Everybody cheer up!

[ NOTE:  This post was drafted prior to Barça’s October 5th victory over Real Valladolid, when the boards were rather grumpy ’cause we were all … well, winning, and stuff. So if you’re bucked up rather than (what rhymes with “bucked up”?) lately, bookmark this and come back when we lose, or tie, or win again in a way that you don’t like. Psych! – Ed. ]

 

Gotta song in my head ...
Gotta song in my head …

If you don’t get what Kxevin’s sayin’,

we aren’t on the same webpage.

My t.v.’s low-def and I’m growing old. Maybe I’m going blind.

But they look like a good team to me.

So maybe you just outta you mind.

¡Oe oe!

 

Is the Liga even close, all them domestic teams?

But you are cynical, you say it’s cule nature.

We still triangulate ‘em off the pitch, even on the counter.

Besides, even if when we lose, no one match is a make-or-breaker.

We’ll still be a good team.

¡Més que, més que … !

 

Look too long at these lines and your eyes get blurry ...
Look too long at these lines and your eyes get blurry …

We’re a good team, people. With a good goalie too.

Víctor won’t let nothin’ past him.

Long lobs are part of the job and he don’t blow it.

It’s early; the season’s not wrapped up in bows and plastic …

But 4-1 without Messi?

Talk about getting blasted!

¡Olé olé!

 

So they grab shirts and kick shins and act all nasty.

Can’t shake ‘em loose? We go down, roll ‘round like it hurt,

Pretend we can’t breathe, get called “fakers.”

Sometimes we get the call, sometimes it doesn’t work.

Simeone says, “Get at ‘em” – and we get up.

So c’mon, everybody, cheer up.

¡Ney, Ney, Ney!

These too.
These too.

 

What you dreaming during that Live Streaming?

No CB and Messi’s ouch and Ini’s out …

and we still all up in first place.

You should feel lucky; it’s

(Wait. What rhymes with de puta madre?

I mean it — I got nothin’. Ooga aga? Tutomate?)

¡Piqué, Piqué … !

 

Many womens can't resist their pimpin'
Many womens can’t resist their pimpin’

One thing I ask of you: Let Marca screw, and AS too.

When we spend 90 mil to let Oezil bail,

then go all boo-hoo.

Bayern was a bitch, but no fans got it as good as you

when them tiki-takas bang on through.

We got long balls now what tear their back line in two.

And in tight khakis strut us some Tatas too.

 

It’s almost unbearable ‘round here, so many Debbie Downers.

Don't be a twerk ... Roots for your team!
Don’t be a twerk … Roots for your team!

In a hundred years would you’ve thought

Barça – Pep – Tito + Tata = History?

It’s phar out!

I mean, Bartra’s defending, and we’re still winning.

This is a kick-ass beginning.

 So go on, get happy!

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177 Comments

  1. October 19, 2013

    Initial reactions:

    – It’s not panic or crisis or doom time yet. This fixture was always going to be a banana skin. FIFA Virus was in full flu.

    – Truth be told, I have never been impressed with Fabregas in a CF / F9 role. He sucks. That sorry ass attempt at a chip when he should have gone for a striker’s drive, left me laughing and crying simultaneously.

    – Puyol is back. Bartra is awesome. CB situation looks good.

    – One thought that struck me today on Neymar: He was so ahead of everyone today in attack and it was interesting to think that today, Barca had to be the one to impress him rather than the other way around. Some excellent build up play from him did not get the due finishes they deserved.

    – I am worried about Iniesta’s dip in form this season. He’s crucial to our attack.

    – What does Neymar have to do to ga foul? White shirts

    • October 19, 2013

      oops. bfb glitch. full comment below.

    • Jim
      October 19, 2013

      See, I’m not seeing a dip. I’m seeing him playing back slightly to allow Xavi further forward, resulting in Xavi setting up Cesc’s chances and Iniesta having the usual Xavi stat of most passes.

  2. October 19, 2013

    Initial reactions:

    – It’s not panic or crisis or doom time yet. This fixture was always going to be a banana skin. FIFA Virus was in full flu.

