Do It The Barça Way: Barça-Getafe

This is going to be a flame-broiled game. Someone will have to do it their own way and grill up a scrumptious match. With lettuce and tomato. But no pickles. Heaven help you if there are pickles. Hmm. I suppose if I kept going, I could come up with a few more of those, but no, enough of the nonsense. On to the real thing. When you write about Getafe, there’s only one person to write about and that’s their danger man, Roberto Soldado. He’s a fantas—Valencia? Oh really? Huh. Oh, well, okay, we can always talk about their midfield lynchpin, Pedro Leon who—really? Madrid?

Well then.

This is getting more and more reminiscent of my first Getafe preview. I don’t think I’ve seen a single Getafe match since then (or at least I don’t remember one), which would mean I’ve seen a grand total of 1 Getafe match all year. I know so little about them I just had to look up that their roster to name a single player. I’d forgotten about Víctor Sánchez along with Derek Boateng, Dani Parejo, Miku, Colunga, Gavilán, Albín, Arizmendi, Casquero, etc. They’re decent players, some of them are even good players, but somehow so forgettable in Getafe this year, which sits 11th, in middle table obscurity, 8 points from Europe and—how about this—8 points from the drop.

They haven’t won in a bit, though, having gone 0-4-2 since a February 5 win against Depor and they haven’t won away since defeating Almería 2-3 on December 19. Barça, of course, is top of the table and looking to put a hurtin’ one someone both to reassure themselves of their abilities after a couple of “subpar” matches that resulted in 1-0 and 1-1 scorelines and to give Abidal something to bust some stitches about as he recovers in the hospital. If I had just gone through any sort of surgery, I’d probably avoid watching Barça because I would still jump up and shout and swing my arms. And that wouldn’t be good.

Last time we played Getafe, we got a virtuoso show from Messi, which I hope we see again as I feel like he’s been in a bit of weird rut (more on that later), but we also got a nice little shimmy-shim-sham from Xavi that would be nice to see once more. Or like 3 or 4 times cause it’s fun to see that little pirouette. Those midfielders may be the size of garden gnomes, but damn do they dance purty.

Getafe will feel like FCB is as ripe for the picking as it will be for a while given the injuries (Pedro, Maxwell, Puyol, and Abidal), but Adriano’s recent form and Fontas’ inclusion should help out defensively while and this is totally serious, Bojan can cover up front fairly well. It might be a good idea to draft in Thiago to cover the middle if Iniesta is pushed up to the front slot instead of our little Serbian-Catalan blunderbuss, but I do believe Bojan can handle it despite Getafe’s generally aggressive and tough style of defending.

Regardless, we need a huge day from our match winners and if David Villa feels like reappearing, I am fully in support of that. He should feel free to grab, oh, let’s just throw out a number…3, yeah, 3 goals. Let’s go with that.

Official Prediction: 2-0. 3 goals by Villa, 4 by Messi, 1 by Bojan. Except with more profligacy than you can imagine, so you do the math.

PS If you’re a March Madness watcher, perhaps you can appreciate how terrible my bracket is going. I am in last place in my pool and have yet to call an upset correctly. This is the worst I’ve ever done and I’m unhappy about it.

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109 Comments

  1. vicsoc
    March 18, 2011

    Don’t talk to me about March Madness and upsets… Richmond? We lost to Richmond? Pitiful.

    Speaking of Bojan, if he plays tomorrow it will be his 100th appearance in the colors, and he will be the youngest player in club history to amass 100 appearances. Crazy. Puts a little perspective on his anxiety issues – If I was the youngest player to wear the jersey, to score a goal for the team, and to reach 100 appearances all by the age 20 I’d be a nervous wreck! The kid has been highlighted as a future club legend since the time he was 16. Crazy

    • Jackieboy
      March 19, 2011

      100th La Liga appearance, mind you. He’s also got 25 CdR and 27 in UEFA competitions.

