SuperCopa Leg 1 Match Comments Post

Well, here we are, back in competition. And I’ve got to pack up my house to move, so no liveblog.

Barça: Miño, Alves, Sergi Gómez, Milito, Abidal, Jonathan dos Santos, Oriol Romeu, Keita, Maxwell, Ibrahimovic, Bojan.
Sevilla: Palop, Dabo, Fazio, Escudé, Konko, Perotti, Romaric, Zokora, Navas, Renato, Luis Fabiano.

Visca el Barça!

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184 Comments

  1. Kari
    August 14, 2010

    Check out streams here:

    *http://myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=83951&part=sports

    although I’ll post some of the good ones I find.

    Visca Barca! Whoo!

  2. y2k156
    August 14, 2010

    Sevilla are going with their first 11. I think this will be difficult for us.

  3. Kari
    August 14, 2010

    Barca TV. in Catalan. Nice quality /http://iraqgoals.net/11323-fc-sevilla-vs-fc-barcelona-.html

    • OhYes
      August 14, 2010

      I’m watching this stream now, it’s perfect. It was Catalan but then it switched to English. Highly recommended A+++ thanks Kari!!

  4. Eklavya
    August 14, 2010

    Sigh gotta miss the game… good night 🙁

    JDS FTW!!!

  5. AJ
    August 14, 2010

    crapp.. was probably looking at the wrong stream.. ignore 🙂

  6. Kari
    August 14, 2010

    English stream. Amazing quality! Sounds like Sid Lowe who is commentating!
    /http://veetle.com/index.php/channel/view#4c5a8ee2f0f74

  7. Kari
    August 14, 2010

    WHAT A GOAL! IBRA! WHAT A BALL BY MAXWELL!

  8. jordi(TM)
    August 14, 2010

    So ibra has scored in his last 4 games for club and country…eat that sport!

  9. Euler
    August 14, 2010

    The number of strikers who could have finished and scored that goal – with two men marking him – is very, very small.

    Ibra has been fantastic so far. Beautiful in ball to Bojan prior and a tremendous display of skill to finish off that goal on a pass from Maxwell that was imaginative but slightly too far to goal.

    And so far he’s largely been isolated up top.

    Barca’s not building play up the middle nearly like they usually are able to.

  10. Hilal
    August 14, 2010

    Great run, even better finish. Selling this guy would be so stupid! Should have really had an assist as well with a sublime pass to Bojan a few minutes ago…

  11. OhYes
    August 14, 2010

    WOO!! Ibra scored quite the goal. Poked it in with a flying/sliding ninja kick.

    It’s just to bad that for every goal he scores, Barca concedes 2. 2-1 Sevilla (You may now turn off your sarcasm detectors)

    • Hilal
      August 14, 2010

      lol. u scared me. i thought my stream was on a delay and we actually conceded two! lol. then i remembered the silly comment from earlier

  12. Jose
    August 14, 2010

    IBRA! Wow, the probability of that ball going in… Incredible goal 😀

  13. Cam
    August 14, 2010

    I am really enjoying Guardiola’s choice of the David Brent costume for today’s match.

  14. Luke
    August 14, 2010

    Why is Pep dressed like a Jehovah’s Witness?

    Also, where are the Ibra haters? I am waiting.

    • Dave
      August 14, 2010

      short sleeve shirt and tie.is he trying to imitate homer simpson?

    • Jnice
      August 14, 2010

      Pep is fresh in any outfit he wears.

      • Ryan
        August 14, 2010

        It gets pretty hot in Spain during the summer; he’ll be rocking the suits soon enough!

  15. y2k156
    August 14, 2010

    It is Sid Lowe commentating on the stream. His voice does sound different as compared to Guardian podcasts.

    Excellent score for us and its has been quite a good performance, all things considered.

    Romaric is killing more Sevilla attacks than we are:).

