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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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  1. have you guys seen this on youtube?

    all the clasico goals/highlights from 1998-2010

    it’s mindboggling to think about the footballers that have played in this decade alone. and watching figo change shirts jajaja

    part 1: *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K09NUKi2q60
    part 2: *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2rNU4yDLvc
    part 3: *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju6SsH_CyBE
    part 4: *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMe_PIhXvwM
    part 5: *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWxflP_IUqs

    • Kari
      April 10, 2010

      “and watching FIGO—-

      JUDAS! JUDAS! JUDAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!!

      …Yeah, I have selective vision. Now, what were you trying to say again? 😀

      -The Clasico highlights were shown on GOLTV, not that I can watch it. I’m pretty much a bumbling mess right now, and the world is moving in slow motion.

      -Why ARE you connected via facebook?! 😐

      • Corrine
        April 10, 2010

        no idea i must have pressed something

    • Jnice
      April 10, 2010

      yeah i saw some of this earlier. very cool.

  2. Pyro
    April 10, 2010

    I am confident we can keep Higuain and Ronaldo quiet.

  3. waleed
    April 10, 2010

    I’m pretty nervous right now but the moment I see Pep on the bench all this will go a way and there will be nothing but CONFIDENCE!!

  4. Miguel
    April 10, 2010

    the stripper pole in my living room doubles as a goal post. i almost broke a window, i’m so giddy w/anticipation for el clasico! poste!

    i’m worried about abidal’s absence in this game. keita, although i’d much rather see iniesta in the midfield, is a must. tiki-takaing/forwards pressuring’s gotta happen a la arsenal. letting messi off his toddler leash up front in a 4-2-3-1 would be awesome too.

  5. Eklavya
    April 10, 2010

    Whaaaat no LiveBlog?? Someone volunteer!

  6. lovelymofo
    April 10, 2010

    So excited about this match! I had a dream that Pep rolled out with a formation in which Bojan was playing between the CBs.

    The last time I had a dream about Barça was before last years Clasico, you know, 6-2, so I’ll take it as a good omen.

    ¡Visca Barça!

  7. Goon7
    April 10, 2010

    I think you will lose this match, 3-2. Cristiano ‘the Bull’ Ronaldo will score twice and Benzema the third.

    I believe it will mark the start of you losing of the La Liga title this year.

  8. vicsoc8
    April 10, 2010

    Call me Mr. Liveblog, I’ll do it. No need to resend the email Isaiah, I didn’t delete it yet.

  9. Goon7
    April 10, 2010

    I think Brca will lose this match, 3-2. Cristiano ‘the Bull’ Ronaldo will score twice and Benzema the third.

    I believe it will mark the start of FCB losing of the La Liga title this year.

      • ooga aga
        April 10, 2010

        maybe the “buey” would be more appropriate…(o sea, macho castrado) jajajaja

    • Liza
      April 10, 2010

      Oh no, you got all confused!! TB doesn’t stand for “The Bull.” Silly enough mistake, though.

  10. jnelson
    April 10, 2010

    VISCA EL BARCA!!!!
    mooooorrrrrrrrrbbbbbbbbooooooooo

  11. Kari
    April 10, 2010

    Maybe we should just make vicsoc the official BFB back-up Liveblogger. 🙂

    T-minus 1 hour and 25 minutes till the Clasico!

  12. Jnice
    April 10, 2010

    You can watch the pregame stuff on TV3: *http://www.tv3.cat/directes

  13. jordi™
    April 10, 2010

    😀 Can never predict Pep

    Valdés en la portería, Puyol y Maxwell en los laterales, Piqué y Milito de centrales, Busquets, Alves y Xavi en el centro del campo y Pedro, Messi y Keita en la delantera.

  14. Vj
    April 10, 2010

    LINEUP AS PER SPORT:

    VV
    Puyol!-Pique-Milito-Maxi
    ALVES!-Xavi-Busi
    Pedro!-Messi-Keita

    Them:
    Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Albiol, Garay, Arbeloa, Gago, Van der Vaart, Xabi Alonso , Marcelo, Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo

  15. Jnice
    April 10, 2010

    OMG! Sport and TV3 saying we will play a 4-4-2:

    VV
    Puyol-Pique-Milito-Maxwell
    Alves-Xavi-Busquets-Keita
    Messi -Pedro

    If this is true, WHY?!

