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      • vicsoc8
        April 28, 2010

        It’s not a bad thing. Actually, it’s helping my inability to focus on anything today.

      • Eklavya
        April 28, 2010

        Whoa – it’s not a bad thing. No need to say sorry or anything 😯

        There are just … many posts! 😀

  1. cliveee
    April 28, 2010

    Win or lose, LOVE THE CLUB!
    VISCA BARCA!

  2. Tyler
    April 28, 2010

    WHY CAN’T IT BE 1:45 ALREADY?!?!?!?!? THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME!!!!!!!!!

  3. jordi™
    April 28, 2010

    lol pep with the surprise according to sport

    Valdés, Alves, Pique, Toure, Milito, Xavi, Busquest, Keita, Messi, Pedro e Ibrahimovic.

    • Ryan
      April 28, 2010

      Has Milito played as LB before? I was still holding out for an Abidal come back…

      • Kxevin
        April 28, 2010

        I don’t like it. If you’re going to play The Yaya, why waste him in the back line? He is an attacking force. It has already been demonstrated that Busquets is NOT going to help our attack in the same Xavi-assisting ways that The Yaya can.

        Okay….

        In Pep We Trust.

        • Ramzi
          April 28, 2010

          Kxevin, no other options if Abidal is not fit. Unless if anyone prefer another Maxwell-Alves mess. Yaya is the best midfielder we have to act as a CB.

          But lets wait, may be Yaya will play forward with Ibra as a CB!

        • cliveee
          April 28, 2010

          It is not gonna be a waste if The Yaya plays the leftback because Toure also have the pace to move up and down the flank. I won’t expect him to be very involved in attack but should not underestimate.

  4. Eklavya
    April 28, 2010

    No word on the lineup from the official site yet…

  5. poipoi
    April 28, 2010

    IT’S GONNA BE A GUARDIOLADA FOR SURE GUYS!!!
    barçatv is saying that tha line-up is:
    valdes, alves, pique, milito, toure, busi, keita, xavi, messi, pedro!, ibra?

    • poipoi
      April 28, 2010

      btw… messi is gonna fly today and toure will crash some inter wills

    • Jose
      April 28, 2010

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

      Order given by Marca.

      So. Freaking. Nervous.

      • Kxevin
        April 28, 2010

        It’s also on the official site. Abidal still a doubt because he isn’t fully recovered. I think they’re thinking of the rest of the Liga season. Personally, I’d rather win CL than Liga, but that fact has been established.

      • Tyler
        April 28, 2010

        toure on the pitch helps me feel a little less nervous. OH MY GOD LET’S DO THE DAMN THING ALREADY!!!!!!

  6. Jose
    April 28, 2010

    OMG SNEIJDER IS STARTING, OMG EPIC MIND GAMES BY MOUFUCKFACE!

    As if anybody bought Jose’s crap.

    • Jose
      April 28, 2010

      P.S. You all have carte blanche to sully my username today. In fact I encourage it! 😀

  7. cliveee
    April 28, 2010

    whattttalineup!!!
    The YAYA at leftback is how I see it. Milito is not going to be a leftback, he’d never been experimented by Pep. but The Yaya can play almost everywhere, huh? He admitted he is willing to play even goalie with little training last year. PEP is my hero!!!!!!!

  8. Jim
    April 28, 2010

    Could Keita be playing LB and Yaya further forward ? He’s the nearest fit for Abidal.

    Btw, what’s going on? i didn’t sleep last night, was a waste of space at work and I’m sitting here at home not listening to a word my wife says. Roll on the game – at the moment I’m not fit for purpose.

    For the first time i think I might sing along with the Hymn tonight. What a disgrace for a middle aged man from Scotland 🙂

    I think Mourinho’s right. We’re taking this far too seriously.

    • Kxevin
      April 28, 2010

      Never. See preceding post for the whys.

  9. Kxevin
    April 28, 2010

    Here’s what I think:

    Valdes
    Alves Pique Milito Keita
    Xavi Busquets The Yaya
    Messi Ibrahmovic Pedro!

    • cliveee
      April 28, 2010

      possible, but unlikely, simply because Keita never really played as a defender while Yaya did. If you play a non defender in the backline, his lack of experience will show, one utmost important thing is offside position. Wrongly play an opponent onside will be costly to the team.

    • Rohanv
      April 28, 2010

      I think that’s what it’ll look like, but with the Yaya and Keita having a free hand to cover each other (rather than expecting Yaya to cover the middle when one of the CB’s go forward.)

    • Jim
      April 28, 2010

      Was that not what i was suggesting? Or have i lost the capacity for rational thought?

      • Rohanv
        April 28, 2010

        It’s exactly what you were suggesting. Was just agreeing 🙂
        Kxevin’s never was for your comment about taking it too seriously.

  10. April 28, 2010

    I feel like the given lineup is more of the 3-4-3 we move into with the ball in attack. So…

    Valdes
    Milito – Pique – Yaya
    Alves – Xavi – Sergi – Keita
    Messi – Ibra – Pedro

    Obviously the organization of our players is always far from static but given the personnel and the situation (the fact that we DO need to score multiple goals), this 3-4-3 seems right.

    • Eklavya
      April 28, 2010

      I was going to post the same thing. Very interesting. Very risky.

      • Kxevin
        April 28, 2010

        A colleague also suggests a 3-4-3, but with Keita in the The Yaya position.

  11. Eklavya
    April 28, 2010

    Another WTF! lineup! Holy crap! It’s on the official site as well.

    I’m not sure if I like it too much but I hope it works out like hell!

    Come on!!!

  12. Ciaran
    April 28, 2010

    I think it’ll lineup like…
    Valdes
    Everybody else

  13. y2k156
    April 28, 2010

    I think we are going with 2-3-2-3 today…very attacking but what the heck…this is the time to take the risk…and i am sure inter will attack…fascinating tie…

  14. Eklavya
    April 28, 2010

    Man, if we pull this one off, this will go down as one of the most WTF comebacks in our history!! Come on barca!!”I’m going crazy!! Help!!!

  15. Jim
    April 28, 2010

    Wow this site is slower than a Barca CB. Guess we’re all gathering.