  16. August 14, 2010

    we are starving sevilla’s first team with posession , with our team full of reserve players and 3 youngsters.lol!
    sevilla is using a very high line , theyre gonna pay for it in the second half.

  17. Jnice
    August 14, 2010

    Out of the youngsters, Romeu has looked the best, tidy in possession and won back a fair amount of balls. Jonathan has looked pretty good too. Sergi Gomez has been so so, but I don’t like his distribution out of the back. Oh and Mino has done a good job except for that one pass to a Sevilla player.

    Credit to Ibra for scoring and playing as well as he has considering he is very isolated.

  18. theMaginator
    August 14, 2010

    I don’t care what Ibra does he sucks because I have preconceived notions that dictate so.

    I also lack that very important organ in my body that carries wisdom and reason. What is that called?

  19. GREECE BARCA
    August 14, 2010

    i am so exciting with romeu and s.gomez!alves look tired it s normal after the trip in U.S.A!

    • Jnice
      August 14, 2010

      Yeah, I really like how calm Romeu looks.

  20. jordi(TM)
    August 14, 2010

    Good half.Hopefully we dont let them score, if they get one the Pizjuan gets all loud and intimidating and we loose our heads.I like that Oriol is physical, he stood out with it in relation to other kids his age but its nice to see he can compete with actual adults B)

  21. Hilal
    August 14, 2010

    Romeu has really impressed me actually. He looks very solid and composed on the ball. I was all for Mascherano but this kid is making me think we might not need him. Its only one game, but still, quite impressive. Also, this is without the brilliance of Xavi and Iniesta supporting him in the middle of the park. I can only imagine their presence would make him look even better.

    Dare I say it? Another cantanero who could break into the first team..

  22. Jnice
    August 14, 2010

    Hopefull we’ll get to see a bit of Thiago in the 2nd.

  23. Euler
    August 14, 2010

    Remarkable skill by Ibra to win that corner with two defenders draped all over him and no support from any other barca player.

    Where is bojan? No support from the right flank.

  24. Hilal
    August 14, 2010

    Maxwell is also playing very well..

  25. Blow-Grenade
    August 14, 2010

    Right substitution, Messi for Ibra. Wonder save by Ruben!!!

  26. Blow-Grenade
    August 14, 2010

    Pep and Tito look worried. So am I.

  27. August 14, 2010

    Bah… Messi comes on for Ibra and we instantly loose shape and width on offense.

  28. Blow-Grenade
    August 14, 2010

    What a goal Fabiano. That was Dos Santos fault.

  29. Blow-Grenade
    August 14, 2010

    Sevilla look good for their money 2:1.

    • Blow-Grenade
      August 14, 2010

      Abidal finally realizes he is playing a real game, and goes forward to link up with Maxwell.

  30. vicsoc8
    August 14, 2010

    Just jumping in here after a disastrous weekend, and they score.

    Damn I’m bad luck right now

  31. theMaginator
    August 14, 2010

    Bojan has been useless. me thinks.

  32. jordi(TM)
    August 14, 2010

    lol i wrote the future “we concede, the fans find their voice, sevilla take the lead”. Predictable.

  33. vicsoc8
    August 14, 2010

    On replay looked like Sergi Gomez was either beaten for pace or out of position

  34. Euler
    August 14, 2010

    Horrific defending bordering on incompetent.

    The team has not looked good, especially at the back in the face of Sevilla’s high press and athleticism.

    • jordi(TM)
      August 14, 2010

      Well they’re fitter than us atm.

      ohmygod abidal at CB

  35. Blow-Grenade
    August 14, 2010

    Adriano should come in for bojan.

  36. Blow-Grenade
    August 14, 2010

    Interesting sub from Pep. Adriano for Milito.

  37. Kari
    August 14, 2010

    Well darn. Abidal is going to be a CB.

    Sigh.

  38. Blow-Grenade
    August 14, 2010

    That is where Pep lost his tactical advantage, wrong substitution. Milito would have tracked Kanoute.

