A Dead Rubber: Barcelona – BATE Liveblog

This match is about as important to our overall season as the polar bears turned out to be in LOST. With 90% of the first team given a rest, this should be a great chance to get a glimpse of what the future holds for the team. Personally, I’m really excited to see Montoya and Fontas get some time, but come by and root for your own favorite youngster.

Starting XI: Pinto, Montoya, Bartra, Fontas, Maxwell, Sergi Roberto, Dos Santos, Thiago, Pedro, Rafinha, Cuenca

Bench:

Refreshments will be served at 2:40 PM EST. Game is at 2:45 PM EST

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  1. ooga aga
    December 6, 2011

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  2. ooga aga
    December 6, 2011

    oh man, i nailed the lineup. perfect 11 for 11. shower me with mad props please.

    Pinto (13)
    Montoya (35) Bartra (32) Fontás (24)Maxwell (19)
    Sergi Roberto (30) Jonathan dos Santos (28) Thiago (11)
    Cuenca (39) Rafinha (34) Pedro (17)

    • December 6, 2011

      So excited I’m streaming from my phone! Can’t wait.

  3. mom4
    December 6, 2011

    Pique not starting. Increases the chance of him starting v EE.
    IMHO

  4. Gogah
    December 6, 2011

    brilliant show by the young boys of the future.
    almost deserves a review / ratings

  5. December 6, 2011

    That was brilliant. We should play the same team against Madrid. No way they would know how to prepare or react against them. We will easily win 4-1.

    • Gogah
      December 6, 2011

      i was thinking the same thing.
      4-1 is a bit much. it could very well be a draw which ill happily take. what an embarrassment that’d be to EE though

      • Calvin
        December 6, 2011

        On that note… Anyone remember who Pep subbed in right at the end of the second CL semifinals against EE last season?

        Sergi Roberto. I love when Pep thumbs his nose like that.

      • mom4
        December 6, 2011

        He was kidding, hon. Have a cookie!

          • mom4
            December 6, 2011

            Always be a good host/hostess to your guests. Epecially if it’s a Madr*dista that we particularly like.

  6. Olufestus
    December 6, 2011

    The future is here…they are the leaders of tommorow

  7. Renata
    December 6, 2011

    It was a very entertaining game. Very good showings all around… but I feel like covering Cuenca in praise.

    • Calvin
      December 6, 2011

      I do too, but that’s probably because if you include earning the penalty, he had 3 assists tonight

      • mega_tajh
        December 6, 2011

        I for one loved Montoya!!! Kid is it for Rb.

  8. mega_tajh
    December 6, 2011

    So as things stand who do you guys want for the R16.Most of the runner ups in these groups are all favorable for us. Uefa get us Apoel!!

      • mega_tajh
        December 6, 2011

        Oooo i thought how Apoel lost and Zenit got the draw that Zenit would top the group my bad.

        • G6O
          December 6, 2011

          It’s the direct matches balance that is looked at first I think

    • G6O
      December 6, 2011

      Trabzonspor is the best option if they can get at least a draw tomorrow at Lille. But really, the only difficult options are Manchester City or Manchester United if one or both of them finishes second in their group. Hopefully City ends up second, get EE and beat them

      • Chiu
        December 6, 2011

        Only Manchester United that capable to eliminate EE in round 16, if they finish 2nd of their group. City still dont have enough capacity right now to fight EE, imo

        • G6O
          December 6, 2011

          I’m afraid United don’t have that capacity right now either. City looks the better team of the two 🙁

  9. December 6, 2011

    Pep: “Riverola* was warming up and I asked him, ‘Are you ready?’ And he answered: ‘I’ve been preparing for this my whole life’.”

    DED.

    *He’s been at Barca since he was 6 years old.

  10. mani
    December 6, 2011

    Looks like we’ll be ass-kicking well into the next decade 🙂

    Amazing work from Cuenca! He’ll soon have a truck load of girlfriends to pick from 😉

    I’m all for playing the same 11 against EE!

    • Chiu
      December 6, 2011

      maybe mom4 interested with Cuenca 🙂 kidding mom

      • mom4
        December 6, 2011

        You had best be kidding young’un 😈

  11. December 6, 2011

    Ooooh, impressive match from the barça babies! 😉
    It’s just so satisfying seeing the bbs win like that.
    Much love..

    And cuenca!! Keep it up.

  12. December 6, 2011

    This was the first time I had seen Rafinha for a whole game (as opposed to Youtube highlights). I was really impressed. There’s something about his presence. There’s a brashness to him that really stands out. It reminds me a little bit of Ronaldhinho actually (the same way Thiago’s skill-set and position on the field remind me of Ronaldhino).

