Zaragoza – Barça Match Comments Post

Hey, folks. I’m headed to Woodwork in Brooklyn for this match. Feel free to join or let us know what you think about the match in the comments! Let’s hope there’s another Zlatanazo happens today, along with another asskicking. Visca el Barça!

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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater New York City area with his wife and daughter.

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    • Helge
      March 21, 2010

      At least, he shouldn’t play from the beginning!

    • fc
      March 21, 2010

      I think we will see him playing the full match. He is in red hot form and tooth pain usually goes away in 2 days if treated with antibiotics.

  1. y2k156
    March 21, 2010

    i miss live blog:).

    i definitely think messi should not start this one. watched liverpool man utd earlier and liverpool are pretty much out of CL for next year. i think this will make mascherano will be keen to join us. much as i like him, i don’t think he will really suit us.

  2. Hector
    March 21, 2010

    Uh, oh… I’m not one for conspiracy theories. I actually despise them but I just found out our old buddy Delgado Ferreiro will be reffing the match. Let’s hope he doesn’t confuse Messi with Chigrinsky in the report this time around…or let Pique get punched in the head…or let Messi get stamped on…or confuse Yaya with Henry in the report…

    One of the two worst refs in la Liga and he got suspended for a while after the Malaga-Barca game. Let’s hope he doesn’t hold a grudge and that his incompetence will go both ways.

    • y2k156
      March 21, 2010

      i think that guy has to be there with howerd webb and overbo as worst refs i remember. sad that the liga does not have enough good refs.

  3. Helge
    March 21, 2010

    Messi’s starting, and our centerbacks are Milito + Piqué.

    No Henry, no Iniesta.

  4. Nick
    March 21, 2010

    Don’t see a point in resting Titi after that bench time.

  5. Jim
    March 21, 2010

    Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Milito, Maxwell; Keita, Touré, Busquets; Messi, Ibrahimovic y Pedro

    Wouldn’t be my starting lineup. Taking a real chance without Henry/Iniesta. Can we establish our passing game without either Xavi or Iniesta? Looks reckless to me. although an early goal can change everything. Pep’ll either be a hero or there’ll be questions . . . Still, he’s earned the right to our backing so far.

  6. Hector
    March 21, 2010

    Hmmm… Iniesta is the one rested instead. Interesting. A Yaya-Keita-Busi midfield. We are gonna have a lot of power but our possession should be interesting.

  7. y2k156
    March 21, 2010

    Interesting line up. Maybe if Messi is really hurting, Zaragoza better watch out. Man with toothache can be on mission.

  8. Reaper -> the artist formerly known as Reagan
    March 21, 2010

    any good stream that isn’t justin.. vshare, adthe, ustream would be great, thanks!

  9. y2k156
    March 21, 2010

    *http://www.veetle.com/index.php/channel/view#4ba5d8b789f92 worked fine for me…

  10. fcbfan
    March 21, 2010

    hmm when was te last time we saw that midfield, vs Mallorca?

  11. Reaper -> the artist formerly known as Reagan
    March 21, 2010

    stream please.. veetle and justin don’t work

    • Kari
      March 21, 2010

      USTREAM ENG: *http://www.atdhe.net/15575/watch-zaragoza-vs-barcelona

      • Kari
        March 21, 2010

        If those don’t work, try the other 3 streams here

        *http://www.atdhe.net/index.html

        Just scroll down til you find Real Zaragoza v Barcelona.

        Phil Schoen is pissing my off already. Can someone just mute him?

        • Reaper -> the artist formerly known as Reagan
          March 21, 2010

          Thanks Kari 🙂

  12. Ryan
    March 21, 2010

    This is gonna be fun; I love early goals. 🙂

  13. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    This is going to be a long day for Ibra…

  14. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Milito’s been a straight up beast.

    What a winter signing he’s been! 😀

    ….WTF??? YAYA misses an open net. Gah! What a goal that would have been!

  15. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Messi literally crosses to Ibra’s head (he doesn’t even have to jump) and he misses.

    Ah, Ibra. When he does get a goal, the flood gates’ll open. Mark my words.

  16. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Alves has been a beast on defense. His best defensive half this season…?

  17. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    La Romareda is getting getting heated.

  18. Ryan
    March 21, 2010

    Ibra can get fouled near the box…who knew?

  19. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Ohh, FK in a good position. Will it be Ibra, Messi or Dani?

