Madrid – Barcelona CL Semifinal Liveblog v1.0

The time has come, and there are no surprises as Pep rolls out with:

Valdes

Alves Pique Mascherano Puyol

Xavi Busquets Keita

Pedro Messi Villa

Bench: Pinto, Milito, Fontas, Roberto, Thiago, Afellay, Jeffren

Wet your appetite with Euler’s Tactical Preview, then come support the team with Kari and I!

 

This is going to be an emotionally charged game, from Pep’s press conference all the way down to the fan’s anxieties. Kari is going to be helping me out today, but I just want to make a couple things explicit:

1. The liveblog will start 10-15 minutes before game time so I can approve people well before kick off.

2. There are only 50 spots for contributors in the liveblog. We normally reach this limit during games so there is a chance it will be overcrowded today. Please be patient if you are not approved right away – but don’t be shy about reminding me you are waiting, and keep commenting as comments will be approved.

3. Please don’t swear. I can’t control myself during these games and swear under my breath all the time. That said if you type it in it has become a choice to post it. Consider this your warning.

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  1. April 27, 2011

    Yes, me and vicsoc want to watch the game too, people. Self-moderation is the best way to go.

    Also, reign in the pessimism. I don’t wanna read, “Sell so-and-so” or anything like that. Criticism is alright, bashing is not.

    • Eklavya
      April 27, 2011

      “Criticism is alright, bashing is not.”

      Thats the right thing to say. Sometimes we get shouts for being pessimistic when we’re actually being crititcal.

    • Vj
      April 27, 2011

      You do know that its a joke, what me and EBF indulge in, making fun of the pessimism?

  2. Vj
    April 27, 2011

    Vicsoc, please edit out the expletive in the title.. 😛

    • vicsoc
      April 27, 2011

      I consider saying Madrid like saying Voldemort’s name. Saying it is defiance and takes away their power.

  3. blitzen
    April 27, 2011

    And remember:

    Whatever happens today, we play the second leg at home!

    Visca el Barca!!!!

  4. tutomate
    April 27, 2011

    I’d be satisfied with a 2-1 loss.
    Here is hoping for a 0-3 win.

  5. Jose
    April 27, 2011

    FT

    Match Review, brought to you by Jose:

    MESSI MESSI MESSI
    MESSI MESSI MESSI
    MESSI MESSI MESSI
    GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL GOL

  6. footballfan
    April 27, 2011

    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    That is all.

  7. Whatever
    April 27, 2011

    Man, we are good. I am so fucking happy. And Messi is the best player ever.

  8. Eklavya
    April 27, 2011

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Vj
    April 27, 2011

    MOU GOT WHAT HE DESERVED!!

    IN PEP WE TRUST!!!!

    • Jose
      April 27, 2011

      Hmmm I’m not sure… were we even in Madrid? I could hear el Cant and “BARCELONA BARCELONA BARCELONA”, plus we kept like 70% possession… Maybe it was like a smaller Camp Nou?

  10. hammeronmessi
    April 27, 2011

    Gonna brag now,my prediction was 2 2, thanx mou for playing for a 0 0. So we got 0 2

    wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhghhggghhoiooooooo

    moc moc

  11. xavimami
    April 27, 2011

    the cover of sport.es “Messi es el puto amo!” and, yes, he is
    Visca Barça!

  12. April 27, 2011

    There will be waves of nonsense after this match.

    Ignore it. It is completely irrelevant.

    Barcelona was the story of this match. They played RM completely off the pitch at the Bernabeau and did so even before Pepe got sent off.

    Madrid were reduced to spectators in this match.

    This was a brilliant performance from the Pep’s boys.

    • Jose
      April 27, 2011

      TE AMO!!! I LOVE ALL OF YOU!!! ABRAZOS CARAJO, PUTO ABRAZOS~!

  13. Humphrey Bogart
    April 27, 2011

    Ah***********************************************************, N’uff said.

