CL Liveblog: Barcelona – Arsenal

So, the (blog) team is on the road again for this ever-so-important match; however, VicSoc has agreed to run the liveblog! Three cheers for him! Hip! Hip! Hooray! Hip! Hip! Hooray! Hip! Hip! HOOOOORAAAAAAAYYYY!!!!

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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in Germany with his wife and daughter.

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  1. Alexis
    April 6, 2010

    I wish I were busy at work so the clock in my head would stop ticking until kick off…can you guys hear it as well? tick, tick, tick, tick… It gooooeeeessss ssssoooooo ssssloooowwww 🙂

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 6, 2010

      Hey Alexis, I usually have a long lunch and a couple of beers to calm me down. But yes the ticking is there in the back of the head.

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 6, 2010

      The other thing is that the Inter CSKA match will start at 12:30 ET. I am going to be looking at that in anticipation of the barca match.

  2. vicsoc8
    April 6, 2010

    I’ll run the blog. I’ll be at work, but its a very slow day so it won’t be a problem. Might have to space out randomly for a couple of minutes, but if people can with that then I’m in.

  3. Blow-Grenade
    April 6, 2010

    Here’s the predicted lineup:

    ===Valdes – aka manwall==
    Alves Yaya Milito Abidal
    Xavi Busi Keita
    Messi Bojan Iniesta

    I think one of either Busi or Keita will do the box crashing thing to provide height to connect with Alves crosses.

    Look forward to seeing more lineups….

  4. Kari
    April 6, 2010

    Just a heads up for people new to the blog:

    if you want to post a link (i.e http://www.—-) make sure you add something before it, like an asterisk (*) or slashes (//). Otherwise your comment won’t show up as the link needs to go through moderation.

    ex. http://www.google.ca instead of just http://www.—

  5. SoccerMom
    April 6, 2010

    SoMa is so excited she is ready to write posts that make Ray Hudson’s color commentary sound like David Mamet reading the Provo white pages! So get ready to scroll, downers!

      • culehastaelculo
        April 6, 2010

        SoMa = hotter than the sun. be calm, my beating heart…,

  6. i’m not sure of iniesta starting, he needs to come in as a sub; because of classico. barca will win Arsenal 4 sure…

  7. sirius
    April 6, 2010

    goal.com has this lineup:

    valdes
    alves milito toure abidal
    xavi busi keita
    messi bojan pedro

    any thoughts? any confirmation?

    • vicsoc8
      April 6, 2010

      No confirmation anywhere. That’s the lineup I’m hoping for though.

      • April 6, 2010

        Daddy likey! It’s pace and creativity galore up front, possession and power in the midfield and solidity and a bit more pace (from The Yaya) in the back line. Plus Milito stays home more than Puyol at CB, which will make things even more stable.

  8. BA
    April 6, 2010

    rumour going around that Iniesta trained normally with the squad yesterday, is included in the squad today and is expected to start.

    can this possibly in my wildest dreams be true?

    • April 6, 2010

      BA: Iniesta trained normally this very morning as well. All signs point towards at least some time on the field for Ghostface SPF 45!

    • Miguel
      April 6, 2010

      i hope it’s true. otherwise, given keita’s anonymity during the 1st leg, i’d like to see maxwell on the left of a 4-2-4 and see messi run rampant on old man campbell & vermaelan.

  9. vicsoc8
    April 6, 2010

    This game is all about possession baby.

    • gv
      April 6, 2010

      LMFAO!!!!

      great link there eklavya!

      i just can’t stop laughing!

      it’s like ray-ray’s version for reviews.

  10. April 6, 2010

    There’s a lot of EE chatter about El Clasic, and I guess that when you have plenty of time, since your only Champions League activity is watching matches on the telly, why not, right? 😀

  11. April 6, 2010

    Man, would I love to see CSKA go through, just because I think Mourinho is a pompous git.

  12. Samuel
    April 6, 2010

    It’s about time you guys put this Arsenal team away for good!

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 6, 2010

      Sure no problem!!! Will be done by the end of day today!!!

  13. Kxevin
    April 6, 2010

    We’ll see. I think the match is going to be more difficult than people are thinking.

  14. Kxevin
    April 6, 2010

    Ick. CSKA down 0-1. Not looking good.

