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In my fantasy life, I’m a Barca-crazed contributor over at Barcelona Football Blog. In my real life, I’m a full-time journalist at the Chicago Tribune, based in Chicago, Illinois.

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  1. OhYes
    September 16, 2009

    I’m gonna start the liveblog 30 minutes prior to kick off.. 🙂

  2. Corrine
    September 16, 2009

    i read that the line-up might be:

    alves pique puyol abidal
    sergi yaya xavi
    messi ibra henry

    • September 16, 2009

      Where did you read that? Sport and EMD have no word o1:30 before kickoff.

  3. Sumit
    September 16, 2009

    In Pep I trust. I am not sure how the lineup you stated above will work. I like seeing the Xavi, Messi, Alves triangle which will be missing. I guess Sergi will have to learn Triangulation pretty quickly…

  4. Miguel
    September 16, 2009

    you know what’s better than watching barca v inter? ducking out of work early to watch barca v inter. yeah! i’m plowing over school children on the commute home. still might miss the first five though :^/

  5. Alexis
    September 16, 2009

    I would not like to give Mourinho a satisfacion. So I’d rather win tonight and drop points in either Russia or Ukraine. And these Inter fans…Geez! They are going to be even worse than the Chelsea ones if they keep this pace of fanatism (sorry…I just came from “La Gazzetta dello Sport” website).
    Well, all I wish is that Barca play their football…win or lose (or draw), at least I will go to bed with peace of mind…

    • September 16, 2009

      So far the Inter fans that have popped by here have been nothing less than fantastic, gracious, and welcome to return anytime.

  6. Alex
    September 16, 2009

    Jesus, it’s amazing how little work I get done when there is a big Barca game midday. Might as well have stayed home…….

  7. Alexinho
    September 16, 2009

    Any streams in mind? Look like the standards will work–atdhe? justintv?

    Yesterday I thought the game was on DirecTV, and when I realized it wasn’t, I went all over the town looking for a place that has FSE–no dice in this white, white place.

  8. Cesc Pistol
    September 16, 2009

    BTW I’m just wondering if this reply system is actually effective? I mean that since the post get’s stacked right beneath the post you are replying to which may be in the middle of many other posts, it tends to get lost and people hardly notice it.

    Perhaps a better system would be that when you press ‘reply’ to a message it puts it in a quote tag and provides a link to the said comment but the actual reply shows as the last comment posted. What do you think?

    BTW @Sumit: Download matches by following links from this site:
    //http://skpd-hd-football.blogspot.com/

    It’s by far the best site I’ve found. The quality is high and it seems he gets his feed from US ESPN so you get to hear the highly amusing Ray Hudson who takes it as a personal challenge to fit as many hyperbole’s as possible, in a given sentence.

    • September 16, 2009

      That’s an interesting idea, CP. We’ll take it into consideration.

    • OhYes
      September 16, 2009

      Many have complained about the length of the page as it is..I can’t imagine what it would be like if they implemented a quote system where an entire post was re-posted every time someone wanted to reply to it.

      • Cesc Pistol
        September 16, 2009

        Or it could just have a link. I know we can add the link ourselves anyways but then it goes into moderation…

        Maybe if the links to this site didn’t go into moderation then that is fine as well. Just throwing some ideas out there.

        • OhYes
          September 16, 2009

          Your system would work exceptionally well if there were pages, rather than having all the posts in one loooong page.

          And I too agree that the link moderation thing needs to hit the road.

    • Sumit
      September 16, 2009

      Thanks for the link Cesc Pistol.

  9. Alex
    September 16, 2009

    Thats a good idea cesc pistol. I was noticing the same thing with interesting topics on previous blog entries. They seemed to get lost and ignored….

  10. Alex
    September 16, 2009

    Valdés; Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Abidal; Xavi, Touré, Keita; Messi, Ibrahimovic y Henry

    Lineup from Sport

  11. Alex
    September 16, 2009

    Perfect lineup I think. We have Iniesta as a super sub and Pedro to relieve Henry after he gets winded.

  12. ooga aga
    September 16, 2009

    yup thats the lineup per the FCB website

  13. September 16, 2009

    bench: Pinto, Maxwell, Busi, Marquez, Jeffren, Pedro!…no Iniesta available.

    This has been confirmed along with Alex’s above stated lineup by the FCB official site.

  14. jordi
    September 16, 2009

    super excited now.Hopefully iniesta will only have to come on to add icing to the cake, and not change the game.

    • September 16, 2009

      Sorry, he’s not on the bench according to the official site.

  15. September 16, 2009

    Inter’s lineup: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Samuel, Lucio, Chivu, Muntari, Zanetti, Motta, Sneijder, Milito, Eto’o

  16. Helge
    September 16, 2009

    Good about Inter’s line-up: No Santon but a rather slow Chivu.
    Bad: Muntari is playing, he is VERY physical, a destructive player, and I think he’s the number one candidate for injuring one of our players… would have preferred to see him on the bench.