    – Truth be told, I have never been impressed with Fabregas in a CF / F9 role. He sucks. That sorry ass attempt at a chip when he should have gone for a striker’s drive, left me laughing and crying simultaneously.

    – Puyol is back. Bartra is awesome. CB situation looks good.

    – One thought that struck me today on Neymar: He was so ahead of everyone today in attack and it was interesting to think that today, Barca had to be the one to impress him rather than the other way around. Some excellent build up play from him did not get the due finishes they deserved.

    – I am worried about Iniesta’s dip in form this season. He’s crucial to our attack.

    – What does Neymar have to do to get a foul? wear a white shirt? Jeez.

    – C’mon Messi. Show Neymar how it’s done.

    • G6O
      October 19, 2013

      I had circled that game as “likely to drop points” at the very beginning of the season. No surprise here really, it’s what people in the NBA would call a “scheduling loss/draw”. You could see that the players were showing the obvious signs of not having recovered from the international games.

      Would have been nice if a certain team had not been gifted several points but it is what it is, we have to go out next week and make the gap bigger ourselves

  3. psalmuel
    October 19, 2013

    esp 0-0 atm, oh God, let it stay that way

  4. PrinceYuvi
    October 19, 2013

    Esp 1-atleti 0. Why the clock is so damn slow ?

  5. psalmuel
    October 19, 2013

    barca tops with a point!

  6. Jim
    October 19, 2013

    Anyone watch Arsenal today? What a display of football. Good to see Ozil playing so well 🙂

    In other matters, I see Bale has been practising for next week …

    • PrinceYuvi
      October 19, 2013

      After the united fiasco someone said, ”arsenal were crap for many years but at least they played nice footie.” )

    • G6O
      October 19, 2013

      I didn’t watch the game but the reports are that they played quite well. That’s not a good thing.

      That said, the whole getting Bale ready for the Classico thing is absolutely ridiculous.

      First, they signed him and rushed him into play the very first game they could, and as a starter no less, even though he was weeks away from being fully physically fit due to not having a preseason at all, and everyone knew that.

      Then he got repeated muscle injuries, which is precisely the kind of thing that happens if you are rushed into play without being ready for it

      And now they’re trying to get him fit for the Classico as if he will be their savior even though he is once again, probably not fully fit, and perhaps more importantly, has played so little with them that any coach would be asking himself whether the player has integrated sufficiently with the team to play in the most important game of the season.

      But you have to justify the 100M spent…

      Just another demonstration of what a pathetic football club they are 🙂

      • Jafri
        October 19, 2013

        I think the implication was that he dove to get that penalty called 😀

      • G6O
        October 19, 2013

        Ah, I didn’t know that. As I said, I didn’t watch the game. But I’m not surprised

      • G6O
        October 19, 2013

        OK, I just watched it. This is just shameful… Even more so after Elche…

        If that’s a penalty, Neymar should have had half a dozen so far including the situation in the box during first half today

  7. psalmuel
    October 20, 2013

    it should be RUefa MADRID or is it not….

  8. Dracko
    October 20, 2013

    Tata went conservative; refused to be over-tempted by the allure of breaking a EE record. Playing safe.

    Too many positives in this one. Puyol and Bartra pairing up well. Bartra’s really integrating fine with the whole team especially the backline.

    Adriano is still fit,
    Xavi got to rest.
    Good thing Messi came through because I think Neymar needs to rest soon.

    Not to worry Lexus is in a killer-mode.

    WHAT I LEARNT: 1. Cesc is not a worthy F’9 or CF deputy for Barca. In Messi’s absence call on Neymar. 2. Montoya just needs to blend well with the attackers and he is fine.

    • G6O
      October 20, 2013

      Montoya has had problems producing in the final third every time he plays. I want him to succeed but it has to be said

  9. Humphrey Bogart
    October 20, 2013

    I am rather disappointed, we have a terrible fixture list in front of us and wasting a good start. Next week we would have been still 2 points in front,, now level on points with Mordor, We wasted our good start to the season and Mordor weakness and now they are back in.