    • Jose
      April 6, 2010

      Yup. Unless the Russians can conjure 3 goals in the next 50 minutes, looks like if we go through we’ll be facing a Mourinho re-match at the semis.

      Not cool.

      • Kxevin
        April 6, 2010

        I know, Jose. I think we’re a much better side than the one that faced them at their house in the group stages, though. I just hate giving good coaches a second chance at you.

        But I think about that first leg, with Ibrahimovic still not really part of the club, Iniesta mostly hobbled and us still playing kinda clunky, compared to now. And then I think of how we’d improved for that second home leg, and the result. And we’re even better now.

        I’d be a lot more confident against CSKA, but I’m still confident, barring any weird injuries, that we can get to the final.

      • Blow-Grenade
        April 6, 2010

        We are too far away from the Semi-finals. We have to first get through this week (2 finals) with wins and no injuries.

    • cliveee
      April 6, 2010

      what.a.stunning.save.by.julio.cesar. ….

  15. cliveee
    April 6, 2010

    Inter are thru, Cska needs 3 goals to do it. Hopeless for them consider its Inter.

  16. Blow-Grenade
    April 6, 2010

    And that’s the end of the first half. Very satisfactory half for Inter. CSKA need 3 to go through, and if they manage it I’ll eat my hat.

  17. April 6, 2010

    To keep you interested and keep watching the game, some of Inter players are one card away from suspention. I thought that may help…

    • Rohanv
      April 6, 2010

      With that in mind, who’s in danger of missing the semi-finals for us, when (not if) we go through?

  18. Blow-Grenade
    April 6, 2010

    I think CSKA just shot themselves in the foot. ODIAH is sent off for a rash challenge on, none other than, our own, Eto’o.

  19. Miguel
    April 6, 2010

    i love this…

    “[good day]

    Javi Martínez

    Rather than going down like a big girl’s blouse after being on the receiving end of what can best be described as a head ‘nudge’ rather than butt from Yaya Touré, the Athletic Bilbao midfielder stayed on his feet. And in his desire for a bit of afters with the Barça man, Martínez spared Touré a red card.”

  20. Alex
    April 6, 2010

    Marques and Milito as centerbacks.

    Bojan and pedro with messi

    Keita, xavi, and busquets

      • Miguel
        April 6, 2010

        yes.

        //http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/catala/futbol/temporada_09-10/arxiu_partits/champions_league/quarts/jornada02/Barcelona_arsenal/partit.html

  21. Helge
    April 6, 2010

    This is NOT good… no Yaya, but a very shaky and off-form Marqez 🙁

  22. April 6, 2010

    But this one is even better:

    Good Day

    Pep Guardiola

    When LLL first read the Barcelona line up to face Athletic Bilbao, it assumed that the Dream Boys’ boss had finally lost his mind or staggered into the dressing room half-cut and smoking like a Valladolid player.

    “Yusssh can all play whershhh you want! Hic!” was the imaginary team-talk from Guardiola after picking two left backs, two defensive midfielders and Dmytro Chygrynskiy in his starting line-up.

    • Miguel
      April 6, 2010

      i think pelé(not THE pelé) is the dude stannard is referring to from valladolid.

  23. jordi™
    April 6, 2010

    hey its equal they have sylvestre starting we have rafa 😀

  24. cliveee
    April 6, 2010

    it must be really hard to snub marquez. totally confident. if we play tiki-taka properly and keep the ball, our backline won’t be tested that often. with abidal and alves closing the flanks, nothing much will cross to the center or at least the quality of the ball won’t be as good.

  25. Fares
    April 6, 2010

    VV – Abidal – Milito – Marquez – Alves – Busi – Xavi – Keita – Pedro! – Bojan – Messi

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 6, 2010

      Let the mighty mites prevail!!!

  26. Miguel
    April 6, 2010

    if marquez fucks this one up i’m turning in my president of the rafa marquez fan club card/badge in. would have been awesome to have had ibra on the receiving end of some of his crosses. hope bojan does well.

  27. Jim
    April 6, 2010

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but I think Marquez will step up tonight. He has all the skills. He just needs to stay awake 🙂

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 6, 2010

      Here is a triple shot of Colombian expresso for Marquez!!! Hoping that he stays awake and not get caught in no man’s land.

    • lovelymofo
      April 6, 2010

      I think he’ll do fine. Especially if our front little does the business. Also – I’m gonna keep an eye on Keiteeee! I think his play is gonna be very important in how we do.

