Match Comments Post: L’Hospi-Barça

It’s the freakin’ Copa del freakin’ Rey, people! GET HYPED. And get your GolTV on. Follow my spastic nonsense on Twitter as I won’t be able to run a liveblog

L’Hospitalet: Moragón, Peque, Lucas Viale, Manu Viale, Mousa, Llonch, Manel, Haro, Vela, Cirio, David Prats
Bench:  Corominas, Garcia, Hammouch, Zamora, Craviotto, Aday, Pitu, Guillen, Castaño

Barça: Pinto, Puyol, Fontàs, Maxwell, Keita, Dos Santos, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Villa, Tello
Bench: Oier, Sergi Roberto, Busquets, Abidal, Rafinha

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103 Comments

  1. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    Kickoff! Not many in the stadium – the Eur40 pricetag has kept people at home and in front of the TV

  2. jordi™
    November 9, 2011

    England at Wembly is high profile so even if they don’t start, any or all of cesc, villa, andres will play a part. at the very least we could have left out iniesta against a 3rd division team :3

  3. mom4
    November 9, 2011

    Boy o boy that ball moves on this turf!

  4. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    Good grief – that was almost a goal for Hospitalet!

  5. mom4
    November 9, 2011

    I like this little team.

    The camera angle seems a little strange to me. Making me seasick.

    • nzm
      November 9, 2011

      Yeah – this is what the camera view is like in the smaller stadiums – see it a lot in the Liga Adelante.

  6. mom4
    November 9, 2011

    oh crap- Pinto has the braids back- I think he plays better with the “plait of power”

    good save though

  7. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    Nice attempt by Keita – the first one! Getting closer.

  8. Helge
    November 9, 2011

    Wow, what a shame!

    The triple champion, double CL winner of the last years plays in the Cup against a 3rd Division team – and there are barely any spectators in the stadium :/

    In Germany, ANY stadium, even of a 6th Division club, would be packed to the very top as soon as Bayern Munich or another top team (say Borussia Dortmund) would play their in the DFB Pokal.

    The trend of attendances in Spanish football is alarming… it might soon be as low as it is in Italy (with some exceptions like Barca, EE).

    • nzm
      November 9, 2011

      People can’t afford to go anymore – the recession is hitting. 26% youung people unemployment.

      Tickets for the game were Eur10 for Soci’s first ticket, Eur20 for the second ticket. Non-members tickets were Eur40.

      The game is being televised on local channel TV3 as well as National La Sexta.

      A lot of people in front of TVs tonight.

      • nzm
        November 9, 2011

        BTW – approx. Eur40 can get us into most of the games at Camp Nou. Guess where we’d rather go?

        Last season, we got CdR tickets for Eur9 for Camp Nou (playing Almeria) – we couldn’t believe it!

    • nzm
      November 9, 2011

      Top left of the net. Awesome strike.

    • nzm
      November 9, 2011

      Keita got in the way a little and deflected Puyol’s header.

  9. November 9, 2011

    copied and pasted my tweets:

    Clalalive Clive
    Maxwell tryna convince me that’s a cross?
    35 seconds ago Favorite Reply Delete

    Clalalive Clive
    Hard to believe Keita diverted Puyol’s goal-bound header…
    2 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    Post! after Heluva goal .
    3 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    Not exactly Chelsea-ish, but Iniestazo is always sweet.
    3 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Iniesta
    4 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    Some calmness from Fontas. Won the ball TWICE comfortably. #whereisfontas
    6 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    A third division club could play like beasts against us too. #nowhappening
    9 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    Great half clearance/pass from Fontas. #whereisfontas
    11 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    Still scratching my head asking why didn’t Keita play in the rain of Pamplona last week. #bombabox
    14 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    Once again, Keita.
    15 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    Explosive speed of Tello finds us width. Not so much on the left where Maxwell is playing.
    16 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    #Faceshot #villa
    18 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    Rafinha on the bench! Will we see the awesome Alcantara brothers play together for the first team this season? #brightfuture
    19 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    We don’t have width problem. We only have finishing problem #fcbarcelona
    21 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    Pep finally answered my #whereisfontas question. Hope he will perform well.
    23 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    Oh thank goodness, Fontas is (finally) ON, and if I remember correctly, it’s also Pinto’s first match! @WMakinaciones @fontas24
    25 minutes ago

    Clalalive Clive
    just tuned in and found out that shot from Keita saved?! #signingoff

    • nzm
      November 9, 2011

      Definitely won’t be seeing the Alcantara bros playing together tonight! 🙂

  10. Dani_el
    November 9, 2011

    Iniesta Golazo!! This guy, this guy kills me. It was kind of a boring much, and he comes and do this. He should try way more often from outside the penalty box.

