Get Ready For Horrible Shakira Puns: Barcelona-Shakhtar LiveBlog

Ryan gets us started: I never really knew they could defend like this~
I keep it going: They make the last man want to defeat the Spanish.
Como Eh-STAN, senores, mi campo, su campo
Shakhtar, Shakhtar!

You’ve been warned.

Txignasty is out for this match.

Barcelona line-up (official via barcastuff): Valdes – Alves Busquets Pique Adriano – Xavi Mascherano Keita – Iniesta Messi Villa

This LiveBlog starts 15-20 minutes early, so that’s 2:25-2:30pm EST. I’ll be very focused on the match, so I’ll probably miss you if you come halfway through the match. HT is another good time to join.

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  1. April 6, 2011

    Ohhh, they’re off tonight, you know those whiffs don’t lie~

    • Miguel
      April 6, 2011

      Whiffs? That reminds me, I gotta go buy some deodorant. Thanks, Kari!

  2. Extreme barca fan
    April 6, 2011

    God bless you Kari, whenever wherever

    • soccermomof4
      April 6, 2011

      Oh dear!! Mind you, I like Keita, but as a sub to tighten things up in the midfield. The flailing arms, we need the flailing arms today!!

      Watching us v, Arsenal. Just got to Xavi’s goal. That’ll calm ya down!

  3. April 6, 2011

    Full XI:

    Valdes – Alves Busquets Pique Adriano – Xavi Mascherano Keita – Iniesta Messi Villa

    • Eklavya
      April 6, 2011

      NOOOOO! I was THIS close to getting the lineup right! No Pedro means my lineup prediction is destroyed! It’s all your fault Kxevin!

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 6, 2011

      Not a big fan of the Busquets as part of the back 4. Especially after seeing how Rossi turned him so many times in the last match. Visca el Barca.

  4. Eklavya
    April 6, 2011

    I’m not understanding the jokes today it seems.

  5. Roz
    April 6, 2011

    Pedro where art thou? Keita makes sense no?

  6. April 6, 2011

    How Shakhtar deal with the Barca press is going to be perhaps the major factor in this match.

    They are a team that can be pressed. They are good but not great on the ball. They play a direct style that depends a great deal on pace.

    This is a match where I wish Villa were more comfortable playing on the right. I’d rather see Pedro on the left to track Srna’s runs.

    Let’s hope Barca can come out and press with the intensity and efficiency they did against arsenal at Camp Nou.

    The other area to exploit with Shakhtar is the pace of their defenders. Their attackers are pacy but at the back they aren’t very pacy.

    • April 6, 2011

      If we rock it like we did v Arsenal, we’re kicking ass. But Iniesta not in the middle hampers that a bit, re: ball control.

  7. April 6, 2011

    No Pedro and Iniesta on the wing?

    He just tends to drift when he’s on the wing and doesn’t get reengaged unless he drifts to the middle. Which leaves Villa and Messi alone as two up top and limited width.

    Significant loss not having Pedro.

    Iniesta needs to be aggressive and look to score.

    I would have preferred to see Iniesta in the middle and either afellay or even bojan out on the wing if P! is still not fully fit.

    Not a knock on Keita. Just feel it’s important to have iniesta in his best position.

    • Jnice
      April 6, 2011

      Iniesta on the wing will be a disaster.

      • Helge
        April 6, 2011

        wtf!?!

        It might even be our downfall…

        Why does Pedro not play? He was the last player I expected to not make it, Messi said he isn’t 100%, but Pedro trained normally, according to the Catalan media.
        This line-up makes me more shaky 🙁

        And seriously, Iniesta has always been so-so on the wing, and he will be missed heavily in midfield 🙁 🙁 🙁

        Why, oh why is Pedro not fit???

        • blitzen
          April 6, 2011

          Pedro is on the bench in case you didn’t notice.

    • April 6, 2011

      The only thing i can think of is Pep’s going for a locked down midfield, for more steel. He’s probably really counting on Adriano to be very aggressive in attack, and so Keita will cover for him (because Seydou can also play FB apparently). Pedro! on the bench as a game changer–with an eye on Almeria on Saturday.

      I’m feeling meh about this.

      I would have preferred to see Iniesta in the middle and either afellay or even bojan out on the wing if P! is still not fully fit.

      My thoughts exactly. Iniesta is used to the midfield and I dunno if he can resist the urge to pair with Xavi. I’d have loved to see Afellay, personally.

  8. Eklavya
    April 6, 2011

    Which TV Channel in the world would NOT show the ManU – Chelsea match? Well, mine apparently 😀

    • Extreme barca fan
      April 6, 2011

      I have both, but only one of them matters.

    • Diego
      April 6, 2011

      They Use Shakira lyrics and spin it to make it Shakhtar related.