    Let’s hope the footballing gods really care about their creation and give us a favourable wind.

    • Eklavya
      April 28, 2010

      Yeah the site at the moment is sooo slooow. even slower than chiggy lol 😀

  16. Kyle
    April 28, 2010

    Has Inter’s line-up been announced?

    • Eklavya
      April 28, 2010

      JC; Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Zanetti; Motta, Cuchu; Eto’o, Wesley, Pandev; Milito

  17. poipoi
    April 28, 2010

    ronald koeman drunk right now in barçatv … lol

  18. Kxevin
    April 28, 2010

    Mourinho also going for the attack, with a 4-2-3-1, with Sneijder, Pandev, Eto’o and Milito at the point. Both coaches want to go down with no arrows in the quiver, eh? I like it! No bus parking, it looks like.

    • poipoi
      April 28, 2010

      but they will still park a big car in front of the goal I think 😉

    • Eklavya
      April 28, 2010

      See! I got THEIR lineup right! 😀

      I thought he would play like vs Chelsea 2nd leg. Come out guns out and “surprise” everyone.

    • Kxevin
      April 28, 2010

      Their full lineup:

      Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Samuel, Motta, Sneijder, Eto’o, Milito, Pandev

  19. wondering_about_IT
    April 28, 2010

    does the outcome of this match affect our opinions of the Eto’o-Ibra deal made during the offseason? maybe this is a question for after the match.

    im gonna send big love into the ether for Ibra, for the next 90 minutes.

  20. ballbeav
    April 28, 2010

    very glad chivu is playing. he will get yellow carded at least.

    abidal not even on the bench. sucky.

  21. ballbeav
    April 28, 2010

    i think the special ones mistake is chivu for pandev. less attacking outlets favors us, even with a parked bus./

  22. ballbeav
    April 28, 2010

    pray for a win AND no alves or pique yellow card.

  23. Jim
    April 28, 2010

    wow, the tension’s not getting better is it?

    Not bad but we need more runs into the box and more dangerous crossers. It’ll come eventually.

    Has to be Henry.

  24. Jose
    April 28, 2010

    LA LIGA, WE WILL TAKE YOU WITH SAVAGE LUST

  25. vicsoc8
    April 28, 2010

    Horrible, Horrible feeling.

    The only positives I have are:
    1. Pique. He is Beckenbauer v2.0
    2. Bojan had three good chances after he came on, one of which he finished with aplomb (which of course, was ruled out). His chemistry with Messi is amazing. Could he be the true bus-breaker we need?

  26. poipoi
    April 28, 2010

    damn ibra and whoever signed him.

    pique and bojan scored in 10 minutes in his position.

      • ballbeav
        April 29, 2010

        one more year for ibra to show and prove. we gave it to henry, we might as well give it to him…though i am afraid it will mean no more silverware and just one more year of wear and tear on our precious xavi.

  27. lovelymofo
    April 28, 2010

    I really really hate Mourinho. What happened there at the end with Valdes?

    Bojan SCORED DAMMIT.

    I’m not watching the final, but I hope Bayern wins it. Not that I like either team.

    • Jose
      April 28, 2010

      I don’t really care for either team, but I hope Mourinho loses like a bitch.

      (One of those few times we need to swear 😛 )

  28. vicsoc8
    April 28, 2010

    All I can do now is pray our players handle themselves with grace in the post match comments.

    • lovelymofo
      April 28, 2010

      I hope so too! Oh wells. I’ll be annoyed for a few days – hope the team kicks ass on Saturday.

  29. DBarcaMan
    April 28, 2010

    Excellent defense by Inter. If we had played the entire second half like the last 10 mins we would have won easily. Not our best effort. Sullied even further by Busquets exaggeration. A deserved overall win for Inter.

    Damn…..

    • Ethan
      April 28, 2010

      we did win. the ref took away the legitimate goal.

  30. jordi™
    April 28, 2010

    lol @ victor headlocking jose.fucker.We did our best, cant fault them.If we do anything with bojan but keep him here ill lose it.

  31. BA
    April 28, 2010

    be interesting to see who comes out to defend Ibrahimovic now…

    • Tyler
      April 28, 2010

      I still don’t believe Ibra is the sole entire reason why we didn’t win. Weren’t there 10 other players on our team? Didn’t the other team lose a player to a red card? Oh yeah, then of course it MUST be Ibra’s fault. And we all saw the great impact Eto’o had on the game for Inter. Please. We win as a team, we lose a team. Don’t look at professional soccer players as scapegoats to vent your frustration and sorrow.

  32. Jim
    April 28, 2010

    Can’t even blame them for parking the bus after the sending off. Can’t believe Pep put Jeffren on before Henry though.

  33. Eklavya
    April 28, 2010

    Mourinho will be hated forever for bitching at the end

  34. Bebop
    April 28, 2010

    Congratulations to Inter. IMO They were the better team in this 2 leg affair.
    I’m proud for the players, Barca, and pep. They played their hearts out.
    Just hope there will be no name callings, saying we were the better team, etc2. To me, sometimes that’s just football, the beauty of the game.
    Anyways, gonna waste myself now. Let’s all pray for the Liga. Hope our players hold their heads up high.
    Visca el Barca!!!

  35. Ethan
    April 28, 2010

    that was a joke. AGAIN we get screwed by the refs. nice handball call on yaya…NOT. true disgrace to the game, two horrible games called. only reason inter went through. awful.

  36. cliveee
    April 28, 2010

    Bojan won it for us, but ref didn’t do good enough and ruled that goal out. I just can’t believe he made that mistake and took it so lightly while it was a win or loss for us. I know, ref makes mistakes, and it is our fault not to win it. But it was a legit goal that was incorrectly, wrongly, mistakenly ruled out. Then what? We still love the club! Visca Barca and we move on to our league and next year’s CL. I hope Inter go on and win it once and for all because they deserve it. They played ugly of course, but they deserve it. As for Mourinho, he is still an asshole, I don’t wanna make further comments about him.

    BARCA IS STILL THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TEAM!

  37. Nick
    April 28, 2010

    I understood Chelsea fans after we got screwed the first time but two times in a row is a travesty. There has been neither offside, nor handball.

