifted Madrid a joke goal. A goal that could only happen in the preseason.

    And Madrid still got beat. They still weren’t good enough.

    That’s what inspires the venom. It’s the petty hate of jealously and inferiority.

    Pep should be so proud of his men.

    • Srini
      August 17, 2011

      You said it Euler.

      It was a terrific win by an excellent team that showed tremendous fortitude (I just can’t get enough adjectives).

      What matters is that Barca trounced Madrid even when they were vulnerable and showed up the latter as a thuggish team led by a juvenile delinquent named Mourinho.

      The rest will take care of themselves. I think this will motivate Barca to continue to improve.

      I loved what (little) I saw of Fabregas.. showing innate abilities to identify space and pass quickly. Adriano for some reason was the target of a physical assault by the Madrid squad. I didn’t understand his substitution, but boy didn’t he turn out to be the one who provided the killer assist!.

      Busquets showed why he is so important to the team. So tremendously comfortable on the ball and so quick to “mig toc” it around.

      Valdes was good as keeper, but in his self appointed role as keeper=sweeper, I thought he was very lacking in the second half. Lots of dodgy forward balls.

      Abidal started off a bit rusty but was excellent as the game progressed.

      Cristiano Ronaldo got a joke goal that I think he didn’t even score and was otherwise smothered into non-existence.

      Messi was Messi. Enough said.

      Pepe and Marcelo were thugs in the garb of footballers. They complemented their punk coach pretty much.

      Xavi-iniesta were okay, still rusty and not to their full form, IMO..but so crucial.

      Great Game. Great Team. Great Win. And what a way to punch through Morbosa and give a killer blow even in an otherwise inconsequential trophy.

      Visca Barca

  27. Calvin
    August 17, 2011

    What a way to win a match! Messi has started the season out with a bang – 3 goals and an assist from 2 matches.

    You can see why Pep wanted Fabregas immediately. He made a bunch of amazing passes, and his movement around the field is so unpredictable.

    • Helge
      August 17, 2011

      Some sites also count his pass to Villa as an assist (at least he also smoked past 2 or 3 MFers to set Villa free).

  28. The__K__Man
    August 17, 2011

    Can’t believe this piece of sh*t Mourinho’s and what he’s done to Tito..I understand players getting in a fight (don’t condone it though) but managers? WTF?

    • mei
      August 17, 2011

      Mourinho is just a little bitch. That match served him right. Hope a hefty suspension will be a bonus and add to his antiques!

  29. Jim
    August 17, 2011

    Euler’s right. Let’s enjoy this. Don’t give them the satisfaction of our enjoyment being spoiled. Plenty of time to talk about the bad bits later – and not all of them on their side ( ashamed of the taunting of Marcello).

    This side of ours just never gives up. We’re fast developing the only thing Man U could have taught us. The absolute belief that you’re not gonna lose, even in the last five minutes.

    and the quality of the winning goal . . . . .

  30. August 17, 2011

    I respect Real Madrid as a club and I know, we as Barcelona, shouldn’t have reacted so flamboyantly at Marcelo’s tackle, BUT…

    I have absolutely ZERO respect for Marcelo, Pepe and Mourinho. A team reflects the character of its leader and sadly for Madridistas, that character is one of malicious intent and immaturity.

    Aggressive tackling I understand. Anger in the heat of sport, I accept. But when a coach walks across his line and physically assaults another coach… that, I have no tolerance for.

    My favorite writer, C.S. Lewis, puts it best.

    “The true test of a man’s character is when he thinks no one is watching.”

    Mourinho revealed his true quality tonight and unfortunately, he wasn’t alone. He was in front of 93,000 cules and millions more across the globe.

    I’m incredibly proud of my club, proud to be a cule and even more proud to know that character, respect and humility have won the day.

    ¡Visca Barça! ¡Visca Catalunya!

  31. Gogah
    August 17, 2011

    madrid cabron, saluda al campeones

    mou manages to wind me up more each time.
    what, did he pinch tito’s cheeks?
    anyways let this not spoil this victory.
    a half ass barca defeats a pumped up madrid.
    it’ll be interesting to see what they blame this defeat on.

    • Gogah
      August 17, 2011

      This is madrids intention. To win at any cost and if not, spoil the victory for others at any cost. and this attitude has been drilled to the players by mourinho.
      i on some level feel sorry for their players. being made to be these kind of footballers when they have so much skill. Why does Mou thrive on being hated sooo much!

  32. Judas Pissed
    August 17, 2011

    Great win, absolutely brilliant. And mourinho, royal madrid, marcelo etc, you are an absolute chuffing disgrace to all that is good in the world.