  11. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    And where does Villa’s freekick go?

    Right to the GK! He didn’t have to move…

  12. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    Villa’s next shot – wiiiide – after some good 1-2s with Cesc and Xavi.

  13. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    Switched to 3 at the back now. Puyol playing RB, Fontas Centre and Maxwell LB. Dos Santos gone forward.

    • nzm
      November 9, 2011

      But it didn’t last long. Dos Santos has had to come back again with the l’Hospi pressure.

  14. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    Aiyiyi – what a miss by Cesc. Great work by Keita.

  15. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    A better free kick from Villa, but still too easy for the GK.

  16. mom4
    November 9, 2011

    And if Villa doesn’t score today, what does that do to his confidence? 🙁

    • nzm
      November 9, 2011

      Uh huh – playing a tercera division team… But then, Cesc didn’t do that well, either.

    • Ryan
      November 9, 2011

      Some of his shots should’ve been a goal tho. What kind of keeper correctly dives after a diverted shot? Que mala suerte…

  17. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    When is Villa going to realise that balls cannot travel through people? 😐

  18. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    Whooooooooooo – great save from Pinto!!!!!!!!!!

    • nzm
      November 9, 2011

      He fell on the hard turf. Must be concrete under this carpet.

  19. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    The B boys are giving a good show tonight.

    Dos Santos has been great at RB with his forays forward, and Tello has been dynamic on the RW.

  20. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    Great save by the l’Hospi goalie from a deflected Villa shot.

  21. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    Maxwell’s not winning any brownie points with his capitan tonight. 😐

  22. nzm
    November 9, 2011

    Fulltime – thus endeth the running commentary. 😀

    L’Hospi can be proud of themselves – they ran into the ground defending tonight, and had some decent chances.

  23. can_we_go_Xalvies
    November 9, 2011

    atleast we didn’t lose 0-4 or something, a win is a win, and now the fifa virus YAY!

  24. November 9, 2011

    So I’ve come to know that I did myself a favour by not watching this 0-1 draw.

    Thanks nzm though, for the yeoman (woman?) service..

  25. Calvin
    November 9, 2011

    So, debuts for Tello and Rafinha today eh? I think that brings the number to 20 during Pep’s reign.

    • mega_tajh
      November 9, 2011

      Barcelona B attacker Rafinha (18) is the 23rd homegrown player who makes his first team debut since Guardiola became coach in 2008 #fcblive Impressive nevertheless

      • Calvin
        November 9, 2011

        Do you know if that includes friendlies? Or only official matches? I thought I was caught up on that statistic, but apparently not

        • G6O
          November 9, 2011

          Official games only. Deulofeu debuted officially two weeks ago but he played in the preseason games.

  26. Huckleberry
    November 9, 2011

    We’r unable to score without Messi these days…

  27. BarcaGirl_Indo
    November 9, 2011

    Barça won 0-1 against Hospitalet on a difficult artificial turf pitch! yeay us! 😀

    for heaven sake, was it have to be that painful? It’s so difficult to score goals without Messi, that goal was a brilliant individual skill by Iniesta… God help us!

    • mom4
      November 9, 2011

      Why are you panicking? I know! And now Villa’s gonna be more anxious because he didn’t score against a Segunda B side A win is a win. so many times they got past our defense. It was sooooooo worrying And we quite obviously had problems with the pitch. yeah, the pitch caused us to shoot the ball straight at the keeper It wasn’t painful. It was a brave performance by a small but motivated side. Now we have an away goal!

        • mom4
          November 10, 2011

          U R NO FUN and missed the point completely
          🙂

      • BarcaGirl_Indo
        November 9, 2011

        fine, I listen to a mother’s wise words.. 😛
        that was a great match, we saw Tello and Rafinha’s debut.. most importantly, Fontas!! he’s alive!!

        oh dear boys, hopefully international break will make you all remember how to score a goal… especially you Dahveed, chut de bol, de bol tu de net, not de kiper!

    • blitzen
      November 9, 2011

      Hey stranger!

