It Is Time to Destroy Espanyol: Saturday 2pmEST

The immovable object meets the unstoppable force. Twin 7-0-0 records get launched at each other tomorrow when Espanyol hosts city rivals Barcelona. Holy cow. Where there was once a Hand of God goal, there could now be a Foot of the Messias; where there are often red cards, there will probably be more. It is the Catalan Derby and it is, really, a battle between Good (us, obviously) and Parakeets.

I do not like Blue Parakeets and Ham, no I do not, Sam I Am. They’re like little brothers who always put up a serious fight (and sometimes win), but somewhere along the way you know you’re going to inherit the family business and they’re going to have to fend for themselves, the little dolts. Not that anyone is bitter about being a younger brother. I didn’t want to be in the olive oil importing business anyway.

Ivan de la Peña. I don’t like him. I mean, of course I like him because of his blaugrana past, but I think his soul is pretty white and blue these days. He’s now spent more time with Espanyol than with Barcelona’s youth, B, and first team combined (8 years vs 7) and the Little Buddha is always willing to smite his former club as he did a couple of years ago with a double in the match Keita was wrongly sent off in. I watched that match in the basement of Nevada Smiths, amongst the sticky floors and various odd patrons who seem to lurk down there.

We’ve totaled one former Espanyolista in Raul Tamudo with a 5-0 don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out send off into retirement, so why not de la Peña too? I mean, except this one would be even sweeter because it’s actual Espanyol and not historically a member of Espanyol. Not that my dislike of Tamudo and that one goal he scored that one time that we’re not going to talk about cause I don’t need to weep right now is diminished, but now it’s time to take out Espanyol, who have yet to play someone above 7th at home. And that was just Getafe.

Prediction: 1-3. They score, but so do we. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this!

More later when I’m done hanging with old HS buddies.

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214 Comments

  1. BTTFCule
    December 17, 2010

    I will be the happiest man when the pericos get relegated somehow 🙂

  2. Jim
    December 17, 2010

    Not being from Barcelona I don’t have the hate thing for Espanyol. In fact, I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for them as they are doomed to remain in the shadows and our success can’t be easy for them. That won’t stop them kicking lumps out of us I know. . . .

    I’m particularly curious to see the reception Iniesta gets at the start of the match given the jersey donation etc. It could be quite emotional, at least for Iniesta.

    • blitzen
      December 17, 2010

      Oh, snap! Jim, you just posted exactly what I was going to almost word for word, including the Iniesta thing.

      Spooooky.

    • IS
      December 17, 2010

      I had similar sentiments up until that-one-day-we-shan’t-speak-of a few years back.. The one that still feels like a bad dream.

  3. blitzen
    December 17, 2010

    My prediction: 2-1. We take it in a squeaker, goals by Messi and Iniesta, plus one by Villa disallowed for offside.

  4. BA
    December 17, 2010

    time to bite the heads off of these parakeets.

    that’s metal.

  5. cliveee
    December 17, 2010

    lineup prediction will be easy:

    VV
    Alves Pique Puyol Abidal
    Busquets
    Xavi Iniesta
    Messi Villa Pedro

    Pim Pam Pom. 0-5 Visca’l Barca!

    • Helge
      December 17, 2010

      Wow! … I mean … a 5-0 trashing of Espanyol Barcelona IN THEIR FORTRESS, that would be the mostest crazy thing this Pep team has ever done!

      It’s not EE, it’s not Inter, it’s not Chelsea – a 5-0 against them would lift me into the highest spheres of happiness 😀

  6. Kari
    December 17, 2010

    Great. I was talking to myself on the previous thread.

    So, for the people who weren’t following my monologue, I’ll repost the important parts here:

    I’m uploading the first leg of the Arsenal-Barca tie from last season.I just finished uploading that first half and the video is being processed. I’ve decided to make it “unlisted”* and give people here the link.

    *“Unlisted” means that only people who know the link to the video can view it. The video will not appear in any of YouTube’s public spaces, such as search results, your channel, or the Browse page, but the link can be shared with anyone.

    I’ll link the video to my name when it’s done and ready. All you have to do is click on my name.

    The point of my doing this is for fellow cules can watch this match when they want.

    • Helge
      December 17, 2010

      I was following it, but I have no experience with youtube either…
      I was wondering when the URL would be posted, but now I read about your bad luck 🙁
      Sorry for that.

    • Miguel
      December 17, 2010

      i still have the first leg on my dvr. classic.

  7. Kari
    December 17, 2010

    Sh*t. The video was removed because it was too long.

    !#)$&#$()*#!_8

    This is why I don’t use YouTube.

    • IS
      December 17, 2010

      I shoulda continued reading… but thanks for the effort.

