Close to Away (as a matter of Clasico, pt III)

This is not a preview, it’s a meview. If you want to read something that makes sense, I suggest you click here for Kxevin’s thoughts on the game.

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(TRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRING!)

Zzzzzzzz

(TRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRING!)

Zzzzzzzz

(TRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRING!)

Huh!?! What?!? Huhyaaaaaawn…

Yo man, you up?

Wh-wh-wh-huh? What? Who is this?

It’s me man, me, that’s who!

Maaaan what the… (yawn) It’s three in the fu… (yawn) You know what time it is, you f—–g prick?

It’s CLASICO TIME!

(a loud crashing sound ensues, which is either indicative of the end of the world or of a culer falling out of his bed and generally making a mess of what once upon a time looked like a bedroom)

Still there?

What? Where? When? Clásico? Here? Now?

No, not now. Take it easy. Keep that heart attack at arm’s length from your chest. Breathe in, breathe out. The game is tomorrow.

Tomorrow? So why you calling me at three o’clock in the morning?

I can’t sleep.

Why not?

Tomorrow’s the Clasico.

Oh. Right. Why don’t you watch tv or something, get your mind off things? And let me sleep! Jeeez…

I tried that but they talk about the game on every channel.

Oh, right… Uhmmm… Hold on… Why is there a picture of the Camp Nou above this article? The game is at the Burn-the-Eeew.

Man, you’re slow!

Yeah, so? What does that got to do with it?

It’s got everything to do with it.

You’re a jerk. What do you think of the game?

Well, do you want my BFB-contributing, sangria-drinking, happy-go-lucky, rallying-the-troops and stand-behind-my-team opinion or do you want my honest opinion?

What do you really think?

Color me culer but I think we’re gonna lose. M*drid is playing like a monster right now. What do you think?

Man, you’re one pessimistic son of a bee. We’re gonna kick some whitey butt. We’re gonna run rings around Pepe until he bites his own —hole. We’re gonna make D-Lo wish that he’s Iker and Iker wish that he’s Sara sitting at home and breastfeeding the baby. We’re gonna make Ronaldo cry piss from his eyes, only they don’t call it piss they call it CR7. We’re gonna rip Bale’s nuts off and feed them to Tomás Roncero. We’re gonna fill their diapers with blaugrana doo-doo and snap the neck off of any Ancellady that tries to change ‘em.

Dude, forget I even asked. I forgot how weird you are. And Tomás Roncero would probably love to eat Bale’s private parts. Or at least nibble on ‘em just a little bit.

Man, he’d gobble ‘em up. And who you calling weird? Look at you, man, I mean, man, just look at you!

My point exactly. But I wish I shared your confidence. I’m also worried that Martino might have lost the team.

Lost the team? Martino? Not the Pope of the Pampas, no Sir. Gerardo knows what he’s doing. They don’t call him Tata for nothing.

Huh?

Ta-Taaaa, Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-Taaaaaaaa! Ta-ta-ta-ta-Taaaaaaaaa!

Oh, I get it. Yeah, blazing trumpets. Cute. Some say he’s not Catalan enough for this team.

Sheeeeit, by the time he’s done they will hand him the keys of the city. He’ll be trainer, mayor ‘n president and all at the same time. Every other sentence heard on the streets of Barcelona will be “Who the f— is Pep?” They will change the country’s name to Tatalunya!

Enough with the madness already. You’re making my head spin. Why can’t you be more normal, like me? I thought you’d be more chilled out half-asleep. You’re still a crazy bastard.

I am chilled out, man. What the f—.

Yeah, I guess you are not as bad as usual. Wish you wouldn’t cuss as much, though.

Awwww be honest, you love me the way I am. Show me some love, man, let’s do it!

Hey, kids might read this, man, that’s nasty.

Here we go again (sigh). Always with the kids, huh. No kidding, man, but you’re boring! Anyway where we gonna watch the game, bro?

See, I don’t know. I don’t wanna go to La Rambla cause there’s just way too many tourists out there.

Shit now who’s crazy? The Rambla. Ha! Very funny! You act as if you’re in motherf—–g Barcelona or something.