      I just read Rafinha’s tweets after his debut and I’m a bit verklempt. <3

      • November 9, 2011

        Tw Rafa Alcantara: acabo de llegar a casa, listo para dormir, pero hoy no es una noche normal. hoy acabo de realizar un sueño, poder debutar en el mejor equipo del mundo no tiene palabras. hace unos años jamas pensé que podría ser posible

        si crees de verdad en tus sueños….estos se hacen realidad, gracias por el apoyo de todos vosotros de corazón…GRACIAS

        /DED

        • Ryan
          November 9, 2011

          And he had that great move where he turned into the box only to be fouled (not called), so he didn’t let the situation overwhelm him either. 😀 Hopefully we see more of him in the Copa!

  28. blitzen
    November 9, 2011

    I’m downloading the match now. Mainly for the Iniestazo and Rafinha’s debut.

    So, if we have Bovember now, can we skip Hlebuary? 😛

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      November 9, 2011

      after Bovember, we must pass Desimbra first, and Bojanuary…
      oh, crap… 😕

  29. BarcaGirl_Indo
    November 9, 2011

    Pep’s Press Conference, by _Emily84.tumblr.com_

    Q1: David Villa once again didn’t score today. Do you think he’s going through a bad spell?

    Pep: He’s worked really hard today, pressuring rivals etc. I am very happy with his performance, he gave us depth and had many chances on goal. He did everything he was asked, pressuring opponents and recovering balls. It doesn’t matter that he didn’t score.

    Q2: But Villa’s game wasn’t his best…

    Pep: (interrupts reporter) Yeah, because he didn’t get to play the last two games! I was the one who benched him, so it’s my fault.

    Q3: Villa was called up with the Spain NT, despite not being in top form lately…

    Pep: Of course he was, he’s the NT’s top goalscorer! I dare you to do better than he has done for the NT! The records he’s set with La Roja will be hard to break in future by any player, he’s incredible.

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      November 9, 2011

      another translation from Sport.es by Emily84

      On the other hand, [Pep Guardiola] has praised the performance of David Villa who, despite trying really hard, wasn’t able to score: “I am very happy with David’s performance because he was really aggressive in the one-on-one, he had six or seven shots on goal, but the goalkeeper was great.” “I have zero doubts about Villa, he was fantastic today”, he emphasized.

  30. BarcaGirl_Indo
    November 9, 2011

    and Emily84 also wrote about a racist incident on her tumblr :
    Also there was that ugly racist incident during the game when people from a xenophobic political group who had infiltrated the stadium dressed themselves in burqas and started yelling and holding up racist signs (I didn’t see any of it on camera though, I heard my commentators talking about it).
    It was mentioned in the press conference but Pep didn’t see anything from the bench (they were probably in the stands BEHIND the benches), but he said he was ouraged at the episode.
    I hope Catalan papers will mention this tomorrow, I’ll make sure to translate any article that comes up about it.

    I didn’t hear anything about this racist incident. how shameful if it’s true.

    • nzm
      November 10, 2011

      Yes – the cameras focussed on them briefly as they were being escorted out of the stands by the police.

  31. StrongWaterPressure
    November 9, 2011

    The pressure wasn’t strong enough tonight. I gotta start wondering if the zenith hath been reached or not. I wonder where the turning point is- if it is somewhere in there when the guys have won everything and don’t have anything more to fight for, if it’s a moment we miss, but it’s there. And even if- this team has rocked like none other.

    • Miguel
      November 9, 2011

      Heh. Usually I despise handles peeps give themselves- I think that episode of Seinfeld where George tries to call himself ‘T-Bone’- but yours is pretty awesome.

      • barca96
        November 9, 2011

        George calling himself T-Bone?? haha Where did he come up with that?

    • K_legit in Oz
      November 9, 2011

      Greatest nickname since ‘lovelymofo’
      where did she disappear to anyway?!

  32. barca96
    November 10, 2011

    It’s really dead here lately. Sigh.
    So dead until I have to go to TB to read comments.

    Could those that watched the match rate the youngsters who played last night?
    Rafinha & Tello.
    JDS played out of position again so it isn’t really fair for him.
    Did Xavi, Iniesta & Villa play the full match?

    • nzm
      November 10, 2011

      The comments on TB are only marginally better than those on Goal.com. I have given up commenting at length on there, but still visit to read their posts. Voting systems on comments bring out the idiots and trolls.

    • nzm
      November 10, 2011

      Tello was really dynamic on the RW and then later on he switched to LW where he made a couple of great moves. He recovered a lot of ball and was very active.

      JDS also had a solid game at RB. He, too, won a lot of balls and his advances to the front were measured and intelligent.

