Liga Liveblog: Athletic – Barça

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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. Kari
    September 25, 2010

    Oh! Ethan’s back from Disneyland? I wonder if he took a picture with Mickey, like Messi.

    I’d like to see a win and no injuries. At least Messi isn’t available so this can’t happen to him:

    /http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75B3XVo0qQI

    • Ethan
      September 25, 2010

      I couldn’t find Mickey! That little guy is good at hiding! But Alas’ i am back to run the liveblog for everyone.

  2. Kari
    September 25, 2010

    Arsenal, or Almunia to be more specific, concede a penalty after dominating Albion.

    But Almunia saves! That was surely the best chance for WBA to score…

    • Flyzowee
      September 25, 2010

      Arsenals defence is making Odemwingie look lyk El Phenom in his prime.

      • Kari
        September 25, 2010

        Oh snap! Now Albion have a 2-0 LEAD O.O

        Well, this is the first time the new CB pairing of Koscielny and Squillaci has been “tested.”

        I guess this will be their Hercules result….

      • Kari
        September 25, 2010

        But not against us in the first leg of quarters last year. I guess playing us is the ultimate motivation/confidence boost for goalkeepers.

  3. blitzen
    September 25, 2010

    Meanwhile, Liverpool down 2-1 to Sunderland. Gah.

    I wish I could quit you, Liverpool. 🙁

  4. Helge
    September 25, 2010

    Damn, I would go nuts as an Arsenal fan 🙂

    Losing to a not even strongly playing West Bromwich Albion at home, although they could have closed the gap to Chelsea! Arsenal will probably lose next weekend at Stamford Bridge which means they’ll be 7 points behind Chelsea. Will they ever win the PremierLeague again?
    It has happened sooo often that Arsenal slips against smaller opponents, especially when they had the chance to get closer to the top…

    And blitzen, I don’t want to meet trouble halfway, but I fear Liverpool will not be anything more than a mid-table Premier League team for the following years. Torres will leave ASAP, that’s for sure and even comprehensible. The rest doesn’t have enough skill to fight for the top4 (with the exception of Gerrard, naturally).

    • Helge
      September 25, 2010

      Especially as long as Almunia is their keeper, Arsenal won’t win anything 😀

      • vincent
        September 25, 2010

        agree. wba’s second and third goal are mostly due to almunia’s fault 🙁

    • blitzen
      September 25, 2010

      I don’t care if they stay in the mid-table, I just want them to stop playing like shit! Sadly, I agree that Torres will be leaving, but he really deserves a better team. I just hope Pepe Reina doesn’t leave as well.

  5. Flyzowee
    September 25, 2010

    The big boyz across europe are being put 2 da sword.
    Barca is warned.
    Same thing happened on da day we lost to Hercules.

    • Kari
      September 25, 2010

      Purely coincidental, IMO

      If we lose, it’s not because other teams lost.

  6. Kari
    September 25, 2010

    3-0

    Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

    Shambolic, and frankly embarrassing, defending from Arsenal.

    • Kxevin
      September 25, 2010

      Well, we lost 2-0 to Hercules at home. And talk about shambolic defending. Just goes to show, right?

      Interesting that Gunners fans were screaming in the off season about Wenger’s refusal to add quality back line help, and at keeper. Hmmm.

      Standouts for Citeh in the 1-0 over Chelsea, by the by, were The Yaya and Vincent Kompany. As Ferguson noted, Chelsea had yet to play a good side. The first time they did, they went down, right on the heels of the Carling Cup dump.

      I’m telling everyone, years after World Cups, some crazy stuff always happens. I’d keep my Calm Pills around this year, is all I’m saying.

      • Kari
        September 25, 2010

        Yup,

        but Arsenal really only have themselves to blame. WBA’s defending has been just as bad (maybe even worse) in the first half. Arsenal couldn’t take their chances. Typical Arsenal to flatter to decieve. Just wish they would just get some quality instead of trying to bargain their way through things that are half as good.

        2-3 now, wonder if they’ll get their win.

        • Helge
          September 25, 2010

          That’s the problem with Arsenal since ages, most of their title blows seem to result from their own errors and the inability to use their full potential 🙁

  7. Vj
    September 25, 2010

    Anyone have a stream for whats left of the Arsenal match?

