Getafe v Barca, Match Comments Post

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263 Comments

  1. Miguel
    November 7, 2010

    someone mentioned wanting masche & maxwell in the starting line-up. they got their wish.

  2. Jim
    November 7, 2010

    Worth repeating the line up at the start of this thread.

    Valdes – Alves Pique Puyol Maxwell – Xavi Mascherano Iniesta – Pedro Messi Villa.

    I said I’d like a better look at Masch now that he has settled a bit so I’m happy enough. Plus our dynamic duo in midfield should be too much for them and hopefully we can get Xavi off at half time.

    • Tajh
      November 7, 2010

      WEll I’m just happy to get Iniesta back in mid and Pedro back in the front line.

  3. Miguel
    November 7, 2010

    i’m trying to be blissfully ignorant of the results from today’s matches. games are all on my dvr’s memory bank. maybe sticking around here isn’t a very good idea.

    good luck & have fun!

  4. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    I can run the liveblog…if it’s not too late. But I haven’t done it before, so maybe next time?

    • Tajh
      November 7, 2010

      Yeah same here i can run the liveblog if needed..Did it for a non-football event before….

  5. Ryan
    November 7, 2010

    /inserts obligatory “Buy Torres now!!” after his good game.

    ESPN3’s stream is looking good for those lacking the game on TV btw.

    • Tajh
      November 7, 2010

      Well the Fernando Torres I want us to get does not play for Liverpool but right here in our league!!!

    • tarik
      November 7, 2010

      linkage by any chance? tried to find it but failed.

  6. Jose
    November 7, 2010

    Getafe fans sporting a “Alves, lo tuyo es el teatro” signs.

    “Alves, your thing is the theater” or “Alves, you were meant for the theater”

  7. blitzen
    November 7, 2010

    /http://atdhe.net/27779/watch-getafe-vs-barcelona

  8. blitzen
    November 7, 2010

    ??? Why are we wearing salmon instead of minty green?

  9. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    English Veetle Sky Sports /http://www.veetle.com/index.php/channel/view#4cd6e1746c2d4

  10. Vj
    November 7, 2010

    ||http://atdhe.net/27715/watch-getafe-vs-barcelona

  11. Dave
    November 7, 2010

    Getafe are runts- Real Madrids b team

  12. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    The english papers have that we will sign Garath Bale for 50m in January. So 50 for Bale and 50 for Cesc that makes 100m, aren’t we supposed to be poor ? Bad miss there from the goal machine.

  13. Hilal
    November 7, 2010

    What the fuck was that from Villa. I am really getting sick of these squandered chances. That had to be a goal, it just had to be.

  14. Dave
    November 7, 2010

    Cesc is the only one the club want- Afellay would be a steal, the kind they failed to make with Ozil

  15. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    I can’t run the liveblog ever.

  16. Hilal
    November 7, 2010

    Damn, Messi is too honest sometimes. HE should have gone down there.

  17. Louis
    November 7, 2010

    WOuld that have been a PK had Messi chosen to go down?

  18. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    I agree Dave Ozil was a missed opportunity and he gave a few come and get mes to Barca, he would have filled in nicely for Xavi. The club seem determined to sign Cesc though.

  19. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    Pique’s looking for his yellow 😀

  20. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    This goalkeeper is not solid at all. We need to shoot more.

  21. Dave
    November 7, 2010

    just to show how close RM and Getafe apart from players and managers- you may have noticed Tomas ‘crazy madrista’ Roncero in the director’s box. He talks Shite for AS

  22. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    WHAT AAAAAAAAAAAA GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!

    • Ethan
      November 7, 2010

      The entire Goal was set up by Messi, holding the ball waiting for alves to cut, amazing pass behind the defense to alves, for some reason he pulls it back for villa instead of shooting, but then villa has the sense to put it back for the on rushing messi, and then messi puts it in the only space available brilliantly. what a wonder.

  23. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    That pass from Messi to Alves….

    What a BS FK…

  24. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    Villa’s not having a great start to this game. Pick it up, Guaje!

  25. Louis
    November 7, 2010

    I do not understand how teams get away with performing like this in front of their own fans. Getafe has absolutely no ambition to do anything besides park the bus.

    It honestly seems like they are blatantly just giving the ball back to us when they get any kind of counter going. Either that, or they are just horrible at over the top passes.

  26. jordi(TM)
    November 7, 2010

    all of a sudden codina turns into superman :/

  27. Ethan
    November 7, 2010

    sorry, that shit was amazing, and not offsides, this linesman looking for any reason to deny us, lame.

