Liga Liveblog: Barça – Valencia (2pmEST)

Are you ready to get crazy? It’s liveblog insanity up in this piece, thanks to VicSoc.

Available players: the whole team. Expect awesome. Expect tiki-taka. Expect golaaaazooooos.

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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. Reagan
    October 16, 2010

    Our Barca babies are playing a couple of hours before our big boys. Are we liveblogging that game too?

    • vicsoc8
      October 16, 2010

      Nope, sorry. I have *gasp* work to do on a Saturday. Horrible I know

  2. Clue(less)
    October 16, 2010

    My Unofficial linup

    ———-vv

    ——Pique/Puyol——
    ———BUSI

    ALVES————-maxwell

    ——Kieta–Iinesta

    —-Messi–Villa–Bojan

    I Guess Im looking for a surprise from pep playing with 3 in the back while on defense (Puyol, Pique, Busi) with Busi playing as a sweeper in a 3 CB formation, whole moving a bit forward while on the ball.

    Ovbiously Alves and Abidal will have to be responsible and track back to keep those bat wingers in check, but mostly they can provide some with during a period where the club is falling in love with play through the middle.
    Clearly Iniesta will have to pulling some strings on offense, with Messi/ kieta switching roles a lot so Kieta can make those runs he makes darting in the box, am

  3. Clue(less)
    October 16, 2010

    sorry contd**** anyways kieta can make those runs while messi can drop back to help as a falls 9/ attacking play maker. Villa, Bojan and Messi upfront makes sense as Bojan may be able to make som nice runs t help clea out for the other 2. MY SUBS ARE OINTO, JEFFEREN, thiago, nolito, JDS ect.

    what does everyone else think!!!!!!
    ohhhh and thank god we are back from this stupid int break. ManU and West Brom are on ESPN as well right no

  4. Clue(less)
    October 16, 2010

    and Chicharito (a fucking Beast) scores in less that 5 min!!!!
    Rooney to EE or Barca this summer While torres goes to the other, book it. The question is, what about Nani, sure he looks like a bug eyed Michale Jackson, but a hell of a LW

  5. Helge
    October 16, 2010

    Will there be a post about the general assembly?
    There’s a lot stuff going on, I’m checking sport.es regularly although I don’t understand much Spanish.

  6. SoccerMom
    October 16, 2010

    I know it’s game day and rah rah and all but the socios have just voted to bring legal charges against Laporta for financial mismanagement

    • Kari
      October 16, 2010

      Yeah! I just read that. It basically means that they’re taking Laporta to court and he could, essentially, be made to pay 47m Euros of Barca debt.

      Hoo boy. This is just as sad as it is depressing. Barca should play every day to make the pain go away!

  7. Helge
    October 16, 2010

    T_T This is all getting out of hand

    I’ve also read somewhere that we currently pay more than 300m € in salaries. This cannot turn out well.

  8. Clue(less)
    October 16, 2010

    one more option would be

    ————vv

    ——-milito-pique

    –Alves————–Abidal

    ———–Masch

    ——–Inista—Busi

    —Messi—-Bojan—-kieta

    subs

    jeffern/Nolito for bojan, who will move out to the wing right away, allowing messi to slide to the #9 then thiago for masch, which allows Busi his regain his DM role, which would allow us have a bit more with our wing backs who would be playing in the more offensive poisitions

    If somehow our bous take a nice lead i change it up this aw

    ————–vv———
    —Alves——p/p——-Abidal

    ———masch—-bisi

    ———kieta—Adriana

    ———–Messi-Iniesta

    1st one full on, second is a more a relaxed lookng side.

  9. gow
    October 16, 2010

    yo guysss….
    can you guysss please do me a favor…
    whoever lives in canada can u guys please text me the scores if u have unlimited text messaging…PLZZZZ
    i wont be able to catch the game:(
    stupid soccer practice….
    my number is 514 654 9198…
    PLEAAAASSSEEEE:DDDD

  10. Clue(less)
    October 16, 2010

    sorry if this is a re post but i got it from pep;s twitter…

    At the request of the staff, Barcelona will make clear they don’t want Bojan to leave by offering him a contract renewal and extension. [md]

    Sorry Kev not loan in the cards pal. something i was actually warming up to.

    As for this United game, they were 2-2 up now level at 2 with w5 to go, time for Rooney an Macheda please

    • Jnice
      October 16, 2010

      Just because MD or Sport says it, doesn’t mean it’s true.

  11. ariston
    October 16, 2010

    an arsenal victory!

    on the subject of mu, they have drawn 4 times after they have led 2 0. it looks worrying for them.

    • Kari
      October 16, 2010

      Ugh, I slept in and missed pretty much all of the EPL games (although I tend to just watch them to kill time) Looks like Birmingham got Hlebbed. Do you know if Hleb played, ariston?

      • Jnice
        October 16, 2010

        Hleb played, but he did little of note.