      And ya, YouTube sucks like that sometimes…

    • arabella
      December 18, 2010

      if you can read chinese, they have their own version of youtube where you could post vids like 2 hours long… youku.com and tudou.com… post and watch all movies you want like watchin it on tv…might help.=)

  8. blitzen
    December 17, 2010

    This is the wrong thread now, but Dirty Tackle has a very funny take on the CL draw:

    *http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/dirty-tackle/post/Didier-Drogba-s-expert-analysis-of-the-Champions?urn=sow-297411

    • HY
      December 17, 2010

      Off topic, but would I be able to watch Messi’s tribute to Xavi in Catalan somewhere?

      • soccermomof4
        December 17, 2010

        I searched on youtube but no luck.

      • Jnice
        December 17, 2010

        Dunno where to find the video by itself, but he didn’t actually speak in Catalan, he spoke in Castellano.

        • blitzen
          December 17, 2010

          Did he? I must have been drunk not paying attention. Whoops.

  9. Jnice
    December 17, 2010

    These Espanyol boys are talking reckless. Osvaldo calling Keita a dirty player, something that isn’t even remotely true. They seem a little too confident to me. I so hope we crush them, but it will be tough.

  10. VicNZ
    December 17, 2010

    I’ve only ever seen one Espanyol fan in Barcelona before. In the airport, and he wasnt exackly a sight for sore eyes. He was a full on biker looking dude, that you would think would be on Sons Of Anarchy, it was just his Perico shirt that gave him away. And what was worst of all, I had my Barca shirt on and had to shit next to him since there were no other seats in the gate for our flight…
    😀

    • Kurt
      December 17, 2010

      I’m sorry, that misspelling has me laughing out loud. I’m imagining a guy in a Barca jersey walking up to an Espanyol fan and defecating next to him in the terminal waiting area.

      I respect the Espanyol fans for their loyalty. It must be kind of hard to go cheer on Osvaldo day in and day out with FCB playing beautiful football 30 minutes away. Hmm…ok, on second thought, maybe I don’t respect them.

      Should be an exciting match though. I love the intensity of derbies!

      • VicNZ
        December 17, 2010

        Hey man dont be hatin’ English is my second language. He smelled bad already though. But with the rest I agree.

  11. Kari
    December 17, 2010

    I’m downloading Home Movie Maker right now. Like hell I’m gonna give up after waiting that long.

    I’ll be back, Terminator-style! 🙂

    YouTube obviously doesn’t know the saying: hell hath no fury like a woman who get her first video rejected.

  12. ooga aga
    December 17, 2010

    isaiah, i know you have your HS buds in town, but let me help you start with your homework: ivan de la pena will not play. he is injured. at least, im pretty sure of that.

  13. tutomate
    December 17, 2010

    Thanks for all the work your putting into this Kari. I also have the match and a hell of a PC I built myself So if there is anything I can do let me know.

    Did any one see this. It sucks I know
    **http://www.as.com/futbol/articulo/guardiola-veo-muchos-anos-barca/20101217dasdasftb_27/Tes

    • blitzen
      December 17, 2010

      The translation on the offiical site is:

      “Asked about him facing a Premier League challenge as a coach Guardiola added: “It was something I thought about as a player, but it was not to be. In the short-term as a coach I do not plan to go there, but one never knows further down the line. I will not be at Barça forever, but at the moment I cannot see it.” ”

      So…it might not mean anything.

      • blitzen
        December 17, 2010

        I mean, forever is a long time.

  14. soccermomof4
    December 17, 2010

    @ Kari—You go, girl!

    @Clivee- me too 0-5 (we are manita specialists)

  15. Dave
    December 17, 2010

    Hey all, I despise Espanyol and hope some day I see them relegated. There are many reasons, such as being in my view the representation of EE in Barcelona. Or perhaps the bitterness they have towards Barca, no doubt rooted in their inferiority complex. Also the very fact that even though they dislike Barca, they still have several ex Barca players. Added to this as Balague(who I’m not the biggest fan of)etc claim they hope to copy Barca’s philosophy. In the mean time they will continue to be dirty petulant cheats. And finally Luis Garcia , a creep who needs a good kick.

    Rant over

  16. Jnice
    December 17, 2010

    I soooooooo hope we win tomorrow! And I hope the ref isn’t influenced by the fans like last season.

    • Diego S.
      December 17, 2010

      Not Only Argentina , Brazil have 3 fullbacks in Barcelona.

  17. GREECE BARCA
    December 17, 2010

    First i hate espanyol as i hate EE.So i want to humiliate them.Then in just few hours i am already tired from what i read in the net.How arsenal can beat barca,how wenger will play blah,blah.Stupid draw.I want EE in the next round,i want EE in CDR i want them many times again,so we will live agains the orgasmic nights of monday 29 november.

