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  1. hammeronmessi
    March 19, 2011

    damn.the power has just gone out.its not fair

  2. March 19, 2011

    If Villa was not so wasteful just would still be playing at villareal…and messi would have got that goal to help ease his mind

  3. March 19, 2011

    Nice win. I’m depressed because Xavi picked up a yellow. Pep didn’t take him off because I think he thought Xavi wouldn’t mouth off–probably didn’t think he’d professional foul…

    Pathetico-EE. Doesn’t matter that EE are playing away; they’ll still win. How can their fans still feel pumped? 11 years and 4 months. The last time Pathetico won. Pathetic.

    • Miguel
      March 19, 2011

      since atleti are guaranteed to give this game to real anyway, you can watch, kari. 😉

  4. Jnice
    March 19, 2011


    So because we didn’t finish our chances, we score only 2 goals. They score 1 goal in the end, and what does that lead to? A Xavi yellow. Why? Because he had to stop the counter. Were it not for our ridiculous finishing, Xavi doesn’t make that foul and he;s available against Villarreal.

    I’m sorry guys, but finishing like that isn’t going to lead us to much glory for the rest of the season.

    I know people hate to see Villa criticized and I’m branded as being negative, but it’s not good enough. I said it earlier in the season and everyone said it was because of lack of adaptation. Fine. What’s his excuse now?

    2-1 final? That’s bullshit. Now we are going to face Villarreal after an international break, without Xavi.

    Oh and that goal, great strike, but it only occurred because of Milito’s weak header.

    This isn’t good enough.

    • Jnice
      March 19, 2011

      Correction… Xavi didn’t foul the man but he kicked the ball away. My point still stands.

      • March 19, 2011

        Wait. He kicked the ball away? Well damn, Xavi. You don’t need to do that!

        Agree on the finishing, but I just think of us earlier this season and we had the same problem. That being said, losing pts at this stage of the season is much more serious. We need to get our act together.

    • majatt
      March 19, 2011

      Its a difficult time, Messi’s passing varied from mediocre to poor, I really hope he doesn’t play 180min in the intl break.

      We have our captain injured, our first choice LB and 2nd choice CB out due to surgery. The preferred RF is injured as well and our shinning star is in poor form. Toss on that Villa is also on a streak that looks the brown in the back of a kids pants and we aren’t in tip top.

      It’s 3 points and we live to die another day.

  5. blaunero
    March 19, 2011

    I was so annoyed today. We waste way too many effing chances and at the end, like vs Arsenal, we were almost punished for it. Our forward line is playing like crap. Even the easy things we can’t do.
    The international break could not have come at a better time.

    • jordi™
      March 19, 2011

      Well it could have come at a better time since we always struggle after the break and the game is in villarreal :/

      • Jnice
        March 19, 2011

        What I’m about to say might be truly negative, but I don’t see us getting the 3 points there.

        If our defending was unimpressive against Getafe, I can only imagine what it is going to be like against Rossi and Nilmar.

        • blaunero
          March 19, 2011

          If we play like we have in our last few games then we won’t. It’s really simple. In a fierce competition the wasteful don’t deserve to win.
          Real Just scored. They at least take their chances.

  6. March 19, 2011

    TV is off. Their inferiority complex is so sad. Khedira through on goal? Really? You know the rest.

  7. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    did masche pick up that yellow like we told him to? would it be too risky to play both busquets & him against villarreal? i see some b-teamers (thiago or dos santos) getting a shot, maybe. didn’t jds play against villarreal last year?

    • March 19, 2011

      Away? Don’t think so. I think we’ll see Afellay in the midfield. Or Keita. Pep wouldn’t throw Thiago in… would he?

      • Miguel
        March 19, 2011

        probably keita. pep’ll have b-teamers on the bench i’m thinking. it’ll be tough.

    • mega_tajh
      March 19, 2011

      A Nice goal by him btw but booooooo maybe next year Pathetico..

  8. Jnice
    March 19, 2011

    And the TV is now turned off. I mean, Atleti doesn’t even try against Real. I don’t care what anyone says. It’s ridiculous.

    • mega_tajh
      March 19, 2011

      I always found their presidents to be to friendly before and after every derby. Glad we beat them home and away already.

    • March 19, 2011

      Jeez, this is really reminiscent of the Espanyol match… Casillas gets red carded in the first three minutes, so Espanyol are a man up, against a second string keeper, and proceed to show the most limp of attacking intent for the rest of the match. And this was IN BARCELONA.

      Absolutely pathetic. And then watch EE fans gush over the heart and talent of their team at pulling off such a masterful win. 😛

  9. blaunero
    March 19, 2011

    Was anyone expecting a different outcome from Atletico-Real Madrid? First of all Atletico is mediocre as it is, they suck against Real, and Real is playing quite well. I’m watching for a statistical purpose only–I want to see how often Atletico loses the ball.