  28. jordi(TM)
    November 7, 2010

    EE would have gotten that marginal offside.Just sayin

  29. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    HE IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE GOAL MACHINE !

  30. Jose
    November 7, 2010

    I feel bad for the Getafe keeper… Jeez, is he out of his depth today…

  31. Ethan
    November 7, 2010

    Messi is just incredible. That’s all im sayin. = D

  32. mei
    November 7, 2010

    amazing attacking from us.
    Mascherano , what a player.

  33. jordi(TM)
    November 7, 2010

    happy for david.We are playing sexually.

  34. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    It’s true though what Louis says, my god who would pay to watch these clowns every week.

  35. November 7, 2010

    Now Messi can stop being over obsessed in making Villa score. Its amazing how much unselfishness he shows sometimes. And sportsmanship as well.

    Alves need to play better…

  36. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    Pique’s looking for a yellow, keep watching him 😀

  37. Vj
    November 7, 2010

    76% possesion.. Now thats more like it!

  38. Vj
    November 7, 2010

    Geez! on my feed, except for Pique and Puyol, the rest of the players are invisible..

    • Jose
      November 7, 2010

      Even the commentators were chuckling… an obvious “I wanna get me a yellow NAO” move, without being reckless to another player.

    • Kari
      November 7, 2010

      I’ve got a English veetle, if it works for you

      /http://www.veetle.com/index.php/channel/view#4cd6e1746c2d4

  39. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    This is just embarrassing. We’re slicing them open at will.

    I love it.

    LOL and Pique gets his yellow 😀

  40. Jose
    November 7, 2010

    Messiiiiiii, uffffff… hard shot anyhow.

  41. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    I think Andres should think about growing a beard and Valdes growing some hair and perming it to challenge Puyol for the king of the perm..

  42. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    “Darkness descended upon Miku pretty sharply there”

    Quote from the commentator when we crowded Miku off the ball.

  43. Josep
    November 7, 2010

    Just gonna say Thiago for Xavi at half.
    I gotta go going out to watch the Bears game.
    Also, Jnice I’m the one who tweeted to you. 😀

    • Jnice
      November 7, 2010

      Thiago was left out for this match.

      And what’s your name on twitter? How come I don’t see it.?

        • Jnice
          November 7, 2010

          Mine is Jnicee17 two e’s instead of one.

          • Josep
            November 7, 2010

            Yeah, I follow you. The only reason I found you was pep mentionedl ast week you were leading the prediction game.

        • Jnice
          November 7, 2010

          Leader!!

          Alright, I just requested to follow you.

  44. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    That was ass kicking of 08/09 proportions.

    OMG! Eidur is doing the halftime analysis for Sky!

  45. Hilal
    November 7, 2010

    And some people thought Mascherano was not “Barca quality” or that he couldnt pass. HA

    • Kari
      November 7, 2010

      *Raises hand

      I’m enjoying my humble pie and drinking the Kool Aid.

    • Dave
      November 7, 2010

      they need a good tar and feathering

  46. extreme barca fan
    November 7, 2010

    for me villa’s pass to messi is the assist of the season, also lets give xavi a rest before he is injured

  47. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    Man! -.- The dude running my stream changed the “channel” to an analysis of the Arsenal fail at defending earlier today.

    I. don’t. need. to. see. it.

  48. November 7, 2010

    I like to see Adriano for Alves in the second half, and Milito for Puyol.

    • Josep
      November 7, 2010

      I’d say for Pique, as we have to practice someone to partner Puyol with Pique now going to miss the Villareal match.

  49. MoSSi
    November 7, 2010

    What the F*** is wrong with Dani Alves?

    • Jnice
      November 7, 2010

      Offensively, I like how available he’s been.

  50. Jim
    November 7, 2010

    Actually Xavi’s not having to work hard at all. He’s keeping it pretty simple. He also seems to me to be running more freely than last time.

  51. Jose
    November 7, 2010

    The center circle in Getafe’s stadium is a big BURGER KING logo.

  52. blitzen
    November 7, 2010

    Anyone got a non-ESPN stream? Mine keeps starting and stopping, it’s really annoying. No Veetle.

  53. Hilal
    November 7, 2010

    I like the way we’ve played, although Getafe has not made it that hard for us. What I dont like is that once again he have missed more chances than we have taken. This should be 4 or 5 goals to the good. Its not that i am greedy (well maybe a little) but I just hate to see chances being wasted, especially when the play leading to them is so good. Lets hope for a more clinical second half!

