1. Laurentiu88
    January 27, 2012

    Franco’s team at their best…

    What is happening is simply unbelievable. I am sure nothing will be done to reign in such behavior. Looks like Franco’s team is back to their true origins. They do have an identity!

    I guess this is a tactical choice from JM, seek to unite the team again – they are under attack from the referees, from Unicef and so on…

  2. Lev
    January 27, 2012

    Mourinho is a cancer that has spread to most of his players. Unfortunately it seems that EE is a long way from chemotherapy.

  3. zitux
    January 27, 2012

    whatever Barca hater say , Mou and Madrid doing

    Barca will still play total football to entertaint football fan

    a team with classic total football phylosophy want to play fotball with thropy

    a team want thropy with everything altough it is dirty tackle , big mouth etc

    football will win
    anti football will lose
    because this is football
    not kungfu

    Visca Barca!
    som hi Barca!
    Visca Barca!

  4. Srini
    January 27, 2012

    It is indeed disappointing and ugly as to what Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho is doing outside the field, apart from what they are doing on the field whenever they face Barcelona.

    But I think the best response to all this is to ignore and give up all the indignation and instead appreciate what Barcelona is achieving so far. After all, we have won the Copa tie and have eliminated the title holders.

    I think in the long run and in the longer perspective, Real Madrid’s despicable behavior is only helping shore up the support base for Barcelona, beyond what is already being added to by the Blaugrana’s wizardry on the pitch.

    There is still quite a tall order to overcome for this Barcelona team this season. They have a very difficult schedule even as their squad has thinned because of injuries; they still have a 5 point (not much but still daunting) lead to overcome; and they have to work hard to retain the Champions League during this difficult phase.

    Trying to engage in the Mourinho inflicted mind games and the dirtiness from Madrid will distract Barcelona from achieving that tall order – which, if achieved could very well cement this squad as among the best ever team assembled and that performed ever in not just football, but all of sport.

    And if indeed Barcelona overcome the likes of Valencia, Bilbao (and perhaps little Mirandes) to win the Copa; erase the 5 point lead by continuing to put away the games that their talent ought to and keep up the pressure on Madrid enough to see them slip which is inevitable in the La Liga; show the versatility and variety to tactically and strategically overcome the disparate teams in the Champions League – that would be the slap on Madrid’s “Mr Hyde and Mr Hyde – under Mourinho” face. And the ultimate thwack on perhaps the most pathetic individual in all sport today – Jose Mourinho.

  5. barca96
    January 27, 2012

    I wonder what the likes of Hierro, Raul, Guti & Zidane thinks about this.
    Because I think even Casillas has been brainwashed.
    I’m not even counting on S. Ramos. That guy is gone.

    • Lev
      January 27, 2012

      Well, Zidane was defending Pepe after he stepped on Messi’s hand, so…

  6. Calvin
    January 27, 2012

    This is completely off topic, but does anyone know of a single source or a group of sources where I can get information on net transfer spending by clubs from the top 3-4 leagues over the past 10 years?

  7. Boamcule
    January 27, 2012

    so when is villareal tie, Sunday or saturday?

  8. Barcaleya
    January 27, 2012

    Can i tweet this realeladio guy and tell him he’s THE donkey. Que burra! is that stooping to his level?!

    i hate these kinds of people…

  9. Salia
    January 27, 2012

    Here is a very stupid comment for you from some idiot on bleacher report who still cant recognise the brilliance that guardiola brings to Barca. It is laughable from first word to last. Completely ignores the Tactical genius of Pep to move messi to False 9, the strikerless formation and not to mention the most obvious tactical adjusment that Pep has made THE 3-4-3

    I have said it before, and here it is again: Guardiola is the most fortunate and OVERRATED coach in the world. He is ZERO when it comes to tactics, which includes transfer needs also.

    At 2-0, in the first 20 minutes of the second half Real were lost. Completely lost in the field. What did Barca do, Xavi and co started to play these meaningless, stupid passing in the midfield just to entertain the crowd instead of going on the killing the match. What did Mourinho do? he did the right subs and he controlled the match until the last minute.