      • lovelymofo
        April 6, 2010

        Oops. I meant front line. But I was thinking little front line. Damn. Why can’t we edit our comments? 😀

        Also – very happy Abidal is back.

  28. Rohanv
    April 6, 2010

    Yeah, not excited for Marquez, but like Ibra/Chygnasty/Bojan over the past couple of weeks, I think he’ll surprise cules and step up just like everyone else has.

  29. April 6, 2010

    remember when Maxwell was starting at RB and we all sharted bricks, and then he went on to play one of his best matches in the colors…

    I’m hoping the Kaiser can do that tonight.

    Come on boys. In Pep We Trust!!!!

    Good subs too Pep, no Henry for Messi garbage.

  30. Blow-Grenade
    April 6, 2010

    Here is hoping for a repeat of a Bojan brace!!!!! Also wanted goals by Messi and Pedro!

  31. Rohanv
    April 6, 2010

    And I expect Walcott to run out of steam within 20 minutes, so Abidal can start venturing forward confidently after that.

  32. Blow-Grenade
    April 6, 2010

    La Masia is being represented by Bojangles, Pedro!, Messi, Busi, Xavi and Valdes. Lets see who else will make an appearence from La Masia.

  33. Kari
    April 6, 2010

    YEESSSS! Bojan!!!! : (Who called CT to start? Aww yeah)

    Watching it on TV, and I’m so excited. Visca Barca!!! (looks like we’ll play Inter again…)

  34. Kari
    April 6, 2010

    Interesting fact, both Silvestre ( 😛 ) and Vermaelen are both left footed.

  35. vicsoc8
    April 6, 2010

    Blog will start as soon as I finish my lunch. Get those streams ready for those of us not watching on huge TVs

  36. lovelymofo
    April 6, 2010

    Their line up:

    Almunia, Sagna, Vermaelen, Silvestre, Clichy, Denilson, Diaby, Walcott, Nasri, Rosicky, Bendtner.

    I like that Walcott is starting. I think he does better as a sub. Put him in your pocket Abidal! Don’t forget to use a professional foul where appropriate!

  37. Eklavya
    April 6, 2010

    OMG RAFA MARQUEZ IS GONNA PLAY AND SILVESTRE TOO! OMG IT’S EXACTLY LIKE HOW JORDI PREDICTED! OMG IT’S A FREKAIN’ CONSPIRACY LOL

  38. Miguel
    April 6, 2010

    //http://www.saidfoot.com/Chaine_1.php

    //http://www.bulipirat.net/2010/04/stream-1_05.html

    i hope to watch as much as i can while i’m @work. can’t wait to get home in about an hour & 1/2 to watch it on the tv 🙂

  39. nobody
    April 6, 2010

    Messi for 4th and 5th – anybody?? At least 4th if he plays at least 20 more mins i.e. if we dont concede.
    Arsnel scared me at the beginning tho. But I think we are in control now.

  40. nobody
    April 6, 2010

    BTW Marquez still scares me if he would make some stupid mistake. Also, Iniesta or Henry in for Pedro

  41. Kari
    April 6, 2010

    SOOOOOOOO HAPPY RIGHT NOW!!! I wanted a thrashing and I got one! 😀 😀 😀

    MESSI! MESSI! MESSI! MESSI!

    VISCA MESSI! TOP SCORER OF CL (more than Thong Boy)!!! THIRTY-EIGHT ON THE SEASON!

  42. Jose
    April 6, 2010

    MESSI!

    Soccernet gamecast after fourth goal” “Do I need to tell you who scored?”

  43. Liza
    April 6, 2010

    HURRAH!!

    I don’t know why I even worried. They wouldn’t let me down at the Camp Nou!

  44. BA
    April 6, 2010

    oh so THIS is what giddiness feels like….

  45. Jose
    April 6, 2010

    This game can be summed up in three words:

    Arsenal Wore White.

    • Dave
      April 6, 2010

      Reminds me of the pre cl press conference when the Catalan commentor asked ferguson about wearing white after our 2-6 victory

    • cliveee
      April 6, 2010

      Inter is set to follow the same fate in Camp Nou with their away jersey(white) on.

