Liga Liveblog: Barça-Depor

I am back with the livebloggagery. Let’s do this! Kicking off at 4pm, even though I think the thing itself says 4am cause I can’t read. Oh well.

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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. ooga aga
    April 14, 2010

    why the f**k do RM always play after us, knowing our result? i know sometimes it has to do with the CL fixtures, but that surely cant be the reason this week, can it?

    and last year, they got our sloppy seconds, week in, week out. WTF.

    • cliveee
      April 14, 2010

      not a bad thing i think. we only focus on ourselves without being distracted at all. we can put pressure on them when we win game after game.

  2. ballbeav
    April 14, 2010

    you’re just sore cos you’ll have to wait til tomorrow to watch them drop points.

  3. Jnice
    April 14, 2010

    I think the players will need the crows more than ever in this match. It’s all too easy for players not to be up for this match, although I’m sure Pep and co are doing their best to combat this. His comments in the media about how we are not yet Champions suggests as much.

  4. vicsoc8
    April 14, 2010

    In a Nostradamus-esque flash, I bring this message:

    If Bojan starts he will score.

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 14, 2010

      I like these flashes!!! Hope it is the reality!!!

  5. Kari
    April 14, 2010

    Liveblog says 4:00 AM. I dunno if that matters or not; probably not.

    Watching the North London derby (i.e Spurs v Arsenal); some guy scored a golazo 9 minutes in.

  6. Helge
    April 14, 2010

    Kameni got himself a red card, so he’ll definitely miss the derby 🙂

    • Kxevin
      April 14, 2010

      No Kameni is huge. That guy always stands on his head against us.

    • cliveee
      April 14, 2010

      Agreed. La Liga is loaded with great goalkeepers.

  7. ballbeav
    April 14, 2010

    valdes
    alves marquez pique maxwell
    toure xavi messi
    jeffren bojan pedro

  8. Helge
    April 14, 2010

    Henry must have disappointed Pep pretty much…

  9. Kari
    April 14, 2010

    Poor, poor Arsenal. Now Vermaelen is injured. There goes the title.

    • Larm
      April 14, 2010

      i read something that said van persie would be in the squad this weekend. so things are looking good if they can just score more then get scored on.

  10. Blow-Grenade
    April 14, 2010

    I think Pep is employing his 4 2 4 formation again.

    Valdés
    Alves, Piqué, Márquez, Maxwell
    Xavi, Touré
    Pedro, Messi, Bojan, Jeffren

  11. y2k156
    April 14, 2010

    I don’t like Pique Marquez partnership. Just like Milito Puyi, Pique with Marquez or Chyggy is too similar.I guess milito is knackered.

    • lovelymofo
      April 14, 2010

      They did really well last year before Marquez got injured. I think they’ll be fine.

      • Jnice
        April 14, 2010

        Yeah, they were our best partnership for awhile last season.

  12. Soto
    April 14, 2010

    So ESPN has decided to put some consternation in my life by having a new ESPN 3 to replace ESPN 360 *. Here’s hoping this new feed is stable. I haven’t had Barcelona football in 4 days and I am going into withdrawal.

    * What’s up with the new name? Now they only cover 3 degrees of sports? No more about faces — doubled. I can only hope that they want to treat the online video as a third channel. Of course that makes sense, which means it won’t happen.

    I need this game to start so I stop rambling . . .

    • lovelymofo
      April 14, 2010

      I’m actually happy about ESPN 3, I can actually access it at work! YAY!

      Anyway, I finally got DirecTV to install a new satellite so I can actually get ESPN Deportes so I can watch Barça games on tv when I’m home, instead of huddling over my laptop.

      • Soto
        April 14, 2010

        With the World Cup coming and the new Fox Soccer Plus channel, I may just break down and get Directv with a dvr. Because my office mates are getting tired of my yelling and cheering while watching the game in the office.