  14. April 27, 2011

    I just want to take a second to point out that I said messi would bag number 52 tonight!!!!! Glory Glory el messiah

  15. outerspacedout
    April 27, 2011

    At Camp Nou, without Ramos Pepe or Khedira, trailing 2-0, especially if Iniesta is back but even if not, Madrid dont have much of a chance.

  16. footballfan
    April 27, 2011

    Actually playing a line-up of Alves Masch Pique Puyol is not that bad. Xavi, Iniesta and Messi can have a field day playing upfront knowing the defense is very secure.

  17. April 27, 2011

    Quick, someone give me a headline while I search for pictures and videos.

    Option 1 is stealing Sport’s headline: Messi is el p*to amo! Option 2: Messi is the freakin’ master/boss!

    • footballfan
      April 27, 2011

      Messiah Returns to Earth, on Bernabeu 😀

  18. Nik
    April 27, 2011

    Busquet’s and Pedro’s acting almost ruined the game for me, but man oh man, what a GOALAZO by Messi!! Probably helped by the fact that Pepe wasn’t shadowing him (a bit amusing to see him get straight up ejected after getting away with so much in the past two games), but who cares.

    And Kxevin & whoever else called for Afellay, you were so right! That was a fantastic cross.

  19. April 27, 2011

    Also – this match in terms of tactics was a complete wipe out.

    Pep just absolutely took Mourinho to the cleaners in this match. It was a tactical triumph by Pep. He completely took RM out of the match in their own stadium.

    That this happened in Europe is even more amazing.

    RM had to win this match – and they really needed to win 2-0 to feel confident going into Camp Nou.

    Pep engineered a footballing disaster for Madrid.

    Substituting Ibi – and doing so on the right was just brilliant.

    Ibi absolutely skinned Marcelo alive. Marcelo had no chance of defending Afellay at the edges.

    Ibi showed that he is a world class talent today at the highest level.

    The accuracy of his crosses all season have been terrific. He is really a world class central midfielder who has the pace and dribbling ability to play at the flank.

    Very, very few wingers could deliver a cross that accurately and into that position for a player who is 175cm to run onto. That is an extremely difficult pass to make.

    And finally today – thanks to the tenacity and genius of Messi, one of Ibi’s world class crosses finally resulted in a beautiful goal.

    • Nik
      April 27, 2011

      Pep got every decision right today. Di Maria was a non-factor in this game with Alves staying back more. I assume he also told Xavi to push forward and join the attack more, which was fantastic to see. It put the pressure on Madrid early on.

    • outerspacedout
      April 27, 2011

      The fact makes me so happy. Our beloved humble Pep being badass and ruthless, and f’in destroying doing it.

    • Whatever
      April 27, 2011

      It sucks that Pep won’t get credit for what he did.

      • April 27, 2011

        Mourinho: “The return game is mission impossible. Barcelona has qualified for the final.” #fcblive

        Funny. Mourinho is already trying to reset expectations because he is more concerned with how he will be viewed as a manager and tactician than his teams chances to win.

        An awful statement to make for the manager of a team of Madrid’s stature.

  20. Para
    April 27, 2011

    Oooh, uefa has stepped in to make sure the teams sit in the dressing rooms for a bit to calm down first. They aren’t going to let them speak live just yet.

    • Para
      April 27, 2011

      TBH, probably a good call, lets everyone cool for a minute before going out.

  21. can_we_go_Xalvies
    April 27, 2011

    great result, but most important great response from the players, they came out today playing almost flawless passing. A bit conservative but due to lack of FB’s.

    THE UNIVERSE HAS FALLEN ON ITSELF THE WORLD IS GOING TO END!!!!!!!!!!!

    Well Mourinho has gotten himself in a bit of a pickle now, after leading a week campaigne to bully our Pep about Ref decisions. Now will Mourinho contradict himself and complain about ref decisions?

    On the other hand, Our team did exactly what Pep said in his conference and in the end we leave madrid with a nice reward. Pep doesn’t have to say anything really, maybe thank the players or sit on awe of messi’s presence and drool all over the mic.

