Barça vs. Getafe Preview: From Flame-grilled Whoppers to Frozen Fish

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A big deal has been made around the Barça players having to adapt training and dietary procedures to play at mid-day against Getafe. But what about us fans who have to deal with this new earlier time messing up our Sunday? Sheesh, you poor American and Canadian folk having to get up at 6am EST, or staying up until 3am PST to watch!

Some of us weren’t even born in 1965 which was the last time that Barça played a mid-day Liga game at Camp Nou. That was played on Christmas Day against Las Palmas and the home side won 3-2, with goals from Gerd Müller, Benítez and Eladio. 20 years later in 1985, Sevilla hosted the Blaugrana in another mid-day game – played at that time because it was the Easter weekend and in Seville that Saturday night is a big night for bullfighting. Barça won 0-2.

“Barcelona is not a business, it is a feeling. We are not owned by anybody, we are an association; we do not have ‘clients’. I will never put a game on at 12 noon for the Chinese audience. We do want to open up our market but not to forget our roots. While I am the president, Barcelona will never, ever be for sale.” ~ Sandro Rosell

Barça somehow managed to avoid playing a noon match last season, because Rosell wouldn’t capitulate. Sell the soul of the club? Never! However, the mid-day games are an attempt to tap into the lucrative Asian football fan-base and to grow La Liga’s popularity (better timing to watch football matches in the early evening for most Asian countries), and as FCB has recognised Asia as a huge target market for them, they must toe the line and play along. Can’t have your bread buttered on both sides, Sandro me old china – do you want the money for colour copies, or not?

 

Update on Getafe
Situated about 13kms from Madrid’s city center, Getafe is a city in its own right and part of the Autonomous Community of Madrid of which Madrid is the capital.

Founded in 1983, Getafe Football Club is a relatively new club on the scene. The first 20 years were spent playing in lower divisions before promotion to the Liga Primera was achieved in 2004/05. For the past 9 seasons, Getafe has managed to stay up although they came close to being relegated in the 2008/09 season after finishing 17th – the last position above relegation.

In early 2011, Club Chairman, Ángel Torres, controversially sold the club to the Royal Emirates Group, after first denying that a deal had been made. He and Team Captain, Manuel del Moral, were flown to Dubai (in the United Arab Emirates) to attend a press conference at which the sale was announced. The Royal Emirates Group is chaired by Sheikh Butti bin Suhail al-Maktoum who is a member of Dubai’s Royal Family – the Al-Maktoums.

 

Sponsorship
Getafe has the infamous reputation of being sponsored (2009 – 2012) by fast-food company Burger King. As of this year, a new kit sponsor was announced, and local company Confremar took over. Confremar is a well-known enterprise supplying frozen seafood, ready-made meals and vegetables to local supermarket chains, schools and restaurants, but their logo isn’t a patch on having Burger King on the shirt front.

 

How’s the Team Looking?
From flame-grilled to tepid, that’s how.

Getafe started with a roar, and even beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the second week of this season. Two weeks later, Barcelona visited and beat them 1-4. That took some wind out of their sails and, since then, the results have been erratic. While Barça’s season results stand at: 19W 2D 1L, Getafe’s are: 8W 5D 9L. On the road, the team is not faring well: 3W 2D 6L.

With 29 points, Getafe sits in 12th position on the Liga Primera Table, but they must be wary of lower teams such as Bilbao, Espanyol and Zaragoza who are starting to find form and may overtake Getafe which would put them under relegation threat once more.

In their last 5 matches, Getafe has lost only once to Real Madrid (4-0), drawn 3 times and won 1 game. They are looking better than they did before Christmas, and a match against the Blaugrana tends to bring out the best in teams.

 

Shoring up the Defences
In the January transfer window, Getafe was active and secured 2 players on loan from other clubs.

23yo Argentine NT player Federico “Fede” Fernández arrived from Napoli and will play as Centre-back and 23yo Spaniard Sergio Escudero Palomo is on-loan from Schalke after the CB voiced a desire to return to Spain and play. Both have been brought in to cover for the long-term injured defenders Juan Valera and Mané.