  9. ooga aga
    April 6, 2011

    i watched the august 2009 match last night, we had titi and Z.I. in the front 3, no iniesta, no busquets. we had our best rear 4 (dani, pique, puyi, abi) and keita and toure in the midfield.

    granted shakhtar did not have douglas costa, but they had many of their current team.

    you might remember we won this game 1-0 in the 2nd part of OT thanks to a great move by messi and pedro.

    but we were clearly the dominant side. shaktar did nt have one shot in the 1st half. then again we didnt create that many great chances either. titi and Z.I. were just worthless (of course it was rght at beginning of ZI’s tenure)

    the one thing that worried me was the way willian ran past pique in that match, over and over again. and this is when pique looked a much fitter player. we can not let this boy get at pique without support.

  10. Eklavya
    April 6, 2011

    The only possible width we will have will come from Adriano and Alves, our full backs. Let’s try to not concede today, alright?

  11. soccermomof4
    April 6, 2011

    Ghostface as winger. *sigh*

    P!! on the bench means we have an impact sub!! I’m trying!!

    • April 6, 2011

      This is what I mentioned earlier. If we have to chase a goal, who is Guardiola going to bring in? Krkic? No. Pedro gives him a viable option, along with (most likely) Afellay. If things go differently he can swap on P!! and 3M for someone, giving a very different look and feel to the attack.

      Let’s trust our coach.

      • soccermomof4
        April 6, 2011

        The good thing about our system is that positions aren’t set in stone. I suppose Iniesta can go wherever the spirit leads him. In Pep we trust.

        I’m 77 minutes into us v Arsenal. Lots of what SoMa calls “ooooh purdy” happening. Dang we’re good.

      • lovelymofo
        April 6, 2011

        There isn’t much of “In Pep We Trust” on this blog as there used to be! I’m with Kxevin, Pep usually manages to make the right decisions for the team.

        • April 6, 2011

          I never thought I would be typing this in this context, but: The mofo has a good point! 😀

          • lovelymofo
            April 6, 2011

            There’s nothing a mofo likes more than being right! Lets just hope everything goes right for the team.

  12. April 6, 2011

    The ball is going to wind up getting played through the middle a great deal today.

    Villa really is going to have to step up his game.

    He’s struggled this season with how little space he can find given how the opposition defend and compress space.

    In this match Barca’s going to have limited width without Pedro and iniesta drifting to the middle.

    That means Villa is going to wind up having to navigate around defenders when he comes centrally to link up play with Messi.

    I’d like them to try to play Iniesta more centrally to link up play with Messi while allowing Villa to stay wide left and attack off the flank.

  13. April 6, 2011

    Here’s another thought: Keita on the left to deal with Srna, Xaviniesta and sMasch in the center, Adriano functions as real left winger.

    • soccermomof4
      April 6, 2011

      That’s not just another thought. That’s a brilliant thought. Ok, I’m going with that one and I feel a bit better.

    • Whatever
      April 6, 2011

      Could be. If I recall good, Keita used to play certain games closer to the left last season.

    • blitzen
      April 6, 2011

      That was exactly my thought when I saw the lineup. We are going with a 4-man midfield and two up front to start, with both Messi and Iniesta able to move up and back as needed. later pep can take out Keita for Pedro or Afellay, depending what he thinks is necessary.

      I seem to be the only one here who is feeling fairly positive about the game. I may not bother with the LiveBlog. I’m at work, anyway.

    • April 6, 2011

      Yup, I said something similar above. Keita can play FB–he’s done it before with Sevilla.

    • Miguel
      April 6, 2011

      That’s great in defense, but what about offense? Keita isn’t much of a threat on goal so he doesn’t really stretch out the defense. Barca’s gonna be really reliant on some Messi magic. Pedro’s definitely the game changer. Barca needs to get as many goals as they can in this leg, though.

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 6, 2011

      That is my understanding as well. If sMash can drop in the middle between Pique and Busquets and fill that hole, and Keita can stay a little bit to the left of the midfield to cover the left wing, Adriano can streach Shaktar defence by making his runs. That would work well with Iniesta playing as the left midfielder in tandem with Adriano. The Keita on the left model works well to counter Douglas Costa threat as well. Let us see how the match pans out.

      • Jim
        April 6, 2011

        I’m reminded of Arsenal when Keita didn’t cover for Maxwell when he went up raiding.

  14. blaunero
    April 6, 2011

    So, Iniesta as a winger, eh? Hmmm.

  15. Josep
    April 6, 2011

    I think I said Keita would start but for Messi not P! Losing P is huge. But I think Pep made the tradeoff of Adriano for P.

    Would you rather have an impact sub up top, and going towards goal, or from the back (Adriano) and going up top?

    I like the move if only it didn’t mean Iniesta played on the wing. But Iniesta plays LW.. and Villa is starting. This is weird..

  16. Diego
    April 6, 2011

    In Pep we Trust. I’ll relax for half an hour and watch the match.

  17. Jim
    April 6, 2011

    Ok, now even I’m worried 🙂

    No to Iniesta on the wing – come on Pep, learn (unless he’s planning a surprise)

    I’m not sure about our possession in the middle without Iniesta – no offence to keita.

    I actually think Adriano’s attacking qualities might help us here ( and Maxwell has been out for a while) but as you all know I’m still worried by his positional sense and needless losing of possession.

    don’t understand Pedro not starting if he is able to sit on the bench. If we bring him on are we then going to have to worry about subbing him?