      • vincent
        September 25, 2010

        kari, are you an arsenal fan too?

        • Kari
          September 25, 2010

          In all honesty, I’m not emotionally invested enough with Arsenal to consider myself a fan. However, they are the team I want to see do very well (read: win the league) in the EPL, so I guess you can say supporter?. I like the way they play football and how they are dedicated to youth, and well, I guess they’re the closest team to Barca out there.

          • DontPanic
            September 25, 2010

            I felt the same for the past few years. But something changed this summer. All that bickering between Arsenal and Barca club/fans left a sour taste. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I wouldn’t be too sad if Arsenal had a bad season this year. I know that would unfortunately increase chances of Fabregas coming (don’t want him!!!) but thats just the way I feel.

          • Kari
            September 25, 2010

            Oh, I feel ya, DontPanic. 100%

            Their fans really pissed me off, and sometimes I think that as well. However, I always try and separate the fans and the club. There are some really annoying Barca fans as well, who have that same swelled up arrogance and self-righteousness.

            But sometimes, it’s hard to remember that–especially when the trollers come here.

          • vincent
            September 25, 2010

            i guess the whole barca-arsenal thing is fueled by stupid articles that they call “news”, saying a barca player wants fab to come once every week. that’s why i hate the transfer month.

    • Vj
      September 25, 2010

      Denied!

      I wonder what do Arsenal do with all the ‘financial stability’ and the ‘record-breaking’ profits.. Spending some for a decent GK was obvious..

  8. Eklavya
    September 25, 2010

    Damnit! Arsenal losing 3-0 was a better scoreline!

  9. blitzen
    September 25, 2010

    Into the 7th minute of extra time now! Oh, wait….it’s finally over.

  10. Jose
    September 25, 2010

    Frankly, West Brom has been impressive this season. 6 games into the PL, they sit fifth on 10 points (1 point from second place), and that’s with a league schedule that has had them play Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal away, and Spurs at home. And as a bonus, they eliminated Citeh from the Carling Cup.

    • Diego S.
      September 25, 2010

      Which means they only need 6 points to have as much as Derby County gained through their whole season in the EPL.

  11. Dave
    September 25, 2010

    Anyone have any knowledge on playing football manager 2010- Messi keeps getting injured and Ibra is impossible to work with, so much so I gave him a ‘leave of abscence’. Wait am I just describing real life?? Seriously thou any suggestions missed both for el classico and lost 0-1.

    • mei
      September 25, 2010

      messi keeps getting injured?
      messi has been a machine for straight two years in a row.
      And just a horrid tackle suffered that should leave him out of action for three weeks , and he did what , return after 4 days to training?

        • mei
          September 25, 2010

          he hinted that this is close to real life thats what my comment is about :p

      • Dave
        September 25, 2010

        I didn’t tell you to put your finger on the buzzer lol

    • Josep
      September 25, 2010

      What do you mean suggestions? To make Ibra not a jerk or uninjure Messi?

      • Dave
        September 25, 2010

        How to handle Ibra in THE GAME
        How to make Messi less prone to injury IN THE GAME-am I over training him

        *NOT IN REALITY*

        • September 25, 2010

          Last time I tried FM (I guess 2006 version) they had something called game editor that does magic 😀

    • Diego S.
      September 25, 2010

      Start Bojan against Bilbao, Pedro and Pique against Inter.

      • Flyzowee
        September 25, 2010

        When news of the big guns going down spreads across europe, its an instant psychological boost to all mid and lower table teams across europe.

        You can be sure all la liga minnows will be pumped up 2nite.
        Im watching to see if Milan will escape the virus.

  12. Helge
    September 25, 2010

    Bayern also lost, 1-2 at home to leaders Mainz 05. Now 10 (!) points behind.

  13. Diego S.
    September 25, 2010

    Some Swedish Guy scored for Milan

  14. Flyzowee
    September 25, 2010

    Maybe i read too much into pre-season, bt Ibras form doesnt really surprise me.

    • Kxevin
      September 25, 2010

      Nor I. We did the work, they reap the benefits. That arrogant bastard is healthy, fit and has something to prove.

  15. blitzen
    September 25, 2010

    Levante vs Real Madrid, anyone?

