Rayo – Barça Match Comments Post

Today we face Rayo Vallecano. The last time we played was a 4-0 drubbing with Alexis, Messi, and a certain David Villa all finding the net. That was the last match in which Villa scored before he broke his leg. He is not in the starting lineup to find the net again on his return, unfortunately, but Ibrahim Afellay is on the bench! Yay!

Lineups:

Barça: Pinto, Montoya, Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano, Busquets, Keita, Thiago, Messi, Alexis Sánchez, Pedro

Rayo: Cobeño, Tito, Arribas, Pulido, Rober, Movilla, Trashorras, Michu, Lass, Tamudo, Diego Costa

And with that, Pep ruins my plans for Fantasy league domination. Valdes and Cuenca will take no part and Cesc and Tello start on the bench. At least Messi will play…

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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater New York City area with his wife and daughter.

149 Comments

  1. blitzen
    April 29, 2012

    Very happy to see Afellay on the bench! I hope he gets at least 15-20 minutes.

    Pinto is getting some much-needed practice for the CdR final.

    And I have absolutely nothing against Ray Vallecano (in fact I think they are pretty OK), but I really want to see Barça demolish them today. The team needs a morale boost, Messi needs some goals, and I need to see some pretty football.

    • nzm
      April 29, 2012

      Watching them warm up.

      Messi has shaved. That’s always a good sign. 😀

    • mom4
      April 29, 2012

      Hooray!

    • mom4
      April 29, 2012

      I’m at work. Shhhhh, don’t tell I’m posting.

    • Messiah10
      April 29, 2012

      Seeing Affelay on the field warming up made me smile. Very excited to see him hopefully get some minutes. Messi does need a goal or 2 to boost his morale and the teams. I’d also like to see Pedro get on the score sheet. Let’s see what Ray Ray says!

  2. TITO
    April 29, 2012

    I don’t know why, i just want Messi to win this season’s golden boot.

  3. kinukinu
    April 29, 2012

    What?? No liveblog??

    • dean
      April 29, 2012

      I think Calvin said he’s did not want to do them anymore due to the negativity last time.

      I’m sure many would be happy to volunteer to do them, including me, but hopefully Calvin will be back next week

    • kinukinu
      April 29, 2012

      Firts Pep, now Calvin. Who’s next? Obama?

    • April 29, 2012

      Actually, it was FIRST Calvin THEN Pep.

    • blitzen
      April 29, 2012

      I’m not surprised. I wasn’t in the last liveblog since I was at work, but I can imagine what it was like. There is a certain subset of “fans” that like nothing better than to point out every negative thing about their team when things aren’t going well.

      I’m not saying that everyone has to be all sunshine and butterflies all the time, and it’s perfectly fine to voice an opinion, but some people act like a poor performance from this team is a personal affront. They need to get over themselves and realize that this team is made up of human beings who can’t be perfect all the time. Especially considering how hard they have worked over the last 4 years.

    • zashaw
      April 29, 2012

      Arriving a bit late here, but I just wanted to give blitzen the award for awesome post that I couldn’t possibly improve on. Thus is the awarder himself awarded 😉

      I really couldn’t ask the team for any more than they’ve given — even what they’ve given is already too much to ask for.

    • blitzen
      April 29, 2012

      Herself. But thanks! 😀

    • zashaw
      April 29, 2012

      Oops, sorry, now that I know that “himself” awarded sounds weird. Thanks for being cool about it.

  4. dean
    April 29, 2012

    I would have liked to see more canteranos now that they won against Sevilla but hey Montoya’s getting some time =)

    • blitzen
      April 29, 2012

      Goddamit, it just switched to something else.

    • nzm
      April 29, 2012

      yeah – went to Russian!

  5. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Pinto getting the nod. I like it.

  6. BarcaOwl
    April 29, 2012

    What does the banner say about Pep?

  7. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Ray just mentioned ruomours that Dani could be otw out??? I don’t like the sound of that

  8. messifan
    April 29, 2012

    The little kids are so cute!

  9. BarcaOwl
    April 29, 2012

    Heh, the kids are in costume. So cute.

  10. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Press and photographers just engulfed Pep!

  11. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Wow Pinto looks shaky with the ball out of the back!

  12. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Pitch looks like a cabbage field! Busquets just escapes a card and penalty

  13. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    C’mon GolTv. Get the technical problems fixed!

  14. Ryan
    April 29, 2012

    Alexis to Pedro to Messi goal!

    • Messiah10
      April 29, 2012

      Great play by Alexis to find Pedro. Phil likes Pedro on the right side. Ala Villa Messi Pedro days

  15. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    That was a goal worthy of tiki taka!

  16. messifan
    April 29, 2012

    Every corner or free kick near our box is a near heart attack moment for me.

    • Messiah10
      April 29, 2012

      I hear ya. Makes me feel better that Keita is in there to deal with them

  17. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Pedrito!

  18. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    I love Rayo’s stadium. Ala Wrigley Field. WOuld be sweet to see a game there

  19. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Nice track back and steal from Messi to start it!

  20. Ryan
    April 29, 2012

    Could’ve used this luck in the last few games… but hooray for goals!

  21. messifan
    April 29, 2012

    I love Alexis.

  22. mom4
    April 29, 2012

    Sounds like I’m missing a fun one.

