Champions League Draw: It’s Stuttgart

So we drew Stuttgart. You know what I think:
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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in Germany with his wife and daughter.

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  1. Kxevin
    December 18, 2009

    Speaking of, here’s a thought: What if we had shown as much patience with Hleb as we show with Krkic?

    • Kari
      December 18, 2009

      Hleb’s attitude suck arse. If he was worth the patience, then he would have gotten it. Instead of being quiet and quietly working/doing his job, he started mouthing off to the media and saying how much he missed Arsenal.

      FYI, Henry also missed Arsenal, but stayed at worked for his arse off for us!

      • UAI
        December 18, 2009

        I’m not sure, but wasn’t that after he left?

        • Barca_4ever
          December 18, 2009

          ya tat’s right. but even when he was with us, he made no effort to learn the language which is a very important thing when being in a team like ours.. and speaking of Bojan, he is still 18 years old.. if u dont be patient towards a teenager, then with whom would you be???

          • Alix
            December 18, 2009

            Bojan’s 19.
            You do have a point about his age, but by now you’d think he’d be loaned out. Sure, he does alright as a sub for Messi and Henry, and does well in the CDR, but imagine what the could be learning at a club where he played more. He’d never lose the Barca style, but he’d gain confidence and mature.

    • Jose59
      December 18, 2009

      Sometimes there are articles with such poor organization and flawed logic that you have to throw away that rabid rage that they incite in you, because if you decide to analyze and tear down their arguments you realize they don’t really have one. Just straw men and self-servicing platitudes.

      • Kari
        December 18, 2009

        Stopped reading after the third paragraph.

        They’ve hit a new low.

        • majatt
          December 18, 2009

          Be serious, they were already at the bottom of the well, then again I thought I saw a shovel….

      • Vj
        December 18, 2009

        I know Subhankar from Orkut. He is a Madridista.. Nuff Said..

    • Eduard
      December 18, 2009

      I started reading while I was reading and I almost threw up all over my keyboard.

    • December 18, 2009

      Yum…barf snacks:

      “…not before losing to Numancia in the first week of La Liga.”

      “…obsessively possessive football.”

      I think we should enter the later in the BFB lexicon. And serve some fresh OPF to “Numdrid” in the next classico. ooh I hope we get EE in the CL Knockouts (that’s still possilbe yes?)…now that would be a triplete to rival last year’s.

      • majatt
        December 18, 2009

        Protection goes after R16 so we ‘could’ get them next round…I’d rather it be in the Bernabeu….

    • cliveee
      December 18, 2009

      this article surely is from a madridista, but i enjoy hearing what they have to say to boost their morale or spirit or anything while we shut up and work our butt off to win all trophies. WE WILL WIN IT ALL!!!!!!

  2. Alix
    December 18, 2009

    Well they won’t roll over for us, but they may be easier than some of the other options.

    At least we won’t be playing in Russia in February.

  3. Luke
    December 18, 2009

    Does anyone know who we play in the second round should we win?

    • Kari
      December 18, 2009

      There will be another draw–the last– for the quarter-finals.

  4. December 18, 2009

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah OH MY GOD!!!!! WHEN I KNEW STUTTGART WAS A POSSIBLE NEXT ROUND I WAS HOPING THIS WOULD HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope he plays and we just demoralize hiM!!!!!!

    • December 18, 2009

      oh wow, and I just read that article on goal.com

      so much flawed logic, I can’t even begin to deconstruct its arguments.

      but the best part was: “how many youth system graduates are starters”

      Answer: 7!!!

      hahaha, show me ONE team in THE WORLD that starts 7 youth system players at a time and win all the time

    • Alexinho
      December 18, 2009

      Yes, I thought today, “Stuttgart, Stuttgart…where’ve I heard that recentlOHMYGOD!!!”

      • bill
        December 18, 2009

        Lmao, will he get a standing ovation then?

        • December 18, 2009

          ..if he dribbles in circles while moving ball into his own half..thens scores own goal

    • Blow-Granite
      December 18, 2009

      Beat the entire barcelona defence, and do a back pass to Valdes instead of shooting in the goal.