    • blitzen
      September 25, 2010

      Mourinho needs to get himself a marketing deal with Wrigley’s…

    • Kari
      September 25, 2010

      Why, so I can tear my eyes out?

      I’m a proverbial jinx, so I’ll stay clear from that match. Knowing me though, I’ll probably pop in from time to time, so if EE score, it was because I was watching…

      • Jose
        September 25, 2010

        I feel the same way! Every time I pop in to their gamecast, they are tied… then I start getting interested and they score….

      • Diego S.
        September 25, 2010

        You watched the Last 4 Classicos ?

      • Lev
        September 25, 2010

        Don’t worry Kari. The way the planets are aligned is not your fault.

    • blitzen
      September 25, 2010

      Ronaldo misses a wide open goal!

      Levante appears to be playing rugby, or water polo, or something, but they are all heart. Scoreless and and almost halftime.

  16. Kxevin
    September 25, 2010

    Just watched the first half of that W. Brom/Arsenal match, and I’m still waiting for the evidence to support the statement that they can’t win with Almunia between the sticks, as so many of their supporters claim. He looked, and has always looked, a damn solid keeper. And I recall the time when people said we couldn’t keep winning with Valdes between the sticks.

    I popped in briefly to the EE match, and saw a Levante player pick up a foul for being near Thong Boy when he slipped and fell down, so I turned away.

  17. blitzen
    September 25, 2010

    Barcelona line-up (unofficial): Valdés – Alves Piqué Puyol Adriano – Xavi Busquets Keita – Pedro Villa Iniesta #fcblive

    • Kxevin
      September 25, 2010

      Well, I got the Here Adriano part right, others were right on the call for Keita for the midfield steel alongside Busquets. I did think that Krkic would start this week, because he always does well against Bilbao, even though his play hasn’t really warranted a start.

  18. majatt
    September 25, 2010

    not looking forward to playing levante…boy can these guys dive…

  19. jordi(TM)
    September 25, 2010

    What a BS offside.Not sure why i torture myself watching their games.I need help.

  20. Diego S.
    September 25, 2010

    The Linesman just robbed Levante from a sure goal

  21. majatt
    September 25, 2010

    btw xavi torres looks good, did we loan or sell with the 2 year buy back clause?

    • Diego S.
      September 25, 2010

      On Free Transfer to Malaga Last Season then sold at start o this one to Levante.

      • majatt
        September 25, 2010

        At least he stayed in la liga, its good to see Barca talent making the EE’s life hard.

  22. September 25, 2010

    I think we sold to some club that in turn loaned him to these guys. Not sure though.

  23. blitzen
    September 25, 2010

    This game is hilarious! Levante diving all over the place, I don’t they have had a single shot on goal, and STILL Madrid can’t score. MouMou not looking happy, and I think Cronald is going to burst into tears any second. Cross your fingers and toes Levante can hold them off for another 20 minutes. 😀

    • majatt
      September 25, 2010

      I’m all for EE dropping points…but teams getting points off of this kind of play encourages that behavior and sooner or later it will affect us.

      • majatt
        September 25, 2010

        So yeah I would love them to nick a late goal but a small part of me would like them to not profit from fouling and diving so much.

      • blitzen
        September 25, 2010

        Oh, I agree, but I still can’t help chuckling. This game is utterly shambolic. RM has completely lost their cool.

    • Kari
      September 25, 2010

      blitzen, why must you always get my hopes up (Freud’s displacement of blame comes into effect here)?

  24. Kxevin
    September 25, 2010

    If Mourinho is going to complain about teams playing reserves against us, he should note the favorable refereeing decisions that his club gets. Levante got hosed.

    Just saw all three goals, and Almunia’s defense killed him. For sure, that second one was an elementary stop, but the shot was also coming with some serious pace on it, after his defense was taken to the cleaners. Seems to me that instead of people saying they can’t win with Almunia, they should be saying they can’t win with that back line. That defense was pretty horrific.

    • Miguel
      September 25, 2010

      west brom’s second? goal was all almunia, i felt.

    • Kari
      September 25, 2010

      Do Arsenal fans really believe that their two starting CB who are BOTH new signings, would be that solid together? I think most of them felt that because they hadn’t conceded goals in the thrashings of Braga and Blackpool(?).