Eh, du-uh! Where have you been?

Inside your head.

Yeah, and have you ever bothered to look out of my eyeballs?

I see a computer screen. An orange wall. A fan. And three mirrors. What you got three mirrors for? Wanna be three times as ugly?

Look to the left.

Ok.

Out the window.

Uh-huh…

(waaaait for iiit…)

WHOAH!!! Oooh shit! We’re in (breathe), we’re in (breathe), we’re in (breathe), we’re in…WE’RE IN BARCELONA!!!

You mean I. In the eyes of our beholders there is no we, ’cause we are I. One person, not two. You should know that by now. This ain’t the first Clàssic preview signed by yours trulies. I, that’s who!

Yeah, whatevs b—ch. We live and direct from the city that never creeps: Mother…F—–g… Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar – Ceeeeeeeeeeeee – LONAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! BARCELONA! BARCELONA! BARÇA! VISCA EL BARÇA! BARCELONA! OMG. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! WE’RE IN BARCELONA. BARCELONA! BARCELONA! BARCELONA. OH MY MOTHERF—–G GOD! I CAN’T BREATHE. I CAN’T (breathe), I CAN’T (breathe), I CA– I CA– I CA– AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGHHH! BAAARCELONAAAA! BARCE—

Calm down, calm down. Calm down. I know how you feel, boss. Please, just trust me and calm down. Maintain focus. Stay sharp. Concentrate. Waaait for it. And inform our readers in a cool and collected manner that we will now write our articles for the best football blog in the world from the best football city in the world. The Camp Nou better be ready for us, and by the way, I really hope you’re not gonna get me banned. Enjoy el Clàssic, y’all! Visca el Barça i visca Catalunya. Over and out.

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139 Responses to “Close to Away (as a matter of Clasico, pt III)”

  1. Archie says:

    “Person known as Levon is not huddled in bullet proof room in Venezuela but has (permanently) ascended to the Culer-Home?!!!!?WTF??!?!?!!!!”

  2. Peter says:

    Lev, here’s something I think you will like.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3V2ecJpscI

  3. ooga aga says:

    love-on,

    madness!

    visca

    think we will see sergio ramos as DM again tomorrow? somehow i doubt it. loved it the first time ancelloti tried it, though.

  4. socrates says:

    Writing reminiscient of Paco Ignacio Taibo II,(pt III). Subject matter: uncertain. Sentiment: clearly culer. Orale.

  5. ooga aga says:

    so it wasnt a dream? levon is in barcelona! woot! and the wife and chitlin is with you too?

    also, do they say “orale” and “guey” in venezuela? i thought that was a mexican thing…

  6. barca96 says:

    We must play with 3 forwards. We need to win this match thus we need to attack them from the get go. This match is about attacking not defending by tiki taka. So I really hope the rumored 4 midfielders in the line up is not true.

    • Jim says:

      Sorry, Barca, can’t agree with you. First we need to establish our control, then we can rely on Messi getting enough chances to sink one or two. Attacking full out will just mean us getting caught time and time again. Could happen anyway …

  7. barca96 says:

    You know how in the movies the actors wake up from a nightmare. Well I had one last night and you know what nightmare is about. In case you don’t, I had a horrible nightmare about us getting beat. Losing is not a big deal but I meant really beaten. I guess it’s because of the Arsenal Chelsea match giving me bad vibes lol.

    • mom4 says:

      We are NOT Arsenal! Thank God!

      I’ll be watching at our penya, hiding my eyes every time THEY get OUR ball until hubby tells me it’s safe to look. UGH!!!!!!

      Breathe….must remember to breathe…

  8. Dar_vincy says:

    Actually, Lev, every game against EE scares the daylight outta me.
    From the guardiola era till now, the one I considered the scariest was their super-copa second leg win by 2-1.
    In the first 15 minutes, the sheer intensity and utter feriocity at which we were attacked was petrifyingly inundating.
    They created like 10 chances to which we could have conceded 6.
    I don’t ever want to witness such again! Ever!

