Match Comments Post – Sevilla vs. Barca

Thank the stars that they aren’t playing in Barcelona tonight because it’s been raining camels and donkeys all day.  Most unlike Barcelona weather, but there you go.

Barcelona line-up:  A fairly predictable Valdés, Alves, Mascherano, Song, Alba, Busquets, Cesc, Xavi, Alexis, Messi i Pedro.

Warming the bench: Pinto, Bartra, Montoya, Sergi Roberto, Thiago, Tello and Villa.

Sevilla has lined up:  Palop, Cicinho, Botía, Spahic, Navarro, Medel, Maduro, Trochowski, Rakitić, Navas & Negredo.

Streams can be found here, here and here.

Let us pray that our Messi-ah is better than their Jesús.

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  1. Helge
    September 29, 2012

    What a great comeback victory, reminded me a lot of Manchester United, who have like 3 to 5 of such comebacks in each of their league seasons! It’s an admirable feature if your team shows this ability 🙂

    But unfortunately the news about Thiago seems to be really bad. They couldn’t do any further tests on his knee due to too heavy pain. Praying it’s not a cruciate ligament injury.

    • ciaran
      September 29, 2012

      am i correctly remembering that it happened before he made the interception for the equalizer?

    • Helge
      September 29, 2012

      Sorry, I couldn’t discern it on my stream at all.

  2. yana
    September 29, 2012

    Oh my god!!! No puedo creer que ganamos!! Wow.

    Anything you have ever heard about how beautiful the Sevilla FC himno is, and how thunderously awesome Sevillistas are singing it in the Sanchez Pizjuan — believe it. What emotion.

    Also — I’ll have to find video to see how it sounded on the broadcasts, but if you all heard the Barça himno being sung at times — it wasn’t. That was Sevilla fans singing, Lo lo lo LO, Lo lo lo LO, Lo, lo, lo loloLO, Barça, Barça, MIERDA. Now I’ll have to wonder if that’s what’s going on at all away games?

    Anyway, it was fantastic to be able to go to an away match! With bonus victory. Between the intense match and the Alcázar today, I’m more than a bit overwhelmed and so, time to sleep…

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      what an awesome game to be at!

      Sevilla fans always sing that to the Barca hymn – Madrid fans too.

  3. Wasiubarca
    September 29, 2012

    Well,every barcelona fans had av a gud says!i love all d comments i read so far.bt we need 2 improve defensively.our midfield is gud and our attackers are sharp 2.they av scored alot of goals dis season.

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      Thanks!

      Infrasonic was my saviour when I had to find videos for all the matches for my retrospective look at last season. He has most of them, in English, and lots of Phil and Ray which is a good thing!

  4. nzm
    September 29, 2012

    As well as the Einstein comment, this was my favourite Ray-Ray comment of the night:

    “Centipedes must go to bed at night, just wishing they had a left foot like David Villa.”

    😆

    • Helge
      September 29, 2012

      How can you watch Ray Hudson commentary in Barcelona? 🙂

    • nzm
      September 29, 2012

      From a stream on thefirstrow.eu

      As of this season, lots of Barca games are now not shown on free TV, nor pay GolT which we have. Canal+ has the share, but we don’t have Canal+.

      Catalunya TV3 hasn’t yet shown a live game, much to our dismay – even though they are Barca sponsors. Canal+ has muscled in and splashed the cash to get the games exclusively on their channel.

      So we’re reduced to streams like a lot of you for some of the games, but it helps when we find BeIN with Phil and Ray. We wish that we could get BeIN in Barcelona!

    • September 29, 2012

      ..while the rest of us wish that we could get in Barcelona 😉

    • nzm
      September 30, 2012

      True! But we can’t go to every game – we’d be more broke than we already are!! 😀

  5. September 29, 2012

    As much as I like winning after coming from behind, its not healthy – for the players or us to do that this regularly. I hope normal service of manitas and spankings resume. Quickly.

    We play EE next. Iniesta is needed. I can already visualize Pepe snuffing out the last two goals we scored here by tackling Messi before he even gets the ball. We need something else. Maybe the old Messi? I dunno. But yes, we do need to stop giving away balls so cheaply for one. And taking so much time to get out of our own half as well.

    Lets see what they have in plan for us. They’ll need a win. A draw simply won’t do. Seeing as though they’ve taken the lead in 5 of the last 6 clasics, its not hard to visualize them winning. And especially with us leaking goals all over the place. Hopefully we get either of Pique/Puyol back. Is it too much to ask our players to not do silly mistakes? This is important. But lets see what happens. I have faith. The players would be anything but confident too. Hope it all turns out well..