    • Vj
      April 10, 2010

      4-2-3-1 as per EMD:

      ———VV
      Puyol!-Pique-Milito-Maxi
      —–ALVES!-Busi
      –Pedro!-Xavi-Keita
      ——-Messi

    • jordi™
      April 10, 2010

      EMD say 4-2-3-1, either way i look forward to
      carles owning Thongboy, he probably went with it so we can have both maxwell and dani attacking without being defensively suspect.

      I still miss San Andres 🙁

      • Tajh
        April 10, 2010

        I’m wondering why No YAYA in the lineup..Did i miss him be reported injured or something??

  16. jordi™
    April 10, 2010

    K9 just scored against Inter 😀

      • Tajh
        April 10, 2010

        Video of K9 goal here *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJbwcrLq7Ts

        • Helge
          April 10, 2010

          wow… that’s DAMN fast uploaded 🙂

      • Kari
        April 10, 2010

        YAY Keirrison! It was a pure poacher’s goal; tap in from 6 yards into an open net.

  17. Kari
    April 10, 2010

    No Iniesta, Alves in the midfield, no Bojan or Henry?!

    I don’t know what to think anymore, except :

    “Holy.Crap.”

  18. Helge
    April 10, 2010

    I think the selection of players is correct, but Sport.es or EMD got the formation WRONG!

  19. Blow-Grenade
    April 10, 2010

    I think the lineup is more like this:
    4-4-2 as per EMD:

    ———VV
    ALVES!-Pique-Milito-Puyol!
    —–-Xavi Busi Keita Maxwell
    –Pedro!-Messi

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 10, 2010

      Oh, not as per EMD, but as per me.

      • Blow-Grenade
        April 10, 2010

        I want to smoke what Pep smoked last night!!! If I was Pelligrini I would be shitting in my pants as I would not know how to approach playing against the current Barca lineup.

  20. Kari
    April 10, 2010

    AS I watching the Fiorentina-Inter match trying not to hyperventilate, I though I’d point out a couple of things about Inter

    1) Julio Cesar is boss. He just made a freakin’ crazy point blank save (although it was offside)

    2)Maicon hasn’t been playing well offensivly and defensively

    3) Lucio missing for them will be HUGE

    4) As a team, they haven’t been impressive so far.

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 10, 2010

      This is the right place to hyperventilate!!! Just let it all out.

    • Vj
      April 10, 2010

      Pt 4: They tend to do that a lot.. They are good in one competition and awful in another.. These Jekyll and Hyde performances evaporated their stranglehold on Serie A.. I think they’ll pick themselves up against us..

  21. lovelymofo
    April 10, 2010

    In Pep we Trust?

    Okay, for some reason my nervousness is gone. Clearly he’s going for power in the midfield. He’s going for midfield control, trusting Messi to get a goal or two, and maybe change up the line-up/structure in the second half.

  22. vicsoc8
    April 10, 2010

    It looks to me like this:

    Valdes
    —–Puyol – Pique – Milito ——
    Alves —————— Mawell
    ——— Busquets ———–
    —– Xavi ——– Keita ——
    ——-Pedro — Messi ——–

    • cliveee
      April 10, 2010

      this is one of the most genius lineup i have to say…totally fit this game. with maxwell and alves having full liscense to go forward, we can press them to their door.

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 10, 2010

      Makes sense to me, Keita is more than capable of box crashing.

  23. Jim
    April 10, 2010

    No Iniesta ? ?????? What is Pep’s thinking?

    Ok, he’s earned the right to set up as he sees fit. I just hope we can keep the possession. I have a horrible feeling he’s just made it easier for them to get to Xavi.

  24. Corrine
    April 10, 2010

    i’m so nervousssssssssssss
    off to the pub

    VISCAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  25. lovelymofo
    April 10, 2010

    Also, haha! Gago is starting. Pellegrini is trying to up his numbers in the midfield and Pep just raised the stakes.

    Now I’m excited!

  26. vicsoc8
    April 10, 2010

    It’s a very run-and-gun setup, whatever it is

  27. OhYes
    April 10, 2010

    Haha wtf is this line-up omg Guardiola dropped acid last night..let’s just hope it works!

  28. cliveee
    April 10, 2010

    WHAT A GENIUS LINEUP!!!!!!!! I AM IN AWE RIGHT NOW!

  29. fcbfan
    April 10, 2010

    Visca Barcaaaaaaaa! nervous.Sid Lowe is predicting a Madrid win.

    • lovelymofo
      April 10, 2010

      He usually gets his predictions wrong.

      • Kari
        April 10, 2010

        Ouch. EE have been struck by the Sid curse before their most important game of the season.

