Barça – Ceuta Match Comments Post

Starting lineups:

Barça: Pinto, Adriano, Bartra, Milito, Maxwell, Mascherano, Keita, Thiago, Nolito, Bojan, Pedro
Ceuta: Fock, Vitor Moreno, Cañas, Zamora, Pepe Marti­nez, Sandro, Ormazabal; Seguro, Guzman, David Torres

Bojan is the captain, just so you know.

Barça lead 2-0 on aggregate going into this match.

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239 Comments

  1. justin
    November 10, 2010

    yep, pedro lost the ball, nolito got it beat tow defenders and put it over the goalie.

  2. Nav
    November 10, 2010

    Awesome start then.

    I thought we were going to have live blog? 🙁

  3. blitzen
    November 10, 2010

    Nolito has something to prove tonight. Now it’s Bojan’s turn to step up.

  4. poipoi
    November 10, 2010

    no liveblog? U_U

    nolitoooooo

    he is the business

  5. Tajh
    November 10, 2010

    That Nolito goal showed us why so many teams is interested in him!!!

  6. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    No real good links–oh, terrible pass Bojan–Ciaran

    Try some of these: /http://www.myp2p.eu/broadcast.php?matchid=94544&part=sports

    I’m using a Portuguese veetle: /http://veetle.com/index.php/channel/view#4cd2f852e5601

  7. extreme barca fan
    November 10, 2010

    great work by thiago to make the 2nd goal

  8. Louis
    November 10, 2010

    Goal from Milito with a Strike! Great play by Thiago to control the ball and get it to him.

  9. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    The fact it’s Thiago with the assist and Milito with the goal is just too awesome!

  10. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    It’s Ceuta but we’re killing them 😀

    Bojan just needs to get his goal…

  11. blitzen
    November 10, 2010

    Sounds great so far! I may end up downloading it after all.

    In other news, Wigan has equalized with Liverpool. Boo.

  12. extreme barca fan
    November 10, 2010

    i didnt want us to score so early, just to keep things interesting, but now its going to be a shooting practice

  13. blitzen
    November 10, 2010

    Goal.com has credited Bartra with the second goal…

  14. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    Look at how much freakin’ space their giving Nolito…

  15. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    oh fresh page! Thiago’s assist to Milito was really impressive!

  16. Tajh
    November 10, 2010

    Some reason all my comments are not being published idk why!
    TEST TRY

  17. Tajh
    November 10, 2010

    So Nolito & Milito scores!!!

    I want Thiago and Adriano to now score!!!!

    • cliveee
      November 10, 2010

      I guess we all wanna see Bojano to score.

    • cliveee
      November 10, 2010

      *http://atdhe.net/28002/watch-barcelona-vs-ceuta

  18. blitzen
    November 10, 2010

    Universidad de Las Palmas is one up over Atletico Madrid. Oy.

  19. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    Thiago’s elastico attempt failed. But he looks very lively on the pitch.

  20. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    So the goalkeeper’s name is Fock

    And here I though the commentator was secretly saying something…indecent.

    • extreme barca fan
      November 10, 2010

      what the fock??… lol

  21. extreme barca fan
    November 10, 2010

    thiago is going iniesta on them

  22. Tajh
    November 10, 2010

    Barta looking pretty much solid so far!!

  23. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    Probably need to get ready to produce another highlight for tonight’s Thiago show.

      • Tajh
        November 10, 2010

        Thiago probably heard about all these Afellay coming in Jan. rumors so hes trying to prove himself!! lolzz

  24. mei
    November 10, 2010

    nolito is freaking crazy.
    Thiago is first team material alright.

    • Tajh
      November 10, 2010

      Im loving the way Nolito is playing right now!! Even though its against Ceuta, I’m still appreciating his effort.

      Thiago has been Thaigo….He is showing all his attributes right now!!

  25. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    FOCK! The Ceuta keeper saved it. Would have been awesome if Bartra scored that.

  26. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    That back kick of Bartra could have killed Fock!

  27. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    Bojan go ahead and take that penalty, please.

  28. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    RED!

    PENALTY OMG BOJAN! THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! SCORE!!

  29. justin
    November 10, 2010

    didn’t think that shoulda been a penalty? also bojan just cannot score right now.

    • Tajh
      November 10, 2010

      Man its like that black cat that was around the Nou Camp not to long ago is really affecting Bojan!!! lol!!