  6. September 29, 2012

    Oddly, I was not that nervous about this game, as evidenced by my calming presence here during the match 😛

    A few things from this match:

    -All our players gave their best performance this season (including Dani and Song). I saw some pressing…I could’t really fault Masch, Song, Dani, or Alba or even Valdes for goals conceded. The blame is directed toward people making transfer decisions. We knew since Abidal was diagnosed with a liver tumor that this team needed defensive reinforcements, and yet two transfer seasons later, still no defenders signed (Alba doesn’t count).

    Maybe Hummels is a fangirl’s dream and a bit out of our price range, but come on! how could they not find single decent center-back in all of Europe, Asia and the rest of the world???? Very frustrating to watch this team leaking goals left and right, but I can’t technically blame our “defenders” because it’s not fair to them either since playing center back is not their trade.

    -I know we like Tito’s substitutions, but I’d prefer we get the lineup right in the first place and not having to resort to super subs to save us almost every single game.

    -I thought Messi had his best game of this season. He was pressuring midfielders, trying and failing with his through balls, receiving some rough challenges, and keeping his cool.

    -Cesc has always played well for me this season minus that game against Osasuna (tbf, the rest played crappy in that game too). I didn’t really see a problem with the head-butt incident.

    -Ok, I lied, the match was nerve-wracking. I’ll send Rosell my health bills b/c you know health care ain’t free in America 😉

  7. Anonymous_69
    September 29, 2012

    [this comment is way too long, sorry!] I’ll get the bad and the ugly out of the way first. In the end of it all, I don’t think Song has a long term future at Barcelona. He’s an impressive box to box midfielder, and with the right defense behind him, he is a great defensive midfielder. But if the plan is for him to be converted full time to CB, I don’t think he’ll be quite good enough to ever be a starter.

    That being said, he impressed me at times today. Same with last week. He has some very decent qualities. Mostly he’s good in the 1v1 situations, and he can defend set pieces well. If he can accept that he can’t leave his position to pressure the opponent with the ball, if he can realize his responsibilities as a CB, he can become very solid. He might even prove me wrong (although again, I don’t see him as starting quality). All in all, we need to give him lots of time. Besides, I don’t think Song and Masch make a great partnership. It doesn’t help when Alves has a stinker, and Busquets plays higher up the field.

    People will mention Bartra, but I think we have to completely trust Tito with this one. Maybe I would play him more, but neither is a perfect solution to our defensive problems, and I think Song was the right choice today.

    Which brings me to another problem I’ve noticed this season. Why is Busquets playing higher up the pitch? He has more than enough quality obviously, and he has helped Xavi and our attack overall. But surely, now that we’re playing two super offensive fullbacks, and our CBs are injured, he should be playing deeper to cover? If we have Pique/Puyol, an on form Alves, and a defensive-minded LB, THEN I’d like Busquets higher up the field.

    Xavi is a beast. Our best player so far this season. He’s the coolest player. And he seems SO fit!

    Cesc has surprised me with just how little he adds to our build up and circulation. But the goals were great and reminded us all of the main reasons why we bought him: goal threat from the midfield. First goal was a long shot, second one was a direct run into the box. They perfectly display what we expect from Cesc. Keep it up, dude. (Oh, and why are so many bitter Arsenal fans still saying he is a bench warmer? The man has started every Liga match!)

    I’m honestly befuddled as to why Tito insists on Sanchez on the right wing. Every match that he’s started so far, he’s started on the right. And he would play badly. Then in the second half, Tito would change him to the left or middle, and not only would he play a lot better himself, our whole attack would look a lot more dangerous. It’s happened in the last two matches in a row, and it happened in the beginning of the season. Tito sees that we’re better with Sanchez somewhere else, yet he insists on starting him on the right! Why? Pedro himself is better on the right with Alves, they have a good connection.

    My last points: Villa and Tello! Villa is obviously getting better and better, he’s ready to start matches I think. That goal was awesome. And Tello has shown once again how far he’s come. He is playing with consistency. He’s been great with every start, and he’s made a big impact with every sub appearance. It’s not pushing it to say that the team looks better with him on the field. He has a chance to start the clasico (though a small chance tbf…).

  8. Anonymous_69
    September 29, 2012

    Oh, and I’m not that worried about how our defenders our playing. I am concerned about the team’s defending as a whole, but I don’t blame the problems on Song or Alves playing below-par. Like I said, two very offensive fullbacks, covered by one DM playing higher up the field, with one of the CBs being a new DM signing from a different league playing one of his first matches for the team as a CB, partnered by a tired Mascherano who doesn’t really complement him well, away at one of the toughest Liga matches of the season… blah blah blah you get it. Yet all that considered, I thought we defended better than RM did vs them, and they started a supposedly more conservative lineup.

  9. K_legit in Oz
    September 29, 2012

    I think its unfortunate that this in all likelihood is Villa’s last season at this club.

  10. rileypowell
    May 30, 2013

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