        How cruel. 😀

  30. Cule24
    April 10, 2010

    Very curious about the line up. According to goal.com Alves is playing right wing

  31. Blow-Grenade
    April 10, 2010

    Indeed a genius lineup. If I was Pelligrini I would be shitting in my pants as I would not know how to play against Barca.

  32. Madridista
    April 10, 2010

    Barcelona are favorites , and that line of yours is very creative i must say , didnt expect it and i bet pellegrini didnt either , pep clearly respects Madrid’s midfield which is why he put an extra man in Alves in his midfield anyways lets get this started already

    HALA MADRIIIIIIIIDDDDDDD

  33. Jim
    April 10, 2010

    If we end up with too many in the midfield the ball will end up going long and that’s not in our favour.

  34. nobody
    April 10, 2010

    Why livechat is not working for me?? I dont see my commments??

    • vicsoc8
      April 10, 2010

      Sorry, I took a short break during halftime and missed some people…

  35. Aenea
    April 10, 2010

    I guess you need to be special to get in this liveblog chat.

    • majatt
      April 10, 2010

      There is a cap, first come first served I believe. Plus the dude approving people is also watching the game so there are delays etc.

  36. Kari
    April 10, 2010

    OMG! OMG! OMG!

    I CAN PROUDLY SAY THAT I’VE BEEN PEP-ED!!! HIS LINE-UP WAS GENIUS!

    MESSSSSSSSI! PEDROOOOOOOOO! CANTERAAAAAAAAAA!

    • Eklavya
      April 10, 2010

      HECK YES WE WERE ALL PEP’D!!!!!!!

      this will go down as the FAMOUS “WTF” LINEUP YEAH?

      WOOT WOOT BRING ON THE BEER!!!

  37. Eklavya
    April 10, 2010

    Damnit, Vj, just as I was going to type in my *ENDS*

  38. Kari
    April 10, 2010

    Worried about Gaby. I hope it’s not serious. I really do, he was on full-on beast mode!

  39. Manish
    April 10, 2010

    Kxevin and Issiah.. please put something on the ref give him a damned zero…rating

  40. ElJefe
    April 10, 2010

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again…a healthy Milito is the biggest story of the year. He was a rock and allows him to play back with Piquenbauer so our Capitan can play on the wing where I have even more confidence in him.

    Henry and Iniesta have been non-existent (Iniesta great control tonight), Ibra good but not great. Other than our young players coming into their own, and Messi ascending to heaven, Milito makes us tough to beat. Strongest defense we’ve had this decade.

    • vicsoc8
      April 10, 2010

      Couldn’t agree more. Especially with Abidal out, as he usually plays as our “third CB”

  41. Jim
    April 10, 2010

    Word is it was just cramp or worst a slight calf strain for Milito. Woot !!!

    CR9’s face was a picture 🙂

  42. Bojan
    April 10, 2010

    HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAH CAMPIONEEE CAMPIONEE OLEEE OLEE OLEEEEEE HAHAHAH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS AAAAAAAAAAAAA I LOVE YOU BARCA IIII LOOOOVEEEEE YOUUUU HAHAHAHA CR9 that stupid fag got all his s*** back into his mouth

  43. Eklavya
    April 10, 2010

    So, I came the closest to the lineup, right? Since I perdicted Piqué-Gabi in the center and puyol on the sides… 😀

  44. Kari
    April 10, 2010

    Messi lead the line like a true 9. Freakin’ brilliant. P! was running his butt off and was incessantly pressuring the defense. Xavi…no comment 😀 . Best midfielder in the world BAR NONE. Cesc who?! Are you kidding me?!

    We didn’t even need to try all that hard. The defense was class. The midfield was class…Pep was beyond class….

    At this point I don’t even know what I’m typing anymore.

    SO PROUD TO BE A CULE!!

    • Blow-Granite
      April 10, 2010

      Me proud too!!!! In Pep and his crazy antique lineups we trust!

    • Helge
      April 10, 2010

      OMG, I’m still pumped and lost for words. Couldn’t have said it any better 😀

      By the by, Marca says this is the first time EVER that Barcelona recorded two consecutive wins at the Bernabéu! Increíble!!!
      Visca el Barça

  45. Jose
    April 10, 2010

    Adios to el Bernabeu, but Madridistas, make sure to keep the locker room tidy for us 😉

  46. DontPanic
    April 10, 2010

    Question: Has there ever been a player like XAVI?
    I…DON’T…THINK…SO

  47. ElJefe
    April 10, 2010

    They really missed Kaka in the midfield. Ronaldo didn’t live up to billing…me likey.

