Getafe – Barcelona Match Comments Post

It’s a big game today as Barcelona looks to avoid the FIFA virus (although Alba seems to have already succumbed). Getafe is a difficult opponent as their strategic placement of free Burger King in the locker room lead to Barcelona losing at their stadium last year, and they’ve already taken points from the other big team in Spain this season. Iniesta and Sanchez are out with injuries but we may see Puyol’s new image – he has decided to go for a style straight out of a Dumas book. Dos Santos and Fontas were left at home for this trip while Tello and Deulofeu traveled (let’s be honest, Tello is a de facto first team player these days).

NO MESSI?!?!?!?!

Starting XI: Valdes, Montoya, Puyol, Pique, Adriano, Xavi, Busquets, Thiago, Pedro, Cesc, Tello

Bench:  Pinto, Alves, Mascherano, Song, Messi, Villa, Deulofeu

Match time is 20:00 Barcelona time / 2:00 PM EST.

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  1. ooga aga
    September 15, 2012

    i daresay this is the biggest test of tito’s coaching acumen thus far. bigger than the supercopas. getafe is a physical, bus-parking team, and we are shorthanded. cant wait to see what tito comes up with. he seemed confident in the prematch interview saying something like “i know exactly what we need to do”

    (actually, will he even be on the sideline for this?)

  2. September 15, 2012

    No Messi? I predict this game is either gonna be a hot mess or an epic win. We’ll see 😀

    This site slow today for some reasons.

  3. replayed
    September 15, 2012

    Haha, so it appears that Villanova was late to his press conference because he had to calm Messi down after he threw a hissy fit upon being informed he wasn’t starting.

    So Tito is daring to do what Pep pretty much gave up on doing the past couple of years: sitting Messi down.

    For the team’s sake, I hope for a comfortable 2-goal lead by the hour mark. Then Tito won’t have any need to bring Messi in at all, and a valuable precedent will have been set.

      • replayed
        September 15, 2012

        Sorry, folks. That was a joke (hence the haha).

        All I have is a tweet saying that Tito was late to his presser because he had meeting with Messi to find out “how he felt” after his international duty.

        The rest is humor.

        Didn’t mean to alarm anyone.

    • September 15, 2012

      Also, Pep did rest Messi last year against Real Sociedad after an international break (I think), the first half of that match we were up by two, then things went downhill, Pep had to put Messi back in the second half to win the game, but in the end it was a draw 2-2. From then on striker shortage forced Pep to play Messi in every game.

      I doubt we’ll win by a large margin today. Luis Garcia is pretty good at setting up a defensive team against us.

  4. nzm
    September 15, 2012

    Wow – if there is such a thing, that’s a pretty neutral attack!

    And Thiago back for his first game – against Getafe.

    Let’s hope that he’s raring to prove himself.

  5. September 15, 2012

    HT – Thiago and Cesc linked up really well – both know how to dribble and cross. Pedro was a bit quiet and he drifted to the middle a lot (technical reasons?). So far a comfortable first half.

  6. andres ito
    September 15, 2012

    only adriano not from la masia..

  7. dean
    September 15, 2012

    Anyone got a ray hudson stream? or decent english stream?

  8. replayed
    September 15, 2012

    I just want to say: I love me some Montoya.

  9. Nav
    September 15, 2012

    Are we ever going to keep a clean sheet ffs

  10. Messiah10
    September 15, 2012

    Wow. Goal conceded had 2 deflections! That’s a bit harsh. Ray said for Messi’s 2nd goal,”He’s in the twilight zone, that’s all you can say” “….disco!” I LOVE this man!

  11. yana
    September 15, 2012

    Uh, Masche, when we said we want a Smasche gol, we meant for *us*…

  12. yana
    September 15, 2012

    Not only a gol, but a nutmeg gol. Villa is back!

  13. Dave
    September 15, 2012

    Terrific control and finish from Villa

  14. Jim
    September 15, 2012

    Typical! Just when we need a live blog and Sadster 🙂

  15. Nav
    September 15, 2012

    Messi misses out on two clear cut PK calls. Pathetic officiating.

    • lea_terzi
      September 15, 2012

      But did it stop us? No! Liked the look of the team today 🙂

      • Nav
        September 15, 2012

        A bad call is a bad call. These kinds of crappy calls hurt us a lot last season.