  38. barca96
    April 28, 2010

    when the hell is fifa gonna do something about this???!!!!
    just take a f*****g look at the NBA….!!!

  39. jordi™
    April 28, 2010

    truthfully keita should have come off but thats fine we’ll be there again in london

  40. fcbfan
    April 28, 2010

    Before the “sel so and so and Sack Pep! he shoulda started” start, I just want to congratulate Inter. I hate your coach but you deserve the final.

    I am proud of the team. Not disappointed. We will try again next season and with an improving Bojan, Pedro, a more integrated Ibra, a fit Iniesta, a fresher Xavi and Messi plus some intelligent/quality signings keeping the rest of the squad, we will reach the final. Now we will win one match at a time the remaining 4 games. We gave it our bestt shot, still on top of the league and a CL semi. Not a bad season. Cheer up! Visca Barca!

    • lovelymofo
      April 28, 2010

      This! I would give you thumbs up x100 if I could.

    • Tyler
      April 28, 2010

      I totally agree with everything you said. But I don’t hate Mourinho, I probably should but I can’t.

      • lovelymofo
        April 28, 2010

        I don’t like him. Not saying he’s a bad coach, but its clear he’s in it for himself.

        On the other hand, I did quite enjoy puppet Mourinho and his mocking of the Voyeur.

  41. mike in africa
    April 28, 2010

    pep put pedro, bojan and jeffren in front of henry 😀
    it was clear from the get go that pedro wasn’t gonna contribute much in this game given his experience and strength; just like in the previous one. at least pep kept yaya out there for 90 mins, which is a improvement. seriously.

    • ballbeav
      April 29, 2010

      pep gets to watch henry in training; we don’t. and frankly when i do see him on the pitch recently, all i can think: washed up. i cant remember the last time he impressed me. average at best this year, a far drop from last. sad. meanwhile jeffren has a future and needs to get these games under his belt. i dont fault pep for his choices in this regard.

  42. Barca Classless
    April 28, 2010

    Barca fans complaining and using Drogba’s expression “Fucking Disgrace”. Remember Last year?Karma Barca!
    Barca was so inebriated with delsion,self glory…they forgot about class and sportsmanship! Lighting Fire in the stadium! Turning on the Sprinklers! Valdes attacking Mourinho! Throwing dangerous bottles on the pitch towards Inter players, threatening and attacking the players.
    Shame on Barca and their gloryhole fans!

    • Tyler
      April 28, 2010

      Kind of like the lack of class you are showing? Don’t judge an entire fanbase on a couple of errant remarks on message boards. The rational fans should be saying – “we lost. that’s how it goes. there’s always next year”

      and if you had class, you probably wouldn’t be trolling about in forums you have never been to.

    • cliveee
      April 28, 2010

      thanks for stopping by with your kind advice. but your class is obviously contradicting to what you said.

  43. Dave
    April 28, 2010

    Ibra good lord why here??? Dani Alves cross bang defenders leg- 2nd cross bang defenders leg-3rd cross bang defenders leg and so on to eternity . Impotent absolutely impotent. Squad shake up in order before its too late

  44. April 28, 2010

    Don’t know why Pep took off Ibra and put on Bojan. Regardless of how terribly Ibra was playing, you can’t pick a lock with a toothpick.

    • vicsoc8
      April 28, 2010

      Completely disagree. Bojan put himself in good places to have several good chances. In a year or two he finishes all three of them. Tonight he finished one, but it got called back. Hard to complain when he puts the ball in the back of the net.

    • jordi™
      April 28, 2010

      Bojan managed to score the winner (what a punch in the stomach that disalllowal was), he was right to come on just it shouldve been for keita.

    • Eklavya
      April 28, 2010

      Dude, I was screaming for Ibra to be subbed off.

    • mike in africa
      April 28, 2010

      wel, bojan missed a great chance after ghosting behind the defender, and scored a goal that was questionably disallowed; interesting substitution but a good toothpick you gotta say.

    • messi_fan
      April 28, 2010

      While I thought it was a bad move, Bojan did get two clear chances in the time he was on. But Pep definitely made some mistakes. Bringing Jeffen on instead of Henry was one. Putting Toure in the back was another. I get that he likes Keita and Yaya had played well in the last came so he deserved a start, but I think Toure was wasted in the back. Yes his shooting wasn’t good but he would’ve given us more options.

      As to the players, I don’t think Ibra played as badly as people said he did. Actually, apart from Alves’ crossing and our reluctance to shoot I can’t really find fault with how the players out there actually played. Messi wasn’t giving much of a chance to do anything. He’d get pass 2, 3 players and have about 4 more in front him. Xavi wasn’t allowed to dictate the play. Credit to Inter.

    • cliveee
      April 28, 2010

      normally, i would have agreed with you. but bojan played an exceptional game in that limited time. he made our front line vibrant and full of movement. thats why he found himself a header which we all wanted to see him knocked home. of cos, we have to mention the goal he scored but was disallowed. a goal that could see us step on the bernabeu turf……

      indeed, bojan could have played a quiet game running around looking cute. but tonight, he was a big man.

      • ballbeav
        April 29, 2010

        when bojan missed the header, i said to my friend: ibra wouldnt have been there to even try that header. the amount of time that transpires between messi looking up, crossing the ball, and the ball arriving, meanwhile bojan sees messi look, makes the run…ibra woulda been still standing in place. ibra didnt free himself all game! no tiene desmarque! ibra needs to work very hard this summer to be a part of this team. meanwhile, bojan has a big future, even though he is small.

        on the other hand, it is so funny how after the chelsea semifinal, everyone was like “we need a plan B.” and now that we have ibra and lose, the pundits (on soccernet, etc) are like “barca need a plan B.” ridiculous.

  45. aku
    April 28, 2010

    Thats the attitude! We won… just not enough goal. At we should have done better. Henry will be better than Jeffren. But.. who knows! We gonna win the Liga.. Visca Barca!!!

  46. April 28, 2010

    From the Guardian – Post-match analysis: “That was a triumph for Mourinho’s style of management. I cant wait to get that quality of shirt-pulling, injury-feigning, timewasting and transcendental negativity back in the Premiership.”

