Match Comments Post – Barca vs. Granada

 

Not long ago, at the FC Barcelona General Assembly:  participating members voted overwhelmingly in favour of holding a referendum to decide whether a New Camp Nou should be built, or whether the Old Camp Nou should be renovated.

A recent Dani Alves tweet: “Off to the stadium!! Barça v Granada, come on, courage and joy, God is leading us.”

 

Recent BFB posts:  Go read the blitzen awards and Isaiah’s match preview.

 

The team plays a late game tonight – better for parts of the Americas, but not so good for the lands of Asia and the Middle East, unless they’re just getting home after late Saturday night shenanigans.

Even though they just managed to stay in the Primera Division after last season (finishing 17th), Granada is one of those teams against which Barcelona struggles to play its natural game.

Udinese seems to like Granada (or is it the other way around?) because the Andalucian team currently sports 6 players on loan from the Italian side.

One of those – Daniel González Benítez – won’t be playing tonight which is a good thing. He’s the type of player who very quickly gets under the skin of our Dani Alves and this makes our #2 do silly things – like fouls, and penalties, and red cards.

Why is Benítez not playing? Late last season in Granada’s contentious home game vs. Real Madrid, Dani threw a plastic drink bottle at the referee. Red-carded and hauled before the RFEF disciplinary committee, Benítez was handed a 3 month ban which ends in November. So he won’t be on the pitch tonight.

The moral of the story is: if you want a ban that sticks, chuck a plastic drink bottle at a referee. It’s obviously more of a travesty than poking the opposition’s Assistant Manager in the eye, or deliberately stamping on the best player in the world’s hand while he’s sitting on the pitch.

 

Earlier today:  Zaragoza beat Osasuna 3-1, and Celta de Vigo downed Getafe 2-1.

Celta’s coach, Herrera, was sent from the sidelines in the very last minute of overtime, and Getafe’s Alexis was sent off for striking a player during the following play.

Espanyol, minus Pochettino on the sidelines (due to last week’s sending off while at home vs. Bilbao), lost to Betis 1-0 in Seville just minutes ago.

Shock of shocks: In the Zaragoza – Osasuna match today, I witnessed unintentional handballs not being given yellow cards! (Not in the penalty boxes, however.) Perhaps this year the refs are concentrating on sending coaches from the sidelines instead.

 

Barca line-up:  Valdés – Alves Song Mascherano Adriano – Cesc Busquets Thiago – Alexis Messi Villa

On the bench:  Pinto, Bartra, Alba, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Pedro! and Tello

Wow – no Montoya in reserve!  And Villa starts!

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164 Comments

  1. nia
    September 22, 2012

    No Bartra in the starting lineup? 🙁 Is Tito saving him for the clasico? mmmm

    • Nav
      September 22, 2012

      Doubt it. Think Tito is prepping Song for the clasico.

  2. nzm
    September 22, 2012

    What a farce – the General Assembly, being broadcast live on Barca TV and Catalunya Esport 3, nearly has more official people on the stage than people in the selected audience.

    I guess that going to the game is more important!

  3. September 22, 2012

    Starting two defensive midfielder in centre of defense could be so tricky against Real Madrid.

  4. alpinegroove
    September 22, 2012

    And what about Alba? Adriano’s defense has been sketchy, and Alba is just as strong offensively.

  5. simple_barcafan
    September 22, 2012

    It will be great if people who find good links and post it here..Great service to the Cule community.. 🙂

    • nzm
      September 22, 2012

      You can always check the links that I gave in the above post. 😉

    • simple_barcafan
      September 22, 2012

      ha! how did i miss that..Thanks nzm!! I just wanted ppl to post links with good English commentary in case those which u posted get stuck…

    • simple_barcafan
      September 22, 2012

      Thanks

  6. BarcaOwl
    September 22, 2012

    That is a nice tunnel. Well, except for Dani’s chin curtain.

    • nzm
      September 22, 2012

      Yeah – mom4 and I have a mission in January to whiteout Dani’s beard! 😆

    • BarcaOwl
      September 22, 2012

      Heh. Use paint. Or he’d look like he dyed his beard white.

  7. Blau-Grenade
    September 22, 2012

    Oh yeah! Excited to see a different midfield and a front line!!!

    • Blau-Grenade
      September 22, 2012

      I guess the defense is brand new as well.

