Barcelona – Osasuna Liveblog

This should be an exciting game today. Pep has chosen to rest everyone and their sisters, so we’ll get a look at Afellay, Thiago, and the enigmatic Jeffren. The team looks built to get Villa a goal, so let’s hope he breaks his duck today.


Alves Mascherano Milito Maxwell

Thiago Busquets Keita

Afellay Villa Jeffren

Bench: Pinto, Montoya, Fontas, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi

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  1. Miguel
    April 23, 2011

    Jordi Alba just scored. It’s 3-6 now. There might still be a chance.

  2. Roz
    April 23, 2011

    And their sisters?! sounds serious. 😀

  3. BarcaGirl_Indo
    April 23, 2011

    c’mon Villa, Ibi and Jeffren!!!

  4. April 23, 2011

    Okay, the last thread is just embarrassing.

    Calm the fudge down and believe in your team.

  5. Whatever
    April 23, 2011

    We are simply not lethal enough. I know we played in 2nd gear tonight, but still. We haven’t crushed anyone (like 5:0) in a while… We aren’t mobile enough. We can’t seem to get to our opponent’s goal. Even now, with Xavi, Iniesta and Messi playing, we are just passing the ball, but not approaching their goal.

    • Nav
      April 23, 2011

      Crushing teams 5:0 takes a lot of effort, and isn’t really worth it unless it’s a two-legged affair like in the CL games. I wish we rested more players earlier in the season when we were 3-0 up.

    • footballfan
      April 23, 2011

      I don’t think this will be the match where the team wants to score 5. Maybe UCL second leg? 😀

      • Whatever
        April 23, 2011

        We aren’t lethal enough, generally. This game wasn’t really important, but we are lacking that eye of the tiger.

  6. Josep
    April 23, 2011

    oh great I get the last comment and apparently I have a lot of trouble spelling “his”

  7. Humphrey Bogart
    April 23, 2011

    Any news on Jeffren? Was he subbed due to an injury? At least he got an assist and did help El Guaje to score.

  8. April 23, 2011

    Follow up to the live blog –

    It looked to me like Maxwell was hurt but Barca ran out of substitutes.

    As such what Pep did was to have Masch move out wide behind Maxwell to defend and decrease how much Maxwell had to run.

    Keita in turn then dropped back and was essentially playing as a CB alongside Busi.

    So to finish a game in April, Barca’s backline was composed of 2 DM, a central midfielder and a right full back that essentially plays as a wing back.

    If Maxwell even has a minor knock he can’t play against RM. He already has limited pace. And injury that further compromises his pace makes using him not an option.

    • beeeef
      April 23, 2011

      Think maybe Pep will use Keita in the LB spot if Maxwell can’t play? Or maybe move Milito over to the left?

    • Whatever
      April 23, 2011

      We are really in an injury crisis.

      I am sure Puyol will be back for the CL games. I expect the backline to be Alves – Mascherano – Pique – Puyol.

      What about our fluidity in attack, Euler? What happened in the second half in the Copa game where we completely took control and were dominating them?

      • April 23, 2011

        The main factors in turning the second half around were the following:

        1. RM not pressing nearly as intensely likely due to tiring
        2. Moving Pedro to the left to reestablish width.
        3. Moving Messi more to the right to find space.

        Puyol or Masch will do ok defensively at LB. But as you point out they will really lose width.

        They may need to play Afellay at LB.

        • Whatever
          April 23, 2011

          Playing Afellay at LB is an interesting idea, but I highly doubt Guardiola will do it. He always takes the safest way, and that would be playing Puyol there.

          • Barcaleya
            April 23, 2011

            Euler, I asked this question two posts back. Can we play Affelay on LB? To essentially do what Alves does on the right. Does he have the skill set for it?

  9. y2k156
    April 23, 2011

    Great victory. Liga is now almost ours. And we can now afford to rest players next weekend as well.

    As for the match today, it was not at all fluid. On positives, Smasch was great, Afellay promising and Jeffren was quite good when he was on. Busi and VV did seem to have few lapses which is worrying.

    I hope Pep has Smasch in his line up in Madrid. He is a monster in defense,

  10. footballfan
    April 23, 2011

    A couple of thoughts:

    1. Valdes is great! (as usual)
    2. Messi is restless when he is not on the field.
    3. Masch is getting better and better (good passing and good performance as CB).
    4. I think I saw a 3-5-2 formation for a while, with Masch-Keita-Busquets at the back and Messi Afellay as front 2. Change of tactics from Pep?
    5. Afellay is good, pity noone seems to want to get into the box when he crosses.
    6. Villa scores!

