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Puyol Pique Chygnasty Abidal
Pedro BANGS Jeffren
official? i guess so…
We get to see Dima. ?yay
Valdés; Puyol, Piqué, Chygrynskiy, Abidal; Touré, Xavi, Keita; Pedro, Ibrahimovic y Jeffren.
i’m having trouble getting into the live blog. is it because i’m on safari???
Wow, Adebayor, what a dork!!!
I start to hate City as much as Chelsea. And Adebayor, what a disrespectful basterd. Did you see his goal celebration? Shame on him.
Worst day ever.
Not only did Arsenal lose a game–badly–that could’ve been very, very different to none other than their pretenders…BUT Adebayor scored. And yes the celebration was a bit much considering he used to be our man. That’s all I’m saying on this Barca blog.
AND I missed this Barca win, to beat. I could’ve sworn the game was today (Sunday) and I didn’t even look. At least we won.
What did adebayor do? didn’t see it
the play leading up to messi’s goal was brilliant, and what a pass by BANGS
goltv still having technical difficulties…i’m a light a bag of dog doodoo on fire in front of that phil dudes house
GolTV is now officially on my Hate List.
juventus lazio on next yay!
Wow whats up with goltv……..missed both goals,,Hope this doesn’t happens often.I rather the Espn coverage better doh.But we had a good game as i read along.
I love that Real’s game is not being shown on either Gol or ESPN. Come on, Espanyol!
It’s actually on ESPN Deportes
I don’t get ESPND unfortunately. Watching it on a stream.
Haha I think I just saw Guti. Ronaldo not starting.
Yeah Guti is captain…
Question: Is Kameni still on Espanyol?
Ya hes still there
You know, I actually like Kaka. Shame he plays for Madrid
I missed the match..when is the review?
Don’t know when the review is, but the full game’s already up at mysoccerplace.com
not the greatest quality though….
really??? fuck yeah. thanks so much for the info!
No problem 😛
Well, stream died. I guess I’m not meant to watch EE lose…
I have a question..Is ESPN Deportes channel 432 on directv showing NatGeo instead??? cuz thats what im getting on that channel.
too bad we couldnt do the job without messi, iniesta, alves coming on. obviously these introductions changed the game. the first goal was slop, ibra got his big leg out but dont tell me that wasnt a bit lucky. second goal was complete class, but we waited a long time for that moment. the game was a bit frustrating mostly but getafe is a good side it appears. cant wait for us to have our 100% A-team on the field again. hasnt happened in a while.
so our account for the liga so far: 4 headers and 1 slop/luck goal. (i say slop because it was a deflected pass that sort rolled past ibra and he just stuck his leg out). heh heh. then again messi has played only like 30 minutes over the two matches. 🙂
As far as Liga goes, Getafe is a monster side. I’ll take an away 0-2 any day of the week. They seem to always be pulling off big upsets.
juventus v lazio promises to be a good game.
diego, camoranesi, amauri, trezeguet, melo, & caceres all up in the line up for juventus.
whenever ronaldo scores and alonso&arbeloa go to celebrate with him a piece of me dies
ronaldo scored??? let me guess…a penalty?
no, from open play this time 😛 unfortunately
Some nice articles for you guys to check out. 🙂
anyone think chygnasty looked pretty money out there?
i think he did real well for a debut and only a few practice sessions.
great passes and hes only 22!
He was excellent.
Caceres score for Juve!
HAHAHAHAHAHA. Guess who just scored for Juve?
corrine, are you a liverpool fan. because thats how i feel everytime i see that too.
yes i am
Caceres just smacked a beautiful goal to put Juve ahead in minute 73
good for him. i guess ciro ferarra must not like the czech,grygera, very much for the right back slot.
caceres!?!? no fucking way!
like its unholy. thongboy with xabi and arbie, yyyyuuuuuuuccccckkkk. i think i just threw up in my mouth.
i turned it off right after that lol
yep. caceres scored from just inside the penalty box. diego was substituted @ half-time, mas o menos, due to a knock. giovinco is his proxy.
trezegol in injury time. fin.