  18. jhargrid
    December 17, 2010

    Barça is coming at this on a week of rest, with nothing to hold back for. The team is in top form. We rolled RM, we are going to roll Espanyol.

    0-4, my prediction.

  19. December 17, 2010

    Holy freakin’ moly! It takes a billon years for one video to upload 😐

    Can click my name and tell me if the video they can see is okay?

    Because I didn’t want YouTube to reject the video again, I split the first half into 6 parts (I thought the longest the video could be was 10 min. so I kept the videos under 10 minutes).

    That was beyond stupid.

    It turns out the 15 minutes is the longest the video can be. Considering it takes an AGE for one measly video to upload, doing it five more times will take God knows how long…

    I don’t know how allas14 and other upload their videos so fast. If people have tips, let me know or you’ll have to wait a couple of days just to finish the first half :S

    • December 17, 2010

      Link: /http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kbce-rLl4Y

      Only the first 7 minutes though.

  20. jordi(TM)
    December 17, 2010

    What video? thongboy throwing a tantrum? I don’t understand the instruction 🙁

    • Kari
      December 17, 2010

      I just noticed that, I don’t know why it redirected there :S

      I posted the link under my comment, jordi.

      • jordi(TM)
        December 17, 2010

        Heh i realized after i posted.Stupid captcha delayed me.

        Well from what ive seen its excellent quality.

  21. Kari
    December 17, 2010

    I get what happened. Since I listed the video as “unlisted”, unless I give people the link, they won’t see it (hence the redirection to the Thong Boy video when you click my name.)

    Don’t click my name; go to the link I posted.

    So, can anyone tell me if they can see the video?

    • soccermomof4
      December 17, 2010

      So…. if we don’t follow your directions, we get thong boy-ed.

      That’s worse than getting rick rolled or hlebed. (does Isaiah use 2 “b”s in hlebed or 1?)

  22. Kari
    December 17, 2010

    Part 1 /http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kbce-rLl4Y

    Part 2 /http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjqJMj8RdOQ

    Part 3 /http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YendNXsBfk

    And that’s about all I’ll do today. *Yawns*

    • soccermomof4
      December 17, 2010

      Kari,
      I just tried parts 1-3. Good job!

    • Roz
      December 18, 2010

      Outstanding job thanks Kari. If somebody requested a game or two would you mind downloading them?

  23. Jnice
    December 17, 2010

    Great job, Kari. I have like 3 different broadcasts of that match on my external hard drive, but YouTube is always convenient.

  24. ooga aga
    December 18, 2010

    just watched the links kari, thanks.

    we dominated the opening of that game, and i remember how we all raved, but really i think we have seen better this season from our team. assuming we arrive healthy i think we will handle them even more easily than last time.

    • sheena
      December 18, 2010

      I agree.
      I remember when we saw it for the first time, we thought that was probably the best we’d ever performed (ignoring the last 25 minutes of course).
      But after seeing what we’ve seen this season, and then watching it back, we’ve definitely put on better performances.

  25. Extreme barca fan
    December 18, 2010

    Taking a look at the fair play table we will see that espanyol have 53 yellow cards in 15 league games, an average of 3.533 yellow cards per game, now this is a derby so we will expect more of that, i can see espanyol kicking the shit out of us .. literally and yes they might play some football too, but i wouldnt get my hopes high for that.
    Prediction, lots of yellow cards, possibly a red or 2, as for the score, if our players can still stand and run then we will win otherwise i dont know.

  26. mei
    December 18, 2010

    btw , it would be a great idea to include registration here , so that members could avoid the captcha thingy!

  27. Auld Super
    December 18, 2010

    I will be at a wedding and the meal is at 6.30, the game starts at 7. I told them I will be in the bar watching it but you can never enjoy a game in a bar, not like you can at home. Maybe i’ll watch it tomorrow but then someone will tell me the score and i’ll erupt later. Christ what to do ?

  28. Auld Super
    December 18, 2010

    Yes mei but you can only be Catalan or your parents must be members of barcelonafootballblog.com or have been a member before and that sort of thing.

    This captcha thing is a pain alright.

  29. December 18, 2010

    I know what Guillem Balague face I want to see at midweek. And it is definitely not the proud -“insightful” – smirk face.

  30. soccermomof4
    December 18, 2010

    Notes on Kari’s Arsenal v. Barca efforts:

    1-Kari rocks!

    2- Could you imagen that game being played with a healthy Iniesta and Abidal. Maxwell did a good job and Keita’s one of my favorites(just love his attitude) but we would have put on even more of a clinic than we did.

    3- As good as we were, we are better now!

