El Clasico 2011: BRING IT ON

This party is officially started. This is going to be one hell of a show! It’s–

OH NO YOU DID NOT JUST DO THAT.

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  1. April 13, 2011

    Bring it on!
    This picture , i mean the second one is nothing short of EPIC!

  2. Helge
    April 13, 2011

    haha, brilliant 😀

    btw, can someone confirm that yellow cards are rescinded after the quarter-finals? I’m actually pretty sure it is, but a friend of mine insists on me being wrong…

    • Jose
      April 13, 2011

      The UEFA regulations state:

      22.03 Single yellow cards and pending suspensions are always carried forward either to the next stage of the competition or to another club competition in the current season.

    • Josep
      April 13, 2011

      they do, but if anyone, read Real Madrid, players pick up a second today they’ll be banned for the second leg.

      But after today everyone goes back to 0. 99% sure about this.

      • Helge
        April 13, 2011

        Yeah, that’s why I’m confused.
        I also thought so.

        But as Jose said, the official UEFA rules tell a different story. That would mean that players can still miss the final due to yellow cards, I though the FIFA and UEFA would have changed the rules after WC ’02 (when Ballack missed the final)…

        • Jose
          April 13, 2011

          ???

          Dani Alves missed the 2009 final against ManU due to yellow card accumulation, remember? 🙂

          • footballfan
            April 13, 2011

            As far as I remember they actually modify it slightly so that players won’t be suspended for the final, but for the match after instead. They say something about wanting all the star player to be able to play for the final.

            I’m pretty sure this exception is only for the final though.

          • Josep
            April 13, 2011

            yes. one in each leg of the semis I believe..

  3. Jose
    April 13, 2011

    Thanks to this post, my blood pressure is already rising… 😀

  4. Eklavya
    April 13, 2011

    – Uh-Oh, it’s the time of the year when Isaiah goes nuts! That’s nuts and not Peanuts BTW.

    – I <3 Blitzen Awards!

    – Opera Mini doesn't always mess up your replies. I use it and type replies from it everyday (using it now). Sometimes, you have to click on 'reply' button more than once this the page refreshes and it says "Reply to _______" and the space for typing is slightly towards the left.

    – I still await your Twitter request Kxevin 😀

    – Is this real life?

        • blitzen
          April 13, 2011

          LOL. The finger isn’t directed at you, silly! The avatar is in honour of Puyol’s birthday and shows what he thinks of people who say he is getting past it. 😛

  5. Whatever
    April 13, 2011

    It’s going to be wild.

    I’m worried about our lineup, having in mind that Mascherano is suspended. If Busquets goes to CB alongside Pique, who will play DM? Keita? Or Guardiola will roll out the expected:

    Valdes
    Alves – Pique – Milito – Adriano
    Xavi – Busquets – Iniesta
    Pedro – Messi – Villa

    What are your thoughts?

    • Josep
      April 13, 2011

      Thats the lineup, almost no way around it. I really don’t see any other lineup than that.

      • footballfan
        April 13, 2011

        Busquets go to the back, and Keita at midfield?

        I can only think of these 2 line-ups. Or maybe Pep can surprise us like what he did with Alves. Expect some interesting tactical battles.

      • Whatever
        April 13, 2011

        I agree. However, Milito is so fragile and I simply don’t think (can’t believe) that Guardiola will include him in the starting lineup. He has become so unreliable.

        Maybe we’ll see another I-can’t-believe-what-lineup-Pep-just-rolled-out-with lineup? 🙂

    • Eklavya
      April 13, 2011

      Between these two, I prefer the lineup with Busi at CB and Keita at DM.

        • Whatever
          April 13, 2011

          Xavi will never play DM… He would get injured instantly. And Guardiola simply cannot allow that.

    • soccermomof4
      April 13, 2011

      I see no way around it.

      The only other alternative might be, and I DON’T like this alternative because it moves even more players from their best position:
      VV
      Alves, Pique, Busi, Adriano
      Xavi
      Thiago/Keita, Papi Andres
      MVP

      I trust only Busi, sMasche, or Xavi at DM (Keita late in game is OK at DM)

      Life will be better when our brand new world-class CB signing, Mascherano, comes back from suspension 🙂

    • Helge
      April 13, 2011

      I want to see Afellay and Thiago in the first, relatively meaningless Clásico.

