Oh, ze Shock! Oh, ze Horror! Barca drop points [Update]

Except it's not.

So, it’s a 5 point lead at the top of the table–that’s when if Madrid win against Espanyol away tomorrow.  Cules are already convulsing and/or rocking themselves in a  fetal position, worrying if the end is near, and the EE press are going ballistic as if Madrid winning means they’ll suddenly get 6 points and over throw us.

I say: Get real

First of all, it’s Hlebuary, the time of year where points are given to teams like candy is given to Bojan and Ibi and secondly, it’s after the international break. When have we ever played well after the international break? Add rested players with two eyes on Arsenal, players fighting for their manager’s job [Sporting players for Preciado], incredible fans giving players a boost and we have all the ingredients for a loss that didn’t happen.

I don’t like drawing. I don’t like anything other than winning really, but things happen. We’re still league leaders and I sincerely doubt this will be The Result—the one that potentially derails our season. Our team is amazing and deserve the benefit of a doubt.

If you really think about it, this result is two points gained, not lost. Had it not been for Villa’s chip, we’d have probably lost this one. Pep will also use this result as a possible motivator for Arsenal—our team doesn’t like not winning, you could see that when Pedro!! pounded the ground in frustration and mouthed off to the ref, earning himself a yellow. They have a burning desire to win, and that’s what’s important.

This post isn’t really necessary because I’m sure all of you already know this and are just pissed we ended a streak of 16 wins. No problem with that. The real point of this post was this video below. With Pep and Bojan. You didn’t really think I was going to let this pass by, did you? If you did, how naive of you. 😀 Kxevin will probably articulate the same thing during his review, so you can watch the video below to your heart’s content before his review comes up.

One last thing though: I’ll be posting the first leg of the Arsenal-Barca match soon enough. It’ll be either before or after Isaiah’s preview (or something, we’ll work it out).

Pep celebrates with Bojan

[Update] Post Match comments all via barcastuff:

Pep: “Sporting did great, we knew they were strong and they proved it. Against a team that’s tactically and physically that well prepared like Sporting, you can always lose.

“In the first half we had some problems on the wing. In the 2nd half, we could solve the mistakes of the first half. Great goal Villa.

“We’re not invincible; we’re not the perfect team. We just can keep on working.

“As we’ve always said the Liga isn’t finished. We still have some difficult away games and some games vs teams who play against relegations. These players are playing for a better life, always hard.

Villa: “Sporting was very good, in the end we got the draw. We didn’t play bad, it’s the merit of Sporting, they did great, were superior at some moments.”

“We shouldn’t blame international games, Sporting simply played well.”

Alves: “Afellay is still adapting. Despite the half-time result he didn’t do bad. It’s not easy to replace Pedro.”

Xavi: “We had the chances to win, a pity we didn’t and that the winning series got stopped. Our attitude was good, our second half was very good. In the 1st, the passing was maybe wasn’t up to the mark.”

Twitter Iniesta: Although we won only a point, we tried until the end, nothing is easy. Now we have to think about the CL game on Wed”

Twitter Pique: A good point at a difficult venue. Congrats to Sporting for a great job. The Emirates awaits us on Wednesday! Good night!”

Preciado (Sporting coach): “The atmosphere in the stadium gave us extra energy. Drawing against Xavi, Iniesta, etc is great.”

“We’re exhausted but we got a great reward: a draw against the best team in the world.”

Botia (former youth-teamer, Sporting defender): “We had respect for them but we knew at our own pitch we could do something. We defended very good, that has been crucial.”

Cuellar (Sporting GK): “They had 3 or 4 clear chances, true, they could have finished it. But I think they’re happy with the draw”

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  1. Helge
    February 12, 2011

    Hey, I KNEW this post was from you, Kari, right after reading the headline (on the mainpage of course, which doesn’t show the author yet)! 🙂

      • Helge
        February 12, 2011

        Choose yourself, mysterious girl 🙂

        Bojan almost fell to the ground after the push from Pep, just another hint that he’s not strong enough to play @ this club :O

        • February 12, 2011

          I guess I’ll be both, then.

          As for Bojangles, I think he was surprised/didn’t expect to be ,errr, thrown forward.

          I think I’ll add the post match comments to make this post more interesting.

  2. Helge
    February 12, 2011

    Talking about ending the 16 wins streak, the Sky Sports commentator said that Benfica won 29 consecutive league matches in the 70s with Eusebio. How crazy’s that, even if it was ‘only’ the Portuguese league? That dude Eusebio also scored 383 goals in 365 professional matches for Benfica. I knew he was good, but that record baffles me!

    • poipoi
      February 12, 2011

      Dunno really but heard it was in 2 consecutive championships.

    • Vj
      February 12, 2011

      1 person yelling peanuts == 1 goal. So yeah kinda..

    • barca96
      February 12, 2011

      DId he had a good match?
      Can you give me a rating?

  3. Para
    February 12, 2011

    ahh! I just realised that the Arsenal match is going to be shown on my TV!! I don’t think I’ve ever said/thought/typed this before, but huzzah ITV!

  4. poipoi
    February 12, 2011

    Gosh 🙂 I kicked the table hard several times during this game, it was such a frustating one. You could see it in the players faces. Maybe if p! had started… but I do think Xavi and Iniesta with the skill they have, should have stepped up a bit physically. Sporting defence was tight and rough. What a bus! On top of that my stream froze when p! was about to miss that sitter… thought it went in!! One point golazo de villa, how many already in la liga 🙂 love how he didn’t celebrate and messi’s reaction to it.

  5. Ian
    February 12, 2011

    well i guess this draw will serve its purpose for both sides: if sporting are fighting for their jobs, drawing with BARCA will totally relieve them some. and while barca, ever so used to winning, finally ends the record of 16, this draw will get them raging for goals and victory in the next game. but with class, of course. ;p

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