    • Laurentiu88 says:

      :D i was nervous about the game and i watch some of that game … i thought that no matter how worse it can’t get that bad.

      • Dar_vincy says:

        True, Laurentiu.
        And to think we could have won the cup playing with 10 men for 80 minutes with that last gasp Messi effort would have been remarkable.

        • Laurentiu88 says:

          yes, i was so surprised we had some huge chances. messi, alba.

          watching some cr celebrations convinced me why i wouldnt like alves and co to do anymore dances. i am convinced ronaldo is a nice guy, but that whole bravada is so empty. i already think footballers earn way too much, but to treat scoring a goal like you just performed a brain surgery strikes me as something a little inappropriate.

          less then 2 hours before the game..what to do? what to do?

          • Dar_vincy says:

            The surgery brain part really cracked me up, Laurentiu.

            Levon, the same was said in the first leg. And we were supposed to get thrashed 100-0. Our performances against big teams this season leaves me a spacious room for hope.

            Like Jim said, the speed at which they attack- break-neck to be precise- is so much spooky.

            Goodluck to us!!!

    • Levon says:

      Yeah those were some horrible 15 minutes. And you’re totally right, every game against EE is scary because the potential loss leaves you with such a god-awful feeling inside your chest!

  9. bhed says:

    Congrats Lev! (for some reason couldn’t reply to first post)

    I hope everything works out well. I had to cancel my April trip this year (Bilbao game got moved). Have some 1 Euro pintxos at La Tasqueta del Blai for me!

  10. Valdemar II says:

    Anyone else hit the drinks yet? I won’t feel any pain this way…

    As long as we don’t play to their strengths ( high back-line vs their kick-and-run wingers) we have a good chance. Hope ‘tata’ is realistic about this one ;) GO BARCA

    • Laurentiu88 says:

      kinda recovering from last night, but feels its too stressful to live the game all sober!!

      i see goal.com top 3 predictions are 255-0, 10-0, and 3-1.!! :D

  11. psalmuel says:

    Am nervous!

  12. Jim says:

    Ok. Tata has chosen the right team. Now, has he given them the warning about starting slow and what’s gonna come at them? Has he sorted out a way of Pique not getting drawn wide by the long diagonal ball and then it’s an easy cross towards our midgets ?

    Dani and Alba need to stay at home for the first twenty. If we’re still all square then the glass of wine will gingerly be poured…

  13. ibbe says:

    It’s official, Neymar and four mids. Now the question is will fab play as false nine or Iniesta as left winger?

  14. olbucky says:

    Absolutely the wrong lineup. Should have gone with Pedro and Alexis. If Neymar doesn’t deliver and breaks up the pace like he has in games prior Tata will have a lot to answer for.

  15. georgjorge says:

    Not too much surprise for M*drid in terms of team selection I guess, but given the results against ManCity (another very dangerous team on the offense) that’s not exactly required. Can’t wait!

  16. ciaran says:

    Strangely both teams lined up exactly like expected so it will be interesting to see if there are any tactical surprises. Our line up at least gives us the option of Iniesta on the wing or Cesc at false 9

  17. Ryan says:

    Iniestaaaa!!! 0-1!

  18. Messiah10 says:

    Neymar better pick his game up in this half. If not I call for Alexis at half. To many give away’s already.

  19. Messiah10 says:

    Jesus Christ. Neymar what are u doing. Shoot

  20. Messiah10 says:

    That’s what having a 5’8 Central Defender gets you. Benzema skied over him. Alexis would be covering that side Di Maria put the ball in on as well.

  21. Ryan says:

    Dang, VV had a hand on that header but still couldn’t keep it in. Vamos chicos!!

  22. barca96 says:

    Mascherano is killing us.

  23. Ryan says:

    We might want to put a stop to that Di Maria to Benzema action…

  24. BA says:

    Mascherano, once again, a liability. he’s not a defender, and we’re kidding ourselves that he can consistently, competently play that position.

  25. BA says:

    we’re getting absolutely annihilated down the right. Dani Alves can’t handle both di Maria and Ronaldo, and Neymar is providing him with zero help.