    • Luna
      April 28, 2010

      There is that part of the match but you can’t deny that Inter were extremely freaking organized

  47. Luna
    April 28, 2010

    I will not shuffle blame around but I will acknowledge Inter’s excellent marking and zonal presence.

    What I came to say here is I love my club, I love my club, ¡Visca Barça!¡Visca Barça!¡Visca Barça!¡Visca Barça!¡Visca Barça!¡Visca Barça!¡Visca Barça!¡Visca Barça!¡Visca Barça!¡Visca Barça!¡Visca Barça!

    And for those who come here to disparage a player, el amor al futbol cuenta mas

  48. Museum
    April 28, 2010

    Congrats to them, they deserved to go through. Ugh.

  49. shingai
    April 28, 2010

    Busquets…? Were any of you watching the game on ITV, where they showed him peeking out of his hands as he was rolling around on the ground?

    I have to say, as a Milan fan, that I had been a bit envious of Barca’s total domination last year, and the silky silky smooth way you did it – especially as you were far more dominant about it than Milan was in their 2003-2007 heyday. We even had our WTF dives (Dida against Celtic in 07-08, and Gilardino against Celtic (?) in 2007), but the crucial thing was that we all saw how absurd it was, and both players forever lost the respect of their home fans as a result….and most importantly, no one was fooled by it!

    But Busquets…I had my doubts about him, and I know from (some) tactical standpoints he’s stronger in the DM slot than Yaya, but the man’s always been a flopper who went to ground way too easily. I can see that a lot of you are honest about your post-mortem assessment of the two-legs, but I have even greater hope that none of you ever defend that kind of crap.

    Plus, if you had won, you would have lost all right to tout the “we play so much more beautifully” line, because you would have won on pure, cynical gamesmanship on the level of a Mark van Bommel, Cannavaro, Materazzi, or Gattuso (yea, I call out my own players).

    NB

    I honestly can’t understand why Busquets made me so mad. I’m not even an Inter fan (although I am the same guy who was so vociferously defending Eto’o back when Kxevin was still blogging on theoffisde). I guess I’m just so tired of seeing that shit, and seeing refs fall for it again and again. I mean, if this is the cost of the beautiful game, then maybe I prefer rugby-soccer and refs letting anything go.

    • Eklavya
      April 28, 2010

      Dude, we hate that shit as much as you do. I was very angry and when that happened cause it meant controversy.

    • Yeah, something tells me we won’t be getting a profane rant on this site about Busquets the same way we did against Fabregas when he “dove” in the quarterfinals. And by “dove” I mean, “fell down because he broke his leg.”

      • April 29, 2010

        I responded, just so you know. It’s in my latest post.

        No, it’s not as profanity-laced, but then again, I think that’s how most of us would have wanted that Fabs post so I suppose learning from one’s mistakes is the whole point, right?

        And feel free to continue to think that Fabs didn’t try and cheat the ref. Or ever dive. Because he’s perfect. I will admit, though, that the pictures of Pique throwing things at him in the second leg while they were in the stands and the two of them laughing about it did warm my cold, dead heart just a smidge towards him. I’m still working out what that means in terms of whether I’d ever want him on FCB or not (something I’ll probably not figure out before he is actually a part of the squad).

  50. Eklavya
    April 28, 2010

    I liked what I saw from Jeffren really. Guy worked his ass off with the little time he had.

    • Tyler
      April 28, 2010

      I like Jeffren a lot too. I think he has a very bright future ahead of him. Hopefully its with us.

  51. fcbfan
    April 28, 2010

    I don’t think I’ll ever warm to Ibra no matter how many clasicos CL crucial goals he score for us, but as long as he wears the Barca shirt, he has my support. Go Ibra!

    imo the ref ruled out Bojan’s goal to balance Motta’s red card. Seems to me this season that we’ve been playing to overcome bs reffing more than the opponents game.

    • cliveee
      April 28, 2010

      I am with you. I will support Ibra no matter how many bad games he will play. Did Messi play a good game tonight? No, but I will still support him.

  52. DBarcaMan
    April 28, 2010

    \\http://i.cr3ation.co.uk/dl/s1/gif/a095b62ba601cdf2e9b5ff3d0e9c8069_biscuitsshakey.gif

    ^^^ THIS is why Busquets gets not an ounce of respect from me. Bad enough that were out, but this is just shameful

    • barca96
      April 28, 2010

      LOL….
      at first i thought that he was really injured until i saw that peek-a-boo

  53. Ciaran
    April 28, 2010

    Inter defended admirably. We still should have been good enough to create more chances and have more than 4 shots on target.
    Bad call by the referee to disallow the goal, which was a fantastic finish by the way.
    We do play our best football when Bojan is on the pitch by the way. I’m not going to say that he is the reason of if it is a coincidence by thats the truth.
    Ibra didn’t have a great game but Messi was terrible and Ibra didn’t get good service.
    Pedro and Jeffren are too lightweight to make a real difference at this level on a consistent basis.
    Without calling for heads.. we are short of quality going forward. We will have a busy summer I suspect.
    BRING ON VILLARREAL

  54. Jose
    April 28, 2010

    I am proud of the team today. There were mistakes made, but they did play their hearts out.

    I haven’t seen the press conferences after the game, but I hope our players kept it honorable this time. And congratulations to the Inter squad, who are massively talented.

    And guys, don’t let any of the trash that you read on the internet get you down. Many Madridistas and Chelsea fans are coming out of the woodwork to celebrate our failure. Let them. Many Interistas (though by no means all) are too childish to take this victory with any grace. Let them. Every team has fans who are trash (too young? immature?), even us, but let’s not get even a tiny bit angered by the trash that’s gonna come out over the next few days.

    Enjoy that we have a team that played its heart out, a fan base that did not disappoint, and a philosophy that will live on through the victories and the losses.

    We lost at the CL semifinals? Most fans would love to have that feeling. Now we have to turn our attention to La Liga. We have to win every game from now on, so we can go for the triple run next year, and so we can prove that the Barca philosophy is the sustainable philosophy.