      Rafinha wasn’t on for very long, and he struggled with the timing of passes to him – especially when the ball was put through to him for a chance on goal. However, it wasn’t a very fair game to bring him into the first team to really judge him – the artificial pitch was hard and fast, and the ball moved quickly.

      Iniesta was replaced by Busquets in the second half; Xavi and Villa played the full game. Rafinha came in for Cesc.

  33. nzm
    November 10, 2011

    Here’s another laugh for the day!

    I was looking up some info, and called up the Wiki for the President of the United Arab Emirates – Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalifa_bin_Zayed_Al_Nahyan

    Here’s what it says in the second paragraph:
    “He is the current chairman of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), and the owner of Spain club Real Madrid.”

    Further down, under the heading “Business Portfolio”, it says this:
    “Football In 16 July 2011 Khalifa Nahyan buy Real Madrid from the Finnish/British businessman Mirco Haikonnen Ullreich,Jr MBE with 700.000.000,00 million $ as the Must expensive richest club from Arabic businessman.In the first business Khalifa want to buy a player for Real Madrid squad.The player is Hamit Altintop,Nuri Sahin,Fabio Coentrao,and Jose Callejon.”

    I know that it’s inaccurate, but it did make me smile. 😀

  34. blitzen
    November 10, 2011

    African Footballer of the Year: Nominees are Drogba, Eto’o, Yaya Toure, Gervinho, Taarabt, Andre Ayew, KPB, Moussa Sow, Seydou Keita & Gyan

    Much as I wish Keita would win, I’m going to go with The Yaya as most deserving. Eto’o will probably get it, though. Not that he is undeserving, but I think The Yaya is a monster right now.

    • November 10, 2011

      Eto’o was more vital last season though. 38 goals for a shit Inter. He literally carried the team to third. He’d deserve it for that season. Yaya has been great too though.

    • Ryan
      November 10, 2011

      Yaya’s goals gave City their first trophy in who knows how long though, although you’re right, Yaya’s surrounding players are on a higher level than Eto’o’s.

  35. November 10, 2011

    Brace yourselves, kids: Rumors of a possible Sanchez injury. He’s at a clinic getting checked out right now, according to @AlfreMartinez via Twitter. Wow. Dude needs a number change, stat!

    Sanchez says it was just a routine exam, and he’s all fine.

  36. blitzen
    November 10, 2011

    Santi Claus Cazorla on Xavi:

    “Xavi represents Spain’s style better than anyone,” Cazorla says. “He is unique because of how he thinks, how he sees the game with such simplicity. There’s no one better. I’ve never seen anything like him. He makes everything easier. They said I’d ‘done a Xavi’ and I said: ‘Doing a Xavi is impossible.’ The approach is similar, though. Xavi’s a player you don’t want to retire ever but we have people who, while not the same, can take over. There is talent and an idea. The future looks good.”

    From Sid Lowe’s lovely article on the Spanish NT and Santi in particular:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2011/nov/09/santi-cazorla-england-spain

    • Nik
      November 10, 2011

      Thanks for the article! Sid’s player profiles/interviews are always fun to read.

  37. nzm
    November 10, 2011

    Thiago is captain in tonight’s U-21 against Estonia.

    • blitzen
      November 10, 2011

      Well now I have to download it tonight! <3

      • nzm
        November 10, 2011

        Yup – 7 minutes in and they’ve scored twice! 🙂

        • blitzen
          November 10, 2011

          Oh dear. Poor Estonia. Why don’t they all just agree to a 3-0 scoreline and go for a few drinks instead? 😛

          • nzm
            November 10, 2011

            Yeah – I would just concede now!

            I think that Cuenca may have put on both crosses for the assists too, but the TV camerawork is not that great.

            They obviously aren’t prepared to take their #1 camera crews to Melilla!

  38. nzm
    November 10, 2011

    Hat-trick to Rodrigo with an assist from Cuenca now playing on the Left!

    Thiago is also having a very good game. He’s got the commentators in raptures about his ball skills.

    • nzm
      November 10, 2011

      Sorry – wasn’t Cuenca. Darn it.

      • November 10, 2011

        Wasn’t the second one from Cuenca? I know Sarabia assisted the 1st and 3rd. Not sure about the 2nd. My boy Sarabia is having a cracker of a game! If Thiago is going to adopt a deeper role, i suspect he will have to learn when to dribble/do fancy ball tricks more. He’s playing very well though. Delight to watch

        • nzm
          November 10, 2011

          Yes – 2nd assist was Cuenca, but not the 3rd.

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