News of the Day: February 16, 2010

If the press is to be believed, we’re down in the table by something like ten points to an all-powerful Real Madrid team that shows no signs of losing this season. Only a shocking, utterly unforeseeable, and completely impossible self destruction by the blancos would enable us to get back into the race. It is a sad day in Barcelona history, indeed, when we can only fight for a Europa League spot.

Wait, we’re first, up by 2 points, have scored more goals and allowed fewer than anyone else, have lost just once to RM’s three times, currently own the tiebreaker with the merengues, and face Racing at the weekend while they face an up-and-coming Villarreal? And we still have Messi? Oh. I guess we should accept that we’re the best team on the planet and we’re having some injury problems, but that everything will be fine and we’ll continue to win matches because we’ve got a supremely talented squad filled with competitive mofos who won’t even think about losing, much less accept it as an inevitability.

The willingness to overreact is understandable in the short-term, but given the light of day and the length of the season, failing to put the league away by mid February is not the least bit surprising. Would you want the season to be over by the coming week? I wouldn’t, though I’ll admit that I’d gladly take that over Real Madrid still having a shot at the title, but even better would be Valencia, Sevilla, and someone else still being in it rather than12 or more points out. That’s just me, though. I don’t like losing, but I understand it’s merits in terms of making things a bit more interesting.*

The news itself is, actually, somewhat depressing.

-Both Xavi and Seydou Keita will be out for the Stuttgart away match and Keita is likely to miss the return leg as well. Yaya Toure may be back in time to partner Sergio Busquets in midfield, but for now it looks like Andres Iniesta and Jonathan Dos Santos will be our attacking mids in the 4-3-3 formation. We’ve also go Thiago Alcantara waiting to get his shot in the starting lineup, which could mean that we’ll see a fairly young forward 6 come Saturday against Racing.

-On the defensive side of things, Dmytro Chygrynskiy is set to return to the squad for the Racing match, which should be a massive boost to the back line. Even given Marc Bartra‘s solid performance off the bench as the RB, he’ll likely return to the B squad and Carles Puyol will take over the RB spot. Maxwell should start every match at LB while Eric Abidal recovers from his muscle tear. If Gerard Pique and Rafa Marquez can successfully limit their suspensions to 1 or 2 matches, that would obviously help the situation, but I’m not sure what the chances of that are.

-The aforementioned Iniesta is on the verge of getting his 300th cap for the first team. Of the current first team players, only Puyol, Xavi, and Victor Valdes have more appearances. Congratulations to our little, balding maestro, whose Iniestazos and generally excellent  play have warmed the cold, dark parts of my heart many times over the last few years. And to think, he wore the 24 before The Yaya. Awesome.

-Apparently we’re looking at Ajax’s 23-year old Belgian international defender Jan Vertonghen as a potential summer signing. He plays mainly as a center back, meaning we’d be crazy to offer more than a stick of licorice for him. The Dutch like licorice, right? The thing is, here’s a list of defenders we have (age in parentheses): Puyol (31), Rafa Marquez (31), Eric Abidal (30), Gabi Milito (29), Maxwell (28), Dani Alves (26), Dmytro Chygrynskiy (23), Gerard Pique (23), Andreu Fontas (20), Marc Bartra (19), Albert Dalmau (17), and Marc Muniesa (17). On loan we have Henrique (23), Martin Caceres (22), and Alberto Botia (21). There is a slight age issue with the back line, but with Puyol and Marquez already re-signed through 2012, it’s hard to imagine that Vertonghen would get any sort of playing time before he too is “cresting the hill”. No doubt he’s a good player, but if he’s not an immediate backup for at least two positions (CB and RB, for instance) then he would be an absurd choice to spend money on. Don’t get me wrong, kid looks good, but whether or not he’s up for the big leagues, if he’s not far and away better than any of the above-listed players, we shouldn’t get near him. Our cantera is, after all, stacked with defensive talent at the moment.