 

The Getafe Squad
Coach Luis García Plaza has named the following players to travel to Barcelona:
Goalkeepers: Codina and Alberto.
Defence: Alexis, M. Torres, Lopo García, Fede and Escudero.
Mid-field: Lacen, Sarabia, Gavilán, P. León, D. Castro, Barrada, Míchel and Borja
Forwards: Álvaro, Paco Alcácer and Colunga.

#1 Goal-keeper, Miguel Moyá, is suspended after being red-carded out of last week’s game against Deportivo, as is Defender Rafa López who received his 5th Yellow in the same game and has to sit out this game.

Long-term injured players (apart from the above mentioned Juan Valera and Mané) are former Zaragoza player Ángel “Queen” Lafita who is sidelined with a damaged knee, and Juan Rodríguez with a hamstring injury.

 

The Danger Men?
Pretty much all of them, really, as the goals scored this season are shared amongst the forwards, mid-fielders and backs. Diego Castro leads the scorers with 5 goals for the season, followed by Álvaro, Alexis and Barrada with 3 apiece.

Álvaro is one player to watch. The ex-Espanyol player is the man who scored the goal in the dying minutes of last season’s Espanyol vs. Barça debacle derby to level the score at 1-1.

Mid-fielder, Pedro León, is most likely still ruing his Real Madrid venture, after falling out of favour with Mourinho who then also blocked León from a move to Chelsea. León cut his losses and moved back to Getafe on-loan where, he has stated, he would prefer to stay. So there.

Statistics and results will show that Getafe has an 8 goal deficit this season (28 scored, 36 conceded) but that matters little on a per-match basis when all they need to do is score one more than the opposition to win the game.

 

The Home Side

As opponents play us with the same pressing, physical style that has been employed by everyone we have faced since the last quarter of last season, fresh legs will be crucial along with fresh minds. This means rotation, and lots of it. The effectiveness of that rotation starts with letting this team see that it can play the same way with different players. Hats off to Vilanova for that. ~ Kxevin in his Getafe vs. Barça Review, earlier this season.

Ain’t that the truth.

The away game to Getafe was played just after an International break, as will this Getafe game.

I think that it’s fair to say that since Tito’s absence on the bench, the rotation hasn’t been there, nor have the timely and gutsy substitutions that have won games over the past season.

The starting 11 has each played for around 2,000 minutes over this season. The “2nd string” players have 500 minutes or less. That’s a huge gap which needs to be addressed. There is a lot of bench-sitting going on for some players who need the games.

We certainly saw most of the players with very heavy legs during the Valencia match. That was put down to the match with Madrid 4 days before, but I’d say that the tiredness was even setting in during the Madrid game.

There is a lot of talk around here that there will be some rotation of players seen for this match. Thiago is expected to get a start, as is David Villa.

During today’s press conference, Jordi Roura had this to say about how much Tito Vilanova is being kept in the loop:

“We’ve been in permanent contact with him all the time thanks to new technologies. He’s more active than ever, he’s feeling really well. Tito has access to all the matches and the reports, and that allows us to talk about it all. There’s only a slight difference even though he’s not here”. He also revealed that the exchange of information is not just limited to talking during the matches: “We even have a system of cameras that allow him to see the training sessions”.

 

The Barça Squad
The team will be selected from the following players:
Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Montoya, Piqué, Bartra, Puyol, Mascherano, Alba, Adriano, Thiago, Fàbregas, Busquets, Song, Iniesta, Alexis, Pedro, Messi, Villa and Tello.

Piqué is back after missing the Osasuna match due to his sending off against Real Sociedad, but he’s sitting on 4 Yellows and another will see him miss the next game.

Xavi is missing with his hamstring injury, Dos Santos is warming his seat in the stands with the addition of a bandaged ankle and Abidal has yet to receive full clearance.

Expect a running game if Thiago is put in charge of the mid-field. It will certainly be less about the possession and more about getting forward which is a good thing when it all goes right. The defensive players will have to be on their toes, though.

 

If you’ll be at the match and sitting behind the north goal or on the lateral, take sunglasses and a hat. The sun is going to be in your eyes, although it’s supposed to be partly cloudy on Sunday, leading up to rain on Monday.

As this video will show, the South Goal (normally Barça’s favoured go-to goal if they win the toss) will be in complete shadow (from one of the scoreboards on top of the stadium) when the match begins.

