News of the Day: March 9, 2010

It’s another Champions League day, but instead of playing Stuttgart in the snow, we’re going to watch other teams battle it out in their second leg encounters. Arsenal host Porto (1-2 on aggregate) and Fiorentina host Bayern Munich (1-2 on aggregate) at 2:45 on FSC or Fox Sports en Español. Barça, meanwhile, has been practicing in this freaky March snowstorm. Let’s get to them.

-Once again, the team practiced in pretty crap conditions, but this time they were forced to a side field because it had artificial turf instead of real grass. Carles Puyol began the practice with the team, but was taken indoors with a back problem. The official site says the injury “doesn’t look like a serious problem, and he [Puyol] was able to continue working out in the dressing rooms.”

-During the same practice, Thierry Henry did not take part because of a left Achilles problem. It should be noted here that it sounds somewhat minor, but if it is a recurring problem, it might be why he isn’t playing many minutes these days. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s “available” for matches in that he could play a few minutes, but isn’t able to play a full 90. This has, of course, led to rampant speculation that Henry is done at Barça after this season and that Pep Guardiola has it out for the Frenchman. Whatever, only time will tell.

-Both Dani Alves and Lionel Messi trained regularly with the squad after working exclusively indoors yesterday. Seydou Keita and Eric Abidal were both still absent through injury. I don’t expect the latter two to play during the Valencia match, but hopefully Keita is fit for the Stuttgart return leg and can come on as a sub.

Sport has video of Guardiola’s supposed infractions during the Almería match that show that referee Clos Gomez was almost entirely wrong in his statements concerning Guardiola’s actions. Because of Pep’s proximity to the assistant ref, one can make out his exact words thanks to the microphone that the assistant ref uses to communicate with the referee. He says, basically: “You can see the play exactly, he [Messi] was pushed!” and while he’s gesticulating at the ref, he keeps his hands down and his voice fairly mild while speaking directly to the assistant ref. We’ll see later today how RFEF rules on both that and Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s fantasy red card.

-Read my thoughts on the tiebreaker scenarios that are possible in La Liga and why I think they’re terrible. Then read the comments because, as usual, there are intelligent thoughts on both sides of the argument that are worth considering. I stand by my original argument, which is that multiple league-wide factors should be considered before moving on to head-to-head.

-The Yahoo! Fantasy results are in for this week. Yippee. Hat Trick remains in first with 1,352.50pts, meaning s/he has a 32.50pt lead over 2nd place Mes Que Un Club. For those of you who care how I’m doing, I had a good week, ending with 69.50pts, which jumped me to 14th, just 5 points behind Bashir, who I’ve been chasing for a good while now. Remember to make any changes by Saturday to get your team ready for the weekend.

-In the Table Prediction Game (here), Lovelymofo (42pts) continues to dominate. Thanks to Xerez’s unlikely win at Malaga and, stupidly enough, Malaga’s unlikely loss at Xerez, I’ve fallen all the way to 8th place (25pts). In case you missed it, here are what the point values mean. Children laugh at me.

<0 Oh soccer, not football…
0-9 You have the intelligence of a beef Weligton.
10-19 I hope you used a hat to pick…
20-29 Children laugh at you.
30-39 At least you don’t do this for a living…
40-49 Not too shabby.
50-59 You clearly enjoy spending some Sundays in front of GolTV
60-69 You clearly enjoy too many Sundays in front of GolTV
70-79 You eat, sleep, and breath La Liga
80-89 Yaya lent you some powers for a day.
90-99 Pep asks you for advice.
100 You sold your soul to the devil. It was worth it.

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By Isaiah

Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater Philadelphia area.



    Lyon 2nd half played like us last season! Going for EVERY FREAKING BALL!!! Lyon rocks!!!!!!!!!

    😀 😀 😀



    They can only focus on La Liga, which will make things difficult, but they’re dream final has been shattered so this could prove cataclysmic.