  54. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    I hope we don’t get complacent…

  55. Vj
    November 7, 2010

    ||http://atdhe.net/27715/watch-getafe-vs-barcelona

    vshare plugin for mozilla required..

  56. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    VV! Nice!

    Don’t like this attacking Getafe, but it’s better this way. I think we’ve toned down a bit.

    Messi’s trying to score a header now. It’s been too easy for him, so he’s trying to make it more difficult 😀

  57. Jose
    November 7, 2010

    Harsh tackle on Messi by Dexter Boateng.

  58. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    Pique doesn’t look so good.

    That was a scissor tackle and it wasn’t pretty. Boateng’s been owned so often, I hope Messi doesn’t get injured 🙁

  59. Jim
    November 7, 2010

    Can we please agree that Alves should be kept at least 50 metres from any free kick we’re given in the future?

  60. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    Alves should not be allowed take our free kicks.

    Messi, Xavi, or Villa all the way.

  61. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    sMasch is learning, but he needs to be less obvious when looking for FKs…but that’s why Busi is there to show him the ropes 😀

  62. Jim
    November 7, 2010

    Yeah, Xavi’s having to work a little harder chasing now.

  63. BA
    November 7, 2010

    Thiago and Bojan both need to come in, and soon.

  64. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    These Brazilians seem to think their great at the free kicks when in fact they score abouy 2% of them at best.

  65. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    GET BOJAN IN THIS GAME!

    If he can’t score by himself, Getafe’s defense thinks Christmas is early so they’ll give him a pass 😀

  66. Jim
    November 7, 2010

    You just have to drool over the control Xavi and Iniesta give us in any game where they play together.

  67. Jose
    November 7, 2010

    lol, this English commentator on ESPN3 really has it in for Cronaldo.

    Earlier in the match “Messi doesn’t take the dive where most players would! I won’t name any names though… I mean we all saw Cristiano Ronaldo this weekend against Milan and…”

    Then he brings up Pinto, “Pinto still suspended for whistling against Copenhagen. Curious to note that Pinto is suspended for two games for cheating, but a player like, say, Cristiano Ronaldo is not reprimanded for blatantly cheating against Milan, pretending to be hit in the face when he wasn’t…”

    Pedro GOL!

  68. Clue(less)
    November 7, 2010

    The trident of Alves, Messi and Villa worked together well in the first 35 min, its like the ‘big 3′ in Miami, once they start gelling its over. Alves must feel like a kid in a candy shop now that he has not only his RF (Messi) making dynamic runs, but Villa at CF is doin’ work too. In fact Villa made 4-5 diagonal runs in the first 35 min, Alves passed up on all of them, opting to feed Messi instead. I hope Villa does not get discouraged.

  69. jordi(TM)
    November 7, 2010

    What the fuck was that second yellow for

  70. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    Keita warming up.

    Umm… what?! Pique red.

  71. Jim
    November 7, 2010

    Bugger !

    does he miss the Classico ?

  72. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    It’s for a handball, but I think it’s harsh…

  73. Jose
    November 7, 2010

    Well ummmm… I think this means that Pique will be out for Villareal and for Almeria he will STILL be on the four yellow card count. So he might not even play the next two La Liga matches in order to make the Clasico.

  74. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    I hope we murder them now. UNLEASE THE KRKIC!

    • BA
      November 7, 2010

      i would *love* for someone to photoshop Bojan’s face onto the Kraken’s body from Clash of the Titans.

  75. BA
    November 7, 2010

    Pep should have subbed him. i don’t know why Pep waits so long to make changes when we’re clearing coasting.

    and then he takes off Villa instead of Xavi. i don’t get it.

    • Dave
      November 7, 2010

      One fault I have against Guardiola, he has a tendency to be slow making changes

  76. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    F*ck. Iniesta should have scored, brilliant save though.

  77. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    Silly Pique. Leo’s on fire I see a bright future in the game for this kid.

    • Clue(less)
      November 7, 2010

      yeah I tend to agree, I think Leo will be a good, if not great player one day. That is if he can fit into our system lol.

  78. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    ….

    At least it’s a game now. We had to become complacent and 10 men for it to happen.

  79. jordi(TM)
    November 7, 2010

    Dani dummying the ball in our box. *facedesk*

  80. BA
    November 7, 2010

    Busquets comes on. waited too long to bring Xavi off and it’s a negative substitution. what’s the aversion to Thiago?