  13. ballbeav
    April 14, 2010

    i can only guess what is going on with henry. how long has it been since he has started? is he not fit, or what? if he is fit i can only see him starting a game like this.

  14. Kari
    April 14, 2010

    Pathetico are currently losing to XEREZ at HOME 2-1 (down the second time).

    The fact that they are in the Copa final (having beaten the mighty Marbella, Recreativo, Celta and Racing…losing two of those 8 ties) and in the Europa semis (I don’t even what to comment for the sake of my sanity) is :cue Drogba-esque rant: a FUDGING DISGRACE!!

    They are going to be Spain’s representatives in Europe?! F$(*%&@&!~~~!!!

  15. SM
    April 14, 2010

    line up:
    valdes
    alves pique marquez maxwell
    YAYA
    pedro xavi messi jeffren bojan

  16. Jnice
    April 14, 2010

    Kari, apparently with all the La Liga midweek games, Sky Sports couldn’t find a time slot for Revista this week. So no Revista. Sorry.

    • Kari
      April 14, 2010

      S’okay, Jnice. There’s always next week to look forward to, with Balague having to make up another excuse as to why his beloved Pericos were rocked.

      Again.

    • Kari
      April 14, 2010

      I. REFUSE.

      IF WE SIGN ANYONE IT WILL BE SILVA.

  17. cliveee
    April 14, 2010

    line up:
    Valdes
    Pique Marquez
    Yaya
    Alves Maxwell Messi Xavi Jeffren Bojan Pedro

    All-in.

  18. April 14, 2010

    Messi has GOT to pass that ball in the 33rd minuted.

    He had a hell of a run, but instead of dishing it off to Bojan for a sitter, he tried taking it himself once he got in the 18.

    I love him, but come on Leo. You know better.

    • Jnice
      April 14, 2010

      Yeah, I was shocked and kind of annoyed he didn’t pass.

  19. Kari
    April 14, 2010

    We had 75% of possession, 14 shots on goal and 14 corners.

    3-0 Bojan ( 😀 😀 😀 ) P! (que golazo) and YAYAYAYAYAYA

    A job well done I’d say.

  20. jnelson
    April 14, 2010

    Is Messi injured? I really really really really hope he was just tired. After a match like today, I have no problem with P! and Bojan starting matches. The first half domination was because of HUSTLE and ACCURACY. Everybody was hauling ass. I’m glad Henry played, but it was apparent that nobody gives a shit about him anymore, sadly.

    • Jnice
      April 14, 2010

      I think Messi didn’t want to waste too much energy, so he just chilled a bit.

  21. Jnice
    April 14, 2010

    YAYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Not only did he hit the shit out of the ball for the goal, but he was hitting the shit out of the ball for those 40 yard diagonal passes.

    I loved Pedro’s goal too.

    Tidy 3 points.

    BTW, Salma Hayek is the best in the world. She has been my celebrity crush since like forever, I don’t care how old she is, she wins everything hands down. 😀

    • barca96
      April 14, 2010

      that was a cannon ball.. the defender was wet his pants lol
      i don’t know why some quarters are complaining that yaya can’t pass.
      hopefully after this match, they will track back.

  22. lovelymofo
    April 14, 2010

    AS.COm up to their old tricks, saying Depor had a penalty call. I should probably stop looking at their page, but their sour grapes attitude after any of our wins is hilarious.

    • Jnice
      April 14, 2010

      Now they’re saying Yaya used his arm for the 3rd goal. LOL. It’s funny that when Real were “leaders”, there was less of this from AS, but now that we are leading by 3 points, they up their villarato efforts.

      • jordi™
        April 14, 2010

        Yea atleast it wasnt TWO hands like VDV.

      • It was not actually his arm….. I know this is a family friendly blog but that huge black rippling mass that looked like Yaya’s arm was indeed a third leg. We now know why he is so manly. Clearly he puts Greg Oden to shame. Can you say Yaya ‘Johnny Wadd’ Holmes. : )

  23. Kari
    April 14, 2010

    Umm, OT but WHAT THE F MAURO ZARATE?!