  6. Nik
    April 13, 2011

    I think Euler’s post about Kxevin’s reviews from the Shakhtar Review should be mandatory reading for all newcomers joining this site (heck, maybe even some old ones, as I still see comments about Kxevin being biased about Player X from members who seem to have been here a while).

    It was 100% the truth, and I agree completely with what he said.

  7. footballfan
    April 13, 2011

    Watching the manita match replay with Ray Ray commentary. Life is beautiful.

    • Obii
      April 14, 2011

      Could you please post a link, Ray Hudson really makes my day!

  8. Alex
    April 13, 2011

    Wow, awesome find, what a blast from the past….Romario, Stoichkov…………….. Koeman!!!!

    Gotta love the Super Nintendo and Gameboy ads around the field.

    Romario was awesome, what a sweet first goal.

    • Alex
      April 13, 2011

      Im referring to the post by Extreme Barca Fan

      • Extreme barca fan
        April 13, 2011

        Yeah and guess who assisted SWEET FIRST GOAL. its no other than PEP GUARDIOLA

  9. blaunero
    April 13, 2011

    I think we had better forget the manita and concentrate on the task at hand. Mourinho isn’t stupid so a landslide victory (by either club, really) is as unlikely as it is unnecessary. A 1-0 loss will be just as damaging to our morale as a 4-0. Let us all remember instead the events of yesteryear against Mourinho’s Inter. Four times we faced him in the CL and thrice we shut him out. Yet it was Inter who went on to win the CL, not us, ahorse defeating us 3-1 at the San Siro.
    The recent declarations by Rosell and Valdes are certainly not helping our cause. Stuff like that puts pressure on us and motivates Real’s players. What we should do is repeat last November’s behavior where everything was quiet, there were no paeans sung, everyone concentrated about the task at hand, and there were no mind games.
    No matter what happens on Saturday I think the more important game will be the final on Wednesday. It is that one that will shape the rest of the season, most likely even the CL clash.

    • Para
      April 13, 2011

      I agree with basically all of this.

      I am a big fan of the clubs decision to not allow players (or is it that they strongly discourage it? I don’t know) to conduct interviews until this particular series of matches is over. I kind of wish they had done so before Valdes’s interview.

  10. April 13, 2011

    Here’s the thing: Saturday is fundamentally meaningless. We can tank that match and STILL have a 5-point lead with 6 matches to go, and not a single one against a dangerous team. I even think that the Espanyol derby has lost some of its morbo, thanks to Iniesta’s beautiful, beautiful gesture.

    Better still, none of the teams except for Malaga will have anything to play for, with all of them being securely out of the drop zone. So the rest of the season should be a stroll in the park.

    Of the four Clasics, the one we canNOT lose is the first leg of the semis. It’s their house, and if we can snag an away goal or two, our path to the CL finals becomes a lot easier. For the record, I don’t care a whole lot about the Copa, even if we are playing against them in the final. Even funnier is that either way, the season will kick off with yet another Clasic, as we are destined to meet in the Spanish SuperCopa next year, as it pits the Copa winner against the Liga winner. If the Copa and Liga winner are one and the same, then I believe the second-place Liga team becomes the opponent.

    • Blow-Grenade
      April 13, 2011

      Whoa….looking forward to the 5 classicos.

    • Nik
      April 13, 2011

      I’d be more than pleased if we came out of this four game marathon with a loss (this Saturday), a draw (first leg of CL), and two wins (second leg of CL + Copa final).

      Normally, I wouldn’t care about losing the Copa, but since it is EE we are facing, I want us to win it.

    • blaunero
      April 13, 2011

      The CdR final is important precisely because it is against Real Madrid. If it were against any other team it wouldn’t, to me at least, be that much of a big deal if we lost. But if Mourinho did beat us, I couldn’t stand his fans inevitably calling him a genius and the voice of his generation and other such wonderful things. No. The final is on par in importance with the two CL Clasicos.