  26. Jim says:

    We seem to have Pique and not much else in defence.

  27. ML6 says:

    Any good streams? Found ray hudson but its choppy :(

  28. Laurentiu88 says:

    atletico is also in madrid, maybe we can buy a defender at the break…

  29. Messiah10 says:

    That’s the last straw for Neymar. Time to put Alexis in. I put it on Tata for playing an out of form Neymar instead of an in form Alexis. MESSSSSSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIIII

  30. barca96 says:

    I wish Neymar would try to play simple. It doesn’t always have to be tricks.

    Messi always reliable.

  31. Messiah10 says:

    Pepe with more shenanigans. Ridiculous. Embarrassment to Madristas

  32. BA says:

    there’s Leo. we need him more and more.

  33. Messiah10 says:

    Jesus. Dani & Masch are killing us. Alexis in for Ney to help Dani and Bartra in for Masch

    • BA says:

      Dani is actually doing alright, he’s just been isolated (getting no help from MF/Neymar); and he’s never going to overpower Benzema in the air. we should have a center-back with the size and aerial ability right there to match him, but Pique and Mascherano stupidly haven’t switched sides even after it was obvious Madrid were looking for Benzema in the air at every opportunity.

  34. G6O says:

    Every cross is half a goal. You severely reduce your chances of winning if this is the case.

    • Jim says:

      This is not new but it may help us decide finally that you need some height in your CBs. Pique is stuck with Ronaldo who has barely had a touch but as he sees the deficiencies elsewhere, especially height wise, he’s getting drawn away from that job and out of position.

      • G6O says:

        We can talk about lack of height in the team overall and how this kills us on corner kicks. But it used to be that we had three physically robust defenders plus Alves and when that was the case, the corners were still a problem but at least open play crosses were dealt with better. Now we have only Pique and every time the balls gets in the air, it’s basically half a penalty for the other team. It’s just inexcusable. The Guardian liveblog summed it up well: “What’s clear is that the players in this era had several more trophies in them, but for the total lack of interest in the defence.”

  35. We need to get Fabregas off the pitch right now. He is simply gone missing. Bring Pedro or Sanchez in his place and move Neymar to left. That will give a better balance, especially defending.

    • georgjorge says:

      However, he also provided that great throughball that put Messi clear on goal which he converts ninety percent of the time. If he can do that once more…

    • BA says:

      people talk about how much Neymar (and Thiago?) gives the ball away, but Cesc Fabregas has given the ball away twice as much as the Brazilian this game, and in a much less attacking position. this absurd 4-4-2 formation is supposed to be about “control”, well… do we LOOK in control?

      Alexis and Pedro are both in great form. i feel for that that they have to sit on the bench so Tata can play a hackneyed formation with a slow, defensively pointless player at the center of midfield; meanwhile the genius Iniesta is banished to the wing. Alexis has form on the left, Iniesta has form through the middle; they’ve both been dislodged to make room for Cesc Fabregas, who’s offering us precious little. it’s madness.

  36. Valdemar II says:

    Yeah I’m tispy but what is this? Mudrid had two half-chances and scored two goals +we should have had a penalty? Joke opponents and 3-0 wtf.

  37. georgjorge says:

    I enjoyed that first half. Mascherano not doing his best today, and pity about that wasted Messi and Neymar one-on-ones at 1-0 up…but I could watch Xavi-Busquets nonchalantly passing the ball out of danger all day long.

    I STILL have no idea who is favored in this match after the first half. Chances on both sides, possession versus fast breaks…everything is possible.

  38. barca96 says:

    24 passes for Iniesta’s goal. Amazing.

  39. Jim says:

    For me, Cesc off now for Pedro and Ini back into mid. Give Neymar another 15 then Alexis if no improvement. To be honest, if it didn’t send the wrong signal to RM I’d have Masche off as well for Bartra but it’s prob not fair to bring him on at the moment .

  40. lala10 says:

    Neymar needs to be taught a few things. He gives the ball up so cheaply. I undertsand a intercepted pass.