  48. Kari
    April 10, 2010

    KXEVIN, GIVE PEP A +YAYA.

    THAT IS ALL.

  49. vicsoc8
    April 10, 2010

    The sensible side of me is saying “The league isn’t over yet, we have a long way to go”

    I just can’t hear it because everything else is yelling “SALUDA AL CAMPEON

  50. Eklavya
    April 10, 2010

    BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP:

    “WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” SALUDA EL CAMPEON (although we’re not champions yet and we are FAR from it i know i know but still)

  51. Jose
    April 10, 2010

    Pep answering the question of “What is the secret to beating the champions of England, Italy, the most expensive team in the world?”

    “The players. *smile* They’re very good. I teach them to run. I teach them to run a lot, so that they may run very little.”

  52. ElJefe
    April 10, 2010

    I was trying to figure out how to bitch slap Busquets through the TV. He was our only weak link.

    Valdes deserved alot of credit too.

    • Kari
      April 10, 2010

      I thought Busi had a great game. One filled with needless play acting, but a good game nonetheless.

      Agreed. VV went back to normal after a two relatively shaky games by his standards (which he’s set to, oh, Casillas territory 😀 )

      I’m still wondering how Sergio Ramos wasn’t sent off and how the heck Gago got off without a single yellow? Still, can’t really find the energy to complain about the reffing.

      Our players did the business.

  53. cliveee
    April 10, 2010

    xavi is the absolute man of the match. so many great passes to put messi one on one only for casillas to make those crazy good saves.

    i only wanna enjoy right now! ahhhh barcaaa!!!!!

  54. jordi™
    April 10, 2010

    ?When Will victor get a callup?? Were you watching Del Bosque???

  55. Vj
    April 10, 2010

    November 10 – Alcorconazo

    March 10 – Lyon

    April 10 – You know what..

  56. Kari
    April 10, 2010

    Just for a laugh, people. This is abosulte gold. Just read the headline 😀

    *http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1113507/The-best-players-world-Xavi–Ronaldo-crowned-king-football.html

    LOL.

    • Cam
      April 10, 2010

      I just saw that too. What an all-time joke. On current form I’d argue Xavi is the second best player in the world.

  57. Cam
    April 10, 2010

    Forget Real Madrid. This was Regular Madrid. They may be the most expensive team in history, but are yet again a far cry from the brilliance of the most valuable team in history. In life and in sports, you can’t buy class.

  58. Kari
    April 10, 2010

    Another gem from the Guardian min-by-min:

    63 min Barcelona bring on Andres Iniesta for Maxwell. That’s just cruel.

    😀

    • stowe
      April 10, 2010

      woa! they said, “that’s cruel”? haha, that’s hilarious

  59. Jnice
    April 10, 2010

    Picture of the day: *http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Football/Pix/pictures/2010/4/10/1270932821866/Barcelona-004.jpg

  60. Jose
    April 10, 2010

    Pellegrini’s press conference up now. Reporter, “Do you think you deserve to be the manager for Real Madrid next season?”

    Pellegrini: “That decision is not up to me.”

    *cringe*

  61. stephen
    April 10, 2010

    Did everyone hear the THUD when Ramos and Ronaldo hit the ground from their dream cloud??? lol !

    Messi thank you.

    !! Madrid, cabrón, saluda al campeón !!

  62. Kxevin
    April 10, 2010

    And to top it all off, my Barca book came today via mail, direct from Angle Press! What a day! My voice is pretty much gone, and my body hurts from climbing a wall (actually), pogoing in place and doing everything possible to will our lads on.

    I went to the exact same place that I watched it last season, wearing the same outfit and standing in the same spot. Whew! I’m exhausted!

  63. Kxevin
    April 10, 2010

    And thank you so much, Vicsoc, for running the LiveBlog. I know it’s something that we all have come to depend on, and I think it’s great when family can run it in the stead of one of the team members. And what’s your LiveBlog record, 2-0 now? Careful, you might get drafted!

    😀

    • Vj
      April 10, 2010

      My record was sullied by the snoozefest that was Xerez.. not to mention the dropped points against Bilbao.. I vote for VicSoc8 to continue running the Liveblog till the end of the season..

      On a completely different note, this gem of an article had me in splits..