  2. ooga aga
    March 18, 2011

    what time is the game? daylight savings got me confused

  3. blitzen
    March 18, 2011

    Damn you, Isaiah! Now I want a cheeseburger! Can’t haz. 🙁

    No, we shouldn’t have too much trouble winning this game, but then again, we lost to Hercules who have been pretty dreadful since then. Anything can happen in football.

    I agree that Bojan should start. He is coming off a good game (for him) and a goal, so he should be on a high and performing well. I expect to see this lineup:

    Valdes
    Alves Pique Milito Maxwell
    Xavi Mascherano Iniesta
    Bojan Messi Villa

    Personally, I would prefer Afellay to start over Villa, but I don’t think that will happen. Busi might start, but I would prefer to see Masch because of the yellow card issue. We really need Busi against Villarreal.

    Subs: Fontas (Milito), Afellay (Villa), Jeffren (Bojan)

  4. blitzen
    March 18, 2011

    OK, someone who knows Catalan needs to sit down and translate this enormous radio interview with Xavi into English! Please?

    Failing that, can you at least tell me what Guardiola says at the 50:25 mark that makes Xavi look all cute and embarrassed?

    😀

      • March 19, 2011

        I can’t get the video to forward to minute 50.25. I’ll try with the radio podcast. As soon as I am able to, I’ll send you the translation…

        • March 19, 2011

          Ok, got it. They are talking about mushrooms, because as a good catalan, Xavi likes to go out picking mushrooms and Guardiola is saying that “All the guys in the squad are really nice guys, imagine that, one even likes to go out picking mushrooms on his spare time and a guy who likes to go out to pick mushrooms has to be a good guy”.
          I’m not making it up, I swear.

    • March 19, 2011

      You watched 50 minutes of the interview without understanding what Xavi was saying? Wow, you are a bigger Xavi fan than I am. 🙂

      • blitzen
        March 19, 2011

        I understand a (very) little. I can get the general gist of what they are talking about but not the specifics. I am trying to improve, and if I can do that and watch Xavi at the same time, that’s just a bonus. 😉

  5. mardia
    March 18, 2011

    For this game, I just want all of our forwards, particularly Villa, to remember how to FINISH PROPERLY GOOD LORD. I have a soft spot for the guy, I understand he’s adjusting to a new system, and God knows I defend him whenever Kxevin gives him a rating I consider to be too low, but when I heard he was known as a “clinical” finisher when he played for Valencia, I am not going to lie, I blinked and went, “Really? Are we talking about the same David “Offside Is My Favorite Position” Villa?”

    (in his defense, nobody has been all that clinical lately.)

    Also, I am maybe one of five people in the US who doesn’t really follow March Madness (my alma mater’s apparently still in the race, which is all I know) but I’m always a sucker for good upset stories, what exactly is going on, may I ask?

    • Ryan
      March 18, 2011

      At least in following Villa at the national level, he was usually pretty clinical (watching him during Euro 2008 was fun), but not when he was solely leading the line. Although then again, they couldn’t really get the Villa + Torres combo to work all that well, but that might be more because Torres was used to being the sole forward at Liverpool. In any case, I really hope Villa gets it sorted out, as he’s supposed to be making new scoring records, not languishing on Raul’s tally!

      • outerspacedout
        March 18, 2011

        Villa HAS beaten Raul’s record quite a while ago already. BS.com insists on reporting he hasn’t though. When he was on 43 they reported it as 43, when he scored his 44th they again reported it as 43, then when he scored his 45th they report it as his 44th, and so on.

        After Villa scored his 44th record-equalling goal, Torres said in the post-match interview ‘its nice to see Villa got his 43rd goal today’ or something of the sort and there was a media furor (I bet it was from Marca/AS) claiming that Torres was referring to how one of Villa’s earlier goals actually hit an opposition player before going in (my bet would be just a slip of the tongue? Honestly). And since then they’ve all been counting Villa’s Spain tally along those lines, but in the FIFA official tally he is on 45 now.

        • outerspacedout
          March 18, 2011

          With headlines after Spain NT games like ‘Villa doesn’t manage to beat Raul’s record’ and when he scored his 45th which they reported as his 44th, ‘Villa equals record’.