  30. Ciaran
    November 10, 2010

    poor Bojan. He needs some luck and some goals

  31. IS
    November 10, 2010

    Who didn’t see that penalty miss coming?

    • Tajh
      November 10, 2010

      The thing is he tried so hard to make sure he didn’t MISS

      By trying to fake the keeper and send it way into the corner just screwed with his aim.

  32. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    60 more minutes to prove your worth, Bojan.

  33. majatt
    November 10, 2010

    Wow, bojan sucks the ducks nuts…I fear he may need to turn it around in this game if he is to have a chance even the most patient member of staff must be watching and going “the post? wtf…not even on target?”

  34. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    I’m actually feeling down even though we’re winning 2-0 and up a man.

    Also, I wonder if Messi’s gonna play now. Putting him on would just be over-overkill. Although, I’d put him on, with his instructions being “MakeBojan score. I don’t care how”

    • cliveee
      November 10, 2010

      Thiago is working very hard on it. Sending Bojan every ball possible for him to score. It depends on himself whether to take it.

  35. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    I was so ready to say Bojan would score his first goal since MAY. But now it looks like there will be more delay.

  36. justin
    November 10, 2010

    Kari, we can’t put messi in. It’s not sportsmanlike. Think about it this way, what would you say if madrid put ronaldo into a game where they were completely outclassing a segunda team that had only ten men in? Messi should not be risked nor is it right to do to ceuta to play him. But maybe we tell pedro to set up bojan?

    • cliveee
      November 10, 2010

      lol, they actually put their A team in against Murcia.

      • justin
        November 10, 2010

        I did not know that. Didn’t they tie with murcia?

        • Kari
          November 10, 2010

          Yup and that was with their A- team

        • Tajh
          November 10, 2010

          lol they subbed on the majority of their A team to then finally win 5-1

    • Kari
      November 10, 2010

      Well Ceuta just scored, so we have an excuse 😀

  37. Tajh
    November 10, 2010

    He should have stayed with the #11 shirt..It looks like the #9 is just not fitting with him

  38. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    So I think I jinxed Bojan with my avatar

  39. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    good goal by Ceuta, they deserve this goal.

  40. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    watch their number 10 is not bad at all.

  41. Jnice
    November 10, 2010

    Why do we always give up goals for no reason? It’s stupid.

    • Kari
      November 10, 2010

      To make it interesting. Didn’t you know? Get with the times, man! 😀

  42. Ryan
    November 10, 2010

    Milito subbed out with a hamstring problem.

  43. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    Our pressure is super.

    Crap, hamstring.

  44. Jnice
    November 10, 2010

    Looks like Abidal will be playing CB against Villareal. Bartra or Fontas will probably be called up to the bench.

    • Tajh
      November 10, 2010

      Man i hope not!!!! Rossi and Nilmar will certainly take advantage!!!

      • Jnice
        November 10, 2010

        What other options are there? Abidal will have to be in with Fontas or Bartra on the bench.

    • jordi(TM)
      November 10, 2010

      🙁 And nilmar and rossi are so nippy.

  45. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    Milito’s off injured 🙁 Abidal on.

  46. yoyoma
    November 10, 2010

    I like Milito, but he should be a coach or something because his legs are terrible.

  47. Jnice
    November 10, 2010

    Why wasn’t Maxwell at the far post for the goal?

  48. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    Wow, I don’t think I’ve been this down before with us winning–let alone up a man, comfortable dominating for the majority of the match like we are now.

    Milto injury and Bojan’s penalty miss really put a damper on things

    • Kari
      November 10, 2010

      I will make the assumption you mean 81% possession.

      Otherwise, you might have to repeat that.

  49. Euler
    November 10, 2010

    Cueta should have two goals in this match. Bartra was roasted very badly twice. They scored the second time Bartra made his mistake and came close on Bartra’s first mistake. Those were both terminal errors for a defender.

    Milito now appears to have pulled his hamstring.

    Short squad. We heard all about the advantages of the short squad all summer.

    The team may now be down to two CB and Abidal as the only backup besides B team players. And of course one of those two CB is suspended for the next match against Villareal and will then return back on 4 yellows.

    Bartra is promising but he’s not close to being ready. Fontas had better be more prepared and ready.

    And on top of that of course Xavi is injured as is Jeffren and Bojan is completely lost.

    The club is functionally down to 16 healthy players. One of those 16 is Pinto. That’s 15 players one of whom is Bojan.