  64. Corrine
    April 10, 2010

    wow wow wow what a brutal rough game, we didn’t win pretty this time but 3 points at the bernabutt booooyeahh

    our defense was solid, but seriously what was up with higuain? some of those chances he missed were astonishing. props to VV though

    i hope milito is ok :S and messi definitely needs to be rested after a game like that

    messi winking at ron 😉
    *http://i43.tinypic.com/28r324h.gif

    visca!!!!!!!!!

    • Kari
      April 10, 2010

      Looks like Milito just had a cramp (or a muscle strain at worst). Whew!

      Love that .gif. Corrine strikes again!

      I don’t think Messi’ll be rested with the form he’s in, but if he is, I won’t be complaining. After what Pep did today, I’ll never complain.

      • Helge
        April 10, 2010

        Now I know why Pep gave a media ban to all his players before the clasico. He has been thinking about how to stop Madrid, and especially the dangerous counter-attacks over CR and Pipita, and came up with completely new tactics. The whole world, execpt of the Barca players and staff, shouldn’t know anything about it. And it worked out. I mean, even all the different sport internet sites didn’t know in which formation Barca will play!
        Imagine how Pellegrini must have felled, who probably tried to work out a plan to stop a 4-3-3 vintage Barça 😀

        I also think that Maxwell did a pretty good match. And note that Madrid had new players for 180mio € on the pitch, and we’ve only had Maxwell (that is ~ 4mio €?).

    • lovelymofo
      April 10, 2010

      Ha, I have a list of favorite things about this match, and Messi winking at Crissy is one of them. In his wink he was saying “hey, ready for some scoring?”

  65. Corrine
    April 10, 2010

    and it looks like pique has ronaldo figured out completely hehehe

    • jordi™
      April 10, 2010

      Yea, 3 games hes played him and read him like a book, Those training sessions for 5 years at Carrington have come in handy 😀

    • Phil
      April 10, 2010

      Well if you think about it he comes up through la masia playing with messi day in and out for years, then moves on to manutd where he practices with rooney and c.ronaldo. No wonder he’s such a rock in defense. He was huge today and up there in the running for motm with xavi for me.

      • Corrine
        April 10, 2010

        yes good point, and watching vidic and rio train/play had to have helped him too

  66. messi_fan
    April 10, 2010

    Wow. I was soo wrong. I totally thought Pep had botched the line up. Especially when Pedro kept getting pushed off the ball. But he knew exactly what he was doing. Well done Pep.

  67. Jose
    April 10, 2010

    Cristiano Ronaldo just snapped at a reporter who asked him “What now after today’s failure?’

    “FAILURE? WHAT FAILURE? THERE ARE 7 GAMES TO PLAY, IF WE WIN LA LIGA WILL YOU STILL BE CALLING IT A FAILURE?!”

    *double cringe*

    • Vj
      April 10, 2010

      Would love to hear your thoughts on the WTF! lineup.. And Hector’s, and Kxevin’s.. Sigh, It’s 5 am here and I think I’m too excited to sleep..

      • April 10, 2010

        As I mentioned on “The Offside” Three of our four defenders were the second options where they served. Without Ibra, and without a fit Iniesta we -the exhusted team after two weeks of games between CL and Liga- defeated a fresh team on the road.

        May be we analyze more tomorrow. Now live the moment with heart, the mind will have its share later 😉

      • Manish
        April 10, 2010

        i guess no barca fan will sleep tonight just like you Vj

  68. messi_fan
    April 10, 2010

    “Ronaldo has started this game like he started the 2009 Champions League final,” says Liban Saleh. “He’s too busy trying to prove he’s the best player in the world, and is distracted from helping his team win the game.”

    This comment was posted on the Guardian website. Interestingly enough, this game turned out the same way as the final. Ronaldo must be tired getting beaten 2-0 by Barca 🙂

  69. messi_fan
    April 10, 2010

    Another one from the Guardian. “It wasn’t humiliation, but it wasn’t far off. Without ever hitting top gear, Barcelona ended Real’s 100 per cent home record with effortless disdain”

    I love that last part. Effortless disdain 😀

  70. Mario
    April 10, 2010

    Oh, just wanted to add a quick observation: Xavi’s injury a little while back may have actually been one of the best things to happen to us. I think he was getting stretched thin and needed a break. His performances were lacking some before that, but since coming back he’s barely put a foot wrong.