    However, biggest plus is a fit and rested Xavi. Also, Iniesta has had time to welcome his new arrival and will be up for this I’m sure. Pep needs to take him aside and tell him now is the time for one of his performances. He needs to know that the team needs him or he can drift at times.

  18. April 6, 2011

    I can see Villa staying on the left wing to begin the match to see if Shaktar lets him roam. If they actually cover him then he moves more central and Adriano will start flying up the left.

    Something tells me that Shaktar is going to be so concerned with Messi in the middle that they may leave the left wing completely open.

  19. lovelymofo
    April 6, 2011

    I’m not going to be able to watch the entire match, just bits and pieces. I considered not watching at all and making myself not look at anything online that would give away the score, but who am I kidding? I’m the person that doesn’t mind knowing how a movie will end before I see it.

    That said – Vamos Barça! I’ll drag out the old trope “In Pep We Trust!”

  20. Jim
    April 6, 2011

    Btw, have a good liveblog folks. Won’t join as I’m tense enough and there’s been a heap of pessimism around already but I’ll be with you in spirit 🙂

    How can football still have this effect on me after all these years?

  21. Josep
    April 6, 2011

    Maybe Pep reverts to 08 lineup with Messi AMR floating inwards. Orr.

    VV
    Alves-Busi-Pique-GAP
    —-Masch——Adriano
    Xavi——Keita—
    —-Iniesta—-
    Messi———–Villa

    with no adriano playing WBL and AML, and Villa as a central striker with Keita at ML to cover for Adriano when he goes forward, Iniesta as the central link/false 9 and Messi at his old position out on the right, being fed by Xavi and linking with Alves while cutting in on his left and shooting/finding villa runs?

    • lovelymofo
      April 6, 2011

      That would be interesting, but I don’t know that Pep would keep Alves from doing his roadrunner bit. I do think tho, that the actual shape of the team will be something closer to what you’re proposing here.

  22. blaunero
    April 6, 2011

    It seems everyone in our team can score except those whose job it is to score.
    Great victory but this isn’t over. Remember Deportivo – Milan of 2004?

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 6, 2011

      yes, we’re not there yet…

      I remember that so clearly…

      • blaunero
        April 6, 2011

        Sometimes that game haunts me more than the Istanbul final. Great performance by Iniesta though. Rest will be good for him ahead of the next week’s Clasico.

  23. soccermomof4
    April 6, 2011

    And did I panic? Of course not!

    • Miguel
      April 6, 2011

      Of course not! I hope I don’t pass out before my friend’s birthday party. 😉

      Ole, ole ole, oleeeee!!!! BARCAaa! BARCAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  24. BarcaGirl_Indo
    April 6, 2011

    so Jnice was right, 5-0 is impossible!

    It’s 5-1… 😀

    I miss this word so much –> La Manitaaa!!!

    • Jnice
      April 6, 2011

      😀

      My pessimism usually is only to trick myself. I know we are capable of scoring 5, but I always predict low so that I’m happier when we win big. It’s not like I think we’ll lose all the time. I would go into further, but I’m weird so no need.

      Great win today. Extremely happy.

      • BarcaGirl_Indo
        April 6, 2011

        ^true this… I’m negative before matches to trick myself…

        before El Clasico I posted on totalbarca I’m not expect us to win 5-0 like we did against Sevilla…

        so we’re on the same boat, Jnice… 😛

      • Helge
        April 6, 2011

        That’s also my tactic 😉

        I’m soooo happy now, I still can’t believe it. If I expected a trashing as some of the media did, this wouldn’t have been such a special joy.

  25. hammeronmessi
    April 6, 2011

    all bow down to the shining knight known as hammeronmessi.

    It is me that predictd a manita with shakira scoring 2.

    @blaunero,u r the mos pessimistic fan ever.or r u imitating pep

  26. Eklavya
    April 6, 2011

    Nice game. Good score. Pique was bad in the first half but better in second. The last intervention of the game was the 08/09 Pique! Too bad Messi couldnt be on the scoresheet.

  27. soccermomof4
    April 6, 2011

    Only one teeny tiny problem with this game. WTheck was Iniesta thinking?

          • Ryan
            April 6, 2011

            I’m 70% sure we somehow had ~130 for the Ceuta game. 😛

    • Jnice
      April 6, 2011

      Yeah, I was so mad at him at the time. The ref told him to step back like 5 times. Guess it’s okay now, though.

      • April 6, 2011

        He did it in purpose to get the yellow. It was 4-1 already. So he wanted to get suspended for the return leg to be free of concerns in the semi.

        • Para
          April 6, 2011

          I thought that they were cancelled out anyway? (After the quarters I mean). Or is that after the semis into the finals?

        • soccermomof4
          April 6, 2011

          I think, and I have to wait for FSC to air the game to check it, that we were 3-0 at the time. They score right after his card, and Keita makes it 4-1 like a minute later.

          I’m not as angry at 5-1, but at the time I was, and after it became 3-1 I was beside myself. That said, atleast at 5-1, I don’t mind him resting.