  33. flyzowee
    August 17, 2011

    Pique was poor – unfit

    busquests was poor – unfit

    Abi, Smach and Alves were monsters.

    Pedro was great but his first touch and pass was piss poor

    Our collective pressing game? Poor

    This was a victory of the mind. Mental stregth over fitness.

    And im so proud of the guys today.

  34. Jim
    August 17, 2011

    This was actually no half ass Barca. I don’t think there’s another team in the world that could have stood up to Madrid tonight. They played VERY well.

    … and it still wasn’t good enough 🙂 🙂 🙂

  35. mei
    August 17, 2011

    So we beat them when in training mode and them being super competitive/fit/urging for the cup?!

  36. K_legit
    August 17, 2011

    I am refraining from saying anything because quite honestly I am seething at this point..I don’t want to go off because quite frankly I’m pretty pissed about the way Mourinho is ruining the game I love with his cynicism..
    Maybe I’ll post about the game when I have calmed down but what I will say now is that Marcelo’s tackle was a potential season-ender..
    Mourinho had no business touching our coach Vilanova
    And if anyone still support the way this Pepe plays his football then I have nothing to say to them..
    Oh and Alves!! Madre Mia.. I’ll say he was fucking flawless today..

  37. Lou
    August 17, 2011

    Apparently there are people on twitter claiming that some people in the crowd were making monkey noises at Marcelo. I mean I understand why the crowd would hate Marcelo but that’s disgusting.

    • blitzen
      August 17, 2011

      They probably were, they have before. Don’t delude yourself, there are just as many ignorant racists in the Camp Nou as in the Bernabeu (where they target Dani Alves, usually).

      • Jim
        August 17, 2011

        and it wasn’t just a few . . . 🙁

      • Srini
        August 17, 2011

        It is a thing that Spain should be shameful about. Irrespective of where it happens.. this kind of outright racism is a big blot on spanish football.. and shows them up even in the golden years of their sporting success.

      • Lou
        August 17, 2011

        I know, it’s just gross that nothing is ever done about it. And classicos with a scary mix of seething anger and mob mentality just always seem to trigger this kind of garbage.

    • Ryan
      August 17, 2011

      They made monkey taunts when he got his yellow and again when he was sent off. It was horrible to be in the middle of it – made me sick to my stomach. The worst was seeing kids do it…

  38. August 17, 2011

    What a win! Thank God we won’t be playing them again until December. Great match just deteriorated with their despicable actions in the 2nd half. Mourinho attacks Tito??? Seriously, I am just baffled that anyone can defend him or this team.

    Marcelo’s tackle was awful, could have broken Cesc’s leg. Bad sportsmanship at its worst, spreading from the coach down to all the players. Can’t win so let’s scissor tackle and bodycheck them.

    Barcelona were fantastic. Off form, playing against super-charged Madrid, and they can’t beat us. Messi is unstoppable.

    Huge psychological boost to us, blow to them, though I’m sure Mourinho will weave it into the delusional victimized narrative that’s coming to define, and handicap, that club.

  39. August 17, 2011

    This is the least meaningful trophy we will be competing for this year, but I still cannot smile ear to ear at this victory!

    😀 ^ YAYA

  40. can_we_go_Xalvies
    August 17, 2011

    Valdez has had a great pre-season, he truly is one of the rocks of our team, mister el reliable.

    Alves was absolutely flawless in defense today, he kept quiet and proved to everyone that he is more than just an attacking fullback, and Mou must be furious thinking that RM’s chance of winning was to expose Alves, yet that plan turned out to be impossible.

    Messi again with the clutch goal of the tie, he went missing for almost the whole second half, and he comes out and produces goals when its needed, he really is evolving into something even more bigger and better.

  41. August 17, 2011

    A comment on the fight at the end:

    This current RM squad needs to get its act together. That type of behavior is simply unacceptable. First Sergio Ramos at the 5-0 last season and now Marcelo at the 5-4 this season: learn to lose like professionals. Seriously, it is embarrassing. I don’t say this as a cule but as a person seeing some disgraceful sportsmanship.

    • jordi™
      August 17, 2011

      Well if the coach is getting involved in scraps like a school kid…

  42. mei
    August 17, 2011

    mourinho : we played a spectacular game.
    And still lost. Bow down , lesser man.

  43. jordi™
    August 17, 2011

    Mou acting like a tough guy.Why didnt he touch Pep? Muppet.