 

 

The game kicks off at MID-DAY on Sunday 10th February

Click here to convert the match time to your timezone: FC Barcelona vs. Getafe CF

Streams for the match are usually found on First Row, Roja Directa and Bar TV.

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224 Comments

  1. nzm
    February 10, 2013

    Our 3 forwards have scored!

  2. mom4
    February 10, 2013

    Alexis and Villa back! Pedro back for some time now. This bodes well!!!! And the nnew baby gets some love.

    • mom4
      February 10, 2013

      Ha ha…Ray and Phil wondering about guaje’s goal celebration. They have to keep on top of the baby situation at Barca. Situation changes daily.

  3. February 10, 2013

    would love to see Tello get some time here!!

  4. barca96
    February 10, 2013

    AVM? AMV? VMA? VAM? MAV? MVA?

  5. nzm
    February 10, 2013

    Messi is really really wanting to score more today. Wonder why?? 😆

    • xavi_purrnandez
      February 10, 2013

      ha 😀

  6. dean
    February 10, 2013

    Anyone got another bein stream the last one died

  7. barca96
    February 10, 2013

    Where did my comment disappear to?

    Would love Tello to get some time. Loads of space for him.

  8. nzm
    February 10, 2013

    Great game for Song today, so far. Working well with double-teaming.

  9. Jim
    February 10, 2013

    Villa! Another great through ball.

  10. nzm
    February 10, 2013

    Wow – that was almost penalty on Alexis.

    Should have at least been a yellow for a late tackle.

    • replayed
      February 10, 2013

      It looked a like a pen to me. Keeper missed the ball, but not Alexis.

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      But Alexis had already played the ball.

    • replayed
      February 10, 2013

      Why the “but?”

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      Because the ball had already gone. Can’t give a penalty when the ball is heading out of play. A yellow at best.

      If the ball had remained in play and Alexis had a chance to get it and was then fouled, then a penalty would have been the correct decision.

    • replayed
      February 10, 2013

      Alexis didn’t head the ball hard enough to send it straight out of bounds. The ball slowly dribbled out. It can be argued he could have gotten to it had he not been taken out by the keeper.

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      Or the keeper would have gotten to it first, if he had not fouled Alexis!

      But Alexis would have had to have been Superman to get to that ball first.

  11. Jim
    February 10, 2013

    Sorry went to make breakfast and forgot I was on live pause and about an hour behind the rest now . All good though 🙂

  12. mom4
    February 10, 2013

    Tello ready.

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      Yup – on for Alexis which I think is precautionary after his knock with the GK.

  13. nzm
    February 10, 2013

    Pique calling for a sub for Puyol. Masch coming on. I think that Puyol was hurt in that tackle where he went to ground.

  14. replayed
    February 10, 2013

    Wow, Tello. I’m impressed.

  15. Blau-Grenade
    February 10, 2013

    Thats the striker I love. Tello. This is why I love this guy. No dilly dallying. Get the ball and score!!!

  16. dean
    February 10, 2013

    Tello gollazzo

    • elacule
      February 10, 2013

      i first read this as

      “Tello Gazello” either way ~

  17. K_legit in Oz
    February 10, 2013

    Tello’s finishing is just plain lethal!

  18. mom4
    February 10, 2013

    All the forwards.

  19. Ryan
    February 10, 2013

    Oh hi there Tello! Wanting to prove a point there, eh?

  20. Jafri
    February 10, 2013

    This is why I love Tello. Passing around in the box? What passing around in the box?

  21. mom4
    February 10, 2013

    10 minutes for Messi to get 2 goals. Does that make me a greedy cule?

    • Blau-Grenade
      February 10, 2013

      It makes you a jealous Cule. You just want him to keep pace with Thong boy.

  22. Jafri
    February 10, 2013

    Sigh. And then that garbage first touch. Oh Tello.

  23. replayed
    February 10, 2013

    Clean sheet? What clean sheet?

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      Alvaro – the ex-Espanyol player who scored last season to level the derbi at 1-1!

    • Ryan
      February 10, 2013

      One of those (many) young Spanish players who are winning everything in sight in the younger international tournaments. Although I think that’s the one time where they didn’t win the tournament (a shocker nowadays!)

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      ? I’m talking about the Liga Espanyol – Barca derbi last season that finished 1-1.