        • lea_terzi
          September 15, 2012

          The players have no control over the refereeing. I’m of the opinion that the club should be more proactive about it, but while Spanish referees are crap, the only thing players can control is their response. And they responded beautifully today.

  16. September 15, 2012

    Who assisted Villa’s goal? Cesc? Couldn’t tell from my hazy stream.
    I really liked Cesc in this game; Pedro did much better in the second half. MVP are looking good! And can we update Cesc’s status from sad to happy now? 😛

  17. Messiah10
    September 15, 2012

    I didn’t see the whole game, but from what I watched and from what Phil & Ray said, Cesc had a brilliant game. I’m happy for him. Hopefully, this gives him the confidence he needs going forward. Messi! What more can I say. The man is a genius. How was a penalty not called for his hat trick? Villa! Man, what a touch onto his chest and then that touch to get a away from the defender! I LOVE this TEAM! I LOVE this CLUB! Visca Barca!

  18. G6O
    September 15, 2012

    That third goal was absurd – so many passes in such a short space and then a tap in…

    Officiating was horrible though – those two situations in the second half were clear fouls on Messi and should have been penalties, yet no calls – hopefully it’s not a sign of things to come for the rest of the season.

    Also, hopefully there’s nothing serious with Puyol – I feared the worst when I saw him screaming but he’s walking so let’s hope it’s just a few weeks out and he will be back for the Classico or earlier

  19. September 15, 2012

    That was an awesome performance. Xavi especially was masterful. Cesc, Thiago, Pedro, Pique and Busquets were also very good. Montoya looking more and more like he belongs at this level. Really great game.

  20. September 15, 2012

    Also, was it just me or did more players try dribbling past their markers and drive forward, rather than passing it? Cesc, Xavi, and Thiago especially.

    • G6O
      September 15, 2012

      Without Messi and Iniesta, you have to do that – otherwise there would be no penetration.

      They have to do it on a regular basis though – with the ball control skills that Xavi and Thiago have, it should be, and usually is trivial for them to get past their man, but they usually prefer to pass the ball and it’s only Messi and Iniesta who actually do it,

  21. September 15, 2012

    OT: My stream was showing RM lineup, and I just learned Pepe’s real name is Kepler Lima. So random 😛

  22. September 15, 2012

    And Sevilla up 1-0 in the 2nd minute. Good weekend so far 🙂

  23. Messiah10
    September 15, 2012

    Sevilla just took 1-nill lead!

  24. replayed
    September 15, 2012

    And of course, Undiano Mallenco passes up a glaring opportunity to send Di Maria off for a second yellow when the infraction happened two meters in front of his nose.

    Easily my least favorite ref in La Liga.

  25. simple_barcafan
    September 15, 2012

    lol..wat a miss by Ramos!!

  26. swamidigital
    September 15, 2012

    First match I got to watch via beinsport. I am a happy camper being able to watch on tv again!

  27. simple_barcafan
    September 15, 2012

    Sevilla playing their hearts out…

  28. Blau-Grenade
    September 15, 2012

    We have Cesc back with a bang, Thiago played well. What a performance. But do we have a striker in Villa? If we can get him back at his best, that would be very very good for title chances.

    Sevilla!!! What a performance! Boys in the BlauGrana, beware!!!

  29. TITO
    September 15, 2012

    It reminds me so much on a season when the Special Five was shown the door at Chelsea just after a month or so.

  30. September 15, 2012

    FT, Sevilla 1-0 RM. 8 point gap. Wow. Who would have suspected? They’re in 10th in the table, with 4 points. Malaga sitting second, in a moral victory given their iff-season turmoil.

  31. yana
    September 15, 2012

    Wow, hats off to Sevilla. Of course, we’re there in two weeks, so we will be in for the same and hopefully have an answer. This playing whoever RM plays just two weeks later will be interesting this season. We’ve passed two of the tests where they stumbled, so far…

    I will be at the match in Sevilla. Anyone else?

    • September 15, 2012

      I hate you. So much. We demand pictures! And if you feel like writing a “from the stands” perspective, we’ll make it into a post.

      Unless we lose, then we will disavow all knowledge that this exchange ever happened.