-The new Table Prediction results are up, now that Tenerife and Mallorca played their stupid Monday Night Football game. Kevin O. maintains his solid lead, but only because he’s the one who put Zaragoza not down at the bottom of the table. My own predictions are currently tied for 2nd because Pythagorean Expectation put Atleti squarely where they are. Ah well.

-In Yahoo! Fantasy Soccer, I picked up an amazing 34.50 points because I forgot to remove The (Injured) Yaya from my lineup. Dammit. Then everyone else just sorta sucked, though my front line did well enough. Time to reorganize! The leader is still Hat Trick, who his/her lead over the rest of the top 5 by choosing Andres Palop (23pts) while everyone else had crappier GK results (I had German Lux for yet another lack of an appearance: 0pts!).

-In the Kevin Rating Synthesis, Sunday’s match was the lowest rated of the year, at an average of 4.38. The closest match was the first leg of the Sevilla tie in the Copa del Rey when the team grabbed a collective 4.92 and the closest Liga match was the 1-0 win against Almeria in which the team garnered a 5.57. That was also a 2-1 loss, by the way. Of the four ratings of 1 dished out by Kevin this year, two were on Sunday (Xavi and Jeffren) and two were during the draw against Villarreal (Bojan and Ibra). The highest rating on Sunday was Bartra’s 7.

-The KRS highest rated player of the year is Eric Abidal at 7.96 in all competitions. In the Liga it is again Abidal, this time at 8.33. The lowest rated player overall is Bojan Krkic with 4.13. In the league it is Jeffren with 2.50, though he’s only got 2 appearances.

And that, folks, is something to talk about today as I gear up for my first indoor match of the year and only my second one in like 4 months. Expect me to be wrecked tomorrow and barely up for getting myself home from my parents house (where I get to crash tonight, assuming they haven’t changed their locks). Also, podcasting with Madridistas tomorrow, so that should be fun. Expect me to be fiesty!

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*That said, my Jayhawks are currently 11-0 in the Big12 after last night’s shitshow of a game against Texas A&M that they squeaked out of and they are a lock to win the whole damned deal with 5 games (30% of the season). That, naturally, makes me quite happy, but it is kinda boring now because only the individual games mean anything, not the whole league, which has fallen apart except for the Rock Chalk Jayhawks cruising as the #1 team in the nation. So, roughly, I’d rather have competition than a year-in, year-out slugfest between two pre-determined teams. Not that I’m bringing up salary caps again (I am).

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119 Comments

  1. vicsoc8
    February 16, 2010

    I’m a Syracuse basketball fan, you and your silly Jayhawks should begin to be afraid come March

    • February 16, 2010

      We’ll start being afraid as soon as you guys stop losing to great teams like Louisville…

      • vicsoc8
        February 16, 2010

        It’s like Barcelona, a lost match is a chance to regroup and come back stronger.

        Besides, you guys lost to Tennessee. Even my other team Vanderbilt beat them.

        • February 16, 2010

          Right, but you also lost to Pitt, who beat Villanova, who lost to UConn, who beat Texas, who we beat.

          And that is why head-to-head is a dumb tie-breaker.

          Also both your losses were at home and ours was on the road. We have a 62-game home win streak. Booyah. Bring on KSU! We’ll see about the Orange on Thursday, eh?

        • vicsoc8
          February 16, 2010

          The Orange should pull through on Thursday, especially since they crushed G-Town at home after going down something like 16-0. I have a special hatred in my heart for G-town, ever since they knocked Vanderbilt out of the semis with a last second travel-basket.

          • Cesc Blanc
            February 16, 2010

            Should be between Spartans, Jayhawks and Wildcats. Since UCLA stinks this year, I’m rooting for Magic’s alma mater. And whoever says that John Wall is better than Ricky Rubio got no freaking clue. Although, Wall might suit better to current WWNBF(World Wrestling National Basketball Federation).