      Not sure which tournament you’re talking about?

  24. nzm
    February 10, 2013

    Tello benefited hugely from Messi keeping the GK over to one side. Nice curler to finish.

  25. nzm
    February 10, 2013

    Song is my MotM.

    • Blau-Grenade
      February 10, 2013

      I would agree with that. He has been amazing.

    • replayed
      February 10, 2013

      Song was good, but Iniesta (he of the prehensile feet) coughs discreetly.

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      Nope – Song has been absolutely solid at both ends of the pitch. Like Busi, his contribution is often invisible.

    • replayed
      February 10, 2013

      Song: 119 Touches, 91% Pass Completion.

      Iniesta: 159 Touches, 96% Pass Completion. 1.5 Assists. Goal. Feet.

      I love Song, but come on.

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      Completion rates – statistics!

      What was the outcome of those completion rates?

      How many intercepts and recovered balls did Song make in comparison to Iniesta?

      If you’re going to make a judgement based entirely on completion rates and results up one end of the pitch, then you may as well assess the match on paper, rather than watch it.

    • dean
      February 10, 2013

      Yha I’m not buying this song love-in, I mean he had a stellar game, but he was errant in the beggining and at other times, Iniesta was breath-taking from whistle to whistle. Even on a curve, Iniesta was easily my Motm

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      You don’t have to buy anything Dean. You see what you see!

  26. nzm
    February 10, 2013

    Man – Getafe getting away with strings of fouls.

  27. Jim
    February 10, 2013

    Iniesta has just been phenomenal today. I’m laughing at some of his touches.

    • replayed
      February 10, 2013

      Like I just said, prehensile feet.

  28. nzm
    February 10, 2013

    Did you see how Alves out-sprinted Thiago to keep that ball in play? That, son, is the example that you should be following!

    • Jim
      February 10, 2013

      To be fair to Thiago he’s played the whole game but yeah a good example.

    • Blau-Grenade
      February 10, 2013

      Not a fan of the swagger slow run of Thiago.

    • Ryan
      February 10, 2013

      Dani’s also got 45 minutes more rest in those legs!

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      It wasn’t so much that Dani got there first, that Thiago didn’t even try to make the effort. He was trotting.

  29. Blau-Grenade
    February 10, 2013

    Missed header by Messi!! He should have put it on Target.

  30. replayed
    February 10, 2013

    Ini!!!!

  31. Jim
    February 10, 2013

    Deserved goal for ini

  32. nzm
    February 10, 2013

    Wow – 5 goals from 5 different players! Awesome!

    Ini benefiting from some great Messi work when he really wanted the goal for himself!

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      Make that 6 from 6!

  33. mom4
    February 10, 2013

    Song MOTMOTMOI?

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      Definitely mine! An understated match of brilliance from him today. He’s been everywhere.

    • KEVINO17
      February 10, 2013

      If Song isn’t at least as good as Busquets, I’ll eat my internet feed

    • mom4
      February 10, 2013

      Song is very very very good. Busquets is the best. Internet feed tastes better with a little sugar I hear. 🙂

    • elacule
      February 10, 2013

      or a tasty chocolatey-chip scone…

    • Blau-Grenade
      February 10, 2013

      Song was the holding midfielder in charge today. He swept almost everything, and transitioned the ball from defence to offence brilliantly. He loves to beat players and make a pass. Love that kind of game.

    • Jim
      February 10, 2013

      Not even close for me. I thought Song played well and for the first time looked like he fitted into a Barcelona team skill wise but he’s facing the play the whole time and doesn’t have to be particularly creative. That was a world class performance from Iniesta.

    • replayed
      February 10, 2013

      Word.

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      Watch again, Jim. Just watch Song with his movements, his interceptions and his ability to get between the players.

      Amazing performance which was outshadowed by some of the flashier limelighters on the pitch.

    • Jim
      February 10, 2013

      Just watched it :).

      As I said Song played very well and i dont want to get nto a position of knocking him at all. i thought this was his best performance for us but against a team that didnt really press well up front or in midfield at all. They looked slow. None of the skills you mention are particularly difficult for someone playing at this level with a poor level of pressing . With Xavi missing Iniesta had a big job on his hands, one he hasn’t always risen to. However, today his passing, vision, dribbling and even, for him, stamina were all top notch. He did some things with the ball that were close to impossible.