          Or am I mistaken? Goal.com’s reporting has definitely been inconsistent since they’ve reported him as being one goal away from equalling the record on two different games where he had scored. He scored his 43rd against Paraguay and has scored 2 so far after the WC, right? I may be mistaken.

          • Ryan
            March 19, 2011

            I was following the understanding that one of his more recent goals was counted as a deflection from someone else (it’s been a while, so I can’t remember the goal itself).

            Maybe that PK (was it against Scotland maybe?) he scored got him through to 45, but I guess it’s fun to blame the “ghost of Raul” messing with Villa’s NT scoring, rather than think too hard about how much worse he’s playing, hehe.

          • outerspacedout
            March 19, 2011

            Well it was counted as Villa’s goal before but then newspapers decided to just strike off a goal to keep him from overtaking Raul by retrospectively deciding it was a deflection, no?

  6. barca96
    March 18, 2011

    I totally forgot to mention this last week after the Seville match, but did you guys notice Keita and Kanoute having a long chat after the match.
    It looked like Kanoute was asking Keita why he didn’t give him a call cause Kanoute was showing phone signs and Keita looked awkward so I guess Keita was giving lame excuses why he didn’t call Kanoute. Pretty funny seeing them.

    Man City and Liverpool are out of Europa league. Can you believe that. They both spent a lot over the season and yet couldn’t advance. Best league in the world?

    • Ryan
      March 18, 2011

      Here’s hoping the Europa League trophy stays in Spain, passing from Atletico to Villareal! It’s been a while since both cups were held in Spain at the same time; although doing it again won’t stop people from criticizing la Liga’s depth. 😛

      • outerspacedout
        March 19, 2011

        I’m pretty sure Spain has held both cups much more recently than any other country. As late as 2006 when Sevilla won the UEFA Cup and we won the CL, right?

  7. Sheena
    March 18, 2011

    This post made me hungry. That is all.

  8. March 19, 2011

    Sorry im so late on this, but i am excited for Shakhtar because we will finally get to see Douglas Costa for 180 mi, trying to create against the best pressing club in the world, us!!! I first saw him play in 2007 for Grêmio in Brasil, anf you could just see the European quality stamped on his forehead. I have been calling for him to joun us since the summer pep took over. He is, in essance an Affelay / Adriano type signing, or at least he was. H was sold t Donesk for €6m, which is one of the best buys of the lat few years. He is young, fast, has great vision, is comfortable on the ball, and can play all over the pitch, he can play any attacking position excep striker I believe. His versatility would have assuerd he got some time on the pitch with us. For those of you that don’t know him, imagine Adam Johnson (English wonder boy), except much better. Which is saying a lot, because in my opinion, Johnson, and maybe Wayne Rooney, are the only two English players that could get minutes on our team. Alas, now he pays for the competition, and I wish him well.

    P.S As always happens when you play a team in the C.L, I am sure you will hear a few transfer rumors floating around about him joining us.

  9. outerspacedout
    March 19, 2011

    Yeah this also really made me wanna eat Burger King.

  10. March 19, 2011

    Tottenham E.E will be fireworks, and if the English side wins, which I believe is a real possibility, we have a fairly easy road to the finals!! Here are a few reasons TOTTENHAM CAN BEAT E.E

    *It may take them an extra body, but with four mids, Tottenham can control possession against E.E. Modric and VDV are pure class with the ball at their feet, and E.E does not press like we do, so if I were a betting man, I would wager that E.E will be the team on the counter, while Tottenham are the team probing looking for openings. As we saw in the Manita, E.E are easily discouraged when the other team controls the ball, the get a defeatist attitude and overplay their hand looking to get the ball back and break. his could easily lead to defensive breakdowns, and frustration tackles by Madrid.