    • Jnice
      March 19, 2011

      Wasn’t expecting a different outcome, just a bit more resistance. Atletico handed Real free passes into their box. They are getting cut open by Sami “I run like a goof” Khedira and Lassana “I don’t know why I have the #10” Diarra.

      That’s comical.

      • jordi™
        March 19, 2011

        I remember that time the Atleti player played a through ball to Higuain to score.Good times.

  10. March 19, 2011

    Messi played a scintillating match. The number of chances he created by dragging – not one or two – but almost the entire Getafe defensive focus all over the pitch was just amazing.

    Getafe often looked like five years olds just chasing the ball around.

    Messi completely destroyed their ability to maintain shape at the back. It was amazing.

    But unfortunately Barcelona was very wasteful or passive with the ball and their finishing once again was poor. In fact the finishing this match may have been worse than it has been in even prior recent matches when they struggled.

    David Villa. It’s difficult to know what to say. For a world class striker to be that poor and wasteful with the ball was remarkable.

    Tactically Pep set this match up to help Villa get back on form. He had Bojan shift right so villa could play on his favored left side. And Pep had Bojan moving centrally off the right to link up play with messi when he drops deep. Villa was largely staying wide where he likes to find space on the ball.

    And then Messi just runs the Getafe defense ragged. Not only did Getafe lose control of the ball this game as we knew they would – they lost control of space.

    And when a team that does not have the ball loses control of space it should get punished.

    Villa had so many opportunities this match. The defense was completely fragmented chasing around messi. And Villa didn’t take advantage of that by generating the kind of opportunities he should have through off the ball movement or dribbling.

    On top of that he squandered chance after chance when he was played through for very easy opportunities.

    Bojan scored but on the whole did not play particularly well. He too was wasteful with the ball. Just not to the extent Villa was.

    And that wastefulness in attack nearly caused them to drop points. Were it not for Adriano’s last second intervention the match easily could have ended 2-2. The cost of dropping 2 points would have been significant.

    Unfortunately, though points weren’t dropped, this was a match in which the opportunity cost was very high.

    As has been mentioned above – the lack of finishing on even easy chances is going to cost them Xavi in the match against Villareal.

    And that’s an extremely high cost to pay for poor finishing.

  11. mega_tajh
    March 19, 2011

    At least El Kun is trying and dragging his team.Also Iker is certainly a SAINT TO EE .What A save from him to deny Atl twice!!

  12. March 19, 2011

    Well, at least it’s end to end stuff. The best thing Atleti can do is get RM players on yellows… which is just sad. This a derby? Osasuna would do better 😉

  13. March 19, 2011

    to fair on atletico they should have equallised by now!
    they are creating many chances.

    • Miguel
      March 19, 2011

      yeah, they look like they want it. fun game so far.

  14. March 19, 2011

    Schedule notice

    So we’re done for the month of March. When we start back in April, we face:

    Shaktar Donetsk-H
    Shaktar Donetsk-A (Ukraine)
    Evil Empire-A
    Evil Empire-Copa del Rey Final (Neutral ground)

    If we make it past Shaktar, we will be playing twice a week starting April 3rd until May 15th. No midweek breaks, as the Champions League, Copa del Rey, and league has us scheduled every midweek until then. That would be the penultimate match in La Liga.

  15. March 19, 2011

    Also, if we can’t win at Villareal because Xavi couldn’t play, it will be unforgivable. That could even put us only three points away from EE before el Clasico… meaning they would have the hope of catching up to us at the Bernabeu. Call me overly-demanding if you’d like, but that is unacceptable.

    • Jnice
      March 19, 2011

      That all goes back to the match against Sevilla and how we didn’t kill the match in the 1st half. We would have a 7 point going into the Villarreal match.

    • March 20, 2011

      They cant officially catch us unless we go in 3 points up, and loose 5-0, or worse. So the stats say its a five pint lead, but in reality, it’s six.

  16. jordi™
    March 19, 2011

    To be fair Atleti usually give it a go, its just they never capitalize on their chances and get punished with their “defending”.Its clearly a mental block

    • March 19, 2011

      Yup. The defending especially. Apparently, ATM has conceded a goal to Real Madrid in the first 15 minutes in the last 9 straight matches.

      And Ozil scores, poor keeping from ATM.

      • Miguel
        March 19, 2011

        atleast perea isn’t playing today. 🙂

      • jordi™
        March 19, 2011

        Last year they conceded within the 1st minute 😆

  17. blaunero
    March 19, 2011

    Oezil goal. THAT’s how you take your chances.

    • Ryan
      March 19, 2011

      Kicking it straight at the keeper never works for us though.