    • Dani_el
      April 13, 2011

      I believe that the supercopa will be played in august, and it’s suppose to be played by the winner of the copa del rey and the liga, in case both are the same, it’s played against the second place in the copa del rey, in 2009 that team was Atletic de Bilbao, and in 2010 I believe it was Sevilla.

  11. Lev
    April 13, 2011

    “Better still, none of the teams except for Malaga will have anything to play for, with all of them being securely out of the drop zone. So the rest of the season should be a stroll in the park.”

    you are forgetting las maletas.

    Other than that, I don’t really care about the league game either. Paradoxically though, it can be really dangerous to lose those games, because it might give EE a lot of momentum.

    It’s a shame that Pep has only now started to experiment with Masch at CB. His skillset, as has been pointed out by others, is better for CB than Busi’s. His positioning is not that strong though…Which is why at the beginning of the season I advocated Busquets to be better at CB than Masch. However Busi and Pique together are too vulnerable – they lack either one of Puyol’s fire or Abidal’s athleticism.

    • Nik
      April 13, 2011

      I think Masch’s positioning can develop with more reps. I remember being against the Abidal experiment at CB because I felt his positioning was lacking. He definitely made me eat my words (sorry Abi!). Masch is a gifted player, so I expect him to come through for us if given the opportunity just like Abidal did.

  12. Miguel
    April 13, 2011

    Oh no! It’s begun! I say Isaiah completely loses it by the third El Clásico. Any bets?

    Great review, Kxev!

    Awesome awards, blitz! Do the players give acceptance speeches after they’re given those? Where can I find footage of that?

    With his headshot staring out from the back page of this morning’s Barcelona-themed Mundo Deportivo like a particularly camp but extremely furious agony uncle, journalist Lluís Mascaró is a seething hotbed of righteous anger.
    http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/laligaloca/archive/2011/04/13/madrid-head-to-london-with-pep-s-insult-ringing-in-their-ears.aspx

  13. Roz
    April 13, 2011

    RM and Spurs starting in a bit. They have 6 players that can miss the semi-finals if they are booked Including Ramos TB and Carvalho. If any one of them miss out it would very good for us.

    • Jose
      April 13, 2011

      Which six players? I would really like this info 😛

      • Roz
        April 13, 2011

        Actually 5 Albiol and Dive-Maria with the Ronaldo Ramos and Carvahlo.

  14. barca96
    April 13, 2011

    Usually I prefer Adriano over Maxwell but for this one, I’d take Maxwell as I don’t want to lose=no need to attack.

    I asked this question before. Did anybody notice Pique and Adriano switching positions against Shaktar?

    If I was Pep, I would let Messi start from the bench. Use him only in the 2nd half to warm him up for the CdR final.

  15. barca96
    April 13, 2011

    Silvio Berlusconi can’t take the pressure from the sex scandal anymore and wants to use Ibra to get Ronaldo ( to divert attention away from him since ROnaldo would hog the newspaper pages) 😆

  16. Ryan
    April 13, 2011

    Bale is just skinning Ramos time and again… nothing to show for it yet tho.

  17. Jnice
    April 13, 2011

    On the surface, the Clasico on Saturday is the least important, but the Revista team makes a good point about how important it is because of the potential for the winning team to have a bit of momentum and the psychological edge heading into the next Clasico.

  18. Miguel
    April 13, 2011

    How’d you miss that, Pav? Lennon didn’t play the first leg, did he? He’s making this a contest.

    Ha! Another non-call for Tottenham.

    • Ryan
      April 13, 2011

      He got sick right before the game, unfortunately.

  19. blitzen
    April 13, 2011

    From the LLL liveblog:

    Tim Stannard: Spurs v Real Madrid:
    Best moment of the night for me perhaps is the pitchside reporter delicately explaining the meaning of the Spurs song aimed at Real Madrid – “you’re just a s*** Barcelona.”

    LOLLLLL!!!!!! 😆

    • Miguel
      April 13, 2011

      I was just gonna post that! Ha.

      The commentators are saying Khedira might have lost a tooth in that tumble he took.