    I hate Mourinho because to me he is a barbarian, he represents every thing disgusting about human beings. But he sure can put some tactics. Guardiola only has Plan A which was already set before he even coaches Barca. A coach that just cannot do a single change to a preset plan is not a coach.

    I am a Barca fan, but here it is: Real will win Liga very easily. And the next time these two teams meet in the Champions League, Real will come up victorious.

    And on top of all this he ‘claims’ he is a barca fan

    • Jafri
      January 27, 2012

      You should see the Real Madrid Football Blog. People over there named stuff like Captain Puyol etc posting things like, oh you guys were so superior, oh you’ll totally win la liga, barca is much worse than real i see now.

      Obvious trolls pretending to be barca fans.

    • G6O
      January 27, 2012

      To be fair, in the first 20 minutes of the second half, Real were indeed completely lost and we indeed weren’t looking to score the third goal the way we should have and instead played passes sideways and back even in situations in which there was more than enough space to build a dangerous attack into.

      I guess we were both tired and afraid that if the score becomes really embarrassing for Real, Real players would have gone really mad and there would have really been serious injuries this time. But fact is we could have killed the game and we didn’t.

  10. kinukinu
    January 27, 2012

    Yay Quenck-uh promoted to the first team!!!

  11. Jafri
    January 27, 2012

    Seriously, can’t some action be taken against Mourinho and his spokesperson. He’s admitted to badmouthing the referee. And to call Dani a donkey. It’s atrocious. Can’t he be sued or sanctioned?

    • kinukinu
      January 27, 2012

      Apparently the Shamans have a different view on the Donkey–I think it describes Dani pretty accurately (even explains the ears 🙂

      From http://www.shamanicjourney.com/article/6136/donkey-power-animal-symbol-of-intelligence-dedication

      “Donkey, Power Animal, Symbol of Intelligence, Dedication

      By Ina Woolcott

      Donkey is symbolic of versatility, intelligence, eager worker, determination, stubbornness, spiritual dedication, undying faith in the creative force, willingness to take onboard the responsibilities and burdens of others (beast of burden)….

      …The donkey is an indefatigable worker and personifies the qualities of determination and service to others. They have a deep dedication to the universe/All That Is. Donkeys are willing to take on the responsibilities and burdens of others….

      …Donkey have big, funnel like ears that can pick up sound a long way off. They know the messages held within each sound, showing us how to listen and awaken our clairvoyant abilities….

      • Jafri
        January 27, 2012

        So do you think Mourinho was referring to Dani’s indomitable spirit and responsible nature or just calling him an ass? Considering Mou’s track record…

      • kinukinu
        January 27, 2012

        Yeah–he was definitely calling him an ass. I was just trying to make lemonade. In grade school, if someone called you a jerk, the clever comeback was:

        A jerk is a tug
        A tug is a boat
        A boat goes on water
        Water is nature
        Nature is beautiful
        Thank you for the compliment!

        In conclusion, one Mou’s Ass is another cule’s “Ruc Catala”


        Dat’s all I’m sayin’

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  13. January 27, 2012

    BFB Community,

    Just getting caught up as I got busy with work. Thanks for all of the wonderful, thoughtful comments in this thread. Really insightful posts.

  14. Barcaguy
    January 29, 2012

    Euler, really wonderful analysis, thanks.
    Very little tika in our taka by the end of the game.
    I teach my boys that Barcaball has four elements, total technical command of the ball, situational awareness and a common tactical idea, rapid ball circulation, and constant movement off the ball. In the second half of the second half Barca seemed to have none of these, which is very strange.
    A clue for me that something is going wrong is when the ball is not played back and forth between the same two players. I think this serves to reboot the tactical thinking while keeping the ball moving and players engaged with one another.
    For me the problem this season is often Cesc. I think he was at Arsenal for too long. He’s static alot. He does make great plays, and score key goals, but too often he uncouples the series of chain reactions that is tika taka Barca style.

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