    The club rolled the dice and decided to absorb enormous risk with a thin squad and it’s a major problem now.

    And on another note, Bojan really should tell his agent to keep quiet. Can’t have your agent talking up how you’re going to reevaluate your situation in the summer and go out and miss a PK when you haven’t scored all season.

    • cliveee
      November 10, 2010

      Fontas has always been a better player, but like Bartra, youth players are supposed to have funky moments.We had 81% control of the ball, all players get ambitious with such domination. Bartra joined attack more than once, so did Milito. That goal wasn’t because he was out of position, but a lack of experience, I would say.
      I think Bartra is still very promising though.

      • Euler
        November 10, 2010

        Oh I agree. I’m not trying to criticize Bartra. It’s a good experience for him to play tonight. He just doesn’t have the experience right now (or the strength) to contribute meaningful minutes to the first team.

        Given his age that’s only to be expected. He’s got a chance to be a major part of the future. But that’s what he is – the future.

        Fontas is older and hopefully he can help. Their CB situation is not good right now, especially given that Puyol’s age.

  50. IS
    November 10, 2010

    Watch Bojan pull a Gio Dos Santos on us and somehow manage not to score for the entire season up until the last game where he scores a hat-trick before getting shipped off to the EPL!

  51. November 10, 2010

    Milito injury came just in the wrong time.

    Bojan, you can only feel for him…

    Just get JDS in! Maybe instead of yellow-card-bartra with Masche playing as a CB. It was wrong not to select him as a starter, and I won’t be surprised if Pep delayed his sub. One of Pep new standards is on the making as it seem, and I dont like this one a bit.

    Oh, and their goal was really nice. I feel pitty for both the player suspended and the forward who had to go out for a defender (as a result of the red). Its like a dream night getting harassed for any amateurish player.

    • cliveee
      November 10, 2010

      Pep will only get JDS some minutes when we score the third goal… or later than 75 minutes. While Thiago and the little men are doing so well up front, I doubt he will even play tho.

  52. Euler
    November 10, 2010

    On an up note – Thiago is going to be a star.

    And the club needs to now see how Mascherano does as a CB. I have no doubt he can play there and I’d guess he could be better there than Abidal.

  53. Vj
    November 10, 2010

    Bojan.. sigh!

    Can’t catch a break can he? Wait till its the end of the season.. 🙂

    • Jnice
      November 10, 2010

      Thiago is playing well. Involved in both goals and played a great ball for Bojan which led to a penalty.

    • November 10, 2010

      Showing lot of talent. Still lack the calmness needed for a first teamer. That will come.

    • Ryan
      November 10, 2010

      He has the most games played, I think.

  54. Ryan
    November 10, 2010

    This is my first time watching a game via the Xbox360’s ESPN app; I’m digging the HD!

    Now let’s see a 2nd half goal from Bojan – I’m begging you!

    • Jnice
      November 10, 2010

      Tutomate and I are using it as well. It’s great.

  55. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    unlike Xavi, Thiago receives the ball in a more advanced position.

  56. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    “ok! go warm up, Jonathan!”

    • cliveee
      November 10, 2010

      how come it’s Messi warming up… wthell?

  57. Ryan
    November 10, 2010

    Nolito, Milito, and now Pedrito goal!!

    Can we call Bojan “Bojanito” for this game?

  58. Jnice
    November 10, 2010

    LOL, is Messi really going to come on?

  59. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    If JDS won’t play this game, that means he will most likely be remaining with the B team. It feels almost like “I don’t even need you in such a game” type of thinking.

    Pique still facebooking and tweeting while watching his team, lol.

  60. jordi(TM)
    November 10, 2010

    Pedro really got his confidence back now that he got his goal a couple weeks ago.

    • barca96
      November 10, 2010

      Not really….
      Nolito has the boyish bad boy looks.
      Kun has a Latino look.
      Damn. This is a football site. What the hell am I talking about?

      Im following the match from twitter.
      WHy on earth is Messi warming up? And not JDS????
      There is absolutely no need to risk him unless the Spanish FA put a clause in that we have to play Messi.
      I want to see some JDS-THiago combo.

      IF we still had the man mountain, ya know, none of us would be worried

  61. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    This sub is obviously for Bojan

    MESSSSSSSSI

    • jordi(TM)
      November 10, 2010

      That wouldve been this worse man managing ever.