    It’s Messi..! Into the wall.

  20. Helge
    March 21, 2010

    If we continue like this in the second half, we won’t win.

  21. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    HT 1-0 Barca. Goal in the 5th min, a Messi header from a P! cross.

    Pedro!’s been quiet. Milito and Dani are having a killer game defensively. Keita’s been quietly efficient, albeit slightly sloppy in passing and possession.

  22. y2k156
    March 21, 2010

    dani has been a beast today. so has been milito. our midfield is not functioning very well. too many missed passes. messi looks dangerous every time he gets the ball. maybe they should change to 4 – 4 – 2 from 4 – 3 – 3. messi is not seeing enough of ball. zaragoza are playing well though. ref has not been great but not too bad till now.

  23. Hector
    March 21, 2010

    Horrible half. The thing is that effort and intensity wise, we aren’t doing badly. The danger is that this reminds me of last season’s Espanyol game with the same ref. They are getting into some of our guys’ heads with the physical play and the ref is allowing it.

    The possession? What possession? I think they might be out-possessing us! (probably not but it seems that way). Our defense is doing an excellent job but we can’t seem to transition effectively into offense.

    Look for Busi to drop deep as a third CB in the second half to help out with this. I think the Yaya-Busi-Keita midfield was a mistake. Not enough finesse there. Find a way to drop Messi to the middle while mantaining width to help out. THIS is why Pep puts him in the middle. Believe it or not his effectiveness decreases when he is so wide so constantly. A lot of thrilling dribbles…too nowhere. He is trying but Pep needs to put him in a better position.

    • Eduard
      March 21, 2010

      i’m going to have to agree with you, but if messi drops back Ibra wont be that helpful as he isn’t a fast striker

    • Blow-Grenade
      March 21, 2010

      I feel the same way as well. Zaragoza have some good possession especially in dangerous positions.

  24. Dave
    March 21, 2010

    wow keita ,toure and busquets lack of guile -how are they going??

  25. Jim
    March 21, 2010

    Ok. He’s had a rest. Let’s get Iniesta on.

  26. Blow-Grenade
    March 21, 2010

    The match needs Henry!!! On for Pedro!!!

  27. ooga aga
    March 21, 2010

    actually ibra isnt having a horrible game but even HE knows he is offside waaaay too much. out of synch.

  28. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Iniesta warming up! I think he’s going to come on for Keita

  29. ooga aga
    March 21, 2010

    nice run and cross by the big man there

  30. vicsoc8
    March 21, 2010

    Just tuned in and Ibra with a great cross.

  31. ooga aga
    March 21, 2010

    didnt that bald dude used to play for colo colo ?

  32. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    I miss Xavi.how much longer is he out?

  33. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Yaya should have pull it back for a wide open Messi…

  34. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    😀 Pique showing some leadership there

  35. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    NOT liking this Zaragoza pressure. Me wants some Andres!

  36. vicsoc8
    March 21, 2010

    We just don’t have our usual control of this game

  37. ooga aga
    March 21, 2010

    ibra just needs to be a hair better at moving into space. too static. but i like some of his link up play in this match

  38. ooga aga
    March 21, 2010

    we will score iwthjin 10 minutes now that we have #8

  39. vicsoc8
    March 21, 2010

    Messi really trying to connect with Ibra

  40. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    why are our players so averse to passing ?

    anyway leo scores

  41. vicsoc8
    March 21, 2010

    Messi doesn’t pass, but has a moment of brilliance.

  42. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    “He doth bestride the world like a colossus!”

    -Ray Hudson

  43. majatt
    March 21, 2010

    Messi really needed to pass that to Ibra, come on man. The guy needs some confidence.

    Than said….brilliant messi…just brilliant.

    • majatt
      March 21, 2010

      That said, Ibra missed a golden chance and his passing has been rather meh.

    • vicsoc8
      March 21, 2010

      I think if Messi picks his head up to see Ibra in that situation, he loses the ball. Honestly, I don’t mind goals. And Messi has been trying to connect with Ibra

  44. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Maybe he should have passed, but right now I don’t care.

    The man’s on fire and QUE GOLAZO! 😛

    Pique for Puyol!

  45. Evil that men do
    March 21, 2010

    Don’t understand that sub I thought Toure was having a good game and was the best in the midfield why not take Keita off he’s playing very poor.