  8. September 22, 2012

    Phil and Ray Ray are the SAP for us BeIN~ folks.

    • swamidigital
      September 22, 2012

      🙂

  9. BarcaOwl
    September 22, 2012

    Oh, Dani. Pay attention.

  10. Blau-Grenade
    September 22, 2012

    Granada pressuring Barca backline. 5 players in Barca half.

  11. BarcaOwl
    September 22, 2012

    What was that, Song?

  12. dean
    September 22, 2012

    If anyone has a bein stream to share it would be greatly appreciated.

    • September 22, 2012

      Links are posted above in red.

  13. September 22, 2012

    Playing Song in defense this early in the season, could ahve a huge issue with our offside setup.

  14. swamidigital
    September 22, 2012

    Cesc right to the keeper. >.<

  15. September 22, 2012

    Do not start Song against RealMadrid in defense.

    Vilanova should try to put Busquets in defense and Song in midfield.

  16. swamidigital
    September 22, 2012

    Team not quite in sync with each other. A number of incorrect reads.

  17. alpinegroove
    September 22, 2012

    Yes, Song is struggling even against GRA.

  18. swamidigital
    September 22, 2012

    Alexis did well to get all the way back and bother that shot. Could have been bad.

  19. September 22, 2012

    Holy crap, the defense is all over the shop at the moment. Really not a fan of Song and Masch both as CBs.

    • swamidigital
      September 22, 2012

      Yeah rather have Bartra in there getting a chance to prove himself.

  20. September 22, 2012

    Why no tiki taka? A lot of air balls :/

    • alpinegroove
      September 22, 2012

      Because we have Song up front. He is tall…:)

  21. September 22, 2012

    Ooooooooh…Messi is chatty today.

  22. September 22, 2012

    Woah woah woah what’s going on with Leo and Villa?

    • G6O
      September 22, 2012

      Messi has been looking for Villa pretty much every time he had the ball and was too far away from goal to shoot.

      In general though, we have not been patient enough (direct result of the absence of both Xavi and Iniesta) and that’s why we can’t generate really good chances and always get a let in front of the ball instead.

      I think that’s what Messi was yelling about at Thiago when he took that ill-advised shot.

      In the situation with Villa at the end of the half it was not so clear what and why was said

  23. September 22, 2012

    Ok Granada, your last ditch defending is getting in a way of us scoring. Please stop!

  24. replayed
    September 22, 2012

    Looks to me like Messi was being an ass and Villa simply reminded him that he (Villa) isn’t Tello.

    • September 22, 2012

      Or Messi was instructing the offense to be more in tune. The first half was too static. The front line and midfield lacked synchronized movements. Too many overhit passes.

    • G6O
      September 22, 2012

      I think there was a narrow passing lane open for about a second but Villa hesitated and missed the chance to use it, then he went for the wild lobbed pass over the defender which Messi couldn’t control well. That’s what the argument was about.

      It was a very very narrow passing lane though and most players would hesitate to try threading a ball through it, plus it would have arrived slightly behind Messi anyway.

  25. simple_barcafan
    September 22, 2012

    ooh…Messi shouting at Villa..

  26. Blau-Grenade
    September 22, 2012

    Love this team, so many shots on goal. Goal is inevitable, hopefully there are some.

    Song’s strength’s can be seen when he moves ahead of the defence in the Busquets role. Busquets is letting Song go ahead and covering his position.

    Granada defending in 3 lines of 4 4 2. At the current moment both teams are camped in the Granada half.

    Cesc is not Xavi, but his distribution is excellent from the centre of the pitch.

    • G6O
      September 22, 2012

      Many shots on goal but very few clear cut chances. We’re not slicing them open as we should be. There are reasons to be worried although if it’s still 0-0 around the 60th minutes, expect Xavi to come on and everything to be in order in short time

  27. Xavi6
    September 22, 2012

    Alexis is so passive … what happened to him ?

    • Blau-Grenade
      September 22, 2012

      Alexis had one on one situations at least 3 times but decided to go back with the ball instead of taking on the defender. He works hard, but the current direction from the coach seems that possession is more important than loosing the ball. I am sure with the right instructions from Tito he will start taking players. He can. Just do it buddy.

    • swamidigital
      September 22, 2012

      Yeah he was great taking players on in Serie A.