      • blaunero
        March 19, 2011

        Today I’m just bloody pissed. We should have bloody buried them. We aren’t going to win anything this year if we don’t take our chances. Our main strikers haven’t scored a goal in the league since Messi’s vs Valencia.

  18. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    nice team goal by real. didn’t think ozil’s strike was gonna get past de gea, though.

  19. Ryan
    March 19, 2011

    Yikes, that’s pretty bad by De Gea.

  20. March 19, 2011

    When Villareal are in form their pressure defense up the pitch is formidable.

    That was very much the case in the first match against Barca played against the yellow submarine this season.

    They are however vulnerable at the back.

    So a major key in beating them is ball control and possession in build up in midfield.

    Xavi is exactly the kind of player you want to have against a team that plays the way Villareal does.

    It’s extremely unfortunate that he won’t be available.

    They should have had a much larger lead and that would have allowed Pep to take Xavi out of the game with 4 cards.

    But with a small lead Pep always leaves Xavi in the game because Xavi’s the key to Barca’s ability to defend by retaining possession.

    As an aside, it’s unfortunate that Xavi continues to pick up frivolous cards for such poor reasons many of which are for arguing with the ref. It costs the team his absence but Xavi just won’t stop arguing. This is in reference to cards he picked up earlier in the season but given that it’s a cumulative issue the earlier cards are as causative as the one he picked up today.

    • Jnice
      March 19, 2011

      They are vulnerable in the back, but don’t you think against Rossi and Nilmar, we will be just as vulnerable, if not more?

      They cause a fair bit of trouble to Puyol and Abidal last match. I don’t see how Pique and Milito/Busquets/Fontas will be able to deal with them.

      I have a feeling Valdes is going to have to be at his best.

  21. March 19, 2011

    de gea has had many bad games this year…the one in the firstround against EE was one of them as well

  22. Helge
    March 19, 2011

    lol, Super Pathetico once again. Last win against Real in the season of 98/99.
    Why do the fans still visit the derby matches, the result is given before it even starts…

  23. Helge
    March 19, 2011

    So no Xavi, no Puyol, no Abidal and unfortunately Milito instead of Fontas against Villarreal after an international break -it’s almost guaranteed we will drop points 🙁

    • March 19, 2011

      Well April is championship month. Our physios supposedly gear up the team to be at maximum fitness around this time. After this international break, it’s 6 weeks that will determine our season. The problems in our front three, the issues with our back four, they all have to be worked out in the coming weeks, or we might come up empty come mid-May.

  24. K_legit
    March 19, 2011

    And Xavi does it again? why does he continue to get these stupid yellow cards is beyond me and now he’s suspended for what is one of the most difficult away trips on our calendar..Me Mad

    • March 19, 2011

      this one was for time wasting ala Van Persie…he kinda had do to break their counter

  25. March 19, 2011

    The only good thing i see with Absence of Xavi is that i think the team will be more focused. We always seem to be more focused when someone important is missing…

  26. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    Guardiola: “It’s true we have some scoring problems. We can just try to continue to create all those chances, the click will come.”

    Guardiola: “Xavi suspended? Third time this referee gives Xavi a yellow for protesting. No problem, he can rest.”

    Guardiola: “Before we scored 4 or 5 goals in such games, now we don’t. It’ll come back at the end of the season.”

    Guardiola: “For the next game, we hope to have Pedro and Max back, maybe Puyi too.”

  27. March 19, 2011

    the refereeung is horrible…full of love for EE
    Atletici still trying…and if they get a goal in the next 10 anything can happen

  28. Jnice
    March 19, 2011

    I don’t know whether to watch the Barça match again today. The performance kind of annoyed me.

    Should I?

    • Eklavya
      March 19, 2011

      No. Just be happy we won 3 points.

      • Jnice
        March 19, 2011

        Unfortunately, happy is not an emotion I felt after the match. I would be happy if it was against… say, Villarreal. But against Getafe, 2-1 leaves me feeling unsatisfied.

        So, I shouldn’t watch the match again? Alright.

        • March 19, 2011

          well i think if watch it again you’ll see we didn’t play that bad. Especially if you consider all things that happened this week

          • Jnice
            March 19, 2011

            Trust me, I understand all that has gone on this week, but I don’t think that explains why Villa decides to shoot into the keepers arms or why he decides to play Messi a lazy ball in the box.

            We can’t keep making excuses for this team. Sooner or later, we will get found out if we carry on like this.