      A keeper is only as good as the defense in front of him, and a defense is only as solid as the goalkeeper behind them. Almunia is under pressure and basically had his job dangled on a stick in front of that Fulham keeper.

      • Jose
        September 25, 2010

        “A keeper is only as good as the defense in front of him, and a defense is only as solid as the goalkeeper behind them.”

        Paradox!

  25. Miguel
    September 25, 2010

    *http://www.football365.com/spanish_thing

  26. majatt
    September 25, 2010

    10mins left, time for “oh shit lets score a goal” mode

    • blitzen
      September 25, 2010

      4 minutes of extra time. I can’t watch!

      …yes, I can.

  27. Ethan
    September 25, 2010

    i’ll kick off the liveblog in a min, just waiting for the EE match to end before i do.

  28. jose89
    September 25, 2010

    anybody got a good (stable) veetle link they’d be willing to share? 🙂

  29. Miguel
    September 25, 2010

    did ray ray just mention the queen elizabeth?

  30. blitzen
    September 25, 2010

    We won’t be able to play Mascherano against Levante at all. Refs are already way too eager to show him the yellow, and if you combine that with Levante’s aquatic acrobatics, he’ll get sent off in no time.

  31. majatt
    September 25, 2010

    0-0, now…we NEED to get ourselves 3 pts vs AB.

  32. Diego S.
    September 25, 2010

    That Last Chance was just .. !!!!

    • Nik
      September 25, 2010

      Seriously. EE shot themselves in the foot today. Mou must be furious.

  33. gowtham
    September 25, 2010

    madrid tieedd!!!!
    now for the three points!!!!

  34. Helge
    September 25, 2010

    I gotta admit, that red card was a VERY tough decision!

    • Nik
      September 25, 2010

      The red for Villa? Nah. Players should know better than to throw a slap/punch/whatever at opposing players (especially by the ref). Villa deserved the card, unfortunately.

    • Helge
      September 25, 2010

      I was talking about Bilbao’s red card.

      Villa’s was pure stupidity, poor finishing from him in general. Or does he not want to play against Valencia and hopes for a 2 match ban?

      • Nik
        September 25, 2010

        Oh ok, got it. Apologies. And I think Villa was just (rightly) frustrated with his play. He’s going to suffer now in Pep’s doghouse, I think.

  35. Tyler
    September 25, 2010

    hahaha who said Keita doesnt score? who was saying our midfield doesn’t score hahaha. what an exciting game of ups and downs. and three goals from our midfield hahaha

  36. Lev
    September 25, 2010

    visca barça visca catalunya visca euskadis!
    that was an awesome game

  37. sab
    September 25, 2010

    harsh red card for AB.and a justified red card for villa.

    and i think this the best i have ever seen barcelona play without messi.(well after the IM game in the CL).

  38. Nik
    September 25, 2010

    Great game by us. Our midfield really came through for us today. On a day when our forwards were lacking a bit (I’m looking at you Villa), Ketia, Xavi and Busquets came through for us in the clutch.

    Our lack of urgency in initiating our offensive attack worries me a bit (as Kxevin mentioned at one point, it’d be nice to have someone streaking down the wings and hitting the defense before they set up shop), but it’s hard to argue with the play and result today.

  39. Vj
    September 25, 2010

    I got the last laugh Eklavya 😛

    I think its the 1st time all 3 MFs scored, while the FWs didn’t..

    • Ryan
      September 25, 2010

      Our MFs did score, but two of the assists were from the FWs, right? Whatever works!

  40. blitzen
    September 25, 2010

    LiveBlog quit on me in the second half and I couldn’t get back in. 🙁

    Never mind, we won! And Xavi scored! And Busquets, although I think Pedro! should be equally credited for that. Anyone else *coughBojancough* would have let that ball go out, but not Pedro! He is SO freaking fast, he caught it, passed to Busquets, and GOL!

    • Nik
      September 25, 2010

      lol, at least you were in at one point. I was out in the cold the entire time!

      Btw, thanks for the links to streams guys. I’ve had a hard time finding reliable streams, but the one that Kari gave out worked like a charm.

      • Ethan
        September 25, 2010

        i got some of your comments in there that i could see and keep up with, but i ran out of room on my approvals early this time around. Ton of people joined the liveblog today.

