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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. vicsoc8
    May 1, 2010

    Failed name change.

    I keep looking at the comments and saying “dang, that Cloin character makes some amazing points, I almost always agree with him.” Too weird.

  2. Vj
    May 1, 2010

    Acc to SPORT, Bojan, Busi and Xavi will start, Ibra is on the bench..

  3. Helge
    May 1, 2010

    F**k this!
    No Yaya, no Thiago… what the hell is so good about Keita and Busquets lately? Imo absolutely NOTHING.

  4. vicsoc8
    May 1, 2010

    Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Maxwell, Busquets, Xavi, Keita, Pedro, Messi, Bojan

    Subs: Pinto, Marquez, Milito, Toure, Thiago, Jeffren, Ibrahimovic

  5. Ciaran
    May 1, 2010

    Henry not even in the squad. Goodbye Thierry looks like.
    Thiago will probably get some mintues if we are in control, maybe 2 goals up with 20mins to go.
    Messi plays an awful lot better with Bojan than he does with Ibra.

      • Ciaran
        May 1, 2010

        Why false?
        I assume you are taking about the Messi comment. Bojan has better off-the-ball movement than Ibra does (although Ibra is a better player). Because of this, it often give Messi more room & more importantly it allows Messi to play closer to the goal.

  6. y2k156
    May 1, 2010

    We do have match mid week so i kind of expect bit of rotation.

  7. Mat
    May 1, 2010

    I can’t believe Busquets is included in the team after what he did mid-week

  8. Memorylane
    May 1, 2010

    The likes of Keita/Busi is playing while one of the best players on our team continues to warm the bench.
    I’m glad Ibra is on the bench though lets face it Messi plays better without him.

  9. Helge
    May 1, 2010

    BLAUGRANA AL VENT, UN CRIT VALENT, TENIM UN NOM EL SAP TOTHOM:
    Barça, Barça, Baaaarça!!!

    PS: Does a captial ç exist at all? I couldn’t make it ^^

  10. vicsoc8
    May 1, 2010

    I anyone could shed some light on what exactly happened during the Busquets for Yaya sub, that would be awesome.

    Busquets played well, although his reputation earned him his first yellow. No clue what that second yellow, but no red, was about. Was he going to shake the refs hand sincerely or sarcastically?

    • majatt
      May 1, 2010

      It was dumb on busquets part as he had a yellow and should just have gone off, I think part of the sub was because Pep didn’t want him to get a Red Card.

      The ref really didn’t need to show the card, llorente I think was holding up busquets so had he not done that busquets would have gotten to the ref and off the pitch a bit faster.

      Even DUMBER was busquets…got a second yellow and before his dumb ass gets off the pitch he STILL tries to shake the refs hand while puyol and pique realize what is happening and rush him off as inconspicuously as possible.

      It should have been a Red, I have no idea why it wasn’t given and Busquets should really be on probation for stupidity. After the shame he brought to the club in midweek.

      • Tim
        May 1, 2010

        I think the ref may have taken the second yellow card back. It doesn’t show up on ESPN’s game report.

      • jordi™
        May 1, 2010

        Was the yellow for busi though, it couldve been for llorente.

        • jordi™
          May 1, 2010

          AS live feed said it was for llorente.We’ll just have to see

          • jordi™
            May 1, 2010

            Feck it i mixed it up.I think its ridiculous if they ask us to replay the score was 3-1 FFS

          • ooga aga
            May 1, 2010

            indeed the card was for llorente, according to the official site, though everyone thought at first it was for busi. it was because llorente was hanging all over busi during the corner kick. thats my understanding after reading the game report on the official site:

            “De hecho, el susto más grande ha sido una amarilla que el árbitro ha enseñado cuando Busquets se disponía a ser sustituido y que, de ser para él, hubiera supuesto la segunda. Finalmente ha recaído en Llorente.”

            **http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/castellano/futbol/temporada_09-10/arxiu_partits/lliga/jornada35/Villarreal_Barcelona/partit.html

            busi came off for yaya, which was the planned switched all along.

      • Helge
        May 1, 2010

        I’ve heard that, if the ref really gave 2 yellows to Busquets but didn’t send him off, there has to be a re-match?!?

        • Museum
          May 1, 2010

          Seems far-fetched, but I don’t know. That would suck.

          • Tim
            May 1, 2010

            I’m pretty sure the ref took the card back so I don’t think it’ll be an issue.

      • May 1, 2010

        The yellow was for Llorente, not Busquets. Official word, according to Sid Lowe’s tweets. No replay, no nothing.

  11. Museum
    May 1, 2010

    Good to see us looking like ourselves for the first time in far too long. The great weight of reaching Madrid is no more. So, that’s a bit of consolation.

