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    • Manish
      March 14, 2010

      Who has been giving thumbs down to the first comment…:~

      • Kari
        March 14, 2010

        Don’t worry; it’s nothing personal 🙂 . Saying ‘first’ has long been a pet peeve for a lot of people on the blog.

      • csidle
        March 14, 2010

        I did. Don’t fucking post that, what’s the use? It’s annoying and stupid. Are you proud of being the first one to post? Congratu-fucking-lations.

    • jordi™
      March 14, 2010

      ^Oops messed up cool smile

      should be 8)

  1. Miguel
    March 14, 2010

    no henry, that’s sad. and puyol gets bumped for milito, oh my.

  2. Colby
    March 14, 2010

    Valdes; Alves, Milito, Pique, Maxwell; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Bojan, Messi, Pedro.

  3. Colby
    March 14, 2010

    Substitutes: Pinto, Txigrinski, Marquez, Toure, Henry, Jeffren, Muniesa.

    Puyol isn’t even on the bench. Hope he is okay.

  4. Kari
    March 14, 2010

    BOOOOOOOOOOOJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!! Visca CT!

    😀

  5. Eduard
    March 14, 2010

    The Stuttgart game is on Tuesday, so maybe this means Henry and Puyol are starting against them.

    • Colby
      March 14, 2010

      Wednesday. But I would imagine that is why Puyol is on the bench. And I think this line-up means we will see Toure for sure against Stuttgart. As for Henry, it’s anyone’s guess what he is up to. I predict that we’ll see him as a substitute, especially if Guardiola said that he looked like the “Henry of old”.

  6. Colby
    March 14, 2010

    It’s also interesting to note that our 5 front men are all listed at 5’7” on Wikipedia (even though we know Messi is like 5’5” tops 🙂

  7. Kari
    March 14, 2010

    Me likey the Milito-Pique CB combo. Not only did they play as the main CB pairing at Zaragoza (thereby forming an incredible understanding), it also means that we have balance (a destroyer in Milito and a passer in Pique).

    I have a good feeling for this match~!

  8. Colby
    March 14, 2010

    Cesar. Miguel, Bruno, Dealbert, Maduro, Albelda, Pablo, Banega, Jordi Alba, Silva, Dominguez.

    • Miguel
      March 14, 2010

      who the hell’s jordi alba & who’s playing center back?

    • Kari
      March 14, 2010

      No Villa. I thought as much.

      We need to watch out for Silva ( 😀 ) and Banega–although sincerly doubt he’ll have enough of the ball to show off his abilities. Dude’s got Xaviniesta to compete with.

      • karthik
        March 14, 2010

        hahaha.. jordi alba was a barca cantera who was rejected by the youth system after a while for being too short.. giving a good account of himself no?

  9. Jim
    March 14, 2010

    Would rather have seen Henry than Bojan but let’s give it a go. Also, if Pep is gonna play Yaya on Wednesday I’d rather he played himself in some more today. He wasn’t great last time out.

  10. barca96
    March 14, 2010

    whats the line up guys?
    i cant seem to comment on the liveblog

  11. Jim
    March 14, 2010

    Not looking good at the moment. We don’t even have control of the midfield. We need more pressure on them when they have the ball and we need to move the ball quicker and be prepared to run at them more quickly to force the issue. We’re still turning back all the time.

    Have to say, and it sounds cruel, but Bojan is out of his depth at the moment. Get Henry on – its worth a shot.

  12. Bill
    March 14, 2010

    Great job Messi! 3 goals! thats amazing!

    Im happy for Henry. You couldnt have scripted a better comeback for him. Terrible first half, then the dude comes in, and our offense suddenly looks good! Messi was great on the right side

  13. waleed
    March 14, 2010

    very bad 1st half and below average 2nd half, this is like the 1000th time Messi saved our ass, and this is kinda annoying me,
    but the good thing is that Ibra didn’t play so it become obvious that he’s not the one destroying our game
    congrats!!

    • messi_fan
      March 14, 2010

      Below average 2nd half? Are you serious?!! I don’t know the last time we looked that good.

    • Jim
      March 14, 2010

      I can’t believe you watched that second half and call it below average ! Below what average? Certainly not the average of how we’ve played this year. We could have had six or seven second half. Messi’s second and third were down to moving the ball much more quickly than we have recently

      I’m not going overboard about it s there is still a bit to go but the movement was much better once Henry came on and we were more dangerous once Messi could afford to return to the right and we found him early. That’s Barca!