  39. ermengol
    August 14, 2010

    Kanoute!!!! awesome.

    If only Ibra could get that type of service.

  40. vicsoc8
    August 14, 2010

    And we see why Abidal should not play center back

  41. Euler
    August 14, 2010

    I was concerned about how they would defend Kanoute given the defenders up the middle today.

  42. Jnice
    August 14, 2010

    Why do we always give up goals because of the lack of awareness from our center backs? Pay attention man. Fuck.

    • jordi(TM)
      August 14, 2010

      “ahh theres no one there , i can relax, oh wait hes over my shoulder, crap”

      • Jnice
        August 14, 2010

        Yeah, why do our players always do that crap? It’s frustrating.

  43. Tan
    August 14, 2010

    This match just proves we need a deeper squad. Not just relying on cantera.

  44. Kari
    August 14, 2010

    We look tired and have just fallen apart

  45. Bojan
    August 14, 2010

    JDS – fail, Abidal – total failure, Gomes – the boy is still for B, Oreol – few more years in B, Mino – you have still some time to get the awareness, although we are playing with B squad this is embarrassing… i mean B or no B we are Barca and we should have a strong team no matter what

    • Jnice
      August 14, 2010

      Oriol has looked great, don’t know what you’re talking about.

  46. Euler
    August 14, 2010

    We need to retire this idea that Abidal is a central defender. In theory he should be fine in that positon.

    In practice he is horrendous. Just awful.

    This club needs to play 60 matches. They cannot get by with three experienced central defenders.

  47. OhYes
    August 14, 2010

    Oh come on Messi we needed that shot to be on goal at least!! GRRR obviously the work of Ibra wow can we transfer him now??

    • Bojan
      August 14, 2010

      i say ibra should stay, i feel him a little sharper…

  48. Hilal
    August 14, 2010

    Bojan has been a complete waste of space today. Very dissapointing.

    • jordi(TM)
      August 14, 2010

      He shouldnt be playing, he only came back on thursday, but sport what to make our depth less and sell ibra lol

  49. vicsoc8
    August 14, 2010

    crap. I feel a serious personal rant coming up here

  50. Jnice
    August 14, 2010

    I know Bojan is not a right sided player, but he has been absolutely useless today.

    • Bojan
      August 14, 2010

      still the boy is giving his max… its just not his day

    • Euler
      August 14, 2010

      Bojan is going to have to adapt. There is very little room in the game now for a player who’s best role is goal poacher.

      If he’s going to be an impact player he’s got to be able to play on the wing.

      • Bojan
        August 14, 2010

        guys i told you it was JUST not his day, look back at the last season, the boy is terror. still its the first game… relax guys 😉

  51. Euler
    August 14, 2010

    Creative play and even support through the midfield has been limited all evening (I can’t believe I just wrote that about a Barca team playing in the supercup but it’s true…)

    The right flank has been non-existent (bojan… hello? are you out there?)

    That’s left the central striker up top largely isolated by himself except for maxwell.

    And as great as Messi is it’s just not his role to play an isolated game.

    Without Ibra they’ve lost their point of reference up top. His work in isolation in that first half was phenomenal.

    Couple that with amateurish defense and that’s the story.

  52. JMo
    August 14, 2010

    this match doesn’t prove anything about our cantera or our depth. It proves that we can’t field our youth squad against a Champions League squad and expect a victory.

    The integration of our youth players into a real starting XI is what will help us throughout the season.

    It’s poor judgment IMO to say that we can’t rely on La Masia this season just because an entire team of youngins can’t beat a Champions League qualifying squad AWAY from home.

    • Tan
      August 14, 2010

      No it can be used to say we dont have depth, nothing is wrong on calling on the cantera, my issue is people now seem to believe every cantera product will breakout like Pedro or Busquets. There needs to be a balance. This squad was small last season, now with the departures we have to hope that we do not have serious injury crisis. Cantera is good but we should not put pressure on them by expecting them to be quality replacements for our first team.