        • blitzen
          September 25, 2010

          The more the merrier. Glad you escaped from the goblins! 😀

        • Nik
          September 25, 2010

          Yeah, I understand. I showed up late and didn’t expect to be put in. No hard feelings. 🙂

  41. Spiro
    September 25, 2010

    for some reason I couldn’t comment on the live blog, Well I did comment but it never showed up on the wall.

    Anyway, congrats on the win, was a very tough match. First half we dealt with the pressure from Bilbao making little short passes. After the red which I thought was a bit harsh, but it kept things clean throughout the match.

    Second half, I reckon Pep made a smart decision to put in Maxwell, especially after that red card. Maxwell didn’t do match but he helped by staying wide and being a threat, and he was amazing with the limited times he had the ball.

    Was a bad day in front of goal for Pedro and Villa, a lot of chances missed. But that is normal, the pitch is wet, the ball is wet. There was a chance though when Villa could have faked his shot as the defender tried to bloke his shot after villa broke into the box.

    MOTM, I donno, its between a lot of players, Alves also had a good game.

    I leave the rest for the reviews ;P

  42. Eklavya
    September 25, 2010

    Those who couldn’t comment:

    Blame Ethan for being chased off by goblins while making Messi polls based on what Kxevin said and looking for Mickey! 😛

    • Ethan
      September 25, 2010

      lol yes, blame the goblins and mickey. the thing with the liveblog is that it only allows so many people in. everyone else is a guest after that, and moderating all those comments while the game is going on is pretty difficult. stayed up with it for awhile and then when there were times when the liveblog was going crazy with comments it was hard to catch comments or keep up with them. best way is to get in early on the liveblog, bc after the first 20 min or so, its a hit or miss whether i can get u in, and how often ill be able to moderate comments.

      • Kxevin
        September 25, 2010

        Exactly. It’s why we encourage everyone, whenever possible, to volunteer to run one. It’s a tough, thankless task that is underappreciated. There are 50 unmoderated slots available, and once those are gone, that’s it, unless someone leaves. The space is more popular now, and so are the LiveBlogs. Ethan’s advice is good.

  43. Kxevin
    September 25, 2010

    So who predicted the 3-1 scoreline?

  44. September 25, 2010

    What a truly fantastic win. I loved everything about it– the difficulty of the crowd, the atmosphere, the rain, the control we exhibited in just taking the sting out of the game. What a win. Whether we win a trophy or not this year, this game will be one to remember.

  45. mei
    September 25, 2010

    So , we faced two very strong teams in bilbao and atletico , and won , quite comfortably. And villa still lacks some things and pedro hasnt picked up form.
    I believe in this team. They can do wonders.

  46. Jose
    September 25, 2010

    I can’t believe we’ve gotten six points at the Vincente Calderon and San Mames! 😀

  47. Diego S.
    September 25, 2010

    A great match till the Red Card .. Busquets scores again against Bilbao

  48. Kxevin
    September 25, 2010

    So, I made the point over at the Arsenal Offside that two seasons ago, people were saying the same things about Valdes that they are saying about Almunia. A better defense made Valdes a better keeper.

    The parallels between our two clubs are amazing, from style of football to reactions to unexpected losses to weak clubs.

    • jordi(TM)
      September 25, 2010

      Except VV was young and learin’ while almunia is 33.They should be glad its not fabianski though, who actually hits shots into his own net.Appalling keeper.

      • Kxevin
        September 25, 2010

        True, jordi, but keeper quality is keeper quality. Almunia is a good keeper with a shit defense. More opportunities to screw up mean you will screw up more. It’s the law of averages. Our midfield lockdown and defensive pressure means that Valdes hardly ever sees the ball, and when he does, it’s from a position of control (only one angle, shot from distance, weak effort thanks to a contested shot). Look at how bad Casillas’ defense was making him look year before last, and he definitely ain’t a bad keeper.

        Did Almunia screw up? You betcha. But he got a lot more help than he needed from his defense. Two nutmegs, when a nutmeg was the only way the attacker could keep the effort going, was just crazy, and not in a good way.