        • Eklavya
          April 6, 2011

          It was JUST before we conceded so it was 3-0. Infact it was that fk which led to their goal.

          • April 6, 2011

            True, it was 3-0. Which was a better timing than when it is 4-1. Just saying 😀

  28. culeZim
    April 6, 2011

    Alves, Pique and Keita on the scoresheet in one match?

  29. April 6, 2011

    April peaking, dudes! Our backline has a DM in it, so of course it’ll be shaky.

    Good game by Shakhtar. Best team to play us in the Camp Nou. We really had to earn that rout.

    We dominated, desptie the chances Shakhtar had, and they were always going to have chances. This was a TEAM win. Goals from defense and midfield, while Messi and Villa (on defense) were heavily involved.

    So, so so satisfied right now.

  30. jordi™
    April 6, 2011

    What a game! So um..When do we slip Luiz Adriano his thankyou cheque :O ?

  31. majatt
    April 6, 2011

    The pep celebration for the Pique goal suggests it might have been Villanova’s play lol I loved it! Three generations of Masia players scored 😀

  32. hammeronmessi
    April 6, 2011

    @jnice
    got 1 over you.

    Short review.
    Vv ok
    ad ok
    p average
    b average
    alves horrible on passing.gotta shoot him
    m ok some lovely diagonal ball
    xavi good
    i motm
    k just ok ,what a strike
    m brilliant
    v no service works his socks off

    we didnt look composed when pressed and very high number of sloppy passes

    • blaunero
      April 6, 2011

      Couldn’t believe how many times Alves missed the easy lay for Villa and Messi. One after the other. When he does get it right, it’s neither for Villa nor for Messi, who at this moment cannot buy a goal.
      Great victory, no doubt. But the fact that our strikers aren’t scoring really pisses me off.

      • April 6, 2011

        We beat one of the most difficult teams in the draw 5-1, rendering what could have been a very difficult second leg all but meaningless. I don’t care if a Barca Xips vendor came down and scored the goals, I’m over the moon.

        • blaunero
          April 6, 2011

          Don’t care who scores either so long as we win. At the moment the rest of the team is getting the job done but against better defenders (like Madrid’s) our forwards have got to start scoring. It has been more than a month since any of Pedro, Villa, and Messi have scored. That doesn’t worry you at all?

          • April 6, 2011

            Not really. It’s the attention paid to the danger men that enables others to do damage. You take the goals any way they come. Messi will have his scoring torrents and dry spells. Right now, they’re in a dry spell as teams gear up to stop them. I love how other players are stepping up now. It wasn’t the case in the days of the 1-0.

            How many teams have CBs that can score goals like Pique did against Villarreal, or today? How many teams have DMs that can dribble two opposing players as Keita did today? Those are the folks who vex me when they don’t step up. MVP can’t do it all, right?

          • PhepheSa
            April 6, 2011

            Don’t mean to be rude but seriously you need to believe in this team. How many times have people said “If we continue like this then so and so will punish us”. I think it’s good that we manage to score many goals even with our fowards not scoring. I don’t care who scores as long as we score more than the opponent then i’m happy.

            Oh and EE’s defence is not that good.

        • Barcaleya
          April 6, 2011

          And we scored 5 goals against a good team! EE scored only 4 against a 10-man team that were pretty shambolic for the most part. We have the best team!!! (And I have to say this now because we’ll be all pessimistic again right before the next game)

    • Vj
      April 6, 2011

      VV was really good.. Saved our bacon thrice in the earlier stages of the match.. Rest spot on..

  33. April 6, 2011

    Also, Iniesta got that yellow on purpose. We have a 3-0 lead, and were cruising. Iniesta got his yellow so he doesn’t have to travel to Ukraine (we have EE right after that trip), and so that serves his suspension and is fresh for EE.

    He didn’t make it too obvious, but that’s what he did.

    • Miguel
      April 6, 2011

      He wants to be with Valeria for the return leg. Awwwww.

  34. PhepheSa
    April 6, 2011

    Why oh why are we cules like this. I was so nervous i couldn’t watch the beginning of the match i only started watching when my brother told me we had scored. I think the pessimism got the better of me and i just couldn’t handle it. My God this team is AMAZING i don’t know why i ever doubt them. They always manage to be amazing when it matters.

    Visca Barca

    • April 6, 2011

      Because that’s just how cules are, PhepheSa. If a plane was carrying cules and hit turbulence, it would be pandemonium. “We’re all going to die,” would bleat the throngs, and then “Whew, wasn’t worried at all,” when the plane pulled out of the turbulence. 😀

      It has been ever thus.

    • Ryan
      April 6, 2011

      So you missed the first 2 minutes then? Good thing we had a quick goal!

  35. hammeronmessi
    April 6, 2011

    keita strike was similar to the bayern strike.though it was more to the left

  36. beeeef
    April 6, 2011

    Amazing game. Shakhtar could have scored two or more away goals, but we also could have scored six or seven in total.

    The finishing for a large part was really good. The only problem was none of our forwards were the ones scoring goals. But eventually (hopefully) soon, our MVP offense will be back to its lethal best.