    • majatt
      March 21, 2010

      Toure had a more attacking role so it was kinda a ‘like for like’

  46. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    we’re winning with individual brilliance these days but id like some team play to return 😕

  47. Ethan
    March 21, 2010

    he should have passed, but ibra has been offside all game just standing around, and its been annoying, u could see the frustration on messi’s face when he kept staying offside, ibra needs to learn if u want the ball u have to be in position for it, and hes not so whatever, glad messi is playing out of his mind

  48. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Phil Schoen, you have the permission to shut up.

    Marquez getting ready to come in….

  49. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    ahh rafa on to make things interesting

  50. vicsoc8
    March 21, 2010

    Wow, Pep uses all his subs before 80 minutes are up.

  51. Dave
    March 21, 2010

    haircut haha doesn’t look like desperado anymore

  52. vicsoc8
    March 21, 2010

    Alves way overhits it. Ibra could’ve had one there.

  53. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    lol tommy smyth calls england for the worldcup and says spain doesnt “convince him”

    • Kari
      March 22, 2010

      Yeah, because everyone knows they were so good, UEFA banned them from Euro 2008.

  54. majatt
    March 21, 2010

    O.M.G….WTF IBRA…WTF…I WANT SIZE 100 FONT WHAT THE ****

  55. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    wow the guys confidence completely gone

  56. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    lets give ibra an open goal now…

  57. ooga aga
    March 21, 2010

    why “chupete” suazo? doesnt chupete mean “pacifier” or anything that you suck on?

  58. ooga aga
    March 21, 2010

    one more goal and we are even with EE on goal diff

  59. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    we’ve been somethig else with andres on the field.

  60. ooga aga
    March 21, 2010

    i am glad ibra is having a hard time, itll make him work harder. i already seem to notice his quickness off the mark might get getting slightly better?

  61. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    Just 1 and the floodgates will open.just 1 ibra 🙁

  62. Dave
    March 21, 2010

    someone tell me is Maxi still in Brazil or even, did we sell him????

  63. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    I know a way to get Ibra to score. Give him the next penalty.

    Darn. Zaragoza score.

  64. ooga aga
    March 21, 2010

    sometimes when things are going so bad for you, just need to go to sleep. ibra needs a nap.

  65. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Coincidence that we concede with Marquez on the field…?

  66. vicsoc8
    March 21, 2010

    Story of the second half: Messi is brilliant while we spend the rest of the time trying to set up Ibra.

    • majatt
      March 21, 2010

      He got the goal tho…I couldn’t even watch the penalty I thought he was gonna miss.

  67. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    OMG! I called it! I totally called it! Ibra from a penalty!

  68. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    Its not entirely his fault but we should NEVER sub on Rafa.This happens every time.

  69. vicsoc8
    March 21, 2010

    I agree Dave. Horrible substitutions after Iniesta for Yaya. That one was great.

  70. Dave
    March 21, 2010

    I mean changing both cbs is crazy and seems slightly disrespectful to the opposition. Marquez has been given every chance.

    • Dave
      March 21, 2010

      I’ll be amazed if hes there beyond the summer

  71. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    lol our aficion was singing “”a Segunda, a Segunda”

  72. Helge
    March 21, 2010

    Somehow, I didn’t like this match at all. And I don’t like Ibra missing chance after chance, I don’t like being Messidependent (which I seriously think we are, at the moment).
    …but I DO like Messi 😀

  73. y2k156
    March 21, 2010

    Well, this was one roller coster of match. Messi is just out of this world right now. If we can keep him fit and happy, he will win us anything and everything. Just kidding. Maradona did do it with italy though.

    Loved that Messi allowed Ibra to take the penalty while he is the designated penalty taker (is this even a word?).

    Hope this will change Ibra’s fortunes. We do need him.

    On other hand, i shall be happy to see less of Marquez. Loved what he has done in past but right now, the guy is slow and other chaps are smoking him. I think our best partnership is Pique and Milito with all due deference to ek capitan.

    • vicsoc8
      March 21, 2010

      Agree with every word you wrote. Ibra could’ve had 3 goals in the second half at least. The fact that he missed them sucks. The fact that those chances are there is a good sign.

  74. Dave
    March 21, 2010

    Agreed helge mixed feelings also, messi dependiante or whatever.
    WE KNEW messi was great. Our teamwork etc up front was non existent question Messi/Ibra relationship= Higuain/cr9 ?????????

    • Kari
      March 21, 2010

      Not.even.close.