  3. LYYYYOOOOOOOONNNNNN YOU ARE MY HEEERRRROOOOOS. Madrid out of the CL Is enough to keep me happy the rest of the year. = ) VISCA EL BARCA!

  4. Time for us to put on our modest faces and realize that any team can beat any other team in this competition.

    We need to take advantage of the aftermath of this in La Liga and put some space between us and Madrid, and we have to remember that we can only call ourselves the best team in the world if we play like we are.

  5. Today’s been a difficult day for me…

    EE’s result just washed everything away 😀

    1. Well, I’m glad we have this to cheer us up! 😀

      But like vicsoc8 says, lets take this as a lesson, Barça has got to up their game and be prepared for all our matches, no matter who the opponent it.

    2. True, but I’m just gonna bask it all in and worry about that later.

      Besides, I bet the boys are pumped after seeing this result. No way they’re going to pass up the opportunity to rub it in EE’s face, especially after last weekend 😀

  6. Gobsmacked! I’d like to congratulate all my fellow cules here with this unbelievable fact! Party on! 😀


  8. Why does it suddenly feel like we’ve won the Champions League again? 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Congrats Lyon


    Seriously, I’m soooo happy it’s not funny!

    People give us a while to celebrate before coming back to reality and say that anything can happen with us too blablabla, once again:



    Am I still dreaming or has this really happened? Did OL just kick a 260mio € enforced Real Madrid out of the CL?

    This is sooo damn nice, I can’t believe it. Take this, FloFloPerez! Even 1bio € can’t buy you success 🙂

  11. I was going to say something sensible . . . . . but on a night like this, forget it 🙂

    1. I wanna look at, but its not loading. Wonder why? Hee.

      I kinda feel bad for Pellegrini tho. He should have stayed away from EE. If anyone is to blame is the players and Florentino.


      HAHAHAHAHA! This calls for some festive booze!

  12. Although it is tremendously funny that Real Madrid can’t make it past the last 16 AGAIN, I would wait with laughing too hard at them until Barca has beaten Stuttgart.
    It is always better to learn from the mistakes that other’s make, not from your own. 😉

  13. Haha ooohhhh the irony. Alcorcon. Olympic Lyon. Kicked out of two cups by teams that should have been minnows for the EE. With all their money and “depth” they couldn’t buy more than a single goal over 180 minutes. They should be embarrassed, and OL should be proud that they straight up beat Madrid and played like a real TEAM!

    hahahaha I wonder when its going to hit Benzema that he probably should have stayed at OL!

  14. And a big finger for all the “experts” writing articles about our “overrated”players, and for having their heads up the EE’s asses/.

    I was getting sick of all the hubris.

  15. Also for all the shit ibra gets, hes not as bad as kaka has been.Still once, Raul came on for him , i knew it was over, atleast KAka can move faster than stroll.

  16. Pellegrini before the match: “We will reach the quarterfinals”
    Guti before the match: “The tie will be very much in our favor if we score early.”

    Double fail! 😀

  17. Um, I lack the verbiage to adequately express the immensity of the shit-eating grin that is on my face right now. And I’m a trained wordsmith. 😀

    Wonder if he will default on the loans now, since he didn’t get value for them?

    And folks are right. If we get knocked out by Stuttgart, we’ll be gorging on humble pie. But for now, know that the only thing that brings me almost as much joy as Barca winning, is those fuckers losing.

    1. I still feel a bit sad for Casillas. Poor chap…his team sucked so bad they spend 250€m only to crash out again. Maybe he should go to ManU or something 🙂

  18. lol real mardrid.
    btw, Rosell will definitely won’t get my support. he might consider getting a shirt sponsor for our jersey. if that is true, there goes another thing that’s so unique about our club.
    and bolt won Laureaus awards for the sportsman of the year. thought messi was going to get it though. i mean, cmon, 6 titles. Try to beat that Bolt!!

  19. I can’t bring myself to work again. Seriously, I have a shit load of crap to do, but I can’t do it right now. Any workaholics out there have suggestions for me?

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