  29. Bafanalapagus
    March 19, 2011

    Happy to read so many others were bothered by our poor finishing today. Too often I don’t read the comments or offer my own views here because I feel I’m the only one criticizing some games and I don’t want to be yelled at. (Seriously…the gushing of praise and excuses given for a bad game on Barca’s behalf can be eye rolling!)
    Not to pour it on more, but we’re all correct. We should have easily won that game. Barca played like it was in the bag, like they were going to score every 5 minutes and didn’t play with any hunger. They were like a fighter who won’t put his damn opponent down and then almost gets knocked out himself.
    And I am so sick of seeing Villa NOT score easy goals…nevermind his horrible passing. Someone should put together a reaal of his shooting it directly at the keeper on breakways…it’d be about 5 minutes long.
    Bojan is sickeningly selfish. I can’t watch him play. He plays for himself only and wants only to shoot once he gets the ball. He never thinks about a pass back, or making a tricky, unexpected pas through like Messi, Pedro, Xavi and all other Barca players do. All of his passes are passes 101, and he can’t even execute them. I don’t think Messi likes playing with Bojan because of this. Bojan is a player who simply cannot be expected to “return the favor” to you. Even Villa does it, but never Bojan. He only thinks about shooting and scoring and thinks that this will make us like him. But it won’t. Time and time again he loses the ball, flubs a shot, makes a bad pass, or easily goes down in the box – he should have been given the yellow for diving, not Villa – and I know he’s only 20…but he’s played 125 games for Barca and he’s still a liability. Bottom line….ask Messi if he likes playing with Bojan. How many time did Messi pass it to Bojan…and how many times did Bojan pass it to Messi? Absurd…Bojan does not know his place and I would have started Affellay. Bojan’s goal was lucky…nothing more.

    Get it together Barca…and Messi…stop walking. Get back in postition so you can be ready for a quick turnaround!!

    • Jim
      March 19, 2011

      Just different ways of looking at it. I was shouting at him for trying to curl the ball across to Villa when he could have gone himself. I actually think we don’t take enough shots at goal.

      Couldn’t disagree more on Messi either but, hey, that’s what the comments are for, right?

    • messi_fan
      March 19, 2011

      I’m sorry but I disagree almost entirely with this post. Maybe the players were sloppy but I don’t think they played like it was in the bag. We generated a ton of chances in the second half.

      With respect to Bojan, first you say he doesn’t pass and then you say all of his passes are passes 101 which he can’t even execute. Which one is it?

      Then you go on to speculate that Messi doesn’t like playing with Bojan? And you know this how…?

      And to tell Messi stop walking, the week after he hurt his leg AND in a match where he played incredibly…wow…just wow.

  30. BarcaGirl_Indo
    March 19, 2011

    3 points, great..
    but it was painful to watch..
    just painful..

    and I don’t see how we can win against Villareal?
    At their stadium, without Xavi for sure, and with the FIFA virus in our squad…

    you guys remember when we stole the pole position from EE?
    right, El Clasico at CN…
    and there’s a huge chance they’ll steal the pole position from us in El Clasico at SB…

    why am I so negative?
    I don’t know, poor finishing + Puyi-Abidal absentee is frustating me…

  31. March 19, 2011

    What is the definitive list of international call-ups from our squad, and what matches are being played?

    You know, if someone has that info handy…

  32. Jim
    March 19, 2011

    I thought I was bad when I watch games but some of you must be basket cases in these close games 🙂 Just be glad you’re not a Man U fan. They don’t even dominate games, they survive huge scares and score in the last few minutes. We’re not like that – we completely dominate games and sometimes but not often we put ourselves under pressure by silly defensive errors.

    That was again the case tonight. We could have had more but two goals at home is reasonable and a top team shouldn’t lose from there against a side which has virtually no offensive intent. The problem is that the defence is shaky positionally and has been since Puyol got injured. Abidal covered a lot of this uncertainty with pace but Alves, Milito and Adriano are not top defenders ( Milito maybe was once to be fair).

    The Xavi situation is, imo , just down to him. He needs to learn to shut up or not kick the ball away ( not sure which it was). He has played a lot since recovering from his injury and there is no guarantee he’d have been taken off. I wasn’t expecting it anyway. As Euler correclty said, Getafe pushed up and pressed a lot better as the game went on and we needed him. However, in the greater scheme of things he’s due some slack for the sheer consistency of his performances. It’s a worry for Villareal but Puyol and Pedro will probably be back and Busi will be back in the midfield so we should still handle them.

    Villa is a small concern for me although probably not as much as for some of you. Having looked again at some of his chances I’m more impressed by his movement than I was before and less impressed with the actual strikes. It’s always a worry when your striker doesn’t seem to carry any luck – on a couple of occasions a half scuff and it was in – but you do get the feeling he’s becoming anxious. I do also wish occasionally we would take advantage of some of his early runs. I know it’s not our style but he does take up good early positions.

    On the plus side another goal from Bojan can’t hurt and Messi is back. We’re getting closer . . .