    Furthermore i am disappointed with Martino today. i was so excited when he started to change things, now we are stuck with the same problems again: midfield overrun and overpowered and no goals from midfield at all and even worse a completely toothless attack. Cesc as false 9, flanked with pedro was tested multiple times now and never, ever worked, why continue with an experiment failed? It cost us 3 points today and furthermore we are going into a crucial week on a low rather on a high

    • Jim
      October 20, 2013

      Did you really think our midfield was overrun and over powered last night ?

      Come on, we had complete and utter control of that game last night. They created nothing and we had four or five great chances which on another day we might take. That’s the difference in football – taking your chances.

      Where I would say we have pause for thoughts is that for me Cesc doesn’t really look comfortable in that role, and we still haven’t found his killer position, while we need a RB who can look up and deliver a precise cross ball if our play tends to ends up with the person in that position playing the final pass. Not discarding Montoya in my mind but that let us see how far he has to go to be great in that position ( although maybe not quite as far to catch up with Dani’s contribution there 🙂 ). Maybe that’s coachable .

  10. psalmuel
    October 20, 2013

    and was i the only who noticed we were playing a 3-4-3-ish formation with Bartra,busi and puyol as the CB’s?

    • Obii
      October 20, 2013

      Even I noticed that, but only in the beginning. The formation was too fluid imo to be categorized as a 3-4-3. Movement all over the front line and midfield.

      One thing I do need to critique is Pedro. Why has he stopped making runs in behind the defense? Osasuna was playing a very high line for large portions of the game, and Pedro was simply refusing to do what he does best. Is it a tactical decision? I’m not sure. Its making him rather toothless though, and it feels like he’s just another body, rather than a contributor to the cause.

      The overarching note for me in this game was Puyol. I’ve recently been very busy and haven’t been able to catch full matches, so have just been watching the highlights. Once I heard Puyol was playing, I just HAD to watch the game, and god have I missed him. He oozes so much passion for this team. I couldn’t care less about the result. His presence alone is enough to inspire confidence in me for this team.

  11. elcapitan
    October 20, 2013

    Anyone who saw this game and still said “we were overrun in midfield” was probably talking about last season Bayern Munich match, not this match at pamplona, the only thing that was lacking in this game was GOALS. And Cesc was quite guilty of the best chances we had, we had TOTAL control, and if you still feel the cause to be unhappy,hey…Check the League table and have a pleasant working week #ViscaElBarca.

  12. elcapitan
    October 20, 2013

    And when will Manchester United stop talking about our players…it was Thiago,then Fabregas,then Iniesta, now Alexis?? Lol…they can’t seem to get a grip at Old trafford…

  13. Jim
    October 20, 2013

    Just thinking – plenty of time on a Sunday- about the week ahead. I reckon there are going to be quite a few players enduring a nervous time ahead of finding where they stand in Tata’s thinking. Up till now he’s got away with saying (rightly) its down to rotation and giving everyone some rest but surely he has been trying to end up in a situation where he plays his best eleven in the Clasico ?

    For me, the main points of interest will be at CB ( I reckon Pique / Puyol will get the nod which means Puyol on the bench for Milan, maybe sharing the minutes with Pique. I’ll be interested in whether Cesc gets a place ahead of Iniesta in midfield ( depends on whether Tata feels we can win an end to end match – personally I think if they’re coming out to play football we starve them of possession ). I see Busi and Neymar sitting out midweek for Song and Alexis with Pedro getting a last chance to show he’s worthy of a Clasico start. I’d hope we’re in a position to take Messi off with about twenty left.

    Anyway, here’ll be some ruffled feathers after next weekend. I reckon.

    • Peter
      October 20, 2013

      Well, in any case Tata is going with all fit players to Milano. Only Alba, Cuenca and Affelay aren’t called up.

      Besides, Tata always said his goal is to have the players reach the end of the season in better form than last season. He never said that he would stick to resting key players every match, come hell or high water. As a matter of fact I think he wants Alves, Alexis, Pique, Messi and Xavi to be in top form for Milan and Real, which is why they didn’t play a whole match or didn’t play at all.