      Please don’t compare the two–they’re completely different.

      Thong Boy would have NEVER given Higuain the pk. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, I remember he didn’t want to, and when Higuain did take it, he went off sulking.

      • Dave
        March 21, 2010

        Ibra’s body language is frustrating

        • Vj
          March 21, 2010

          True, but given the chances he missed, it was bound to happen. This is where teamwork comes into play.. You could sense that everyone in the team wanted him to score, and Messi’s gesture was fantastic.. Hope this bodes well for the upcoming matches..

  75. Sid
    March 21, 2010

    Its so frustrating to see a talent like Ibra getting wasted.

    He`s excellent with ball control and strength but the ball just doesnt go in

  76. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Messi is playing out of his ever lovin’ mind! I love it! 🙂

    TBH, I was kinda hoping for a thrashing. I know that the team (sometimes) doesn’t reflect the fans, but I’ve always had a dislike for Zaragoza ever since the Eto’o debacle.\

    2-4 really should have been 0-4 if we weren’t reduced to 10 men. I’ve been patient with Marquez, I really have, but this has done it for me.

    Ideal CB pairing has to be Pique-Milito now. 😀 Well, in my opinion anyway

  77. nobody
    March 21, 2010

    We conceded 2 when the game was already over. Marquez?? + Puyi??
    That is why Messi goes SOLO and gets the job done when others are having some probs lately. N’ I really thought Ibra would miss that penalty too. But I now hope he can bang goals after goals starting next week.

  78. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    On the bright side atleast it wasnt at camp nou, the stadium wouldve had a few groans which wouldve been even worse for his confidence.If he had missed that penalty, ive no idea how he wouldve recovered.

  79. y2k156
    March 21, 2010

    Some how right now i feel certain that we will face Man U in final at Madrid come May 22. And then it will be Rooney v Messi. Could be quite a match up.

  80. Vj
    March 21, 2010

    I blame the forcefield for Ibra’s funk lately..

    My link (CCTV 5) started showing some great goals from last season after the match – Ibra’s were immaculate(a chip and a backheel). Goes to show that WHEN (not if) he comes back to form, we’ve got it made.. Lets just have faith in him.. He needs our support especially now..

  81. Dave
    March 21, 2010

    On another note-Benitez will surely get the sack-gerrard looks a shadow of the player

  82. Blow-Grenade
    March 21, 2010

    What a game by El Messiah!!!!!!!! Dude was immense today!!!! I was jumping all over my living room after watching that second goal he scored.

    • Kari
      March 21, 2010

      Same here! 😀

      I’m really happy; he IS my favourite player after all. 🙂

  83. DontPanicAM
    March 21, 2010

    Didn’t realize how much I missed Keita until saw him on th pitch. I love that player.
    I feel so SO sorry for Ibra. He has the tools to be excellent, it’s just his confidence thats holding him back.

  84. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    By the way, Kxevin better give me and jordi a shoutout!

    He totally called that with Marquez on the field, we’d concede and I totally called that the only way Ibra would score would be from a penalty.

    Give credit where it’s due, dammit! 😀

    • y2k156
      March 21, 2010

      At least you get a rate up from me:)!

    • Blow-Grenade
      March 21, 2010

      Yeah thumbs up from me too!!!! Way to predict Kari!!!

    • nobody
      March 21, 2010

      I was thinking the same thing too, actually both. But I was too lazy to type it while watching. Do I also get some credit 😀

  85. Blow-Grenade
    March 21, 2010

    Whats up with this dude Ibra. Does he not practice during training. He could beat the last man with his 7 mile long legs to score a goal. He missed sitters in front of the goal. His body language is very weak. Pep should put him to work right after the match. Dude needs to put in 200 headers, connect 200 balls of crosses, and beat defenders 200 times to score goals. Come on you son of a Gangsta Ninja…. get on with it.

    • Luna
      March 21, 2010

      It’s not about his work ethic right now it’s about confidence.

  86. Jose
    March 21, 2010

    Initial reactions: Great game by Messi. Hope Ibra’s slump is over (does a penalty really count?). Have finally lost my patience with Marquez.

  87. Jnice
    March 21, 2010

    Messi… wow.

    Ibra… wow. I’ve never seen a striker’s confidence so low. Messi immediately made the decision to give Ibra the penalty. Good on him and the team. Hopefully Ibra’s confidence will arise from the depths of his fucking soul. And I thought he was having a good game, too. Now the misses will overshadow that.