    Can anyone do what Kari is doing for this game for the 2009 CL final? I wasn’t around for that one (meaning football meant NLF, the closest I got to soccer were my kids’ games, and I thought professional soccer was played by teams like DC United,ugh!)

    Finally- I want Kxevin back!

    • mei
      December 18, 2010

      It will be shocking not having kxevin around for the catalan derby.
      Meaning the catalans and the pretenders , thats more like it.

    • BTTFCule
      December 18, 2010

      I have the CL final game with me. But my internet is too slow to upload it. I will think of something.

  31. BTTFCule
    December 18, 2010

    Great job Kari. Always wanted to watch that game again!

    So I was watching EE getting spanked again! I saw Pepe and Carvalho ahead of X.Alonso trying to mark Messi several times. Same thing happened to Vermaelen and Song in first leg of CL.

    I think being the Special coach he is Mou Mou could have done better there. Messi was creating mis match every where in the pitch in first half and EE defenders and midfield didn’t have a clue. I never saw someone playing a false 9 that effectively before. Great game 🙂

  32. Nick
    December 18, 2010

    What’s the weather like in Spain? Most of Europe is in snow “chaos”. As far down south as Florence, Italy.

  33. soccermomof4
    December 18, 2010

    You mean Catalunya? Just messin’ with you, Nick.

    —weather.com says partly cloudy and aound 52°F during the day, going down to 39°F with light rain late tonight.

  34. GREECE BARCA
    December 18, 2010

    Guys frank bagnack of our youth team suffered a horror injury in a friendly game.I hope he will be good soon.Sad.

    • jordi(TM)
      December 18, 2010

      Wow its a nasty break,Not for the squeamish

      *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqnFUJeZynI&feature=player_embedded

  35. Jeff
    December 18, 2010

    is the game on TV anywhere? I checked GolTV and ESPN3 and found nothing 🙁

      • Jeff
        December 18, 2010

        my guide on u-verse has it showing Valencia v. Sociedad

        • soccermomof4
          December 18, 2010

          the website for GOLTV has it at 1:55.
          My DVR from Comcast says 1:55 EST
          ***http://www.goltv.tv/index_en.php?target=videoplayerk_en&playid=0_jqaz0kzz

  36. Jeff
    December 18, 2010

    but the GolTV site says it’s the Barca game..guess i’ll trust the website and record it

  37. blitzen
    December 18, 2010

    Is there going to be a LiveBlog today? I’m guessing not, since all the mods seem to be MIA… 🙁

    • Vicsoc8
      December 18, 2010

      I’d be willing to run it… I’ll send out a couple of emails in a second here.

      • Colby
        December 18, 2010

        Isaiah is almost assuredly watching the Kansas game right now. And Kevin isn’t around. So perhaps your best bet would be to make your own cover it live and put a link in this comments section?

        • vicsoc8
          December 18, 2010

          I sent them both an email, so hopefully that will work, but in the meantime I’ll look at other options

      • Nav
        December 18, 2010

        You are a gentleman and a scholar, good sir.

  38. Jim
    December 18, 2010

    I’m gonna help by staying well away Vicsoc, so I won’t cause you grief by playing hari-kari with my Liveblog connection every time I get excited 🙂

    • vicsoc8
      December 18, 2010

      Haha that only happened one time Jim. Besides it’s worth the little bit of extra work to have you around.

  39. vicsoc8
    December 18, 2010

    Lineup: Valdes Alves Pique Puyol Abidal Xavi Busquets Iniesta Pedro Messi Villa

    Bench: Pinto Maxwell Adriano Mascherano Keita Thiago Bojan

      • Ryan
        December 18, 2010

        It’s the “give me five!” lineup. 🙂

        • Jose
          December 18, 2010

          It’s also the “Oooooooooohhhhhhhhhh!!!!!” lineup 😛

          • blitzen
            December 18, 2010

            For me, it’s “Oh God, yes, please yes!” lineup.

  40. vicsoc8
    December 18, 2010

    The liveblog is on. If neither Kxevin nor Isaiah get my email in the next 15 minutes, I’ll post a link that will open the liveblog in a different window.

    See you all soon.

  41. Colby
    December 18, 2010

    Does anyone know where I can find the picture about “What Pique tweets about”? I looked through the old comments but could not find it.

    • Para
      December 18, 2010

      The location of this picture probably reflects my extreme sadness, but here you go anyway.

      /http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_ldgz9kO77z1qzmfi4o1_1280.png?AWSAccessKeyId=0RYTHV9YYQ4W5Q3HQMG2&Expires=1292783855&Signature=XyRpAhJD77dbzJzUNZ3r3XHVTCE%3D

  42. December 18, 2010

    //http://www.coveritlive.com/index.php?option=com_altcaster&task=siteviewaltcast&altcast_code=d99719b21e&height=550&width=470″ target=”_blank

    That’s the link for the liveblog. You can also click on my name if you’re lazy and don’t want to copy paste.