    Happy that we got 3 points. Let’s get ready for Bernabeu.

  11. April 23, 2011

    Alves Masch Pique Puyol
    Xavi Busquets Iniesta
    Pedro Messi Villa

    Not sure we can do anything else vs Madrid if Maxwell is injured. Afellay as a LB 😉

    • footballfan
      April 23, 2011

      Masch at LB? I think the problem with Adriano’s injury is we lose width on the left side.

      • Lou
        April 23, 2011

        How about Keita at left back? He has pace to get back and will probably to a better job at attacking than Masch.

        Masch would be a good choice for defense, especially if Ronaldo plays on the right.

    • jordi™
      April 23, 2011

      Pedro on the left makes us more dangerous from that side imo, but apart from that, my lineup is the same.Shame for the injuries, or else I bet Pep would have played a Busi-Masch double pivot.

    • jordi™
      April 23, 2011

      Oh, and MAsch in puyols place, a back 3, so to speak.

    • Anonymous_69
      April 23, 2011

      Alves-Puyol-Pique-Keita/Fontas(can play Abidal’s third CB/ defensive LB role)/Jeffren/Afellay (fast enough to deal with Ronaldo, would add width)

      I really think Barcelona should play a Busquets-Masch double pivot in midfield. I believe Keita can play LB, as he has the attributes (left footed, decent pace and passing, aggressive).

      Pep however usually goes with the safe option. I guess Masch will probably play LB, not Puyol. Masch is faster, plus Puyol’s aerial ability will be important at CB.


      Who knows, maybe Maxwell will be fit?

  12. Ian
    April 23, 2011

    Draggy game but I really savoured watching Jeffren, Ibi and Masch. Many times in the second half I was expecting an Osasuna goal, but lady luck stiiill loves us and we get #messi50 yay 😀 Valdes with some really good saves. MOTM Masch, his speed is something like I haven’t seen in ages (aka since Abidal). Didn’t matter who played at the backline, he saved ball after ball after ball…

    Can’t wait to see how Pep will play with the lineup for Wed. Visca Barça!! 😀

  13. April 23, 2011

    Think maybe Pep will use Keita in the LB spot if Maxwell can’t play? Or maybe move Milito over to the left?

    As long as Puyol is fit I expect to see him or even Masch at LB at the Bernabeau.

    The other option in theory would be to use Afellay at LB. They could also use Pedro at LB as Ramzi suggested in the live blog. Some combination of Pedro and Afellay could form the left flank.

    Not a great situation but they don’t have many options.

    • beeeef
      April 23, 2011

      Yes, the bench is looker thinner and thinner by the day.

      Hadn’t thought about Masch at LB. You can’t count on him to provide width and get forward too much, but his presence on the field alone would be good for the defense. He’s been a tremendous asset this season.

      Hope everybody steps it up next week.

  14. Whatever
    April 23, 2011

    I don’t really understand why you praise Afellay. He hasn’t played that good tonight. He has a problem that a Barca player shouldn’t have — he shoots instead of making a pass.

    He is good, but needs more time to grow. Same applies to Thiago, who loses the ball way too much.

    • footballfan
      April 23, 2011

      He is good, but needs more time to grow

      That’s exactly what I thought. Hence I said that he is good.

      I also thought one of the reasons he was bought was because he is a direct player, aka he likes to shoot from distance, no?

      [Use < < >> instead of the [ and ]. -ed kari]

    • Nav
      April 23, 2011

      Awesome pass to Jeffren which set up the first Villa goal. But yes he gave a few away today as well. It’s to be expected IMO — it takes time for players to adjust to our system. He hasn’t played enough this season to be playing on full Barca mode. Give him time though, he’s improved a lot.

    • April 23, 2011

      Afellay was the one who opened up the field with his terrific pass for Jeffren to run onto to set up the first goal.

      From wide positions Afellay made several terrific crosses. That no one is in the box or trying to run onto the crosses is not his fault. That’s his job as a winger. It’s not like he’s crossing the ball high in the air. They are low, hard crosses.

      And I’m not sure what you are referring to in relation to Afellay shooting rather than passing. Afellay didn’t take many shots at all. By the official match statistics Afellay took two shots on goal. He is playing as a forward. He needs to shoot the ball. Two shots is not a lot.