  17. jordi
    September 16, 2009

    sport say :
    Pinto, Márquez, Maxwell, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro y Jeffren

    on the bench.Thoroughly confused.

  18. Alex
    September 16, 2009

    Ya, I think the official website is wrong, because without Iniesta, Pep is missing one extra sub, why would he do that?

  19. September 16, 2009

    hey guys do u have a stream cuz am at school and ESPN is no longer getting UEFA CL ..
    i hate fox channnel they gonna show the game in debut at 6 pm

  20. September 16, 2009

    I’m a little less optimistic than before because of Iniesta’s lack of involvement (can anyone who is watching TV confirm his absence? There are conflicting reports, but the official site does not have him listed on the bench)…I was counting on his presence to overload Inter’s midfield…Keita is solid, of course, and will keep Zanetti quiet and probably honest too, but we won’t have the same possession and Messi will have to have a hell of a game.

  21. Corrine
    September 16, 2009

    are we seeing zanetti in the midfield?

      • ElShowDeJason
        September 16, 2009

        zanetti has played in the midfield for as long as i’ve been watching inter (2-3 years)

        • Corrine
          September 16, 2009

          ok. i don’t really follow inter i just notice that he’s usually out wide for argentina

    • ElShowDeJason
      September 16, 2009

      actually, the transition from Wingback to center mid for some reason seems natural. All of Pumas best Wingbacks of the last 4 years have actually ended up playing centerid for the Mexican national team. Jaime Lozano, Gonzalo Pineda, Israel Castro, Efrain Juarez.

      theres also Belletti for us. I believe Edmilson used to be a defender. there alot more examples, but they don’t come to mind.

  22. khairallah
    September 16, 2009

    i don’t feel that the San Siro will be welcoming Ibra’s return with joyous cheers, unlike Etoo who has been very careful to be very respectful to us barca fans Ibra has already had “feuds” with inter players so it might be a bit tense..
    Anyway, according to Pep’s place’s “10 things you should know about ibra”, ibra loves playing when all the fans are against him 🙂

    The team just walked on the pitch for warmup..

  23. Sumit
    September 16, 2009

    Barcelona: Valdes, Dani Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal, Toure Yaya, Xavi, Keita, Messi, Ibrahimovic, Henry.

  24. Corrine
    September 16, 2009

    if there’s some sort of technical difficulties with the live blog, i could log in and run it (if the info is the same from the offside days)

    • OhYes
      September 16, 2009

      There is! Do you have the information for Kevin’s coveritlive account?

      • September 16, 2009

        See my post below, both of you. Thank you for offering, Corrine.

  25. Jnice
    September 16, 2009

    Iniesta is on the bench on the UEFA official lineups.

  26. September 16, 2009

    OH YES, I fixed this thing by realizing I’m an idiot and ceasing that activity.

  27. jordi
    September 16, 2009

    Its alright Corrine , Don Andres is back now 😀

  28. OhYes
    September 16, 2009

    We were so close to those 3 points 🙁 So awful

  29. Miguel
    September 16, 2009

    titi was doing well…keita should’ve been taken off not the froggy frenchman. great game though i think.

  30. Sumit
    September 16, 2009

    Don Andreas will take em apart when they come to the Camp!

  31. Cesc Pistol
    September 16, 2009

    Textbook display of defending with possession. Our aim was always to keep the ball rather than score goals and it was apparent in our positioning, our second gear mode of playing, our constant over passing, our subs. In everything, really. So perhaps we should be happy to have obtained atleast our minimum objective.

    A win would’ve surely been nice as it would’ve meant a 3 point advantage over our 1st place rivals plus a game or two we could’ve used for resting players later on.

    Oh well. Batteries preserved but we really haven’t been using them too much these days. I’m not sure if I should be happy that we can get results without trying to hard or if i should be wary that we aren’t trying to hard.

  32. Sumit
    September 16, 2009

    I used to play soccer with this German guy called Kai, he used to defend the same way the Inter defenders do, the nudging the player going for the ball instead of going for the ball. Now a slight nudge was never given a foul but it always threw me off my stride. I was just having a moment of Epiphany!!! I always did badly when Kai was playing opposite me.

    • September 16, 2009

      Mourinho’s Chelsea teams did that all the time too. Coincidence? 😀

  33. September 16, 2009

    Damn. I understand if people differ but that was one fun ass 0-0 draw (for me at least). 😀

    Inter’s a hell of a good team and they put us on the ropes quite a bit in the first half before we exerted our tempo and dominated for most of the second. Its amazing to see how subdued sides become once we get the tempo going. From going straight at us to playing park the bus and lobbing Julio Cesar long balls to Samu. That always impresses me.