    I remember way back at the start of the season Ballague said on Revista that our setup was aimed at peaking twice – in November and April. Hard to believe but it’s beginning to look like it might be right. You can’t go through a season without dips in form. If this is it, it isn’t bad. To put it into perspective, I was sitting after 87 minutes happy that we had coasted to another victory and not seeing any way back for them. Okay, it didn’t go so well after that . . . . 🙂

    If we’re getting upset at a win what’ll we be like if RM win one of the many games against us?

    • Jnice
      March 19, 2011

      Graham and Guillem have mentioned the peaking plenty of times. I’m sure they’re right, but I’m not convinced we’ll be finishing better anytime soon.

  33. Jim
    March 19, 2011

    Btw, just rewatched the goal a few times and I’m thinking Milito is getting a raw deal on it. It was probably at least as much Pique’s fault.

    • Jnice
      March 19, 2011

      But look at Milito’s initial header. He should’ve dealt with that comfortably, but instead he struggles to make contact and Getafe retains possession.

      • Jim
        March 19, 2011

        Agreed. Just didn’t want it all to go down to him.

        He actually struggled to get to the header so a glancing one rather than putting it into the air would have been better. However, we had our whole defence back when that ball came over so it shouldn’t have been a problem – I reckon Puyol instead of Pique and that goal doesn’t happen. Not sure what Pique thought he was marking.

        Now that I think of it , the ball shouldn’t have come across the first time. Someone, think it was Affellay, made no attempt to close the man down.

        Mind you, it was nicely taken. Could VV have at least dived for it?

        • Jnice
          March 19, 2011

          Don’t know, but VV has a tendency to make it seem like he has no chance on certain shots when I think he could at least stick out his hand.

      • Helge
        March 19, 2011

        Yeah, that was very poor. I wasn’t convinced of Milito during the whole match, I think he has lost the necessary skills to play as a defender at such a big club like ours.
        It scares me to think of Milito playing against Villarreal, Rossi and/or Nilmar will out-run, out-dribble him in every single ocation. Since Xavi is suspended, Busquets will play in midfield. Fontas is obviously the last choice defender, so let’s hope Puyol will be back. I don’t want to go into el Clasico with only 3 (or 2…) points advantage.

        • Jnice
          March 19, 2011

          At this point, I’m hoping we go into el Clasico with at least a 3 point lead. If we manage to go there with a 5 point lead, I think we win the league.

        • Helge
          March 20, 2011

          Edit function would be awesome!

          … and/or Nilmar WHO will…
          ocation = occasion

  34. messi_fan
    March 19, 2011

    Anyone else worried that Benzema seems to be scoring for fun these days?

    • Jim
      March 19, 2011

      Still needs the ball to do it last time I looked – in case you’re thinking of the Clasico 🙂

  35. Jnice
    March 19, 2011

    14 days till our next game…. Maxwell, Pedro, and most importantly Puyol, please be 100% by then.

  36. Lou
    March 19, 2011

    So I didn’t see the game (just the goals on youtube), but I’m relieved that we won. Given all the focus on Abidal (rightly), the Champion’s League draw and the International break this was a very dangerous game where the team’s focus could have been off. To take three points in these circumstances is great.

    Hopefully by Villareal we’ll have some of our injured players back. If Xavi wasn’t suspended I would have expected Pep to use Busi as a centerback, but now I think he’ll be needed in midfield. Let’s hope Puyol will be ready in time.

  37. Ian
    March 19, 2011

    You know that feeling that Barca only wanted three points when they could’ve done better to sack the game home… It left me bitter tastes. Xavi’s card blew it. Now I’m eager to see Pedro more than ever because our little guy seldom fails expectations and always does a good job, if not always outstanding. Praying for Puyi’s recovery – it’s been on for a long time now – and hopefully we can restore our unbeatable status next month. Fingers crossed.

  38. Anonymous_69
    March 19, 2011

    Jeez, that was awful finishing. At least the players are fully aware of the problem, and will work on fixing it. It’s similar to the beginning of the season; we are playing well, but the finishing is off, and the defense is giving away a few cheap chances. I expect the defense to become more stable when Puyol is back, and the forwards’ problem is just form. Barcelona are creating as many chances as ever, but they just aren’t going in. Bojan gaining confidence is a big boost for the team though, and I think it is just a matter of time until the balls start flying into the net again and we start getting manitas. Villa looks tired, but I think the international break will help him a little. If he manages to break the record, he might get that kick he needs.