      • Whatever
        April 23, 2011

        I wasn’t referring only to this game. He shoots when he has a player open who could score. But maybe it’s me… Maybe I am too used to Iniesta and/or Xavi who always rather pass than shoot.

        • footballfan
          April 23, 2011

          I think Afellay is a different type of player compared to Xaviniesta, but I think it’s also a good thing. It means more choice for the coach.

        • April 23, 2011

          Actually Iniesta and Xavi don’t shoot enough. Especially Iniesta given his talent. It’s actually a significant problem for Barca.

          Part of why defenses stay so compact and overplay messi is that they don’t think the Barca midfield will look to score from outside the box. And that’s a very good assumption because they rarely do.

          Afellay has a good, hard shot from outside the box. I think it’s really useful for him to shoot because if nothing else it gives the defense something to think about.

          It’s something that I like about Thiago as well. Hopefully he will look to score himself.

          Iniesta and Xavi are so extreme at times with their pass first mentality that it can become a hindrance for the team.

  15. April 23, 2011

    One other thing about Masch playing out left with Keita in the center –

    It may very well not have been primarily driven by an injury to Maxwell.

    It very well may have been an experiment Pep was engaging in as preparation for the CL against RM.

    Given the injury situation at LB, it makes a great deal of sense to play Masch at LB with Puyol in the center.

    A key aspect to playing LB in the next game against RM is pace. C. Ronaldo will be on that side of the field. You cannot let him get behind the defense. Given how defensively oriented RM are playing, C.Ronaldo on the counter is their best opportunity to score.

    If both Masch and Puyol have to play at the back line it makes sense to have Puyol in the middle with Masch on the left.

    Also, Pep very well could be experimenting with playing 3 at the back so to speak with Pique, Puyol and Masch forming the primary defensive line.

    They need to get attacking players out of the middle of the pitch against RM and onto the flanks. A 3-4-3 type formation makes a great deal of sense.

    • thechaikid
      April 23, 2011

      wow really :0 so awesome!!!
      im guessing they released the issue already?
      i still need to renew my time mag subscription D: now i missed the issue with messi’s face lol

  16. Miguel
    April 23, 2011

    Medical report: Maxwell has groin problems and Milito a small calf injury. Tomorrow further tests

    • Miguel
      April 23, 2011

      Guardiola: “Maxwell is very doubtful for the next game.”

  17. BarcaGirl_Indo
    April 23, 2011

    I also expecting Alves – Masch – Pique – Puyol in defense…

    however, it begs serious question about who’s gonna play as a LB, IF Puyol get injured again…

    oh well, at least we’re one step closer to La Liga title… 🙂

  18. April 23, 2011

    Medical report: Maxwell has groin problems and Milito a small calf injury. Tomorrow further tests #fcblive

    -via barcastuff.

    So the injury problems continue.

    I just can’t imagine playing Maxwell on Wednesday unless he is absolutely 100%. At baseline he has limited pace. With a groin injury would be a significant liability.

    The team really is going to have to dig deep now.

    They were already struggling from a huge lack of width. And it’s the left side of RM’s defense which is most vulnerable.

    They can play Masch or Puyol at LB and they will probably be ok defensively. But neither player can offer width in attack.

    At the Bernabeau playing a more defensive formation may be fine.

    But at minimum what they will need to do is to move Iniesta in midfield very wide and play him behind the Pedro at left wing in front of him.

    And they may really need to use Afellay or Pedro at LB at some point in time.

      • April 23, 2011


        In my preview for the Copa I actually wrote about that very idea – playing Messi on the left.

        The left is where there is more space. On the right RM is having Di Maria track all of Alves’s runs so there is an extra defender in that space almost all the time.

        So I like the idea of stationing Messi out left – but he has rarely done that in the past as he so favors cutting into his left foot.

        But just allowing him to start his attack from the left may give him more space.

        That said – the main priority should be to get Messi out of the middle. And Pedro did a nice job on the left that second half.

        Pedro on the left, villa in the center and messi on the right may be the best compromise.

        • Nav
          April 23, 2011

          You’re right. If Messi was to play on the left Pep would have used him there in this game to experiment I think. I think Messi would succeed there, but probably won’t be as proficient as he is cutting in from the right.

          • April 23, 2011

            Rather than primarily stationing him on the left, I think it would be helpful for him to start from the right but then position switch with Pedro.

            If Messi starts right he will drift centrally. I’d like to see him continue to the left with Pedro then making runs right.