      Still, each to his own…. And at least it turned out an easy game for us and its good we have a number of candidates for MOTM 🙂

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      You could say the same that the level of opposition made Ini look good too, yes? 😆

      Against a better opposition, he may well likely have not had the space nor the time to do what he did.

    • mom4
      February 10, 2013

      MOTMOTMOI (or Iniesta)

  34. Jim
    February 10, 2013

    Piqué !

  35. mom4
    February 10, 2013

    Party time! Pique!

  36. Jafri
    February 10, 2013

    <3 Thiago.

  37. Ryan
    February 10, 2013

    This noon kickoff really has the Camp Nou louder than normal. The 6 goals helped too!

  38. K_legit in Oz
    February 10, 2013

    Thiago is some player! He gave the ball away sometime but his recovery effort is bestial! And two assists as well!

    • mom4
      February 10, 2013

      Yeah, nzm…tell j what K just said. ;-D

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      See K-legit’s comment about giving the ball away? 😀

      He was still sloppy at times which against a better opposition may have led to effective counter-attacks. 😀 It’s one thing to pop up and look good during a goal-scoring phase, and another to play well for the entire game.

      It was a great effort from Thiago today – and made better by the support and quick thinking that he received from Messi, Song and Iniesta when they scrambled to recover some of his passes that weren’t entirely on target.

      I’m a bit concerned that he seemed to tire at the end of it. I realise that he hasn’t had much match time, but he’s still gotta have more juice than that in his young legs.

    • mom4
      February 10, 2013

      3 years from now…

    • nzm
      February 10, 2013

      hmm.. where have I heard that before?? 😆

      That will depend on what’s between his ears!

    • Jnice
      February 10, 2013

      Thiago also made several recoveries of his own. Seconds before our first goal, Song gets caught in possession, Getafe break but Thiago pokes ball away.

    • Jim
      February 10, 2013

      Yeah I liked Thiago today. Still think he tires a bit but that will come. In general a good game but they were awful.

  39. mom4
    February 10, 2013

    Shame Messi can’t get an assist for creating that Ini goal.

  40. mom4
    February 10, 2013

    So now Barca leads the assist table with Ini (13), Messi(9),Cesc(9). Next closest is a 6 way tie for 4th place with 6 assists. That’s pretty cool.

  41. nzm
    February 10, 2013

    Have to say that I liked the subs today and the timing of them, although Alves and Masch were for preventative purposes rather than intentional, most likely.

    Tello is an effective super sub when the opposition is tiring.

  42. andrecito
    February 10, 2013

    cuenca starting on the wing for ajax!
    watching him in an ajax uni has got me wondering..
    why dont we send more of our top youngens there?..
    they’d be safe with f. de boer as coach..
    i think it could be really helpful..

  43. Tank
    February 10, 2013

    What a wonderful way to start a day.

    Concerning the MOTM debate: I’m all in for Iniesta. Yes, that was Song’s best game in a Barcelona game and it was a genuinely fine game… but he did make the odd mistake. I remember that 1 or 2 times he lost the ball just in front of our defence. And for a Barcelona defensive midfielder that is 1 or 2 times too much. (I guess Busquets averages about 0,3 or so lost balls in front of the defence a game.)

    I saw his runs, the positive effect of his physical energy and his interceptions and it was all really fine, but my point is, that for a defensive midfielder at FC Barcelona, a lost ball in front of the back four is a no-go. You hardly can make up for it by excelling in other areas.

    As I said, really strong game, Song showed that he can be trusted against “normal” opponents in La Liga especially if they don’t press a lot, but he has a way to go before he reaches Busquets’ level.

    Iniesta on the other hand… wonderful, marvellous, magisteeeeeerial!! Today was a strong case for playing Iniesta in the middle and letting him drift to the left as he wishes. Was definitely in Zidane-territory today.

    • KEVINO17
      February 10, 2013

      Where does the 0.3 figure come from? I’ve seen Busquets misplace lots of passes and put his team under pressure.
      You can denigrate Song all you like, but he is a more complete package than Busquets. Just as good defensively, but with a bigger offensive arsenal.