  71. Kari
    April 10, 2010

    RayRay on our goals. Apologies for the scratchy audio
    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBemH231jvY

    “It’s like trying to put fire out with gasoline”

    “Beautiful Football like this should be outlawed” (Aah, it comes out, the Madridista-ness 🙂 )

    • Helge
      April 10, 2010

      thanks, dude! Finally a new RayRay video on youtube, I’ve been looking for them for months 🙂

      • Kari
        April 10, 2010

        Well, if you go here : *http://www.youtube.com/user/fcbarcakurd they have a lot of RayRay highlights from last season

        i.e. Barca 6-1 Atletico *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz1–2iFewM

  72. Mario
    April 10, 2010

    On another note, that was the first time since Feb 2008 that Madrid have failed to score a goal in a home game, just demonstrates the value of tonight’s performance

    • Jose
      April 10, 2010

      I wouldn’t call Fabregas our dirt. If anything, he’s one of Barca’s best youth products.

      If you want to complain about Madrid fans, watch to the stadium feed in towards of the end of the second half today (in extra time and after full time). Not only have many madridistas left the stadium early, but our fellow cules are easily drowning them out with a joyous “Cant del Barca”. How do you let them come to the Bernabeu and get away with that? See how the Camp Nou reacted to Arsenal’s first goal last Tuesday That’s how you get behind your team.

  73. Lev
    April 10, 2010

    @mario
    agree 100%. Xavi pre-injury never played up to his abilities he even had one or two games in which he was downright awful. But now he is back with a vengeance. Man of the match for sure.

  74. Museum
    April 10, 2010

    Anyone know what the record in La Liga is for points in a season? If we don’t drop points the rest of the year, we’d end up with 101. That would be pretty amazing.

  75. Lev
    April 10, 2010

    actually it has been reported that both barça and madrid will probably break the record for points in a season this year, although i don’t know what the actual record is.

    • Corrine
      April 10, 2010

      i’m kinda gutted we won the league early last season because we lost motivation to score goals, we coulda easily topped real’s record for scoring the most goals in one season. it’ll be hard to get there again :S

      • Vj
        April 11, 2010

        The points record is 87, what we scored last time..

  76. fcbfan
    April 10, 2010

    OMG! don’t think I can sleep now.

    *goes down on my knees and begs forgiveness to Pep and the team for my lack of faith*
    Well if I had known this lineup, then yes I believed. But I was thinking of a Bojan Messi P! front 3 and so I thought a draw would be the best. Forgive Pep!

    And, Xavi. Words failed me.

    Our defense was great, everyone in fact. A tight intense game. I can’t imagine the pressure and mental strength of the players, and again, Pep, whatever he did and has done to prepare these guys on and off the field, I salute him. You know, we have an exceptional team, not just very good technically gifted guys, but probably very tactically savvy as well by now with the constant tactic changes Pep’s been doing.

    I have been worried about Gabi. Since returning from injury, he has played only a game each week. I thought 2 games in 4 days would be too much, but we needed him, and will again vs Inter. So, huge relief that it is nothing serious.

    I better stop … won’t make much sense after this. Visca Barca!

  77. Museum
    April 10, 2010

    Steve Nash tweeted something after the first goal about how if you enjoy sport, enjoy this team because it won’t last forever. That’s good advice. Don’t forget how lucky we are to be experiencing all this, it really is special.

  78. stowe
    April 10, 2010

    First, the team was amazing, ESPECIALLY the DEFENSE. I know Xavi was marvelous and should have had at least 3 assists (how did Messi finish with his right foot but not his left?). But, I would love to give MOTM to the 3 defenders. Pique back from injury and matching a faster and quicker Ronaldo step for step, milito being his rock-solid self and PUYOL for playing on both sides of the field!!! they were amazing and so was Valdes.

    As for the crazy line-up, WOW! but I don’t think it was a new formation. Alves was definetly playing where Messi usually does in the 4-3-3. and he was driving me crazy. He was Offside half the time we had the ball up there, AND he didn’t have anyone to cross it to. It took our boys a little while to adjust and Xavi was having trouble with the pressure at the very beginning of the game, but he adjusted and took over.

    Second half we played a 4-4-2 with Maxwell playing in midfield and Puyol on the left (has he ever played there before?!) When I first saw this I was wondering who got replaced at half-time.

    Immediately our passing, possession and pressuring started working much better (it was good in the first half, but i thought it was much better in the second).

    Pedro! with a spectacular finish and then we just tiki taka-ed the game away. Iniesta was playing with them (thought he should have looked for some passes more often instead of dribbling around but he’s smarter than me)

    I look forward to the match review. YOU WOULD POST WHILE I WAS WRITING THIS! i need to eat lunch, but i wanna read (whiney voice)
    I will post this on the review.

  79. June 3, 2010

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