      • Ryan
        April 13, 2011

        It’s the main reason I’m watching the game. 😀

      • Miguel
        April 13, 2011

        He didn’t have to put the accent over the a in “Clásicos.” 😉

  20. Miguel
    April 13, 2011

    Nice defending by Real on that offside trap.

    Carvalho gets a yellow! He misses the first leg of the Champions League Clásicos!

    • Barcaleya
      April 13, 2011

      Yay! No Carvalho. Can Spurs be so kind to us as to elicit cards from everyone else who at risk of suspension in the next round.

      • Miguel
        April 13, 2011

        They do owe Barca over Gio dos Santos. Ramos is flirting with getting a card. Mourinho better get him out of that game, quick.

  21. April 13, 2011

    This match has already come at a dear price for RM.

    Carvalho has arguably been RM’s second best player this season.

    And in many ways he may be their most indispensable player. They really do not have anyone who can adequately provide the solidity and composure at the back that he can.

    It’s an enormous loss. RM’s team defense was overwhelmed by Barca in the first Classico. Losing the bedrock of their backline is a major problem for them. I believe the first CL match would be at the Bernabeau so this also gives Barca a better chance to do damage through away goals.

    • April 13, 2011

      Given that Mascherano is acclaimed as Barcelona’s best transfer this season, and given his great performance against Shakhtar yesterday – damn, he can hold a ball – I think that Barcelona has paid a tremenedous price for beating Shakhtar as well.

      • Para
        April 13, 2011

        I’m confused by what you mean- in beating Shakhtar, Barcelona didn’t lose Mascherano for the first-leg of the semi final, did they? I thought he was suspended for the first match against RM (liga) because of the accumulated five yellow cards in the league.

        • April 14, 2011

          Oh,shucks. My bad. I got confused and meant to type that we’ll miss him v Madrid.

  22. Roz
    April 13, 2011

    If Lennon wasn’t our sick for the first leg and Crouch wasn’t so stupid then this would be a very different looking tie.

  23. Ryan
    April 13, 2011

    And Raul is now at 71 CL goals! Gotta love Inter being found out like this.

    • Roz
      April 13, 2011

      Legend. Don’t like him much but you cant deny it.

  24. footballfan
    April 13, 2011

    Ugh. No more miracle for Spurs now. Just keep drawing fouls and yellow cards, come on!

  25. blaunero
    April 13, 2011

    It’d be a shame if more Real Madrid player were booked, which is why I think Mourinho will sub out Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos at halftime or shortly thereafter.

    • Nik
      April 13, 2011

      Why would it be a shame? It’d be great news for us.

      • blaunero
        April 13, 2011

        If we lose to EE then I’d rather say they had a the best team available and so they were simply better than we. If somehow we manage to win or draw I don’t want their complaints due to suspensions.

  26. beeeef
    April 13, 2011

    I’m watching the Inter vs Schalke game, but that’s great news (for us) concerning Carvalho.

    It’s no coincidence that the guy has played under Mourinho at three different clubs (Port, Chelsea, Madrid). A master of the dark arts, but undeniably also a great defender and back-line leader.

    • beeeef
      April 13, 2011

      *http://atdhenet.tv/36578/watch-schalke-04-vs–inter-milan

      • beeeef
        April 13, 2011

        oh whoops thats inter schalke. don’t have a madrid link sorry

  27. Helge
    April 13, 2011

    LOL

    F*** you, Gomes, for gifting CR a goal although he played really bad the whole match.

      • Helge
        April 13, 2011

        I don’t really care about Inter scoring, I don’t care about Madrid scoring, but I do care about CR being gifted goals by keepers such as Gomes or this dude of FC Zurich last year^^

          • Eklavya
            April 13, 2011

            Morgen habe ich eine mundlich prüfung uber ein Buch. Ich bin nervös weil ich nicht so gut in Deutsch ist.

  28. Miguel
    April 13, 2011

    Tim Stannard: Spurs v Real Madrid: “Dear Mr Harry. Aaron is feeling poorly. Please let him off games. Aaron’s Mum”

  29. Alex
    April 13, 2011

    I find it funny that the “Caverna Mediatica” that is the EE press would be having a field day if those three penalty plees that Tottenham had in the first half had been against EE. I already see AS and Marca with freeze frames of all the so called penalties not called in there favor. Thank god elmundodeportivo and sport don’t sink that low….yet.