  81. BA
    November 7, 2010

    this 2nd half is retarded. we’re playing stupidly, bad subs, and Getafe are getting closer and closer.

    as Maxwell clears 1 off the line. we’re losing focus and looking very poor.

    • jordi(TM)
      November 7, 2010

      Bad subs? who else if not busi? keita?

  82. BA
    November 7, 2010

    Boateng sent off, and looks like his head is made out of a Lego. that’s the squarest head i’ve ever seen.

    • Kari
      November 7, 2010

      I’ll tell you whose head looks like it was photoshoped onto his body: Tito Ortiz

  83. Jose
    November 7, 2010

    Caudina made an easy save look absolutely spectacular! Credit to him 😛

  84. BA
    November 7, 2010

    jee sus. we’ve looked COMPLETELY out of sorts in the 2nd half. should be 3-3.

    • BlaugranaDOOM
      November 7, 2010

      Bad finishing really. It could also be 6-1.

  85. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    This is a skillful version of an EPL game 😀

  86. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    Chelsea had their first real test today madrid have theirs tonight but I can only see a win for madrid i’m afraid.

    • Dave
      November 7, 2010

      Actually Chelsea’s came against Man City and they were found out. As for tonite, its Real for sure- Athletico are bottlers in the Derby

  87. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    Messi gets booked for missing that chance 😀

  88. Hilal
    November 7, 2010

    You know if we had taken all our good chances today we would have scored about 8 goals. Messi and Villa both should have scored 3. It is so frustrating to watch!!!

  89. BA
    November 7, 2010

    Masch has taken a real beating in the center today.

  90. Dave
    November 7, 2010

    Most defensive Barca will ever be – Keita Mash Busi

  91. Jnice
    November 7, 2010

    Great first half, we fell off the pace in the 2nd.

    3 goals, but damn, can we please improve our finishing? We should’ve had 6 or 7.

  92. Dave
    November 7, 2010

    Can anyone beat Real in FM 2010?How?

  93. Kari
    November 7, 2010

    I enjoyed that match. Very much so.

  94. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    It’s the nearest thing they’ll get besides us Valencia and Villareal

  95. Jose
    November 7, 2010

    Got the win today, and no injuries. That whole Pique affair is unfortunate.

    Oh, and if any of you are watching the Madrid derby hoping to see Real drop points, then you will only be disappointed. Real Madrid starts with 6 points every season because of those colchoneros.

    • Jose
      November 7, 2010

      Why is everyone incorrectly adding an “h” to Atletico?

  96. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    Their up to something with that H I tell ya.

  97. Clue(less)
    November 7, 2010

    The only reason I am concerned about us not finishing our chances, and us allowing stupid goals, is the fact that EE already has a +7 goal advantage against us, which is like being another point ahead. I know they have some tough matches coming up, and I would bet the farm that Messi ends with more goals then Greg Louganis (see what I did there!!) but we need to start pounding some ass while keeping clean sheets.

    • jordi(TM)
      November 7, 2010

      head to head is all that matters though

    • Jose
      November 7, 2010

      But… goal differential doesn’t matter unless we have equal but opposite results AND we’re drawn.

      It’s the great thing about La Liga. It don’t matter if you win 9-0 or 1-0. In 36 of 28 matches (usually), it’s all about the result.

  98. Auld Super
    November 7, 2010

    I can watch real games till they go ahead then I cannot watch anymore. If the petulant one scores again tonight I will not be happy.

  99. blitzen
    November 7, 2010

    And BTW, Villareal spanked Bilbao 4-1 today. They just keep getting better as the season goes on. Can’t wait to play them!

  100. Jnice
    November 7, 2010

    For those who were calling for Thiago to come in, remember, he was dropped before the game and didn’t make the bench.

    • Jnice
      November 7, 2010

      LOL, why are you even watching?! I called 4-0 before the match and stick by that.

    • jordi(TM)
      November 7, 2010

      Last year didnt reyes or someone actually assist higuain? I hate Atleti.

      • MoSSi
        November 7, 2010

        Why do they even play those 2 games?

        • BA
          November 7, 2010

          they should just start Real with 6 points every season and save both teams the trip.

  101. Clue(less)
    November 7, 2010

    Isaiah, someone wrote a soccernet article saying Pastore dreams of playing for Barca, do you think that is the case, could we get him at a discounted price?

  102. poipoi
    November 7, 2010

    bernabeu pushes the team a lot, it’s almost impossible than atleti wins there. haven’t seen a thing but I can imagine 😉 carvalho scored 1st ozil 2nd right?