    The tie isn’t over yet, but it does provide a little breathing room during what will be a crazy April. The craziest April for cules and madridstas ever.

  37. BarcaGirl_Indo
    April 6, 2011

    Tweet from Shakira :

    Viva Barca and Viva their number 3! -Shak

    we got Justin Bieber and Shakira… we’re famous… 😛

    still waiting for Rebecca Black though…

  38. April 6, 2011

    I will, however, point everyone to a Copa tie against Zaragoza or somebody, where we rolled into their house with a huge lead, and wound up losing the tie after conceding an absurd number of goals.

    Does anyone recall this? I have blocked it out of my memory.

    • Eklavya
      April 6, 2011

      How could you forget? Vs. Betis. Conceded 2 goals in 5 mins.

      • Eklavya
        April 6, 2011

        Oh noes, we didnt lose that tie. Whoops.

        You mean Getafe. When Messi scored the goal of the century.

    • mega_tajh
      April 6, 2011

      Oh yes who can forget that game against Getafe,to me it was the downfall of that team under Frank.

      • April 6, 2011

        That’s it. Getafe. Betis we conceded two very quickly, but won the tie on aggregate.

    • April 6, 2011

      Barring anything crazy, yes, cliveee. My heart cannot stand it. Already.

      • Eklavya
        April 6, 2011

        There’ll also be the Super Cup which be a Clasico.

  39. April 6, 2011

    I feel like posting a post with the goals. But I should save that for the OMG Baby Kxevin is back Review.

    Unless I’m still gonna be fired. I want my check and Luiz Adriano’s mailed to my house and Ukraine by tomorrow.

  40. April 6, 2011

    inipapi

    Quick, someone get us more babies for Iniesta to dedicate his goals to!

    • Para
      April 6, 2011

      I was hollering ‘Have another baby!!! Have a million!!!’ At my computer after that goal. My housemate came into my room to ask if I’d finally lost it. ^^

  41. Miguel
    April 6, 2011

    Who won the Manchester Chelsea match? Gotta go soon. Can’t fast-forward through whole game.

  42. April 6, 2011

    Keita’s undershirt said “For you my friend, come back soon!”, dedicating his goal to Abidal [shnmrdy]

    <3

    • Miguel
      April 6, 2011

      Are you sure it wasn’t dedicated to Shakira?

      • mei
        April 6, 2011

        ahahahahaha thats funny miguel! and NO pique did not dedicate the goal to shag ue ra.

  43. Miguel
    April 6, 2011

    That’s exactly where I’m at on my DVR! Thanks!

    Ha-ha, Fernando Torres.

      • Helge
        April 6, 2011

        Nah, he only had two or three scenes, was not involved in the majority of the match. I think he must already be considered a flop at Chelsea, unless he scores them to a treble next season^^

    • mardia
      April 6, 2011

      At this point, I’m pretty sure Torres has been cursed or something, perhaps by angry Scousers. There’s just no other way to explain it.

  44. mega_tajh
    April 6, 2011

    I really wonder now if Pep will rest players in both the return leg in Ukraine and/or against Madrid in the league.

  45. Eklavya
    April 6, 2011

    Did anyone notice what Busi did right before Pique’s goal?

    As Pique ran from the far post towards the penalty spot, he dragged his markers with his.

    Busi wasn’t even looking at the ball. He tried to block the two markers way, just a tiiiny bit. And it gave all the time needed for Pique to score, which is only 1-2 seconds.

    Obvious, they’d trained this before. Pique just confirmed it, via barcastuff.

    • Goo
      April 6, 2011

      Saw this too. Who would’ve thunk that Pep’s boys could actually score from set pieces if they, you know, practice.

      Also, Xavi is trending worldwide in twitter. Random and awesome.

  46. Josep
    April 6, 2011

    @Eklavya
    They used the old corner trick from FM10. Leave someone open to lurk the area and bam long shot goals! Actuall a similar method was huge for Scholes-Beckham.

    Guys, I just got the best text. WE’RE HAVING TACOS FOR DINNER!!

  47. April 6, 2011

    I never really knew we score score like that!
    We make mince-meat of their tactical plan!
    Como te gusta, senores, mi campo, su campo
    Shakhtar, Shakhtar!

    • April 6, 2011

      Ohhh, they’re off tonight, you know Luiz Adriano’s whiffs don’t lie. He’s tryin’ to tell us something.

  48. Ahmad
    April 6, 2011

    Cmon Barca, Lets go into the Ukraine and make history by breaking Shakhtar’s winning streak, I know we can do it!

    WHO’S WITH ME!?

    • April 6, 2011

      NOT ME IF WE HAVE TO START IMPORTANT PLAYERS!

      I’m aite with it otherwise. 😉

  49. soccermomof4
    April 6, 2011

    Can’t wait for the review. So happy I could dance. I’m ready to forgive Papi Andres for the card because y’all said it made sense. Getting cosmos tonight :).

    I want to judiciously rest players in the return fixture. Let’s not go crazy, It’s their home turf and do you remember how dangerous they looked and their goals that miraculously did not go in.