    • Dave
      September 25, 2010

      ‘The parallels between our two clubs are amazing, from style of football to reactions to unexpected losses to weak clubs’.
      Mostly because they’ve tried to imitate everything about Barcelona

    • extreme barca fan
      September 25, 2010

      great match today, congrats to all

      i don’t agree that there are a lot of parallels with arsenal, our style depends on our youth, arsenal’s style depends on imports (some of these imports are our youth, fabregas and merida)
      also we have a good winning percentage against the other top clubs in Spain unlike arsenal who find it very very hard to beat the top teams in their league, and finally we win trophies arsenal doesn’t

      • tikitakitoes
        September 26, 2010

        Yeah, for me the EPL club most like Barcelona is West Ham. I might be biased due to geography but they’re not nicknamed the ‘The Academy’ for nothing, and if they didn’t sell all their best graduates I think their playing style would be a darker shade of the pale imitation of Barcelona’s that it currently is. 🙂

  49. jordi(TM)
    September 25, 2010

    Err why do peeps like sidlowe and goal.com think that was busi’s 1st Barca goal? Confused.

    • Diego S.
      September 25, 2010

      Shakhtar, Bilbao, Basel, Nacional, and Bilbao.

  50. September 25, 2010

    Whoever watch the game again need to check how Xavi and Keita synchronized their roles in this game. Just like someone love to see. Talking about Keita, the players need to read his movement into the box faster. He could have scored at least two more goals. He almost cried many times when he was running out there seeking a pass, or a cross.

    For the record: The first game I like so far this season.

      • Kxevin
        September 25, 2010

        True that, Ramzi. Guardiola showered him with love, post-match, as well.

        • September 25, 2010

          I mean: Panathinaikos. I wasnt impressed. I dont care about results as it depend both on your quality and thats of the opponent’s. The ideas applied on the field through tactical functionality interest me more.

          • Hilal
            September 25, 2010

            I agree. This was definitely our best game so far, ignoring the last few minutes.

            The thing that impressed me the most was the effort and workrate put in by every single player on the pitch. It is truly a wonder that Pep can keep such successful players so hungry and willing to fight, scrap and die for the colours. You usually see this kind of unrelenting passion from lesser sides who need it because they lack quality. To have both is so amazing.

    • theMaginator
      September 25, 2010

      Imagine, someone from just yesterday on this very blog said Keita was not “Barca Quality”.

      Busquets was so awesome today. So composed, so smart, direct, simple etc. etc. almost perfect.

      My MOTM was Keita/Busi.

  51. blitzen
    September 25, 2010

    I am not at all a basketball fan, but I feel I should note that Barcelona beat Valencia 83-63 today for the the Spanish Supercup.

    • Helge
      September 25, 2010

      Not to forget the 89-54 “mega-trashing” from Regal Barca against Real Madrid yesterday 😀

  52. KevinO
    September 25, 2010

    hey guys, can someone supply me with a dwnld link? i missed the match cause i was watching spain under 17s play :-O… please and thank ya

  53. Flyzowee
    September 25, 2010

    Adriano was total crap, xavi was crap too in the first half, our only source of creativity was coming from iniesta.

    Hats off to Pedro for sheer effort and fight alone despite his limitations.

    And David Villa, all i can say is Kxevin have mercy.
    Really the guy was shit even by my generous analysis. Id give him 1 for keeping the defence on their toes bt dat aint gud enuf.

    • Vj
      September 25, 2010

      What about the assist that unlocked the Athletic defense? Not to mention he stayed onside and made that brilliant run only to slam the ball onto the post? Decent game if he didn’t lose composure at the end..

      • theMaginator
        September 25, 2010

        I’m sorry but Villa did not have a half way decent game. He was way to anxious to score. And the red card was just so stupid of him. Now all we have is Pedro and Bojan for the front in the next Liga match. Man I hope Messi is back by then cause I just don’t think the two will cut it by themselves.

  54. Flyzowee
    September 25, 2010

    Nah, im still not convinced, I was gonna give him credit for keeping his head up in spite of all his misses bt the read card jus blew all dat away.

    Pep couldnt even look at him.

  55. Helge
    September 25, 2010

    btw, anybody wants to bet against Villa getting banned for at least 2 matches?
    I’m quite sure the committee will penalize this red card as much as Ujfalusi’s… ridiculous!

  56. Spiro
    September 25, 2010

    yes, never expect the league committee to go lightly on us. Though even though Villa was provoked it is maybe worthy of a two match ban. But again, it should be one match because the Bilbao player obviously provoked it and it wasn’t the first time he was doing it in the match.