    **Unlike Barca, and even Tottenham to an extent, Madrid plays with two sets of players, those who attack, and those who defend, with Ramos being the only, albeit shitty exception. Depending on their formation and game plan, Madrid always have 4-5 players who will not track back to the defensive side of midfield. That is fine v. Alcocorn (oh wait…no it wasn’t), but when you have the likes of Lennon and God reincarnate (Bale) foaming at the mouth Zenyata style to run down the final third, attacking defenders with the ball at thier feet, it can become an issue for Madrid. Because Ronaldo, and to a slightly lesser extend Di Maria are always in the offensive zone, Marcelo and Ramos will have no other option but to stay back and babysit all day, denting E.E’s attacking power.

    ***Crouch! Ok, this guy may not be a great striker, or even a good one in many peoples eyes, but just like Rory Delap (Stokes throw-in master), the one thing he does, he is fuckin’ sweet at. And Crouch, can win a header v. the jolly green giant!!! And not just that, but he places them perfectly onto the foot of an on rushing play maker (usually VDV). Usually a defender, Hutton, Assou-Ekotto or Gallas will send a long clearance from their own 18 yard box to the head of Crouch, who (at the opponents 18 yard box) can win a header and instantly change possession, and where that possession is at on the pitch.

    Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but this lil’ English tea has a shot if you ask me. And I hope they do, cause beating EE 2 or 3 times is reasonable, but we may have to play them 5 times this year, and beating them 5 times, 2 in the CL may be impossible. I would take a CL win at home, draw in the Bernabeu return, win Copa, draw league clasico. Aside from sweeping them, this would be the best.

    Euler, other BFB tactical big boys, tell me what you think of my breakdown of Tottenham/E.E… what am I missing, is anything n there dead wrong, let me know!!

    • barca96
      March 19, 2011

      I have no idea why people don’t rate Crouch. And Marcelo.
      I’ve always loved those two players.
      Every time before we play Clasico, I get nervous thinking of Marcelo.
      He is a left side version of Alves to me.
      But then, thank God also, he always flops when playing against us.

      And Crouch, he is just an unbelievable big man.
      I wouldn’t mind a single bit if he joins us. I’ve aired my desire to sign him here a few times over the years. Wonderful player.

      But I don’t understand why some people rate Spurs that highly, they only had one shot on target over two legs against Milan. They almost did “an Arsenal”.

      Any of you guys experiencing difficulties connecting to the web lately? Not just this blog in particular. Must’ve been the tsunami that affected the underground cables.

      • Jnice
        March 19, 2011

        Marcelo is great offensively, but he’s not close to Alves in terms of dominating a whole side week in, week out. He doesn’t make those runs, nor does he have Alves’ stamina.

        And he still can’t defend, so I knew we would get some joy out of him when we played them in November. Just look at his defending against Pedro. Pitiful.

  11. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun! oh wait. that’s mcdonalds. i can’t do anything right. 🙁

    i might miss this game. not sure.

  12. barca96
    March 19, 2011

    Anybody know where Kari has been?
    Is she busy with studies?

  13. March 19, 2011

    For all those worried about our back ine issues (not necessarily v. Getafe, but in the CL quarters/CDR final/el Clasico redux), remember one thing….

    This was our starting back four n what was argubaly our biggest match of the last decade, the 2009 Champions leage final in Rome vs. a heavily favored and red hot Manchester United….

    Puyol…………..Pique………Toure……….Sylvinho

    Our first choice backup CB Rafa Marquez was also injured and could not play in the match.

    • barca96
      March 19, 2011

      We had YAYA in there. He was always reliable.
      It’s different this time around.

    • Ryan
      March 19, 2011

      Yeah, and Yaya specifically said he didn’t want to play the position! Sylvinho had a great game, what a way to finish one’s time at Barcelona.

  14. barca96
    March 19, 2011

    One more thing that I remembered( gee, thats the 2nd today. hopefully I’ll remember where I put my money the next time), Abidal left a note at Wembley saying that he will be back in May. What a poor guy. Hopefully we will reach the final and he will be able to take that note off and watch the match.