      Big decision for Pep now though on Wednesday. Henry needs to play. Does Ibra? Still not sure Pedro did enough to warrant a game but then Ibra hasn’t either. I’m fairly sure that’s the last we’ll see of Bojan. Loan in the summer beckons. To be fair to him he needs time on the pitch and we can’t give him it.

  14. waleed
    March 14, 2010

    and by the way, Titi was a joy to watch, brilliant 45 min by the Frenchman.

  15. Kari
    March 14, 2010

    C’mon, admit it. How bad@ss was Pique? 😀

  16. messi_fan
    March 14, 2010

    How can one man make such a difference?

  17. jordi™
    March 14, 2010

    Wow leo has 67 goals in the last TWO seasons :O

  18. lovelymofo
    March 14, 2010

    So happy that Messi got a hat-trick. Great job from Henry once he came one. Still lots of problems that need to be addressed, but this is a good result to take the team into Wednesday.

    • Kari
      March 14, 2010

      Agreed. The only downside to this match (for me) was Bojan. Honestly, in my opinion, whether it was CT or P! (who didn’t exactly set the stadium alight either) that Tito replaced for Henry, the result wouldn’t have been different…What we got was a hungry Henry and, more importantly, a serious mentality change after HT.

      Still, no excuses. CT had a stinker 🙁 .

  19. Kari
    March 14, 2010

    Hopefully, all talk of Ribery/Rooney/DiMaria/Suarez/Villa will dissipate after watching David Silva, especially in the first half.

    😛

    • Vj
      March 14, 2010

      If that would come true, people @ Sport, EMD, AS, Marca and goal.bs would shoot themselves..

  20. Kari
    March 14, 2010

    Me thinks we’ll see a Titi/Ibra/Messi against Stuttgart. Henry’s finally got his sh** together, for a lack of a better expression.

  21. messi_fan
    March 14, 2010

    So how about we play Ibra on the left, Henry in the middle and Messi on the right?

  22. Helge
    March 14, 2010

    I didn’t watch the first half, just read that it was a bad performance from the whole team.
    So a question to you: Was Bojan exceptionally bad or was it just a “feeling” to substitute him? Pedro didn’t make the best of his chances in the 2nd half, has he been much better than Bojan in the first half?

    • Jim
      March 14, 2010

      To be honest, for me it wasn’t even a close decision and that’s despite Pedro not having a great first half.

    • lovelymofo
      March 14, 2010

      I agree with Jim, CT got his chance and looked terrible on the ball. Pedro wasn’t fantastic, but he was at least involved and looked like trying to play forward.

    • Kari
      March 14, 2010

      TBH, I think P! and Bojan were at the same level. The thing is whenever Bojan had the ball in a 1v1 position, he’d look to pass (either inside or outside to Maxwell, who more often than not didn’t make that run). Sometimes, he’d be muscled off the ball, or lost it to Miguel. Defensively, he worked hard and kept possession well. Overall, he was…well, neutral. Not bad, but not great either. If you compare him to the Racing match though, he was bad.

      On the other-hand, P! was the opposite extreme. He took on players, but either lost the ball (a dribble to far or a bad pass) or put in a poor cross. He missed, I think, 2 guilt edge opportunities. He improved in the second half (especially his crossing), but wasn’t too involved.

      I think Henry could have replaced either Pedro! or Bojan. Honestly, what really changed in the second half was the mentality. We were hungry, kept up our intensity… It also helped that Henry played like a man with something to prove (which he does).

    • Jnice
      March 14, 2010

      Pedro was pretty poor, but Bojan edged him out. He was getting tossed around out there and looked nervous. Pedro was confident, but he was just wasteful.

  23. March 14, 2010

    To the dude who said the second half was below average…um, what? That was the best half Barca has played since Sevilla at home, and was probably better than that.

    I’m surprised no one has popped in with the obvious “See, we DO play better without Ibra” comment yet. I don’t believe that really, but I’m just surprised it hasn’t been said yet.

    • Jim
      March 14, 2010

      For me, it’s not even about that. Don’t think Pedro, Bojan or Jeffren are going to be effective against the top sides. For us to win anything this year we’re probably going to need Henry and Ibra playing well which means we might have to persevere but our big Swede needs to sit down and take a look at a video of some of Henry’s movement tonight.