    Barcelona are not playing badly, it’s just the finishing. Against Villareal, I assume Pep will play:

    Adriano-Pique-*crosses fingers* Puyol-Maxwell

    Nilmar and Rossi will cause a lot of trouble, but I expect Adriano and Maxwell to be able to handle Cani and Cazorla. Busquets might have to drop deep with Puyol and Pique to make a 3 v 2 situation against Rossi and Nilmar when Barca have the ball. Villareal play very narrow wingers (I think?), so they almost never help their fullbacks out. Adriano and Maxwell attacking will really stretch Villareal, but they will have to play narrow when defending, in order to stop Cani and Cazorla. Pedro will have to track back as always, to help stop Capdevila. I don’t think the situation is too bad though. We are going to miss Xavi and Alves of course, but as long as our finishing is okay, and we don’t make too many mistakes at the back, we should win. With Xavi out, Pep will probably play more defensively, which might be a blessing in disguise. I know people are worried, but Barca aren’t playing bad at all, it’s just the finishing. However, it’s an away match at Villareal after an international break, without Alves and Xavi (which automatically takes a huge chunk away from our game. It’s Alves who always makes those runs into the box on the defender’s blind side, and it’s Xavi who always plays the ball over the top of the defense to him), and our defense will be missing Abidal and probably Puyol. It’s going to be extremely tough, but I think Barca still have a good chance of winning. I’m not having optimistic blind faith, I just think our chances of dominating and winning aren’t going to be bad. We will definitely get a lot of scoring chances.

  39. BarcaGirl_Indo
    March 19, 2011

    Guardiola : “Before we scored 4 or 5 goals in such games, now we don’t. It’ll come back at the end of the season.”

    Pep said something like this at the beginning of the season,
    “we’ll reach our peak performance on November”
    and they did…

    who knows Pep will right again this time…

    • Ian
      March 19, 2011

      Well this time it’s more of the injuries getting in the way than poor performance (tho I don’t deny the latter as for last night’s game) so now here’s to hoping we get all possible injured players back on the pitch for April when we ought to peak. 🙂

  40. Miguel
    March 19, 2011

    i’m feeling sicky poo. & that’s amplified by jnice telling me it’ll be 14 days til barca’s next match. boo! atleast i’ll have a burfdays before then.

    i was happy with the match. villa could’ve been better but they were playing getafe. so they took it down a gear? whatever. they knew they had the international break ahead of them & a tough match versus villarreal coming up. i’m just happy jeffren didn’t get hurt. 🙂

    • soccermomof4
      March 20, 2011

      Hope you feel better soon and Happy “burfday” in advance.

      All in all I’m happy with today. After the week we had, a worse result would not have surprised me. The finishing was sad. Messi was out there playing Santa Claus, gifting perfect passes to people who didn’t take advantage of them. sMashe was awesome. Don’t remember too much of Iniesta but I haven’t rewatched the game.
      As for CB, please come back soon, Captain.
      Xavi, Dude, that’s two stupid yellows in two games, what’s going on?
      Wish list for Villareal (assuming the captain and P!! are back):
      Alves, Pique, Puyi(please be back!), Adriano
      Masche, Businiesta
      Busi and Masche are going to have to figure out that card situation soon. There’s only Almeria between Villareal and the clasico!

      • soccermomof4
        March 20, 2011

        Am I the only one who thinks that, despite the goal, Milito did pretty well for someone who hasn’t played in a while? Certainly no worse than Pique.

        • Jim
          March 20, 2011

          I didn’t think he was a disaster as has been suggested and I do think he would improve with games. At his age you need regular minutes to keep your sharpness. In his favour is that he is a natural defender. However, without Puyol I just feel the shape of our defence has gone to pot. I mentioned elsewhere that of the defence last night I don’t think that either Alves or Adriano are natural defenders, Milito has looked shaky and Pique isn’t in the form of his life but much of that may be down to having to get used to a new partner every game. To play a high line you need to have an experienced back four. I’m also going to throw in that since Adriano replaced Maxwell we’ve lost a bit of solidity and started giving up too many chances.

          • Jnice
            March 20, 2011

            I don’t think Gabi was a disaster, but he wasn’t good. In the first half, he takes a loose touch in our box that led to a Getafe attacker getting a shot off. Luckily for us, the shot was wide.

            Second half, he came out way too far multiple times to mark the dude with the ball and was left out in no mans land. A better team would have punished him there. He presses up too tight on players, then is caught scrambling back because of his initial folly. With his lack of pace, he is never able to get back on time.

            You add all of that to the part he played in Getafe’s goal and I don’t think he did well at all.

            If he starts against Villarreal, I’ll go as far as to say we have no chance at winning that match.

  41. March 20, 2011

    I think we need to concern ourselves with the Villareal forwards agau=inst our back line. I have no doubt that Iniesta can fill the Xavi role so no real concern in the midfield if you ask me. If I remember correctly, Nilmar and @Rossi’s pace has hurt us in the past, so it is important that we DO NOT PLAY MILITO v. the yellow submarine!!!! I like this lineup against Villareal

    Pique Puyol
    Alves Adriano

    Messi Iniesta

    Bojan Villa Pedro

  42. March 20, 2011

    Sorry that didn’t come out right, here it is more legible





    I would also tell busi to go ahead and grab a yellow in the villareal early in the secon half, then bring in masch to do the same in the last 20 min or so. This would mean both would be out for almeria, giving Kieta the start against the minnows a DM. ths would clear us up for Madrid.