Suffice it to say, no review today, since thanks to GolTV, I have NO IDEA WHO WON!!!!
Not that I’m angry or anything. There’s a rebroadcast tonight at 1 a.m., and hopefully that one can get by without the second half being obliterated. No high-def, no second half, and Hudson’s Madridista ass ripping on our guys.
Yay, GolTV. I will say this much right now, however. Until the feed was wiped out, Chygnasty was our best defender by about a million miles. Anyone still think 25m was too much? Now, he might have had a late-match meltdown and let in 4 goals or something, but somehow I doubt it.
You can doubt it all you want but it happened. Barca still won 10-4, though!
Ha!!! Guess it was and advantage to watch it streamed after all! Chygnasty was the truth in that game. When rating Pique, take into consideration that they gave him special attention. Michel (Getafe coach) himself admitted that he instructed them to pressure Pique and man mark Xavi.
Ibra had a good game. We pressured badly in the first half. We just looked tired. Excellent subs by Guardiola BTW.
slightly off topic but here’s a video of adebayor’s stomp on van persie today
this player “is a fucking disgrace”!!! disrespecting his former fans, his former teammates, his former coach – all the people who brought him success!
for those of you who didn’t see it, he scored the 3rd goal against arsenal and ran ALL the way over to the gunner’s end to celebrate. dude has issues
oops*** sorry i forgot about moderation
for those of you who didn’t see it, he scored the 3rd goal against arsenal and ran ALL the way over to the gunner’s end to celebrate. dude has issues
Ugh, I just saw this over at ONTD_football. Can I say again how glad I am Barça didn’t sign him. That shit was tacky, running across the ENTIRE pitch to mock Arsenal fans. Hope he gets a ban for that stomp, but won’t hold my breath. Remember when Boswinga put his studs on Yossi’s back and pushed him over? No punishment.
Didn’t watch the EE match, can’t stomach Xabi playing for them. Wish he had gone anywhere but there.
yeah mark hughes reasons for justifying his celebration, and ade’s “apology” afterwards didn’t make things better. yeah bosingwa’s stomp was completely uncalled for too, i can’t believe these things get overlooked
i watched it to get myself used to the team, but it’ll really suck when the clasico comes around! i’m definitely not used to cheering against mr. xabi alonso
WOW! That’s fucking disgraceful. If I were an Arsenal I’d stomp the eff out that mofo..
Be happy we have players like Messi who are not only human but know what grateful is..I can’t believe we complained about Eto’o’s behavior when there are people like this around.
I hope Adebayor gets a nice 6 month ban or something.
i know for sure that samu would never do anything like that. i’m glad kolo was classy all match, he makes city somewhat tolerable. and i’ve said this before but i HATE how sylvinho is with them now!
ade should have a fun time traveling to the emirates 😛
I wasn’t a fan of selling Adebayor. I saw the game and I hated the behavior. But Adebayor got a TON of uncalled-for stick from other Arsenal fans…including myself, sometimes, I admit…and that’s really the reason why he left IMO. Why did he get stick? Because strikers at Arsenal are always cast in the shadow of Henry: after you score 30 goals in one season, you have to do it again or else (therefore van Persie has to not only stay healthy…big question there…but also score about 20 to make an improvement from the awful last season, where he was the best player but scored close to 20? goals and racked up a bunch of assists). He scored 16 last season, the second most in his Arsenal career.
But this season, he will score at least 20 goals, mark my words. 30 is well within his reach.
Two seasons ago, everyone was talking about Drogba. Chelsea fans were going “get your shit and leave.” But these days he’s toned it down a bit. He still sulks and he gets a rep for sulking every now and then, but he’s not left because he delivers a goal a game.
I HATED that goal he scored, it was the worst thing that could’ve happened. The celebration drove me crazy, it was way over the top (and FUCK that stomp). BUT. He was rippped on way too much last season and Arsenal fans smiled and waved “bye-bye” when he left, good riddance, which is also bullshit. I can understand being infuriated by that treatment, the value he had on the team. Who does Arsenal field now instead? Nicklas “point-blank deflection” Bendtner.