      • yana
        September 15, 2012

        You have a deal!

        I am very, very excited. We will also be in Barçelona for the Granada match. I was actually kinda bummed they cancelled the Catalan Copa, because we would have been there for that, too. Funny, we had planned to visit Seville on this trip, and I had it in my head we’d go to a match, either Sevilla or Betis, whoever was home and whoever they played. And what luck, it was Barça!

        (I have the most indulgent spouse in the world, letting me plan our vacations around football…)

        We will also be going to Madrid. Mid-week, no matches, not that I had any intention of going to the Bernabéu. We will probably spend the entire time there in the Museo Prado.

  32. Xingxian
    September 15, 2012


  33. September 15, 2012

    OK, guys, don’t get carried away. We are only 2 points clear of the next-best team in La Liga: MALAGA!

  34. TITO
    September 15, 2012

    It’s just 4 rounds. Something is wrong here, we cant be 8 points clear of them just after 4 rounds.

    • September 15, 2012

      Yeah, not good 🙁

      It’s time for Bartra to step up or we can try the grand experiment with Song and Masch as our CBs 😉

  35. September 15, 2012

    What an awesome day. Ronaldo in Paris, Mou in Manchester by next year. Madrid relegated.

    • nzm
      September 16, 2012

      And RM Castilla promoted into the Primera League would be icing on the cake. lol 😀

  36. Kimcelona
    September 15, 2012

    Its pretty hard not to get carried away. In fact its taking all of my willpower not to jump for joy and rub Madridistas noses in it. Alas, I will refrain.

    #A8 though? WOOOOOOHOOOO! *does Samba*

    Ok, now thats out the way. Still only four games played.. We have Sevilla in two weeks. That is gonna be a cracker. Their workrate for the whole game was out of this world. They really deserved that victory. I hope Tito is taking notes, especially on their set piece plays (which was different).

    Our game was great. I’m really impressed with how we played, especially after the Intl break. Can I just say I’ve BEEN in love with Montoya for quite some time now. SO happy to see him step up to the plate in the chances he’s gotten to play. We didnt miss Dani in this game, and that means quite alot for Monti.

    Xavi was imperious. One of my men of the match.
    Cesc really stepped up to the plate in this game. Great game all around.
    And what can you say about Thiago? First game back and he was magnificent.
    Busi was Busi. What more is there to say?

    Pedrito had a quiet first half but was much improved in the second. Great overall contribution nonetheless.
    Tello had an off game.
    The whole backline was excellent. Masche’s owngoal was unfortunate. I really would have liked to keep a clean sheet.
    And the subs? Timely and great impacts. How about that Messi huh? That Villa chap we signed in the summer is really on his way back isnt he?

    Only downside to the day is Puyi’s injury 🙁

  37. September 15, 2012

    Mou Mou just ended his press conference with “Right now, I don’t have a team.” Which is pretty crappy, from my worldview. I could never, ever imagine Guardiola or Vilanova saying such a thing after a difficult start to a season such as they are undergoing.

    More Mou Mou” “I only changed two early in the game, wanted to change seven.”

    Parallels with his last season at Chelsea abound, but it’s early yet.

    • September 15, 2012

      After the response he got after the Getafe loss, its no wonder he tried that trick again. If it works, well played. If its gotten old, expect fireworks..

      • September 15, 2012

        Pfft. We gave them the SuperCopa with silly errors. If they’re counting on that again, I wish them luck, even as it’s worth noting that after Granada, we have Them and then Sevilla, and 8 points could very easily be 2.

    • September 15, 2012

      Pep would never have publicly undermined his team like that, nor would Tito. He might have given them the hairdryer treatment behind closed doors, but in public he would have shouldered any blame himself.

      I don’t know if Mourinho thinks this is going to motivate his players, but I don’t think they will see it that way.

    • simple_barcafan
      September 15, 2012

      He doesn’t have a team..Lol..He has one of the most expensive squads assembled!..but am assuming that he wanted to convey that they are not playing collectively AS a team…Tito’s conference after the loss to RM and Mou’s loss after the Sevilla loss(and the Getafe loss annndd every other loss..)..striking…

  38. Jim
    September 15, 2012

    I could watch Xavi play all day …

    • Clouseau
      September 16, 2012

      Not only you. His dribbling skills are often underestimated but yesterday he put on a show.

