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  1. August 31, 2009

    My Man of the Match: Keita. He was everywhere. Bojan was good, but no better than anyone else, in my opinion. Ibra is trying to hard to incorporate himself into the team that he’s giving up shots that he would otherwise take, not that I have a problem with him trying to find his role in the team.

  2. JeffP
    August 31, 2009

    Agree Isaiah…Keita was really impressive today. He held the midfield for large parts of the game and looked dangerous on set pieces.

    Speaking of which, am I the only one looked at the clock 35 minutes in, saw Xavi, and thought, ‘he’s on the pitch’? Really pedestrian game for him. I thought he played better in the second half, but he was not himself in the first.

    As Kevin said earlier we better get used to bus parking, which is too bad because it really produces a boring game.

  3. Get Sid Lowe on ESPN
    August 31, 2009

    Yeah, Museum, what was up with the “Premier League is superior” comments? Would they expect a team like Burnley to give Barcelona more trouble?

    Way to sell La Liga on ESPN, guys.

  4. OhYes
    August 31, 2009

    Get well soon my dear Bojan!! 🙁 He is too young to be injured.

    bill: The Ibrahimovic Fairness Committee was in full force in the blog. You didn’t see any haters because I banned them all prior to the starting of the liveblog. 😀

  5. jnelson
    August 31, 2009

    AMAZING how well we did on set pieces and crosses. with that said…excellent result. i am so looking forward to the season. just have to wait 2 WEEKS!!!! for internationals.

  6. August 31, 2009

    Gotta hand it to Bojan. He knows when to get injured. Hopefully he’ll be back by the Inter game.

  7. Kyle
    August 31, 2009

    La Liga has never looked better or sounded worse. The picture quality was mesmerizing and the commentary was garbage. I had to turn off the audio at halftime and sync up with the official site’s commentary feed, thank god for DVR.

  8. katalini5
    August 31, 2009

    hey guys, as they say, long time reader, first time poster. hope to be posting more this season. i just wanted to put my two cents in on zlatan. the guy looked positively exhausted at the end of the game (and for most of the second half). we have to remember he isn’t fully fit yet and has just played two games in four days. i’d be crawling around the pitch if i were him. with his first goal off his mind and more fitness, he should be fine in the coming weeks.

  9. Maximus
    August 31, 2009

    Did no one notice that alves’ crossing was back to being good? I remember someone pointing out his crossing is always good at home but on more narrow pitches he seems to loose his way. I hope he rectifies that this season.

  10. OhYes
    August 31, 2009


    Damnit I can’t believe we’re going to be dealing with that shit all season long. Why oh whyyy did espn get the rights for La Liga!!

    Also, in their recap, I thought it was quite odd that they..covered Bojan’s goal. Okay so far so good. Covered Keita’s goal…very nice…….all done! What happened to Ibra’s goal?!?

  11. Tutomate
    August 31, 2009

    I don’t ESPN because as it turns out it s in HD. So I just mute it and listen to it on Cadena Ser.

  12. Maximus
    August 31, 2009

    Oh and will we be getting a weekly post on the fantasy league?

  13. Museum
    August 31, 2009

    HAHA, the “Hee Haw” stuff was cracking me up. Where I grew up in Iowa, Hee Haw was a generic Mountain Dew, punk rockers used to have contests to see who could drink the most before throwing up. And apparently it’s how you pronounce “Gijon” as well.

  14. Kyle
    August 31, 2009

    Anyone have a link to the ESPN commentary you are talking about? sounds funny.

  15. Helge
    September 1, 2009

    That’s a great idea, Jason.

    I’ll get my stuff right now and then, they will feel my anger 😉

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