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. 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.

    • April 27, 2011

      this guy needs to be punished. this is way overboard…

  2. 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

  3. Eklavya
    April 27, 2011

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

  4. 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. 😀

  5. Nik
    April 27, 2011

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

    • Whatever
      April 27, 2011

      I’m interested in that too.

    • 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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..

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

    • Whatever
      April 27, 2011

      Euler, do you mind telling us what the key aspects of the tactical victory were?

  15. Jackieboy
    April 27, 2011

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

  16. 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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