I am probably the lone member of the “never-should’ve-sold-him” camp.
Sorry everyone, but Chygnasty did not impress me at all. He looked lost at times and kept looking at Pique for direction. There were a couple of plays, one shot on goal that I recall vividly, where he was just standing there and not really moving his feet or pressing his man.
Now, am I too hard on him with this being his first match with us? I don’t think so. Trust me, I’m going to give him at least 5 games to get his rhythm with us; I understand it’s an adjustment and I am still cutting Ibra some slack. But I’m also not going to say he was all that and 100% worth the transfer fee, based on today’s game.
Sorry, SC, but I don’t know what you were watching He was excellent.
I was watching Gol TV’s piece of sh– feed. 🙂
I think that SC got Pique and Chygnasty confused. It’s pretty funny how much they move and act so similarly. But the way that Chygnasty doesn’t just clear the ball out, but has the presence of mind to pass it to someone, and his long passing.
Marquez hasn’t renewed yet. He’ll watch the match video. Well, the first half, anyhow, thank you, GolTV, and take whatever our last, best offer was.
First match in the colors, after only two practices, and he looked like he’d come up in the system. That one long pass that he dropped right onto the chest of Pedro! was just crazy. Seems a little slow afoot, though. He’ll have to be very careful about his positioning.
Dammit. Hopefully GolTV will have fixed any glitches, and I can watch the match tomorrow. When I left, it was 1-0, Messi had just gotten fouled, then the crowd shots began, the pixelating and then….commercials.
I’m with SC on this one. Wasn’t particularly impressed with Chygrynskiy, but also wasn’t unimpressed. His first game and there was overall shakiness in the back. Pique looked a little lost out there, but was playing in a position that is a bit odd for him since Chygrynskiy was playing in his usual LCB spot.
We were lethargic until Xavi decided it was time to take the game over around the 40th minute. And then Ibra should have made it 1-0 heading into halftime.
AND THEN GOLTV MADE ME HATE LIFE.
I’M impressed that he started on the first (or second?) possible game he could have played.
One more thing… I’d like to see him continue to start against teams like Getafe and get the full 90 minutes. It’s the best way for him to ease into our game. Of course, this is not really needed to be said since it’s probably Guardiola’s strategy. I just want to make it clear I’m not hating on Jesus. I’m just patient.
Today, Kaka was certainly better than Iniesta. But therefore, Ibra was way better than CR9 who didn’t contribute at all until the very last minute.
I would say that today’s performance was very uncharacteristic of Iniesta. The last time he came back from an injury he actually looked BETTER than when he went out.
Today, he was sort of anonymous, and didn’t have the same confidence or presence he generally has.
However, this wasn’t just a one month injury or whatever. He’s been out for many months so I can’t say I blame him for being very rusty. I am guessing that after 3-4 games he will be back to his old self.
Man I screwed up on fantasy this week. I had Ibra and Messi but took them out because I thought the international break would hurt Ibra and keep Messi from playing. I then had Luis Fabiano, but then removed him because of the same issue. AGGGGHHHHH! Anyway, I did start Keita and P!, thinking they would be vital in this game. 3.5 points total from them. Ehhh
I am in HEAVEN. WOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Barca wins 2-0 and then http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recap?gid=200909120029
Take that, domers!!!
Hector, a Michigan fan? I never would have guessed. How did you come to be a Michigan fan?
Hail to the victors!
Ew. I’m from Ohio.
Which is exactly why I am going to stick to Barca from now on. 😀
Goal.com are at it again.
“A joke of a first half followed up with an excellent showing in the second. Question marks remain over his long-term value, but who wants to argue with a goal a game start?”
That was Ibra’s rating description. So let me get this straight: Ibra controls a pass brilliantly to create a 1v1 with the goalie, but misses it. Then gets himself in a great position for a xavi through ball that should have put him through on goal but was incorrectly ruled out for offside. That is a “joke”?
And here are some great higlights
anybody see our boy Adriano(Henrique) play for racing? i missed it but am curious to know how we played
Ibragoal! Yay. Don’t insult goal.com. They are probably best soccer news place out there.