            Messi doesn’t need to stay left but I’d like to see him at least use that space some times in the next match.

  19. Humphrey Bogart
    April 23, 2011

    I think overall this was okay for us. I mean on the hand people criticze Pep that he does not rotate enough and today he did so it was to be expected to be a little wobbly. These guys are squad players because normaly they are not good enough to play in the staring eleven so of course you have not the same quality on the pitch, furthermore Thiago and Jeffren are still young so it must be expected that they do not play constantly phantastic (anyone remember the beginning of Sergio and Pedro, they had to find their way into int) and we must give them time, also to make mistakes.

  20. Humphrey Bogart
    April 23, 2011

    And one word to Valencia, I really hope that the yellow submarines will catch them, their performance today was pathetic, they are like Patetico in that they always gift the EE the points. Every Ossasuna player has more fight in his little toe than this pathetic bunch of whinners.

    • blitzen
      April 23, 2011

      Yes. I like Valencia a whole lot, but if they can’t do any better than that at home with the kind of form they have had lately, I will wholeheartedly root for the Yellow Submarine to lock up third place.

  21. Humphrey Bogart
    April 23, 2011

    Guardiola: “Referee for the CL semi-final could be Portuguese? If that’s confirmed I’m sure the coach of Madrid will be very happy”

    Hah, at least on reaction. I really can not believe that after the controversy of last year they will do that again.

  22. Artur
    April 23, 2011

    What the hell?? A Portuguese referee again? What are UEFA thinking?

  23. blaunero
    April 23, 2011

    The only way I can see our not losing again on Wednesday is to pack our defense and our midfield. 4-5-1 all the way with Messi alone up front. I’m sure Mourinho will play his cards well: Madrid can both defend well and be devastating when they attack. So to beat him we have play like he wouldn’t expect us to. Otherwise… I’m not sure what else can be done really. Madrid seems fresher and they aren’t above anything, kicking, intimidating, catenaccio, whatever. They also have better subs available. Today for example was incredible–Kaka, to them, is a sub. We, 1-0 up at the half against Osasuna, brought in Iniesta, Xavi and Messi, fresh off of 120 minutes of grueling football.
    We lack intensity, and have done so for quite some time now. Hiding behind the “second gear” myth is delusional. How often are we going to repeat it for it to become true? We were in “second gear” last Saturday as well, in a crucial match wherein we had an advantage in the result and men, where we could have killed Madrid’s morale instead of handing them the psychological advantage, which is what we did.
    Intensity is what made us great in the recent past. We seem unable to do even the simplest things. This is obviously down to exhaustion and the lack of personnel. 80 times we lost the ball today and when at the edge of their penalty area we preferred to pass the ball backwards instead of killing them off. This will not do against Mourinho. Guardiola has to learn to be pragmatic. Our 4-3-3 hasn’t worked against his 4-3-3 and so it is time to change our game. Mourinho did. Why can’t we? Why should we be above being tactically astute for the sake of defeating a tactically astute enemy? We can complain and huff all we want against Mourinho’s tactics. All he’ll do is laugh and thank us for our naivety.

    • messi_fan
      April 23, 2011

      I understand your frustration. However, I’d argue that by changing our style too much we give him even more of an advantage.

      The way you’re talking you’d think that he comprehensively beat us in both matches. If it weren’t for Alves’ stupidity in the first game and our forwards lack of sharpness in the second, we’d have won both.

      And even though we are facing trying times we have some things we can be optimistic about. Both Messi and Villa seem to have regained their scoring form and Smasch has been amazing at CB. Pique has also picked up his game at the right time.

      My biggest worries right now are who to play at LB and hoping that Pedro regains his exclamation points.

      • Jim
        April 23, 2011

        It wasn’t even lack of sharpness. It was matters of a great keeper and inches in two or three of the chances. They go in we’re not having this conversation. The worst thing we can do is build them up into something they’re not – or at least haven’t shown us so far. They put so much into the Copa first half to hold us and then we had the run of the park second half and could well have ended it there. Sometimes these things happen.

        If Puyol is fit, and I’m starting to worry again, I’m confident we’ll see them off over two legs.