    These types of games are good to have at this stage of the season. I saw Pep tried quite a few different things tactically (and me likee most of them albeit not all). Its a hell of a rehearsal for the knockout rounds. We can’t forgive some of the misses we had but overall it was good to see us back at full swing even if only for half an hour or so.

    We still haven’t put together a from start to finish dominant game and that pisses me off but at the same time I tell myself that the season is still young. Iniesta is getting worked back into the flow and Ibra is getting better each game. His movement was much improved this time around.

    PS Cesc Pistol nailed the “defending with possession” bit.

    • Luna
      September 16, 2009

      So true, just getting finished watching the match. Let’s not forget that Inter is a really good side, playing at home, much better than last season. Inter really did depend on Ibra too much, and all you had to do was have 3-4 men on him to try to close the side down, and I say this as someone who did not miss an Inter match last season and is watching them this season as well.

      Hector I agree with your assessment. I was keenly watching Ibra and he’s definitely getting a better feel for others as others are for him. I obviously would be happier with a win, but I am satisfied with what I saw.

    • Miguel
      September 16, 2009

      i’ll have to watch this again (i will in like 2 hours) but i messi was really deep, especially for the first half, and i saw xavi on the left and keita on the right a lot.

  34. khairallah
    September 16, 2009

    it seems that after the game pep and all the players went over to Eto’o and gave him hugs and kisses 😛

  35. Cesc Pistol
    September 16, 2009

    One amusing little thing I found:

    //http://www.dirtytackle.net/2009/09/why-jose-isnt-managing-barca/

    “According to Sport, back in January 2008, a secret meeting between a then unemployed Jose Mourinho and Barcelona directors Marc Ingla and Txiki Begiristain, who were looking for someone to replace Frank Rijkaard as manager. At the suggestion of Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, the meeting was held in the boardroom of a bank in Lisbon “to avoid being recognized”. The interview went swimmingly, except for one little snag:

    In the interview with Mourinho, who was exquisite, Txiki and Ingla asked him about the nine points of a document especially written up by the vice president to find the ideal profile of a new Barca coach. Mourinho took careful note on all but point six, the one dealing with the media and respect for rivals. The Portuguese didn’t care for the deal with the press and he, who should be the image of the team, did not guarantee the prudence that was required of a manager of the Barca.

    In other words, what kept Jose Mourinho from becoming Barcelona’s manager instead of Pep Guardiola was the fact that he refused to keep his mouth shut — a stipulation that Inter apparently did not ask of him and one that the rest of Italy has regretted ever since.”

  36. jordi
    September 16, 2009

    Well imjust happy we didnt lose so the english press and the madrid papers couldnt have a field day.

    • Luna
      September 16, 2009

      Oh don’t worry they still will!

  37. drew
    September 16, 2009

    i tend to agree that we are slowly pacing ourselves, going half speed blah, blah, blah…but what if we aren’t?
    can we just turn it on and off just like that? Cruijff was right when he said last year’s team got it, more than this years. where was our up top pressure? not much from zlatan, not much from messi and did henry even break a swet? it felt like he was walking the whole time.
    where was the width?not alot of movement out there and we tried everything through the middle.
    and if they’re crowding their box and giving us space for distance shots…why arent we taking them? why not pull zlatan out and let him take some shots or atleast draw out defenfers?
    is this the barca we are to expect now? go through the motions and see what happens?

    • Luna
      September 16, 2009

      Drew I wonder how much of this is pacing the team b/c of the grueling schedule and the perceived lack of depth in the squad? I’m curious as to what other folks think as well.

  38. khairallah
    September 16, 2009

    actually, marca havent been bad reporting this game “barca only lacked the goal, they took charge, pardoned inter, and went out superior”

    • Luna
      September 16, 2009

      good to hear, but I don’t expect the same from English press

  39. Museum
    September 16, 2009

    Wow, you guys all watched this? You know that Liverpool v Debrecen was on, right? Well, it was a pretty entertaining game for a match that smelled like 0-0 a long way from the final whistle. I paid the $10 to watch on uefa.com, it was worth it. Not GREAT quality, but good, and more reliable than justin.tv or whatever else.

  40. BarcaAdrian
    September 16, 2009

    i used sopcast to watch the barca-inter game an was great quality (atleast the channel i found)..

    • Corrine
      September 16, 2009

      yes i sopcasted for a bit but it sucks when you’re liveblogging with other people because it’s always 2-3 mins behind :S

  41. jordi
    September 16, 2009

    Well inter isnt a shit team and we didnt really get into our grove last season till a few games either.If we play this way still in november to december ill sound the alarm bells too.A lot of the 5 nil over kills tired us out early last season by february i feel, so maybe we’re trying not to play in 5th gear every game.