    So the flea is only feeling so-so. I know he wants to score, but couldn’t he have gotten a lttle rest?

  50. April 6, 2011

    Intersting. According to @2010masterchip, Barcelona’s last 11 games against Russian/Ukrainian clubs before today’s: LWW LWW LWW LW?

    The “?” is now a win of course. Ominous for the second leg? Not that I care right now.

    • Noslehcimretep
      April 6, 2011

      Kari, that becomes much less ominous with draws being excluded, which they are (I don’t remember offhand how many there were in that time, but for sure one against Kazan just last fall in the CL group stage.) A draw at the Donbass would be quite alright, as long as it means we’re resting starters like we should be.

  51. Jnice
    April 6, 2011

    I’ve read and heard before that Tito is the one who comes up with our set piece tricks. And I’m sure that’s who Pep pointed at after the goal went in. Let’s not forget the play we had in the first half… Busi flick on to Pique like against Villarreal, but his touch let him down.

  52. April 6, 2011

    On a much random-er note, I get Twitter if/when Messi gets Twitter. Technically, that means I should also get FaceBook, but it’s public and I can view it without having FB.

  53. What a brilliant, brilliant game! It’s the fact that we can win 5-1 against a good team in a high-pressure game when we aren’t even at our best that makes us Barca fans spoilt rotten. 😛

    • April 6, 2011

      We’re spoiled rotten even when we play at our best, score 5 goals and kick the other team’s ass in a low pressure game. Don’t sell us short, fcbfandrivel! 😀

      • Ah. Valid point. 😀 At this rate, even Pep might sprout some optimism in a year or two, who knows!

  54. Barcaleya
    April 6, 2011

    I love that we confound everyone. We win so narrowly and seemingly survive only by the grace of VV’s saves, then we go rampant and score 5.

    Alves doesn’t shoot when he should that when he does, GK is one second behind probably thinking that Alves will pass instead. We suck at set pieces and then we suddenly execute them perfectly. If the forwards don’t score, the entire midfield plus defenders do and our forwards start defending.

    It must be very difficult to play a team like ours. Our opponents discount anything and anyone at great peril.

  55. PhepheSa
    April 6, 2011

    Does anyone know if they’ll be missing players through suspension. Can’t remember from the game and too lazy to look for it. Pretty please

    • Barcaleya
      April 6, 2011

      Iniesta will be suspended for the return leg

    • blitzen
      April 6, 2011

      For Shakhtar, I know Rat misses the return leg. Not sure about anyone else.

  56. blitzen
    April 6, 2011

    Wooohooooo!!!!!!! Life is good!!!!!

    Downloading the match now, can’t wait to watch it!

    So apparently our forwards are having trouble scoring. No worries, we have scoring fullbacks! And midfielders! I fully expect Valdes to score before the season is out. 😀

  57. ooga aga
    April 6, 2011

    what is that thing taht pique does in his celebration? at first i thought it was 2 – 2 for abidal but now i heard it has something to do with shakeera? whaaaa

    • He did that celebration last year too I think, and those were pre-Shakira days AFAIK at least. I suspect it probably means the same as “moc moc”, which is to say, nothing. 😛

      • blitzen
        April 6, 2011

        It is for Shakira and himself. They share the same birthday: the 2nd day of the 2nd month.

        • mei
          April 6, 2011

          yeap and they also share a 10 year or so gap in between haha 😀

          • blitzen
            April 6, 2011

            So? Puyol is more than 10 years older than his gf and no one ever mentions that. Double standards suck.

        • Oh. I think he did the same celebration against Atletico Madrid in that game when Ujfalusi tried to see if Messi’s feet would bend backwards. Or maybe he was already seeing Shakira then, not that it really matters. 🙂

          • Jnice
            April 6, 2011

            There were rumors he was with Shakira right after the World Cup, so he probably was seeing her then on the hush hush.

  58. vicsoc
    April 6, 2011

    Just finished the game. We started off shaky despite the Iniesta goal, and all I really have to say is WAHOOO!

  59. blaunero
    April 6, 2011

    Let’s not get carried away. Still 90 minutes to play for in a tough stadium in Eastern Europe right before the first Clasico, with Iniesta suspended and our strikers misfiring. Anything can happen, as we with memories of Getafe still strong in our minds can attest. Let’s just take it one game at a time. Rejoicing for a quarter final first leg victory, ample though it is, seems rather hollow to me. We can be quietly confident, but overjoyous exuberance hardly becomes us. Many a team has fallen due to it.

    • Nav
      April 6, 2011

      The team won’t fall because of us celebrating. As long as Pep does his job and keeps the players grounded — which he will, it’s fine.

    • Vj
      April 6, 2011

      There’s a fine line between cautious and pessimistic and I don’t know where you stand..

      Point taken though. If we suddenly go 2 down inside 10 minutes like against Betis, Shakhtar might fancy their chances. But it prolly won’t happen..

    • blitzen
      April 6, 2011

      Jeebus Effing Cule! Can you not just let us celebrate wildly for a few hours??? Reality will set in soon enough. Honestly, try and be happy for your team for once.