    I wanna meet EE in camp nou so badly we should play every month

  103. jordi(TM)
    November 7, 2010

    Are they reeally singing jose mourinho? Fanbois.

    • Helge
      November 7, 2010

      Well, they buy most of their players from other clubs, do you expect them to invent an own chant for Mourinho? No, they just copy the Chelsea fans. Copy and buy, that’s how Real Madrid rolls.

  104. jordi(TM)
    November 7, 2010

    Btw how many times does alonso handball without penalties being given?Its not even like its disguised.

    • Diego S.
      November 7, 2010

      I said that too, I can’t remember the earlier cases though 😀

  105. Tajh
    November 7, 2010

    How many games is Pique out for?? I will like to think his suspension will only be for the Cup game against Ceuta and he will be available for Villarreal….I’m not sure but i think thats how it works right??

    Since Trezeguet got a double yellow card sending off, spent the cup game suspend and was back for the Real Madrid game the following week. Can someone enlighten me please?!?!?!?

    • Kari
      November 7, 2010

      A second yellow red means (and someone please confirm) that you’re suspended for a game, but your yellow count isn’t wiped clean. Pique will still be on 4–one away from another suspension– when he returns.

      He’d have to get another yellow against Vilarreal for him to be certain for El Clasico

      • Diego S.
        November 7, 2010

        Confirmed.

        He will miss Villareal , Play against Almeria with 4 yellows , If he receives one , He’ll miss the Classico.

        • Diego S.
          November 7, 2010

          Forgot about Ceuta. My mistake.

  106. Diego S.
    November 7, 2010

    Quique Flores pressing a button on one of his gadgets :

    “Full Pathetico Mode !! Activate !!”

  107. Diego S.
    November 7, 2010

    Anyone knows why the referee was so generous with cards today ?

  108. Tajh
    November 7, 2010

    Man i can’t wait for our derby!!!!!!!! Its always a fierce contest home and away!!!!!

    BTW I now noticed that we have the Catalonia Cup(only Cup we have not won under Pep) coming up…

    Might not be as important but I really wanna see unused youngsters I never had a chance to watch closely.

  109. Cluless(John)
    November 7, 2010

    Let’s sit piqué out for 2 gams, so he is in el clasico, then make sure he goes in strong on Greg Luganous (not dirty) in the 70th min of el clasico, when we are already up by 2 or 3 to clear his yellows.

  110. Humphrey Bogart
    November 7, 2010

    Thanks to Pique to give some tension for the last 20 minutes. I do not know what it is with this guy and handballs. Fantastic to see how the Villa/Messi partnership is growing and that Pedro may have his mojo back. So next Villareal, lets do to them what our B Team did to their B Team yesterday

  111. Humphrey Bogart
    November 7, 2010

    And shame on Patetico. Why do they bother to turn up? Do they not know what derby means? I mean Espanyol are nearly killing themselves against us and they can not be bothered to put any effort their derby.

  112. blitzen
    November 7, 2010

    I usually try to stay away from calling other teams nasty nicknames (EE, Pathetico), but that was…that was…PATHETIC!

    • Tajh
      November 7, 2010

      Well the match was closer than it was in years….Pathetico hit the post, had a penalty not called etc…..so I would say at least they had chances unlike in previous years when they would just roll over to EE….

      EE fans can easily say that Sevilla does the same to us every year and let us steam roll them…I guess its just La Liga, every team has THAT team….

      A team will however test Madrid soon enough (might be us to bring them back down to earth)..After next week they have run of Athletic Club wk12 (home), Barca wk13(Away), and Valencia wk14 (Home)…then Sevilla in wk 16…
      Plus UCL games in between-There’s no way in hell they can repeat the same lineup like they have been in all these high tensity games.

      I Just hope Sevilla takes points off them like they did last year.

        • Kari
          November 7, 2010

          Disagree on you not calling them “names”.

          It’s not insulting if it’s fact 😀

  113. Vicsoc8
    November 7, 2010

    Do red card bans from La Liga apply to the Copa? I was under the impression they didn’t. I think Pique is definitely out for Villareal, and will still have to worry about being on four yellows if he plays agains Almeria.

    I say rest him for the two games so he is guaranteed for El Clasico. Pep has been doing a pretty good job of giving players rest (better than previous years) and maybe it’s time for Pique to have one.

  114. JZ
    November 7, 2010

    Was the outcome at anytime in doubt? That’s why La Liga is sometimes so pointless, always a 2 horse race. Might as well just skip all the other matches and go straight to El Classico. It’s so dull even you guys have to talk about the Liverpool/Chelsea game in a post about Getafe vs Barca.