I’d say that when sticking to the role of aggregator, Goal.com is one of the best around, by default. Nobody else really takes on that role with any attempt at neutrality.
It’s when they venture from news aggregation into developing their own stories, and the bulk of their opinion pieces, is when they don’t jibe with my journalistic expectations of them.
The offside call was correct. The offside against Getafe, shortly thereafter, was not.
Goal.com is vaguely reliable, at best. Don’t let them vex you. T’ain’t worth it.
By the way, what do you guys think about a “Man of the Match”-vote for each game? Now that Pep’s place is gone resp. inactive…
I presume, Helge, you mean outside of what we award in the review?
Not a bad idea. What does everyone think?
Just know that any votes that contradict mine will be immediately declared invalid. I’ll go to the Supreme Court if I have to! 😀
haha. MOTM would be a great idea. But, I would definitely disagree with having a flop of the match. While our guys may struggle, anyone worthy of wearing the blaugrana should NEVER be considered a flop of the match. At least since Whatshisname is gone. F douchebaggery.com for labeling El Capitan that. Who do they think they are? We won, and he did his job, although he was no Alves.
I like having both. A MOTM by popular vote, and a MOTM by detailed analysis.
i vote yes to voting.
Yes, your presumption was right 🙂
You could open the vote for 24h after each game and afterwards make some other votes, if you want (just like there is one right now).
Oh, and another thing I badly miss is the goals, assists and cards statistic from Pep’s place. Maybe that’s a task for Isaiah, cuz he is into numbers and statistics 😉
Oh God, the Luca Toni rumors are back… i guess it was a slow day over at Tuttosport.
I’d riot if we got Toni.
Great win….crap game, but still, very good to be winning these. We looked rusty in the first 45, but that was to be expected really. We got to rest some important players for Wed, we nabbed the 3 points and BANGS got himself a goal and an assist. Can’t complain really. Its winning these sorts of games that win championships.
Zlatan is getting better, dont think he is anywhere near his best yet nor do I think the rest of the team has fully realised how to utilise him. I would have liked to see a lot more crosses into the box that first half. Anyways, all that’ll come, its just a matter of time. Doesnt seem to stop him from scoring though 🙂
For me the best thing was seeing Chrygnasty in action and boy was I impressed. I can see why Pep wanted him so badly. Its very rare for a player to come into our system and have a natural understanding for it, he clearly does. Give him 6 months and I think he will be one of our best defenders. His long balls forward are fantastic and now that we have a big target man upfront, expect the long ball a little more often.
Oh and Hleb could learn a thing or two from him as well:
Goal.com on Chygrynskiy:
Finally, he expressed his desire to learn Spanish as soon as possible, stating, “Everyone speaks Spanish, and I expect that I will be able to learn it.”
“It is difficult now, but it is a question of time.”
“For now, Pique and Toure speak to me in English, but I want to learn Spanish.”
In Pep we trust indeed..
Hey kids… remember, once he landed in Catolnia, he became Txigrinski, He even wears it on the back of his jersey.
so i guess his new nickname is Txignasty…
You sure, Jason? I saw “Chygrynskiy” on the back of his jersey, not “Txigrinski”.
really? i know at FCB’s website he is listed as txigrinski, and i heard someone mention it on his jersey, but i didn’t see it myself thanx to GolTV’s less than excelent broadcast. We’ll see…
Still… i like Txigrinki better…
Yeah I also saw txigrinski in the official site…
Oh my, I had already seen Adebayor’s celebration, which I found childish, un-classy, and embarassing.
But i just saw the “stomp on van Persie”. Wow, what the fuck man? he deliberately kicked him in the face. That was violent, and there is no question that it was a direct red card. The only question is how many matches should his suspension be, and how much he should be fined.
I don’t know if he didn’t think he’d get caught, but after this makes rounds on every sports review show, i wonder if he’ll ever be able to return to Lonndon, not to mention the Emirates.
Yeah, I mean I sorta get his beef with the Arsenal fans with the booing and all, but that’s a former teammate. Althought I follow Arsenal sometimes, I don’t get the RVP stomp. What did RVP ever do to Adebayor other than provide assists for him (when he was fit)?