  39. September 15, 2012

    so happy the FIFA virus didn’t affect us that much.
    Also, not to gloat, but another 3 points and 8 points ahead of EE…
    I’m celebrating….

    gangnam style 😉 yeah!

    • September 15, 2012

      lol. I was waiting for someone to mention that song here 😉

      But what do you mean celebrating Gangnam Style? Doing the horse dance?

      • September 15, 2012

        Haha, I like the sideward wiggle (if you can call it that) more…
        Or I can just dress classy and eat cheesecake.

    • nzm
      September 15, 2012

      Dress classy and dance cheesy! 😀

      • Blau-Grenade
        September 15, 2012

        Damn!! That is super cool.

          • Nav
            September 16, 2012

            What in the hell did I just watch I don’t even

          • September 16, 2012

            Hahaha… this is the latest dance song to make it big in America. I think it’s the first Korean song to actually hit mainstream media. They’ve played it on my local radio station multiple times. Enjoy the catchy tune and weird dance moves but there are actually a bit of subtle criticisms of young and modern Korean lifestyle in the lyrics.

  40. simple_barcafan
    September 15, 2012

    Makelele left and Galacticos collapsed…Diara left and Madrid collapsing??..hmmm…(Not that Diarra was a key player..but seems his spirit lives

    • Blau-Grenade
      September 15, 2012

      I would not write off the Eternal Eneny so fast.

      • simple_barcafan
        September 15, 2012

        me neither..just musing…It is still the start of the season..but my my…EE..who would have imagined..

    • September 15, 2012

      Thanks for the link! So funny @ Min 7:12, Cesc shooting the ball into the net on his way to celebrate Messi’s second goal.

    • Helge
      September 15, 2012

      I thought GolTV would not broadcast la Liga anymore?!?

      • nzm
        September 16, 2012

        It’s beIN – Ray and Phil have moved.

    • Nik
      September 15, 2012

      “It’s so natural, it’s supernatural.”

      Oh, RayRay.

  41. Jared10
    September 15, 2012

    Just tuned in before half time. I have to say I was very impressed with the way the team played, especially after starting a relatively “weak” lineup (for Barcelona, weak is still most other clubs dream team ;)) Look what happens when you rest Messi, even if its just for a little bit. Also, great game for Cesc, he should be up in the attacking trio more often as I believe this is where he fits in best. I thought everyone looked pretty good (or at least what I watched, I had the live feed on but was getting ready at the same time so I missed parts of it) Tello didn’t have his best game, but wasn’t bad by any means. He had a couple good chances, but just couldn’t convert. Still impressed with our defence, shout out to Montoya! Sad to see Puyi injured again 🙁 I have a feeling it will be a hard fought batttle against Sevilla, especially with Puyi, Inniesta, and Alexis out on injury. (Not sure how long the last two are out for though) but hopefully we can overcome it! To finish on a good note, I’m loving that Villa is back and scoring consistently again *knock on wood. Ray Hudsons comments on Villa were great, favourite announcer by far! Visca BARCA!

  42. Helge
    September 15, 2012

    Seriously, the most impressive aspect from this match today was that Vilanova dared to rest Messi. That is something that Pep has never done (except of CdR vs 3rd division or something equally unimportant)!

    This shows that Vilanova is indeed not the same coach as Pep, although they share a lot of tactical ideas etc.. Last year, probably one of the biggest issues was the fatigue of key players, as of now it seems that Vilanova has recognized that problem and works on it. This season could be a very good one 🙂

  43. Clouseau
    September 16, 2012

    Team was zero affected from the Fifavirus adding Thiago in the starting lineup paid off immensly.
    Was glad to see that the Team performed well without Messi it lifted up Cesc a bit as he made the runs he was known of in the past.
    Sharing responsibility is the way to go.

    Impressive performance of Sevilla!I can’t stop grinning seeing Troche scoring the winner as he was often a laughing stock at Hamburg.Moving to LaLiga was the right choice now he even plays comfortable as ZM.

    Seeing how Di Maria and Higuain struggeld i guess it was good Choice to not begin with Messi and Masche.

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