  2. poipoi
    February 16, 2010

    I’m gonna get soo much negative points for this 😉

    since I think we’re gonna spend some big money on a left winger I HAVE to say this. we should have kept etoo and kick titi out last year, with that team we would be so deadly!!! One can argue about etoo but keeping titi was sure a waste.

    don’t you think eto’o could have stayed one more year and with half of those 65 millon we spent getting Ibra we could have signed silva or another young winger? and the next year a center striker of course if eto’o wouldn’t have renewed. I always thought it was a bad decision. I certainly don’t have the data but I have the impression that last year we won many more games by more than 3 goals. And everyone feared us already last year.

  3. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    According to goal.com:

    Lyon 4-1-4-1: Lloris, Reveillere, Cris, Boumsong, Cissokho; Toulalan; Govou, Makoun, Pjanic, Delgado; Lisandro Lopez.

    Real Madrid 4-3-1-2: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Marcelo; M. Diarra, Xabi Alonso, Granero; Kaka; Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo.

    • Tyler
      February 16, 2010

      oh god, i hope they kick e.e.’s a$$ so bad, but probably not going to happen.

  4. jnelson
    February 16, 2010

    As a longhorns fan who has clearly seen his team fall apart, I would rather see Kansas than Kentucky at #1.

    • Tyler
      February 16, 2010

      you live in texas? i live in austin, going to go to ut in the fall for grad school.

  5. Jnice
    February 16, 2010

    I have an indoor match today, too. YAY!

    • Tyler
      February 16, 2010

      I have an outdoor match today, it’s going to be FREEZING!!

  6. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    My TV isn’t showing the ManU – Milan match so I’ll be watching the EE – Lyon match. Anyone watching the ManU-Milan should post his/her ‘insightfull and thoughful’ comments here, im interested in knowing how the teams will play.

  7. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    Higuain and crynaldo together up front backed by Kaka. Alonso as DM.

    • Noope
      February 16, 2010

      Alonso is out for the second leg.

  8. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    Crynaldo, Kaka and Higuain are really fast and good on counters but Lyon had a good chance just now!

    • gv
      February 16, 2010

      if real will score, i think it’ll be from a counter. lyon looks disciplined in defense.

  9. gv
    February 16, 2010

    lyon is playing real well. pressuring real high up, much like how athletico did to us.

  10. gv
    February 16, 2010

    shoot between the goal posts lyon!!!

  11. gv
    February 16, 2010

    scholes scored. it’s 1-1 for milan – manu

  12. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    OOOOOOOOO Delgago hits the post with a crazy volley!!! Oooh so close!

  13. jordi™
    February 16, 2010

    UUnited always get the breaks dont they, what luck they have.

    • gv
      February 16, 2010

      and it’s scholes who gets the goal. the one player i really hate from manu.

  14. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    HALF TIME 1-1

    Lyon played well, especially in the last 10 mins.

    • gv
      February 16, 2010

      if lyon could just get their shots on target. real looked disoriented before half time, esp xabi alonso.

  15. jordi™
    February 16, 2010

    Alonso out of the next game, i hope Casillas shouts at the ref or something, then he’ll get a yellow and be out too , and I think Dudek is injured> Are any of our guys on risk of suspension next week ?

    • Eklavya
      February 16, 2010

      Marcelo is also suspended but I think that will help them!

    • gv
      February 16, 2010

      then raul could be the keeper! lol!

      no one i think. we can’t afford to have anyone else suspended for us after all the injuries we’ve suffered

  16. Jim
    February 16, 2010

    Milan playing better than I thought they would but this has all the hallmarks of a Utd win. you can’t keep missing chances like Milan have been doing.

  17. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL!!!!!! 30 METERS GOOOOOOAL!!!!

  18. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    Ok that wasnt 30 meters but still awesome goal! 1-0 lyon!

