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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Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater New York City area with his wife and daughter.

214 Comments

  1. Extreme barca fan
    December 18, 2010

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

  2. December 18, 2010

    Trying to figure out the problem, hold on

  3. Nav
    December 18, 2010

    Damn Espanyol came out kicking

  4. blitzen
    December 18, 2010

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

  5. Blow-Grenade
    December 18, 2010

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

  6. Vj
    December 18, 2010

    OOOh Busi close..

  7. 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=

    • December 18, 2010

      it opens, you have to be patient

  8. Extreme barca fan
    December 18, 2010

    Wow what a kick by busi

  9. Jose
    December 18, 2010

    This link works for vicsoc:

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

  10. Nav
    December 18, 2010

    Damn that would have been a beaut by Busquets

  11. Extreme barca fan
    December 18, 2010

    Nop still not working

  12. Para
    December 18, 2010

    Jose’s link works for me.

  13. Vj
    December 18, 2010

    How did he miss that?

  14. Kari
    December 18, 2010

    ARGGGGGGGGGGGH!!!

    NO WAY!!! What a miss by Messi.

    I can’t believe it.

  15. Jose
    December 18, 2010

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

  16. jordi(TM)
    December 18, 2010

    WTF How did leo miss? Dani shouldve shot…

  17. Blow-Grenade
    December 18, 2010

    Pedro!!!

  18. Blow-Grenade
    December 18, 2010

    Xavi!!!

  19. 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!

  20. 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

    • December 18, 2010

      I’m terrible at this. Use Nav’s above.

    • 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

  21. mei
    December 18, 2010

    Manita team strikes again.

  22. Vj
    December 18, 2010

    5-1!! Domination Total!!!!

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

    • blitzen
      December 18, 2010

      What? When was that?

    • 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.

  25. soccermomof4
    December 18, 2010

    Great game—thanks for the liveblog Vicsoc

  26. 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.

  27. sheena
    December 18, 2010

    So proud :’)

  28. barca96
    December 18, 2010

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

    • Eklavya
      December 18, 2010

      2 comment above!

  29. 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.

    • Jnice
      December 18, 2010

      Yup.

  30. Jnice
    December 18, 2010

    Shout out to Stephen who went to this match!

  31. 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!!!

  32. 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… 🙂

  33. tutomate
    December 18, 2010

    * Will he….

  34. 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?

  35. 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..

  36. 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 🙂

  37. 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.

  38. 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 😀

  39. Nick
    December 18, 2010

    5 is a magic number.

    • Vj
      December 18, 2010

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

  40. 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…

  41. Dave
    December 18, 2010

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

    • barca96
      December 18, 2010

      rojadirecta is the answer.

    • 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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.”

    • Jnice
      December 18, 2010

      I was gonna mention that too.

    • tutomate
      December 18, 2010

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

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