  46. Shobo
    April 6, 2010

    Well, good game, you Barca fans have been great. Now if you don’t mind I’m off to go drink heavily (non-alcoholic sparkling wine no less).

      • Kari
        April 6, 2010

        So much respect, Shobo. I have the gall to be a bit upset because of the first half (more at the referee than anyone on Arsenal).

        Wish you luck in EPL!

  47. culehastaelculo
    April 6, 2010

    ooooh, satisfying. proud to be blaugrana right now. much respect to arsenal and their fans, except the douchebag meathead types that will soon be flaming in this forum…was a great two matches. hopefully we meet again with both teams fully fit and available.

  48. culehastaelculo
    April 6, 2010

    i love messi cos he looks goofy and when he shakes his fists his arms look kinda wimpy. when you look at him you dont immediately think: “great athlete.” but….wow. the best in the worlds most popular, beautiful sport.

  49. culehastaelculo
    April 6, 2010

    anyone with any news on abidal please post.

  50. DBarcaMan
    April 6, 2010

    Messi thoroughly embarassed Almunia with that last goal. still can’t get over it.

  51. Vj
    April 6, 2010

    LOL Marca and EE:

    Guti: “We are not afraid of anybody”

    Ramos: “Messi is the one we fear most”

    AS reports that Abidal could be out for El Clasic..

    • cliveee
      April 6, 2010

      bad bad new… abidal just returned and now out again… thanks to the physical game Arsenal played.

  52. April 6, 2010

    If the week end as it started! I promise to not complain about life, god, Global warming, or Real Madrid existence anymore (I will try my best at least).

  53. cliveee
    April 6, 2010

    Cesc:”oh hell, lucky i couldn’t play!”
    //http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/gif/20100406/documento_4.jpg

  54. Tyler
    April 6, 2010

    Remember when Messi got the hat trick against Stuttgart and the British media said, “oh well it’s just Stuttgart?”

    Remember when Messi got the hat trick against Zaragoza and the British media said, “oh well it’s just Zaragoza?”

    NOW, remember when Messi scored FOUR goals against the third place team in the EPL, only 3 points behind the leader in the quarter finals of champions league?????? Oh yeah, you see that, that just happened!

    The announcers on my channel for the whole first half were going on and on about how much better English football is, and how as a fan of English football you wanted Arsenal to win. Well, guess what, Barcelona just destroyed “English” football (not a single starting member of tonight was from England). I admire Arsenal but I’m sorry you’re not in the same category as us, and while we should show humility, I am too proud of what I just saw to not congratulate our team on playing their collective hearts out.

    Inter, we’re coming, and we’re hungry……

    • Līva
      April 6, 2010

      Well, technically speaking, Walcott is from England and he was in the starting 11 for Arsenal tonight, but it doesn’t really matter that much and doesn’t change your point. 😉
      I as well hope that people will finally shut up about Messi “not performing that well against really “big and important” teams, therefore he’s rubbish”.

      • Tyler
        April 6, 2010

        Oh I forgot about Walcott, because Abidal shut him down and he disappeared off the pitch haha.

  55. sirius
    April 6, 2010

    i love how sport.es always is down during a barca game, especially after something crazy happens like today, get better servers!!!

  56. Miguel
    April 6, 2010

    i missed the beginning of the 2nd half…did abidal’s injury look serious(re-aggravation of his last injury) or was it a knock?

    messi finally gets to shut up the dudes who asked, “where’s messi?” during the first leg of this tie. as kxevin might say, “so. happy[and drunk]. right. now.”

    • adal
      April 6, 2010

      yeah, where is that aussie gooner now??

  57. iBlau
    April 6, 2010

    How many goals has Messi score in all competitions now?

  58. arse
    April 6, 2010

    Arsenal fan here, congratulations on the win. The better team won today. No shame in losing to a team with a player like Messi but I wish we could meet once more with a full strength squad.

    • Kari
      April 6, 2010

      Very classy, arse. I know it must be hard right now. Thanks for your compliments.

    • Miguel
      April 6, 2010

      mourinho got his wish. i wish to see arsen again soon, too.

    • cliveee
      April 6, 2010

      thanks for your visit after the defeat as well. messi is too ridiculous, even we are blown away.

  59. lovelymofo
    April 6, 2010

    So happy with this win. I hope Abidal’s injury/knock isn’t too serious. Want to see him on Saturday against EE.