  19. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    OOOOOOOOO CASILLAS SUPER DOOPER BLOOPER!!! Lisandro almost made it 2-0! Oo!

    • jordi™
      February 16, 2010

      Forwards dnt punish his mistakes, if that was VV i bet he’d score.

  20. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    OOOOOOO!!! Great chances for both sides! Casillas and Lloris both just made an incredible save!!

  21. gv
    February 16, 2010

    why does pellegrini keep on subbing higain? i know it’s EE, but for me, higuain’s their best player,

  22. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    EE keep on playing through the center, they arent using the wings at all!

  23. gv
    February 16, 2010

    i thought thong boy was proud of his abs. why is he hurting now?

  24. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    Lisandro subbed off. He was awesome in winning balls and the build up. Should have done better with the finishing though…

  25. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    Lyon without Lisandro lack percution.

  26. Eklavya
    February 16, 2010

    FULL TIME 1-0 LYON!!! Massive team effort by Lyon specially their defense! Awesome!

    • Noope
      February 16, 2010

      “Ronaldo, Kaka and Benzema find themselves three-on-three but despite costing about eight times more than the hat-trick defenders in front of them, they can’t work an opening.” -ESPN Live Commentary

      • February 16, 2010

        Plus one of those defenders was Jean-Alain Boumsong. He counts as negative. So its Ronaldo, Kaka, and KBizzle against one Lyon defender.

    • Tyler
      February 16, 2010

      WOW, did NOT see this coming, excellent result! makes Sunday feel a little better. but only a little : /

  27. Keano
    February 16, 2010

    Hey folks lyon still madrid bogey team?

  28. y2k156
    February 16, 2010

    i watched the man u – milan match and milan were desperately unlucky to lose it. man u were not great and had a decent spell in second half because milan gave it up. now man u will be through i guess. beckham was shit in open play. ronnie was excellent though. he still does not track back:). rooney was good, did not have a great game but excellent finishing. he has to be currently amongst the very best.

    • Jnice
      February 16, 2010

      Terrible defending by Milan on Rooney’s two goals. Valencia has one move, and that is to put his head down and head for the wing. They act as if they don’t know that let him lob a cross in and watch as Rooney loops it in. Then they watch as Rooney, the only possible target in the box makes an obvious run and heads it in unchallenged. WHACK. And then Milan don’t finish the 10 chances they had. WHACK.

  29. Tajh
    February 16, 2010

    Should we be happy that EE lost 2day and can possibly go out of the Champions League…?? If they do then they would be focused on La Liga…

    I for one would like 2 see them go through and have more Spanish sides representing..

    • Jnice
      February 16, 2010

      The Spanish angle is nice, but not for me. I would like to see Real out once again. Would make me feel better knowing that they would have no shot playing in the CL final at home.

      • Tyler
        February 16, 2010

        yeah to that I say “fuera madrid!” we can pull for sevilla, but never, ever EE!

    • jordi™
      February 16, 2010

      Not me, i rather enjoy the Schadenfreude, plus if we make it to the final in their own house and they arent there that would be amazing.Its not like they will be supporting us to reach the bernabeu in any case, and it will be funny that 250 million spent and they still would be no better than the last 6 years.

  30. Hector
    February 16, 2010

    Delgado’s unibrow has magical powers. That thing is amazing as in glorious 😀 .

    Licha Lopez is a grade A prime stud badass. I know I am biased for Argies but Lopez is an animal. The Raging BUll. One of the most underrated players in the world. Yeah he didn’t finish but his workrate and runs are the stuff of legend. Beast. I can only hope to see his Beastie Boys Sabotage music video “Captain” character “pointing at his head” celebration at the Bernabeu.

    *Disclaimer: I have a man crush on Lopez, Mascherano, and Tevez. I think they would fit Barca like a glove and cannot be convinced otherwise so take anything I say in regards to them with a grain or two of salt 🙂 . Yes, they are all Argies. I know.