    Another option is going out on a limb and playing Affelay next to Andres, and pushing Messi up to his normal position. And I guess I am glad that Xavi will miss Villareal and not E.E

  43. March 20, 2011

    Off topic, but I was watching this video of Messi as a 14-16 yr old, and the goal he scores at 3:45 is VERY similar to his goal against Arsenal, where he where he lobbed it to himself over Almunia’s head.

    Just thought that it was interesting that such a unique finish has actually been done before.

  44. outerspacedout
    March 20, 2011


    From Twitter-
    @LaLigaLoca Some good news of a Sunday. Eduardo Inda is leaving Marca to run a crappy TV station. Or maybe life will be dull without his lunacy?

  45. flyzowee
    March 20, 2011

    How come nobody has said anything about iniestas very subdued performance esp in the first half? or is it just me?

    • Jnice
      March 20, 2011

      First Half- Iniesta recovered a lot of balls. He wasn’t too successful running at players, but he recovered several balls and played the attackers in early. He gave Messi the ball that led to him being 1v1 with the keeper.

      Second Half- Iniesta made two great passes to Villa that should have resulted in goals, were it not for Villa’s poor finishing/decision-making. He also played a great ball over the top to Bojan/Alves… that would have resulted in a goal if the linesman made the correct call or if Dani left the ball for Bojan.

      He wasn’t at his sparkling best, but I think he played a good match. On another day he would’ve had 3 assists.

  46. Jnice
    March 20, 2011

    When I think about it- even if Puyol is fit for the Villarreal match, that’s a tough, tough match to make your comeback in. He’ll probably be off the pace for most of the match.

    • Sheena
      March 20, 2011

      That, or he’ll be busting to play after having been out for the past 3 months. Not sure a determined Puyol could be any worse than Milito.

      What I’m worried about is whether or not his knee holds out. We need him for Shaktar. Bad.

      Also, don’t forget: Villareal are not the force they were at the beginning of the season. Yes they gave us a hell of a match back in November, but back then they were steamrolling pretty much everyone but us and Madrid. And let’s not forget the role the referee played in helping them get back into the match.

      Things are rather different now, with them suffering from the fatigue of challenging on several fronts. They, just like us, have a midweek game to worry about, so it’ll be interesting to see if that impacts their team selection at all.

      This isn’t me suggesting that it’ll be an easy game by any means. Probably one of the toughest of the season. But the team knows what it needs to do. They know the importance of keeping that 5 point lead ahead of the Clasico, and I think they’ll go all out for the victory.

      • Sheena
        March 20, 2011

        How did my entire comment become italicised? Sigh. 🙁

      • Miguel
        March 20, 2011

        yeah. barca hosts shakhtar on the 6th, as does villarreal twente on the 7th.

        • Miguel
          March 20, 2011

          hey mine too. how did i do that? i’m good. 🙂

  47. K_legit
    March 20, 2011

    1. Ok I just checked the liveblog and was surprised at how prompt the response to Dani Alves’s goal was..I for one remember being absolutely stunned for like 10 seconds and having a sound that was either a ‘glorp’ or a ‘glerp’ escape my mouth and holding my hands on my head for a whole minute before screaming (well not screaming I guess) Golazo!!

    2. Having watched this game on the TV I have to say that it is an absolute pleasure watching Mascherano play. The man is an absolute beast. I remember that Getafe player shielding the ball on the ground with his body and Masche was still trying to get the ball like a pitbull. Great stuff!

    3. Villa’s back in funky mode after tearing it up a few weeks ago. Seems his peak fitness schedule coincides with our Hlebruary style form.

    4. CT scored..yaaayness..2 matches, 2 goals..always seems like Bojan comes good near the end of the season. he did it last season for sure, maybe he’ll do it again this season.

  48. barca96
    March 20, 2011

    I thought Bojan had a higher chance of scoring last night if he stayed up but he decided to do his usual stuff, which is falling at the slightest of touches. Really stupid!

    How did Villa got a yellow card? Even the defender looked guilty after the 2nd foul. The ref must’ve thought that Villa dived because it was the exact same position but actually it was the exact same foul too.

    Lately Villa has been trying to look for Messi more and more. In the beginning he would’ve just taken a shot if the ball is at his feet around the box area but now he always wants to look for Messi.

    But in the beginning his passes were really sloppy but it has improved a lot.

    Why didn’t Pep put Fontas in to give him some minutes?

    Pique and sMasch needs to stop playing diagonal long balls. At least when you want to do it, don’t float it( that gives a lot of air time and the defender would definitely intercept it).