  15. Jnice
    March 19, 2011

    RT @jnicee17: @PhilSchoen Ever been to http://www.barcelonafootballblog.com? < Of course I have! (Kevin threatened me if I didn’t 😉 )

    What Phil said is in bold. I’m trying to get him and Ray to give us a shout out on air today lol.

    • Ryan
      March 19, 2011

      Ooops, does that mean we gotta stop hating on Phil?

  16. Colby
    March 19, 2011

    I’m interested to see what people think our best back line is without Puyol/Abidal.

    Is it with Busquets at centerback: Alves-Pique-Busquets-Adriano/Maxwell

    Or if we say no to Busquets then do we go: Alves-Pique-Fontas-A/M
    Or is it Alves-Pique-Milito-A/M?

    I think I feel most comfortable with Busquets back there because we get the added bonus of Mascherano in midfield.

    Otherwise, I wouldn’t mind seeing Fontas play (although I think Milito probably makes for a better backline. Milito may also get a run out so other teams can see him play who are going to buy him this summer.)

  17. March 19, 2011

    I think it’s important for Fontas to start today. There are very few easy games remaining on the schedule and today is one of them.

    Given the situation at the back, there’s a very high probability that Fontas is going to have to play a key role in an important match before the season is over.

    Milito has not been in his top form in a long time now. Playing him alongside Pique makes the team very slow at the back. Getafe’s only chance to score will be on a fluke counter at speed. Having two CBs with marginal to poor pace facilitates those kinds of counters.

    Barca’s CB and holding players are both at risk for picking up cards due to the high back line barca plays. The cards busi and masch have makes playing both in the same game prior to villareal an unacceptable risk.

    The team was willing to roll the dice before the season started with minimal depth at CB. That only way that approach made sense was if they were confident that at least 1-2 defenders from the youth team could fill in and play well.

    That time has come. Fontas’ time has come. Pep should play him today.

    If he doesn’t play him against lesser competition like Getafe at Camp Nou he may find himself forced to turn to Fontas in an emergency situation in a much more critical fixture in hostile conditions later on.

    • Jnice
      March 19, 2011

      Given the situation at the back, there’s a very high probability that Fontas is going to have to play a key role in an important match before the season is over.

      If he doesn’t play him against lesser competition like Getafe at Camp Nou he may find himself forced to turn to Fontas in an emergency situation in a much more critical fixture in hostile conditions later on.

      Exactly. He needs minutes ASAP.

      • March 19, 2011

        I’m somewhat surprised that he hasn’t been developed slowly across the entire season to prepare the team for the late season situations where depth at CB always seems to be an issue.

        He should have been getting controlled first team minutes across the season against weaker opponents, especially after Puyol was injured.

        Even if it was only 10-15 minutes.

        There was very little chance at least one youth team CB would have to play an important role for this team this season.

        They just didn’t have enough players at CB for youth team players to not be needed.

        Moving forward – he absolutely needs minutes.

        You don’t want to have to use him suddenly in the away leg at Shakhtar due to an emergency.

        He should play in all of the remaining matches they have against lesser opponents.

        • mei
          March 19, 2011

          Spot on euler.
          If I may add something, its bojan’s time as well.
          Its this time of the year when his immense potential must materialize into a good form , put aside his terrible performances of the first half of the season and repay guardiola’s trust in him.
          This kid will , as well as fontas, help us achieve our goals and will be called upon important games to prove his worth.
          He has done it in the past, here we are now again.

          • March 19, 2011

            Very good point mei. They really do need production from Bojan.

            The only way you can have a “short squad” at the beginning of the season and win multiple trophies is to get production from everyone and to also have youth team players who will step up and contribute.

            Bojan has to be produce now. They really need him.

            I’m a bit concerned about Villa – to me he looks like he’s dragging a bit and is fatigued.

            Villa hasn’t had an opportunity to play for three trophies this late into a season in his entire career. This level of sustained performance over so many matches is a new kind of challenge (he’s obviously performed at the highest levels and thrived in the past – this is just different, particularly physically).

            They need Bojan to step up and shoulder some of the goal scoring burden.