    • waleed
      March 14, 2010

      It’s me Ahsan, but with Valencia missing their back line + Albelda and playing with 1 man down we should’ve done much better,
      only if Zigic scored his one to one chance, things would’ve gone really wrong!
      I hope that the lads don’t think that they did a great.

  24. jordi™
    March 14, 2010

    If RM win by only 1 goal and the goal difference is equal,which team is 1st?

    • Kari
      March 14, 2010

      Us, head-to-head..which SHOULD be the first tiebreak!

    • Jose
      March 14, 2010

      If Madrid wins by one, unless it’s 4-3 (or so) we’re ahead on goals scored.

      If Madrid doesn’t win, we’re ahead, if they win by more than one, they’re ahead. Pointless anyway, as the tiebreaker will eventually just become H2H.

  25. messi_fan
    March 14, 2010

    One thing is clear to me. If you want to play Bojan you have to play him with a big man like Henry or Ibra. Bojan + Pedro cannot work in any way, shape or fashion.

  26. jordi™
    March 14, 2010

    lol every time i check the Real-Valldolid scoreline, EE score.Ill stop now.

    • Helge
      March 14, 2010

      And everytime I check the latest Champions League results, I can’t stop ROFL 😉
      So who the hell cares about their la Liga trashings of smaller opponents as long as they lose the big matches (with the exception of the match against Sevilla, but even such a huge comeback didn’t make them handle OL in the CL^^)?

  27. vicsoc8
    March 14, 2010

    good job y2k156 on running the liveblog!

  28. Helge
    March 14, 2010

    Messi’s shirt read something like “Para vos valen”. What does it mean?

    • Jnice
      March 14, 2010

      Apparently it was dedicated to his cousin or something like that.

      • Helge
        March 14, 2010

        What happened to his cousin? Or did you mix it up with CRs cousin, who recently died in a car accident?

        • Kari
          March 14, 2010

          Eh? I know that his shirt said “Para vos, Valen” meaning “For you, Valen”.

          Valen being his baby neice.

          • Jnice
            March 14, 2010

            Yeah, that was it. His cousin’s baby girl.

  29. Bill
    March 14, 2010

    Para vos Valen- To you Valen. Valentina, born on february 6th, 2010 at 1 1/2 kilos. Daughter of Maximiliano Biancucchi- striker for cruz azul and Messi’s cousin. Apparently it was a very difficult pregnancy and Messi had promised to to make a small dedication in the next match.

    • Helge
      March 14, 2010

      Ah, now I understand. Thanks a lot for the info, Bill.

  30. Bill
    March 14, 2010

    Btw, I feel bad for Bojan. It was clear he wasn’t match fit (lacked those vital game minutes that keep you sharp) but the ‘tale of two halves’ wasn’t his fault. No one played well besides Pique and Valdez in the first half. Everyone was losing balls, making bad decisions and we lacked movement and passing. He made a few errors yes, but it wasn’t just him.

    We may be destroying this kid. He will leave, become great and hate barcelona. You cant bench a 19 year old and only give him 5 mins here and there, then suddenly start him against a team like Valencia and expect him to shine. It just wont happen. When Henry sucked for france against spain, he said its because he didnt have enough gametime minutes to be sharp. The kid needs atleast 30mins a game, especially the ones we are up by 2 goals so he can get more experience.

    • jordi™
      March 14, 2010

      It would be like starting Dima vs Stuttgart ( if he wasnt cup tied) after all these months.I confess i forgot about Dima lol.

  31. Kari
    March 14, 2010

    Messi’s hat-trick: /http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pgHJjzz-Ek&feature=channel

    • Kari
      March 14, 2010

      The first goal HQ, because it’s my fav (beats the second by justthismuch) *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoqnJgVxe1o

  32. poipoi
    March 14, 2010

    the team started to look great again in the 2nd half, playing with busi and xavi in the middle and 4 up front. henry deserves some credit also, he was THE supersub, he also made a change… and messi oh man. Still I’m worried about how bad we were in the 1st half with the usual 4-3-3 and xaviniesta which is supposed to be best line-up (+yaya and ibra) 🙁

    • poipoi
      March 14, 2010

      btw bojan was poo p! was alright I think

  33. Kari
    March 14, 2010

    According to Tito, Pep did come talk to the team at HT. Very interesting.

    Wonder what he said 😀

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