      • December 18, 2009

        he would have to do a bicycle kick from the center circle while apologizing to us for being a waste of money. Oh, and the apology would have to be Catalan.

    • Eduard
      December 18, 2009

      Nice link Bill,

      For him to regain my support he would have to do 2 things. First apologize for talking shit about fcb and second, learn how to speak Catalan. But still, he would not be allowed back in Catalonia.

      • Kxevin
        December 18, 2009

        1. Clench the ball in his butt cheeks, smoke The Yaya, Puyol, Pique, Abidal and Valdes one-on-one, then crap it out like a turd, just over the goal line, while singing the Barca Himno in Catalan.

        2. Score an own goal to make up for the above transgression.

        3. Bring me a shrubbery.

        4. Never mind. He can’t.

        • Miguel
          December 18, 2009

          ha! “bring me a shrubbery!” love me some monty python references.

          • Andrew M.
            December 18, 2009

            perhaps he could cut down a tree with THIS herring!!?

    • Miguel
      December 18, 2009

      i wish there were more futbol articles in the nytimes. well written.

      “But Madrid reckons that it is a viable deal, and, like every other club in the Champions League, can start reducing its debts through prize money that is guaranteed to be 33 percent more over this and the next three seasons.

      This is because soccer’s big television and sponsorship deals are locked into the period of prosperity that existed before the global financial crash.

      The recession, presumably, will hit the sport somewhere down the road. Soccer lives for the now, and if there are bankruptcies in the system none of them have been declared during 2009.”

      • December 18, 2009

        they may sometimes be well written, but the NY Times football coverage is absymal, frequent mistakes include mixing up Yoann Gourcuff and Yohan Gouffran.

  5. Corrine
    December 18, 2009

    mourinho is meeting chelsea again, beckham is going back to old trafford, benzema back to lyon

    but obviously the most earth shattering match up is this one. haha hleb

    • bill
      December 18, 2009

      Chelsea-Inter, that should be an interesting match up Corrine…

      • Alexinho
        December 18, 2009

        Inter involved in the eye-catcher again-

  6. bill
    December 18, 2009

    Hlebed, sounds like a handicap that even the special Olympics would reject…

  7. Blow-Granite
    December 18, 2009

    Ha!!! Hleb can do more as a Barca player this year than as a Barca player last year!!!!

  8. Cesc Pistol
    December 18, 2009

    A real madrid fan bends facts to defend Madrid and attack Barca, hardly new is it? Nor is it quite that new for goal.com to put out sensationalist articles to generate pageviews.

    The issue of debt however is certainly not as black and white as it seems. Not all debt is bad and being in debt can sometimes and in certain limits implies a more positive operating strategy than being completely free of debt.

    In terms of the draw I think Hleb would definitely be one of the main threats though with Stuttgart we shouldn’t face too many problems imposing our style of play as they too are a team thats better in possession and attack rather than defense.

    Sad thing is that Italy again got a really tough draw and wouldn’t be a surprise if none survive. Though that’s not to say they can’t make it, the current Chelsea don’t work too differently from what Mourinho left with, he knows Ancelotti well and they definitely have the quality to implement his strategy. Milan obviously have a much tougher challenge though Milan in CL and Dinho’s improving form are always a danger, same can be said of Porto. Overall Spain was the luckiest in the draw though with EE you never know 😉

    • Miguel
      December 18, 2009

      word. not black & white at all but you can hardly call flo flo’s machinations a “positive operating strategy.” too much cash is a bad thing too.

      i’d love to see an angry dinho.

  9. lovelymofo
    December 18, 2009

    Hahaha. No but seriously, this gave me a case of the giggles, which I’m trying to keep down to a minimum since I’m at work. Hee.

    Not really relevant to the story, but I saw this picture, and it made me laugh too:

    http://euro.mediotiempo.com/media/2009/12/18/lionel-messi.jpg

    I think I’m just in giggle mode b/c it’s Friday and its been a long week.

    Anyway – back to the topic, I hope Lyon does well against EE. I hope Lyon puts a scare in them, Alcorcon style.

    • Miguel
      December 18, 2009

      the usually cuddly adorable messi looks like a troll in that picture. not flattering at all.

  10. Eduard
    December 18, 2009

    Hleb thought it was a joke.