  62. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    “Let me show you how to play football, kids”

  63. BA
    November 10, 2010

    if it’s for Bojan that’s even dumber.

  64. Para
    November 10, 2010

    Why is Messi coming on? The commentator is saying something about how it’s being done as a ‘thanks for all the fans who’ve come out to watch barca play,’ but wth…

  65. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    Adriano getting too many kicks, he can’t get injured either.

  66. BA
    November 10, 2010

    that’s why i want to see more of Thiago.

    but seriously there’s no reason for Messi to come on at all, we’re up 5-1 on aggregate…

  67. Hilal
    November 10, 2010

    Oooooh great run from Thiago, almost..

    Why the hell is MEssi coming on? That doesnt make much sense… maybe to give the young’ns a chance to play with him?

  68. BA
    November 10, 2010

    if Leo gets hurt, there will be no depth to my anger at this.

  69. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    Standing O for Pedro from me as well.

  70. Ryan
    November 10, 2010

    Maybe Pep wants Messi to put a goal on a plate for Bojan?

  71. November 10, 2010

    Messi sub, is a pep gift for the crowd. That will make him the new president after rosell

  72. Hilal
    November 10, 2010

    Maybe to get him some easy goals so that his tally goes higher than a certain portuguese princess who scored today..

  73. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    Bartra is more aggressive and quicker than Pique when he attacks.

  74. barca96
    November 10, 2010

    WTF?? Pedro out???
    Is Pep not feeling well today or wat?
    Even if Pedro is injured we could always revert to 4-4-2!
    Its really stupid to risk Messi in this match!! &^&*(*&)&$$#$&*^*(&^*(&*&&)*&*%^$R%^$%

  75. jordi(TM)
    November 10, 2010

    LOL BOJANS CELEBRATION

    ALsos, SErgi is coming on, i love him as well

    • Jnice
      November 10, 2010

      I love Sergi too.

      And wow that celebration… haha.

  76. Para
    November 10, 2010

    Forget on a plate- he stuck it on a fork and fed it to him. Bojan goal!!

  77. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    BOJAN!

    OMG, that celebration kills it all….

  78. Jnice
    November 10, 2010

    Sergi Roberto. YES! I like this kid.

    • jordi(TM)
      November 10, 2010

      Yes! Sergi has done well these last 2 seasons, him not debuting would be a bigger travesty than jona missing out today,

  79. Hilal
    November 10, 2010

    LOOOOOOOOOOL. That is why Pep put him on. 2 mins and he got Bojan a tap in…

  80. IS
    November 10, 2010

    … And that’s why Messi was brought on!

    He could have easily – and usually would have – scored that chip himself!

  81. Jnice
    November 10, 2010

    Great ball from Mascherano by the way.

  82. Hilal
    November 10, 2010

    Man i love Messi, look how happy he was getting his mate a goal cos he needed it. You just dont get sportsmanship like that anymore. We are truly blessed to have him play for us

  83. Jnice
    November 10, 2010

    Sergi Roberto is my friend on facebook ahahha.

  84. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    We don’t need Keita in this match. Go ahead and let JDS play some.

  85. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    oh wait, we have used 3 subs already.

  86. BA
    November 10, 2010

    Thiago. brilliant.

    Messi scores of course, but Thiago’s creation was excellent.

  87. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    my god, Thiago is more than a kid…

    • Kari
      November 10, 2010

      So many things I can go with that statement…

  88. Hilal
    November 10, 2010

    Wow, that was all Thiago. What a talent

  89. barca96
    November 10, 2010

    Messi asssited via the bar 😆

    Damn it so NO JDS for tonight

  90. Jnice
    November 10, 2010

    I’m sorry, but Thiago is disgusting.

  91. Ciaran
    November 10, 2010

    Thiago is definitely ready for the first XI

  92. Hilal
    November 10, 2010

    I really do think Thiago should get more of a look in with the first team..

  93. Euler
    November 10, 2010

    Thiago to Messi. I think we’ll be seeing many more of those in the future.

    Don’t like Messi playing in this game but that was nice to see and I think that was Pep’s reason for playing Messi.

    Thiago has been fantastic. He’s the future. And that future is getting closer and closer.

  94. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    Nolito is a much bigger threat than Bojan.

  95. Hilal
    November 10, 2010

    You can see why Pep put Messi on. Its play time..

  96. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    Have we reached 90% possession yet?