    • Tank
      February 10, 2013

      The 0,3 figure is just my estimate. Note that I’m not talking about missed passes in general but about giveaways in front of the defence.

      I honestly can’t see how I’m denigrating Song. I criticise his mistakes and praise his strenghts. By doing that I try to find an estimation of his contribution to the team that is as unbiased as possible. I’m not saying that he shouldn’t be a part of the team or something like this.

      If by saying that Song “is a more complete package than Busquets” you mean that Song is a better player than Busquets, I can’t follow you. Busquets reading of the game, his positional awarenes, both offensively and defensively, and his short passing ability is paralleled only by Xavi.

      If you want to say that Song simply has a wider array of characteristics than Busquets, you could be right. His game has a physical dimension that Busquets is lacking. But for me that doesn’t make him a better player than Busquets. Neither offensively or defensively. Maybe he could be a better player than Busquets for a counter atacking team, but certainly not for Barca.

      I’m beginning to get the impression that criticism towards players is not very welcome at barcelonafootballblog. Even if the criticism is quite levelled.

    • Tank
      February 10, 2013

      Haha, that’s great.

    • February 10, 2013

      Not true at all. Lord knows we all criticize players. I think that folks struggle for balance, and of course my crazy nattering about fairness in all shapes and form.

  44. rocherto
    February 10, 2013

    Just got back to my hotel from the match.
    I must say that I was absolutely delighted with my first time ever seeing the boys live.
    What a great match 6 goals from six different players. I was sitting between two local members who were very kind to a “tourist.” What an experience I thought the team played very nice today. The crowd was phenomenal. Even the gentleman’s son on my left who was only 3 yrs old was telling the ref off!! Right at the very end of the match when Pique was making a run to the front we were all yelling for him to score. An absolute delight:)

    • Blau-Grenade
      February 10, 2013

      Hey Rocherto, Can we please have a match account and a player rating from you. It is totally different when you see the match live compared to what is shown on Television.

    • rocherto
      February 10, 2013

      I did.. Sorry it is short but I am drained. It is down at the bottom now.
      Hey thanks again Blau-Grenade for the tips 🙂

  45. February 10, 2013

    The post match comments are awesome. It’s why in a way I’m glad I don’t do ratings any longer because I just don’t have time. Because when you read the comments, it’s clear that it’s going to be difficult for certain players to get a shot.

    Watched about a half-hour of the match on the big TV, long enough to see Messi miss a couple of golden chances, long enough for me to wonder what the word would be if Sanchez missed those chances. Saw Song kicking out the jams, but “he made the odd mistake.” Everybody did. Iniesta was delightful, but he is always delightful, even when his efforts are like whipped cream — lovely but superfluous.

    It was a very fine team performance. The breakdown in the aftermath sometimes becomes a simple question of who people like. It also tends to reduce the contributions of excellent players to goals. I recall when I would give Messi a average to mediocre rating for a match in which he scored goals, and people would call me a biased jackass. But it’s simple: A match is so much more than goals. Yes, goals are the tally, but goals aren’t the everything.

    Something similar is the Iniesta stat cited above, about completed passes and passing percentage, compared to Song. Statistics. Bah! What about effectiveness! Messi’s shots to goals conversion rate is amazingly high, but still below 30%. Statistics? Dunno about those. Watch the match, and evaluate the effectiveness of a player on the outcome.

    Recall that Atletico match. Adriano’s stats weren’t that gaudy, but his effect on that match was colossal. I reckon my point is that players are more than statistics, and their effect on a match can be measured in ways that are often quantifiable, but just as often not. Busquets is a classic example. His effect on a match can never be measured by statistics, when you consider how he influences play. Keita was the same way.

    I’m about to settle down and watch in full on the big TV, rather than some on the big TV, some via mobile while pedaling my fool head off to nowhere. Probably have more to say then, but maybe not. Anyhow, just my .05.

    • Tank
      February 10, 2013

      Of course Iniesta (and others) made mistakes too. My point is that for a DM a certain type of mistake is really something that shouldn’t happen too often. And today it happened to Song more often than we are accustomed too. That is of course because with Busquets we have the ultimate DM.