    Notheless one on one he has done pretty well. As for defensive help to Dani its nt coming. Neymar is ther to pin Marcelo back and also drag Di Maria back. Unfortunately we havent really pressurised them for this to happen.

  41. TITO says:

    Few thoughts:

    Alexis for NEY who became ney this half, and a note to our fullbacks or whoever is defending out there to stand to the opponent player and not let him make a cross. I mean, how difficult is to understand that?
    Every single cross is a half chance for them, they are out jumping us (nothing new) but at least we can prevent the crossing.

  42. BA says:

    all the gripes and tactical quibbles said: for the neutral, this is a *fantastic* game of association football.

  43. barca96 says:

    Exactly. Piqué looks like he’s been assigned to zonal mark but I think he should be the one man marking.

    • Jim says:

      He’s not zonal marking. He’s marking Ronaldo but is having to try to guess when a cross ball is coming in to see if he can get there as we’ve no height. . It’s bound to lead to Ronaldo getting a chance eventually.

  44. Jim says:

    Fair dos to Masvhe. He did hold the line there and Benz was off.

  45. Jim says:

    Brilliant Jordi Alba !

  46. Ryan says:

    So I guess now as long as you jump into the penalty box after getting fouled that’s enough to earn a penalty…

    • Messiah10 says:

      To be fair we weren’t complaining weren’t complaining when DeMichaelis was carded and Messi received a penalty. I actually like the continuation foul rule. It was a penalty.

      • barca96 says:

        Not a penalty at all. Foul was committed outside.
        Imagine if it happens all the time, player getting fouled outside but falls inside the box. If you were the ref, would you give a penalty every single time?

  47. barca96 says:

    Karma is a bitch on that penalty call.

    A few weeks back we had the same call in our favour and I was one of the few who thought it was the wrong call but many Barça fans here and elsewhere tried to justify the call. So we can’t really complain now.

  48. Valdemar II says:

    Honestly how delusional am I should this be 5-0 already? 2 pens vs 0, they get free kicks for NOTHING plus their goals were jokes.

  49. Messiah10 says:

    Thank God for Messi! The assist to Ghostface. The never die attitude for the equalizer. The brilliant pass to Neymar for the penalty and red card and the lethal finish for the penalty.

  50. Ryan says:

    So close from Dani!

  51. Valdemar II says:

    MESSI HATTTRICK I CAN DIE THIS SECOND LARGER DOMINANCE THAN THE MANITA F HELL THIS SHOULD Be 7-0 GOD IS REEAL

  52. Messiah10 says:

    Kiss that badge Lionel!!!!

  53. Ryan says:

    What a great finish for Messi’s penalty.

  54. Messiah10 says:

    Wow. Ghostface just pulling out all the stops!

  55. Valdemar II says:

    Not a -single- doubt about it, we are now favorites to win the champions league. Swan song? We’re unlucky to not have 4 titles in a row.

  56. Messiah10 says:

    GLORY! Glorious Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Busi, Pique, Alba in the 2nd half. Wow. I love this team.

  57. Laurentiu88 says:

    i have grown old 5 years during this game!! couldn’t watch messi’s second penalty…. pff what a second half!!

  58. Ryan says:

    Whew, that was a crazy game! Really proud of our team in how they fought back from Benzema’s quick double.

  59. BA says:

    what an absolutely brilliant (read: insane) game. who would have predicted 4-3 with 3 penalties?!

  60. georgjorge says:

    THEY DID IT !

  61. Valdemar II says:

    WORSE DOMINANCE THAN THE MANITA. BENZEMA USUALLY MISSES – WE SHOULD HAVE HAD 3 PENALTIES, MESSI ALONE WITH GK… 0-7 SHOULD HAVE BEEN. BEST TEAM EVER

  62. xavi_purrnandez says:

    aah, what a rollercoaster ride and what a joy to watch. Visca Barça!

  63. Peter says:

    I have no fingernails left. Same with cuticles.
    Gone jogging at 10 pm local time. This is my celebration.