    Messi was a beast in some parts of the match.

    And I dearly missed Busi!!

  49. justsayin
    March 20, 2011

    Some matches, Villa just looks defeated. Not sure how they are coaching this guy because he seems to be trying to follow a format that includes passing to Messi – no matter how marked he is. It’s just not working out and I’m not sure it’s entirely his fault. Villa does not appear to play with instinct which means assessing each situation and choosing the better option. For example, Messi passes him the ball and Villa feels obligated to pass it back each and ever time. He’s not allowed creatively or the opportunity to take the shot. To me, when they pan back to Messi after a Villa flub Messi looks a bit pissed and Villa seems to look back at Messi, shrugging his shoulders and shaking his head. Something is not right there. To Messi’s point, I think Villa’s main issue is that his first touch is so poor that it doesn’t allow him the luxury of making a good decision because he is chasing back his ball. A vicious cycle that needs to be addressed in practice.

    • Barcaleya
      March 20, 2011

      I feel as if Villa’s natural instincts are being stifled by trying to fit in the Barca pattern of play. Which is worrying as every chance he doesn’t convert results in him losing confidence. He had such an unerring eye for goal when playing for Valencia and the Spanish NT. Now, I feel as if he has to do extra work that he didn’t do so much before [track back, press] which is all very good but he also has to take the extra second to think to pass the ball back to Messi and do the one-two’s, etc., which I suppose he didn’t do before. And every extra second he takes to think (whether to pass, shoot, dribble) makes him lose that instinct of shooting at the right time and the right place.

        • Barcaleya
          March 20, 2011

          Yes. But also because Pedro is from La Masia so he’s trained to play the Barca way and doesn’t have to “think.” It now comes naturally to him to make those passes and it’s a plus that he’s ambidextrous. I’m really very hopeful for Villa though. I think he’s good enough to be able to adapt at some point.

          • Miguel
            March 20, 2011

            what about bobo? i think he has the same problem. he takes that extra second to think about a shot, too, yet he knows the barca system in & out. or he should atleast.

            off topic:
            you guys notice the player’s names on valencia’s kits are in japanese for the match versus sevilla, i think?

      • Miguel
        March 20, 2011

        that said, villa just isn’t that kind of player. he likes to run onto a pass as opposed to pedro or messi’s dribbling past people to create something. the international break should do him some good and hopefully he’ll pull his head out of his ass.

        • Barcaleya
          March 20, 2011

          Yes, agree about Bobo. I really don’t know what to say about him. I also haven’t seen a lot of him. Didn’t watch the games last season where he was on. Maybe Pedro is just so much better than him. P! stays on his feet and has shown the right attitude since being given the opportunity to play for the first team. Granting that he and Bobo are equally skilled, then Bobo must suffer from lack of confidence and mental fortitude and the weight of expectation.

          My comment was really more for Villa in particular because he was consistently on target for Valencia for many years. I quiet agreed with the assessment of @justsayin. I also see him being well-positioned, onside and clear sometimes but they just don’t pass him the ball.

          Anyway – I just pray that they come back better after the break.

          • justsayin
            March 20, 2011

            I totally agree that Pedro has a huge advantage having been brought up in the Massia. He knows what to do and how to do it, instinctively. Villa has a huge learning curve plus he’s not that young so as they say, it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. However, I too have high hopes that it gets straightened out. As many here have said, it’s so difficult to find a true 9 for our team because we really don’t play a game where we need a poaching #9. In Villa’s defense, he does make run after run trying to beat the off side trap and yet we rarely pass that ball to him. I find that puzzling. It’s like they’ve practiced that particular play, yet forget to tell Villa that they won’t be implementing it in games!
            Bobo – as you call him , hmmmmm …. that one I fear there is no answer to at this time. That boy has lost it and it doesn’t seem as if he is getting it back anytime soon. He seems like a great fit, personality wise and all, but he is not man enough to play in this game. Physically, he is pushed off the ball too often and that’s an important part of his position as he has to either carry the ball long enough to score or make a pass and he can’t seem to make that happen. Personally, I would like to see Nilmar or Rossi in our front line.

  50. MoSSi
    March 20, 2011

    Who’s going to play CB vs. Villareal is debatable but even if Maxwell gets the green light, Adriano deserves to play leftback because of his recent matches..

  51. Miguel
    March 20, 2011

    what a beautiful borja valero cross to marco ruben to put them ahead. the way the ball floated in the air and appeared right where ruben was standing was just breathtaking. and to score from that sort of play against bilbao of all people, villarreal deserves the lead.

    • Jnice
      March 20, 2011

      I think Kevin mentioned he was busy and wouldn’t be doing the review, so I guess Isaiah or Luke will be handling that.

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