Barcelona – Athletico Liveblog

It’s a number one against number two clash. Come wring your hands and drink your beverages on BFB’s couch.

Starting XI: Valdes Adriano Pique Puyol Alba Busquets Xavi Iniesta Pedro Messi Sanchez

Bench: Pinto Mascherano Alves Song Thiago Villa Tello

 

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  1. nzm
    December 16, 2012

    CAN YOU BELIEVE WHAT ESPANYOL JUST DID??????????????????

    WOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    • Blau-Grenade
      December 16, 2012

      Dear M, Just saw that. Awesome!!! Now hopefully the homies can put one over Atleti..

      • mom4
        December 16, 2012

        I will resist the urge to gloat—there but for the grace of God…

        Dang, it’s hard to resist the urge to gloat.

    • Clouseau
      December 16, 2012

      hehehehe i was about to crucify Aguirre for subbing Verdú for Albin but the Guy proofed me wrong xD xD

      I’m glad he did,hehe

  2. Skipper5
    December 16, 2012

    13 point lead over EE? should be motivation enough for the boys, oh and we extend lead over ATL too with a win.

  3. KEVINO17
    December 16, 2012

    How lucky that espanyol finally had their backs to the wall. Did they deserve a draw?

    • Clouseau
      December 16, 2012

      Hard to argue against it they had created their chances mostly via counterattack.RM didn’t set a fire tonight and only stepped their Game on second half.

      Espanyol punished them for their weaknesses -way too late imo but deservedly.
      Worth to note RM once again got scored after a corner kick xD

  4. G6O
    December 16, 2012

    We’re very lucky to have conceded only one and to have scored 2, but I’ll take it :). Hopefully the second half we play better

  5. Messiah10
    December 16, 2012

    Well, we finally settled a bit toward the end of the half. Atletico was really pressuring Xavi & Busi right when they entered their half. Falcao was unfortunate not to head home and we were fortunate not to be down 2 or 3. That said, what a stunning strike by Adriano! I was shouting for someone to shoot outside. Alexis passed up an opportunity early in the game for Alba running past him. I couldn’t believe he didn’t shoot it. But then I could b/c it’s Alexis. Busi showed some fantastic composure in the box to settle and let the defender dive to block then bury it in the top corner! We deserved a goal there from the pressure and chances we’d had in succession. Here’s to hoping the 2nd half bodes well for us. There’s no way Atletico can continue their pressure for another 45 min. They looked tired towards the end of the 1st half and I think we can take advantage of that. Iniesta was starting to make some amazing maze runs and that opened up a lot of the middle.

  6. alpinegroove
    December 16, 2012

    Alexis has made some major contributions today.

  7. Blau-Grenade
    December 16, 2012

    That was a very entertaining match. Nice to see a Falcao goal.

  8. Messiah10
    December 16, 2012

    Wow. What a game. I was still on pens and needles until Messi sealed it with a sneaky sneaky steal & chip! 🙂 I’ve seen to many 3-1 games turn out draws because of relaxation of intensity. I’m glad our boys stayed focused and left no room for a comeback. Unreal! We have only drawn once and have NO losses! This is insane. 13 points ahead of EE in the table and 9 points ahead of 2nd place! Crazy. Just mind boggling. I’m so pleased with Adriano. He’s really come into his own this year and has deserved his spot in the starting 11. I was hoping he’d get the nod ahead of Dani and Tito proves once again that he gets the majority of his decisions right. Visca Barca!!!

  9. Art is a blast
    December 16, 2012

    A guy came and hugged Messi haha…

    • G6O
      December 16, 2012

      Had he pulled out a knife and stabbed him, it would not have been funny…

    • G6O
      December 16, 2012

      That said, despite the two goals, Messi was the worst player on the pitch; he was sleepwalking most of the time.

      • Blau-Grenade
        December 16, 2012

        Give the guy a break. He was probably changing diapers all night!!!

        • G6O
          December 16, 2012

          That’s what I was thinking too – when I have had no sleep I play exactly like that, you just don’t feel like playing.

          But of course, form is temporary while class is permanent and it showed in two moments of brilliance.

      • Jim
        December 16, 2012

        Sorry, but that wasn’t what was going through my mind when he scored his first. Had he not scored any I’d agree with you. I suppose he was the worst player on the field when he wasn’t scoring the two goals, though 🙂

        • G6O
          December 16, 2012

          Those were literally the only two moments he really woke up.

          • Jim
            December 16, 2012

            Yup ! But we knew he was going to. My problem is still who will do it regularly for us if he misses a few games.

  10. Gogah
    December 16, 2012

    From the EE draw at home to Chelsea’s loss, one truth has become clearer – how difficult it is to keep winning! Lifting the CL may have gotten to the blues’ head and they have failed to make it out of the group stages, in addition to being handed defeats in the Euro supercup and the Club world cup. EE, on the other hand was so euphoric with taking the league from Barca, they now find themselves already out of contention.
    All this makes us realise, what an enormous winning machine barca has been the past 5 years! And how they showed the motivation, focus and grit to win so many trophies (big and small) even after being lauded repeatedly as the best team.
    Not resting on one’s laurels has to be one of the greatest hurdles this barca team has ever had to combat.

    • G6O
      December 16, 2012

      It also shows how much those 6 trophies in a season really mean. A lot of people dismissed them at the time as “Ah, it’s only supercups and a Club World Cup against weak teams” but there is a reason why nobody had done it before..

      • Messiah10
        December 17, 2012

        Great point G60. A lot of the banter on BBC blogs from Chelsea supporters was, “WCC, what’s that?”, “So, it’s a meaningless trophy”. We all know if they’d had won. . .”We are the best club on the planet!” I originally joined in the banter and wanted to make my points made about all trophies having meaning, but decided to stop because people are going to tell themselves whatever it is they need to to get through tough times. I also didn’t want to pour on because what if, if, that’s our club someday. I know, hard to imagine right now, but if it ever were, I’d like to imagine there’s some gracious opposing supporters out there. Now if it were EE on the other hand!!! lol

    • Art is a blast
      December 16, 2012

      Well said!!
      “End of era”?
      What is that?

  11. December 16, 2012

    Two thoughts:

    Adriano continues to dig Alves’ grave. It was always going to take multiple players to replace Alves, and while Montoya is one of them it was questionable who could hit the same heights as Alves in the big matches. Adriano has been phenomenal this season – and I think it is more down to Tito’s tactics than a flash in the pan run of good form.

    Speaking of Tito’s tactics, our fullbacks now have more goals than our wide forwards. That to me says tactics are the main reason our wide forwards aren’t scoring, not form.

  12. December 16, 2012

    Review of sorts is up, folks. I banged it out fast and furious like, so if something is off or funky, please let me know. Thanks.

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