    Not going live quite yet, probably approximately 1:53 45 secs.

    PS – I’m terrible at the CAPTCHA

  43. Nav
    December 18, 2010

    What time is the game? My google calendar schedule says it starts in 5 miutes — is that right?

  44. Louis
    December 18, 2010

    Liveblog isn’t working for me either…

    Anyone got stream links?

  45. Nav
    December 18, 2010

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Working stream: */http://veetle.com/index.php/channel/view#4d0a4f857cc10 needs veetle

    • soccermomof4
      December 18, 2010

      Vicsoc’s blog works through the cut and paste link

  46. Para
    December 18, 2010

    /http://www.rojadirecta.org/goto/verlaliga.blogspot.com/

    working feed, commentary in spanish. Pretty good picture.

  47. Nav
    December 18, 2010

    I’m trying to post a stream but it’s always giving me ‘awaiting moderation’ :/

  48. Extreme barca fan
    December 18, 2010

    Not working for me, any how thanks for the effort Vic

  49. blitzen
    December 18, 2010

    /http://atdhe.net/30944/watch-espanyol-vs-barcelona

  50. Blow-Grenade
    December 18, 2010

    Espanyol playing well!!! Pep looks like a zombie.

  51. December 18, 2010

    Think it’s fixed. Go here:

    //http://www.coveritlive.com/index.php?option=com_altcaster&task=siteviewaltcast&altcast_code=a9a2b0080c&height=550&width=470″ target=

  52. Extreme barca fan
    December 18, 2010

    Wow what a kick by busi

  53. Jose
    December 18, 2010

    This link works for vicsoc:

    /http://www.coveritlive.com/index.php?option=com_altcaster&task=siteviewaltcast&altcast_code=d99719b21e

  54. Nav
    December 18, 2010

    Damn that would have been a beaut by Busquets

  55. Extreme barca fan
    December 18, 2010

    Nop still not working

  56. Kari
    December 18, 2010

    ARGGGGGGGGGGGH!!!

    NO WAY!!! What a miss by Messi.

    I can’t believe it.

  57. Jose
    December 18, 2010

    I think that’s the worst miss I’ve ever seen from Messi.. lol

  58. jordi(TM)
    December 18, 2010

    WTF How did leo miss? Dani shouldve shot…

  59. Spencer
    December 18, 2010

    Ugh, whenever Villa has the ball on the left, Abidal makes a great run outside of him, and Villa doesn’t even see the option. Use the wing!

  60. December 18, 2010

    //http://www.coveritlive.com/index.php?option=com_altcaster&task=siteviewaltcast&altcast_code=a9a2b0080c&height=550&width=470″ target=

    If anyone is still looking for the right link, that’s it

    • Para
      December 18, 2010

      This one worked for me
      /http://www.coveritlive.com/index.php?option=com_altcaster&task=siteviewaltcast&altcast_code=a9a2b0080c&height=550&width=470

  61. Nav
    December 18, 2010

    Another 5 goals. Wow. Just hope Messi bounces back and doesn’t wallow. But by god what a playmaker he is turning into.

  62. Jnice
    December 18, 2010

    Forgot to say during the liveblog, the monkey chants aimed at Dani Alves were disgusting.

    • Nav
      December 18, 2010

      I didnt notice that. If so, that’s really disgusting. F U Espanyol fans.

    • vicsoc8
      December 18, 2010

      They were throwing things at Pique too.

      • Jnice
        December 18, 2010

        When were the chants? Throughout the whole match. Even Sid Lowe mentioned it after the game. Pathetic.

    • SoccerMom
      December 18, 2010

      And brought signs thanking Iniesta and ‘lo coreaban’ (In-yeeees-ta) and applauded him going off the field.

      There is no balance sheet for fan behavior,

      But that was gracious.

      • Jnice
        December 18, 2010

        Yeah that was nice, but still the chants and all the stuff they threw on to the pitch were disgusting.

  63. soccermomof4
    December 18, 2010

    Great game—thanks for the liveblog Vicsoc

  64. Eklavya
    December 18, 2010

    WOW. IF YOU PREDICTED SCORING 5 GOALS THEN YOU ROCK!

    • soccermomof4
      December 18, 2010

      I predicted a manita, not 1-5 (boo hoo). So I changed my manita gravatar. It will come back when, not if, we get another manita.
      Other than that, and Messi not scoring, it’s been a great day. Now if my Ravens can win tomorrow, it will be a great weekend.

  65. barca96
    December 18, 2010

    I don’t think anyone predicted 5 goals.
    Anyone who did please stand up

  66. Kari
    December 18, 2010

    I enjoyed every one of those 5 goals.