      • blaunero
        April 23, 2011

        He doesn’t have to blow us out of the water. A defeat, to me, tastes sour, whether it is by a goal or five matters not. To him a victory, especially if it’s 1-0, is still glorious, as it would be to us. We can snuggle our manitas to death; I’m sure Mourinho will be fine with his trophies. Ifs and buts are well and fine but Madrid can say the same–after all they did hit the post, you know, and Pinto did save our bacon twice.
        I’m under absolutely no illusions. Guardiola will never change his style, which I do admire–he’ll go down swinging, to be sure, but he will still go down, and Mourinho’s acolytes from every corner of Europe will howl genius in the night. Guardiola has to do what is necessary, not what suits our egos, and what is necessary, I think, is a style change for the first leg at the Bernabeu.

        • messi_fan
          April 23, 2011

          Just out of curiosity, what would be your lineup on Wednesday?

          • blaunero
            April 23, 2011

            If Maxwell is OK,
            Alves. Pique, Puyol, Maxwell, Busquets, Mascherano, Keita, Iniesta, Xavi, Messi;
            If Maxwell is KO,
            Alves, Milito, Puyol, Keita, Busquets, Mascherano, Pique, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi.
            Mourinho thrives on counterattack. Let’s see him counterattack this formation. Flooded midfield and complete ball possession. Won’t happen, obviously.

          • jaymin
            April 23, 2011

            well, barcelona has to score at the Bernabeu, and all their defense is predicated on quickly reacquiring the ball in attacking positions and keeping a high tempo. i don’t think barca is capable of sitting back. they should attack, attack, attack. in a game of inches I think they’re probably better than Madrid. It’ll be interesting to see who gets red carded first. perhaps Adebayor for dancing?

          • footballfan
            April 23, 2011

            I predict Casillas get the first blood.

  24. outerspacedout
    April 23, 2011

    I’ve said it before, will say it again. If we play negative tactics a la those suggestions, if Mourinho was able to make us do that. Losing our identity because of him is a bigger loss for us than losing any match would be. Making us lose our identity, making us accept the inferior position, is a greater victory for him than any match could be, in a rivalry like the Barca-EE one, where pride and face lies on the line, which is so powerful to begin with because it was tied in with the protection of Catalan and club identity from capital pressures, wasn’t it? I’d rather lose the semifinal than let Mourinhoe and EE do that to us. The idea of playing turtle and conceding inferiority is nauseating.

    Not to mention impractical. We’re not a side built to absorb pressure. We’re not as good without the ball. We’re best keeping possession. If we concede possession and try play on breakaways letting them have the ball, we’re screwed- we won’t be able to do anything of note except vainly try fight for their crosses to their taller forwards in a crowded box, and lose. We’re not Man Utd or Inter, with those strengths. The only way we won’t be caught out is by keeping possession well, not defending in masses. You know that.

    On other matters of note- YES Villa finally scored! And got some rest! With that weight off his back and a little bit of rest, hopefully we’ll see the real Villa next match. Messi’ll also be fresher than he was recent games. That bodes well in terms of our likelihood of getting that extra inch, that extra half-second from a smoother control, that extra bit to go to perfectly weighted pass from accurate but hard to control pass.

    • blaunero
      April 23, 2011

      So in your opinion fielding a counterattacking team in a single game against the man who prides himself in that kind of football islosing our identity? I disagree. We’d be losing our identity if we persist in playing into Mourinho’s hands like we did last year. I say it is time we demonstrated that there’s nothing special in telling players to counterattack–everyone can do it–and so we can show that there’s nothing special in and of Mourinho himself. Considering his track record this year, the only times he has struggled (except the manita) is against teams that defended deep. Remember how clueless he was 6 years ago in the fist set of semifinals against Benitez? When faced with a team that is as disciplined as his Mourinho panics and usually loses. That is the way to beat him–to show him that he isn’t in fact special; he only says so to deflect attention.

      • Ryan
        April 23, 2011

        I don’t think our team is built for that though. Do you really want to invite pressure on Milito and Pique? EE would have a field day with us!

        • blaunero
          April 23, 2011

          Real Madrid isn’t built, and it may not even be fielded in that way by Mourinho, to pressure us and put us on the ropes for too long. They tried in the first half of the CdR final and were exhausted. He will field, unless I’m mistaken, Pepe, Alonso, and probably Diarra in the middle and so we should play Keita, Mascherano, and Busquets before the defense with Xavi, Iniesta further up, and Messi at the top of the tree. We will still maintain possession.
          What I write is purely moot, since it is most unlikely Guardiola will play that way, even though it’s the only way (I think) to neuter their counterattacks.