    • vicsoc8
      February 16, 2010

      I was extremely impressed by Toulalan. This is going to get me a lot of shit, but if Yaya leaves Toulalan is the only person I believe could replace him.

    • Eklavya
      February 17, 2010

      I discovered Lisandro last season with Porto. He scored 6 goals in the CL! Not bad!

  31. Kari
    February 16, 2010

    Consider my March made, if Lyon score a goal and knock out EE 😛 .

  32. February 16, 2010

    I think Panjic or what ever his name is was a beast. Madrid are vagina’s playing a double pivote against a team that they should not be scared of. Great win bu lyon…oh yeah remind me of the sore last year when we played lyon in the CL.

  33. BA
    February 17, 2010

    what’s the news on Dani Alves? will he be available for Stuttgart?

  34. nobody
    February 17, 2010

    Wats up with Rooney?? Is he really that world class or was it AC Milan? How come they or any other teams in Europe except Barca against other teams get so much space. I really wish these teams give us that kinda spece, at least in Semi or Final:>

    • anand
      February 17, 2010

      rooney played well, but he certainly ain’t the special player they had in Ronaldo. With a better defense and concentrated effort from milan both goals would not have existed.

  35. barca96
    February 17, 2010

    chiggy a boost? hahaahahahahhhahaha

  36. February 17, 2010

    Lisandro seems to have a lot of fans here for good reason. Hector was spot on when it comes to evident work rate, Rooney, Tevez and Lisandro spring to mind. Is Rooney really the best of that lot? I’m not so sure.

  37. Helge
    February 17, 2010

    And finally some good news from the sick bed:
    Yaya and Txigrinski will most-likely be available against Racing and so will Dani Alves for our CL match! 🙂

  38. Jnice
    February 17, 2010

    Sick interview with Yaya on EMD.

    He admits he told his agent to stop talking so much lol. He says Pep explained to him that he would play the big games and that he can only pick 11. They asked him how it was to go from untouchable last season to being rotated a lot this season, he said it was weird, but he’s a professional and he would do anything for the team. And he says he will be here next season at least.

    Look at how gangster he looks in this picture: *http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/gif/20100217/e__archivo_photo_10_1_1_20100217_yba03f99.tif6.jpg

  39. Eklavya
    February 17, 2010

    OK, I just saw the goals Milan conceded vs Man Utd.

    ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDING ME ❓ ❗ 😯

    That’s the worst defending I’ve seen ever. Jeeez, and they say they have “experienced” players!

  40. eklavya
    February 17, 2010

    Hey, why isn’t my new picture showing up?

    • poipoi
      February 17, 2010

      Same thing happened to me… the photo changed the day later I don’t know why, even in my older posts.

      • eklavya
        February 17, 2010

        Yeah, mine changed too yesterday…

  41. Kxevin
    February 17, 2010

    I’d be a lot happier about EE losing, but I don’t care about them. I still can’t watch them, even if they lose. I watched the highlights on Fox Soccer Report, and it looked as if Lyon could have had 1 or 2 more goals.

    1 goal is nothing, and EE usually play better at home. But I predicted that Lyon would give them trouble, because they have a strong midfield and fast, strong young forwards. Now we see why they weren’t shy about selling Benzema. They have to play for a tie at the Bernabeu.

    But I’m more worried about us against Stuttgart next week. They are surging right now. With Xavi, I’m a lot more confident against them.

    And I’m sorry, say what you want about Rooney’s goals, but he’s the business. When people like me said that many of Eto’o’s goals were easy, the response was that he still had to read the play and muscle his way to the spot, etc. Same is true of Rooney, if that’s the case. His work rate is astounding. It’s why I was so geeked about the (unfortunately impossible) Rooney to us rumors. There are a lot of guys I would part with to make that one happen, let me tell you.