    /happytears

  64. raj says:

    Iniesta was the difference. I mean we couldn’t have won with anyone else in his place. MAN of the match, with due respect to Messi.

  65. georgjorge says:

    I hope all those who harp on about how Barca can only pass the ball sidewards and not score goals anymore (including the commentators on my German stream) can now finally shut up after seeing them score four when the opponent does NOT sit back with ten men all the time.

    Besides Messi (involved in all four goals), Iniesta stood out on the offense – one goal, one penalty drawn, always available as an outlet. Xavi majestic as always, Busquets always where he needed to be. Alba with crucial defensive runs, Pique solid in the air…gotta love this team (and would’ve even had they lost).

  66. G6O says:

    This is literally the stuff the legends are made from :)

    Also, this is what a real classico looks like without a certain special factor present.

  67. TITO says:

    Unbelievable game. This is what makes us Champions. But those last 10 minutes when we scored the third was great seeing Messi all the way back to our back line to defend. He wanted it so badly.

  68. barca96 says:

    What a rollercoaster of a game.

    Didn’t look like winning before another Ramos red card though. We were fairly even.

    Benzema seriously doesn’t look like a football player at times. Comedic misses, looking lethargic buy great control on his thigh for the 2nd goal though.

    • G6O says:

      No question we got lucky somewhat. But with proper defenders, it does not go to 1-2 so easily. And if Messi and Neymar had converted the 1-on-1 chances they had when we were up 1-0, it’s 2-0 or 3-0 and they play a very different game and most likely do not score 3. Lots of if’s. But we got the three points and we had the character and spirit expected of one of the greatest teams ever to come back twice.

      • barca96 says:

        Yeah with a proper 2nd CB, we wouldn’t have conceded 2. We were killing it in the early stages. Great stuff. Too bad they couldn’t converted. Messi would’ve buried that on a normal day. It could’ve been too much for Madrid to come back.

  69. PrinceYuvi says:

    My face is inflammed with all the scratching.
    My mouth is bitter with Bile.
    My heartbeats woke up the whole neighbourhood.
    But the taste of barca winning a classico is sweet.
    I’ll take it.

  70. lala10 says:

    as always messi was the difference and they wer as tyt to him like a flea.

    Even if we drop off a bit as long as we have him we have a fighting chance.

    Visca Barca

  71. Hilal says:

    God i love this team. That is all.

  72. scribblez says:

    What a match! Had to cover my eyes during the penalties. Most exciting match in a long long time. So proud of our team. Visca Barca!!

  73. barca96 says:

    When Messi is taking it, you don’t have to cover your eyes :’) (wink)

  74. chillipod says:

    We are seriously running out of time to clone Xavi! Iniesta and Messi were magnificent.
    Tata belatedly resolved the Neymar issue and Pedro sealed the deal.
    Messi celebrations and team hug at the end were real scrapbook moments.
    Oh, and Xabi, you’ve had that coming for about 5 years!!!
    Visca Barca

  75. ciaran says:

    Just to anger myself I read goal.com’s ratings after the match maybe because I’m stupid or maybe because I wanted to make myself go crazy but Madrid’s average score was 3.29 and Barca’s 3.08 suggesting that Madrid played better individually.
    Ronaldo got 4, Bale got 3.5 and Neymar and Alves got 2 each.

    Retarded

  76. Laurentiu88 says:

    yes, i second that Xabi had this coming!!!

    hahaha real never beat us at football!!!

    and now they travel to sevilla without ramos and dimaria.

    in the real players were so tired. i knew we were better physically.

  77. y2k156 says:

    fantastic game. am happy as bunny. even bought couple of beers jut to celebrate! love this feeling.

    as the match goes, well, it was lucky. the penalties, all three of them were soft. messi and iniesta were fantastic. neymar was not that good.

    been almost two years since most people realize that we need tall defenders and we suffer because we do not have tall defenders. same today. am afraid i dont think this team will win a lot with current lot. i hope they prove me wrong but we are too vulnerable against high balls.

    who cares, happy to have beat EE. Penalties were ice cold. Wohoo.