  97. Hilal
    November 10, 2010

    Mascherano is having another commanding game. His passing is much better than I expected and I always knew he could pass.

  98. jordi(TM)
    November 10, 2010

    Thiago his basically kicking down the door of the 1st team.

    Watch Pep hide him away again after this 😀

  99. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    Playing Messi has a positive effect on the youth players, because not many players have chance to play with Messi in a real match. That experience will be very important to them. When they return to B team, they work hard to get minutes, but playing with Messi is like you have to get the most out of him. Thiago is definitely benefiting from this match, so is Nolito.

  100. BA
    November 10, 2010

    wow Thiago and Messi are brilliant together.

  101. jordi(TM)
    November 10, 2010

    Thiago just chest passed like Ronnie.I need a minute…

  102. Euler
    November 10, 2010

    Thiago’s touch and ball control are just phenomenal.

    The notion of spending 50M on Cesc makes little sense.

  103. Hilal
    November 10, 2010

    Wow, Messi and Thiago are really clicking. I really want to see more of this!!

  104. Ryan
    November 10, 2010

    Thiago-Messi partnership could be the new Xaviniesta.

  105. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    Even with Messi on the pitch, Bojangles is captain. How ’bout that?

    • barca96
      November 10, 2010

      Was just about to ask that.
      I guess Pep doesnt want Bojan to feel left out 😆
      Like , OK, give us back the captain’s armband.

  106. Ethan
    November 10, 2010

    jesus. messi. messi. messi. thank god he’s on our team. just way too good these days, from his passing, movement and striking, unreal.

  107. barca96
    November 10, 2010

    Aree the Ceuta defenders tackling hard on Messi or are they takin it easy on the Messiah? Man. im behind the desk wetting my pants . Really worried Messi gets a tackle

  108. Euler
    November 10, 2010

    I really like what Pep did this second half. He’s had sMasch drop back and play CB.

    I’d love for him to get more time at CB, especially now with Gaby injured.

    sMasch’s skill set is extremely well suited to play CB for Barca.

    • Jim
      November 10, 2010

      Not sure I’d want to see him and Puyol as CBs in the Clasico. I’m sure his reading of the game would be good but we’re starting to get ridiculous height wise. We’d be sweating buckets with every cross ball.

  109. Helge
    November 10, 2010

    Messi and THIAGO might be as brilliant as they’ve never been before, but I’m only thinking about Villarreal without Piqué and Milito, and even worse, maybe el Clasico without both of them…
    How long will Milito be injured???

  110. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    oh no, the ball hit Thiago’s nuts… and Messi came smiling…

  111. Hilal
    November 10, 2010

    Ooooh ouch Thiago got a ball to the nads… dats gotta hurt!!

  112. Dave
    November 10, 2010

    How is Pique gonna miss the Classico? Any information on Sergi Roberto?

  113. Euler
    November 10, 2010

    Milito’s been diagnosed with a muscle tear in the back of his leg (h/t Pep at barcastuff).

    That means he does have a hamstring pull as it appeared.

    Those are very difficult injuries, especially for an older player. We have to wait and see what the grade of tear is but I’d have to think Milito is out at least a few weeks.

    • Vicsoc8
      November 10, 2010

      I’ve never really thought about it, but now that you mention it he does. Could Leo solve some of our lack of depth at centerback

  114. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    Bojangles has a spring in his step. I’m happy 🙂

  115. Para
    November 10, 2010

    ahaha, ceuta players clamouring for Messi’s shirt. 🙂

    • barca96
      November 10, 2010

      there’s going to be a brawl in the locker room 😆

      • barca96
        November 10, 2010

        the person who got Messi’s shirt better not take a shower. It will definitely get stolen.

    • Jnice
      November 10, 2010

      I’m sure in the locker room he’ll give up his other one. Messi always does that.

  116. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    Officially, we had 81% possession. Is that a record?

      • barca96
        November 10, 2010

        WOw. Ramzi is always so careful with his words like Pep. Didnt expect this from Ramzi 😆

  117. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    I absolutely loved the second half of this game. I was smiling so much my cheeks hurt, particularly after Bojan’s goal and his celebration THAT WAS FULL OF WIN.

    Thiago was a straight up beast. *swoons* His link ups with Messi *faints*

  118. cliveee
    November 10, 2010

    That celebration of Bojan shows his real age, even Thiago won’t do that…

    • November 10, 2010

      You mean this:

      //http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lboxju2jVB1qdwewro1_400.gif

      credit for Ade C on theoffside.