  30. blitzen
    April 13, 2011

    Them’s fighting words, Tim!

    Tim Stannard: Spurs v Real Madrid:
    Joe – Using the Mourinho rapidly learning lessons theory, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Madrid sneak past Barcelona over two legs. Put everything you own on it, in fact.

    • Helge
      April 13, 2011

      Well, if the ratio between achievement and performance against us stays the same as it is today in London, we would have to play extraterrestrial football to prevail^^

    • Miguel
      April 13, 2011

      Madridista!

      He’s lucky I still think his B+ Maniche jokes are kind of funny.

    • Jnice
      April 13, 2011

      Both Sid and Tim think Madrid will sneak through in the CL.

  31. SoccerMom
    April 13, 2011

    Okay BarcaBloggers SoMa needs some compu savvy.

    Everybody assume lotus pose and allow awareness of Jeffren’s goal in the last Clásico. Ahhhhh.

    Now give the curious mind freedom to wander through the memories of fans in the stands.

    There were two young fellows featured on TV who were so overcome they stood up with jazz hands reaching for the heavens. They weren’t even smiling. Just testifying.

    I am going bananas trying to find that image because I must haves cool gravatar for upcoming clasicorama.

    I can find it on a clip but Mr YouTube won’t let me take a pix.

    How to, say you?

    • Miguel
      April 13, 2011

      I have no idear. I’d troll that ONTD FOOTBALL site. They always have the best gifs.

    • ooga aga
      April 13, 2011

      control-alt-printscreen, then open up Paint program and paste it, then crop it etc.

      • ooga aga
        April 13, 2011

        shoulda said, pause the video, then do the above. if you cant figure it out i can do it. but id rather not.

    • Jose
      April 13, 2011

      what ooga aga said. Hit that “Print Scr” button, open up Microsoft Paint, right click and paste it. Crop appropriately and save the file.

    • April 13, 2011

      oh, I thought SoccerHubby gave you his SLR Camera for SoccerKids’ league matches.

  32. Eklavya
    April 13, 2011

    GOAL SCHALKE!!

    Inter’s defense literarly streched like Spandex on a miami beach and Julio C. left naked.

  33. blitzen
    April 13, 2011

    So who thinks Schalke can surprise ManU and go through? 😛

    • Jose
      April 13, 2011

      I do. I definitely think they can do the deed. I overlooked Schalke when before the quarterfinals, but they have shown that they belong. And this ManU side is not nearly as good as the ManU of the last five years.

      • Helge
        April 13, 2011

        but they still might win the triple *shiver*

    • Helge
      April 13, 2011

      It might be possible, but I think it’s 80-20 in favour of ManUtd.

  34. Jose
    April 13, 2011

    Most lopsided quarterfinals in UCL history?

    All the winning sides won both home and away, and the aggregate scores have the winning side winning by an average of FOUR goals.

  35. April 13, 2011

    have to post here since I still can’t post a comment on the RM Offside:

    Congrats on the win, Bassam! (Even though I don’t really mean it 😀 ) I’d be a terrible liar if I said I was disappointed Carvalho(?) will miss the first leg. Still, 6-0 on agg. and pretty comfortable as well. But I guess that makes the Carvalho loss even more irritating, huh?

    4 Clasicos in 18 days. *combusts* Damn my finals! Evidently the people who schedule them are sad, sad indiviuals who don’t realize the importance of this month. For shame.

    • Helge
      April 13, 2011

      Well, I have just learned that cards will not be rescindet, so Albiol, Ramos and Carvalho are only one yellow away from a suspension.
      You could almost bet that Ramos will see yellow (unless the ref is stupid, such as today’s referree who should have given Ramos a yellow after 16 min and should at least have awarded one penalty to Spurs, if not two!).

    • April 13, 2011

      Thanks Kari! It was a very expensive loss today. Very expensive. Carvalho is the second player i would not want to miss from the team after Alonso. It seems that we will be playing both legs without our main defense. Carvalho will miss the 1st leg while Ramos or Albiol is bound to get a yellow during the 1st game.