    F*** you, Espanyol. May you rot in the Segunda for the end of time.

  67. Jnice
    December 18, 2010

    Shout out to Stephen who went to this match!

  68. Kari
    December 18, 2010

    8 – Barcelona have scored more than two goals in eight consecutive games for the first time ever in La LigaBBVA. Mutants [OptaJose]

    😀

    • sheena
      December 18, 2010

      AND, 5 goals over 2 of our biggest rivals. 5 is our thing this season!!!

  69. tutomate
    December 18, 2010

    Wow I’m so happy I loved every single goal. 1-5 WOW. How many manitas in the last 30 days? like 4?

    Too bad Messi did not score. But he is so good at being a classic 10 too, which makes him basically impossible to play against will kill you with a pass or will he score you to death?

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      December 18, 2010

      yes, too bad Messi and Bojan didnt score too…
      and too bad Valdes lose his cleans sheet…. 🙁

      I’m getting tired of this FIVE things…I want SIX nest time… 😛

      Barca has spoiled us, eh? 😀
      it’s a 5-1 and we still complain…hahaha…

      IF we maintain this form until May, I have no doubt we will take our “stolen” crown from Inter… 🙂

  70. Para
    December 18, 2010

    On Barcastuff:

    Guardiola: “What’s the secret? The players are really good and they run a lot.”

    What a legend.

    • Para
      December 18, 2010

      Speaking of which, is there somewhere I can look at a breakdown of game stats by player/team? Not just goals/fouls/cards, etc, but also running distances and things like that?

  71. poipoi
    December 18, 2010

    I still love me some Andres but I feel like Pedro! is becoming my favourite player. I have no words to describe his game or his attitude, just out-of-this-world… So I wanted to note than many many people here, those EPL followers I guess, prefered some frech retired guy named titi over the monster, even when the monster had already scored in all competitions 😀 they even said that titi was better than p! because he was the one “tiring the defense” … p! tires, defends, puts crazy pressure, recovers balls, scores, passes, dribbles EVERYTHING and even smiles!!!!! D

    dios salve a pedro!

    • Kari
      December 18, 2010

      Heeey, poipoi! I missed your fanboy posts! 😀

      But yeah, Pedro! is now Pedro!! for a reason.

    • MoSSi
      December 18, 2010

      Speaking of beating a dead horse..

      I like Pedrito to, he’s becoming a very important player to us. But Henry did gave us a lot in his second year, so show some respect..

      • Vj
        December 18, 2010

        He won’t give Titi the respect he deserves, ever.. Expecting that is like beating a dead horse..

        • poipoi
          December 18, 2010

          I mean, that stuff was so disrespectful to p!, comparing him to a dead horse 😀 and even putting the dead horse over him just ’cause he earns more money. just.look.at.p!now.

          I remember my dad asking me why the f… p! was starting vs Germany in the semifinals, that it was a bad decision by del bosque. Or the many who said titi was a better player and p! should be his back-up… those things keep coming to my mind when I see the kid play. he’s pure gold!!!!!!!! dinamita

          the 2nd goal he scored today (I believe) or the one in el clasico when after being slapped by marcelo he sprints like a horse on coke are only reachable by pedro! himself. he’s got me all the way I’ve never seen a player like him I love the guy, the persona the player everything. What can I say other that I’m a fanboy.

          Same goes for busi (and yaya) — I’m not the only fanboy I guess

          • MoSSi
            December 18, 2010

            Haha was Titi on the squad list? Was he on the bench? Ow that’s right, he’s playing for the New York redbulls!

            He must have gave you a good impression in his 3 years for Barca if you’re still talking about him:-D!

            You Titi-lover!

            Ps: Just kidding Poipoi, I love Pedrito as much as you do..

  72. soccermomof4
    December 18, 2010

    Is it still a manita if we get 5 and they score? I thought it meant 5-0. Can I put my gravatar back up??????

    • soccermomof4
      December 18, 2010

      I googled–it says no 🙁

    • December 19, 2010

      KARIIIII OLEE OLE OLE OLEEEEE!!!! :)))

      Way to go girl 🙂
      Your effort’s been appreciated 🙂

  73. vicsoc8
    December 18, 2010

    I was just looking at some stats, and poor Jeffren has only played 52 minutes this season.

    That’s less than Victor Vasquez, Sergi Gomez, Ruben Mino, Oriol Romeu, Jonathon Dos Santos, Nolito, Bartra, Fontas, and Thiago.

    PS – players are listed above in ascending order of minutes played.