      • blaunero
        April 6, 2011

        I’ll be happy at the end of the season, win or lose. I particularly like watching during the summer clips of our games from the previous season, and this match I will really like to watch again. Otherwise, no. Rejoicing when there’s still a second leg… that’s just tempting Karma. And I am very superstitious.
        I’m reminded of the post Real-Spurs comments by their fans and papers. Most of them thought they had already grabbed their tenth. Man plans and Nature just laughs in hi face.

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 6, 2011

      blaunero, I get your point, but there’s nothing wrong with feeling happy and celebrating this win…

      Shakhiratar is great team, so this is a HUGE step to semifinal, eventhough we all know it’s not over yet…

      and finally we got La Manita back!

      so c’mon, have a big grin and ejoy your day, pal! 😀

      • blaunero
        April 6, 2011

        I’m enjoying my day very much actually. I only refuse to get carried away and be happy for a victory in the first leg of the quarter finals of the CL.

        • Ryan
          April 6, 2011

          Don’t worry, we’ll be happy for you. 😀

          If we can’t hold a 4 goal lead then we’re no better than Arsenal, hehe.

  60. blaunero
    April 6, 2011

    I’ll be happy at the end of the season, win or lose. I particularly like watching during the summer clips of our games from the previous season, and this match I will really like to watch again. Otherwise, no. Rejoicing when there’s still a second leg… that’s just tempting Karma. And I am very superstitious.
    I’m reminded of the post Real-Spurs comments by their fans and papers. Most of them thought they had already grabbed their tenth. Man plans and Nature just laughs in hi face.

  61. April 6, 2011

    Folks – Shakhtar is a very good team. Very good. It’s no accident at all they’ve reached this stage.

    Lucescu is a terrific manager.

    And Barca absolutely put a beating on them.

    Yes there were defensive lapses. Yes they were fortunate not to concede more goals (thank goodness for Luis Adriano’s poor finishing and VV for being as good as he is…)

    But that’s not the story. The story of this game was how brilliant Barcelona was in dismantling one of Europe’s best sides.

    Outside of finishing, Shakhtar executed fairly well. I thought they did a great job of making the pitch extremely large when they were in possession and that made it difficult for Barca to press effectively. Shakhtar’s own press was fairly effective as well.

    But Barca just ripped them open at the back.

    And so much of that was Messi. Today’s game was a perfect example of how a team decides to over commit to defending Messi and he just destroys them through his passing and by dragging their defenders out of position all across the pitch.

    Just a wonderful match. And now the team can play loose and not have to worry too much about the away leg which is just an awful place to need to win.

    Their in very good position in both the league and the CL.

  62. Barka
    April 6, 2011

    Pique’s goal today reminded me of the chance Busquets had against Arsenal last year at their stadium. That time only a goalline block saved Arsenal from conceding in first 20 minutes. I’m glad that we can pull out some special tricks like this once in a while haha.

  63. April 6, 2011

    You don’t take your chances against Barcelona, they will punish you, 5 times.

    Those first 20 minutes of the game were the most important ones. SHad shakhtar converted, it might have been a different story. But you guys were really good at converting your chances, so props to you.

    Not looking forward to 4 classicos at all. The rarity of the game is what made it so beautiful, but now we are going to have 5 a season. Blah! I’m sure they will all be awesome though.

    Anyways, Congrats, a well deserved victory!

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 6, 2011

      SEVEN, plus two Supercopa games… yuck!

      well, lately we didn’t finish our chances…

      that’s why eventhough we’re not in the semifinal yet,

      I really enjoy this win, because it’s been so long since we scored many goals… 😉

    • PhepheSa
      April 6, 2011

      Well that can be prevented if your team loses 5-0 next week. Easy i tell ya.

    • April 6, 2011

      Why thank you, good sir!

      I’d look forward to those Clasicos if I were you; we can only beat you so many times in a row. #Ilovebackhandedcompliments

      😀

  64. Jnice
    April 6, 2011

    Now I can fully enjoy Inter’s loss yesterday without feeling wary of us suffering the same misfortune. Evil, bitter, or whatever you want to call it, I’m all of those. 🙂

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 6, 2011

      oh yes, seriously, I don’t even have mood to mock Inter yesterday…

      because Barça hasn’t played, now after we won 5-1,

      I can fully enjoy Inter’s loss… 😀

    • Helge
      April 6, 2011

      I think the loss of Inter yesterday was not even funny. It was such a pathetic performance, you cannot compare this Inter to last year’s…
      At the beginning of the season I was feeling happy when Inter lost, but yesterday, I had pity on them. It was the worst performance of a so-called big team that I’ve ever seen in a CL knockout stage 🙂

      • Jnice
        April 6, 2011

        No pity from me. I don’t like that team nor do I like their supporters because they always haven’t something silly to say about us.

        Gracias, Schalke.