      I have to agree with you on the finals situation. I have a thesis and research papers to write with 2 finals in these two weeks. But to be honest, my objectives for this season are long long finished. We got past the round of 16 in both Copa and CL. Not only that, but we reached the final in the Copa and the semi’s in the CL. The only objective that wasn’t completed was being “more” competitive in the league and of course, the 5-0.

      For the next 4, my aim is to win one of them. If we do that, even if it is the one on saturday, then i can’t say I’m not a happy person. Our team is so new you can’t help but feel that they can only go up.

      • April 13, 2011

        Ahh, don’t think I don’t know this tactic! Set expectations low, so when something “unexpected” happens, you’ll be ecstatic. I did it all the time a lot during Pep’s first season; how could I not after finishing 18 pts behind you guys with a pasti[rest of this comment has been removed due to danger of reintroducing traumatic memories]

  36. Humphrey Bogart
    April 13, 2011

    Does anybody know what our card situatin is? I know that the Don and Pique should be clear, Milito got a yellow in the last game, anybody else?

    • Helge
      April 13, 2011

      Nobody is one card away from suspension.

  37. pietro_b
    April 13, 2011

    Planning on watching the classico with a bottle of chilled Manita wine and some Merengue pie.lol

  38. April 13, 2011

    Yea Kxevin, this match is meaningless!

    Let’s roll out
    VV
    Adriano Fontas Milito Maxwell
    Busquets
    Thiago Dos Santos
    Pedro Messi Afellay

    and beat them not 6, but 5-0!
    I can’t wait till Barcelona B beat that other Spanish team.

  39. mardia
    April 13, 2011

    So it’s four Clasicos for us.

    *deep breaths*

    Honestly, Sid and co. predicting Madrid to win in the CL doesn’t bother me, as Sid also picked Real Madrid to win 2-0 in the last Clasico, and we all know how THAT turned out.

    As for all this talk about journos being biased one way or the other–I know it’s a joke, obvs–I mostly just think they’re into the narrative that sounds best/is new. Barca being brilliant is not new or particularly different. Real Madrid being in the semis IS new. Four Clasicos is new. So of course they’re going to talk about it from a Madrid perspective, particularly with our backline in the state it is.

    I’m not saying they ARE biased, I’m just saying they’ve got their own perspective. Besides, I have faith in our team.

  40. Helge
    April 13, 2011

    Wow, he will never stop, right?

    Mourinho: “Una de las claves para ganar al Barcelona es poder acabar con 11…”

    I could seriously punch his face!

    I will not be able to digest a possible semi-final exit against his EE.

    • April 13, 2011

      Oh, but he did play us with 11. The result was 5-0. 😉

      He must have meant one keys to winning against us is to make sure the ref disallows a legit goal at the end of the game. 🙂

      • Helge
        April 13, 2011

        hehe, I almost forgot about that 😀

        • ooga aga
          April 13, 2011

          he is admitting that his team will need to foul us so much, they will be in danger of being expelled?

  41. lovelymofo
    April 13, 2011

    Sid Lowe thinks EE will get past us in the Champions League? Nice! Whenever he predicts Barça’s demise, we tend to emerge victorious. I will therefore take it as a good sign.

    Also – I know lots of us here have said that it would be great if Pep sent out our “second stringers” so to speak, but I doubt that’ll happen. What I am curious about is whether Mou will roll out his second stringers. I mean, he seems to think that Liga is out of reach and is focusing on the Champions League. I’m guessing he might want to, but it would be hard to justify playing at home in front of their fans.

    Ramos is out of the Clasico this Saturday, right? Anyone else missing? [Also totally glad that Carvahlo is out for the first leg of the Champions League.]

    Finally – can you imagine how epic it would be if Pep found a way to lead Barça in winning all of the remaining Clasicos? I mean, I don’t expect it to happen, but it would be awesome. My guess is that we’ll draw this Sat., win Copa, manage at least a tie in the first leg of the Champions, and then win the second leg (and go on to the final, obvio!).

  42. Barka
    April 13, 2011

    I thought Sid was a Barcelona fan. I think he mentioned about whose team he supports somewhere before. Not that it matters though, I think he’s quite fair to everyone when reporting.