    • poipoi
      February 17, 2010

      not having xavi is the worst thing ever but we have some players and some coach also. how long will keita be out? if he’s not fit busi or yaya can play with iniesta as of mid. yayiniesta o…m..g…

      and me too: visca rooney! I like him a lot too but I don’t think he should be there with messi ronaldo (xavi & iniesta) … same as eto’o 😉

      • Bill
        February 17, 2010

        Rooney is a very good player. Like Ibra, I wasn’t completely sold on him playing as pure striker, but unlike Ibra, he has convinced me. He has the striking insticts of Eto’o(Eto’o’s is a bit sharper), has better ball handling skills, less speed, same work rate and that same understanding of using teammates to score goals instead of trying solo runs all the time.

        Rooneys’ football intelligence is much better than Ronaldo’s, and dare I say, almost on par with Iniesta and Xavi(not his skills of course). It’s no coincidence that he identified Iniesta as the best footballer in the world last year. Game recognises game.

        What I respect most about Rooney, has been his growth footballwise. When I look at his face, I see rage. An explosion waiting to happen (anyone saw the cold stares he shot at Nani yesterday?). And indeed, he was very volatile when younger but was smart enough to understand that he can achieve more by controlling his emotions (his past mischief has long been forgiven but Eto’o’s never was ?!?!?!).

        The main difference between Rooney this year and Rooney last year (besides switching to the 9) is that the offense now flows through him, as opposed to Ronaldo last year, and Ibra in Inter. Will he fit in Barca’s system? Probably, but he would have to learn how to continue his work rate, and keep fighting and moving untill the ball gets to him. He is definately faster and sharper than Ibra around goal.

  42. jose
    February 17, 2010

    sorry if this has been cleared up already, but what’s the final say with busquets this upcoming weekend? I’m hearing a lot of conflicting reports (sort of like last weekend against atl), but is he eligible to play or out due to yellow card accumulation?

    • Kxevin
      February 17, 2010

      He is suspended against Racing, jose.

      • Helge
        February 17, 2010

        and it’s getting more and more confusing 😀

        *http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/noticies/futbol/temporada09-10/02/16/n100216109348.html

        official website says, Busquets and Iniesta will be part of our midfield against Racing. So who is right now?!?

        • Barcamaniac
          February 18, 2010

          True that.

          Sergio Busquets y Andrés Iniesta son los únicos centrocampistas de la plantilla del primer equipo con los que podrá contar Guardiola para el partido del sábado (20h) contra el Racing.

  43. cliveee
    February 17, 2010

    arsenal just lost. 2-1 in porto.
    i believe they need a better goalkeeper 2 or 3 seasons ago.

    • Kxevin
      February 17, 2010

      That’s a little bit of a surprise, even away from home and with the injuries. If they get bounced from CL early and don’t win the league, I predict that Fabregas is gone like last week’s milk.

      • jordi™
        February 17, 2010

        He was in tears in the post match interview.Id say hes gone.

        • jordi™
          February 17, 2010

          Well they looked like tears he was choking back, but there might have been onions around or something :D, wish i could see it again.

    • ElShowDeJason
      February 17, 2010

      well, say what you will about Almunia, but he didn’t play.
      It was Fabianski who started for Arsenal, and both goals were directly his fault.

  44. jordi™
    February 17, 2010

    Did anyone see the fiorentina bayern game./seems like Ovrebo is in the headlines again.

    • Kari
      February 17, 2010

      Yeah, the whole refereeing staff had howlers–but none more so than the linesman! I feel so sorry for Fiorentina. Here’s the video of the winning goal scored by Klose;

      *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUHWU0xf3xE

      Offside by a mile!