    *http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sport.es&hl=es&ie=UTF-8&sl=es&tl=en

    • OhYes
      December 18, 2009

      Since he is a joke himself you’d think he’d know how to spot them.

    • Eklavya
      December 18, 2009

      hahaha thats the funniest EVER!

    • December 18, 2009

      He, he….did yo see that other headline “Gerard Piqué: “I’ve stopped being a mother in the field” ”

      …as lons you keep being a mutha on the feild that’s OK.

  11. jnelson
    December 18, 2009

    It looks like there will be plenty of weaker teams advancing to the next round: Olympiacos/Bourdeaux, Bayern/Fiorentina, CSKA Moscow/Sevilla (If you believe Sevilla will fall in the early rounds yet again). I’m not so sure about Arsenal, first having arguably the weakest group and now drawing Porto. Their league play is great, but I think they could be bounced in either this round or the next. Inter/Chelsea, ManU/Milan are decent matches, but just as with Sevilla, the last couple of years suggest the English sides heavy favorites. Lyon/EE? Please. Somehow EE will get keep getting manageable draws and scrap their way into the finals.

    So how about Olympiacos, Bayern, Sevilla, Arsenal, Chelsea, ManU, EE, Barca? Of course the next round would be Arsenal/Olympiacos, EE/Bayern, Chelsea/Sevilla, ManU/Barca.

  12. Blow-Granite
    December 18, 2009

    The future is dark!!!
    *http://goal.com/en/news/12/spain/2009/12/18/1695661/the-future-is-dark-because-one-cant-top-this-barcelonas-pep

    • Keano
      December 18, 2009

      On that apologist piece of rubbish that mondal wrote, as someone said its just to generate controversy. I remember seeing a bio on mondal like a facebook page and he said (wait for it…..) Madrid lifting the 2002 cl was his favourite memory as well as figo being his favourite player.Thought it was sepp blatter’s bio for a moment. This guy is clearly sick that perez vision and money hasn’t caused barca to crumble. And on eto’o, he was rejected by madrid-so they shud stop the b*tching and enjoy the wonderful spectacle barca are giving them

  13. Jim
    December 18, 2009

    Sorry if I’ve missed this somewhere but is the final of the World Club Championship on TV anywhere in the UK?

  14. Eklavya
    December 18, 2009

    UEFA conspiracy!? Good heavens no! It’s a Kxevin conspiracy! HE wanted Lyon last year.He got it. Sttugart this time. Done it again!

      • Vj
        December 18, 2009

        Did you want Inter too? and Sevilla in CdR?? Come clean now Kevin..

        • Kxevin
          December 18, 2009

          I did want Inter in the Champions League, figuring that as long as I was in Barcelona, I might as well have the chance to boo Eto’o. But the folks in the stadium did a far better job at it than I did.

          Can’t say that I would have picked the Sevilla/Valencia gauntlet for CdR. On the other hand, if we successfully traverse it, the rest is cake, all day and all night, right?

          • Kari
            December 18, 2009

            I dunno Kxevin, EE is still in the competitio— oh wait.

            😀

            Beware of Alcorcon: the team that could and did

          • Eduard
            December 18, 2009

            a poet with truth and words. brilliantly said and I completely agree. The Sevilla test is a difficult one though.

    • Alexinho
      December 18, 2009

      Seriously! Thanking the stars for the best possible draw AGAIN!

  15. Kxevin
    December 18, 2009

    And where the hell’s my kick-ass CWC final preview? I need time to get geeked. Veron is talking big, giant-ass piles of shit. Sounds like they’re going to get all physical and stuff, which is probably the best shot that they have, I think.

    • Eduard
      December 18, 2009

      other blogs are calling this game a close one. They’re going to play us like Man City and Kazan played against us.

  16. mike in africa
    December 19, 2009

    i’m not sure if it’s correct to say we’ve been hlebbed; surely it’s only after we’ve been hlebbed that you could say that and not before we hleb.

  17. Ace
    December 19, 2009

    Dunno whats the deal with everyone thinking that Inter’s match up is great.

    Its not.

    Both of these defensive teams can keep their buses parked and it can be a 2 v 2 match between eto’o milito vs drogba anelka

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