    Marquez comes in and I immediately said, “we won’t keep a clean sheet.” Fucking stupid defending to give up the goals.

    Milito was a beast again and I thought Keita did well on his return.

    Glad we won, but those two goals really annoyed me along with Ibra missing like that because I thought he played well.

    Great to see Titi and others on the bench so excited for Messi… Henry showing how great of a teammate he is, even though he had cause to feel hard done by Pep. Pretty crazy how when Ibra was missing, you could see people on the bench looking puzzled and talking.

    Oh and please, Pep, Yaya-Keita-Busi midfield never, ever again.

    • y2k156
      March 21, 2010

      Though i do not dig the midfield, i don’t mind it as back up option. If we do play that midfield though, i do want Messi in classic 10 position and not on right flank. The guy is killer through the middle. If this goes on, i will now be surprised if we line up in 4 – 4 – 2 in rest of big matches this season. There was major difference in our attacking threat in first and second half.

      About goals conceded, i feel that they could have been avoided if we have pique with Puyi or Marquez so not too worried.

    • jordi™
      March 21, 2010

      It reminded me of when Bojan has those games where he cant score even a tap in.Actually the last time i can remember was samu vs Mallorca last year when he couldnt buy a goal when the pichchi race got hot.The good thing is that form is really temporary.I watched Bendter have a similar game against burnley last week then score a hattrick against porto.

      • fc
        March 21, 2010

        If Ibra scores a hattrick and subsequently comes out of his funk I can’t imagine a team surviving the double wrath of Messi and Ibra 😀

  88. Jnice
    March 21, 2010

    About the Ibra runs: Like I said before, he is offside like a motherfucker, but man… why do players like Messi, Xavi when he is playing, and Iniesta wait so fucking long to pass to him? WHY?! They alone cause him to be off at least 3x a game. It really is ridiculous. And as much as I loved Messi’s last goal, if he did not score, I would have been extremely pissed. Ibra was sitting there WIDE open, but judging by his missed chances today, he might have missed.

    About referees and Ibra: Is it that hard for them to grasp that he is fucking bigger, and stronger than almost everyone else? 50/50 challenges=foul on Ibra. It’s ridiculous.

    • Helge
      March 21, 2010

      Completely agree with your point about the refs. I know that in Italy, Ibra was the only focal point of attack, and certainly the refs didn’t blow every single damn touch between Ibra and his opponent against him. If that was the case, Ibra never had scored 20+ goals in Seria A. Spanish refs really suck nowadays…

      And your first point is an observation I’ve also made during the last matches. I think in every match I can find a situation where Ibra actually made the perfect run into free space, but whoever should have passed to him, waited too long or even ignored his run completely. If the other players learn to read and anticipate Ibra’s runs better, and Ibra holds the line a lil’ bit longer in some situations, we’ll be unstoppable!

      • jordi™
        March 21, 2010

        My question is why we wait so late to try to set him up, its obvious in his current form, the longer he goes without a goal in a game the more he’ll be anxious.We should be trying to set him up all throughout the match.Anyway its all about confidence, earlier in the season when maradumber was all in leo’s head, he was having finishing issues.Now hes on a tear, football is like this.

    • barca96
      March 22, 2010

      yeah i noticed that. pique was saying something.
      i thought ibra was going to have a mental breakdown when he missed on 77th minute!

      ibra runs too quickly, he should wait a bit longer instead with his runs. needs to get his timing run. most of the time when he runs, and didn’t get the ball, he will stay there and watch instead of working to get back on side.
      it’s clear to me now, we play way better with henry as cf.

  89. fc
    March 21, 2010

    I like how Messi is scoring from 18 yards on a regular basis. From that distance his bend and placement is amazing.
    Pedro was awesome today. He could get two more assists easily.

    • Jnice
      March 21, 2010

      Over the past two years, Messi definitely put in work on the training ground when it comes to his shot from outside the box. It’s amazing.

  90. jordi™
    March 21, 2010

    The worse thing is we were so close to being level on goal difference.A season where we have conceded just 18 in 26 games is strange to be complaining but atleast 8 of those goals were completely avoidable and id be willing to bet many of them coincide with Rafa’s “presence” on the field.

  91. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Messi does have a penchant for scoring golazo’s against Zaragoza

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GstR6JzJBX4

    • jordi™
      March 21, 2010

      Against everybody to be accurate :D, Except for villareal who hes yet to score against.I can only imagine what hes saving for them when it happens.