    • Tyler
      April 28, 2010

      totally agree. I’m done with responses to negative people from now on.

      what I would like to say is how much we missed Iniesta today. I feel his contributions would have been valuable. But put that in the folder of “never going to know because it didn’t happen.”

      I still feel like we are the best team in the world, and I can’t wait for next champions league to like you said: Show the world beautiful, total football is a sustainable philosophy. But next time, let’s hope we have a little more depth in the squad.

      La Liga is all that matters, we must win that, and now we can have clear heads to give everything for it. VISCA BARÇA!

  55. Ciaran
    April 28, 2010

    Karma is a funny thing though. Motta pre-match proclaimed us as divers and then gets sent off after Busquets makes a mountain out of a mole hill

  56. Ramzi
    April 28, 2010

    Chins up. we need to pick ourselves fast for the liga.

    • Aeneas
      April 28, 2010

      That is the concern now..

      Looking forward to both this space’s post-match discussion as well as your thoughts @ ‘the Mood’. My questions stem primarily in not changing our approach midgame. We flooded the center of the front line with players while we played ping pong from one sideline to the other with no real effect. Inter was well-trained in not following the ball.

  57. Jnice
    April 28, 2010

    Well, we tried. Exciting at the end. Unfortunate we couldn’t test Cesar more, but he had a fantastic save off of Messi’s shot and Bojan… should have scored dude. Red card really didn’t make a difference because they were going to sit deep like that anyway.

    Great goal by Pique, even if he was off (altho I thought Muntari kept him on at 1st). Shame Dani couldn’t put in better crosses and our wingers didn’t really go at their defenders. Shame we still don’t know how to use Ibra.

    Credit to Inter’s D, though. Crazy stuff. Congrats.

    I’m so happy that I calmed down before the match so that I wouldn’t be angry afterwards. I’m a bit disappointed, but you can’t win em’ all. We fucked up away and we payed for it.

    We will definitely be back next season and I can’t wait to see who we will sign, because although we are good, we definitely need some players.

    Let’s at least win the league, big game away to Villareal coming up.

    • Tyler
      April 28, 2010

      Yep, I think the moral of the story is: don’t put yourselves in a position where you have to create a magical comeback. Which we totally did in the first leg.

    • Luna
      April 28, 2010

      I calmed down too watching the match. I knew it was going to be hard watching the way Inter were playing deep and just closing those spaces down. It was amazing to watch them react like a well strung web, coming out to mark Messi, collapsing on him and taking the ball away. Iniesta is sorely missed, but I have confidence in our Barca.

      WE tried, playing our game, our style 🙂

  58. anand
    April 28, 2010

    hello everyone….but if i read what is written on the screen..Motta was already carded for a foul on Messi. Although the replays showed Zanetti’s face on the frame and the card was clearly on Motta’s name. So even as Busquites play acted, the arm on face is usually a yellow card offence. So i dont know why so much frustration on that call…

  59. Helge
    April 28, 2010

    Let’s win the league now! Visca el Barça!

    We’re out, but we can be proud of our club. We lost the semi-final in the first leg and because we didn’t have the luck that we’ve had last year (I guess Oevrebo would not have penalized the handball from Yaya Touré, and it was at least a doubtful one…).

    I will be rockin’ my Barca jersey tomorrow with more pride than before. Villarreal shall feel our wrath!

    PS: I fuckin’ hate Mourinho for his behaviour during and especially after the match. I said after the first leg that I would support Inter in the finals if they go through, but today Mourinho overdid it. I’ll be rooting for Bayern, that is for Robben and also agaisnt Eto’o. Strange :-/

  60. Jnice
    April 28, 2010

    It’s also sad how around the web, our whole team is being called cheaters, cunts, and divers.

    It’s just funny to me how so many people love to call us classless, cunts, cheaters, etc. when A. the whole team doesn’t dive, there are two main offenders- Alvesand Busquets, and B. every team has players who dive and roll around. I saw Milito, Maicon, and Lucio dive, but it happens every game.

    The amount of people that feel the need to label our whole team as cunts is incredible. If you go to blogs around the internet, people admonish Busquets all the time for the shit he pulls, but don’t go acting like your team doesn’t have some of those players. You won’t see me calling an entire team “cunts” because of a couple of players.

    • Tyler
      April 28, 2010

      But hey like Kanye said, “If they hate, let ’em hate, and watch the money pile up!” but in our case substitute silverware with money!

    • Bojan
      April 28, 2010

      they are jelaous of our success no one managed to win everything there is… so just ignore them

  61. poipoi
    April 28, 2010

    we almost did it. in fact we did it, bojan scored but we received 3 goals in milan… we have to agree we are not the same team as last year. bojan pedro! messi & jeffren for the last minutes of a CL semifinal??? I love our cantera but we could have signed someone for the bench at least if not a crack. all that stuff about changing anf bus breaking skills and now I’m praying that we sign Villa.

    in footy history the only player from the mithical triplete team playing the next 22nd of May in Bernabeu will be samu so all I can do is feel good for him and hope he scores in the final again. good thing madrid lost to lyon but we can miss la liga perfectly now and still give them wings.

    • poipoi
      April 28, 2010

      In my town kicking a player out is a master move as I guess it is Ciutuat Badia where Busi is, it’s a part of the game like the violence Inter used in both games or asking for a card for Puyi in Milan it’s all the same and I always will prefer cheating to beating or loosing time. If people wanna call him a cunt… what are Julio Cesar or Lucio? You know Motta did hit his face, at least it’s another yellow. Grande Busi!! Fuera Motta!!

      • ballbeav
        April 29, 2010

        i liked the way that when maicon fell against the wall and supposedly hurt his shoulder in the first half, he got up, walked on to the pitch, and then fell down on the pitch to stop play, then the doctors came to look at him and the ref had to tell him to go off the pitch. these are mourinho’s “tactics.”

        sour grapes, sure. but even a madrid fan in the pub where i was yesterday said — its not fair that you guys didnt go through. she didnt want us to go through, she hates us, but she could at least see what was objectively fair and just in this beautiful game. all the other neutrals in the pub were of the same mind. busquets aside.

        there was only one team on the pitch yesterday and im proud to support this team, even if i rag on ibra

  62. Dave
    April 28, 2010

    Barca 1 Inter 0, aka “Why did we buy Zlatan again?”