  28. Artur
    September 22, 2012

    What the heck is wrong with Messi? I don’t like him arguing with his teammates for so long.

    Cesc having a great game, Thiago started the game very bad and tried to take responsibility, more and more chances and just ruined them all, he’s not in the zone at all.

    Thiago off for Xavi and Alexis off for Pedro please.

    I like how Song was given the tactical green light to hold the area well ahead of Mascherano. Much more familiar area for him to play in. Busquets and Alves covering the backloine very very well (and Alexis)

    • Blau-Grenade
      September 22, 2012

      It is Tito’s job to sort that shouting match out between Messi and others. Messi seems to be frustrated. Hopefully Tito is up to it.

  29. September 22, 2012

    No Leo.
    You don’t scream at villa. Ever.

  30. September 22, 2012

    Gotta say, Leo’s normally sunny disposition and happy-go-lucky attitude has been notably absent this season, thus far. For so long, we wondered how someone so good could show such little ego. Hate to say it, but maybe the calm, humble guy we grew to love is “maturing” into more of a “normal” superstar? Or am I reading too much into a couple of isolated incidents?

  31. simple_barcafan
    September 22, 2012

    well..There is no composure…Thats what Xavi ( and Inesta) bring to this team..Everything is so hurried..so frantic…so fast..no one to calmly dictate the play..

  32. Momo
    September 22, 2012

    Alves playing much better today. Fantastic long balls.

    I love the guy but Messi is being an ass. Doing his best Ronaldo impression.

  33. September 22, 2012

    Song has done well. He covers the DM zone more than in defense. I’m not really liking crosses to no one in their penalty area; that is just a waste of possession.

    • swamidigital
      September 22, 2012

      If it’s bein in english then it’s probably going to be Ray and Phil for this match.

    • nzm
      September 22, 2012

      YUP – that link above to BeIN is Phil and Ray! Enjoy!

    • dean
      September 22, 2012

      wow thanks

  34. swamidigital
    September 22, 2012

    I am afraid of Leo possibly becoming a bit like Kobe, ie. a great player who just doesn’t have patience with teammates and this affects the team negatively. But the culture at Barca is very different from that of the Lakers so I don’t think it will be so… but when I see things like that it does bring up that fear.

  35. swamidigital
    September 22, 2012

    Looks like Xavi is going to come on.

  36. September 22, 2012

    Ok, just done lurking on twitter, and I think we’re over reacting to this Messi-Villa gate. Just in the heat of the moment. Let’s move on 😀

  37. Rivaldo
    September 22, 2012

    Just some thoughts… (Don’t kill me)

    I think sometimes Messi needs a kick up His backside. Everyone else running and pressurizing their backside off and he just stands there demanding the ball.

    I don’t know’ but something in me really hopes that he doesn’t become Barca captain; I still hope he plays out his European career with us. I have a feeling I might not like what it does to his ego and ultimately his game.

    How does a team have 70+ possession % and have the same shots on goal as the opposition? We need to stop that and be more incisive(not sometimes all the time) I feel more like Granada scoring from their attacks than I do ours.

    • G6O
      September 22, 2012

      He most likely won’t or at least not for too long – he is 5th captain right now after Iniesta and VV; they are 3 and 5 years older than him but keepers have much longer careers than outfield players

    • Rivaldo
      September 22, 2012

      And btw, not saying he would be bad. Just maybe how he tranmits his “passion” sometimes could be a problem.

  38. September 22, 2012

    Good game Villa!

  39. nzm
    September 22, 2012

    Pedro and Xavi for Thiago and Villa.

  40. replayed
    September 22, 2012

    Normal service being resumed.

  41. BarcaOwl
    September 22, 2012

    There’s Pedro and Xavi. Maybe things will settle down now.

  42. September 22, 2012

    Min 53: Xavi in, Thiago out. Pedro in; Villa out.

  43. swamidigital
    September 22, 2012

    Dani answering his critics.

  44. nia
    September 22, 2012

    Is it too early to say squeaky bum time 🙂

  45. Jared10
    September 22, 2012

    VV keeps giving the ball away long when there is an easy short pass to make :/

  46. swamidigital
    September 22, 2012

    SO CLOSE

    • swamidigital
      September 22, 2012

      You have to give it up for Granada, they are playing amazing defense.

  47. swamidigital
    September 22, 2012

    We just can’t put it in!!! What’s going on today. ;_;

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