        • Kari
          October 16, 2010

          As uaual; thanks Jnice. It’s too bad I didn’t get to see him fail live…

        • ariston
          October 16, 2010

          yep. someone posted on twitter “when will we see hleb’s first shot?” 🙂

  12. Diego S.
    October 16, 2010

    Half time for the B team. 1-1 is the score with Nolito scoring.

    I think Nolito and Thiago are Our go-to-guys.

    Any Links to the Match ?

    • Jnice
      October 16, 2010

      Very, very crappy one. *http://www.ustream.tv/channel/filemontv4#flashWrapper

  13. Eklavya
    October 16, 2010

    Anyone else finds the new look of the official site very ugly?

    • Kari
      October 16, 2010

      Yes. Yes, I do.

      Man, they’re just ruining everything, even the things I wouldn’t have otherwise noticed or cared about.

      • Tajh
        October 16, 2010

        well i do like the Interviews and press conference that are now offered by the official site, which has English voice overs.

    • Vj
      October 16, 2010

      Its loads quickly, isn’t as aesthetic as the previous one but not bad..

  14. Jnice
    October 16, 2010

    Lineup: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Maxwell, Xavi, Busquets, Keita, Iniesta, Messi, Villa.

    • ariston
      October 16, 2010

      can’t stop the general from playing.

    • Kari
      October 16, 2010

      I knew it! I just knew it!

      …Except I didn’t. Typical Pep (and Xavi to some extent).

    • blitzen
      October 16, 2010

      I’m really nervous about this. If Xavi gets injured, I’m going to be furious!

  15. Kari
    October 16, 2010

    Ha! Guess who just scored for Milan…for the other team…? 😀

  16. Kari
    October 16, 2010

    Whoa. There’s some guy on Chievo whose last name is Constant.

    Ohh, the puns and joke that can with a name like that

  17. Vicsoc8
    October 16, 2010

    Blog will open in about ten minutes

  18. Spiro
    October 16, 2010

    our whole team is out off touch, why why did we have such a long fifa break????? its so obviously affecting us.

    Where was Messi? and step it up Maxwell.

  19. Diego S.
    October 16, 2010

    If we could maintain this kind of spirit and finish our chances, Things can be a lot more easier.

  20. Jnice
    October 16, 2010

    Love you Kari, love you Jordi, and anyone else who said I was wrong. 😀

  21. Kari
    October 16, 2010

    Iniesta and Caveman score and I win with my prediction. Too bad Messi was basically invisible and Villa is still in his funk.

    On to Copenhagen!

  22. vicsoc8
    October 16, 2010

    Great win.

    I’m concerned about Adriano though, when was the last time he saw the field?

    • jordi(TM)
      October 16, 2010

      He was injured i think.It will work out in the end , remember initially Maxwell hardly played at first then abidal got injured.It would be good if it doesn’t take an injury to incorporate him though.

  23. Diego S.
    October 16, 2010

    Iniesta scores, Puyi scores, Zlatan scores, It’s a very happy day. 😀

  24. Spiro
    October 16, 2010

    I guess the question of the hour was what the hell did Pep say at half time??????

    apparently some say that Pep promised them Maccas after if they win.

    • vicsoc8
      October 16, 2010

      I heard he told them they weren’t going out for ice cream after the game if they didn’t win.

      You know how Iniesta likes his vanilla with rainbow sprinkles.

  25. blitzen
    October 16, 2010

    I’m just going to block the first half from my memory. 🙂 We WON! At home! Iniesta scored! 😀

    Now I’m going to watch EE vs Malaga and send them some evil mojo.

    • jordi(TM)
      October 16, 2010

      1st half? i was scratching my head wondering why we played only 45 today 😀

  26. jordi(TM)
    October 16, 2010

    David needs a goal badly 🙁 just one non penalty and he should be sorted.Second half was great, its always fun when the fans and players get fired up.Today’s ref is now on my hate list.Iniesta was everywhere today

    • Diego S.
      October 16, 2010

      He wasn’t on your hate list ? He is responsible for the last 3 red cards on el Nou Camp.

  27. Ryan
    October 16, 2010

    Whew, that game was too intense on my nerves. I love that Iniesta has finally broken the forcefield, but we really need Villa and Messi back on form. But hey, a win with the Fifa virus is no small thing!

  28. Diego S.
    October 16, 2010

    Barcelona’s Debt increase by 19 Euros after buying 19 Ice Cream Cones.

  29. Humphrey Bogart
    October 16, 2010

    Iniesta! Since he is becoming a father he is really rocking the pitch. Go, Don Andres. And Xavi; simple the best, welcome back Humphrey, we dearly missed you

    • blitzen
      October 16, 2010

      Did you notice how he rubbed his belly after he scored? So cute! 😀

      • Humphrey Bogart
        October 16, 2010

        Yeah, hope he gets a boy and then they can give him a contract straight away (like Atletico with Benj, the son from El Kun) I mean with this dad I think we have a future star lining up

  30. Spiro
    October 16, 2010

    Villa was persistant and involved which was the positive, Messi was in his home sickness funk thanks to the fifa break, but he opened up near the end. give him time.

    is it just a coincidence that the number of mistakes in defence has reduced to almost null. Could it be the new pitch?