  63. Bojan
    April 28, 2010

    Inter and Mourinho was disgrace! Inter does not deserve even the Calcio title! Shame on mourinho, shame on inter shame on all of them, i am sorry for the beauty of the football game, sure busi acted that one out, but considering the damage we had back in milano they deserved! Barca once again showed that its a proud team and plays until the end no matter what! NOW THATS A TEAM TO DIE FOR!!! Always will love Barca no matter the unfairnes! Thumb me down all you want but this game was a disgrace, Inter ruined the beauty of the game, having all 10 players in the box its just disgusting! Shame on Inter again! VISCA LA BARCA TO THE DEATH!!!!
    GLORY TO OUR PLAYERS WHO GAVE EVERYTHING!!!

  64. Helge
    April 28, 2010

    Look at the first reaction of our president:
    *http://www.goal.com/en/news/1716/champions-league/2010/04/28/1899613/barcelona-president-joan-laporta-turns-focus-to-primera-liga

    He took it with class and that’s the way to go! We just have to win the league, and everything will be fine 🙂

  65. barca96
    April 28, 2010

    how can you guys applaud inter and mourinho?
    its not hard to instruct your players to stay in the penalty box.
    and although i never loved(but im beginning to like) busi, it was a clear red. hand to the face warrants a red card!

    • Jose
      April 28, 2010

      Sure it was negative football, and the kind of play that I hope never wins an ounce of silverware. But winning the home leg 3-1 gives them the right, quite frankly.

      It wasn’t the Chelsea shenanigans of last year, where it was “we’ll defend with 9, nick a goal, and hope for the best.” If they’re up 3-1 for most of the game, they weren’t gonna play any other way.

  66. y2k156
    April 28, 2010

    I love my team and proud of way it plays.

    Inter won and i do not mind defensive way of playing but if teams start following their way of doing stuff, i will say goodbye to football. It was aweful to watch. I used to feel ok for Inter but after this, it is hard to do so.

    We got some bad calls but thats life. It will go on. I just hope that we stay true to our way of playing. And also all players. Right now, I am with my team and players who tried to do their best in their own way.

  67. cliveee
    April 28, 2010

    We are lacking something in our game.

    We lack the courage to take on defenders one on one. We rely on Tiki-Taka and we forgot our football skills can be of use when we face a shamelessly parked bus. Messi takes on players when he is on the ball, but he takes on 5 or 6 each time. Jeffren made an impact on the flanks because he tried to dribble pass his defenders and cross. Ibra’s little skills in the midfield didn’t count, but we need those to shift defense.

    That’s why Iniesta was sorely missed.

    Iniesta’s magic is not only a joy to watch, not only some extra credits you get when you lead by 2 goals or more. We need that creativity and skill to pass the defenders, to make the opposition worry and busy covering one and other. Tonight, they look comfortable sitting in front of goal. no shifting happened.

  68. shingai
    April 28, 2010

    “We lost at the CL semifinals? Most fans would love to have that feeling.”

    I think there are some Chelsea fans who would violently disagree with that.

    I’m sorry for ranting, but again, what Busquets did…that goes against everything that I hold sacred in sports. He’s not the sole violator, not even close (Ribery vs Man Utd to get Rafael sent off, or van Bommel in any game he plays), but Barca, more than any other club, is so identifiable by its “footballing ethic” and to see one of its homegrown, who has royal lineage within the club, so blatantly violate it…
    I dunno…its like I saw the “beautiful game” start cheating…what does that say about the future of the “beautiful game”?

    I felt the same way when I saw Ronaldinho start diving so often with Milan…its like, there is no one anymore who choses to stay on their feet when they feel a challenge or when they know the guy is on the yellow. Like there is no one who has the balls or the guts to attack his opponent at his opponents full strength, that they all feel that they need the ref to help them win games.

    I think thats why there’s so much bitching about the refs nowadays – because everyone expects the refs to win the games for them. All I know is that I now have an immense respect for Mourinho. When Lyon got their red yesterday, you could see they had their excuses for turning over and dying ready made. The fact that Inter just rolled up their sleeves and hung on…they may be gamers, but at least they have balls.

    Unlike Busquets

    • Jose
      April 28, 2010

      “I think there are some Chelsea fans who would violently disagree with that.”

      Yeah, and they are spoiled, whiny brats who didn’t care a carp about Chelsea before Roman and have an unhealthy sense of entitlement because they are in the EPL.

    • Jose
      April 28, 2010

      Also, I didn’t like the Busquets dive as much as the next guy, but you are really looking for something to be angry about if that made you like this. I hate exaggeration like Busquets did, but it happens all the time… you must get worked up like this in every game if you get like this over every exaggeration.

      And the Motta ejection would have happened regardless. Hand to face = yellow card. So Busquet’s play acting was a non-factor.

      • shingai
        April 28, 2010

        You get me wrong. As I said, I’m a Milan fan – I cheered for you guys last year all through your CL run. I’m not protesting the call. If hand to the face is a yellow, and he’s already on a yellow, then send him off.

        For me, the sadness comes from the fact that the club, the players, the fans all preach “the beautiful game.” And last year, you embodied that like no one else has in my living memory. But even Barcelona abandoned the “beautiful game” when the outcome was in doubt.

        It just makes me think that, in professional football, with money at stake, and all that, that nobody has the balls the play a truly beautiful game. I (legitimately? foolishly?) thought it was you guys. But if this squad can’t do it, no one can. So the reality of football, for me, seems to be playing hte game with one eye on the ref and the other on the opponent. Maybe I’m just stupidly idealistic.

        • Jose
          April 28, 2010

          Oh ok, I get the direction you are coming from. But I think you are not correct in this case.

          The Barca philosophy is not undone by Busquet’s exaggeration. We play a beautiful, non-cynical game always, and you can see here on this blog how we ourselves criticize Alves and Busquets when they don’t uphold that “Mes que un club” mentality.

          But please take heart that this is an exception, not the norm. That Pep scolds the players when they do this (according to reports).