    • messifan
      April 29, 2012

      Entertaining match, Mom4!
      Keita just scored with a Messi assist.

  23. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    WHAT a pass from Messi! Keita!

  24. K_legit in Oz
    April 29, 2012

    Is a magisterial performance so far

  25. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    3-0 to the ones who are missing it. Playing beautifully! Alexis, Messi, & Pedro clicking on all cylinders!

  26. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    THAT pass is why Messi is the greatest. I mean C’MON. How did he see that opening???

  27. messifan
    April 29, 2012

    People standing on the roof to watch the match. I officially love Rayo stadium 🙂

    • Messiah10
      April 29, 2012

      like Wrigley Field in Chicago! Ha. Lol. Ray just said, “don’t push” to the people on roof of building!

  28. nzm
    April 29, 2012

    Stupid British commentators saying that Puyol might leave for a big $$ contract.

    Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • messifan
      April 29, 2012

      Huh????

      Puyi is Mr. Barcelona.

    • blitzen
      April 29, 2012

      LOL whut??? Not. Going. To. Happen.

    • Messiah10
      April 29, 2012

      Even Pep left at some point. It could happen if Puyol wants to get 1 last payday to set his family up

    • BarcaOwl
      April 29, 2012

      They must be smoking some really good stuff to come up with that one. 😉

    • Richzorz
      April 29, 2012

      lol yeah he’s still on a big contract for at least another year at Barca…

  29. messifan
    April 29, 2012

    An open first half. Both sides came out attacking. And we scored THREE goals. Rayo fans are fantastic!!!

  30. Laurentiu88
    April 29, 2012

    i wonder what is Pep noting in his book there? some cocktail recipes? some advice for Tito – ‘Thiago to do 100 push-ups for each ball lost’ …

    no matter what they say this team looks amazing! we look very strong! maybe we need some extra.. that a new leader can bring.

    what an assist from messi. the guy knows his job!

    but, very few smiles tonight…

    • nzm
      April 29, 2012

      I’ll second that punishment for Thiago! 😀

    • nzm
      April 29, 2012

      Another 100 for every missed sitter!

  31. April 29, 2012

    Scintillating half from the team. They look so free and fluid out on the pitch. Playing some beautiful stuff.

    Messi has scored a goal to finish off a brilliant team move. He assisted another with a gorgeous pass after a great run. And he created the opportunity for the other goal through his defense and pressing up the pitch.

    The front 3 are playing so well. Rather than having the wingers hug the touchline they are getting the ball, using it to commit defenders and then create attacking thrust towards goal.

    • nzm
      April 29, 2012

      A faster passing midfield helps too.

    • April 29, 2012

      Yes. Getting healthy bodies in there in place of an injured Xavi and Iniesta helps a great deal.

    • Messiah10
      April 29, 2012

      Euler,

      That being said. Did Pep make a mistake in playing Xavi or did Xavi hurt the team by wanting to play in the Clasico and CL Semi? I know it would’ve been impossible to sit me had I just had a minor knack, but it did hurt the team

    • Messiah10
      April 29, 2012

      Nice point. You can just feel the quickness and lively step back in the midfield

  32. Ryan
    April 29, 2012

    Hooray for Pedro goal!

  33. messifan
    April 29, 2012

    Hmm…Adriano out; Dani in. Adriano injured?

  34. nzm
    April 29, 2012

    Afellay coming on!

  35. Ryan
    April 29, 2012

    Hooray for Ibi!

    Nice open game for him to join too.

  36. dean
    April 29, 2012

    Affelay !!!

  37. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    AFFELAY!!!

  38. BarcaOwl
    April 29, 2012

    It’s Ibi!

  39. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Yeah, we all said Affelay at 4 – 4:01! LOL

  40. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Wouldn’t it be icing on the cake to see him find the back of the net or a nice assist

  41. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Keita is a STUD

    • nzm
      April 29, 2012

      Yup – great game for him tonight. Held the ball when needed, defended very well, and tidied up.

  42. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Thiago!

  43. jordi™
    April 29, 2012

    Carles no like dancing 😀

    • Messiah10
      April 29, 2012

      Puyol is all class

    • blitzen
      April 29, 2012

      I love him. <3

  44. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Nice 1,2 from Dani & Pedro and great ball from Dani

  45. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Dani just got pelted. He asked for it

  46. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Let’s get Tello a goal

  47. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    That’s why he’s our captain. We don’t need that nonsense after a goal. That’s EE celebration stuff. Ha. Shaquira just called Yoko Ono of Barcelona!

    • culegirl3
      April 29, 2012

      Commentators being a tad harsh calling her that but she has had that yoko Ono effect 😉

    • Messiah10
      April 29, 2012

      Phil & Ray didn’t call her that. They were just mentioning what’s been said in Barcelona this year. Probably by the press. Just want to clarify my comment.

    • Ryan
      April 29, 2012

      I’m going to need a regression analysis before I believe that!

    • messifan
      April 29, 2012

      It probably is statistically insignificant 🙂

    • April 29, 2012

      Not trying to be a jerk and correct you, so don’t take it that way, but this post reminded me of my very stern statistics professor:

      “You may find results that are not significant, but nothing in statistics is insignificant!”

    • messifan
      April 29, 2012

      Ahh… I should rephrase it, “not statistically significant” 🙂

  48. Messiah10
    April 29, 2012

    Tito and Pep look thrilled. lol

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