          • providence
            April 24, 2011

            @ blaunero, youve lost trust in ourteam thats why u’re saying we should change our style, but dont forget the two matches were decided by details as busquets said, yes i understand they created more chances than we did but i think if we are able to do things better by defending their conterattacks we will be victorious, and dont forget, unlike the Copa and la liga where they could defend till end, the UCL is different, they will also try to attack us and we will see what will happen. again dont forget that Calvalho is out and may be khedira and defending against them wont help us,
            we will win dont worry, mes que un club!

  25. ElJefe
    April 23, 2011

    One loss to EE in a semi-important game with a backup goaltender and missing our two best centerbacks and our stone-chinned brothers are falling to pieces, and suggesting Mou-Mou tactics? I had thought we were better than that.

    Today was a great pick-me up…Villa scores & shows movement, Messi scores and our goaltender plays great with a clean sheet against a team that never lets up against us. That’s the momentum we need. Stay faithful.

    Real challenge will be choosing who plays with Maxwell, Adriano out, Pedro effectively playing like he’s out and Milito still getting back to game pace. Does anyone else see Affelay starting?

    • Jose
      April 23, 2011

      One loss to EE in a semi-important game with a backup goaltender and missing our two best centerbacks and our stone-chinned brothers are falling to pieces, and suggesting Mou-Mou tactics?

      Haven’t you heard? The sky is falling!! We suck right now! We’re putting in the worst performances we’ve ever seen (if you’ve been following Barca for all of two years)! Abandon all playing philosophy and attempt a strategy our team isn’t built or trained for in the Champions League semifinals!

      • April 23, 2011

        No worries, I have a rant ready. It’ll be posted sometime tomorrow me thinks. The Osasuna review takes precedence and it’s long enough that I can’t post it as a filler in between the LB and the review.

      • simple_barcafan
        April 23, 2011

        lol…Hope ppl understand our philosophy is our strength…That is what has won us everything…Deserting it cause of one loss will lead us nowhere and will only destroy what we have so meticulously built…

  26. BarcaGirl_Indo
    April 23, 2011

    Pep Guardiola, before the 1st El Clasico on November 2010 :

    “We have a game philosophy, and we intend on continuing playing it. We are distinguished by the style of our game, no matter who is in charge.
    It is the BIGGEST ASSET we have, our GREATEST PRIDE, and that’s not going to change tomorrow, win or lose.”

      • BarcaGirl_Indo
        April 23, 2011

        LOL, really?? that quote means so much to me, and will live in my head forever…

        Pep’s point is, if we’re all going die, we will die with our greatest pride… 😀

        • Jose
          April 23, 2011

          I agree with you, but I don’t put much weight on it being a matter of pride. Adopting those tactics with this team at this point is just tactically stupid.Not only will we “lose pride”, we’ll almost certainly lose, and worse.

  27. can_we_go_Xalvies
    April 23, 2011

    There is 100% no doubt that this team is is built prepared for anything, the style works and will always improve, our style is not limited, if it is then we would be playing the exact same way as we were two seasons ago, to the non-entertained eye (those who havent seen Barca enough :p)
    it looks like we haven’t changed at all.

  28. Víctor
    April 23, 2011

    I don’t give a crap about Valencia’s loss. Seems to me that they just went into the game thinking that it would be easy to defeat Madrid after a tiresome game against us. Big mistake. Either way, why should we complain about their loss? We have an 8 (really 9) point lead with 5 games left. Sorry, I just don’t see us losing three games.

    Hope that Maxwell is fit for the game against Madrid. He is gonna be a great addition in the attack. Yes, I said it, I think that Maxwell is gonna be great help for us.

    Villa scored? About time. However, I wonder how important will that be for the CL Semi-Final. Seems to me that he’s gonna start on the bench in the next game. At least if that means that once he is in, he will contribute (and not just with goals, but with runs, tracking backs, passes, etc.) for a win, then yes… is great that he scored.

    Nothing more to add. The ref will be Portuguese. Guardiola made an issue about that… not sure if that’s the proper way to conduct ourselves, but if it helps to avoid reffing “mistakes” in favor of Madrid (like, you know, letting them play dirty against Barça without getting a red card) then the more the better.

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      April 23, 2011

      about the referee, I think maybe it’s the right thing Pep made an issue about it…?
      to give a ‘warning’ to the referee, that we know he’s a Portuguese, and we’re watching him…

      this whole “the world against us” campaign from Mou definitely worked… EE players had license from the referee to stomp, kick, push, pull our players…

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