Ade apparentaly also stomped on Fabregas’ ankle as well. A total lack of respect to his former teammates
We’ll know for sure on Wednesday but can you imagine Eto’o doing something like that? I can imagine some trash-talking and gloating but I seriously doubt he’d do anything close to what Ade did (with the exception of scoring a goal, which I hope he doesn’t)
+1 for Sammy in my book.
Eto’o’s got tons of heart, and pride.. he will definitely do something quirky, but nothing to the level of Ade. Another thing that Eto’o has that it seems Ade lacks, is respect.
Absolutely true. Man, it’s a different world, watching Barcelona and then watching Arsenal…
It’s just Txigrinki at the official site, in writings over there. But it would be damned cool if he changed the shirt to reflect that, eh?
Adebayor is shameful and shameless. I’m sorry that I, for even an instant, thought that he deserved to be in the colors. Blaugrana gods, forgive me.
Got to see the goals, thanks to SportsCenter Deportes. Ibracadabra, indeed. Hell of a goal. And is Messi just going to start scoring off headers? Too funny.
I confess to being a little worried about the mid-week Champions League match. We looked pretty crappy in the first half, and were lucky not to be 3-0 down at the break. If we play like that against Inter, it probably isn’t going to go well. I have faith, but I also have worry in equal measure.
But, Kev, you have to take into account the fact that we had Dani, Messi, Henry, and Iniesta on the bench. These are all players who will probably play on Wednesday, and when they were inserted into the match they completely changed the game. I’m not too worried.
Indeed..that would explain the lack of attacking finesse.. but what about the defense? It was pretty bad! Chygnasty was there and he is new, yes, but Pique and Yaya were uncharacteristically shitty; individually and as a group.
But! I am not worried, either. A loss is manageable.. still very early in the group stage (beginning of, in fact) a tie would be neat, but a victory would be best and I think they can do it.
Someone mentioned Sneijder (sorry, too tired to look it up) and I have to admit that if he does play, then I will be worried a lot more.
OhYes, i think the lack of attacking finesse DOES explain our crap defense… it’s all explained down there vvv
yeah, i’ve been tracking Sneijder. He was supposed to be out for 3 weeks, but it seems he is fit. (three weeks turned into two days somehow).
I fully expect him to be rested in tomorrow’s League game so that he will feature against us.
If Sneijder doesn’t play vs us, i’m already claiming a win for us. If he does, Yaya will have to keep him quiet.
I was also surprised by the speed of his recovery 🙂
He said that he had heard something crack after being fouled. Next news was that he has only strained some muscle and supposed to be out for 2 or 3 weeks.
3 days later I was watching some minutes of Scotland vs Netherlands and he stood on the pitch from the beginning…
I definitely fear his distance shots, he still has a brilliant technique. This will be a real top match, actually the only one during the first playday. The other top teams all face small opponents.
Is it just me or does it seem that The Yaya might be going through a bit of a rough patch? In pre-season he looked like he had a bit more freedom, and if he had some defensive struggles Saturday, well then…blasphemy, yes, but perhaps The Yaya is in for a bit of a slump. But, yes, BLASPHEMY!!
Kxevin, it’s ok to feel worried bout the game on Wed. But I wouldn’t say today is a cause to worry.
A) It is perfectly fine to worry about the Inter game because they are a top team, at home. They have very good players, and we know what Eto’o does to defenders without 100% focus. I do not think that we absolutely need 3 points, although I am not advocating going in their looking for less than a win.
B) About todays game… Yes our defense was shaky today, but that we had Pique and Txignasty in the center. Individualy great, but neither is the leader of the defensive line, both are young, and the chemistry is obviously not their yet. But even then, i do not think our defensive frailties were the result of our backline, but our rather our shortcommings in our possesion game. Pedro! and FF’s inabilty to disrupt Getafe meant that instead of us keeping posession, applying pressure, and keeping them on their back foot, we were letting them have some posession, and in turn we over exposed out defensive line.