    • OhYes
      August 14, 2010

      That’s true, you don’t integrate a youngster into the senior squad by dumping a bunch of them out on the field against an experienced Sevilla team playing at home. Guardiola has done this before and it’s more about seeing how the kids play out there, adapt, listen to instructions, how confident they are on the field, etc. He just wants to see things that can’t be seen in training. I’m not TOO disappointed but still a 3-1 loss is bogus.

  53. vicsoc8
    August 14, 2010

    Yes Bojan has been poor (in what I’ve watched) but so has our boy Messi. Remember neither is fully fit and both played only days ago.

  54. vicsoc8
    August 14, 2010

    Sorry, but this game does prove one thing about our cantera:

    We can not start the season with only 3 experienced center backs. We absolutely need another one.

    • jordi(TM)
      August 14, 2010

      Not really, Fontas is far more ready than Sergi or Marc,

      • vicsoc8
        August 14, 2010

        You’re basing this on which of his performances with the team?

        Either way, he should be the fifth choice defender, not the 4th.

      • Kari
        August 14, 2010

        Sergi Gomez is an 18 year old kid who played well for Barca B during the promotion play off.

        Of the three (Fontas, Muniesa and S.Gomez), as jordi said, Fontas is the leading one, followed by Muniesa and Sergi Gomez (IMO in that order, but I guess Pep thinks otherwise)

        It’s just a shame that Fontas got that injury when he did. I’d have loved to see him start.

    • Euler
      August 14, 2010

      Completely agree. The idea that you can count on Abidal as a back up central defender with youth players supporting him is fraught with risk.

      This is particularly true if we are also going to play Romeu as the back up DM (and romeu looked ok today).

      If young attacker makes a mistake it’s a turn over. If a young defender makes a mistake – even in positioning- it’s a goal.

      Integrating cantera players who are attackers or central mids is very different from integrating young players who are defenders or DM’s.

  55. Kari
    August 14, 2010

    Well, on the bright side, it could–and should–have been much, much worse. All in all, it’s to be expected with the defense we had and the players we were missing

    2-0 or 3-1 at Camp Nou and we win. With Pedro!, XAVI, Iniesta, Valdes (although Mino, with the exception of the first goal, was relatively solid), VILLA, Pique, Puyol all expected to feature at some point, coupled with a full week of training, I like our chances.

    Palop will be a pain as usual. Why does he always have to play so well against us?!

  56. ermengol
    August 14, 2010

    Completely off topic, but how many of you are rooting for Blackpool this season?

  57. Jnice
    August 14, 2010

    What I take from this game is….

    Center back might be a problem for us this year should our first choice pick up injuries. Sergi Gomez is defitenely not ready and rightfully so, seeing as he spent the majority of last season on Juvenil A.

    Jonathan needs to have more confidence. He did okay, but Thiago came on and played with less fear.

    Romeu could actually be promoted this season, he was very solid, made few mistakes.

    Bojan should never play on the right again.

    3-1, I was hoping for it to stay 2-1, but it’s not too bad all things considered. I think we can overturn this deficit, we’re just going to have to take our chances.

    Still, I hate when we lose… especially when it’s because our defenders don’t seem to be aware of defenders behind them.

    • Jnice
      August 14, 2010

      I should say, though, that Fontas needs to be given a chance before we can determine if another CB is absolutely necessary. He’s more ready than any other young CB we have.

    • Stephen
      August 14, 2010

      Thiago was a ghost. I did not see a thing he did well, Keita was all the midfield we had once JDS was out, what was Guardiola thinking?

      • Jnice
        August 14, 2010

        Thiago wasn’t a ghost. He gave away one ball, but other than that he was fine.

    • Kari
      August 14, 2010

      Agreed. I loved Thiago! He just oozes confidence, that guy.