    *http://www.corrieredellosport.it/images/59/C_3_Media_718359_immagine.jpg

    For some reason, when I see Zarate, I think of FF :S

  24. Kxevin
    April 14, 2010

    Tribalfootball is drumming up clicks with an incorrect headline “Barcelona midfielder Xavi upset after being ruled out for a month”

    That gave me more of a heart attack than jnelson’s query about Messi being injured. I wasn’t watching. What happened? Did he limp off? Was he substituted? I’m scanning the news now, and am not finding anything. Obviously, this is season-changing if he is injured. We could get through the Liga without him, but beating Inter, particularly without Iniesta, is very doubtful.

    • lovelymofo
      April 14, 2010

      I think jnelson just thought he wasn’t very involved and thought it might have been due to injury or something. But no injury, at least none that I saw.

    • Hilal
      April 14, 2010

      Dont worry Messi looked fine. He was just taking it easy near the end of the game. I am sure if it was anything even remotely serious Pep would have taken him off

    • Jim
      April 14, 2010

      Xavi was all smiles to the bench when he was taken off. Can’t see him doing that if he was injured.

      • jnelson
        April 14, 2010

        Yea I thought maybe he was injured because I saw him standing and walking almost the whole second half but I guess he was just tired or taking the foot off the gas. After all the running he did in the first half, I don’t blame him or anyone. I think we should be allocated 11 subs a match. Especially with the hustle we had today.

        • ElShowDeJason
          April 14, 2010

          as if we at any point have 22 eligible and fit players…

  25. jordi™
    April 14, 2010

    Pedro’s workrate is Samu-esque.

    • Miguel
      April 14, 2010

      yep. i thought bojan’s goal was sami-like, too.

  26. memorylane
    April 14, 2010

    He never was gone, just can’t get any game time in the games that really matter.

  27. Kari
    April 14, 2010

    BTW If anyone wants to see the Crackovia Grease Thong Boy spoof; it’s here with English subs

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icr0dwVmrDA&feature=related

    I just though this was cute. He’s supposed to be wreaking havoc, but he just looks like a kid waiting for his parents 😀

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGqp5IDUbLw&feature=channel

    • Helge
      April 15, 2010

      Haha, this is one of the best, if not THE BEST Crackovia ever 😀

  28. Everyone loves Messi, all of the English pundits on World Football Daily are blowing the little Argentine!!!!! A year ago they were saying ‘lets see Messi and them boys in Barca go to Hull on a cold Tuesday night, they can’t make it in our league and Ronaldo is twice the palyer.’ We would kill Hull any day of the week, the English are so biased, glad to see them finally coming around.

    • Luna
      April 14, 2010

      now that the world cup is coming up we gotta dust off and serve up the classic monty python clip:

      *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur5fGSBsfq8

      • Miguel
        April 14, 2010

        “hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics.”

          • Miguel
            April 14, 2010

            “a midfield duo of beckenbauer & jaspers. beckenbauer obviously a bit of a surprise there.”

            -so nerdy on so many levels. i love it! :^)

      • vicsoc8
        April 15, 2010

        “and Marx was arguing that it was offsides.”

  29. jnelson
    April 14, 2010

    Hey with all this talk about Messi winning the golden shoe everyone has forgotten Luis Suarez who scored his 45TH! goal today. So why am I the only one who still wants this guy on our team next year???? haha
    I know it is a risk, but if we were willing to buy Chygwimpy/nasty for 25m why not Suarez for 30m? Remember the hlebber? Many people thought he was a guaranteed success because he played well for a top England side and guess what happened? I know arguing here for the club to buy Suarez is fruitless but there is much more to a good player than prestige. 45 GOALS! He can shoot AND pass!

    • vicsoc8
      April 15, 2010

      He’s a good player, no doubt. I actually think he was the secret behind Huntelar’s success at Ajax.