There is not doubt in my mind that against Inter the line-up WILL BE VV, Alves-Puyol-Pique-Abidal, Xavi-Yaya-Iniesta, Messi-Ibra-Henry. This defensive line-up is not only used to playing with eachother, it has our captain in the middle to keep everyone focused, and because of our awesome attack, will not be subjected to constant waves of attacks.
In conclusion, yes, Inter will not be a cakewalk. And if we do not win, it’s not the end of the world. But today’s match up against Getafe shouldn’t worry you. It was an inexpereienced B+ team anyways.
Agree on everything. Especially the possession as it relates to affecting our defense.
I completely agree with you, I think Mourinho will play us like Man City did, maybe not as deep(since they’re at home) They’ll presure us from their own half and rely on the counters.
it’s always a toss up between two superiour sides, I will come down to concentration and luck, and homefully some messimagic.
The Man City that beat us?
I would also say that it’s not really an inexperienced B+ side we rolled out against Getafe. Yes, there was Jeffren, but Pedro ain’t too shabby, Pique is nothing if not proven, Txygnasty was by most accounts awesome, and other names on the field included Xavi, Yaya, Puyol, Abidal, and Ibrahimovic. A- at worst.
Can’t wait to see this line-up
Alves, Pique, Dima, Puyol
Xavi, Yaya, Iniesta
Messi, Ibra, Henry
When played Messi as fake 9, with Ibra & Henry on wings. That provides two target men on wings for our Cb’s. Would be fun watching Pique & Dima spray more than just occasional long balls into wings 🙂
Honestly, I would prefer to draw against Inter than win. Winning a tough match in a group stage means NOTHING, I would prefer saving these performances for the knockouts.
True. I only want a goal from Messi, with a beautiful build up involving Ibra, Xavi & Iniesta. Doesn’t matter if Ibra doesn’t score now, as long as we qualify into knock-outs. Let him save those awesome goals for knockouts & break that jinx of his that he doesn’t score in crucial stages of CL.
PS : Vidic, supposedly the best defender during last season, said the most prolific strikers he faced last year were Ibra, Messi, Torres & Eto’o. It’s true that ManUtd duo of Vidic & Ferdinand faced a lot of difficulties marking Ibra, only they were lucky for Ibra not having missed those 3 or 4 chances that he’d have scored any other day. He was unlucky
I matters so, if we want to go into the knockout stages on top or as a first plce seed so we can face and weaker side.
I hope Pique and Chiggy aren’t too similar to goof up like Milito and Puyol.
Tell you all what, after watching Txignasty yesterday, I’m really bummed that he is Cup tied. He’s a perfect Champions League defender: smart with the ball, exceptionally strong positionally. During the first half I kept screaming at El Capitan, “Why are you getting caught in the middle of the pitch again!>”
Im watching Inter(at home) vs Parma now and I have to say they have not impressed me so far, with a full strength squad starting as well, unlike us. First half ended 0-0, 2nd is about to start….
stream for inter vs parma please ?
Eto just scored a great goal
Damn…Eto’o just scored an incredible goal.
samu just scored 😮 it was a good one
you know, i’m just watching to know the form of our competition 😉
woah sneijder is back for them already
have you guys read the recent quotes by jose, saying how samu is the best striker he’s ever worked with?
“Eto’o is the best striker that I have worked with,” he was quoted as saying by Sport.
“He is the best striker in the world. My players are always the best.
“At Chelsea and Porto they were and last year Ibrahimovic was the best striker in the world and now I think it is Eto’o. I always think that.”
Ha, I like the unadulterated honesty.
I hate how inter are trying to imitate or tactics and formation
i’ve been noticing a bit of that in a lot of teams, and tbh it doesn’t bother me but since we actually face inter next week it’s a bit annoying
@Keano…can you really blame them? After the way we played last season I am sure a lot of teams will try and imitate what how we play. That being said I dont think anybody will be able to do it as well as us.