    • Nik
      August 17, 2011

      I don’t think he would have made it off the pitch alive if he tried to touch Pep.

    • nzm
      August 17, 2011

      He actually came out towards Pep just after Pep reacted to the tackle, but Mou was pushed away by other people, and Pep retreated as well. We saw that on later video captured by Catalunya TV3.

  44. Jackieboy
    August 17, 2011

    I just can’t believe Mourinho. I can understand all the players getting heated up and fighting, but a coach, sneaking upon the other team’s coach from behind and pinching his eye, and then just walking off like nothing happened. Seriously, what the hell was that. I’m so buzzed up right now, damn.

    • Jackieboy
      August 17, 2011

      Mourinho: “Don’t have anything to say about Pipo Vilanova or what’s the name of that guy….”

      Mourinho: “Putting finger in eye Tito Vilanova? I don’t know any Pito Vilanova…”

      Honestly, it’s time someone put a stop to this.

  45. August 17, 2011

    OK Euler, I’ll put aside dwelling on the the thuggery and enjoy the moment, but it won’t stop me from singing “Por que— PorquePorquePorque—-‘ (to the tune of Ole)

    …and I thought I didn’t want a Classico in August….can December come soon enough?

  46. Alex
    August 17, 2011

    mou presser, he says he doenst know what happened with tito, complete ignorance

    • jordi™
      August 17, 2011

      His mental age is still 5 apparently

    • nzm
      August 18, 2011

      If you watch the replay in slow motion as we have, Messi and Alves walk towards the sideline to retrieve the ball, and as they do that, Messi spits on the ground in front of Mourinho. It was all very quick and subtle, but Mou had to react as he did – OTT!

  47. August 17, 2011

    Don’t let them have the satisfaction, BFBers. Don’t let them take away what was an unbelieveable performance for us. So much heart.

    Fabregas – what a debut. He knows how to win back hearts, that boy.

    Messi – no words left. Glad he’s on our team.

    Iniesta – wonderful.

    Alves – Oh, Alves. This was an incredbile game from Dani. The defense should shut people up for the rest of time, but it won’t. Whatever.

    Valdes – showed why he’s won the Zamora three times in a row. We thank him.

    Masch – immense. Wonderful buy from Pep

    Speaking of Pep, he was right in front of that tackle and wanted to jump in. But he held himself back. Class. So much class.

    I could go on and on. Half-fit and they wouldn’t go down. Equalized twice, even after conceding terrible goals.

    T’estimo Barca.

  48. mom4
    August 17, 2011

    barcastuff barcastuff
    Mourinho: “Don’t have anything to say about Pipo Vilanova or what’s the name of that guy….” #fcblive #elclasico

    barcastuff barcastuff
    Mourinho: “Putting finger in eye Tito Vilanova? I don’t know any Pito Vilanova…” #elclasico #fcblive


  49. y2k156
    August 17, 2011

    Wow so happy. For me this is important trophy as well. In our year of 6 cups, this was one of them so that makes it important in my book.

    Fantastic performance by the team. Defending of set pieces was awful but that might also be because of limited time team has to play together. Messi keeps on coming up trumps. He was key in all the three goals today and also in two goals in first leg. We are living in special times.

    As for Madrid, have lost any respect for Mou ages ago. The guy is simply shit and he is ruining the game of football. Not by the physical play but by everything that he is doing. He is the poison and its sad what is happening to Madrid. Especially when they have a wonderful team and can legitimately challange us as they did for great part in two legs. Pity!

  50. mei
    August 17, 2011

    Hes trying to divert attention from his failing(again and again and again) team. scum.

  51. messifan
    August 17, 2011

    I hope they ban Mou from the game forever, so classless!!!!

  52. ciaran
    August 17, 2011

    As much as I hate EE and some of their players, to see Villa and Pinto react like that was disappointing.
    Marcelo was going to get a red card for that regardless of the reaction of our players. Marcelo looked well happy with himself after the tackle which was the worst.
    Pepe was disgraceful as usual but do any of us expect any more? Karanka and Mourinho will once again come out and say that our players go down too easy and that the referees favour us, let them, it belittles them more than us.

    For us to win this match at 60-70% fitness was amazing and makes me think that the gap is bigger this season than last. I mean, if you look at the bench from today we had Pinto, Fontas, Adriano, Keita, Thiago, Cesc & Alexis – which is probably the best bench anywhere in Europe including EE. Add to that, Puyol wasn’t even on the bench and we have Afellay as a backup. I’m pumped.