      • BarcaGirl_Indo
        April 6, 2011

        there’s no such a thing as “pity for Inter” for me… 😛

        since I’m a Milan fans too, I hate Inter with a fiery passions of thousand suns…

        sorry Kari, I can’t think of anything new…

      • Helge
        April 6, 2011

        Well, the thing is, the match was not won 5-2 by Schalke because of an absolute master piece of work, but it was lost 2-5 by Inter due to lack of everything.
        I’d prefer Inter to lose 5-2 albeit playing good and then they’d have to confess that even their best team in a good shape was completely outclassed by whatever team (certainly this team would not be Schalke, because they are nowhere near of destroying the best line-up from Inter as long as Inter doesn’t have an awful day).

      • Barka
        April 6, 2011

        I’ve always liked underdogs so Inter was my favorite team in Italy 10 years ago. The Inter fans from the football forum I frequent are quite pleasant which also helps, unlike some Barca fans there who are sadly quite obnoxious. I was kinda glad that they probably will get eliminated by Schalke, not because I hate them for last year’s defeat. I just find Schalke (and German teams) much more beatable than Inter who can be a strong team when fully fit.

        • beeeef
          April 6, 2011

          Not a fan of Inter, their players, and especially many of the fans. Their page at the offside has to be one of the scummiest, most vitriol-fueled football blogs around.

          I’m just sad we didn’t get a chance to play them this year ourselves.

          • Jose
            April 6, 2011

            I dont feel one iota of pity for Inter. That defeat couldnt have happened to a more deserving club.

            And if there is another fanbase like the one at the Inter offside, I hope I never encounter it. It’s not just toward Barca, mind you. That place is a ball of hate.

  65. Jnice
    April 6, 2011

    Just read through some of the LB-Kari, you know me too well. I definitely was dying/crying when Dani was messing around in the box. Totally screamed when he scored, though.

    • April 6, 2011

      I know because I was feeling the same-ish. 🙂

      When he scored, I threw a pillow at my TV in joyous anger (some call it “passion”). Suffice to say, my mom did not understand but was wise enough to keep her distance—she understands my football obsession.

  66. Diego
    April 6, 2011

    Does anyone have a pic of Dani and Adriano dancing ? 😀

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 6, 2011

      PIC :

      -http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lj912hoU3P1qcjtfao1_500.jpg

      -http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lj922kz2zu1qfjubto1_500.jpg

      -http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lj943hHAfD1qbvw1a.jpg

      GIF :

      -http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lj90jytmIt1qdwewro1_500.gif

      😀

      • blitzen
        April 6, 2011

        Our Brazilians > everyone else’s Brazilians

        😀

  67. vicsoc
    April 6, 2011

    What strikes me about this win was that for a 5-1 score line the reason Barcelona won was grit and determination. Sometimes I think the team overcomplicates things trying to find the perfect solution, but today was not one of those days.

    The game was fairly open at the beginning and it could have gone either way right from the start. It’s good to see the team take on a steely resolve and not mess around when it matters.

  68. BA
    April 6, 2011

    one thing is for certain:

    Pique scored on Shak last night.

    • blitzen
      April 6, 2011

      That would be quite some feat, considering she is on tour.

      • Jnice
        April 6, 2011

        He meant scored against Shakhtar, no? 😛

  69. Jnice
    April 6, 2011

    http://gu.com/p/2z9ne

    Love reading some of the comments on the Guardian. Some people just love to hate us.

    One particularly outstanding comment:

    Since people have asked- things that might be considered smug or annoying that Barcelona and their fans do:

    1) Declare that they are the best team ever.
    2) Denigrate all other styles of football, including teams defending (heaven forbid).
    3) Declare that they are more than a club (Because Barca fans care oh so much more about their club than any fan obviously).
    4) Perpetrate niggly little fouls all the time.
    5) Date popstars.
    6) Have Qatar on their shirts.
    7) State opposition players would fit nicely into their reserves.
    8) Play keep away forever.
    9) Cite possesion stats even when they lose- it’s about scoring goals.
    10) Surround the ref every time they want a free kick…
    11) Dive a lot.
    12) They have a lot of fans who don’t go to football games and often have never even been to Barcelona.
    13) Messi constantly tries to get away with handballing the ball into the net.
    14) Think they deserve to win just because they play nice football.
    15) Whinge when things don’t go your way- OMG it must be so hard to support one of the worlds most successful teams…
    16) Hoard the revenue from la liga (with RM) and spoil the competition.
    17) The behaviour over fabreagas.

    Most of these apply to other succesful clubs too, but if you can’t see why fans of other clubs might not be annoyed…

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 6, 2011

      so that’s how to make 8)…

      LOL… 😀

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 6, 2011

      1) Declare that they are the best team ever.
      Who did? Most of them who said this are other coach or players, and some journalists…

      5) Date popstars.
      popstars? there are others beside Shakira?

      6) Have Qatar on their shirts.
      I know… I wish it’s Dunkin Donuts or Pizza Hut…

  70. BarcaGirl_Indo
    April 6, 2011

    Play of The Game according to totalbarca :

    -http://www.totalbarca.com/2011/matches/play-of-the-game-pique-diagonal-pass/

    but I think Iniesta’s magnificent ball to Alves is also the play of the game…

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