    • can_we_go_Xalvies
      April 27, 2011

      By the way,

      It doesn’t matter which Madrid defenders miss the next leg because those players are redundant. Madrid have to go all out now, instead of Pepe and Ramos they are gonna use their bench forwards.

      We stil have 90 minutes to go, we must continue our game, not let it slip, we must dominate and hit em where it hurts.

  22. Eklavya
    April 27, 2011

    I AM SORRY I EVER DOUBTED THIS TEAM! WE ARE THE F***ING GODS

    • Barcaleya
      April 27, 2011

      That’s why I banned you. I said that I have good feelings about today. And you had to say – “I don’t.”

      Well, I (as am sure you are) can’t be more happy that you’re wrong 😀

  23. Eklavya
    April 27, 2011

    Wow! ESPNSoccernet: UEFA have banned all players and both managers from talking to the media right now. Unprecedented.

  24. Jackieboy
    April 27, 2011

    Love sport.es. Their main page says ¡Messi es el puto amo!

  25. April 27, 2011

    Messi ran right into the arms of Gabi after he scored that second goal.

    That was a goal in which history was unfolding as Messi beat every one of those RM defenders. That will be remembered for decades to come.

    It is just impossible not to think of Maradona when you watch Messi in attack.

    Only Messi is a more complete footballer than Maradona was.

    • footballfan
      April 27, 2011

      He skipped past 5 RM players + Casillas to score that goal. What a run.

    • Para
      April 27, 2011

      I remember reading somewhere that one of milito’s key roles in the team (off the pitch obviously- I mean in the team dynamic) is his relationship with Messi.

  26. April 27, 2011

    Any EE blogs that work so I can laugh myself to sleep? 😀

    • Para
      April 27, 2011

      Laugh yourself to sleep while not being a jerk, I hope? Smugness would not become your lovely visage. 🙂

    • footballfan
      April 27, 2011

      It’s better celebrating here I think 😀

  27. Vj
    April 27, 2011

    Wer wartet mit Besonnenheit
    der wird belohnt zur rechten Zeit
    Nun, das Warten hat ein Ende
    Leiht euer Ohr einer Legende

    MESSSIII!!!!

    BARCCCAAA!!!!!!

    • Helge
      April 27, 2011

      lol, where did you get that from?

      Und offensichtlich sprichst du meine Sprache 🙂

  28. Xingxian
    April 27, 2011

    Does anyone have video footage of that time (not the time Ramos was carded) when Messi was sent to the ground and then while he was on the ground Ramos shoved him flat on the turf then momentarily sat on him?

  29. G7
    April 27, 2011

    That was the 4th best goal of all time imo
    1. Maradona Arg. v England 1986
    2= Carlos Alberto Brazil v Italy 1970
    2= Maradona ARg. v Belgium 1986
    4 Messi Barca v Madrid 27.04.2011

    • Nik
      April 27, 2011

      Don’t forget the Messi goal against Getafe in 2007, which was an eerie replica of Maradona’s.

      • G7
        April 27, 2011

        Hey Nik you’re right, almost exactly the same as Maradona v England 1986 ! Must be what they eat in Argentina, I’ll put that down as #5.

    • outerspacedout
      April 27, 2011

      I liked Messi’s goals against Zaragoza and Getafe more, just aesthetics wise, though this being against EE makes it special. And it was a great goal but not really one of the best EVER imo, atleast from my viewing during the match.

    • Eklavya
      April 27, 2011

      What are you saying?? 😀 Messi’s goal vs Getafe was the best!

  30. Nik
    April 27, 2011

    I have to say, I was surprised by the announcers on FX. They were less pro-Madrid than I thought they’d be. They called us out on the dives (rightly so) but they also called out Madrid on not putting any effort to attack. I think they also said Mou got his tactics wrong after the final whistle, but I was too busy jumping around to be completely sure.