  12. lovelymofo
    May 1, 2010

    Okay, I’m at work and had to conduct an oral history interview, so didn’t get to be sneaky and watch it. Busquets did what? And there could possibly be a rematch, why?

    But mostly, YAY! We scored four goals!

    • vicsoc8
      May 1, 2010

      So Busquets played very well, just want to make sure that is out there.

      He got his first yellow from a handball, but honestly the ball played his hand, and he couldn’t have avoided it. Basically, a yellow for having a bad reputation.

      Then, as Yaya is coming in for him he is walking towards the ref (ostensibly to shake his hand – sarcastically or sincerely I have no idea) and the ref flashes him a yellow. Puyol rushes in to save the day and Busquets goes off, Yaya comes in, and that’s the end of it, no red, no player down, nothing.

      • Museum
        May 1, 2010

        There was some sort of pushing and shoving (weakly) going on with him and Llorente. Or I think it was Llorente. I think that’s where the 2nd yellow came from. Which is absurd. People on a crowded subway get more physical than that trying to get off a train.

      • DontPanic
        May 1, 2010

        Unfortunately Busquest incident will overshadow what a good game he had. Right from the start he was very mobile, recovered a lot of balls, his passing was excellent, but most of all there were no Busi antics. At one time he was repeatedly fowled but he stayed on his feet. Last week he would have fallen to the ground and start clutching his ankle. It seems that aftermath on Inter game had influenced him. Or Pep had a word with him. Ether way he showed a lot of progress on that front.

        • lovelymofo
          May 1, 2010

          Thanks for the info everybody! I appreciate it!

          Hope Busquets does learn to not be so theatrical.

        • Jnice
          May 1, 2010

          I saw a couple of Busquets dives, but I guess they weren’t too bad.

  13. majatt
    May 1, 2010

    Where is this talk of a rematch coming from?

      • majatt
        May 1, 2010

        I see no mention of the yellow on soccernet and no mention of anything of note on the websites for FIFA and UEFA. I think it was rescinded.

  14. Ciaran
    May 1, 2010

    No worries about a rematch. The ref rescinded the second yellow when he realized that Busquets was getting subbed & had already been booked.
    Busquets is almost a liability at times. He really is immature.
    When Yaya came on in the second half it basically finished the match.

    Great game for Bojan again. We do play better with the kid in our XI.
    It was Valdes’ worst game of the season though. Against better opposition, he could have been caught out on a number of occassions.

    • lovelymofo
      May 1, 2010

      Well, its a good thing Valdes waited till now to have a wonky game, no? 😀

    • Museum
      May 1, 2010

      Man, there was that one sequence in the second half where he was caught WAY out of the box, and they still had the ball and he just kept hopping sideways, slowly getting back. Drove me crazy.

  15. Lou
    May 1, 2010

    The yellow was for Llorente.

    /http://actas.rfef.es/actas/RFEF_CmpActa2?cod_primaria=1000144&CodActa=11157

  16. vicsoc8
    May 1, 2010

    If anyone manages to find a picture of Yaya and Pep right before Yaya goes in, where Pep has him arm around Yaya – I would really appreciate the link.

    And Bojan’s goal was awesome, can’t stop watching it. Poor Gonzalo is going to have nightmares of that move.

  17. Auld Super
    May 1, 2010

    Great game from the boy Bojan and it just proves that Zlatan just gets in the way, there’s no need for him. He’s proved he’s a great footballer at other clubs but just not for Barca. Great win, badly needed and upwards and onwards from here now.

    • Tim
      May 1, 2010

      I guess he was in the way on the fourth goal.

  18. Putting 4 past Villareal is pretty impressive, only EE and Valencia have do so thus far this year, while we are the only one to do it in Estadio El Madrigal.

    Also please give me Luis Suarez as an early Christmas present this summer!!!!!

  19. Lou
    May 1, 2010

    Interesting photo, I wonder what Guardiola is saying. Probably checking with Busi to make sure the yellow card wasn’t for him, but I’d like to think he’s telling him not to argue with the ref while being substituted when already carrying a yellow.

    /http://www.fcbarcelona.cat/web/english/galeries/futbol/temporada09-10/05/partits/villarreal-fcb/galeria.html

    I thought the team played very well, but Xavi was man of the match by a long shot. A goal, two assists and a great pass to Alves for the fourth. So glad he recovered in time.

    • Jnice
      May 1, 2010

      I like that Ibra had a smile on his face when he was coming on for Bojan. Shows he was happy for Bojan and wasn’t all pissy he was coming in for 5 minutes.

      • Jim
        May 2, 2010

        Yeah, I noticed that and was pleased to see it. Don’t think he’s a natural mixer but I’ve seen him smiling quite a lot over the season.