  42. Ramzi
    September 16, 2009

    Finally my internet is plugged again!

    Good game and good result. We missed some mobility in the final third, or else it was not a bad game at all.

    • ElShowDeJason
      September 16, 2009

      Good to see you’re alive Ramzi, man, hostile atmosphere over at Inter’s offise, right?

      I think we missed Iniesta out there because counters from the left moved slow as all fuck… plus, Xavi had all to do with a very congested midfield.

      Ibra wasn’t getting open in the right positions. He was either up, but on the opposite side of the field, or running back into the whole to get the ball. But when he did that we had no one up to attack with.

      Keita wasn’t a good idea. Not that he didn’t play well, but his services wern’t usefull tonight.

    • Cesc Pistol
      September 16, 2009

      Good to see you back Ramzi. BTW since FCB Transfers shut down are you going to put your articles somewhere else?

      I was quite busy the past few weeks as well, even missed Hector’s ‘corred’ part 2 article. 🙁

  43. Cesc Pistol
    September 16, 2009

    Yeah I have it opened in another tab since 6 hours ago. Just have to make the effort of reading it.

    BTW //http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqCtsZKsHT0

    According to this vid Ibra ran more than Eto’o did. Curious stat considering how we all go on about Eto’s workrate.

    • jnelson
      September 16, 2009

      I think Eto’o did a great job of pressuring our back line for most of the game. I think ALL of Inter’s players were tired out during the last 30 though, since they were constantly dropping 9 players in the box then moving them out for the counter attacks. Eventually, they stopped coming out and just tried lobbing the ball to Eto’o or Milito. We encountered another bus, just slightly more maneuverable than the ones we’ve been facing.

  44. Muhammad
    September 16, 2009

    true Cesc Pistol, not only in this game but in the Parma game too, Eto’o’s work rate has dropped down noticeably, probably because Inter are defending so deep, they don’t require him to constantly put pressure upfront.
    the second half was us playing Gijon, they had a good shoot by Stankovic and nothing else.
    as always, so much talk prior to the game and we end up with 63 percent of the position, dominating the midfield and putting the opponent’s defense under siege, even away from home.
    Ibrahimovic needs to be sharper, it is early in the season but he could have scored two goals tonight with a little bit of concentration. clearly Henry and Iniesta aren’t in top form yet and they aren’t helping him, but he should have been better.

    • jnelson
      September 16, 2009

      Yes, I’ve noticed at least half of Ibra’s shots look like they are passes at goal: a little weak. Also, I don’t think Henry has come close to meshing with Ibra at all so far. The two just seem rogue when the other has the ball.

      I CANT BELIEVE KEITA MISSED THAT SHOT

  45. September 16, 2009

    Hi guys, here’s my verdict on the game: //http://fiverupees.blogspot.com/2009/09/barcelona-inter-battle-to-stalemate.html//

  46. jordi
    September 16, 2009

    My theory is the ‘mango’ strips made them feel like, and thus take shots like, pansies.Bring back the Yellow 😀

    • Corrine
      September 16, 2009

      haha yes they must not be feeling the pink

  47. Alexinho
    September 16, 2009

    Don’t know if anyone’s posted this yet…

    “In the second half Barca were better than us. Barca are the best team in Europe, not just the champions. An Inter under construction have done very well. If we scored we would have won but without deserving it.”

  48. September 16, 2009

    Yeah I noticed that quote and other assorted gracious lines for Mourinho. Msybe he’s high? Or maybe unlike every other manager out there, he actually respects Pep? Even his pre- match statements, normally so controversial, were very understated.

  49. jnelson
    September 16, 2009

    To all demanding the firing of Diego Maradona, BS.com claims our own Pep, yes Pep, is being sought as his replacement. Try not to break anything while you’re ROFLin

  50. Jose
    September 16, 2009

    How about automatically moving the most-recently-replied-to thread to the bottom of the page?

  51. Inter Inter
    September 16, 2009

    Hi guys, hope I’m not walking around a minefield here, but may I add that this Barca vs Inter match should be seen in the context of some of the previous games, where: Barca vs Real 6-2, Barca vs Bayern Munich 4-0, Barca vs Man Utd 2-0. This time around Barca vs Inter 0-0. Most Inter fans are not under the delusion that Inter are a superior team, in fact, Mourinho said it best – that Barca are indeed the better team, and nobody should be surprised at that. The whole world knew it last season, before this match, and after the match. But 0-0 must surely reflect the invisible hand of an astute tactician behind the result. This, with half a squad that’s still in the process of adaptation. In the return match at Camp Nou, you can expect a thrilling encounter. And it will not be a slaughter either way. It’s possible that it might even be an upset.

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