      • cliveee
        November 10, 2010

        can’t help but to keep smiling when looking at that face of Bojan.

    • Kari
      November 10, 2010

      C’mon cliveee! That was awesome! 😀

      I’m so doing that the next time I play.

  119. Jnice
    November 10, 2010

    Satisfying match in the end. First half left a lot to be desired for me and the injury to Milito didn’t help. Second half we looked better and I’m glad we finished our chances.

    Thiago was excellent. I love that kid. (but y’all know that already).

    Bartra showed a few times that he still isn’t ready and I believe Fontas will probably be the one on the bench against Villareal. Bartra made a couple of nice forays forward, though.

    Nolito played well and showed the confidence he has when he goes at players.

    Unfortunately, JDS didn’t get in, but like Jordi said, I’m glad Sergi Roberto got in because he has been great for Barça B over the past couple of seasons.

    I was a little bit surprised Messi came on, but in the end it was positive.

    Glad Bojan got the goal, hope his confidence improves a bit as well as his decision making in the final 3rd. Also, he needs to stop slipping so much.

    Great match from Mascherano, too.

    • Kari
      November 10, 2010

      I knew Messi was gonna come on (I’ll stop gloating now)

      Agreed on all points, especially the last point on sMasch. I’m enjoying my humble pie and drinking the Kool Aid. Dude’s for real.

    • Diego S.
      November 10, 2010

      Bojan has been playing like a 2.25

      Sell Jeffren and Promote Nolito

      Almeria is gonna be tough because we may risk Pique as Milito won’t be ready.

  120. Diego S.
    November 10, 2010

    Between halves, the JSC Cup game host had this to say

    He said while laughing “Bojan can’t even score from a penalty.” Then, he made a sad serious face “I hope he goes through this rough patch.”

  121. barca96
    November 10, 2010

    The goal by Miltio was oh so familiar with Maxwell’s goal. Didn’t Ceuta’s GK learn his lesson by now?

    Check out the Catalan/Spanish babe at the end of this highlight at 1.42. Mamma mia.
    **http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCE1oLip0tM&feature=youtu.be

  122. Diego S.
    November 10, 2010

    CLiveee !!!

    We’re waiting for a Thiago compilation.

  123. Jnice
    November 10, 2010

    Guardiola: “My happiness in the 5th goal? That was for Messi, Thiago doesn’t deserve that yet (laughs).” (via barcastuff)

    Pep sure knows how to keep players grounded lol.

    • Kari
      November 10, 2010

      Thiago: “I’m sweating more now, giving interviews, than during the whole game out there on the pitch.”

      That’s what he’s up against.

      • Jnice
        November 10, 2010

        LOL. Please Thiago, if there is anything that could derail his potential, it’s your cockiness/confidence. The confidence he shows is great, but there’s a line he shouldn’t cross.

        I hope Pep doesn’t read his comments otherwise I fear he could be sent back to the B team for a reality check.

        • mei
          November 10, 2010

          wheres the cockiness?
          hes simply stating that media is not his thing as far as im concerned!

          • Jnice
            November 10, 2010

            LOL true. But remember, Pep is the same guy that told Thiago off for running to celebrate with Jonathan on the bench after he scored against Racing last year.

  124. Diego S.
    November 10, 2010

    Guardiola: “Milito? He’s feeling bad. Now B-players as centre-back? We have no option, we don’t have anyone else, we’ll use them.”

    Is he serious ? I believe Mascherano would be a better option, Abidal will be too risky. Fontas and Bartra better be up to the challenge.

    • Helge
      November 10, 2010

      Maybe Busquets and Puyol is also an option, with Mascherano playing the DM part. Busquets dropped back to the center of defence in many matches lately, he’s probably more used to it than Masch, right?

  125. Diego S.
    November 10, 2010

    Goal.com FAIL :

    2′ Nolito

    7′ Marc Bartra Aregall

    50′ Pedro

    63′ Bojan Krkic

    68′ Lionel Messi

    Goal.com Editors also chose Bojan as Top of the Match.

  126. Kari
    November 10, 2010

    Question: Does Messi know English?

    I ask this because his twitter has English posts. Very good ones at that. /http://twitter.com/OfficialMessi

    • barca96
      November 10, 2010

      Perhaps his super cute girlfirend translates it for him.