      Again, Song made a good game. It was a step forward for him and I’m looking forward to see him again feature for us. But thinking that he already is at a level where you can’t find any mistakes and characteristics in his game that he could improve on. He is a decent member of our squad and I have no problem with playing him against most La Liga opponents even if he doesn’t improve anymore. But if he wants to be an integral part of our team, if he wants to be a player that you can start in an important CL game or a Clasico, he has to improve.

    • Tank
      February 10, 2013

      I meant:

      But thinking that he already is at a level where you can’t find any mistakes and characteristics in his game that he could improve on, is a mistake.

    • February 10, 2013

      This is absolutely true, Tank. But that’s also true of all of our players. After all if they were perfect, they’d never lose a match (ah, dreams).

    • Tank
      February 11, 2013

      I’m not speaking about perfection. There is no such thing like a perfect player or a perfect performance etc.. But there is a level of performance, although being far from perfect, that is good enough to spare a player from all sorts of criticism. When a player accomplishes all tasks associated with his role on the field, he is, in this sense, perfect.

      When for example Puyol wins every defensive battle in a game, is always well positioned, doesn’t misplace an easy ball and makes no defensive mistakes, he has pretty much made a perfect game. And if he does so regulary we can speak of a perfect season. Of course he could have played even better. Scoring 30 goals for example. But that’s not part of the basic tasks associated with his role as a CB.

      Song makes plenty of good contributions to the team but he is not perfect in the above sense. That is because he makes mistakes in one of the core tasks associated with his role as a DM. And that is: never lose the ball easily in front of the defence.

      There are players who play in this sense a perfect season. Messi is the obvious example. Busquets being another. Iniesta did so yesterday. Song didn’t and that’s okay. But to be an integral part of this team you have to at least come close to this sort of perfection. Maybe Song can be that one day, now he isn’t.

    • barca96
      February 10, 2013

      watch in full on the big TV, rather than some on the big TV

      ?
      I’m lost.

    • Ryan
      February 10, 2013

      He watched only some of the game on his big TV, the rest of it on a stream. So now he’ll watch the entire match on the big TV.

    • barca96
      February 10, 2013

      I didn’t see open goal misses from Messi Kxevin. There was only one chance, it was blocked. Not really an easy thing when you have so many bodies. And the header. He really should very Donegal better with the header. But other than that, it wasn’t a comestibles of misses like Alexis had done so often in the past.

    • halili
      February 11, 2013

      Sorry man but your comments regarding Messi and Song are starting to become ridiculous.

      First about Song – he had a nice game yesterday but his game in the first half was far from perfect. His problem is that the keeps the ball too long to himself. Watch Busy, he almost never gets tackled because the ball is flying around. As far as I remember Song was lying on the ground few times yesterday. Second half was much better, probably he was told what to do better and also the result was 2:0 up already. There is also one other aspect of your simpathy towards our players, but I shall leave it to some other times.

      Regarding Messi – you sound like a person that wants to be on a different level by critisizing Messi all the time. You know,”he is actually not that good and I am the only one who can see that…” Bullshit. Getafe was tackling him perfectly yesterday, maybe because they are still reminded about THAT goal. But still he managed to score, to hit a post and pass few wonderful balls to his teammates. And it was his 13th consecutive match to score. But you are right, he is not that good…

  46. barca96
    February 10, 2013

    I’m happy that the match was early and most importantly, all 6 different scorers. We really need everyone to chip in.

  47. barca96
    February 10, 2013

    And I’m happy that it’s such a tough decision to choose a MOtM. That means we have more than 1 standout performer. We need that.

  48. barca96
    February 10, 2013

    But Eredivisie is at least 1 step below La Liga. Ajax may have the same system and a good manager but what is the point when you are not competing against one of the best? You won’t be able to improve.

    Listen, I’m from Holland and I’m an Ajax fan but it is what it is.

    Look at Gabri, Oleguer. I don’t want Cuenca to go the same way.

  49. barca96
    February 10, 2013

    -Nzm is right about Iniesta. I was commenting during the match that Iniesta wasn’t pressured at all. It was like when I join in the U12 match during training.

    -Kevin, Song can be good on his own. There is no need to always bring Busquets in the discussion.

    • February 10, 2013

      There is no “always,” and note that Keita was also part of that same sentence, as he often is, as well. This is because Song is shaping up to be an amalgam of those two players. Note that the comment was also complimentary.

      Relax, and it will all be fine ….

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