    And, yay for Marquez. Great match. Bodes well for the rest of the season that our defenders step up when needed.

    Can’t wait to read the review!

  60. Kari
    April 6, 2010

    I’ll make some ratings easier for Kxevin:

    Messi: 10

    Xavi : 10

    Andy Gray: -YAYA

  61. ermengol
    April 6, 2010

    love this:

    “20 min. Arsenal followed up their goal with another quick break. Walcott was free, but the Barcelona defense managed to break up the pass. Barca raced to the other end; Silvestre blocked Messi’s pass into the area, but the ball came right back to Messi, who experienced a moment of supreme tranquility as time came to a standstill, the universe aligned, and as the ball came gently to rest at his feet, he was able to swing his leg at the perfect angle to send it sailing past Almunia into the net. At which point time restarted, the stars burst overhead, a choir of angels started singing, and for Leo Messi, it went on being Tuesday.”

    //http://www.runofplay.com/2010/04/06/barcelona-arsenal-a-champions-league-live-blog/

    • ermengol
      April 6, 2010

      leo, leo, puto leo, gol … es lo puto crack!

      *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q5WUjzVEqk

    • lovelymofo
      April 6, 2010

      I liked watching the replay, because you see Almunia diving to stop it, and as the ball goes into the net, you see him taking forever to fall to the ground.

      Is Run of Play pro Arsenal? Or?

  62. Kari
    April 6, 2010

    So proud of Leo! Can he be more awesome?!

    *http://www.goal.com/en/news/1716/champions-league/2010/04/06/1866733/barcelona-hero-lionel-messi-stresses-importance-of-team

    • Jose
      April 6, 2010

      “es argenti tambe, pero alla juga pse-pse”

      XD

      He’s Argentinian also, but there he plays so-soooooooooooo

  63. lovelymofo
    April 6, 2010
    • Kari
      April 6, 2010

      Loved the third goal. Brilliant chip and the badge kissing celebration!

      Pure. awesomeness.

      • lovelymofo
        April 6, 2010

        It’s ridiculous really. I saw the goals as they happened (on a little screen on my computer), but when I watch them again, they just get better and better.

        And the best part is that the entire team gets JOY from it. You know, it just makes you smile. How can anyone not love him? It’s so much fun to watch him play.

  64. Ciaran
    April 6, 2010

    How funny were the goals, the first to the keeper’s left, the second to his right, the third over his head and the fourth under him & through his legs.
    Which way can you stop him? Casillas better be praying

    • Tyler
      April 6, 2010

      the last one was to just remind him of this nightmare: *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB6KAfMqcZY&feature=related

      haha the last time a ball went through almunia’s legs against arsenal it cost them a champions league final!

  65. Corrine
    April 6, 2010

    well im back from the pub and all i gotta say is:
    ajsifogajsgoasjgiasojpaosgkaospgkadshpmjasfkmigsakogesophiyu9w4p0ojkvdkgmvasvjsaihe9yw4i2pokwegdsbaslgephsr\;gdfkgmnhrbmgklpaoi0q34wyuipngeajkfplkgjsnrhalpgaspesagf

  66. jordi™
    April 6, 2010

    How does one write a review for this? I tip my hat to Kxevin because all id be able to write is – “Dios” followed by blank.No words.leo has rendered me speechless.

  67. April 6, 2010

    Unfortunately it is not appropriate for a 23 year old man to squeal in public while chanting Messi Messi Messi because that’s the only suitable response I have to this game.

    • April 6, 2010

      But good thing it IS appropriate for a 26 year old man to do it. Cause I did.

  68. Tim
    April 6, 2010

    Sport reporting that Abidal is out for 10 days.

  69. Kari
    April 6, 2010

    Fudge! Abidal out of El Clasico and for 10 days (according to Sport.es)!

  70. Miguel
    April 6, 2010

    //http://www.zonalmarking.net/2010/04/06/barcelona-arsenal-4-1-messi-tactic/

  71. Helge
    April 6, 2010

    I have blamed the players for being a bit too arrogant in some of the pre-match comments and urged them to show more humility, but now I have to say one thing:
    There’s only one team who deserves to win the CL and who deserves to win la Liga. I don’t know if we will win both or at least one of them, but even if Inter beats us, ur Real takes la Liga, none of them can compare to us.