    • Jnice
      November 10, 2010

      Yeah, he doesn’t have twitter.

      I’m pretty sure he can’t speak a word of English and even if he could, he would be too shy to use it. I mean he understands and knows how to speak Catalan, but always says he is too shy to speak it.

    • blitzen
      November 10, 2010

      The only Barca players that have confirmed twitters that I am aware of are Puyol and Iniesta. Pique has a Facebook page, as do Iniesta and David Villa.

  127. Vicsoc8
    November 10, 2010

    Didnt get to watch the game. How did Adriano play?

    • Jnice
      November 10, 2010

      Didn’t impress me to be honest. Best thing he did was be a constant outlet for Mascherano to play the long ball.

  128. blitzen
    November 10, 2010

    Nice highlight reel here. How did we ever live before YouTube?

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7EklU5ynh0&nofeather=True

  129. blitzen
    November 10, 2010

    And here are Pique and Puyi acting like 5-year-olds in the stands:

    *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ryFIz4Hx2g&nofeather=True

    😀

    • simple_barcafan
      November 10, 2010

      hahah..even captain caveman has a funny bone!!! 😀 😀

  130. Clue(less)
    November 11, 2010

    I find it amusing how how in the first leg Nolito trying to make solo runs into the box, at defenders, was reminiscent of Betty White running a crossing pattern in that Snickers commercial. But his first run of the second leg, he does the same thing and scores a beauty. Having said that, he goes back to his old ways one minute later on our very next attack.

    Clearly JDS is in the dog house with Pep for some reason, but I see no reason he is not getting at least 25 min in matches like this. I mean think about it, if we love Thiago, and JDS will become expendable in the summer, if we bring in Douglas Costa Afellay, Cesc, Pastore, or any combination of midfielders, shouldn’t we be showcasing his talent in games like this.

    I really feel that if we are to keep him, surly he is higher up in the Barca B progression list than Sergio Roberto, who I like by the way. Clearly Thiago is about to burst into the squad, as he should, and he should be upgraded from Copa matches to playing significant minutes against weaker Primer a teams, like EE lol.

    Maybe Pep is gun shy about allowing any youngster to make the leap to first team in a whirlwind type way, instead opting to bring them along slowly. But the one player he had made the transition with, Busquets, has worked out terrifically. But seeing Bojan struggle has probably given him reservations about promoting yoyng guys so early, and quickly.

    If Pep was the first team coach instead of Rijkaard when Bojan was coming through, I am positive he would placed many more restrictions on CT’s playing time, bringing him us Thiago style, letting him hop back and forth with Barca B for a year or so. Who is to say what the right decision would be.

    ***** I know this is a Barca blog, but we have some really astute football fans here so I want to vent about an EPL team for a few second, hopefully someone can tell me if I am crazy for my thoughts on Oasis’s favorite team.

    Also a few thoughts on Manchester City. I want to pull my hair out when watching that tea,. I have never seen a team with so much talent play so negatively, aside from Chelsea in the CL semis in 09′. At least Chelsea were a deadly team on the counter, especially in the second leg, city routinely field a team with no side whatsoever, an still try to play an English style ‘rout one’ football. They have players our size, but can’t play anything like us.

    I cringe every time they roll out their über-defensive 4-3-2-1 hybrid catastrophe of a formation with # defensive mids (kind of). This team bought ( and are paying €300k/week) for one of the top three defensive mids in the world, a player that does the work of two holding players, and all of the sudden the thy to play him in a Gerrard or Messi world cup esque false 9 position. Now no doubt that Yaya is athletic enough to play that role (for 60 min or so till the tires), but he goes from the best player in the world at the DM position to maybe a top 20-30 player at this new position.

    There is a solution to this problem of course, be more offensive!!! As those of you who watched the Manchester derby can attest, the blue side of Manchester has a really good defense, and don’t necessarily need to play with 2-3 defensive minded mids at the same time (Barry ‘terrible and overrated’, De Jong, nice but no Yaya, and of course Yaya, the best and most obscenly overpriced of the lot). What you will lack in midfield dominance, you can surly make up for in ‘defense through offense’.