  74. poipoi
    December 18, 2010

    what are your thoughts on thiago? hasn’t he been a little dissapointing this season at least? I’m starting to smell bojan but let’s hope not. Xavi and Iniesta are the highest of the standards

    • Vicsoc8
      December 18, 2010

      I must be the only person who thinks Bojan’s progress is still going well

    • Jnice
      December 18, 2010

      How has he been disappointing? He has barely played, but when he has, he has put in more good performance than bad.

      Don’t even think it’s a talking point.

      • poipoi
        December 18, 2010

        very non-constant , which is the antithesis of xaviniesta. that is ALL I am saying. He is a hell of a player “a priori” lotta class. Very very good player please don’t get me wrong, but those tatoos…. 😉

        Everyone laughed when EE threw in some videos of Mata when Bojan airfutbol videos appeared. Mata’s progress has been better IMO.

    • jordi(TM)
      December 18, 2010

      The only disappointing thing has been that he hasnt played more.Im starting develop a personal grudge against keita 😀

    • Vj
      December 18, 2010

      Sad to say, that logo in your gravatar will soon be replaced by a tree.. 🙁

  75. MoSSi
    December 18, 2010

    Why do strikers always lose their sharpness when they join us, I know Villa scored 2 (second one very lucky to go in) but he needed like 5 or 6 opportunities..

    I always rememberd Villa as a cool finisher..

    Pedro and Messi (execpt this game) are the most clinical finishers ever!

    • Jnice
      December 18, 2010

      Villa had 3 clear cut chances and he scored 2 of them…

  76. Dave
    December 18, 2010

    Missed all the game- completely gutted anyone have a match download? Jnice any links???

    • Jnice
      December 18, 2010

      The links from fbtz are a bit too big for non-premium members today, so go here *http://forum.rojadirecta.org/showthread.php?110114-FUTBOL-Liga-BBVA-Espa%F1ol-vs-Barcelona-18.12.2010

  77. Diego S.
    December 18, 2010

    **http://www.goal.com/en/match/47892/espanyol-vs-barcelona/player-ratings

    Read how Goal.com rated Our Players especially his explanations for the ratings. Very Funny.:D

  78. blitzen
    December 18, 2010

    The goals:

    *http://www.totalbarca.com/2010/matches/the-goals-rcd-espanyol-1-5-fc-barcelona/

    With Ray Ray commentary. “He’s running like he has a lobster down his shorts.” 😀

    • ooga aga
      December 19, 2010

      the look on the espanyol coach’s face at 7:50 is priceless

  79. Kari
    December 18, 2010

    Ray Ray gave allas14 a shout out today! During the first half he told everyone to go search for ‘Messi never dives’. Brilliant video.

    Visca allas14! Spread the word people.

    • blitzen
      December 18, 2010

      Great video! Kudos to allas14.

      And Messi? Boy just wants to play!

    • soccermomof4
      December 18, 2010

      That was one awesome video!

      Ray Ray moment of the game was when he said( and I paraphrase beacuse I don’t remember it exactly)” The Martians tune in to watch Barca play and they are in awe.”

    • tutomate
      December 18, 2010

      Yup awesome video. Love how it starts. I love that track too.

  80. blitzen
    December 18, 2010

    Scoreline notwithstanding, we didn’t dominate this game the way we did playing Real Madrid or Real Sociedad. Espanyol was very good at breaking up our passing plays and recovering the ball. This was one of the lowest possession percentages we have had. Our defense was sloppy, both Puyol and Pique were caught out several times, and if it wasn’t for Valdes’ excellent reflexes, the score could have been a lot closer.

    This is not to take anything away from our team. They played well in a very physical game against the toughest opponent we have had in ages. Pedro!! once again showed why he has earned his extra !. I thoroughly enjoyed this game, and now I’m off to watch it again.

    • Vj
      December 18, 2010

      Yeah, my commentator was hammering down that point all too often.. When they scored, he said, “Will Barca get back into the match?” WTF?

      The key to the win IMO, was VV’s excellent save in the first half.. Dunno what would’ve happened if that had gone in..

    • Tom_Johnson
      December 18, 2010

      “we didn’t dominate this game the way we did playing Real Madrid or Real Sociedad.”

      You do realize we played a local derby (more emotions involved) away from home (where the host’s record is 7-0-0) against the team who committed 20 (sanctioned) fouls earning 5 yellow cards in the process?

      Playing a high line against a team such as Espanyol (physical and fast) is equal to a suicide. Not many people realize how special it is (and how many brains and hard work it takes) for us to be able to get away with it.

      Other than Abidal being caught watching the passer rather than being aware where the opponent is, the amount of mistakes defense made is understandable considering the pressure they were exposed to.

    • Soy Culé
      December 18, 2010

      We beat our local rivals 1-5 in their own stadium, and your complaint is we didn’t have as much possession as normal?