    • Jose
      November 7, 2010

      The last five matches in La Liga between Getafe and Barcelona ended in 4 wins for Barcelona and 1 draw. Two of the wins were with one-goal margins. Two seasons ago, the two teams also met in the Copa del Rey, with Getafe beating Barcelona over two legs.

      Does Barcelona always beat Getafe? No, ergo, the outcome is in doubt before the match.

    • Kari
      November 7, 2010

      I don’t want to delve too deeply into it, but the EPL is also a 2 horse race. Historically, it’s been Man Utd-Liverpool (I’d say the 70s and 80s), Man Utd-Arsenal ( ’00-04) and then the Man Utd-Chelski we have now.

      The only difference is we don’t have pretenders (sorry, but it’s true) like Arsenal that always say they’ll challenge for the league but always finish third, or shockingly of late, fourth(!). When Arsenal play Chelsea or Man Utd, does anyone really think Arsenal will win that game? Liverpool has “fallen”, but they’ll probably still make the top 6. Man Citeh’s billions have taken them to the top-ish.

      Everton/Aston Villa and Tottenham are always in the Europa League (aforementioned fall of Liverpool means pretenders Tottenham gets a shot at the CL for a season)

      At least in La Liga, the other two Champions League spots and Europa League races are wide open (EPL has the infamous “Top 4”). Sevilla, Valencia, Vilareal, and Pathetico duke it out for the CL . You have Espanyol(grr!) and Depor for the Europa…

      This has somehow turned into a rant, but the La Liga = SPL bullsh*t of late is sickening. It’s media garbage and English people know it (see the latest comments section of Sid Lowe’s latest article.)

      • Kari
        November 7, 2010

        Oh! Another thing I forgot to mention is that Getafe was fielding a slightly weaker side because they are now in the Europa League. Because their squad/depth isn’t as awesome as ours and the players aren’t used to playing midweek, the rotation and fatigue negatively affected their team. Our dominance today, especially in the first half, was partly due to that.

        • Jose
          November 7, 2010

          I would also mention that for the last eight years or so, the “Top 4” of England were relatively certain to get the CL spots, with the occasional hiccup. This meant that that there teams like Arsenal and Liverpool could reliably work out their upcoming budget depending on that cash.

          The 3-6th places in La Liga are jumbled up every year (with one of the top two sometimes falling into them). Sevilla, Valencia, ATM, Villareal, etc. are all good teams, but they don’t have a reliable stream of continental money like the English pretender do.

  115. Cindy
    November 7, 2010

    Random question. What happens if the B team finishes top 3 in the Segunda? They cant both play in the same league… right?

    • Kari
      November 7, 2010

      Yup!

      It sucks, but even if our awesome B team wins the Segunda, they can’t play with the big boys.

  116. Robert
    November 7, 2010

    Cindy,
    The B team cannot be in the same division as the A team. So 1st-3rd position will not get them promoted unless the A team were to be relegated at the same time.
    The B team also doesn’t play in the Spanish Cup either.

  117. Cindy
    November 7, 2010

    So why even bother…. That must burn….. they are tied for points 3rd now and cant get rewarded for their efforts… that blows
    About the Copa del Rey… double burn….

    • Robert
      November 7, 2010

      FCB wants experienced players, so that’s why they want the team.
      The players play the FCB way and they are already under contract.

      The players get experience and a paycheck for a big team. Thus they can either get promoted or go to another team as a Barca product.

    • Kari
      November 7, 2010

      It’s all EE’s fault. There was once a Copa game where the A teams and B teams both made the final and the B team obviously rolled over for the A team. To prevent the same happening, the league banned the two from being in the same league.

      But the plus side is what Robert’s said. They get valuable experience and by playing at a higher level, they’ll be better players in the future.

  118. Josep
    November 7, 2010

    To piggyback on the “two horse race” thing is don’t people realize almost EVERY league is like this? Every single league has its historically big teams. and then once in a while a random team wins..
    like 00 deportivo.

    EPL was already noted, in Portugal its Porto, Benfica, or Sporting.
    In Netherlands its PSV, or Ajax. I guess or Feyenoord and once Alkmaar.
    Italy its Roma, Juve, Milans.
    France its OL or OM.
    Germany has a lot of parity though.
    SPL is Celtic/Rangers
    Even Norway has just Rosenborg (who hold the record for 15 straight championships)

    Its a dead horse, let it go.

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