As for Mourinho, he always talks like that. At Chelsea he thought Drogba was the best striker in the world too. Of course he is going to say Eto’o is the best, I would be surprised if he didn’t, especially ahead of Wed. Speaking of which I am sure Samu will score against us 🙁
milito and eto’o on the scoresheet
Its more than that i suppose given mourinho’s barca past, at chelsea he also played 433 until ballack messed things up.His 433 is some kind of ugly brute of a cousin of ours.(its effective thou)
lol, that’s funny. I don”t know much about his 4-3-3 but how is it an ugly brute cousin of our formation? So interesting to me.
Well as far as i see it his 4 33 (especially at chelsea) relied on brute force and athletism than technique and passing like ours.While he was at chelsea and rikaard at barca,this was very abvious perhaps now both systems have borrowed from each other.Mour’s Chelsea and inters is alot more direct whereas rikaards barca was more considered/patient.
Guardiola the pragmatist has incorporated some of this directness.Take for example the players, Mourinho has always favoured(especially at chelsea)powerful hardworking athletes Drogba, Essien Lampard Mikel, muntari motta(injury prone)Lucio etc. barca under rikaard sought smaller more technical ‘Barca type’ player at first while introducing more ‘athlete first soccer players second’ (toure abidal towards the end).(guardiola has introduced larger players to cope with demands of premiership teams pique,ibra,chri).Chelsea in later years resorted to lumping the ball to drogba and using him as a human battering ram to pummel oponents as only he can.You would never catch mourinho with a Bojan type.(too weak and small).But this has its drawbacks,no creativity and not easy on the eye(just ask abramovich). I think a good squad should a mixture of both the artist(your xavi,deco,sneider) and artisan(your essien toure cambiassios).Both teams are evolving this way,rikaard barca brillantly technical but at time too soft.Mourinhos chelsea see above.
To sum up the diff attacks imo,I like to use a demolition analogy, Mourinho’s 433 is more a wrecking ball with lunatic at the controls,crushing everytin in sight whereas barcas 433 is more a controlled strategic explosion, patient and more considered.
And thats two for Inter now, Milito with a nice little finish. While they dont look particularly impressive in possession with the opposition on the back foot they look very good on the counter, which is definitely worrisome…
Why the hell Maradona doesnt start Milito is so confusing. He is exactly the type of player they are missing up front. Milito in the middle with Messi and Aguero on the wings.
That Balotelli is a greedy f****r. He has the height of a drogba but is developing much differently, i just thought he was ‘new drogba’.
Lol@Keano. Balotelli is suffering from Brazillitis.
Too many step-overs when a simply move and shot or pass wouldve sufficed. He did suck.
As for Barcelona, I am very happy to see ghost face back on the side. If he plays on wednesday, i think we will see a much better performance from him.
Messi’s ability to find spaces to play the ball to is incredible. He is the one guy I am never worried about losing the ball or being crowded out of the ball when he has it. Incredible. Too bad maradona doesn’t know how to use him.
Eto’o’s goal was ‘Henry-like’
Exactly what I thought. Henry had quite a few of those curlers with Arsenal (free kicks, too…hope Pep looks into the archives for those one of these days). Last season he had one of those against Atletico, when we lost. The season before, there were a couple, notably the one goal from the 4-1 loss to Real Madrid.
Hate to bring up bad memories, but Henry’s best goals in the Blaugrana tend to come in losses.
Well, he can only score, he can’t play defense as well, right? Two of his best of last season were against ATM, and it was only appalling defense that lost that match for us.
But he also scored a couple of stunners against the EE, right? I prefer to think positive.
Chygrinskiy vs Getafe
Might I add, INSANE song on that video
And Rooneys’ goal was ‘Eto’o-like’ 😉
Wow what a goal by Eto’o…but Mario Ballotelli’s one-on-one miss was so f***king hilarious!!! 😀
Dumb kid trying to be cool
ahaha in my mind i find it impossible to separate his name with mario batali
silva, mata, villa x2 all scored for valencia so far
i miss the days when our trinity: henry, messi and eto’o would get on the scoresheet each match. the predicted lineups for the inter game sound exciting!
You know it’s funny when you look at our squad picture this year and count the faces that aren’t there/are no longer with us. Should’ve been taken later.
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