    Another serious issue that I have with that team is their insistence on trying to pass this James Milner guy off as a winger. Mancini has England’s future starting RW, and maybe one day Barcelona winger Adam Johnson chomping at the bit to bring some semblance of ‘on the ball class’ to a team that seems to have no identity whatsoever. How he and classy ass David Silva get so little time is beyond me. This team has so much talent sitting on the bench acting as spectators, it is sickening. If I were the Sheik would pay some serious money to bring over Luis Enrique or someone over who can implement the Barca system over this summer.

    If I were in charge at city I would use the following as my base starting lineup, starting it in cup matches to get them gelling, and slowly implementing the team as your full on league and European first choice squad.

    —————-Joe Hart

    ———-Kompany——K. Toure

    -Boateng————————–Kolarov

    ——————-Yaya————–

    -Adam Johnson—————————-Silva

    ——————-Tevez—————

    ————Balleotllli
    ———————–Adebayor———

    This lineup has a dominant DM, who players for 2, a solid defensive RB, an offensively capable LB, two great lingers, a tricky false 9′ who works like a dog, and two skilled strikers. Aside from us, and Madrid, this team has as much talent as any squad in the world. Then in January I would sell SWP, Lescott, Wayne Bridge, Lescott and Richards.

    With any proceeds I would either either buy Pastore, allowing him to play the false 9 and rotate Tevez in with the aforementioned strikers, or Bale, sticking him at RW, moving Johnson to the false 9 and again moving Tevez into a striker rotation. The could also sell Addy and move for Pato, which would secure their striker spots for years to come. Regardless, of what they do, watching City is like watching an American football team with Peyton Manning at CB, and the coach running the ball 50 times a game. (Enough with the city rant)

    As Kevin has not wrote an ‘In the News’ segment in a bit, I will jot down a few things that have hit the wire lately.

    *Barcastuff (Pep) and Goal (a true beacon of journalistic integrity) are reporting that Gabby is looking at 6 weeks, time to see Busquets at CB and Masch it DM…I think so, but Pep don’t, he said we will be looking to the B team for a CB.

    **Thiago was quoted as saying his future is right here at Barca, well duh!!!

    ***Today’s goal gives Leo 102 under Pep in something like 800 days, Greg Louganis has 72 in that same time frame, just sayin’.

    ****Antonio Cassano may have is contract recinded for Sampdoria, essentially making him a free agent (no transfer fee). Great player with a bad attitude, someone Pep would surly ‘have a feeling about within a year’. He is tempting though.

    *****That journalistic gold standard Goal quotes CT agent Zoran Vekic saying the following:

    “He is happy with his current situation, but we will re-evaluate the situation once the season is over.”

    Conclusion: Quote seems legit, but I am not thinking to much into it, this is standard agent speak, but our golden boy is Jeter-esque to our club and it’s weird to think of his agent posturing in front of the media. Goal reports that Arsenal, Juve and England are in on him. I think we could use him as a make weight in a Van Der Wiel deal as a loan. he would score a bunch in Holland and get a good amount of playing time, hopefully linking up wit Suarez.

    ******Speaking of transfers,Pastore is dreaming of us and dissing EE, but Palermo are dreaming if they think we will shell out €50 million for the kid. If we can get Cesc for less, it is a no brainier, especially with the love fest tha Sandro and Pep have for Fabs.

    *******The past 48 hours has seen the heat turned up on a potential Afellay deal, something I don’t think we can afford to pass up. Sure he may be free in seven months, but I have no issues paying €5 million for a young, big midfielder, with a bright future, who would not command starting time, but has the potential to earn it.

    ********West Ham are hot to trot for Bojan….And I am hot to trot for Messi’s girlfriend.

    *********Things seem to be slowing down on the Van Der Wiel front, but dhould heat back up in early January, especially if this €34 million Man City bid comes to fruition.

    **********Finally Chelsea want Sergio Busquets, but if Alves at 27 is worth (a super inflated) €34 million, then Busi, who we mortgaged our DM future on with the sale of Yaya, is worth at least that much at 22, most likely more.

    Thanks for letting me vent; )

    • Helge
      November 11, 2010

      Wow!
      You gotta have some connection to ManCity, right? Otherwise I can’t imagine why someone should think so much about a team…
      The Manchester Derby was horrific, defensive play from both sides. But I agree, looking at the potential of ManCity, they should play a lot more offensive and attractive than they actually do. Adam Johnson is in my opinion the best dribbler of all English players, he’s not as fast as Theo or Gareth, but his technical abilities are way beyond theirs. I would always start Silva and Johnson, once there is a blind understanding between them, they could rock the EPL.

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