    • mardia
      April 27, 2011

      They did say that Mourinho got the tactics wrong. I was impressed, as I don’t think most media outlets are going to even pay attention to the tactics in the post-game discussions.

      • Nik
        April 27, 2011

        K, glad I heard correctly. Most media sources are going to just focus on “Barca getting in the ref’s head” or “Stamford Bridge Rd. 2” or some other nonsense like that, I expect. I applaud the announcer’s on not falling into that narrative.

    • Para
      April 27, 2011

      I watched ITV on my tv, and Al Jazeera afterwards. They seem to say it was a harsh red, but that they were toe-ing the line so finely that it’s understandable.

  31. April 27, 2011

    I was saying aloud that Mascherano is the signing of the season and now look at this iffy-Au-fi Lad!

  32. messi_fan
    April 27, 2011

    Let’s take a moment to realise that we completely outplayed Madrid despite:

    1) Them having the “psychological advantage”
    2) Our defense being decimated by injuries
    3) No Iniesta
    4) Them playing at home
    5) Them resorting to mind games, letting the grass grow etc.

    Absolutely amazing

    • Jose
      April 27, 2011

      And the sheep shall bleat that this is a meek RM team in transition. The meek, most expensive team ever bought, slam packed with talent from o’er the world, and the world’s most costly, highly rated coach.

      And they shall cry that one can’t expect much from such a team yet, the liars, the deceivers.

  33. OSBAG
    April 27, 2011

    wooow still in dreamland. Messi is simply genius. Didnt realise pepe was as influential as this in EE’s game.
    I hope pep doesnt say anything about the coach in his press conference. As in ‘no comments’ to all referee related i questions

  34. Eklavya
    April 27, 2011

    LOLOLOL Even Barcastuff is funny today!!

    Barcastuff *monologue mourinho about referees*

  35. Vj
    April 27, 2011

    Funniest tweet by Pep @ Barcastuff:

    *monologue mourinho about referees* #fcblive

  36. jordi™
    April 27, 2011

    Best moment(apart from messi being god obviously) was Sergi coming on. Its like an immense two finger salute.Keep your higuain’s and kaka’s, we’re throwing on a baby faced kid coz we’re so comfortable.

    • K_legit
      April 27, 2011

      Can I RT that 😀
      or maybe we need the thumbs up options back

    • footballfan
      April 27, 2011

      Totally agree. It’s the ultimate rub-in. And what a debut for him! CL semi at Bernabeu. Wow.

    • slynn71
      April 27, 2011

      Massive Debut indeed. Way to rub their noses in it.

  37. Eklavya
    April 27, 2011

    barcastuff: Mourinho: “The return game is mission impossible. Barcelona has qualified for the final.” #fcblive

    • April 27, 2011

      Funny. Mourinho is already trying to reset expectations because he is more concerned with how he will be viewed as a manager and tactician than his teams chances to win.

      An awful statement to make for the manager of a team of Madrid’s stature.

      • K_legit
        April 27, 2011

        He’s a lucky bastard Euler that’s why!..Schuster said something way less damaging and got a load of crap..Mou quotes shit from the Gospel according to Moaninho and he’ll be anointed..
        And Pep will still not get the credit for being tactically more flexible and having more acumen than Mou..

    • slynn71
      April 27, 2011

      Thats a terrible, terrible comment for him to make, tho not shocking. :\

  38. Para
    April 27, 2011

    ahahahaha. Interviewer asks about final vs Utd, Guardiola replies “Next tuesday at 11: I will tell you.”

    • outerspacedout
      April 27, 2011

      Translation please anyone? Just a very rough summary even. On phone so cant google translate.

      • Eklavya
        April 27, 2011

        The title says: “If I say what I really think my career will end today”.

      • jordi™
        April 27, 2011

        The “nice man” is saying if he says whats on his mind today he would lose his job. Then he names our “shame” by asking why in every semi final the Ovrebo’s Stark’s etc. do what they do.He doesnt know if its Villar behind it (SERIOUSLY >+/) of its a UEFA/UNICEF thing.He finishes by congratulating us for our team, but also for the power we have, which must have been hard to obtain.