      Bojan’s better on the left (see home game vs Atletic Bilbao last season) and has some very good games there. That said, on the right, he’s been pretty anonymous. Honestly, today, I liked his defensive work and his work rate especially on the pressing and in light of the fact he played–a full match remember– not too long ago.

      His offense, not so much.

      All in all, it’s what I pretty much expected.

      We should sell Ibra though, because he was on the bench when Messi was offside when we had a brilliant play involving Messi, Alves and Bojan that would have been an amazing goal. Messi also skied that ball many a time, and we conceded 3 goal without on the field. I think it was a conspiracy against Messi by Ibra who obviously wanted to take out the best player on the team by making him do those thing—mind control Yaya-style.

      We should cut our losses now.

  58. Kast
    August 14, 2010

    I hope none of you are trying to draw any conclusions from this match. I mean Sevilla were nearly at full strength, while we were missing Valdes, Puyol, Pique, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, Pedro. And hello? It’s the super cup, this was not an important game…

  59. Bojan
    August 14, 2010

    Total Failures: Abidal (he should be sold, we got enough side backs) Dos Santos (i think we overrated that boy he is lost in space), Mino (the boy still needs some years to gain full goalkeeper awareness)

    Good: Romeu, Gomez, Bojan (it was not his day trust me 😉 )

    Earned to be A-team: Maxwell, Keita, Milito, Dani, Messi, Ibra (dont sell him he is sharper i can sense it)

    tough loss tho :((((((((((((

    VISCA EL BARCA!!!

    • Tajh
      August 14, 2010

      Dos Santos IMO had a decent game for the time he was on.

      • Bojan
        August 14, 2010

        maybe…. but still many mistakes for a midfielder i hope he will become better like his brother but… still i must agree that the boy is still young

      • Jnice
        August 14, 2010

        I love Dos Santos, but based on what I saw from Thiago, I think he would have more of an impact than Jonathan had he started. Jonathan was too timid, like Pep just said, the team lacked a bit of personality on the pitch.

        • Bojan
          August 14, 2010

          agree with you Jnice, ahhh we need a destroyer like the Yaya!

  60. Stephen
    August 14, 2010

    Guardiola killed the midfield by taking out JDS, and left Bojan in to waste space. Ibrah (injured? sick?) shouldve stayed in if he was healthy and well.
    Disappointing second half.

  61. y2k156
    August 14, 2010

    Well done to Sevilla. They put on their strong team and got a result by playing good football.

    Now its a uphill battle for us. And based on everything (our players getting back, sevilla’s totally primed as the return leg falls between their CL qualifier), id say our chances of getting the supercup are around 25%. I did want to win the supercup.

    Overall, it did show that our boys have not had much training. And just another reminder that though our youngsters are quite excellent, playing them against top class opposition is easier said than done.

    And as a fan, not so nice reminder that your team might be the best the world, the gap with others is not that great. Thinking how great we are is all fine but on field of play, its much more fine.

  62. GREECE BARCA
    August 14, 2010

    come on!we will win the second leg easily!as fail was dos santos the same was bojan man!come on let s give some trust to youths!their first game in first team away to sevilla!that s tough but for me ok..either abidal or alves was good i think..ibra the best player by far.

  63. vicsoc8
    August 14, 2010

    For those talking up Fontas:

    The kid has shown promise. However, he should realistically only play about 10ish games this season. As we have only three true center backs and only one true defensive mid at the time, without another signing there will be too much pressure on Fontas and he will be asked to play too many games.

  64. Bojan
    August 14, 2010

    would you give it a rest with Bojan? ok??? come on i mean it was obviously not his day same for Messi. did you forget what that boy did last season? or a little bad play by one of our subs and everyone goes balistic at them, one good play and we all go wowww, he is the best he is this he is that… i mean come on… relax you guys… our revenge will be swift back at Camp 😉
    VISCA EL BARCA!!!

  65. vicsoc8
    August 14, 2010

    On another note, anyone else surprised Sergi Gomez started over Muniesa?