  20. Bill
    May 1, 2010

    Wow, what a goal by Bojan. I love this kid more and more everyday. I think we should keep him, start playing Ibra more on the left and hand the keys to Bojan next season. I’m amazed at how well he has blossomed and his movement, instincts plus hunger for goals is amazing. He may not be David Villa yet, but he seems close. Lets give him a shot.

    Xavi and Messi were pretty good. Its good to see the team didnt wilt under the disappointment of cl.

    Pep has hitched his reputation on the Ibra/Busquets wagon when he didnt have to, I just hope his second year as coach served as a lesson for him. The first was too magical for him to learn anything.

  21. May 1, 2010

    what a relief… I was very nervous about this game.

    It seems that when we play teams that want to win a game and not just afraid to loose, we do alright… with one or two exceptions all season.

    That gives me a lot of hope for the next three games that we won’t face any more parked buses.

  22. Tajh
    May 1, 2010

    What a game to watch.Finally some attacking display from both sides to enjoy…
    Bojan was also amazing..If Villa is to come it would heavily influence his development in the next 2 years….Would be sad to see him leave.

    BTW i find it hard to believe that mostly everyone agrees that without Ibra, Messi plays better. I for one is a huge Ibra fan and would give him all the time and faith in the world….Its only his 1st season with us..mostly every1 we sign improves there next season.

    • Bill
      May 1, 2010

      Tajh, the problem is not that Ibra is a bad player, the problem is that he is just not a striker. Since we have him, we might as well move him to the left. He can take on defenders with open spaces, and can pass well. Just like when we tried Henry as a forward in his first year, it didn’t work very well.

      So the question is, do we sign Villa? I agree it will impede Bojan. This kid has talent. I think we should give him the keys, and he can be deputized by Ibra when he is going through slumps, while Pedro and Jeffren can cover the wings. I think we have cheaper solutions within our ranks.

  23. Alexinho
    May 1, 2010

    I hate to be negative, but we could’ve gotten a right hammering in this game. We started both halves so lazy, and the first 2/3 of the second half was all-around rubbish. I wasn’t in the liveblog, but I’m not seeing it in the comments so, here we are.

  24. ooga aga
    May 1, 2010

    i have a feeling pep said at half “manage the lead,” something we often show we can not do, so we can save energy for the remaining matches. but we couldnt do it cos villareal came out very strong, pressuring, and it wasnt so simple to just keep possession and waste time. we still have trouble finding that “other gear” that isnt all-out attack, but simply saving energy and maintaining a lead.

  25. ooga aga
    May 2, 2010

    quote from the dailymail piece that someone linked here awhile back, regarding the barca youth academy

    “‘When they play matches we impress on the boys three objectives,’ says Capellas. ‘Firstly, they must be the more sporting team, committing fewer fouls and being less aggressive. Then they must try to win by playing very well, more creatively than the opposition, with attacking football. And finally they need to win on the scoreboard. But we don’t want to win without the first two aims being fulfilled.'”

    **http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1265747/Inside-FC-Barcelonas-football-academy-churning-future-Messis–free.html

  26. barca96
    May 2, 2010

    bojan made a wonderful move for messi as well which messi squandered.
    messi not once but at least twice had a clear shot but decided to dribble on until the window is closed.

  27. Helge
    May 2, 2010

    An excerpt about Xavi from totalbarca.com:
    For his part, FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is just full of praise for the player: “He has an injury that could see him miss the World Cup, and the commitment that he had shown is an example to be emulated.

    “That is why he is the best midfielder in the history of this club.”

    It also says that the injury will probably not disappear until the end of the season but Xavi wants to take the risk. Wow! Great devotion to the club… almost irresponsible though.

    • fcbfan
      May 2, 2010

      Visca Xavi!

      Del Bosque must be cursing.

  28. fcbfan
    May 2, 2010

    Sid Lowe wrote in one of his articles that Xavi’s been playing with a minor injury all season.

  29. fcbfan
    May 2, 2010

    And Pep said Bojan’s going to have a long crrer on Barca.

    and 3 more games to go. yay!

  30. Helge
    May 2, 2010

    You know what really impressed me in yesterday’s match? The fans!
    It felt almost like a home match, they were constantly cheering for Barça, startet singing el Cant for about 20 times, that’s the perfect reaction from the fans. I believe that was a crucial factor of the match.

    Oh, and it was the first time since WC 2006 that I’ve worn my Argentina flag again (as a cloak over my Barça jersey and scarf), maybe it helped Messi 😀
    In about one month, I’ll be covered with it for each Argentina match and hope that Messi scores again and again and again!

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