            Villa will get a second wind – I think he just needs some help right now, especially with Pedro out.

            Bojan and Afellay will be crucial. But they really do need finishing and goals and that’s Bojan’s main role.

        • barca96
          March 19, 2011

          Pep is really slow in intergrating youth players after Busi and Pedro. I mean Fontas looked the most likely candidate after Puyol got injured and then Milito was off form and he still didn’t act.
          You always have to be pro-active but in the CB department he has been quite disappointing.
          We have a problem in the attacker’s department too but at least we have Bojan,3M and Iniesta as back up.

  18. barca96
    March 19, 2011

    Holy crap!
    6 hours on and still no new comments.
    What is up in America?
    Or are you guys affected by the tsunami too(underground cable)?

    • barca96
      March 19, 2011

      That’s strange. I didnt see any new comment just now. I refreshed and all of a sudden 15 new comments.
      The same thing happened to me last night on barcastuff

  19. Ryan
    March 19, 2011

    Arsenal down a goal vs. West Brom. Not exactly the way you should be playing in the remaining competition you’ve got…

  20. MoSSi
    March 19, 2011

    Damn, ManU is literally giving Arsenal the Premier League and what does Arsenal do? Losing 1-0 to west brom..

  21. blitzen
    March 19, 2011

    Oh boy. Arsenal gives up a very silly goal to West Brom to put them down by two. Almunia hangs his head in shame. On the bench, Lehmann keeps a straight face while contemplating his glorious return.

    • Ryan
      March 19, 2011

      Especially with ManU playing with 10 men, Arsenal really can’t afford to miss this opportunity.

  22. March 19, 2011

    Man U is down a player.

    Despite that Bolton is completely unable to utilize the extra man to generate numerical advantages in sections of the pitch so that they can protect possession.

    They go up a man and continue to play the same style of football – long balls over the top and into space.

    Of course playing in a linear fashion like that defeats much of the advantage of even having an extra man.

    Bolton however did become more “aggressive.” Which meant they kept giving the ball away while their defense wasn’t sitting back to maintain shape.

    In turn Man U is able to start pushing forward and take control of the match down a player.

    EPL football. It’s a funny game.

  23. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    Barcelona B line-up (official): Oier – EduOriol Armando Bartra Abraham – DosSantos Ilie Thiago – Benja Soriano Nolito

    barca b stream?

    i fell asleep through the arsenal game. i watched the man u game for a while thinking they were arsenal, too. 🙁

  24. blitzen
    March 19, 2011

    This confusing since we are in minty green and the other team is wearing our home colours.

  25. Ryan
    March 19, 2011

    Which network is showing today’s game? I’m not seeing it anywhere…Streams it is I guess!

  26. blitzen
    March 19, 2011

    Sloppy defending from Bartra. This is why he is not ready for the first team. He is missing Captain Fontas.

  27. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    ouch. barca’s stringing passes together, finally.

  28. poipoi
    March 19, 2011

    Testing… no pickles?!
    AFELAY could play a bit poor guy.

  29. blitzen
    March 19, 2011

    Awwww, Lucho! I miss you already. 🙁

  30. poipoi
    March 19, 2011

    Last night I heard chiggy on the radio interviewed IN SPANISH. WHEN When askedabout how he feltabput leaving fcb for economic reasons he raised his voice (he speaks so quietly) to say : no no, no. I know why I left and it was not just for economic reasons, those 15 mill. I know I had some mistakes in the pitch and my performances were not very good. It was only my fault. I’m happy now with shaktar though we are playing well and growing.

    C-L-A-S-S!!!

    • blitzen
      March 19, 2011

      Definitely a class act all the way. Unlike a certain angry Swede.

  31. blitzen
    March 19, 2011

    Too much long ball. Keep the ball on the ground, boys.

  32. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    no way?! what a break. sucks to be molinero & huesca.

    • blitzen
      March 19, 2011

      It was a good call. If he hadn’t made the earlier foul he wouldn’t have had a second yellow. His own fault.