      I’ve wanted a genuine Henry replacement for us this summer, Villa has been my top choice. Convert him to a LW, and he can backup Ibra as striker. However, the way that Pedro is playing (not to mention Bojan and Jeffren) I don’t know that we need an automatic starter this summer. Suarez might be good in that he’s still a work in project, and would be willing to share time.

    • I have been calling for suarez for 2 years now click on my name and read my blog post. Totally agree, the kid is the truth!!!!!!! he also has six goals in 9 European matches showing he can score on the ‘big stage’. The thing is, he just signed a new contract with Ajax, some believe it was a show of willingness to stay with the team, others believe it will make hime easier to transfer. One thing is for sure, he loves our club and wants to play here. I look for Suarez 25 million and Villa 40 million to come this summer. Maybe bring Micha Richards as well, especially if Yaya goes to Man City we can recieve richards and cash back for the Yaya

      • jnelson
        April 15, 2010

        Really? You, of all people John. HAHA just kidding. Well then I guess I jumped your and Boat Forever’s Suarez bandwagon then.

  30. amal
    April 14, 2010

    perdo’s goal was OFF THE HOOOOOOOK, i mean WOW really took me off .. last time i saw such goal was STANKOVIC’s goal against Genoa //http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLdAQVbgu9s//

    LOVED YAYA”S CORNER BALL CONTROLL .. AWESOME MAN, sad he plays only stupid games like this and benched against Inter, and Madrid.

  31. amal
    April 14, 2010

    yo ppl how can add personal pic like you guys?

    • Luna
      April 14, 2010

      go to the gravatar.com site and sign up there

      • Kari
        April 15, 2010

        And make sure the email you use to sign up is the same email you use to post comments!

  32. Corrine
    April 15, 2010

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl-BGqPyvXM
    can we talk about how bad the defending was for the goal at 0:25
    ok thanks

  33. barca96
    April 15, 2010

    did you guys notice messi going straight to the tunnel instead of celebrating with the team? he was really frustrated. i thought that he was preserving energy for espanyol.

    • Helge
      April 15, 2010

      Well, it’s comprehensible, right? At least to some degree… I mean, he should have scored one goal and assisted two goals. Messi knows that and he always wants to play a perfect match. This match was far from perfect. But Depor was sooo poor today that it didn’t matter. Against Espanyol, Messi better take his chances and play the ball to better positioned players.

  34. fcbfan
    April 15, 2010

    Nice win! one game less.
     
    Messi my favourite player, but I hope he’s not trying to score just for the sake of beating that 47 goals. Come on Messi! relax. its perfectly ok not to
    score vs Depor or Espanyol. Save them goals for Inter so we can go to the final. and then you can score more in the Bernabeu!

    Pedro’s goal was incredible! and good comeback from Yaya after el clasico’s frustration.

  35. Eklavya
    April 15, 2010

    This is what I got yesterday. I nicknamed it “Messiah” cause it literary shows God in the heavens 🙂

  36. Kari
    April 15, 2010

    BREAKING NEWS

    Barcelona technical secretary Txiki Begiristain has subsequently refuted Hill-Wood’s claims [that Barca has refused to sign Fabregas this summer], saying the club SOMEBODY MAKE IT STOP had only agreed to conduct any future business directly with the club.

    “If Barcelona think that he is necessary for the team, they will go for him, alwMAKE IT STOPays respecting negotiations,” Beirgistain told Spanish daily AS.

    “We haSTOP ITve never said that we will not try to sign Cesc STOP IT YOU ^&*#)&!! Fabregas. We will see what happens.”

  37. Kxevin
    April 15, 2010

    Review will be greatly delayed, because my DVR decided to switch to California time. So it was 3 hours ahead. So no match. Recorded the rebroadcast at 3 a.m. today, and will have to go home, watch it, then write the review.

    So anybody who’s particularly antsy can watch themselves, bond with Isaiah, and get their own review up. Word.

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