    • barca96
      March 22, 2010

      i would love to see what that commentator would say after seeing the goals against valencia, stuttgart and zaragoza.
      unbelievable.

  92. Kari
    March 21, 2010

    Messi’s second goal: HD

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HqjbTTFr3Y&feature=channel

    “George Best, Diego Maradona, Johan Cryuff; they’re all getting outshone by this incredible little man”

    That made me LOL. 😀

    • Helge
      March 21, 2010

      Thanks dude, I’ve been looking for highlights with English commentary 🙂

  93. Evil that men do
    March 21, 2010

    Felt bad for Ibra criticizing him for another bad performance is too easy but I will ask on his current form going by his overall contribution:

    Would you play him against Arsenal or would you use Henry?

    I think I’d go with Henry with what I’m seeing right now. How does 1 miss point blank like that honestly if he wants to be considered one of the best then he has to step it up in a major way.

    Busquets was pretty much average and Keita has no right foot at all, I like him but it was weird to me at least that people where giving so much praise to this guy, he’s a good sub for Inesta nothing more.

    Toure was by far the best in the midfield he was excellent again today but embarrassingly for him he was the first to be taken off, if that doesn’t show you that the coach favors Keita and Sergi over Yaya then nothing will.

    Marquez needs not to be anywhere near the field against Arsenal.

  94. Tim
    March 21, 2010

    Need to get a basketball style +/- system for Rafa so we can see his impact.

  95. Lev
    March 21, 2010

    Damn Ibrahemissedit was horrible in front of goal. Messi is the man.

  96. Colby
    March 21, 2010

    If anyone happens to find a highlight of Messi’s second goal commentated on by Ray Hudson I would like to see it again. (Sorry for such a selfish post).

  97. March 21, 2010

    Eight goals in three games? Are you kidding me? This guy’ll win World-Player again this year–

    • Kari
      March 21, 2010

      Unfortunately, unless Argentina win the WC, that won’t be the case 🙁

      • Ryan
        March 21, 2010

        So then, will it be Iniesta or Xavi? 😀

        • Jose
          March 21, 2010

          Nah, the winner has to be from the World Cup winning team. Hong Yong-Jo to take it.

  98. Helge
    March 21, 2010

    Hey Isaiah, how’s it been in the Woodwork Bar?

    I can remember that the first time you visited it, they did not show the Barça match at all… hope history didn’t repeat itself – cuz you would have missed another breath-taking match!

    Oh yeah, and I wouldn’t mind to get a RayRay vid of Messi’s goal(s) either 🙂

  99. ML
    March 22, 2010

    i would be much more worried if the chances werent being created, rather than ibra missing them.

  100. Nick
    March 22, 2010

    VV must be furious with Rafa for screwing the clean sheet up.

  101. Sal
    March 22, 2010

    The reality is that pep is a good Coach on the tactical level, althouh much of the work was done by rijkaard. He is zero on the transfer marked, he is just trying to motivate Ibra, but he know too like everyone that Ibra was CRAP. I have no “compassion’ for a guy that earns 12 million € a year that is without bonusses, and the 70 Mio € he costed us. What he earns in a week, I have to work my butt of all my life, so no COMPASSION. This guy is paid to score goals as de CF ‘no 9’, PERIOD. If we want movement we can ask for a dancer or Usain Bolt to come and run some cirkels there. He wasted clear opportunities, was all the time offside etc.. . This guy just doesn’t have it in him to play for Barca. We should get rid of him and his 12 million €/year sallary, we have talents like Bojan who are wasted on the bench, and he need 2 minutes against Stuttgart to score, immagine if he played all the time Ibra played, Bojan woulf have at least 20 goals and numerous assist by now. pep shouldn’t be si stubborn, because if it was not for MESSI we coudl have LOST. Another thing i don’t understand is his LOVE relationship with BUSI? Why was Yayha substituted for?

    • March 22, 2010

      But of course, who provided the brilliant throughball to Bojan for his goal? Ibra, naturally.

      I’m not going to argue that he doesn’t need to improve, but calling for his head smacks of short-sightedness, especially in the face of Henry’s 2nd season and Abidal’s continual growth.

      I think Yaya was substituted for possession-based passing, which Iniesta is naturally better at. The other subs? I dunno.