      • Miguel
        March 19, 2011

        definitely. but it’s still a break for barca. & why is dos santos’ shirt not two sizes too small today? messing with his circulation.

        • blitzen
          March 19, 2011

          JDS always wears big loose shirts. It make him look about 12.

  33. Jnice
    March 19, 2011

    Armando hasn’t been playing because he’s not that good.

  34. K_legit
    March 19, 2011

    wow its been a long whole since I commented here..I won’t be at the liveblog today as I get to see the game on TV yaaay..hope we win and don’t piss the King off 😀

  35. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    goooooooooooool! about time, benja. great through ball by soriano.

  36. blitzen
    March 19, 2011

    LOL did you see that dive?!? 😛

    Good play for Soriano’s goal, that pass was perfectly timed!

  37. blitzen
    March 19, 2011

    Barcelona line-up (official): Valdes – Alves Pique Milito Adriano – Xavi Mascherano Iniesta – Bojan Messi Villa

    Barcelona bench: Pinto, Montoya, Fontas, Busquets, Keita, Afellay, Jeffren

    Milito plays! Jeffren made the bench!

    • K_legit
      March 19, 2011

      Masche to sMasch everything in sight!

    • Miguel
      March 19, 2011

      what’s up with maxwell? he injured? jeffren made the bench ahead of him?

      • Ryan
        March 19, 2011

        I think Maxwell actually is injured, from when he subbed Adriano in the last game.

  38. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    huh. they put vasquez in for ilie, i believe, & are moving jds to the dm slot.

  39. blitzen
    March 19, 2011

    Nice work from Bartra. Everyone looking much calmer this half.

  40. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    thiago should’ve had an assist there. you suck benja.

  41. Extreme barca fan
    March 19, 2011

    Yay Milito starts, and i had a lunch at burger king today as a warm up for the game, lets eat them.

  42. March 19, 2011

    Disappointed not to see fonts in the line up. Hopefully he gets some minutes.

    I just can’t see milito doing well in key matches against teams like RM or a Chelsea. He just has no pace anymore. A pairing of he and pique in a critical match will leave them badly exposed to the counter.

    Playing milito today strikes me as hoping for tactical victory while risking strategic loss.

    And it’s unclear to me that milito is even the best tactical choice.

    Finally if pep doesn’t feel that he can trust fonts to play in a game like this one then the clubs decisions not to buy a CB in either the summer or winter transfer period or to even give Botia a real look in pre-season are just even more perplexing.

    This team has a real chance to make history. It would be such a shame if lack of depth an literally running out of players at the most critical part of the season turns out to be a significant factor in them not achieving those goals.

    Fingers crossed that milito can find the fountain of youth and regain form.

    • blitzen
      March 19, 2011

      It’s not about trusting Fontas, it is about trusting Milito. Pep has already picked Busi over Milito several times. If he can’t trust Milito in a game against Getafe, then he is basically saying he has completely lost confidence in him and he will be sitting on the bench for the rest of the season. Since Pep asked Milito not to leave in January, he at least owes him a chance against a team like Getafe. Fontas can always come in if necessary.

      This is man-management, that’s all.

      And I think Milito will be very motivated to do well today. Hope so anyway.

      • March 19, 2011

        I have to agree with blitzen here! Pep has to play Milito today if he didn’t that would simply devastate milito. I think Gaby will be da man today 🙂

  43. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    that deserved better. just over the bar by thiago.

  44. K_legit
    March 19, 2011

    ‘Tis the return of TheDirtySanchez

  45. K_legit
    March 19, 2011

    At the 22nd min there’ll be a round of applause for Abidal!

  46. blitzen
    March 19, 2011

    That goal was never offside! Villarato!!!!

    😉

  47. Ryan
    March 19, 2011

    Aw, look at all the banners for Abidal.

  48. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    ray ray’s singing along to the humno!!!!

    • blitzen
      March 19, 2011

      Are you watching on TV or do you have an English feed?

      • Miguel
        March 19, 2011

        plopped in front of tv with my laptop.

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