    • Jnice
      August 14, 2010

      Not really because both he and Muniesa were making the same mistakes in preseason. Maybe it was because Pep didn’t want to play two lefties at CB? Who knows…

      • vicsoc8
        August 14, 2010

        I was also thinking that Muniesa’s style at CB could have been to similar to Milito’s?

        Somewhat like Milito and Puyol don’t play the best together as their style is too similar?

  66. GREECE BARCA
    August 14, 2010

    i have not opinion for bojan!sometimes he make me want him to the team sometimes is poor!he confuse me!

    • Bojan
      August 14, 2010

      cos he is young just believe in him 😉

      • Stephen
        August 14, 2010

        bojan for the past two seasons has had a miserable beginning of the season, i give him this as his last season at barça, truly.

        • Bojan
          August 14, 2010

          non sense, i completely disagree with you

  67. Jnice
    August 14, 2010

    I think the most positive thing I took from this game is how good Romeu looked. Unlike Jonathan and Sergi Gomez, he didn’t play with the team in preseason, but he looked comfortable.

    • Bojan
      August 14, 2010

      of course friend, Romeu needs just one more year of fine tuning and the boy is ready for the A-team, he shows a lot of commitment which i like to see in a player

  68. Kari
    August 14, 2010

    The people were expecting us to beat physically fitter Sevilla side that fielded their strongest XI at home, with the players we had, are very, very optimistic to say the least.

    It hurts to lose–and believe me, I hate to see us lose– but in light of the state of our squad, I think we can take a lot out of this match. We scored a great goal–that fact that Ibra scored it makes it even better. Romeu looked solid to me and JDS had an okay game (I liked Thiago though. I’m biased :D) and Adriano impressed me at LW

    There are a lot of things that need to be addressed–Abidal should never, ever play another game at CB as long as he’s at this club. I don’t care if he “likes” playing there–, but I wouldn’t push the panic button just yet.

    The circumstances caused us to field the team we did and S.Gomez and Romeu’s debuts were certainly baptisms by fire. I doubt we’ll see such an inexperienced player at the core of our midfield, backed up by an even more inexperience player at CB. Usually there would be more balance (i.e a experience CB to back up an inexperience DM and vice versa).

    Blooding new defenders at our club, with our system, is very difficult regardless what player plays there. That said positioning is something that can be worked on

    Agreed with all the previously posted sentiments though (that we’ll probably need another CB)

    • Kari
      August 14, 2010

      Sorry, that’s Adriano impressed me at LB

    • vicsoc8
      August 14, 2010

      I’m glad you agree we need another CB, because right now it only takes 3 injuries/absences for us to end up with an inexperienced DM/CB pair.

      Think about this, Busquets with a suspension (not unbelievable) and Puyol and Milito both out either with a suspension or injury (not unbelievable).

      This would be a disaster in the CL.

    • Bojan
      August 14, 2010

      i really doubt in “utility” players. i mean if the main position of one player is CB then he is certain to play best at that position but if you can play lets say good on for example the DMF position that does not make you automaticly a DMF player too. The primary positions are very essential because its the position the player does his best. Yes we need a CB but a pure solid only-that-position player so we can fill the central defensive line

  69. Euler
    August 14, 2010

    The Bojan issue is just secondary. He had one bad game as he often does on the wing. The team moves on. That’s a more long term issue as Bojan’s greatest potential value to the club would be as an attacking player on the flank. Ultimately it would be ideal if he could play something of role the role Henry did in the past or that Villa will this season. That would be ideal. Can he? That’s a question but not one this season is going to depend on.

    The issues of concern are the potential structural issues for this coming season – depth at the holding position, central defense and in central midfield (and perhaps at keeper).

    They need to play sixty odd matches. In august it’s easy to forget about how grueling that becomes.

    And while one match doesn’t prove anything nor does it allow for concrete conclusions to be drawn, it does highlight where the team is team is assuming risk.

    In a sense it was helpful so many first team players weren’t available because it provided a glimpse of what the squad’s major point of uncertainty has been all summer – depth.