        I could have summarized like this to be honest :

        “Wahhhhhh” *tears*

      • culeluvr
        April 27, 2011

        The manager of Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho appeared to be very critical with the decisions of the Ref in which Pepe was sent off. The manager lamented his expulsion “I didn’t say anything to the ref. I just laughed and applauded with two fingers. If I say what I think, my career is over” “I just have one question. Why? Why Ovrebo, Busacca, and Stark? In every semifinal the same thing happens. We are talking about a fantastic team. Why couldn’t he have been at the Chelsea final? Why was inter saved by a miracle? With the 0-0 Kaka was going to come in for Lass. I don’t know if it’s because of the power of Villar in UEFA or because of UNICEF. I don’t understand. “Congratulations on your team, but also for all its power, it must be hard to get, “added Mourinho.

  39. Eklavya
    April 27, 2011

    K_Legit are you The_K_Man?

    Also, the Pepe red wasn’t a red. My TV just showed it on slow slow motion, Alves started to act before Pepe touched him. Just sayin’

    • K_legit
      April 27, 2011

      Nope
      And yeah Pepe’s wasn’t a red at all but he was hardly playing football..more like WWE..so screw him

    • Nik
      April 27, 2011

      I would have given Pepe a yellow. Funny thing is that for once, it seemed like he was going for the ball instead of the player, but that’s my take on it.

    • Jim
      April 27, 2011

      Wouldn’t agree entirely, Eklavya. If Alves hadn’t managed to get his leg out of the way and was caught standing on it that could’ve been a leg breaker. No doubt in my mind Pepe’s tackle was reckless with studs up which is the important point. However, it seemed to me that contact was minimal so from that point on Alves’ behaviour was inexcusable imo.

      • Humphrey Bogart
        April 27, 2011

        Agree, here in Germany it is not even a discussion: straight red for complete reckless tackle

  40. Eklavya
    April 27, 2011

    Mourinho is also apparently b*tching about Stamford Bridge and the refree at that game. Bwahaha!

  41. Jackieboy
    April 27, 2011

    barcastuff Guardiola: “Reaction to rant of Mourinho about the referees and Barcelona? Have nothing to say.

    • Jose
      April 27, 2011

      Like he said, he’s not going to get pulled into that clown’s mind games. 😀

  42. Nik
    April 27, 2011

    Does anyone know why Pinto got involved in the fight that got him a red?

    • Para
      April 27, 2011

      Senior editor for football at SI tweeted this:

      Watching the postgame highlights, seems Arbeloa is the culprit for inciting the halftime skirmish by first shoving Keita, then Pinto.

      I haven’t seen it though, so I’m not sure.

      • Para
        April 27, 2011

        And looking at the timeline more closely it looks as though there’s some contention- pinto may have slapped/poked him first, etc. So no real clarity, sorry! Keita seems to have been involved in some way or another.

        • Nik
          April 27, 2011

          Hm, wouldn’t be surprised either way. Pinto is a hothead himself. Thanks though!

        • majatt
          April 27, 2011

          Keita bumped into Ramos? It looked intentional and got shoved but didn’t follow up. Pinto gave what, under VERY different circumstances, would be a lil play slap on the cheek but obv was meant to be condescending. Arbeloa reacted accordingly.

  43. footballfan
    April 27, 2011

    Well with us leading 2 0, the next Clasico should be more interesting. RM will start playing some football, and (hopefully) we can kick some a*s. First half is very cagey; good performance by the team, but it’s not pleasing to the eye.

  44. jordi™
    April 27, 2011

    According to Mou, poor Ramos hasnt done anything wrong either, yet the angel cant play @ Camp Nou. Wheres that Messi deal with it gif.Kari has to make a post with it 😀

    • Nik
      April 27, 2011

      Ramos definitely deserved that card. What did he think was going to happen when he swung his arms?

