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  1. ElShowDeJason
    January 23, 2010

    Alves Pique Puyol Abidal
    Xavi Keita Iniesta
    Messi Ibrahimovic Henry

  2. January 23, 2010

    Confirmed lineup:

    Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Abidal, Keita, Xavi, Iniesta, Henry, Ibrahimovic and Messi

    Keiteeee! at DM. I call this the, “no screwing around” lineup. 😀

    • Vj
      January 23, 2010

      If I remember correctly, the ‘no screwing around’/’taking care of business’ lineup was the one against Sevilla at the Pizjuan last season.. 😀


      • January 23, 2010

        Well, but we had us some Yaya in the house as well. I’ll be curious to see how Keita adapts to his new role.

        • Vj
          January 23, 2010

          Better against Valladolid in La Liga than against Man Utd in the CL final no doubt..

  3. January 23, 2010

    Subs are Pinto, Txignasty, Pedro!, Krkic, Maxwell, Milito, Marquez

  4. Jim
    January 23, 2010

    Close to our best lineup. I’ll be interested to see how Keita does as DM. I’ve never thought of him as being up to it on the quick passing side but I’m prepared to be wrong.

  5. Alexinho
    January 23, 2010

    That was a weird one. Everyone looked like they were walking. Was that…good? Three goals and none conceded, but still, it didn’t look glittering…only too easy.

    MOTM: Valdes. I just don’t think Valladolid challenged the outfielders hard enough to make them deserve the passing and possession stats they got. And when the defense caved, as it did a few forgettable times, Valdes was playing right at his very best. They all played well, but Valdes played like Casillas at his best. Yes, you read that right. This was truly a goalkeeper’s clean sheet.

    • Alexinho
      January 23, 2010

      Well, VV overshot Alves two or three times, but he always does that so…

  6. majatt
    January 23, 2010

    Ibra in the midfield has to be the work of pep, he isn’t screaming at him and he keeps doing it. I wonder if he can keep it up without freaking out.

  7. jordi
    January 23, 2010

    Well Van the man officially out of madrid to hamburg, and on a free.Too bad he wanted playin time for the worldcup and madrid wouldnt deal with us because id love me some vangol for free or even a couple million euro.

    Also i hope the fans dont get on ibra’s back or he might react like this


    Though, scoring goals like that isnt a bad thing and id like to see hime with more fire and desire to grab games by the neck.But really all players have rough patches, even samu went on an 8 game scoreless run to lose the pichichi last year.IMO only abidal and Valdes havent had a noticeable drop in any games this year.Anyway i think he’ll score against sporting, get back on track for the remainder of the season and we’ll see an even better Zlatan next season.

  8. lovelymofo
    January 23, 2010

    Oh man, is anyone watching the Depor match? Filipe was hurt bad, broke his leg. It was awful to watch.

    • jordi
      January 23, 2010

      Yes,it was Cringe worthy.Sucks to break your leg scoring a goal.

      • lovelymofo
        January 23, 2010

        From what I read, he broke his fibula and his shin-bone.

        • lovelymofo
          January 23, 2010

          Oh, and don’t go to the Marca page unless you wanna see a picture of his ankle clearly broken on the front page. 🙁

          • jordi
            January 23, 2010

            crap I read that warning about 2 seconds too late 🙁

    • Boat Forever
      January 23, 2010

      That bloody bugger super-depor president more or less completely ruined Filipe’s career… He not only did block his dream move but also had it happened Filipe wouldn’t have had to go all over into the ‘D’ and he could have well played the world cup. Hope he does play the world cup but won’t be easy getting back from injury 🙁

    • Blow-Granite
      January 23, 2010

      That was disgusting to see! I broke my toe and twisted my ankle really bad in soccer, and I know the sinking feeling every time this happens.

  9. Jim
    January 23, 2010

    Enjoyed the match. Some lovely football from us before we resorted to keep ball. No point in crticising too much . . . . but we probably will 🙂

    MOTM for me, as it is most weeks, was Xavi. I probably only realised how much we depend on him when he went down and the world stopped for a minute. For me, good pass marks to VV, Alves, Puyol, and the twins in midfield. I also thought Messi’s workrate was excellent although I’m still confused about what Pep must say to him positionally as I’m not sure he wanders into the best positions all the time.

    On the not so good side ( but still trying to be positive) Ibra was poor but if we can get the ball to his feet with his head up in the box he’ll always do something special. Liked the way he is now starting to make diagonal runs ( the goal and a couple of times when Henry didn’t manage to get it over).

    Henry is still a worry. He wasn’t good. However, in my opinion if we want to win the top trophies this year we need to persevere with him. He has skills that Bojan doesn’t ( like that right foot of his) and i don’t think we’ll win the CL without him firing on all cylinders. It’d be an exaggeration to say we won tonight without Henry or Ibra but fair to say if we can get those in form and keep the teamplay we’ll be near to unbeatable.

    Last point. I thought Keita tried hard but he isn’t a DM for our team atm as he can’t pick up hospital balls and turn them into good possession. His technique under pressure isn’t good enough. Can’t believe we’re thinking about getting rid of Yaya.

    • BA
      January 23, 2010

      Henry was complete shit, i think you mean to say.

      and it’d be difficult to claim anybody but Dani Alves for MOTM: scoring 1, assisting 1 and providing the ball behind the ball for the 3rd. a constant outlet down the right when we weren’t looking especially mobile or dangerous up front. Puyol and Valdes should get credit for our defense, but really it was Alves who gave us the edge that let us win the game rather than be put on the back foot by Valladolid (Valladolid? really?).

  10. Tajh
    January 23, 2010

    8 points clear, unbeaten tru out d first half of d season.alves .. exelente

  11. cliveee
    January 23, 2010

    watching replay of henry’s overhead kick and valdes excellent saves on youtube for the 29th time…

  12. jnelson
    January 23, 2010

    AWESOME. we definitely felt comfortable after the half and shut it down early. A LOT of walking around later on. By that point, Valladolid, who put a ton of pressure on us everywhere in the first half, were run ragged.

  13. Jnice
    January 23, 2010

    I couldn’t believe the space Valladolid were leaving Dani on that right flank. It was ridiculous.

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