Catalunya v Argentina comments post

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  1. December 22, 2009

    Puyi off. Thank goodness.

  2. Kxevin
    December 22, 2009

    Hell of a goal.

  3. jordi
    December 22, 2009

    PAstore with a GOLAZO

  4. December 22, 2009

    There’s my boy Pastore!

    GREAT goal and well deserved after a good game.

  5. December 22, 2009

    CT off. Not a good sign. He was grimacing as he walked off.

  6. OhYes
    December 22, 2009

    Oops I was wrong! higuain coming out

  7. December 22, 2009

    Pipita lustily booed as he is subbed off for Palermo.

    FEEL the hate, Pipita! FEEL it!

  8. jordi
    December 22, 2009

    Pitidos for Pipita

  9. Kxevin
    December 22, 2009

    CT took a hard challenge, and was trying to walk it off as he was behind their goal. This is my problem with friendlies. They often aren’t.

  10. jordi
    December 22, 2009

    HEH, 3-1

  11. OhYes
    December 22, 2009

    Lol someone on the chat is saying “It’s Messi’s fault that he doesn’t run haha.. now who are they going to blame?”

    Goal by Di Maria

  12. December 22, 2009

    3-2. Di Maria FINALLY scored after a stupid giveaway, Great pass by Lavezzi.

  13. December 22, 2009

    Ooohhh. Eduardo Salvio. This should be interesting. Good talent this one.

  14. jordi
    December 22, 2009

    Yea, Argentina should defo call up The WALL

    Also a real madrid product came on for Valdes 😀

  15. Helge
    December 22, 2009

    Great match to watch. It’s fun and very entertaining.

    I suppose (and also hope) this is not Argentina’s best defense… they’ll definitely have to improve massively if they want to be a serious title contender next summer. Offensively they look sharper than before, with a solid defence they might have something to say in South Africa.

  16. Jnice
    December 22, 2009

    Wow, that kick should have resulted in a red.

  17. Eduard
    December 22, 2009

    Visca Catalunya!!!

  18. OhYes
    December 22, 2009

    Well it’s over.. 4-2! I was watching the chat on and everyone was saying that getting beat by Catalunya was like losing to Hawaii lol! They are south american fans so I don’t know if they really understand Xavi and co. but it really pained them to lose today even though it’s a friendly

  19. jordi
    December 22, 2009

    Atleast Messi cant get them blame today

  20. cliveee
    December 22, 2009

    did Sergi Biscuits wear the holy number 10 for Catalunya?!

    • Jnice
      December 23, 2009

      Yeah, he did. He had a good game, too.

  21. jordi
    December 22, 2009

    Wait, i didnt even notice Palermo came on as a sub in the second half.I see him at all.

  22. Kxevin
    December 22, 2009

    In the “too good to be true” category, Fabiano is out for Sevilla for almost all of January. But it was in Sport, so who knows. Ankle injury.

  23. December 22, 2009

    Yeah, I saw that on Sport. IF its true and both him and Kanoute (at the ACN) are out then that will help a hell of a lot. Alas, they still have Negredo who is by no means a slouch.

    • December 22, 2009

      Sky is also reporting it.

  24. Phil
    December 23, 2009

    For anyone who was putting any sort of serious consideration of the Robinho rumors – Mancini has said that Robinho is a big part of his plans for the next year. Never believed the rumors myself, and you never know with these things, but it doesn’t seem likely.

  25. December 23, 2009

    Can I just say that, despite the fact that my colleague Kxevin hates them, I love the Catalunya jerseys. They’re amazing and so is Valdes’ home keeper kit.

  26. Reaper
    December 23, 2009

    Is it just me or does Angel Di Maria look like a prospective answer to our supposed problems on the left wing? The guy can cross a ball like a ringin a bell as Chuck Berry famously said.

  27. Lumi
    December 23, 2009

    I think one of Cryuff’s advantage over Diego in this game is that the former has an idea of the laters capability while the later knows little or nothing about the former and most importantly El Pibe D’oro has no Class Against The flying Dutchman

    • Helge
      December 23, 2009

      I would love to see Cruijff as the national coach of Argentina!
      It would turn Argentina from a quarter-final contender to a serious title contender. And I’m sure Cruijff would finally call up players such as Cambiasso, Samuel, Zanetti. Maybe he could even convince Riquelme to return… damn, that would be too sweet to be true.

    • anand
      December 23, 2009

      sigh:( if only…

  28. fcbfan
    December 23, 2009

    Bojan is not injured right?

  29. fcbfan
    December 23, 2009

    the election is making me nervous.

    • Kxevin
      December 23, 2009

      Post coming on that. Jaume Ferrer officially announced yesterday, but he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell against Sandro Rosell. I don’t think anybody does, unless Messi decided to hang up the boots and run for the presidency.

      Rexach is considering a run, and what about Alfons Godall?

      Laporta hasn’t really come out in overt favor of anyone, and that’s a complex situation, because like the Bill Clinton factor (for you folks familiar with American politica), he’s popular as hell, but not that well liked by many, many people.

      Obviously, coming off the most successful period in the club’s history EVER, any censure votes drummed up by Giralt et al, would probably have a very different result, yes?

      Guardiola is also rumored to be watching the elections. What he doesn’t want (and I don’t blame him) is a president and board that will not support him or his program. Don’t forget that he’s Laporta’s choice, irrespective of the immense success that he’s enjoyed at the helm of our beloved club. Power-drunk men make stupid-ass decisions sometimes. This might have something to do with this talk of Guardiola taking a break at the end of this season, assuming there is a shard of truth to the rumor. I think that his reaction at the end of the Club World Cup match might be some indication of the intensity with which he experiences things.

      So stay tuned. There’s also the vacation post looming, now that I will have time to work on it.

  30. Kxevin
    December 23, 2009

    And for you Formula One fans, the Michael Schumacher/Ross Brawn partnership has been revived, as the German driver announced that he’s returning to F1 to drive for Mercedes.

  31. cliveee
    December 23, 2009

    The first goal from Argentina is wonderful, but to me, it wasn’t that unsaveable. I am the next biggest fan of Valdes, but I think he could do better than that. I can easily image Casillas saving that volley. Did that reflect the overall quality of him? He sort of reactive on his feet, but no follow-thru on his upper body. I don’t understand.

    • cliveee
      December 23, 2009

      How can I forget the second goal he conceded?! He saved just SO MANY of those shots last season, why!?

    • Kxevin
      December 23, 2009

      I don’t think anybody was on their best game yesterday, cliveee. No way that a real defense lets Krkic score that goal that he nabbed yesterday.

    • December 23, 2009

      Agreed, they kind of let him waltz into the box and score. Looked cool on Bojan though.

      Also, I know this has been said before, but why doesn’t Maradona have Argentenia play a 4-3-3 with a front line of Teves – Aguero – Messi. They need as much back line help as possible and I think that could be a deadly trio up front.

    • OhYes
      December 23, 2009

      He’s had that before but you have to keep in mind that this is Maradona we’re talking about. It’s not just a formation issue, there are more things to consider.

    • Eklavya
      December 23, 2009

      I think a Higuain–Milito–Messi line is better!

    • cliveee
      December 23, 2009

      per…perhaps..perhaps.. I AM TOO SERIOUS ABOUT VICTOR! 🙂
      Love seeing Cuddy Toy Bojan score like a real man even Demichelis was really toying with him.

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