      Talk about being spoiled… (just kidding, of course) 😀

      • blitzen
        December 18, 2010

        I’m not complaining, it was a terrific game! I’m just saying we shouldn’t let the scoreline blind us to our mistakes and how well Espanyol played. I am very satisfied with how we played, but it could have been a much closer game than it turned out to be.

  81. Hilal
    December 18, 2010

    This team is a machine. It is incredible to watch. Espanyol played an outstanding game, they pressed us relentlessly, they were physical, aggressive and they did everything they possible could to try and get in our faces and we STILL scored 5 goals. Truthfully it could have been a lot more.

    I thought this was going to be one of the toughest games we play all season and in a way it was, but at the same time we are so damn good right now we made it look easy. IT WASNT. I guarantee you all of our players are knackered after that game.

    Pedro btw is a little nutcase. He is absolutely relentless. His workrate and his attitude on the pitch is incredible. I think he is quickly becoming one of the best wingers in the game.

    Messi has officially become unplayable now. He has evolved his game so that he knows when to pass, when to dribble, when to shoot. He didnt score today but he was incredible. Everytime he had the ball he drew defenders opened space and made dangerous pass after dangerous pass. 3 assists tonight. He used to be a little more selfish, which in a way made him a little more playable, now he just cant be stopped. If you play him for the dribble he will get you with a killer pass, if you play him for the pass he will get past you and score. Simply incredible.

    Villa is getting there, slowly but surely. At least he is learning to stay onside a bit more, he was killing way too many attackes earlier in the season. It is quite terrifying to think what will happen once he hits top form because he is nowhere near his best yet!

    Cant wait to play Arsenal again!

    • Jnice
      December 18, 2010

      Pedro btw is a little nutcase. He is absolutely relentless. His workrate and his attitude on the pitch is incredible. I think he is quickly becoming one of the best wingers in the game.

      Agreed. He’s a menace and is quickly becoming a monster.

      • Jnice
        December 18, 2010

        I should also say, that one play where he hassled Victor Ruiz, stole it off of him, beat him with his pace and forced him to take the yellow epitomizes what Pedro is all about.

      • blitzen
        December 18, 2010

        Shhhhh!!!!!! He’s our little secret, the other teams don’t seem to have clued in to his brilliance yet, and I don’t want them to!

        He’s a bit like a Whack-a-Mole, you go to take him out and he pops up somewhere else!

      • Tom_Johnson
        December 18, 2010

        If he was playing for Madrid or one of the British clubs, I’m sure he would be advertised to be just as good (if not better) as Messi (madrid-robben) or the best thing since sliced bread (any of the epl teams, rooney = white pele and so fort).

        But seriously, due to his small stature and a modest demeanor, Pedro is hugely underrated. The market price? $50M!

  82. BarcaGirl_Indo
    December 18, 2010

    twitter @barcastuff :
    After 16 games, Messi-Villa (28 goals) is the best attacking duo in the Liga since Cesar-MarcoAurelio in 50-51 with 31…

    and they not even in top form yet…
    there’s a lot of room for improvement for this duo Messilla… 😀

  83. GREECE BARCA
    December 18, 2010

    Messipedrilla!The team tonight was fantastic!Oh and finally Valdes had something to do in a game!:-)Next game is against Levante,the worst team in liga,i hope for some rest for messi or xavi!

  84. blitzen
    December 18, 2010

    A couple more points:

    –Espanyol is a fast team! The pace of this game was stunning. It’s no wonder Pique and Puyol got caught out–they are great defenders, but neither of them is the fastest.

    –I thought the referee was fair. Aside from Busi’s yellow, which was unwarranted, he didn’t let anyone get away with anything too egregious, and he had no patience at all for all the flopping around the Espanyol players were doing.

    –Does Messi get cold really easily? I don’t know how he can play in gloves like that, don’t they get all sweaty and slippery?

  85. Jim
    December 19, 2010

    Yeah, sure . . . Messi is the best finisher in the world and until a few weeks ago Pedro was looking like he couldn’t buy a goal this season. The whole forward line is going great guns. If we can’t enjoy this, boy are we in for a bad time when we start to go down.

    As well as the goals, have a look at the chasing Villa did deep in his own half round about the 87th minute. That wasn’t a part of his game before. I thought sky ( for the only time so far this season) got it right. It wouldn’t matter how many Villa scores or doesn’t score – the whole line moves better with him there. So much for those who said the players were reluctant to pass to him. Was that only a few weeks ago?

    Is there more to come from him? sure, but let’s give him credit for his part in this phenomenal run.

    • Jim
      December 19, 2010

      Sorry, was replying to Mossi. This Captcha is proving too much for me to cope with. Tried to make clear who I was replying to and forgot to put the Captcha in again 🙂

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