          • shingai
            April 29, 2010

            What good does a scolding do if both are still automatic starters…I mean playing them is tacit approval of their habits

  69. jordi™
    April 28, 2010

    The thing is when were were winning we couldve been classless and rub the world’s face in it.Imagine if Madrid, and English team, or jose had our success in the last year and a half how they would have behaved.We’ve remainded modest yet everypne hates us.

    Everyone hates us and we dont care ! Feck them all.

  70. Jose
    April 28, 2010

    “although Barca lost is noone else jealous?? Barca fans were still singing with their scarlfs held up at the end of the game, and believed in their team all game, wereas our fans fucked off at 70 mins against Lyon.” – Zizou from the Real Madrid Offside blog

  71. Memorylane
    April 28, 2010

    I can’t even be mad I thought the first half came to nothing really considering they were a man down, how many times do Barcelona score goals from crosses at head height?

    You’d think they try something different but I digress I thought Ibra was limiting Messi, Keita I love him but he was pretty much a non issue in an attacking sense which is no surprise to me.

    I don’t know if it’s me and I’m seeing it wrong but once Ibra got subbed the team suddenly started to kick into gear and really started asking questions.

    You can’t be mad though it’s an injustice considering all the hurdles they had to jump through and they nearly did it but the referee wow just gave them the game in the end.

    I admire the way this team plays especially Pique, Toure (who was wasted at the back) Xavi.

    Just think of it like this how many things had to go in Inter’s favor for them to win against this team.

    • poipoi
      April 28, 2010

      toure totally wasted, he could have done much more than keita

  72. jnelson
    April 28, 2010

    I love our team. I hope this only motivates us to be better. Visca el Barca!!!! here is a link that i like to keep to remind me of our passion: *http://www.totalbarca.com/2010/news/messi-broke-down-after-copa-elimitation-dressing-room-agonized/

  73. fcbfan
    April 28, 2010

    That Ibra is limiting Messi thing is workable. They need to play together more… in fact that goes for the whole team /Ibra’s skills are underutilised. We’ll see the fruits next season now that there is no pressure to defend the treble.

    Patience

  74. iBlau
    April 28, 2010

    Bojan’s legit goal:
    //http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfpepoG5YBU

    By the way, I honestly think Bojan’s goal being disallowed is worse than the calls made vs. Chelsea last year. I say this because Ovrebo denied them scoring CHANCES. We put the ball in the net and it was taken away for a non-existent handball. That, to me, is total injustice.

    But what do I know? 😀

    • Bojan
      April 28, 2010

      Completely completely completely agree with you

  75. Jim
    April 28, 2010

    Just watched the sprinklers coming on while Inter were celebrating – not classy Barca. On the other hand Xavi shook hands with ref at the end and even managed a smile. Well done !

  76. Blow-Grenade
    April 28, 2010

    Zlatan’s time with Barca is over. Even Kerrison would have done much better. I cannot not believe Bojan played much better than Ibra did. We also need a left winger. Pedro took his man on, Maicon, only once in the first half. That is ridiculous. I am sure Txiki and Laporta have watched this and taken note.

    • messi_fan
      April 28, 2010

      Zlatan’s time can’t be over. For a variety of reasons, the first being that he’s too expensive to ditch after one year. Secondly, he gave it his all, as did the whole team. Thirdly we aren’t utilising him properly. He hardly gets to take freekicks despite being great at them. In my opinion, even though he’s tall, he’s not a natural header of the ball. So lofting the ball in the box for him to head it in is hardly ever going to work.

      Also, while I do think we need a left winger, using Pedro’s performance in this game to justify that is unreasonable, since he’s done WAY more than anyone expected.

      • Blow-Grenade
        April 28, 2010

        Pedro has a good shot, with both feet, and can shield the ball well. Those are the qualities of a center forward. But he cannot for the life of him, take players on, or beat them. And you can see, today, the result of putting him on the wing. We need a good left winger. I have nothing against Pedro, but we need to reassess the left wing situation. There was only once or twice in the entire match that he got to the by line as a left winger. Even gram-pa Henry can do better than that.

  77. Hilal
    April 28, 2010

    Can i just say….. WHAT a finish from Bojan. I feel so bad for him. Can you imagine what it must feel like as a player, as a cantera, to score a goal like that, in a moment like that, and have it unfairly taken away.

    Hope we dont sell him. You cannot buy that kind of character. From a player who has barely played this season and who has so much doubt surrounding him. To score a goal of such high quality. Shame he missed the easy header!

    IT would be a huge mistake to let him go. It might take 2 or 3 years but he will be world class one day.

    • messi_fan
      April 28, 2010

      Yeah Bojan’s definitely got quality. I wished he and Henry got more playing time together to be honest. The Kid would’ve been much further along. Henry was a great mentor to him.

    • Helge
      April 29, 2010

      I feel so bad for him, I feel so bad for us, I feel so bad for the beauty of the game…

      *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSFNhYJ31Q0

      It kind a was the same accuracy and power in that finish as in Iniesta’s last year. I’m trying to think positive, but seeing this goal disallowed is one of the hardest moments in my entire life 🙁 🙁 🙁

  78. fcbfan
    April 28, 2010

    I hope to see more of FF and Bojan in the coming games. I really like what I saw.

  79. iBlau
    April 28, 2010

    BTW, am I the only one sick and tired of Alves and his crosses? I mean everytime we sent it wide to him, I just said to myself: “Attack over. Regroup quickly Barca.”

  80. messi_fan
    April 28, 2010

    Oh one last thing that I haven’t really heard touched on that much in this blog. Inter as a team is perfectly designed to stop this Barcelona team. For example:

    Ibra – Played for years there, so the players know his weaknesses.
    Maxwell – Ditto.
    Messi – An Argentine attacker going against a team full of Argentine defenders who know him better than anyone else.

    Is it any wonder all 3 players were kept in check by Inter?

  81. Museum
    April 28, 2010

    I almost lost my voice screaming when Bojan’s goal went in. That was painful.

  82. MemoryLane
    April 29, 2010

    I can’t speak for you guys but I for 1 gained a lot of respect for Busi sending that thug Motta off. Hilarious and would have been the icing on the cake had we gone through with him playing peek a boo when he rolling on the floor.

    Motta had no business having his hands up in Busi’s face like that.