  78. Kxevin says:

    “But for this,” “but for that.” This team pulled off a hell of an accomplishment today, that should be celebrated. So much doubt, and this team came through. It has beaten RM home and away, and still has yet to lose a big match. I am so happy I could spit.

    Scream, dance, celebrate and honor your team.

  79. ciaran says:

    What a match… I’ve finally calmed down after that emotional rollercoaster.
    We were immense. Most of our players played out of their skin and really showed the world that it certainly isn’t the end of a cycle.

    Valdes was disappointed with the Benzema header but made some vital stops. He was also unlucky with the penalty.
    Alves was solid and kept a very tight eye on Ronaldo. He was unlucky to give away a penalty when the contact was outside the box but he did stick a leg out.
    Masch was terrible unfortunately. You can’t make him taller and in games when 1 goal can be all important he gave away 2 of them because of his aerial ability. He needs to be 3rd choice in games like this.
    Pique was very good. Calm on the ball, confident in the air and wasn’t beaten all night.
    Alba was fantastic, Bale ran at him time and time again and had no joy. He was obviously holding back on the offensive side but defensively was great.

    Busquets made the right decisions all night as usual. Moved the ball well and made interceptions at the right times.
    Xavi was good on the ball all night and showed how important he is to our team and our system.
    Cesc was good with the ball at times and ran himself into the ground. I wish he had more pace but he has a good brain and could’ve had a few assists with better finishing.

    Iniesta was magic on the ball and that goal was fantastic. He has gotten his shooting boots on the past couple of league matches. The way he glides past players is great to watch.
    Neymar gave the ball away too easily at times but was still involved in 2 goals and got Ramos sent off so without him we wouldn’t have won the game. Another decent performance in a big match.
    Messi – what else can you say about the best player in history. Goals & assists when it matters the most and he is always decisive.

    Tata picked the team that he has trusted in all of the biggest matches and Alexis & Pedro are unlucky not to be in those but they have been very important to our season.

    Once again, a phenomenal match in which we outplayed one of the top 3 teams in the world in their backyard in a match where they were favourites. What more can you ask of this team?

  80. andrecito says:

    wow…what a great feeling..worth getting down to the bar at 5am to watch. some things i wasnt happy with but youre right kxevin, no need to complain..our guys were huge..

    iniestazo! what a way to start a match..i love watching dani vs. ronaldo..is it just me, or does he seem to own him..forever? the moment i saw pepe getting into some trash talking with messi..i knew things were going to go our way…yeah, good idea pepe-rile up the guy who has scored the most goals against your team-EVER! (not sure if that is accurate, but must be close).

  81. ooga aga says:

    So proud. Watched at a bar in Seattle, bedlam. The folks watching the sounders playing away at Montreal were confined to a small corner, because yes Seattle knows its football. Well, there were some ronaldo fanboys there, but most were for the good guys.

    Now where are those barca fans who were in here saying we would pull an arsenal?

  82. Serena Andre says:

    What a match. I am so proud of this team. No matter if we win a treble or nothing, this has been one hell of a season. So many ups and downs, I can hardly keep up with my emotions. But matches like this make it all worth while. I’m going to watch this a minimum of 10 times, I can guarantee it.

  83. PrinceYuvi says:

    So, this season we’ve rocked all the big matches.
    I don’t know what to say.
    Some performance.
    It’s wondrous.

  84. psalmuel says:

    Thong boy is crying about the ref! Conspiracy theories etc

    • Víctor says:

      “the referee this, the referee that, referee is barcelona’s best player, if it wasn’t for the refs, blah blah blah”

      Strangely enough, when the refs make mistakes against barcelona nobody talks about it…

      and, on this particular game, the ref made mistakes against both sides…

    • bhed says:

      That was the same game I watched. And with Hunter seconding my opinion on Masch, I rest my case.

    • stefan2k says:

      What a crazy game and a great review. Agree on all points except maybe Masche. He was very strong against City and various other big opponents.

      Iniesta was #magic all night and what a player Xavi is … I felt we had a chance at 3:2 down when he tracked back, stole the ball and had this intent on his face.

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