    Unfortunately Villa chose to do something terrible stupid. But he was having very hard time. Not because of his performance, by all means he put in the effort, but I think he maybe didn’t get any rewards today. I don’t really think he deserved to have such a shit day, but he still is getting used to how things roll over here, and well its normal that these situations happen, hopefully he learns from it.

    I thought people on the live blog got a little too much on Bojan’s back after only a few minutes. Where as Pedro had 90 minutes and he screwed up a lot of chances created. Though his work rate and effort was good. But I think we are going back to that old mindset with certain players.

    We should relax and be patient, its still early in the season and we shouldn’t jump on anyone just yet.

  57. jose89
    September 25, 2010

    bojan was literally getting run over by the Athletic players. it looked like he put some mass on this summer, but so far i ain’t impressed.

    now Thiago. this guy is a different story. excited to see more of this guy for sure. as a busquets fan and general appreciator of defenders and DMFs in particular, i hope to see some more Romeu in Copa matches.

  58. jnelson
    September 25, 2010

    Amazing performance of the non-invisible variety from Keita today. We needed him big time on both OFF and DEF and he came through. With Busi locking it down and XavIniesta passing it up, he was able to contribute smoothly. What about those chipped passes!!? They were so Xavi-like with great precision and timing. Spectacular, Keita. Also, in case no one noticed, Busi had been trying the chip the first few games, before he was pushed back to Central Def. I like that the whole midfield now is doing it, ’cause it will be very useful for the 38+ buses we have to break this year.

    If I was to abide by the general standard here that our mega-millions strikers are judged by, I would say David Villa is shittastic and a complete and utter failure. 2 goals in 5 matches? Offsides? Red card? Missing sitters? Static? Check all of the above. If Ibra’s 5 goals in 5 games, no reds, converted easy goals, and few offsides matched up with Villa’s, what would it look like? Just some insight to people who think Ibra was not only a “failure”, but a “complete failure”. No one will ever meet those standards without giving someone else a lotta more rope.

    • john
      September 25, 2010

      There’s one crucial difference though. We’ve played well even when Villa has not finished his chances. His willingness to move, make runs, play out left means at least he’s not a hindrance to the rest of the team. When Ibrahimovic played like garbage he brought the whole team down because he clogged up the middle and was extremely predictable with his complete lack of movement. He’s the type of player that will not make an empty run to open up space for his fellow attackers. He will only make a run if he thinks he can get the ball from it. Plus his downer attitude wore on the team. Do you remember the game where Pedro had to console him after Messi scored? What kind of a sh*t teammate has to be consoled because his own teammate scored and he didn’t? Pedro was in his first full season in the first team for Christ’s sake, and he had to coddle our 65 million euro striker. When Villa starts doing sh*t like that you can pull all the rope from him.

  59. Jose
    September 25, 2010

    Wait… did Villa just rule himself out of the Valencia match?

  60. Philo Barca
    September 25, 2010

    anybody wants to bet against Villa getting banned for at least 2 matches?

    It’s the standard for a direct red for violent conduct. The adjustment can be for more, not less.

  61. Jose
    September 25, 2010

    Son of a bitch. After this Wednesday in Russia, Villa doesn’t play another match with us until October 20th.

  62. john
    September 25, 2010

    I don’t understand why there’s this always this targeted attack on Bojan while Thiago can make two crisp passes and get praised for how promising he looks.

    Everyone knows Thiago can pass, but in the few minutes he was on he wasn’t moving nearly as much as he should have. He’d make a nice pass and just stand still and his recipient wouldn’t have a target to pass back to. It’s not like he was playing the pivot.

    Bojan made that great run on the left and was fouled at least twice, but he gets criticized for being run over because the referee didn’t award the foul. The other play that he lost the ball being run out of bounds, it was 1 on 4. He looked up half way to see if he had a target and nobody else made a run to support him, what’s he supposed to do?

    Pedro’s touch was terrible, partly due to the pitch, but almost every touch was heavy. Even the play he assisted Busquets he pushed the ball way too far ahead on the second touch and couldn’t make the early pass to a wide open Thiago instead opting to cut back blindly to Busquets. It worked out in the end due to Busquets’ nice finish and good control but it could have been another very obvious chance spurned.

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