      • Bebop
        March 22, 2010

        and don’t forget bout Yaya, he gota booking in the first half., so i think it’s natural to sub him. Btw, I’m w/ Isaiah on Ibra. I do believe he is not playing well, and lacking of confidence right now. And sure he has to Man up, esp for the though games that we’ll have in a couple of months. but I am sure giving him time in this squad, who has only played w/ us less then a year, w/o pre-season, and an injury.

    • March 22, 2010

      And what happens when we go up against big Euro center halfs from the EPL and Seria A? Vidic could hang CT on his earring.

      With Ibrah on the pitch, both center halfs have to respect him and his size, and because of that, he makes the team better. When he stops being a good support player, when players stop double marking him, then he has outlived any usefulness. As long as these things happen, he is an exceptionally dangerous element of our squad.

      Btw, with Messi’s run of form, he is going to be attracting a lot of attention. If he learns to pass when Ibrah is open, there will be lots of goals.

  102. Hector
    March 22, 2010

    A couple of quick things:

    – Apparently Milito (who BTW is living up to his nickname of El Mariscal/ The Field Marshal) and Pique were subbed out of precaution due to them complaining of slight niggles and the game being apparently well in hand. It was not due to Pep wanting to give Marquez time for the sake of it.

    – Before the review comes out, I want to give some props to Pedro. I hope Bojan was taking notes. His passing was off and he often overdribbled. He got dispossessed and pushed around. However, the kid worked and fought like a dog. His work rate was amazing. It didn’t always come off but he was never afraid and went right at Zaragoza’s right side. THAT’s being “descarado” (shameless) and it’s what put him over Bojan in the pcking order. He’s not the most naturally talented guy in the world but he’s fast, two footed, and is always coming at you. Even if it doesn’t wor, he comes right back. The guy tracked back constantly and was at the forefront of almost every fast break. Incredible stamina. He was overshadowed by Messi (like everybody else) but he had 1 assist and should have had two or three if Ibra hadn’t had the shits. However, it was his determination and work rate that left me open mouthed. The Zaragoza right FB and winger were fouling the hell out of him towards the end of the game out of frustration. His defensive contribution has been one of the biggest keys to success in the last three games.

    • Jnice
      March 22, 2010

      Good obervation of Pedro’s performance.

      What did you think about Ibra’s, Hector?

      I thought that despite his appalling misses, he played quite well. More like in the beginning of the season and our offense was less stagnant than it had been during his most recent appearances.

  103. poipoi
    March 22, 2010

    many people me included are not satisfied with ibra ( I guess that if you call it “not fully satisfied” every single culé would agree), but he’s our nine and has the greatest potential. he’s signing is a pep thing right? in pep we trust and this is his just ibra’s first season here. I give him one more year… if the next season he continues letting people down I’m starting to trash the swede, not now.

    • March 22, 2010

      Not only that, but how is 13 goals not acceptable? Yes, he should have more, I agree, and he has been disappointing, but unsuccessful? Certainly not.

  104. Soccermom
    March 22, 2010

    Phew for a while the spring breezes blew the door open and the house was full of those Gunner or Gooner or Goonies or whoever they are kids tracking mud everywhere. We’ll have to wipe the floor with their towheads later.

    First, a little shoutout to Momma’s favorite Barça boy. Just who ’round here was e-bullying my Dani last round? He was all over the playground yesterday, breaking and making fearsome plays. And he got the bro-buss from Messi as the disciple who is loved. Maybe he should look up a little more and catch Ibra’s eye sometimes, but the football gods are fickle.

    Speaking of. Teams recruit and cultivate and pay brilliant individuals for their individual brillance. And brilliant is as brilliant does. To ho-hum the Blaugrana for feeding their crack chip after cross is to chide your goalie for donning his gloves. Messi is as hot as Ibra is not … how soon his ‘selfish runs’ and ‘impossible angles’ are forgotten when every dodge and duck defies nature itself. Gretzky. Jordan. Bolt. Even yes even as my hands cramp to type it CR9. What do you do? Bench them? Hey hey hey come out and play is what I say.

    Heart Ibra. Everybody love themselves an Ibra. We went down in goal differential not only b/c the Piquelito rested but b/c everyone wanted one for Ibra SO BAD. Ibra big and Ibra bad. Ibra will be BACK.