      • Ciaran
        February 17, 2010

        Poor referees can never get anything right.
        Fiore v Bayern… Van Bommel should have got a red card, Gobbi shouldn’t have got his red card, Gomez’ goal should have counted instead of the penalty & Klose’s goal should have been given for offside.
        Porto v Arsenal… UK press are annoyed because the referee didn’t have his hand up signalling that the free kick in the box was indirect & then impeded Sol Campbell from getting in the way.
        I think a direct free kick inside the box has a different name… mmmm… what was it again?… A penalty, that’s it.
        UK press clutching at straws. Everyone and their mama’s knows that a back pass is an indirect free kick inside the box… Well everyone except for Fabianski 🙂

        VILLARATO, I tells ya. No wait, that’s only if these conspiracies happen for us.

        Anyhoo… the mayor of Florence was not pleased. *http://www.goal.com/en/news/1716/champions-league/2010/02/17/1795637/uefa-has-embarrassed-the-city-of-florence-mayor-matteo-renzi

        • barca96
          February 17, 2010

          haha he should be mad!
          ridiculous refereeing!

  45. jose
    February 17, 2010

    thanks Kxevin.

    I watched the fiorentina v bayern game today too. It was an unfortunate result considering how well the viola played. hopefully they’ll see things through to the quarters since I don’t see Milan or Inter winning their respective ties (i’m sort of a serie a fan too).

    • vicsoc8
      February 18, 2010

      Manager mode on FIFA is like a soccer team for 15 year olds in the United States

      Football Manager is like Barcelona.

  46. fcb-gow
    February 17, 2010

    guyyysss…
    Rooney aint that gooodd. He’s alrightt but he aint wat u guys hype him up to be..
    he can finish…hurray, he cant dribble, can’t make a play… good vision though, but scores pure poacher golasooss.
    that aint my definitiion of a perfect stickerr…
    Ibra as much as i dont like his scoring problem is possibly the best stricker we couldve gott…he’s fast, strong, agile, poacher golas, long range, acrobats, play, vision is all extroadinary….I aint worried bout him as long as we got others scoring but trust me hell scoree this weekk…
    And busquets is playin…
    and last thing y not put henry in center and ibra on left…u never know:P

    • barca96
      February 17, 2010

      ibra is too slow to be a winger i guess
      but i would love to try it out

      • fcb-gow
        February 17, 2010

        yeh i know proly one of the main reasons i would put him there is…
        1)because of his vision, exapmle: xavi header against getafe, 40th minutishh
        2)henry to go centre forward and score some goals in order to bring up his confidence…
        he’s a tad slow but his vision would be amazing…
        and don’t u guys think Silva would be better than fabregas or ribery.
        Silava: Suited to our play and amazing left winger:D

  47. Jnice
    February 18, 2010

    LOL, Phil Schoen talking silly on World Football Daily. Saying that we tried to convert him to left back, but because of all the injuries we moved him to the other side. He talks out of his ass 98% of the time.

    • Blow-Granite
      February 18, 2010

      I would say he talks out of his ass 99.9% of the time.

  48. February 18, 2010

    hey guys, what is the name of that new book about barcas title run last year, and where can i buy it?

  49. Barcamaniac
    February 18, 2010

    Toure and Chygro trained with the team today, while Alves and Xavi (!) worked with physios. I trust in our medical staff.

  50. Makis
    February 18, 2010

    Rafa Marquez’s and Pique’s suspensions are already down to one match, I read it on the official website.

  51. Hilal
    February 18, 2010

    Looks like Yaya and Chiggy are already back to full training with the squad, while Alves and Xavi are doing light training. Great freakin news considering the circumstances! We really needed the Yaya back to get some muscle in that midfield and he should be back for the game on Sat.. It even looks possible that we will have both Xavi and Alves back for the CL game next week 🙂 🙂

    • Helge
      February 18, 2010

      I’d rather not risk Xavi against Stuttgart and better let him recover completely. We can even draw in Stuttgart and still be the big favourite to reach the next round.

  52. February 18, 2010

    Health update!

    Alves: Light training on his own
    Xavi: Light training on his own
    The Yaya: Training with the squad
    Txigrinski: Training with the squad
    Abidal: Still knocked to kingdom come
    Keita: Still to’ up

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