  45. Alex
    April 27, 2011

    Mou said he would be embarrased to win a CL final they Barca has. He hbasically discredited our CL win two years ago. saying it’s disgraceful. I honestly think he is crazy, I don’t know how Real fans can rally behind his vile comments.

  46. footballfan
    April 27, 2011

    Mourinho: ”We had the intention to keep the game at 0-0, then bring on a striker, then a third phase with a No. 10 behind three forwards. But the ref didnt allow it.”

    Somehow I doubt it.

  47. BTTFCule
    April 27, 2011

    I am from India and I am disgusted at some of the commentators of Ten Sports. Carlton Parmer says Mourinho was looking for a nil nil draw and wanted win it at camp nou. He then proceeds to say that Barca was scared of Madrid and that’s why they stationed their fb so deep. How come these guys get the job is beyond me!

    • Vj
      April 27, 2011

      They’ll start praising us sooner rather than later, they always do!

      Their reaction was even more vile in the semi against Chelsea..

  48. BTTFCule
    April 27, 2011

    Cristiano Ronaldo is way more classy when compared to Mou Mouth

    • Para
      April 27, 2011

      I know we whinge about the man, but other than some errant comments (namely about him being the first, second, and third best player in the world), he does tend to conduct himself well off the pitch.

    • footballfan
      April 27, 2011

      At least he doesn’t say ridiculous stuff off-pitch.

  49. K_legit
    April 27, 2011

    barcastuff:
    Cristiano Ronaldo (Madrid): “Do I like to play in a defensive team like Madrid? No, but I have to adapt to what the coach wants.” #fcblive

    • footballfan
      April 27, 2011

      What would you guys think if he moves to Barca? 😉

      • Xingxian
        April 27, 2011

        I’d welcome him with open arms. Diving, prancing, showboating and all. As long as he played whatever role the coach asks him to and doesn’t cause trouble, I’d love that.

  50. Vj
    April 27, 2011

    Haha funny comment from EE fans’ liveblog over at Bassams:

    ‘man whatever…. the game is a joke. let’s just let the uefa conspiracy wash over us adn enjo rhwaw momwnra od SHIT’
    (Messi scored :P)

    Actually, didn’t want to post this, but after seeing gems like ‘Injure Messi’ what the hay?

  51. April 27, 2011

    Mourinho: ”We had the intention to keep the game at 0-0, then bring on a striker, then a third phase with a No. 10 behind three forwards. But the ref didnt allow it.”

    This is pure rubbish from Mourinho. Or if it’s not rubbish then it’s just tactically dumb beyond belief.

    If this first leg was at Camp Nou then how Madrid played today would have made a great deal of sense.

    Even if it was a Liga match – it could have been reasonable.

    But in Europe against Barca with the second leg at Camp Nou you just cannot sit back and not try to score for large periods of time. You just can’t let minutes tick off the clock and let your goal scoring chances waste away.

    Just look at how Inter played in their home leg last season. They played to score at home because they knew they couldn’t rely on what was going to happen at Camp Nou.

    These are just excuses to keep in tact this notion that Mourinho is such a genius that everything is intentional – it’s just that the world doesn’t understand the thinking.

    And the notion that somehow Mourhino is such a genius that he was planning on playing the game to a 0-0 draw at the Bernabeau is laughable.

    Even the Fox commentators speculated that Madrid may be playing for a 0-0 tie in this leg because Mourinho may be thinking that his best chance to score was away at Camp Nou.

    Think about how convoluted and nonsensical that kind of thinking is. Only for Mourinho would people go through those kinds of mental gymnastics.

    Madrid got played off the pitch in their own home stadium. Pep absolutely embarrassed Mourinho today tactically.

    End of story.

  52. Jackieboy
    April 27, 2011

    Oh funny, Ronaldo’s had 8 shots, 2 of them on goal.

  53. tutomate
    April 27, 2011

    Interesting note from TB: I don’t like to play this style but I do as I’m told.

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