    Last note on Yaya Busi business. Heart Yaya he’s all heart & I wanted one for Yaya too. But Yaya is a luxury and Busi is a legacy. Now SoccerMamma is not a lipstick-wearin’, pit-bull kind of hockey mamma. She is more of a peace-n-love, everyone-is-someone’s-baby kind of mamma. But this is the real world and in the real world the real words are ‘més que un club’. And més means much, but really, it means we are not only more than Madrid, we are other than Madrid. It’s a call out to Catalonia. This us-ness can be useful, even charming like in Chivas. And really, my sincerest apologies to all Iberians here, but from my limited and ugliest of American perspectives the differences between Catalan and Castillian is a slightly (and I mean slightly) more efficient mode of operation and a slightly (also, slightly) greater penchant for chic eyewear. It is a political more than a cultural sentiment, all taurismo aside. And it means that even if Yaya gets out his yayas out all over the place, the fact that Busi’s yaya is from Pep’s patria gives him an edge. He’s being groomed and it may leave our beloved Touré outré.

    Cheers.

    • Eklavya
      March 22, 2010

      Before anyone else says it:

      SoccerMom still Rockin’ us, folks! 😀

    • Cesc Pistol
      March 22, 2010

      While I like the whole writing style etc. the thought of a overbearing soccer mom from a hick town in America really, really disturbs me. I cannot say why.

      • SoccerMom
        March 23, 2010

        Well, how about the thought of a professor with four advanced degrees from three major universities, research specializations in Iberian Medieval and Renaissance Philology and Historical Linguistics, various print and electronic publications including semipaleographic transcriptions, solicited book reviews and original articles, ACTFL-scored native proficiency in two languages, professional experience from labor laws on the West Side of Chicago to the front office at the Consulate of Chile, as well as two kids, one hunky husband, home bases in the US and Spain oh and curves to boot. What in the world would bother you about that, CP?

        • Cesc Pistol
          March 23, 2010

          Um, sorry I wasn’t talking about you at all…I really find your posts quite funny. It’s only the image of the typical soccermom which I find quite unnerving.

          Talk about over-reaction.

        • fc
          March 23, 2010

          I have some fascination for not-so-natural style of writings. You should consider writing a review/preview/any article as a guest writer in this blog. I guess lot of us will enjoy reading that.

  105. Hector
    March 22, 2010

    Check out this video *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPnOz1VtOM4 at the 6:00 mark. Messi is till wearing his buddy Ronaldinho’s old shin guards. Ronny’s name is still there. 😀

      • Bebop
        March 22, 2010

        LOL Messi, with all the money he makes, he can’t even buy new shin guards..
        Oh btw, Messi is not the greatest Barca player, its this guy on my avatar 😀

    • Jnice
      March 22, 2010

      Sick find. I think that is so cool. I bet he requested them as a parting gift when Ronnie left.

      • Jnice
        March 22, 2010

        Someone from another forum suggested that Ronnie just signed them for him because he wears the shin guards with the Argentinian flag. Makes sense because the shin guards have to be Adidas and I also saw the Argentinian flag on them before.

        Still cool, though.

  106. Eklavya
    March 22, 2010

    On a side note, WTH has been going ’round with Kari ??? Went from being Hectored mode to phycic mode ? 😯 😀

    • Kari
      March 22, 2010

      Bwahahaha!

      All your Yaya are belong to me! 😀

  107. vicsoc8
    March 22, 2010

    Cant stop thinking about the game. After digesting the match, I walked away with this thought:

    Ibra should’ve scored those goals, but it is a very good sign that he is starting to have those chances again.

  108. Jnice
    March 22, 2010

    ““It wasn’t an infection in the tooth, it was in the gum,” said the Barcelona coach. “He was in a lot of pain. But in the morning I asked him how he was and he told me that he was better. Before the game I asked if he wanted to play and he said yes, I asked him how many minutes and he told me the whole game.

    He always wants to play, whether it’s the Champions League final or against a third-division side. For me it’s difficult to leave him out, seeing the form he’s in. He’s an amateur in this sense, he always wants to play.”

    Messi is a boss 😀 This is why Pep doesn’t sub him out until late or most times doesn’t sub him at all when we are winning comfortably. He ALWAYS wants to play the WHOLE game. It must upset him when he isn’t allowed to do that.

    *http://www.totalbarca.com/2010/news/guardiola-ibra-is-back-to-how-he-was-at-the-start-of-the-season/#more-27306#ixzz0ivsr2xVJ

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