  14. Messiah10
    October 20, 2013

    I’m surprised no one’s talking about the non penalty shout Neymar had yesterday, AGAIN! I’m sorry, but WTF does he have to do to get a call! Ridiculous. I don’t know the stats, but I am almost positive EE have had at least 5 penalties called this season in 9 games. How many have we had? Have we had any? I can’t remember? This was the kind of game where we needed that call. It wasn’t like it was 50/50. He had control of the ball. He was going to the end line to put a ball in the box and was bulled over by the defender. Clear cut! He then would’ve stepped up and put the ball in the back of the net. 1-0. 3 points are ours. What a joke.

    • Serena Andre
      October 20, 2013

      We had one against Levante. And it was given for a way softer foul than the ones Neymar has been suffering lately. But I guess it’s easier to give us a penalty when we’re 4-0 up and it doesn’t make a difference. God forbid we get one when the result could be affected.

      And while I’m on the subject of refs, guess who’s the ref for the Milan match… The guy who just allowed that Kiessling phantom goal this weekend. Lucky us.

    • ibbe
      October 20, 2013

      It has always been like that in La liga. last season and the season we won the double, there were many calls like that in the league but it didnt matter because we were too good for the referee to influence the game. The season EE won the league we weren’t as good and a couple of wrong calls were enough for the ref to change the outcome of a game..

  15. 86ed
    October 20, 2013

    This from one of comments on the Guardian’s website;

    “Dad what is complacency? Fc barcelona son” “Dad what does gutless mean? Barcelona wingers son” “Dad what does guts mean? you play on the wing for Bayern Munich son”

    I find them pretty accurate for this match.

    • petog4realz
      October 20, 2013

      I guess this is your opportunity to blab about how BARCA sucks. And who the fuck cares about bayern anyways

    • Messiah10
      October 20, 2013

      What is your point? Why would you even want to read Guardian comments? I thought Neymar had a fantastic game. Pedro was so-so and Tello didn’t bring much more, but “gutless”? C’mon. I understand having balanced views of the match, but I cannot agree with your comment and find it ridiculous.

      • barca96
        October 20, 2013

        Guys I read that comment too on the Guardian. Didn’t like it myself but it received many likes.

        Anyways, that is NOT 86ed comments. He is just posting something from there.

      • Jim
        October 20, 2013

        Yeah but I wouldn’t agree with any description of “gutless”.

        It’s not hard to take someone on every time you get the ball. Trust me, I play with a load of folk with that attitude every Monday night in our bounce game ! Depending on your skill level you’ll either lose the ball all of the time, most of the time or some of the time. At top level it tends to be the first two. It is part of our system, rightly or wrongly, that we value possession and believe you don’t throw it away needlessly because we tend to suffer it there is an unexpected turnover ( although I’m seeing encouraging signs in that dept. with Tata).

        Can’t blame the wingers unless you know it’s their fault.

    • Peter
      October 20, 2013

      I don’t. Complacency is thinking your league is the best in the world when in the last five years no English club has won the Champions League without a resorting to Alamo tactics.

      P.S. since when does the average English fan know the definition of a “winger”?

  16. October 20, 2013

    Match thoughts are up.

  17. barca96
    October 20, 2013

    Anyone watched today’s MotoGP race? I feel so gutted for young Marc Marquez.

    Today was the first time ever that all the riders had to enter the pit to change bikes (because Bridgestone couldn’t assure the safety beyond 14 laps) and the rookie came in a lap later due to miscommunication with his pit wall. Even if his crew got it right, it’s pretty hard to read when there flying past it. Unlike F1, MotoGP riders don’t have the luxury of radio communication with his crew.

    The kid might lose the championship due to this silly disqualification. His lead of 43 points is only 18 now with only 2 races remaining.

    A few points penalty would’ve been more than enough. Not a disqualification because of missing the 2 lap window in which he didn’t endanger anybody or another of that sort.

    To those that don’t watch MotoGP but do watch F1, tune in for the remaining 2 races. It could be as exciting as F1 in 2007 where it was Hamilton’s first year and like Marc Marquez, was leading the championship until a few costly mistakes cost him the championship.

    • Jim
      October 20, 2013

      Sorry, Barca 96. Used to ride a motorbike in my younger days. Can’t watch the stuff. I veer between boredom and sheer terror on their behalf, especially when it’s in the wet and they go round corners at speed. I’ve felt that wobble as your bike snakes and you’re in the lap of the Gods !

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