    At some point in time that depth is going to be tested in a big match.

    • Jnice
      August 14, 2010

      Pep definitely has a lot to think about unless that 40m figure isn’t really.

  70. jnelson
    August 14, 2010

    What a painful loss. Maybe now the Ibra haters and those loving Abidal at CB will learn some sense. Hopefully, both of those rumors are put to pasture now, but it has already come with a cost. Barring some sort of magic, we’ve lost trophy #1. But that’s alright, nobody cares about this. Nobody cares about the Copa, either. And I take it, nobody cares about Liga, and nobody cares about the ECL. Yes, being runners-up is definitely a great thing when looking back at the history books.

  71. vicsoc8
    August 14, 2010

    It’s difficult for me to say this, as I wasn’t his biggest proponent, but

    I really, really would have liked to see Txigrinski out there next to Milito today

    • Bojan
      August 14, 2010

      nooo friend he would have bring just height in the D line nothing more… still he is experienced but he is not for Barca, our boys still have the Barca education and mentality..

  72. Diego S.
    August 14, 2010

    The match wasn’t televised here and I saw nothing except for Ibra’s goal .. I was following online till Ibra scored his goal and then there was a visit I had to make .. When I came back I look and it ended 3-1 !!!! .. Can anyone tell me who should we blame ? Pep for the substitutions .. Did Abidal Play CB ? How many Canteras played and who looked good ?!

  73. Bojan
    August 14, 2010

    i think Senna would have put some order on the pitch… or even break those stupid easy attacks from Sevilla… but only my opinion

  74. GREECE BARCA
    August 14, 2010

    i am not a coach and never judge pep s coaching in games.but why he change ibra with messi?why not bojan?can anyone explain?

    • Euler
      August 14, 2010

      It’s the first match of the season after a very broken up summer with the Cup and the recent internationals.

      I don’t think Pep wanted to play Ibra the entire match given he just played this week for Sweden.

      Pep was more concerned about avoiding injuries than going all out to take this first leg. And that’s what he should be doing.

    • Bojan
      August 14, 2010

      cos messi is better at the CF position instead of Bojan. Bojan is a classic right footed left winger… messi can play from AMF sometimes CMF to CF 😉

  75. Diego S.
    August 14, 2010

    This is only the second match In Pep’s history as a manager to lose by a 2 goal margin .. I think we all know the first one

  76. August 14, 2010

    Calm down guys. Its a super-preseason friendly game after all. Dont make judgments based on prejudgments. Like this player was bad: Sell him. That player was bad, just because it was a bad day. 😀

    For me, Keita stand out as the best performer along the game. Then Ibra.
    My opinion regarding the youth still the same.
    Romeu was ok. But one more year in Second division playing game in game out will do him miracles. No doubt better than promoting him already to the first team. he needs some more tuning.

    Gomez: Too early.
    JDS&Thiago: obvious potentials. Ready to be gradually introduced to the first team. This has to be their transition period.

    Bojan, still paying the tax of early promotion. A boy who is supposed to perform as a man. Lot of potentials but need two more years to become a reliable starter.

    I believe Pep was governed basically by the physical state of the players when he picked the starting lineup and when he made the subs. Except keeping Bojan, which I think it was a Confidence issue.
    Squad needs for me still as they were since months: CB and a DM.

    And the come back is not certain, but a strong possibility.

    • Bojan
      August 14, 2010

      agree on Keita, Ibra, Romeu and Bojan still have doubts for JDS… the boy is a talent for sure but something is lacking in his sense… a commitment maybe?

  77. jordi(TM)
    August 14, 2010

    It wouldn’t have hurt to have kept Botia for the season, or atleast preseason.Anyway if we do sign a defender, fingers crossed they wont join the long list of duds we have signed there,but at this point i guess anything is better than Abi there(im still confused as to why he thinks its his position and likes playing there 😀 )

    • Diego S.
      August 14, 2010

      Like Kids who all like to play as forwards while no one of them is good

    • Jnice
      August 15, 2010

      I sincerely don’t understand why we didn’t give Botia a shot in preseason at least. I think he was Gijon’s most consistent center back. Let’s hope his play in the next few years force us to use that buy back clause on him.