    The best thing about tonight wasn’t Messi’s goals or even the trophy.
    Mascherano was a monster of Puyol proportions tonight leading me to believe that he will in fact be our first choice centreback alongside Pique all season.

    As a Seether song says, Rise Above This and enjoy what was a thoroughly entertaining 90something minutes which brought us another trophy.
    If you need something else to brighten your day, the players’ strike gives us another 2 weeks to fully prepare for the season which could be huge.

  53. footballfan
    August 17, 2011

    What a performance by the team! It really is a good match, a great one for the neutral (except for the last-part nastiness).

    I think EE can do much better with a different coach. Mou really destroys football. I used to like him in the way he used mind-games, press conference back during Chelsea but now it appears he has lost it. Shame for EE really, such a good squad but poor attitude.

  54. Helge
    August 17, 2011

    First of all, I’m lost for words due to the sheer quality and awesomeness of our team – beating RM convincingly just 3 days after such a poor performance is unbelievable.

    Messi: 13 goals in 9 (or 10?) matches vs the EE. And what an assists by him, just like in the 5-0 last season! Is he God, or even better?

    Unfortunately I’m also lost for words when it comes to Pepe, Marcelona and Mourinho. They are SOOOOO despicable, it’s a shame that they spoil the beautiful game again and again.

    But it won’t take away my happiness, because we’ve kind a owned a Real Madrid side that was talking about (or better some of their fans) a 3-0 win and that our time is over, we’ve passed the zenith, EE will win every trophy this year.
    A Madrid side that Pep sincerely admitted to be in better condition right now.

    I’m also reliefed that there won’t be another clasico in the next 4 months. Even a Supercup felt like a CL knockout match in the end. They are sooooo desperate to beat us, it’s shocking.

    • Helge
      August 17, 2011

      Obviously I meant Marcelo as one of the most despicable persons in the history of football.

    • chop
      August 17, 2011

      RM is the dirtiest team I’ve seen in a long time and that’s pathetic considering that they’re the most expensive team. Every game they commit 2-3 red by the 67th minute but the refs have no clue how to govern the Clasicos. They usually hand out a token red at the end that has no effect at all on the match or future matches except it gives RM a chance to complain to the ref which makes them more hesitant handing out punishment which creates the same type of garbage match.

      Both teams also dive and complain to the ref even when the call is obvious. This is why the last 5 Classicos have been terrible to watch.

      Refs need to revisit the rulebook and hand out yellows immediately when they see them regardless of what effect it will have on the match. That’s the only way to get this clusterfuck under control.

      RM i

  55. K_legit
    August 17, 2011

    Mourinho is a cancer..that is all

  56. August 17, 2011

    Just saw the Villa smack on Oezil. Disgraceful David, and he deserved his red for that.

  57. mei
    August 17, 2011

    who was that journo that said if madrid lose this cup should better go and try f1 racing ?

    • Helge
      August 17, 2011

      Graham Hunter, I think he is kind a pro Barca 😀

  58. Alex
    August 17, 2011

    apparently Alexis got a slight injury when warming up, tahts why he didnt play

  59. culegirl3
    August 17, 2011

    I’m in a text battle with my brother over this game. I swear EE fans can’t admit defeat without an excuse!

    Great game! Can’t wait to see what this season will bring. I’m thankful every day we have such an amazing team and a great classy man like Guardiola to steer us towards glory.

    As far as EE is concerned…for a team who is supposed to be the royal team of Spain, their behavior speaks volumes. Just because you can’t play without kicking the daylights out of everyone doesn’t give you the right to behave like animals. I hope the Spanish FA reviews the fight and does something about Mourinho and that the ref’s stop being scared of making calls against Mou’s boys.

    If RM want to regain their dignity and reputation then FP better kick Mou, Pepe, Marcelo, and all the other thugs to the curve but he’s such a Mou ass kisser that I doubt it’ll happen.

    Visca Barca!

      • culegirl3
        August 17, 2011

        He’s not here Vj otherwise I would!

        I told him to build a bridge and get over it and to stop talking smack because his team didn’t win shit but alas EE fans suffer from narcism and delusions and they can’t get off their self righteous soap box either.

  60. can_we_go_Xalvies
    August 17, 2011

    Oh and guys, Cesc made the pass that set up the attack that set up the assist for the goal that won the game.

  61. chop
    August 17, 2011

    Anyone else find it funny that Pepe has now added diving to his repertoire? I saw 2 clear dives. One against Villa when there was a slight tug of the shirt I think and one against Messi when there was absolutely no contact.

    I guess he figures his usually thug play isn’t enough to get him red carded so he’s mixing in the diving now too.

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