    Defence was solid fo sho!

    Second half we played as if we came off a 10 match winning treak.

    • Eklavya
      October 16, 2010

      No defensive mistakes? Are you joking?

  31. Jnice
    October 16, 2010

    Dude over at Valencia offside claiming we are pathetic because we lied about the injuries to Pedro and Xavi just so they wouldn’t play with Spain. Clueless.

    • blitzen
      October 16, 2010

      Are you serious? Have they no idea how much we have all been fretting about the possibility of Xavi being permanently impaired? About whether Pedro will be fit for the Copenhagen game? Ugh. Just ugh.

    • Ethan
      October 16, 2010

      well being almost our entire team is spain, and we won all our qualifiers, who really gives a shit. everyone knows how well our technical staff does with our players when injured, so who could really have doubted them being able to come back after that long of a break. so yes, clueless fan.

    • jordi(TM)
      October 16, 2010

      Or maybe we just have good doctors? nah thats makes too much sense.

    • Ryan
      October 16, 2010

      Meh, if they want to lay blame on anyone, put it on the Valencia team for not scoring more in the first half when they had us on the ropes.

  32. Humphrey Bogart
    October 16, 2010

    Yeah, never mind that P&P as well as Sergio and Don Andres played both games and their player just some minutes

  33. Ethan
    October 16, 2010

    That second half was epic. we should’ve opened the floodgates. But to be honest, i saw flashes of what came in the second, in the first. That’s why i was so confident at halftime during the liveblog. i knew we could turn it around based on what was happening, and knew pep would be able to get us on track. if we can get back to playing how we finished, we can get back to our true form and destroying teams. we have all the weapons, we just need work on the finishing, but seeing us begin to shoot more and attack better, i have high hopes.

  34. blitzen
    October 16, 2010

    Dammit! Thong Boy just scored to make it 2-0 for Real Madrid.

    Focus your hate, people!

    • Jose
      October 16, 2010

      To hate them is to acknowledge that you respect them. Naaaaah 😛

      • Miguel
        October 16, 2010

        *oh forgot the brow
        \m/(>”<)\m/

    • Helge
      October 16, 2010

      I focus all my hate on this eternal enemy, but right now it doesn’t help. Anyway, let’s see what happens when they face real opponents like Valencia, Villarreal or AC Milan on Tuesday!!!

  35. Jose
    October 16, 2010

    Jnice, man, I wouldn’t even bother. You’ll find that most fans like to take their team blogs to be their own private community to say stupid, hateful things. And I’m not talking about calling that other team “EE” or ragging on Mourinho’s mind games.

    Realized this over several attempts that went sort of like this “OMG did you see that picture, Ibra and Pique are both GAY jajaja just like all Barca players, lololol” / “Well no, excuse me, they both actually have girlfriend, and even if they were, there’s nothing wrong with that” / “MM get out of here YOU TROLL, this page is for MADRID not Barca FANBOYS, get a life”.

    Yeah.

    • Kari
      October 16, 2010

      True dat, Jose.

      I don’t bother ragging on what other people say on their blog; as long as they don’t come here with their nonsense, I don’t really care.

      The guy on the Valencia offside who posted that is more partial to EE anyway, so double boo to him.

    • Jnice
      October 16, 2010

      So true. I just can’t help it sometimes when I see the silly comments.

  36. Kari
    October 16, 2010

    Dani Alves: “Yeah, Vicente was waiting for me, people had to calm him down. But it was nothing bad, those things happen.”

    Sure, Dani, sure.

  37. Kari
    October 16, 2010

    Oh, and I should say that they’re some cool people at the Valencia offside; Javier de Roque is a dedicated blogger and Nithin in particular really knows his/her/their stuff.

  38. Kxevin
    October 16, 2010

    Have watched 1.5 times, and might start from the beginning again, just to witness how people can sleepwalk with a football.

    Keita came off limping and holding his groin. Hope it’s nothing serious, but I wouldn’t expect to see him for a while.

  39. October 16, 2010

    Lots of news from the club business, including that Rosell announced that the board is going to review the decision of the other day, to make the club “by us, for us.” It is suggested that something less radical might be in the offing.

    Looks like collective scorn can have an effect. I hope.

  40. October 16, 2010

    Good news on the injury front. Both Xavi and Keita are fine. And Rosell is still loathsome.

    Back to the match, so I can bang out a review that will piss everybody off. 😀

    • Kari
      October 16, 2010

      Pitchforks are ready and sharpened 😀

    • blitzen
      October 16, 2010

      Let me guess: Villa gets a 0, Messi a 2, and Bojan a -12 — oh, wait did he even play? 😀

  41. blitzen
    October 16, 2010

    Oh, and thank you again to VicSoc for hosting the LiveBlog. It’s a thankless job and those of us who can’t really appreciate it.

  42. ML
    October 16, 2010

    Commentator: ‘Its almost like hes… captain caveman!!!’

    Carles Puyol IS captain caveman. idiots.

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