  13. just listenin
    December 6, 2011

    The passing rhythm was amazing. The pace and accuracy, one touches and steady movement we’ve sometimes been lacking in the first team. Really impressive match, they out and out dominated.

  14. Ryan
    December 6, 2011

    The team celebration for Montoya’s goal was absolutely adorable. 😀 It was his first goal for Barca’s senior team, right?

  15. ooga aga
    December 6, 2011

    comparing two matches against BATE

    1st match score 0-5
    2nd match score 4-0

    1st match:Barca shots (on goal) = 23(12)
    2nd match:Barca shots (on goal) = 22(9)

    1st match:BATE shots (on goal) = 5(0)
    2nd match:BATE shots (on goal) = 2(0)

    1st match:Barca possession = 73%
    2nd match:Barca possession = 75%

    now tell me which game we had mostly B-teamers playing against a BATE team that still had Europe League hopes?

    • Chiu
      December 6, 2011

      I didn’t watch the match. But looking at the scoreline, was BATE playing their first evelen? If they rolled their first team, then Barca babies were so damn good :p. Occasionally, the quality gap in CL group stage is just too far-off, especially for debutant if they meet European big fish.

      I’m curious to know what’s the feeling of BATE players after defeated by our B boys. Congratulations for all youngsters.

  16. BarcaGirl_Indo
    December 6, 2011

    Barça get 16 points in their Champions League group, a record under Guardiola. This was their best ever Champions League group.

    I guess we’re not in crisis, are we? 😛

    so proud for Barça babies, their reactions just too cute and adorable, they’re so happy! congrats, babies!

  17. mom4
    December 6, 2011

    Just finished watching. So proud of the babies. Now back to worrying about Saturday.

    • Chiu
      December 6, 2011

      Maybe next time, we could start juvenil A in meaningless CL match to give the opponent chance to fight 🙂 **just kidding man** for BATE fans

    • mom4
      December 6, 2011

      Oh my gosh that’s brilliant. And Dani can get away with just ’bout any hat. Villa, not so much!

      • BarcaGirl_Indo
        December 6, 2011

        after my observation, I’m not a fan of Alexis’ fashion taste 😕

        • Chiu
          December 6, 2011

          But i believe mom4 and BGI are fans of Alexis without fashion (read: shirt off) hahaha 🙂

          • mom4
            December 6, 2011

            OK Chiu, now you’re on my list…

        • mom4
          December 6, 2011

          Sanchez’s fashion seems not so bad. Villa needs an intervention.

    • Chiu
      December 6, 2011

      One row up, there are Valdes, Iniesta and Busi. (not showed in the gif)

      all first teamers were there, except Messi. Where’s he?

      • mom4
        December 6, 2011

        Saw him in TV footage w/ Mache and co.

        • Chiu
          December 6, 2011

          ok nice if you saw him. am afraid Messi is mad at Pep because he was sidelined from that meaningless match and decided to cry or play lego at home, rather than watching the game.

      • Dani_el
        December 6, 2011

        I believe Messi wouldn’t stand seeing a match outside the field. As a matter a fact, I have never seen him in the stands.
        I have never seen Pedro taking a penalty kick also.

        Great game for the future of our club, Madridistas are gonna be still dissapointed for some time to come.

        • Dani_el
          December 6, 2011

          Mom4 is right, I’ve just read he was with Masche in two seats more discreet, closer to the subs seats.

        • Chiu
          December 6, 2011

          Those youngsters can still develop and dreaming playing for first team as long as we have coach with one of Pep typical. Unwavering faith to the youth and willing to pave the way for them.

      • nzm
        December 7, 2011

        Messi sat with Masch lower down towards the field. There was one camera shot on him during the game.

      • nzm
        December 7, 2011

        Just wanted to add that Pique has been the absent one on the sidelines when he hasn’t played. He has not been seen in the stands for any of the matches in which he hasn’t played.

  18. Chiu
    December 6, 2011

    Silly topic. Reminded about Pinto braided hair last night, I wanna know how long he set up his hair everyday before go to work (playing match and training is working for football players, right). Not a simple task in daily morning rush in the real life 🙂

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      December 7, 2011

      lol, he eez Pinto.. nothing is too hard for him.. 😛

    • nzm
      December 7, 2011

      I’m so sad that they’re not renewing Pinto’s contract. His absence from the team in terms of camaraderie and keeping up the spirits and sideline battles against RM will be missed, I’m sure.

  19. K_legit in Oz
    December 7, 2011

    I’m gonna catch the clasico with the Barça penya in Melbourne..any Cules in Melbourne are welcome!

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