  72. vicsoc8
    April 6, 2010

    I want to apologize to Rafael Marquez. I admit, I was very worried about you playing, and I even advocated starting Toure instead of you. I’ve gone so far as to imagine you would be leaving this summer.

    You played a great game, sorry for doubting.

  73. Miguel
    April 6, 2010

    as president of the rafa marquez fan club we accept your apology ;^)

    here are the stats to back it up though:
    //http://www.zonalmarking.net/2010/04/06/barcelona-4-1-arsenal-xavi-passing-statistics/

    2nd behind xavi.

  74. Jose
    April 6, 2010

    Can we talk about that ALMOST moment toward the end that gave (at least) me flashbacks of 2006? Maxwell break through on the near post with a defender on him, crosses into goal and ALMOST hits Almunia on the leg and bounces it into goal.

    It was around the same time (80th minute) that a defender (Belleti) had a shot at Arsenal’s defense and hit a shot off Almunia’s leg and into goal (though from the right and not the left).

    If Maxwell had made that shot, we would have been talking about it for weeks… but we’ll let it go down as one of those ALMOST moments 😉

  75. Carles P
    April 6, 2010

    Amazing stat I read earlier… Xavi completed 105 passes today! 45 more than the next player (Rafa M, then Milito and Busi). That’s incredible!

    • majatt
      April 6, 2010

      well he attempted 105…he compelted 95 for a 90% pass completion rate.

  76. Kxevin
    April 6, 2010

    Apologies, everyone, but the review will be delayed. My local FOX affiliate, Comcast Sports Net, pissed away the first half-hour of the match by showing the press conference announcing the new basketball coach of DePaul University, a shit team that is going nowhere. So I have to wait for the FSE rebroadcast.

    But I can say this: 4 goals? Are you KIDDING me?

    Bad news on Abidal. Another 2 weeks, and he misses El Clasic. We desperately needed him for the wing play.

    • lovelymofo
      April 6, 2010

      I set my dvr to record the match. It was available through some weird CNN-type channel? Man, it better have recorded. I’m still stuck at work.

      Curses to your affiliate!

  77. jordi™
    April 6, 2010

    Gabi may well be our hardest defender.Vicious but fair tackles.

  78. Kxevin
    April 6, 2010

    Now, let me follow that by saying this: No way does he get that much space against Inter. The Song injury really, really hurt the valiant Gunners.

    Whoops! Time to run off and catch the FSE rebroadcast, where I will probably hear “la pullllgaaa!” about 47 times. 😀

    • jordi™
      April 6, 2010

      Its good for eveyrone else though, they’ll concentrate on him and the likes of ibra and P!(Who needs to practice his shooting again) will be free.Its what happened in the 1st leg, Vermaelen moving up with Messi,and as a consequence ibra waltzes in twice :D.If we get David villa next year or a goalscoring winger for the left, we’ll be almost unplayable.Who do you mark? thats not even talking about our midfield, and the occasional time Pique moves up to be a center forward.

    • April 6, 2010

      …F5…..F5…..F5

      Where are the gods of Hectorization when you need them?

      …probably looking for Youtube replays like me.

      HOLY BALLSS!!(all 4 of ’em)

      ….F5…..F5

  79. Corrine
    April 6, 2010

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoYxC57WLNw
    best compilation video!

    • April 7, 2010

      Ah…jones satisfied. Tanks Corrine.

      But in between F5ing I discovered what the gods are really doing
      …reading runofplay.com…
      Check this:
      “Barcelona were really good tonight; even in the phases where it looked like they were using the ball as a scientific instrument to help them scan the field for historical remains, they were doing it for a good reason.”

      Ok Kevykev…I guess it’s ratings over coffee in the morning…F5

  80. JC
    April 7, 2010

    I am glad for Barca, but I just feel that Messi is peaking too soon for this season. He’s gonna get burnt out by the time the world cup starts. Argentina needs an inform Messi for the WC.

  81. JC
    April 7, 2010

    N apparently Pep was ordered to concede 2 goals in the 1st leg to make the 2nd leg interesting n increase ticket sales for the 2nd leg . that could be the mystery behind the 1st legs last 20 min loss of concentration.

    Maxwell shud not play against EE, prefer to have Puyol at left back.

  82. JC
    April 7, 2010

    lol..the last 4 losers of the Champions league final have all been English opposition.

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