  78. Diego S.
    August 14, 2010

    This is how I see it :

    GK : No Need

    Defense : Another CB is needed (Caceres anyone?) Till Our Youngsters gain experience .. Or Buy a Young Talent .. Puyol is 32 and will need replacement soon ..

    Midfield : Another DM and give Romeu a year or two in B and then call him up when he’s ready .. So we Have Xaviniesta and Busi as starters and Keita/Hleb “yes Hleb” and the new DM as backup and Thiago/JDS in easy matches and train with the first team

    Attack : No Need .. Although I don’t think Jeffren is that good but he can stick around for another year ..

  79. Jim
    August 14, 2010

    Glad I missed it. Maybe gives a bit of perspective when looking at the comments. They reminded me of last year’s liveblogs. If someone does something good they are the best ever – a mistake and they need to go. We’re a dramatic lot lot when we’re watching our favourite team 🙂

    Bit early to be passing any comments on players even if they back up feelings from last year. Even if we lose in the second leg. At least three or four games into the league for me before forming opinions other then “In this match player X . . . . .”

    We may also suffer from WC blues for a while as the players are bound to come down to earth at some time. The trick is going to be to hang on to the EE until we get going.

    We need to chill a bit. It’s going to be a long season and we’re exhausted ourselves with all the Ibra / Cesc discussions in the close season 🙂

    • Kari
      August 14, 2010

      “If someone does something good they are the best ever – a mistake and they need to go. We’re a dramatic lot lot when we’re watching our favourite team”

      So, so true!:D Completely agreed, Jim.

      I wonder what Kxevin will say when he hits us the the review

  80. Diego S.
    August 14, 2010

    Goal.com :

    Oriol Romeu : 5.0

    Merely a spectator. Lost the battle in midfield to Zokora.

    • Kari
      August 14, 2010

      I’d never trust BS.com, Diego. I seriously doubt whether they even watch our games.

      • Diego S.
        August 14, 2010

        Yeah I know .. I remember Nolito’s Header ! .. I’m just copying that since everyone was saying that he was the best player in this game with Keita and Ibra .. Some even said that he’s ready to be promoted while They gave him the lowest rating of the 28 players ..

  81. GREECE BARCA
    August 14, 2010

    goal.com ratings are not serious.you can.t rating a player watching a game only one time.you see only where is the ball in t.v.no movement of the players.

  82. Diego S.
    August 14, 2010

    Did Rosell show up or Is he Saving his Debut for the Camp Nou ?

  83. Euler
    August 14, 2010

    Jnice-

    If you come across any links to download the match would you mind posting them. Thanks

    • Jnice
      August 14, 2010

      TVE Broadcast

      *http://www.mediafire.com/?ybox481ncieab

      Credit to Iksa @rojadirecta.com

  84. lovelymofo
    August 14, 2010

    AAAH! I completely missed the match, I thought it was tomorrow for some reason. Bummer. Hope the team does better in the second leg!

  85. August 14, 2010

    When talking about youngsters , its wise to consider that slowly integrating one youth member into the first team squad while of our starters are playing looks and works much differently than putting 3 youngsters , in a game , against a much better physically prepared and quite strong opponent , with mostly B team’s members.
    Our boys looked fine. And everyone of them is bound to improve during the season , be it the first team on the B team .
    Keeping in mind that this is the first match, noone is in form and we received all goals during the second half against a much better physically prepared team that directly threatens to chalk off points from the two big ones , is a requirement in order to judge objectively each one of the players.

  86. Jnice
    August 15, 2010

    I forgot to say, that new signing, Dabo, looked great for Sevilla.

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