    The Chelsea people chalking this up as a win or some vindication of last season’s semi final are pathetic.
    you really are gone over look and be mad when Barca fans mention the blatant favoritism towards the Italian team and the incorrect decisions which ultimately played a huge part in progressing Inter to the final all because Chelsea failed to score at home and take advantage of a 10 man team.

    Quick to forget the first leg at the camp Nou where Ballack should of been sent of for physically abusing Iniesta and what about the penalty call on Henry when he was pulled down from behind by a Chelsea defender that wasn’t no 50/50 either.

    People want to have selective memories when it suits their convenience.

    In retrosepct I wished Pep had started with Bojan and benched Ibra and Keita had Toure playing alongside Xavi with the normal back four.

    You have to look at how LUCKY Inter got with the whole travel situation though which obviously played a huge part.

    Then you had 2 first team players that are vital to Barcelona’s success being injured, I’m talking about Abidal and Iniesta.

    Not to mention a HUGE role the referees played in making Inter go through all the big decisions favored Inter and then you still thought they overcame all that when Bojan scored but damn it was incorrectly ruled off. It just wasn’t meant to be

  83. Eklavya
    April 29, 2010

    I feel sorry for the fans who had bought the ticket towards Valdes’s goal. 🙂

  84. vicsoc8
    April 29, 2010

    To add insult to injury, apparently Xavi has left practice today with a niggling injury in his leg. No report on how serious it is yet though.

  85. Eklavya
    April 29, 2010

    Also the whole full stadium holding up those paper sheets when the players entered the pitch awesome. Great support by all the fans, really.

  86. Eklavya
    April 29, 2010

    One more thing. I know Busi will be hated forever and he’s a cheat and whatever but Motta’s aggression on him wasn’t great either.

  87. lio
    April 29, 2010

    Btw, where have gone all Bojan haters here?

    • Bojan
      April 29, 2010

      i am an forever fan of the player that has the same name as I! Not only for the name, but for the talent he surely posses!

  88. Helge
    April 29, 2010

    Oh damn it!!! No Xavi injury, please! God, you can’t do that to us! I was just on my way back to gain optimism for the remainder of the season 🙁

  89. Kevo
    April 29, 2010

    Guys, it is football, it’s a game full of tactics whether by PLAYING, PARKING, FOULING, CHEATING but that’s the game. Let’s be proud of this team and wish luck to the winner of the CL. I’d rather see a final of Bayern vs Inter than a ManU or Chelsea or some other team that always gets there.. im not saying they are bad teams but this is a dif CL and it’s full of surprises.

    I love Barcelona and they play the most beautiful football but there’s always a way to negate that and Inter proved it and we couldn’t find a way around it.

    Cheers to all and let’s support our Players to win La Liga.

  90. fcbfan
    April 29, 2010

    I’d rather any team in the final exclluding \the EE than Mourinho’s team. He is just so anoying.

  91. majatt
    April 29, 2010

    I was a proud Barcelona fan for 94 minutes and then utter rubbish ensued. The sprinklers etc. it was all too much and Busquets is shameless. Inter used every dirty trick in the book but that didn’t mean we needed to stoop to their level.

    Played a good game but we needed two and we only scored one. Still glad we won the game and hopefully Guardiola continues to grow as a coach because there are things that need to be sorted.

    Ibra dropping deep is useless, I see it now, he can pass yes but he isn’t as good as Messi, Xavi, Alves or Iniesta. He can’t beat people with pace, he should sit in the box and muscle men that is when he was most dangerous to me. He had the 1-2 with Messi and some other strong play but when he dropped back…meh.

  92. ballbeav
    April 29, 2010

    interesting stats from the official website:

    — Of the 96 minutes of game time, the ball was stopped for 41.

    — Of the 55 minutes of actual play time, barca had the ball for 43 minutes.

    — 80% possession for Barca. Barca made 812 passes, Inter 164. Xavi with 154.

    congrats to inter, im still convinced we are the best team in the world. we still can make history but the talk of us being one of the best teams of all time needs to take a break. i hope this makes us hungrier for the rest of this season and next. i frankly was worried that if we repeated this year, we might get complacent.

  93. Jnice
    April 29, 2010

    Great post from Ramzi.

    *http://barcelona.theoffside.com/champions-league/when-beauty-picks-an-ugly-mask.html

  94. April 29, 2010

    Pep subbing Ibra off for Bojan speaks volumes.

    1 – It shows that Pep is admitting that perhaps Ibra isn’t what we thought he would be. Yes, it’s early, and I do believe he is a monster when fully fit and flowing with the team, but the fact he put in a smaller, pace focused striker, means that we will in fact be going after Villa in the transfer window.

    2 – It also showed that Alves needs competition at RB. Today, he was atrocious with his service. His touch, poor. His cross, poor. Abidal has gotten exponentionally better since we signed Maxwell cuz he’s had to be that good in order to keep the position. I think we need the same for Alves. Maybe Batra or whoever his name is, the lad who came on and stunned us all. But we need to keep him accountable.

    3 – Pep admits he needs to become more flexible. Pride in our style in times of adversity is nothing without results. He knows it, and we all do too. I love boasting that we play the best football in the world, but I admit we lacked creativity in our ability to adapt. We need that if we’re going to win in Europe next year. Teams are learning how to counteract our beautiful play, and we can only trounce so many teams until we meet the Big Boys of Europe.

    SO PROUD OF OUR BOYS and especially Pique. Next jersey I get for sure.

    ps – Red shorts next year are going to look gross IMO.

  95. April 29, 2010

    Explain this to me all you Barca fans who claim that you play such beautiful football…

    If Barcelona now had 86% of the possession, how the hell do they manage to foul more than Inter? Which team is the one that is actually playing dirty?

    Possession: 86%/14%
    Fouls 20/15

    By the way, I have noticed that this trend more or less applies to ALL Barca games. 75%+ possession, and always more fouls. Yea, I guess that is how you get away with all those holes in your defense… foul everybody before they get a chance to attack you.

    • Bojan
      April 29, 2010

      you have to been watching basketball or something because clearly what you said is non-sense, please re-read the statistics again, then post something that at least has a sense

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