    I’m glad that Mascherano will have a lot of playing time in the coming weeks. While Puyol and Abidal injuries were unlucky, leaving one of the world’s best DM on the bench is such a waste for every Barca fans. I hope he can adapt quickly playing as a CB, his tackling skill and speed is going to be crucial against Madrid!

    • mardia
      April 13, 2011

      I don’t think Sid’s ever said who he supports in La Liga. I know he’s a Liverpool fan, and that he supports a team in one of the lower divisions called Real Osvido (sp?) but as for the Primera Division, he’s never come down on one side or another–understandably so.

      Heh, mostly at this point, I think he’s anti-Madrid AND anti-Barca, because I’m pretty sure he wants to write about somebody, ANYBODY other than the big two.

        • Arvind
          April 14, 2011

          He has to do that because he works for Real Madrid TV. He is part of their match preview and review team and also works on special programs. I’ve seen him refer to EE as “we” in his comments on EE TV. He is mostly fair in his columns though…but he always picks EE to win.

  43. BTTFCule
    April 13, 2011

    OT – Anyone here happen to read Pique journals in footballmood_com. It’s hilarious!

  44. April 13, 2011

    Dare I say that I am more interested in how the tactical approaches of each team will evolve over the course of the next month, rather than the actual resultsÉ Different starting XIs every game,methinks! It`s going to be a bit of overkill, and definitely, we will have more talking points than anyone can handle,over the next four weeks. But I`m really interested in how Pep and Mourinho are going to react when things don`t go their way – and I do not think that things will go completely according to plan. What if someone picks up a crazy red? What about injuries (although I hope that doesn’t happen,especially to a Barca defender!).

    Euler, tactical reviews+previews of the epic kind would be a treat!

  45. blaunero
    April 13, 2011

    So this is it then. Our entire season over the course of the next three weeks. There’s no going back now and one mistake can be the difference between two trophies and none. @ Real,vs Real, vs Osasuna, @ Real, @ Real Sociedad, vs Real. 3 away, 2 at home, and 1 in a neutral ground. 6 games in 17 days. Unfortunately we go into this most crucial period without our two best defenders and with two thirds of our strikeforce misfiring. I hope for the best, and best would be to take it one game at the time, the next game being the most important of the season.

  46. Diego
    April 13, 2011

    We’re thinking about rolling with our Fringe players on Saturday, Mou could be thinking the same, But they have more fringe players than we do and no injuries at the moment which means that we’ll have to play a good if not our best XI because I doubt Pep will throw in B-Teammers in that kind of match.

  47. Obii
    April 13, 2011

    Long time lurker, here. Just thought I’d say hi and congratulate you guys on the amazing community you have on this space. I had almost started feeling like a stalker just constantly updating and reading the comments haha =/.

    • April 13, 2011

      Hello and welcome, Obii! Feel free to comment more, even if you don’t have much to say. (I do it all the time and look where it got me! 😛 )

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 13, 2011

      Hi and welcome, Obii!

      *group hug* 😀

  48. PM
    April 13, 2011

    What are the lessons Mourinho got in last classico?

    Lesson 1. One def mid is not gonna work against our creative mids plus Messi. I think Lass and Khedira both will start the match alongside Alonso. Lets hope our players can come out with all limbs in right places.

    Lesson 2. High defensive line equals suicide. They will sit deep and hope for quick counters like Inter.

    Lesson 3. Their players get card for dangerous fouls but Barca players get card for arguments. They will try to exploit that.

    *last rational thought before insanity creeps in two days*

  49. BarcaGirl_Indo
    April 13, 2011

    this year semifinal really is a 2001-2002 dejavu, right?
    FCB, EE, MU, and 1 Bundesliga team…

    2001-2002
    Barcelona vs EE
    MU vs Leverkusen

    2010-2011
    Barcelona vs EE
    MU vs Schalke

    and you know the rest of the story…
    Leverkusen vs EE in the final, EE won the 2001-2002 UCL…

    • blaunero
      April 13, 2011

      That’s so funny, I was thinking just that. Hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself.

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